Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jair the Joyful

Family Vacation, Day 2

Bright and early Saturday morning, we caught a train from the airport to downtown Chicago. Then we traveled by bus to the Lincoln Park Zoo and American Girl Place.

Jeremy made sure we found our way to a Polish buffet for dinner. After we stuffed ourselves with good food, he dashed across the street to a Polish convenience store to buy bread for the next day's lunch. He also picked up some pierniczki, which J.D. thoroughly enjoyed at the bus stop.
Back at the hotel, mommy and baby crashed while daddy and big kids went swimming again. After our eventful day, Jeremy asked the oldest two what they had enjoyed most. Ali's answer was "Swimming!" and Jair's was "Going to sleep."

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Eat More Fish

September was a busy month for us, to put it mildly.

We learned at the beginning of the month that the smallest member of our family is a boy! Everyone is very excited - even Ali, who will have to keep waiting and praying for her little sister. The baby's name will be Jonah David. And no, you are not the first one to think of a "Jonah in the belly of the whale" joke.

In the middle of the month a family made an offer on our home. We accepted and moved on September 23rd. Our new place is actually our old place - the condo Jeremy and I lived in for the first two and half years of our marriage. After renting it out for the last three years, we've come to the conclusion that we can't find more reliable renters than ourselves.

Moving with children is always an adventure. Meals and naps and discipline and baths and bedtimes must go on, no matter how many boxes remain unpacked. Add to that the adjustments required when you move from a 1650-square foot home (with a three-car garage, spacious attic with pull-down stairs, and two storage barns in the back yard) to a 900-square foot condo (with a scary hole-in-the-ceiling attic and a tiny shed on the back patio), and you might imagine that I've been somewhat busy and distracted lately.

Ali pointed this out to me when I forgot to pass out forks at lunchtime one day. "Mommy, you've been forgetting a lot of things. I think you need to eat more fish instead of always eating Reuben sandwiches!"

I'm glad our comments on the nutritional value of fish have sunk in. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who needs to improve her brain power. When Jeremy gave Ali a list of three things to tell me, she said, "Daddy, I think you better call her. I have not eaten enough fish."

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Family Vacation, Day 1

Through Jeremy's work, we were able to take an inexpensive family vacation to Chicago this summer. We started out on a Friday, stopping first at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, IN. Ali and Jair loved the bounce house, pony ride, and Bob's Bumpy Barrels, while J.D. hung out in the shade.
We couldn't leave without getting our pictures taken as dancing pierogi.

Next we drove to our hotel near the O'Hare airport. Ali and Jair were thrilled with the revolving doors, the glass elevator, and their bed "in the kitchen!" (i.e., the pull-out couch next to the frig and sink). We all enjoyed cooling off in indoor pool before bed.

Sunday School Quotes

Ali asked to sing Zaccheus in her Sunday school class today. When the song ended, she said, "I bet he was so tiny, he couldn't even wash his dishes!"

Several nights ago, we didn't have time for baths before bed. Jair sat on the edge of the tub while I scrubbed his dirty feet with a washcloth. Suddenly he looked up at me, eyes shining, and said, "Mommy, you're being Jesus!"