John and Dana

and our life with the munchkins!

West Dundee’s Heritage Fest 2010

This weekend we spent some time down at our home town festival! Saturday was a short visit, but we munched on quite a bit of yummy snacks. The kids had kettle corn and the adults had corn on the cob! With a little bit of rain ruining our fun, we spent the rest of the day hanging out inside. Sunday we had the opportunity to head down again (yes, it’s only 3 blocks away so walking was our mode of transportation) and we joined the Foley’s for the car show, lunch, kids games and the Dundee-Crown High School homecoming parade.

Giant balloons kept the kids happy for a very long time. Ian loved the games too!

Gavin struttin’ his stuff and holding onto his balloon.

Mr. Jonathan, child/balloon wrangler

Kaelyn rocking the UPHILL monkey bars

Sitting on 72 waiting for the parade to start

Always the comedienne!

Gavin enjoying a yummy dum-dum. And getting totally sticky in the process. Ick.


Our two camera hogs 🙂

Check out our flickr site for more cute and adorable moments from our adventure. Up next: IAN’S 3 on Wednesday!

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Oh! The Places You’ll Go

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

Miss Kaelyn is off to great places! Her first day and I’m already weepy! Just thinking back to her first day of Kindergarten and I was so excited for her to begin her new chapter in life, this day is REALLY a new chapter in her ever-changing world. She is one smart tigger, but she will always be our bunny!

Big girl in her pretty sundress! She chose a ham sandwich, juicy juice, carrots, and goldfish for her lunch and she was VERY specific on what she wanted. Of course, she’s part Cathony.

Standing in Ms. Talgo’s line with her fellow classmates.  And of course it was super bright so squinty eyes were inevitable.

And in they went! Off to school at 8:30!  Hello Kitty seems to be the only thing she likes to choose for herself, I was able to tone it down with a plain pink lunchbox.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

-Dr. Seuss

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Our Little Man

Gavin John was born May 15th, 2009…weighing in at 6lbs 4oz, and 18 1/2 inches long!

As of today, May 21,2010…weight is 20lbs 8oz, and 28 inches. So he’s a bit small for his age, but nothing to be worried about!

  • He LOVES food. Hot dogs, chicken, popcorn, carrots, peas, green beans, teddy graham crackers are some of his favorites.
  • He does not like for mama to be out of the room for more that 2 seconds, if that happens the ‘siren’ starts. I’ll record it and eventually allow EVERYONE to enjoy it 😉
  • Is a fast crawler and has been crawling since 6 1/2 months.
  • Enjoys cruising the room holding onto objects like the couch, table, ottoman.
  • Will not stand on his own, he thinks crawling is much better for him.
  • Loves to also be carried, as he should because mom enjoys holding her “baby”.
  • Wearing 6-12 month clothes, and some 12-18 month. We have actually been able to re-use Big Brothers clothes! Hip hip Hooray for saving some $$$!
  • Enjoys playing with his toy bins, and LOVES taking every dvd out of its dvd basket. He’s a pro at making a mess in less than 30 seconds!
  • Says “Dada” “Mama” “Hai”
  • Can wave bye and hi!
  • Can shake his head NO and YES…and tends to be a stinker about saying no to many things. Sense of humor starting at a young age?!
  • Loves when he is being talked to by Big Sister. She secretly loves playing with him too 🙂
  • He likes petting the cats, Cooper seems to be his favorite and Mac is VERY tolerant of the sometimes rough petting he gets.
  • Will sit down and read a story with mom or dad, mostly loves his “Tails” book…which all the kids have enjoyed!
  • Likes to go to the park with his neighbor friend Jackson( who is turning 1 June 1st), they are going to be LOTS of trouble for the Dundee Highland teachers 😉
  • Still takes 2 naps for us during the day, one at 7:30 and one at 12, both are usually 2 hours long.

He is an absolute joy in our lives and wouldn’t change anything about him…Ok MAYBE the screaming, but only that. He is a very mellow and serious dude, who needs to make sure he’s ok with everyone in the room/area before he smiles or starts to chat. We call him Mr. Junior Senator 🙂 Happy Birthday Bubba, glad to have you around!

Birthday Cupcakes with Mom, Dad, Kaelyn, Ian, Uncle Steve, Maga, Baga, Auntie Collette, Aunt Meg and Alex on May 15th!

Serenading him 🙂

Picking out his own cupcake and then smearing the whipped cream frosting all over the table and his pants!

Mmmm Mmm! No fear of “dirty things” with this kid!

Right before his birthday bath 🙂


A look back in time

For the past few days, I have been in possession of some OLD family photos from my dad’s childhood. Getting them scanned and on a disk will be a major task that I wish to partake in 🙂 But for a quick sampling of what I’ve discovered!

My Dad and Aunt Janice, unsure of ages…but looking adorable!

And here is Ian:

And here is my dad in his high school cap and gown:

And here is Steven:

Seriously,  it is AMAZING how genetics work.

And I have to put this photo in, because it is VERY ’70s! Notice the pants my father is wearing!

And yes, that’s my Aunty Ann, whom I get my looks from 🙂

Also, found this photo:

That is ME!

And here is a comparison:

Mr. Gavin! So when people ask me who my kids look like…hmm…what do YOU think?!

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Happy Birthday Baby Boy

Happy Birthday Gavin John!

Also, this morning at 6:20am, Grandpa (Baga Baga) Cathony passed away. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by all!

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