In between all of my meetings at work (part of the new position), I have been able to enjoy my life. It's been pretty nice. Here's a quick update on what we have been up to since school started.
I talked about our new nephew in the last post, and now I have pictures. Baby pictures are always a good way to start a blog post. Baby Emmett (as he is known in our house) is a month old now. We got to visit with him and Shane today while Nannie babysat. Definitely a fun way to spend the day. These photos are from our first visit a few weeks ago.
This is one of my favorites!
We also have another new family member. Aunt Susie, Uncle Peter and Nicky have a new puppy, Captain. They brought him here to visit right after they adopted him, and Jack has been asking for him ever since.
Of course, a visit from the Nustras is not complete without the two cousins having a rousing good time!
We really wished we lived closer to one another.
For Father's Day, Jack got his daddy a boat: a kayak. We finally purchased said kayak in September. Steve has gotten out on it twice so far on the Fox River. He tells me it's a pretty nice boat. I'll have to take his word for it since I haven't had time to try it out myself (Steve has offered!). Jack and I tried riding the bike along the river path the first time, but he doesn't seem to like the bike trailer so much yet (I think he's still too small, so the seat isn't comfortable).
Our biggest Family Fun Adventure lately was our trip to Purdue last weekend for the Purdue-NIU game. If you haven't heard yet, NIU won. I know, I am still in shock myself. But I have fulfilled my end of the bet. I now can sing (although not in the best tune) the NIU Fight Song (thank you Kurt, Dave, and all the others for the coaching and helpful links).
Even though my beloved Boilers did not win the day, it was still a great trip and a lot of fun to be back at a football game in Ross-Ade Stadium. We spent the whole weekend there, so we had time to walk around on campus as well as swim in the hotel pool. We are so lucky to have friends like Kurt and Amanda who are willing to do road trips Toddler-style. Not too many people are willing to eat dinner at 5:30 p.m. and play in the pool on a Saturday night.
To the Victors go the spoils. Although you cannot see it in this photo, the scoreboard clearly shows a Huskie Victory.
I think Jack fits in on the Purdue campus
Waving to the passing airplane
And I think he likes it here
He thought this was a "Row-Row", one of the playground toys that rocks back and forth. He was not disappointed by its lack of motion though.
Since last weekend, Steve has started back to Northwestern. He is taking two classes this term, which means he is super busy either attending classes or doing the homework. My newspaper kids put out their first issue on Friday. I also took them to UofI for a fieldtrip (yep, two Big Ten campuses in two weeks. I miss college). Jack is still talking up a storm. While at Purdue, he mastered the words "touchdown" and "Huskie". He made serious progress on "Boiler Up" with the hand motion even. We still need some practice with that one. We also bought a new washer and dryer. Got to love being a homeowner.
October should be exciting as well. Steve has a birthday, and we're always getting into trouble. Until then...