Monday, July 30, 2012

Christmas in July and other 2011 updates

We have spent a lot of time recently reading Simon's blog/baby book from last year.  We realized that we got so busy at the end of the year and during the holidays, that we missed a lot of updates.  The last few months of the year were an eventful time.  We finished off our visit with Grandma Lin and Grandpa Joe, spent a lot of time with family and celebrated the holidays.  2011 was a wonderful year and it is amazing to see how much smaller Simon was just 7-8 months ago.

Reading "The Truck Book" with Grandma Lin and Grandpa Joe

Reading "The Truck Book" once again with Auntie Jennifer and Stefan

Doing a little yardwork

Sue the T-Rex at the Field Museum 

My new tractor!

Who are you calling Turkey?

Happy Thanksgiving!

We took a ride on Santa's El train
Simon loved lighting the candles or "cangas" as he called them for Hanukkah
It helped that he had his Menorah puzzle to do his own candles

First snowfall

Santa's Reindeer

Decorating Christmas cookies with family.  Auntie Gaga made a visit too!

Nonna reading "Twas the night before Christmas" on Christmas eve
Christmas Morning
Santa brought me a train table!  I love it!
Learning with the cousins at the Museum of Science and Industry

Dancing on New Year's Eve to The Rolling Stones of course

Monday, July 16, 2012

Happy 4th of July

We had a great time at the beach on the 4th of July in Evanston with Stephine (Simon's name for Stephanie), Nonna, Dennie and Jackson.  Simon actually has made their names into one word at this point and simply calls them "DennieJacksy".  It is so cute.  Nothing gets him more excited than knowing he is going to spend time with "DennieJacksy".

Saturday, July 14, 2012

First Day of Camp

Simon is attending a camp with the Chicago Park District.  It is two mornings a week for two hours and I have to stay with him.  He is in the "Coconuts" group.  It is at a big community center called Sheil Park and we rotate to different activities throughout the morning.  He has made some little friends and really enjoys the sports themed activities.
In the car on the way there.  He was very excited!

He said he was calling Daddy at work (I assume to tell him about camp)

Painting a masterpiece

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monthly update

Another month older and I thought I would update with a few of Simon's favorite things.
Right now he is obsessed with brushing his teeth, washing his hands, washing his face, using the toilet, a book called "Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site" that Mike gave him, fountains, singing songs that he makes up, the beach, the baby pool, sprinkler, peanut butter, trucks (that has never really gone away), taking the El, taxis, the clock tower at St. Ben's down the street, soccer, his cousins, camp, Zoe, and basically doing EVERYTHING by himself.  To quote Simon "I do it" or "Simon does it" or "I do it the self".  The boy is beyond independent.  He knows what he wants and is clear when he wants it.  Though he is strong willed, he is still the sweetest most loving boy in the world!