We closed 2010 with a quiet family New Year's party where Ben ate his weight in chocolate.
We start 2011 with a visit from Grandma and Grandpa J and Uncle Kurt who came for a turkey dinner on New Years day and to watch the boys for us the following night while Scott and I headed downtown for Wicked.
Uncle Kurt tried out Scott's new Madden game.
We've spent the cold evenings inside playing with Star Wars toys. One night the boys decided to set up an epic battle....Good vs. Evil.
Uncle Josh came to visit on another Tupperware tour and helped the boys set up the new fish tank.
We've added quite a few new pets to the tank (we've lost about half). The boys love watching their fish swim around the dinosaur rocks in the big tank.
Since we've had a busy winter at work Grandma and Grandpa H decided to come to us to celebrate Christmas in January and the whole clan followed. Uncle Jeff, Aunt Sally and Lydia stayed at our house and Uncle Matt, Aunt Jennifer, Cole and Mya stayed at a hotel with Grandma and Grandpa. But they all hung out at our house for a big turkey dinner and some present opening. We were so glad they could spend an evening with us. It was great to see everyone.
Luke LOVED seeing his littlest cousin, Lydia. She's getting so big and has such a personality.
All the cousins! Lydia seems a little concerned...
The rest of January has been filled with dress up, battles, trucks, cars, Star Wars and snow.
Yes, Blizzard 2011 was a big deal in Chicago. We had 12 straight hours of heavy snow. Plenty of wind gusts to move everything around. And spent 4 hours digging out our driveway. We didn't even get to our sidewalks until a week and a half later.
The boys were SOOOOO excited to see all that snow.
No swinging today!
The gusts made a perfect circle around our magnolia tree
No getting out the back door
Our plow guy was exhausted
So was his supervisor
But the neighbor's new tree looked beautiful.
As we moved into February Luke had to make the treats for his school Valentine party so of course we had to break out the new Star Wars cookie cutters (thanks G&G H!)
Ben was so excited to try out each of the characters. "Look it's Yoda!"
Luke made Millennium Falcons for the boys and heart shaped cookies for the girls. He had a blast with the new cookie cutters.
I'm sure many of you saw the Darth Vader commercial during the Super Bowl. What you have to understand is that it was a very good representation of everyday life at our house.
Using the force
Needless to say there's never a dull moment around this house.