Our house is feeling brand new this week. We had the cabinets redone and finally put the wraps on the basement. It is amazing what a little trim and new cabinet doors can do to a kitchen. It really looks like they are all brand new.
In the basement the final laminate floor pieces were put in and the carpet was installed. I still need to add some quarter round and secure the base boards in a few places, but to me this is done. Now and forevermore our attention is on the weather. Our hopes are high that we are not going to get massive amounts of rain so we can avoid another flood.
Holy cow, I ran my first half Marathon! This was the inagural marathon in Naperville, sponsored by Edward Hospital. We raised over $400 to support the Edward Foundation. It was the longest race I have ever done and I hit my goal by coming in at 2:00:52. Julie originally signed up for this race, but I had to stand in for her since we have a bun in the oven. She instead became a big supporter and helped me get through training and the race. Julie, Carter and even the neighbors came out to check out the action. All the spectators really helped to get through the long 13.1 miles.
Apparently I didn’t run fast enough because I had enough energy to play with carter in the leaves when we got home. I was hoping to just bum around the house but how can pass up a good leaf pile? I also finished working in the basement to prepare for our carpet install which was scheduled a few days later.
Saturday before the race, we went to Jump Zone for Ella’s 3rd birthday party. Carter had a good time running around bouncing on all the jumpy’s. I love these types of places because they always wear the kids out. Carter always jumps himself into a coma and sure enough, on the way home he passed out before we got out of the parking lot.
On one of my 20 trips to Chick-fil-a last week, I happen to see a poster for Super Hero’s night. Low budget costumes, a giant cow, and fried chicken… count me in! O yeah, Carter had a blast too. He is still sleeping with his super cow stuffed animal he got that night.
Thursday, Carter’s school had a Halloween parade that Julie and I snuck out of work for. Unfortunately it was raining outside so we were all confined to the inside of his classroom. After the kids did a couple laps around the room they all sat down to do some fun games and crafts.
That night was Naperville Trick-or-treat so of course we were legally bound to collect the neighbors chocolatey goodness. It was more fun this year because Carter got into the halloween spirit a bit more than years past. He couldn’t wait to put on his costume and be Buzz Light Year… with wings. Matter a fact he was so excited when the neighbor friend came over that he went running through the house to get his costume. With an act of freak timing, I opened the door to the basement as he was bolting towards the kitchen and BOOM. Head first right into the door. His poor little head had a bump that swelled up to the size of a golf ball and almost split open. Thankfully after he calmed down we salvaged the night with a bag full of candy.
We finished our Halloween preparation by carving a pumpkin last weekend. When we went to Kellers farmstand we each picked our own pumpkin with intentions to carve our own, but we have some very hungry squirrels in our yard! Luckily, we still had one good pumpkin that the squirrels didn’t completely destroy. I can’t remember ever having pumpkins eaten by squirrels but this year almost all of our pumpkins have been eaten through. Sometimes I wish I had a good squirrel launcher.
Carter wasn’t too interested in touching the “guts” but had a good time helping mom scoop them out with a spoon. I think Julie might have had more fun than Carter getting all the guts out. I know I sure had fun drawing and cutting the Carter approved face out. He had a blast and was cracking up a majority of the time. This was a first for us that will surely become an annual tradition. Next year we’re just going to have to keep our pumpkins hidden from the squirrels!
It was a fairly busy last weekend. Friday there was a Halloween party at the Ashbury Clubhouse. It is pretty neat that our association does these events for the kids in the neighborhood. It is nice to see all the neighbors and let the kids do activities. They did a little parade for all the parents, there was dancing, crafts, and of course it wouldn’t be Halloween unless there was treats.
Grandpa and Grandma Wassmer came up Saturday morning and we went to trick-or-treat at Naperville Safety Town. This is a cool little town where kids can go to learn about various saftey topics. They set it up so we could walk around and get candy at each of the mini buildings. Nothing makes kids happier than a bucket full of candy and stickers.
Halloween is always fun for the kids. It also kicks off the beginning of my weekly raking duties. I’m glad that Carter is at the age where he has fun cleaning leaves in the back yard. Grandpa and him went out and did some “raking” on the patio. I didn’t know this but a shovel works just as good as a rake.
Saturday night Julie and I went to a wedding with the rest of the Stubler clan. It was a nice wedding at the Two Brother’s Roundhouse in Aurora.
Project “Finish Basement” is now in full swing to try and get it completed before our new family member arrives. It is hard to put things back together after a flood because you are always thinking about when it will happen again. I guess all you can do is get insurance and make sure your sump pump is working.
The walls have been spackled and painted, carpet ordered, laminate floor is in the house, and the trim partially painted. We’re getting the carpet installed but I’m doing the laminate floor and trim myself. Hopefully everything goes smoothly.
We visited Keller’s Farmstand this past weekend, which has become an annual tradition for us. Keller added more wooden structures for the kids to climb and play on. There was an awesome new wooden 4×4 truck that was bigger than a real car and had a slide out the trunk. They also replaced the gravel road with a nice new blacktop road for kids to drive little tractors and cars around on. Carter could reach the peddles so he was able to make a few laps around the course.
I’m not sure why, but Carter enjoyed sitting on the pumpkins. While we were picking out a few to take home, he went around and sat on about 20 different large ones. He finally stopped sitting on them and picked out his very own pumpkin. In a weekend or two we are going to attempt Carter’s first carving. In years past, he colored his pumpkin.
We also took a hay ride around the pumpkin patch, walked through hay mazes, and visited with the animals in the petting zoo. The sky was full of clouds through our entire visit at the farm. Just as we were about to leave , the rain came down. It was a really fun day for all of us.
We just took a long weekend and went to Pittsburgh with grandma and grandpa Stubler. Its a nice little town with quite a bit to do. We did the Monongahela Incline which trolly’s people to the top of Mount Washington. At the top you can see the beautiful skyline and the exuberant amount of bridges around the city. Of course we also had to go to PNC Park to watch the Pirates and Cubs play. Unfortunately we saw way too many Jolly Rogers. Finally, you can’t visit the Three Rivers area and not take a ride on the Gateway Clipper. It takes a nice little cruise up/down all three rivers and around/through downtown Pittsburgh.
What a great Labor Day weekend… awesome weather, a parade, and a carnival. A really fun way to wrap up the summer.
Carter got to see his best friend Charlotte 2 days last weekend. Once at the Naperville Last Fling and also at the Labor Day Parade. As you can see from the video below the carnival rides were a big hit.
My little cousin Katie’s wedding was last weekend so we headed back to the Quad Cities. The wedding, bride and reception was beautiful.
Post wedding we gathered at the Wassmer household. Carter had fun playing with his cousins. Grandma and Grandpa have a ton of toys and most of them ended up sprawled out across the back yard. The best ones are the electric Lightning McQueen and 2 four wheelers. As you can see from the pic below, Carter had a grin from ear to ear riding the motor bike. To top off the day Aunt Lisa brought a build-it-yourself El Chu, thanks Lisa!
Another big week for our little man. Carter started preschool this week at Goddard. He was moved into the “big kid” room across the hall and now gets to do cool things like play on the big kid playground, play with big kid toys, and most importantly learn a ton more about everything. As you can see from the picture he was super pumped to go class on Monday. He talked about it all weekend and continues to talk about it every day!
Carter had the day off from school so we went down and spent the day at Navy Pier. I assume most kids are still not back in school yet because a lot of families were down there soaking up the beautiful weather like us. We did some of the classic navy pier rides like a boat ride up and down the coast, the famous ferris wheel, and the carousel. As an added bonus the Chicago Air & Water Show is this weekend so we caught a glimpse of a few air planes doing some practice runs.
We received confirmation yesterday, it’s a girl! We are all super excited especially Carter, he can’t wait to be a big brother. Now that we know we can get down to business with preparing the baby’s room. I see painting and new furniture in the very near future.
Carter’s favorite girl friend, Ella, came over to play this weekend. The two of them tore up the back yard. Toys were scattered about like a bomb went off in the garage. Like most parties, after dark they ended up in the house having a pajama party.
Too bad Ella didn’t stick around the next day to see Carter’s mad skills at the skate park. No wheels this time, just a lot of running around and some fancy foot tricks.
Similar to most weekday nights this summer, Carter hung out with this best bud Blake on Sunday. Instead of the usual ducks at the lake it was on the swing and playset at the neighbor’s house. Those two love hanging out.
Carter was such a trooper this year, he stayed up an hour and a half past his bedtime to catch a short glimpse of some Bolingbrook fireworks. 15 minutes after the colors started flying he started saying “I’m really tired.” I was hoping for a little more fireworks but I’m glad he at least got to see some big fireworks.
The weather was so nice this weekend. On Saturday Grandpa and I went golfing while Carter, Mommy and Grandma went to the farmers market. We filled the rest of weekend with a great lunch picnic at our park and 3 visits to our neighborhood pool. Carter’s YMCA swim lessons have really helped him in the pool, he is getting pretty used to the water. He is now blowing good motorboat bubbles and getting most of his head under the water.
Carter turned 3 today! I can’t beleive it has already been 3 years. Everyone always says that time passes quickly with kids but you really don’t understand until it has already passed. So far it has been nothing short of an adventure. Even after 3 years ever day seems to come with a new experience. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Your mom and I love you Carter! Happy birthday… we’re glad you love your gifts and had so much fun this weekend.
It has been a long time since I did Ride The River in the Quad Cities. This nice leisurely 20 mile bike ride along the Mississippi was an annual family event when I was a kid. The ride takes a good portion of the day because there are a lot of the stops along the way. There is a boat ride across the river and multiple playgrounds that we always have to stop at for the kids. It was nice to be able to take Carter this year. He loved riding along the river in his bike cart and loved playing with his cousins at every stop. It was a great fun day with the family!