Saturday, April 12, 2014

Never a Dull Moment

I tried to catch some pictures of my boys on Valentine's Day.  They often take my ideas and try to make them better...or more interesting.

Can you tell John was a little tired of his brothers making this photo session last so long?

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Green River

Hans thought it would be fun to see the Chicago river dyed green per the annual St. Patrick's Day tradition.  So we all drove out to Chicago.  The plan was to walk around the city and view the river by walking over bridges and stuff.  But then we got to Chicago and got out of our cars and it was cold.  Really cold, and we hadn't properly dressed for the weather.

But John and Solveig had the great idea to take a boat ride around the city.  The boat had an inside cabin to warm ourselves.

 We started the tour on the outside upper deck.

 The boys are great little heat sources when they sit on your lap.

 The boat we hopped on took us on an architectural tour of the city.

 If it weren't so darn cold I probably could have absorbed more of the information.

 The wind mixed with a sub-par PA system and the countless yelling drunk people on the street made it near impossible to pay attention to the nice tour guide.

 But we did get a close up view of the green river.  The river is absolutely disgusting, but evidently the secret recipe of stuff put in the river to make it green is all organic. 

We all had a great time.  The architectural tour is definitely something I'd like to do again...when the weather is a bit warmer.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Grandma and Grandpa Fiene

Last week we had Grandma and Grandpa Fiene visit us.  Since it was so close to Gus' birthday they came bearing gifts.

 Fritz feels that it is necessary that he is in the middle of everything.

 Big brother John is quick to read things out loud for Gus and Anders.

 Solveig makes a book for each grandchild's 5th birthday.  The book is filled with lots of pictures of Gus.  And Gus is Gus' favorite person.

The book is a wonderful memento that will be cherished for years to come.

 None of the boys likes to be outdone.  John needed his turn for a picture with Grandma Fiene.

 Who knows where Anders was.  I'm betting he was choosing to be difficult.  Anders is the master of making things difficult.

 Grandma and Grandpa also brought a Lego book.  I'm pretty sure John read this book to the boys a hundred times.  And again, Fritz couldn't be left out.

Sophie is getting really good at hiding in plain sight around here.  The better she is at hiding, the more Fritz leaves her alone.