In September we were very excited to have our good friends from Denver come for a visit. The boys were very excited. We had 4 adults and 9 children in our house for 3 days. Sadly, I didn't get many pictures. I guess this means the Melius family will have to come out for a visit again so we can rectify that. You can catch a few more pictures on Jan's blog, here.
The boys and Anna playing Zingo. It was a very loud and crazy game.
We all had a lot of fun and can't wait to see our friends again.
Ever since Gus was little we've called him Gus the Bus. I'm not even sure how that started. If you ask Gus why we call him that he'll tell you it is because he is big, strong, and yellow (hair) like a bus. Some day I'm sure he won't want us to call him that anymore. But for now he thinks it's pretty cool.
Uncle Christian, who lives in San Francisco, gave Gus this shirt. I was trying to get a picture to send to Christian but couldn't get Gus to look at the camera.
After the 5th time of telling Gus to look at the camera I finally got him to look.
What a cutie. That's my rough and tumble Gus the Bus.
A couple of weeks ago our little library had a big book signing. Nick Offerman wrote a book and, since he is from Minooka, it only made sense that he would actually come for a visit.
The gym started to fill up a hour before the event.
Nick did a sound check about 20 minutes before the event was going to start. It was funny to watch people race to their seats thinking the shindig was starting. They didn't want to miss a thing.
By the time the event was set to start there were only a few seats empty.
Nick's dad, Ric, started the whole thing with some very kind words and an introduction of Nick. Mr. Offerman is kind and sweet. I felt honored to be able to watch as his old students came up to talk to him and introduce their children to one of their favorite teachers.
In Ric's introduction he thanking his loving, kind, beautiful wife, Cathy for all of her love, work, and dedication to their family. He even asked her to stand.
After Ric's introduction it was time to bring out Nick.
He made the audience laugh and even himself from time to time.
He read excerpts from his book...
and sang a few songs.
After the presentation it was time to sign books.
There were a lot of books to sign. Nick stayed until well after 11 PM making sure everyone's book was signed.
It was a fun event. There are some real troopers out there who waited hours to have their book signed and say hi to Nick. This trooper had kids at home, a babysitter to relieve, and be at work early the next morning so I left at 10:45.