Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer so far

 We've had lots of fun this summer. It really is the best time in Chicago plus we haven't had to deal with much and humid weather so far. Lots of very pleasant days. Lucia is almost 17 months now and continues to grow up (crazy how that happens, right?)

She still loves to eat, try new foods, carry around purses, put things in those purses, brush her teeth, color, ride in the wagon, listen to fun songs, say 'yeah', copy words and songs and get rowdy with her cousins. It is amazing seeing her learn new words, use them in the right way and really understand what we are saying. She can follow simple directions, is starting to pretend play and says things like 'thank you', 'bye' and 'night-night' on her own. She says about 10-15 words at this point and can copy many more. She is down to one nap and continues to be a great sleeper. She's definitely getting into some toddler tantrums and continues to express her emotion by biting or trying to bite others (working on it). She is learning how to use eating utensils but in the meantime, she usually refuses to let us help her which means oatmeal/apple sauce/cottage cheese everywhere. So many fun new things but of course each stage brings their new challenges. She's a cutie and we love her!

 Helping out at home by raking the leaves and throwing them in the trash can.

 Looking at baby Renee

 Gwen and Renee

 We walked to our wedding reception site to get some last pics before it gets demolished and becomes some multi million dollar home. It is close to my parents house in Winnetka and across the street from one of my childhood favorite parks.

 Lucia liked the park too

 Father's day at the beach

 GG and Renee

 Forth of July on our friends' rooftop

 A perfect spot for 360 degree fireworks viewing

 Cousin time

 Hanging with Janine and the Zekester

 Such a cutie!

 Beach time

 Her tummy is her greatest feature

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