Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lego Tower

I picked up this Lego storage tower from Craigslist today.  It's practically brand new and I paid less than half of what Toys R Us sells it for.  Niko is getting several Lego sets for his birthday and this will help us organize them.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Day of School!

Walking to school!
 Following Daddy up the stairs.


Niko at his desk.  And yes... when we ride in the car we still use a sippy cup.
We love Mrs. Elisha!  Let's get this school year started!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ethnic Enrichment Fest!

 It was a beautiful day here in KC so we decided to go to the Ethnic Enrichment Festival.

 Here is our little sumo wrestler. They have had this cutout at the Fest for as long as I can remember. 

 Annnndddd.... Here is our second sumo wrestler.

 Here is a quick side-by-side of my two bumps.  Niko is on the left and baby #2 on the right. Same weekend - 4 years apart!

 And the daughter we never had.  :)

 This was a fun little game in the China area of the festival - it's a race to see who can pump up the balloon faster.  Niko won, but it wasn't really fair... the girl was half his age!

 My two dads.

 Hanging with Godfather Mark.

The Godparents!  :)

Baby Will!

YAY!!!!  I finally got to meet Will on Saturday!  :)  What a cutie and he has the cutest curly blonde locks!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Brookfield Zoo

One of the places I miss the most from Chicago is the Brookfield Zoo.   It's one of the best zoos around and we try to go every other year or so to see what's new.  They have had the butterfly area for a while, but Niko is finally old enough to appreciate it.

 This photo is for my mom.  Not the prettiest of flowering plants, but this was defiantly a butterfly favorite.

 Niko pointing out a butterfly.

 This statue is a life-sized replica of a walrus that used to live at the zoo.  HUGE.

Niko really liked the dolphin show.  My dad put the bleacher into this auditorium years ago.

The bug display was fun for Niko.  He liked finding all of the bugs and running around.
 This photo is for Uncle Donnie.... he is not a fan of racoons. 

Niko LOVED the goats in the Children's Zoo area.  No kidding, he groomed the goats for over 20 minutes... I was so glad they had benches!

 Family picture in front of the giant bee.

 Daddy, Niko and Do-Da in front of the giant bee.

 This photo took a bit... Niko didn't want to cooperate.

One of Do-Da's faves.... the giraffes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Playing with Do-Da

Yes, those are girl toys that Do-Da and Uncle Donnie are playing with.

Niko had a really great time playing with his cousin Jenny's toys.  His favorite toy is Do-Da by far though!  He has been asking when we are going back on an adventure to Do-Da's house.....

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Niko's Comic-Con Trip

 Niko with Daddy and Sensei Uncle Donnie.

 Daddy, Niko, Mommy and unnamed baby #2.  (Yea... we know, time is a ticking...)

 Spiderman and Gwen Stacy.

What he really liked from the Con.... sort-of-ice cream substance.
 Hehheheh.... he's probably the only 3-year-old boy who knows who Sailor Moon is.

 Thor was really nice and talked to Niko for a while.  Niko was amazed.

 This Spiderman also hung out with Niko - it was pretty cool.  Niko thought he was really Spiderman!

Aaaannnnndddd.... this was not surprising.  We went back to the car to drop a few things off and pick up the stroller.  He was knocked out before we left the parking garage.

Thursday, August 2, 2012