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Sunday, July 7, 2019

2019 Spring Celebrations - Kane's 1st Communion, Mother's Day, Mary's 1st Birthday, Father's Day

I suspect part of the reason this spring flew by is that we had so many great things to celebrate!!

We were so proud of Kaneroo for making his 1st Holy Communion this year. He was selected to be a reader and nailed it! He looked so darn handsome & grown up - it was like looking into the future.

That same weekend we celebrated Mother's Day with a semi-catered brunch at our house. The whole family joined us for mass at St Nick's - our church in Evanston. We headed home afterward to enjoy celebrating all the moms - Mom, Tara, Peggy, & me!

If you can believe it, we also celebrated (not so) baby Mary's 1st Birthday in the same weekend!! She was pretty excited about the delicious cake her mom baked for her & wore her party flair for pretty much the entire celebration!! She is such a sweet little one, it in ridiculous that she is already a year old!

Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated Father's Day over the course of a couple of weeks. Lulu & I celebrated Chris at home on actual Father's Day (but because we'd hosted a big party in our home the day before ...... I was not on my A game :( Dad was in Lake Tahoe with Mom, Marg, Kobi & the girls so they celebrated out there. I did pick up breakfast sandwiches from Bagel Art Cafe and tremendous treats from Hewn Bakery......but I also fell asleep hard on the couch at 7:30pm. Sorry about that honey. It is not a reflection of how much I love you - only of how totally tired I was!!
Father's Day treats from Hewn

All smiles for Daddy on Father's Day!

We reconvened at the end of June in Glenview to enjoy a wonderful dinner Mom cooked and toast Dad, GR, Chris & Kobi (in his absence - sadly he couldn't make the trip) with the kids and grandkids all there!

I seem to have inadvertently deleted all the photos I took of our belated Father's Day celebration with my Dad. Technological fail on my part to be sure :( 

Whoosh, what a fun & busy a spring it was!

May & June 2019 Kramer Family Visits

Park time with Aunt Beth (Godmother Beth too :)

Sad to say goodbye to (great) Aunt Terry

We were so lucky to have visits from Chris's sister Beth & aunt Terry in May & June respectively. Life gets so busy & hectic - sometimes the visits are squeezed into trips for other reasons! Beth was in town for work & was able to hang with us for an afternoon & Terry was in the Midwest for a concert & stayed with us for a couple of nights to extend her trip!
Aunt Terry was very tolerant of Lulu's chicken burrito obsession, despite the fact that she doesn't eat animal products at all!

Walking to the park with Aunt Beth

We couldn't appreciate it more when our family & friends make time to come see us. What a treat it was to spend time with 2 wonderful ladies :)
Thankfully Aunt Beth was willing to do "big pushes" 
Such a good sport to hang out in Lulu's hideaway

Clearly Lulu was thrilled at the company, such a lot of fun to see her Aunt Beth & (great) Aunt Terry within a few weeks of one another!
Daddy met us at the park!

So many laughs with Terry!

Thanks for visiting us guys, please come back soon - we can't wait to have you!

June 2019 - Welcome to the World Baby Pearl/PK!!

Welcome to the world sweet baby PK!

Hip hip hooray! Marg & Kobi welcomed their 3rd daughter, Pearl (PK) early in June in Reno, NV! I was lucky enough to meet her the day she was born and she is just an absolute delight!
How many girls is too many girls in a Target shopping cart?

$20 Target baby pool was a great investment!

Just relaxing by the pool with Uncle Kobi

Maybe the last photo of the Platt family as a party of 4!!

There were lots of treats....
Headed to the nursery so PK's birth mom could nap

I spent a few days with Lulu, Hennie & Neva in Reno while Marg & Kobi spent time in the hospital with Pearl. What fun we had going swimming, to the children's museum, to parks and in the hot tub at the rental house! Thankfully we had beautiful weather our whole stay and were able to enjoy lots of time outside. Marg & I snuck in a run every morning before she & Kobi headed over to the hospital which was a good way to prepare for my day with 3 girls 4 & under :) Must preserve one's mental health whilst caring for so many kiddos!
Waiting to meet PK at the hospital - these 3 are such goofs!
Waiting to go meet Baby Pearl for the 1st time

Proudest big sisters anywhere

Platt Family, party of FIVE!!

These 3 :) 

Proud Aunt

Proud parents of Pearl
Proud cousin Lulu

Hard to believe Baby K #2 will be the next baby to join Pearl & the rest of our crew

Nice face shot Neva. Real nice.

Sweetest sweet PK

Trouble makers ;)

I love H's face here

Ready to hit up the Children's Museum

Once Pearl was discharged from the hospital, we all set out for Lake Tahoe (by way of Truckee, CA) and a different rental house. What an abundantly beautiful part of the world Tahoe is!! Holy moly, I can't wait to go back. The beaches are wonderful, the water is crystal clear and the mountains are snow capped even in June. Kobi found a ridiculously nice Airbnb for us in Incline Village, NV. It truly felt too nice to have kids in it.......but they were listed as family friendly!! It had a big, beautiful deck overlooking the Lake where we had s'mores over the fire pit. It was giant, lovely & incredibly comfy.
Pearl is home from the hospital!

CA bound!!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM 

Exploring Truckee, CA

It is s'mores o'clock

Lovely morning run in Tahoe 
Take me back there - it was so darn beautiful

The Bug & Neva checking out Lake Tahoe

See any fishies? 
PK & Nevie having breakfast at the beach

Just unreal in how pretty it was

Beach fun in CA

Lulu & I had a lot to do back at home, so headed out almost as soon as Mom & Dad arrived! At least we got to have an afternoon at the pool and dinner together before we left. We were sad to say goodbye to sweet PK and the rest of the crew, but it was a wonderful trip!
BoBo & Bump made it to NV!

Couldn't get enough pool time

Delish dinner with BoBo & Bump

Look who is wide awake?!? PK with her big beautiful eyes

After waking at 330am to catch our flight, not too surprising that Lulu was ready for a nap on the plane
Welcome to the world PK, we are thrilled to have you here & part of our wild & crazy family!
Sweet home, Chicago :)