Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011


Students dressed up like the heroes in the Bible they were studying. The highlights had to be when "Sarah" walked in pregnant, and when we were informed by one second grader that it was believed Mary Magdalene was a prostitute.

May 24, 2011

May 22, 2011

Top Model

We threw the volleyball to Mandy and instructed her to "model through" as she passed it back to us. It's a common concept Tyra practices with all of her top models. Mandy went for it and totally nailed it!


May 23, 2011

Cash Money

Counting it is the number one go to activity when you have run out of fun, "educational" things to do with children.

May 21, 2011

Mambo #5

I have high hopes that this song will finally be out of my head after tonight! Cambridge held a fundraiser called "Dancing with the Cambridge Stars" My class and I did a jazz routine. It was definitely a hit. At one point I had a solo. I was so caught up in the moment of stardom that I totally forgot the next dance move! I am fairly certain that my dance career has just begun.

May 20, 2011

May 19, 2011

May 18, 2011

May 17, 2011

May 16, 2011


Beautiful view from the University Lofts.

May 15, 2011

Porch Furniture!!

We have been waiting for this our whole lives...or atleast the past 8 months.

The family of spiders that now resides in my car after stuffing all three pieces in my car for the trip from Michigan are a small price to pay.

May 14, 2011


Tried to get the favorite present of the year....a Cars tricycle:)

I think the Swing Set complete with a fort, slide and sandbox beat mine.

Way to go Dad.

May 13, 2011

Cutest kids in the world.

Jackson and his baby sister he calls Brookie Cookie.

Love going home to see them.

May 12, 2011

May 11, 2011

May 10, 2011

May 9, 2011


This is the purse...
that was holding the wallet
that was hanging on the chair...
that I was sitting in at Panera.

This is the purse...
that the wallet was taken from..
that was hanging on the chair...
that I was sitting in at Panera.

$2800 is the amount the thiefs charged at Macy's within the hour it took me to realize my wallet was gone.

May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

And Happy Cub's Rooftop Day!

Thanks Byron for another wonderful time at the rooftop!

May 7, 2011

May 6, 2011

May 5, 2011

May 4, 2011

coming soon!

May 3, 2011

April Showers bring May Flowers made out of tissue paper....
and rainbows made out of hands.

May 2, 2011

April 30, 2011

Starved Rock

Practice hike before the Grand Canyon. We were the only ones on the trails with backpacks and matching boots. Everyone else thought we were sweet. They didn't know all we had stuffed in them were pillows...

Bring on the Grand Canyon.

May 1, 2011

April 29, 2011

April 28, 2011

April 27, 2011

April 26, 2011

April 25, 2011

Bye Bye Bunny...

Bailey, our cat, throught the Easter bunny got too much attention on Easter.

Apparently the Easter Bunny didn't make it through the night.

Bailey, left us the present Monday morning.

April 24, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

Grandma Koppenhofer has the best Easter Egg Hunts. Each plastic egg has money in it. The older kids shake each egg when they are hunting to find the ones with dollar bills. The younger kids get the rejects:)

April 23, 2011

Easter Eggs

Jackson's first time coloring eggs at Grandmas house.

1 minute before this picture Grandpa said he would not be cleaning up after Jackson spilled one of those mugs.

1 minute after this picture Grandpa was cleaning up after Jackson spilled three of those mugs.

April 22, 2011

Boys will be Boys.

I am not sure who enjoyed the new sandbox more....

Jackson who is 2 or Kyle who is 21.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 21, 2011

Zumba-ed Out

After a five mile run and hour long zumba class, a dinner of chips, salsa, queso and slurpies was the perfect way to end the day.

April 20, 2011


Every week we get tons of donations from people in the community for children in the hospital. We are always excited about new stuffed animals.

No so much excited about stuffed animals that will make the kids even more sad than they were before.

Who makes a teddy bear with a frown?

April 19, 2011

D.C. Cupcakes

We couldn't leave DC without getting the famous cupcakes from the hit show on TLC.

(ok, I have never actually seen the show, but the cupcakes were amazing)

April 18, 2011

Washington D.C.

We went for a six mile run around the National Mall. We ran past the Capitol Building, Supreme Court Building, WWII Memorial, and Washington Monument. Best run of 2011!

April 17, 2011


Teddy's too fluffy.

We tried to find some bones.

April 16, 2011

Storm Chasers

A massive storm system traveled east across the U.S. today... and Meg and I happened to be driving to NC at the same time. We literally drove with the storm the entire 14 hour trip. There were over 9 tornadoes that touched down in NC and VA just as we arrived. As we drove, we reviewed everything we new about tornado safety, just in case we ran into one. It was then we realized that everything we "knew" about tornadoes we learned on either Twister or Wizard of Oz. Lucky for us, we didn't actually see one.

April 15, 2011


Who knew there was a bowling alley at UIC?

Park Singles met up at the bowling alley for some fun, friends, and some fun friendly competition.

April 14, 2011

Resurrection Eggs

Each egg has an object that describes what happened when Jesus was crucified and rose again. Students love them every year!

April 13, 2011

Diabetes Sucks

While working with kids in the hospital we use medical equipment to create pieces of art. This familiarizes the children with the medical equipment, lets them be creative, and express their feelings.

April 12, 2011

He is Risen! (Indeed)

Cambridge celebrated Christ's resurrection with a musical program tonight. I was reminded of the beauty of simple faith.

April 11, 2011


In every game of Hide and Seek, Amro hides in the same exact spot. This time, he switched it up and found some place new. I actually had difficulty finding him. As you can see, he was excited.

April 10, 2011

85 Degrees

The first warm day of spring meant that all of the hibernating Chicagoans were finally outside. I biked to the park, watched a flag football tournament, took a nap, read a book, and got a nice sunburn. Spring is the best.

April 9, 2011

Gorilla Challenge

A mixture of The Amazing Race and a picture scavenger hunt. The twelve clues led us all over downtown Chicago. From Buckingham Fountain to the Harold Washington Library to the Chicago Cultural Center, we traveled over six miles on foot to complete the challenge.

April 8, 2011


The night before the great Gorilla Challenge called for some serious Chicago research (and of course the making of some name tags).

April 7, 2011

Soft Pretzels....Second Try.

The trick to making yummy soft pretzels is putting baking soda in the water.

Over the next three weeks we made them three times at the hospital.

They were a favorite!

April 6, 2011

bulletin board coming soon

April 5, 2011


Floor seats to a Bulls game was an awesome way to spend a Tuesday evening. It was a close game, but the Bulls beat Phoenix by 2 (or 3.. I can't remember). The game was exciting, but we had just as much fun memorizing the LuvaBulls cheers, gator clapping for Joakim Noah, and spotting "famous" people in the stands.

April 4, 2011

Crazy Gates

My students and I created this game to pass the time while we wait for their parents to pick them up. The point is to have your body become a themed "gate" and to not let the other students pass. I believe in this picture I am the "Crazy Frenchman Gate."

I know, we are weird.