Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 19, 2011


Saw this mannequin in H&M. Thought we ran into Gretchen mid store. She may or may not have each piece of this outfit (though I haven't seen her wear them all together yet). Stay posted, because we will be recreating this pose with the same outfit at a later date. Love you, Gretchen (and your bibs)!

February 18, 2011


After surviving four days of intense flu (and the worst old man cough I have ever heard), it was time to bust out the Harry Potter puzzle. It left me a little depressed, wishing I actually lived in the wizarding world, so I could apparate to the drugstore. Or at least yell, "Accio Dayquil!"

February 17, 2011


Drastic hiccups call for drastic measures. (And these were the most violent, life threatening hiccups I had ever heard).

I am surprised she made it out alive, and with only minor spilling.

February 16, 2011

Tuscany on Taylor
A visit from Dad means trying out a new restaurant on Taylor.
Wonderful food, friends and family....other than the hair found on my plate.

February 15, 2011

(Noise of angels singing)

For months, our sharpener has been broken. I have developed carpal tunnel in my hand from sharpening hundreds of pencils with $1.19 sharpeners from Target. I once became frustrated and chucked a pencil stub across the room towards the garbage can. (Don't worry, no kids were in the line of fire). Luckily, it landed right in the garbage, which made it look like I was a cool teacher making bball shots with pencils, and not a psychotic one who is being driven crazy by broken lead. Praise the Lord for the parent who donated a brand new, ELECTRIC sharpener to our class.


February 14, 2011


Last weeks total commute during rush hour: 12 hours 35 minutes to drive 220 miles...roughly 17 miles per hour.

This weeks Emergency Department rotation means 12pm-11pm shift.

First commute out - Only 24 minutes to travel 22 miles.

February 13, 2011

picture coming!

February 12, 2011

Jackson learned how to spin in circles and make himself dizzy.
It is even more fun with pants on your head.

Not joking, you should try it.

February 11, 2011

Game Night

What can I say? It gets rowdy when you host a game night for the singles in your church. University Village does not mess around.

February 10, 2011

The Red Building

"I wonder if they painted it red over the weekend because I am SURE it was not there last week."

-part of our conversation the second year we lived here, after driving past the skyline on our way to work. Every day.

February 9, 2011

Yard Sale:
Corner of Oakley and Taylor
- Buckets
- Carseats
- Lawn Chairs
- Televisions
- Crates
Today only, everything FREE

Please come before 6:30pm so I can park within a 10 minute walk to my house.

February 8, 2011

February 7, 2011

Spot Savers

Chicago made national news- not just because of the massive blizzard, but because of the thousands of people who have been saving their parking spots with lawn chairs. Apparently illegal, residents have been stashing anything from lawn chairs, bookshelves, car seats, office chairs, tables, pool noodles, crates, and even television sets in their parking spaces. If you attempt to move someone's furniture, thus "stealing" their spot, you may awake to find your car keyed, or the air let out of your tires.

Monday, February 14, 2011

February 6, 2011


This is completely normal at the Kistler residence.

February 5, 2011



(Well, ok. Her birthday was yesterday, but we celebrated today).

We made her a frame highlighting the 50 things we love most about her. Here were some of my favorites...

-she takes care of everyone
-she will agree to anything as long as you ask her while she is reading
-you can tell how much time passes by her many different hairstyles
-she has dance parties in the kitchen
-she swore she would never marry a farmer
-She gives good advice
-she peed her pants once when she sneezed (and hopefully she doesn't kill me for putting that on here!)


February 4, 2011


In the seven months that I have had my car, I have forgotten a lot of things about Chicago Transit Authority. Like how it adds 40 minutes onto your commute, the seats stink and often have suspicious food remnants smashed into them, someone usually tries to sell you something, THERE ARE PIGEONS EVERYWHERE, and your face nearly freezes off while you wait.

Is it weird that I kind of missed it?

February 3, 2011


After another snow day, my alley way was still not plowed. School resumes Friday which only means one thing... it's back to public transportation until my car can be freed.

I only hope I can meet up with Chico. It has been way too long since I have hung out with my homeboy.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 2, 2011

Storm Stats:

Snowfall: 19 inches
Windspeed: 40mph
Days off from school: 2
Number of cars we dug out: 8
Time spent digging: 7 hours
New neighbors met: Close to 30.
Pairs of pants Emma was wearing: 3
Total snow wipe outs: I lost count. Probably in the hundreds. And they never stopped being funny.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 1, 2011


What do you do when one of the largest blizzards in Chicago's history is ripping through the city?

While others are hiding in their bunkers and changing the batteries in their flashlights, we decided to run around and play in it. At least until the snow began to stick to our faces.

January 31, 2011

Stocking Up

Heard the most massive snow storm in the history of Chicago was going to hit the next day. I, along with everyone else in the great city of Chicago, headed to Jewel Osco (aka the slowest grocery store in town on a normal day), to prepare for snowmageddon to arrive.