Wednesday, September 16, 2015

First Day of School

We are now two weeks in to the new school year, so it's about time I post about his first day. 

Harry started his second year of preschool last week and so far so good. He is also attending extension classes, so he'll be at school for 4 hours a day, double what he was doing from last year. Still 2 days a week. One of the extension classes focuses on the alphabet and pre-reading, while the other will build on what he learned in his main class that week. 

He even gets to eat lunch at school now, which he's very excited about. 

Here are some pictures from the first day. I didn't get many, as it was raining and Harry wasn't in the picture-taking mood.


Ant's working a crazy schedule this month and he happened to be off on Harry's first day so we both got to drop him off. After we picked him up we went to MOD Pizza for lunch (extension classes didn't start until this week so he hadn't eaten yet). I think he was a little overwhelmed with his new class and that was the least fun lunch ever. Oh well, 3 year olds are unpredictable, aren't they?

Here's to a great school year!

Friday, September 11, 2015


So, it just hit me that in less than 2 months we will have a 4 year old...


I mentioned in last month's update that Harry's really gotten in to coloring. Well, about a week ago we discovered It's a site where you can print off different coloring pages and I don't think he's stopped asking for new ones to color! We've done Toy Story, Curious George, Frozen, and more.

He calls me his "best girl," which is like the cutest ever.

He's known the days of the week for a while now, but recently he learned the order of the days. He recites them at every chance he gets.

Somersaults! I don't remember if I ever posted about them, but he learned how to do them earlier in the summer. He only does them on our bed, but he's gotten very good! This might not be that big of an accomplishment, but I have never in my life been able to do one (although I used to do a mean cartwheel)! I thought Harry would take after me in that aspect (as he seems to with most things), but I'm so glad he learned how to do one. Having him hold a Kleenex with his chin was the trick.

I know I mentioned a long time ago about how Harry loves when it's 4:44 on the clock. He still does! He gets so excited to see his favorite time. If he looks at the clock at 4:42 or 4:43 he'll call us over and we have to wait and watch the clock until it's time, LOL!

He's started doing this weird thing when answering questions. Say we ask him what kind of fruit he wants for lunch. He'll go through every fruit in the house. With the fruits he doesn't want he'll say, "Kiwi... dent! Strawberries... dent! Apples... dent!" And then when he gets to the fruit he does want he'll go, "Cantelope... ding!" He does this with everything, it's rather humorous.

Harry has officially discovered video games. Rocket League to be exact. It's the car soccer game that was a free download for PS4. He loves it! At first he would just drive his car around the field, but just this week he's really started playing. In one game he managed to score 4 goals! I don't love that he's gotten in to it (I think he's too young still), but Ant does of course. It's something fun for them to do together.

Swimming is still going well. We have a few more weeks before we call it quits for the season. At his last lesson he went under the water a few times, which was a big accomplishment. He's been resisting it all summer! I posted a video of one of his lessons here if you'd like to see.

Here's another video of Harry. We were making a video for Ant's fantasy football league so I thought I'd ask Harry a few questions. It turned out kinda cute :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Murder Mystery Dinner- Noir She Didn't!

The last weekend in August Ant and I were able to sneak away for a little date night. Our second of the summer, a new record for us! Earlier in the month I was invited by the Murder Mystery Co. to take part in one of their murder mystery shows, after looking into it, Ant and I couldn't wait to go!

My only experience with murder mystery games has been watching the Murder episode of The Office- one of my favorites from the later seasons. And I'm sure I played Clue a few times when I was younger.


The Murder Mystery Co. offers dinner shows in three locations around Chicago. Two locations in the city, and one in Oakbrook Terrace, which is where we saw our show, at the Millhurst Charhouse.
(From Instagram)

Our show was a 1920/30s theme called Noir She Didn't! To add to the theme of the event, the company encourages attendees to dress up in costume. We didn't dress up, but about half the attendees showed up as flappers and gangsters. At the end of the night one couple at our table was awarded Best Dressed, they really went all out with a pinstripe suit and even a fake cigar!

From the time we got to the restaurant the cast was in character, and before we got our seats we got our mugshots taken!

We were then seated at our table, which we shared with four other couples. Before the show started we read through all the information we were given.

Once everyone was seated (there were probably 120 people in attendance), the performance began and we were served dinner. Prior to the show we picked our dinner online. There were 3 options to choose from, pasta, fish, or chicken. Both Ant an I ordered the chicken, which was served with rice and veggies. Simple, but tasty! The rice had a really unique flavor that we both loved.

After dinner more rules of the game were explained. Each table was to work together as a team, and one member from each team was cast as a suspect. Ant was the chosen one from our team, and he was the suspect Joey Ice.

We then spent a good majority of the night talking with other suspects and gathering as many clues as we could. There were also a few times the suspects were all brought to the front for questioning by the police. The cast also made the rounds making sure we got as much information as possible.

After dessert- a delicious piece of chocolate cake, it was time to solve the murder! Each team had to name the suspect we thought did it, along with their motive and opportunity. Our team didn't win, which we blamed on not talking to the right suspects enough. With over 10 suspects, it was hard to get to everybody!

Despite not winning the game, we had a really nice time. The game got a little confusing at points, especially when some of the suspects went off on tangents that didn't have anything to do with the murder we were trying to solve. However, the cast was awesome at reeling them in and getting the right information out to everyone.

If you're in the area and are looking for a fun date night or night out with friends, check out the Murder Mystery Co.! It's something different than the typical dinner and a movie, and they've got quite a few shows playing in the next couple months. The cast were terrific and really made sure everyone had a fun time.

Disclaimer: The Murder Mystery Co. provided me with Gold Circle tickets to one show. All alcohol purchased was paid for by me. All opinions are 100% my own. 
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