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Evelyn Likes to Draw

Posted by on 5/3/2009


Originally uploaded by allthewhile.

I found her entranced, sitting on this dresser, drawing a street scene involving various animals and cars. She loves to write, too. Drawing is her first passion, it seems.

Hanging out in front of our new house

Posted by on 3/21/2009

The weather was nice today so we decided to take a walk past the new house. Everytime its nice outside, I just want to walk over there and hang out.



Its hard to believe that we’ll live there in just a month or so!

So I think we’re gonna buy a house!

Posted by on 3/8/2009

So we weren’t REALLY looking to buy a house right now. It just sorta jumped up on us out of nowhere. You know with the economy so bad, and so many foreclosures, the prices of houses has actually gotten to a level where someone with a stable job could actually buy a home in a nice neighborhood. To give a little perspective to the matter, when we first moved into Oak Park, Il, a STARTER home was 300k+. And when I say starter, I mean barely 1000 square feet and you might have to do some work on it.

So we’ve been looking at the market lately, and its actually really great for people who are looking to get into a home. We’ve looked at lots of houses and seen things that would scare the average person away from the market: Holes in walls, dead rodents, strange staircases leading to nowhere. But we stuck with it and we found a home that we absolutely love.

Its a 4 bedroom home on a dead end street RIGHT next to a park and pool. Its a 4 minute walk to the Blue Line El, and a five minute walk to Evelyn’s school. It does need updating but its in move in condition.

The House:



No outlet!


We made an offer and it was accepted, but we’re still trying to work out all the minute details. Its going to need a new roof, and the FHA inspection is this coming week. We’ll see how that goes.

Putting the Girls to bed: Audio Version

Posted by on 10/9/2008

So this is really all about being obsessed with things, really. I get on these kicks were I can’t stop doing one category of “thing.” Right now I think it might be recording everyday things in our lives. So I thought it might be interesting to record what it was like to put the girls to bed at night. We’d previously read a great story on the couch. The audio starts when we are heading to the bedroom.


  1. Jumping in the bed
  2. Evelyn messing with the mic
  3. Praying
  4. Accidentally saying “hamster” instead of “mice”…not sure where that came from
  5. Evelyn not “saying the words” to the rote prayers
  6. The phone ringing right after prayers, talking to a student, and then her mom.
  7. Evelyn and I completing our bedtime routine…”Go

Putting the Girls to Bed

Ambrose trying to walk: The Audio Version

Posted by on 10/9/2008

So I had this strange thought. What would it be like if we recorded all of Ambrose’s attempts to walk, not in video, but in audio form? It might change how we remember it. I don’t know. But I’ve committed to giving it a whirl.

Ambrose sorta Walking