Thursday, July 31, 2014

2.5 Years Old!

Our now big-boy Graham is boy through and through as he turns 2.5 years old.  He loves all things sports and wants to be throwing, hitting, catching or kicking balls constantly. His imaginary play of sports is hysterical and he most often ends up on the floor after each play. Graham is actually impressively coordinated for his age and can even throw the baseball up to himself and hit it with a bat. He's currently illegally playing in Liv's tball class with 3-4 year olds and keeping up more than some of the actual participants. His love of sports has carried over to his wardrobe, where he insists on a daily basis to wear his Blackhawks tshirt with his soccer sport shorts with socks and crocs. It's a good look.

Since Quinn's arrival, Graham has declared he is a big boy and taken on the older brother role seamlessly.  No more little spoons, booster seats or cut up hot dogs will do for him anymore. He often likes to tell you he is four years old as well. But he's incredibly sweet with Q and loves to hold him and kiss his head. And "Ya-Ya" (Liv) and Graham are two little buds who play exceptionally well together the majority of the time. Recently they like to play house, art class and school together. I'm incredibly proud of how well they have adapted to the new baby and how independent they both are.

Graham is our family comedian and has excellent comedic timing.  He totally knows he's entertaining and really delivers for a crowd, mostly our family.  At the same time, he has his sweet and sensitive side to him to balance his often goofy and crazy-self. I know he's going to do great at school this fall and am confident he will love it.
Favorite colors: blue and orange
Favorite foods: cheese, hot dogs, chocolate milk boxes, strawberries
Favorite treats: gummy bears, cookies and lollies
Favorite songs: "Bear Down Chicago Bears," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," and "You Are My Sunshine"
Favorite animals: lions and elephants
Favorite books: "Monkey Boy," "Mr. Magee Goes Camping"
Happy half-way to three Grahamie! 
We love everything about you.

Weight: 30 lbs 8 oz (60th percentile)
Height: 37.12 inches (83rd percentile)
Head: 19.69 inches (70th percentile)
BMI: 15.56 (27th percentile)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Our Nifty Nine!

All nine Murray-Giles-Elsener cousins together for the first time! Quinn is one lucky little guy to have all these excellent role models.

Settling in at Home

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Mighty Quinn


We are now officially a party of five!
Let the crazy commence.

Three Little Peas in our Pod

Introducing…Quinn Michael Elsener

The perfect addition to our family….
Quinn Michael Elsener
 Born July 23, 2014 at 2:59pm
8 pounds 6 ounces
20.5 inches

Monday, July 21, 2014


Sleeping with his mitt. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Girl Time

A little mommy-daughter treat before we are outnumbered by boys. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Future of Oak Park

Back: Abby Griffith, Kate Griffith, Liv, Maddie Nichols, Graham, Emmett Powers
Front: Frankie and Jimmy Hepner, Luke Widuch, Mary Grace Dabagia, Charlie Carney, Jack Hanses, JJ and Delaney Nichols, Maura Carney 

Coming by Fall 2014: four more babies

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coming Soon...

Apparently labor could happen any hour, day or definitely by next Wednesday. Waiting, paranoid and waiting...

Little Camper

Liv has been loving Sprout Camp at First United this week, where she will be going to school this coming year. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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