Monday, August 18, 2014


Gavin and I were at the Riverwalk this week and we saw two families of ducklings. The first one was a different color duck than the "regular" ones we see all the time:

Gavin decided the ducks were following him.  This family had five baby ducks.

They were super cute! And a bonus - there were NO geese that day! I have no idea why. but I wasn't complaining!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brookfield Zoo

Gavin and I went to Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday. We got there at 9:40, before the buildings were open. We could look at the outdoor animals and the underwater dolphin viewing, though.

We were the first ones in the dolphin area and it was like they were just waiting for people to arrive. They came up to the glass and floated there, watching us. It was so cool! Then once other people showed up, the dolphins went back to their usual routine of swimming laps around the pool.

These black birds share a space with the macaws. Gavin loves the macaws but is afraid they will fly around and get too close (it's a "free-flight" enclosure), so we watched from the other side of the wire mesh doors. It was a good thing, because the black birds flew down and walked around right where we would've been standing. (They are called "wattled curassows.")

Leopard sharks in the Living Coast exhibit:

Of course, we saw the "real" dolphin show performance at 11:30.

Trying to touch a ray. Those rays were swimming just out of reach of the kids! Gavin managed to touch only one.

Classic pose on the lion:

We'll be going back a few more times before school starts! Send me a message if you want to join us!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Random July

July was cooler than we would have liked  - too cool to get in an unheated pool! We made a few trips to the Morton Arboretum.

Gavin in his  "cool" pose:

Exploring the secret stream. He LOVES this:

Taking advantage of an already-drawn hopscotch game:

Gavin did a week-long Tae Kwan Do camp, and on the last day they played mini-golf. I think he and his buddy DJ were more interested in climbing than golfing, but they had a great time:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Kane County Cougars

For Grandpa Cermak's work picnic this year, the company took everyone out the ballgame. It was one of the local minor league teams, the Kane County Cougars. It was nice and close!

Our friends Mark Maurer and his daughter Paige (who takes Tae Kwan Do with Gavin) were there, too.
The kids were somewhat interested in the game and the stadium...for being 6, I think they did just fine.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Update on Nana

Nana Cermak has been at DuPage Convalescent Center for the last three weeks, strengthening her new knee. She got to come home yesterday, and was happy to sleep in her own bed!

Here are some pictures from her last week at DPCC:

Francis stopped by on his birthday:

Nana is wearing a purple shawl she won at Bingo (she won a lot at Bingo during her stay)!

Nana got a LOT of flowers!

Gavin colored a picture for her:

Sunflowers from all of us:

Working the United States puzzle:

Nana with her cards from the Flory kids:

Let's hope Nana gets strong soon!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Random Summer Fun

When Gavin and I aren't at Centennial Beach, we fill our afternoons with other fun stuff. Here are some random photos from the last month:

A park playdate with Claire and her brothers - Gavin is peeking out the top circle, Claire is in the middle, and her brother Ethan is at the lower one:

Centennial Park - it's huge and there's always lots of kids there!

Morton Arboretum - Gavin is big enough to wade into the streams:

This black marble ball never gets old:

 Centennial Park again - on this visit, we ran into a kindergarten classmate:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Safety Town

Last week Gavin got to go to Naperville's super fun camp called Safety Town. It's one week, 90 minutes per day, open to kids entering Kindergarten and 1st grade. We made sure to sign up with his buddy, Claire.

They learned about 911, bus safety, animal safety, water safety, poison look-a-likes, railroad safety, to name a few.

Firefighters put out a fire that had theatrical smoke. Gavin loved the hose!

The kids got a tour of an ambulance:

On the last day, I got to come early and walk around with him while he showed me everything. Here are a bunch of random things inside the town:

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He loved every day and I highly recommend it!