Only in Chicago

We in Chicago are not content to have our snow simply fall to the ground; around here the snow goes in the opposite direction. Yes, that’s right, the snow falls up. Here’s video proof:

This was taken from my 24th floor office during a very heavy snowstorm today. You have to look closely, but you can see the snow between my building and the adjacent building falling up. At times during the day it was also moving in sideways and round-and-round fashion.

Ian turns 3

On Ian’s birthday, we had a party for family and friends at the house.

The following week we had another party for his friends. Six little boys, snacks, and cupcakes. Chaos ensued.

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Oh, the agony of waiting 10 minutes for cookies to bake…

Ready for the oven!

Are they done yet?

I don't know how much longer I can wait!

No, seriously. Are they done yet?

Oven mitt at the ready!

Let's get those cookies out!


The EyeClops Bionicam is a handheld electronic microsope that we got for me Kyle for Christmas. It has a small screen built in, or you can hook it directly to the TV. You can capture still images or movies on the included USB stick and transfer them to the computer.

Last night we had some fun taking some pictures of various things around the house. Here are a few samples:

Colored text from a book, 100x

Thumbprint, 100x

Carpet, 100x

My shirt, 200x

The back of our couch cushion, 100x

Glitter on a New Year's Eve hat, 100x

Curly ribbon, 100x

Green nylon fabric, 100x

Wood from my desk, 200x

Pink ink on a post-it note, 400x

Band-aid, 100x

Laptop screen, 100x

Laptop screen, 400x