Block party!

Tonight was our kind-of-annual block party. This year it was a combination block party for our street and the next street over, so there were probably 50 adults and all of their kids present. There were games, a bounce house, a giant inflatable movie screen, and of course, tons of food. Katra made about a gallon of hummus and a gallon of tapenade, and I made 5 dozen chocolate chip cookies.

The fire department came by, and the kids were able to crawl all over and through the fire truck and ambulance

The fire department came by, and the kids were able to crawl all over and through the fire truck and ambulance

Around this time Ian was really ready for a nap, but we managed to get him to sit on the fire truck long enough to take a picture

Around this time Ian was really ready for a nap, but we managed to get him to sit on the fire truck long enough to take a picture

Water baloons for one of the games the kids played.

Water baloons for one of the games the kids played.

Kyle by the bounce house

Kyle by the bounce house

The giant inflatable movie screen. Once it was dark outside, they played the movie Bolt for the kids.

The giant inflatable movie screen. Once it was dark outside, they played the movie Bolt for the kids.

Ian decided to drive his car down to the end of the block. That little red speck is him.

Ian decided to drive his car down to the end of the block. That little red speck is him.

Ran out of gas, had to push the car back

Ran out of gas, had to push the car back

The kids getting ready for the bicycle tour

The kids getting ready for the bicycle tour

Kyle is ready to ride!

Kyle is ready to ride!

And they're off!

And they're off!

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The time has come for another no-good-reason party!

Yesterday we took Kyle to see the Dirty Sock Funtime Band at Ravinia. We first discovered this band on Jack’s Big Music Show, which Kyle used to watch religiously. We told him about the concert on Friday, and he was so incredibly excited about seeing them, it was just about all he talked about until we arrived at Ravinia the next day.

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We had seats in the very first row of the pavillion, so we had a great view. As the show went on, the band members came down off the stage more and more often, which gave Kyle several opportunities to interact with them. He danced, clapped, jumped, and even sang into the microphone a couple of times. The show was a lot of fun and we all had a great time.

Mr. Clown and Michael Messer sing

Mr. Clown and Michael Messer sing

After the show, the whole band was available to sign autographs. Kyle came home with a t-shirt and CD autographed by every one of the band members.

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Kyle with Annie at the autograph signing

Kyle with Annie at the autograph signing

Party hats!

For my birthday, Katra and the boys made party hats for all of us. Each one was unique and special, and Ian took charge of making sure we all wore the correct hat.

All four of us modeling our hats. Guess which one didn't want to sit still for a photo?

All four of us modeling our hats. Guess which one didn't want to sit still for a photo?

All four hats

All four hats

Preschool graduation

Kyle graduated from preschool today. The ceremony began with several songs, which Kyle sang most enthusiastically:

Singing the "babies on the bus" line from "Wheels on the Bus"
Shhh!

Shhh!

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Next the teachers for each class handed out diplomas to their students.

Kyle receives his diploma from Ms. Nyah

Kyle receives his diploma from Ms. Nyah

Ms. Nyah has been Kyle’s teacher for the entire 2-1/2 years he has attended school.

Kyle and his teacher, Ms. Nyah

Kyle and his teacher, Ms. Nyah

Park district preschool graduation

Today the Oswego Park District held a graduation ceremony for the outgoing preschoolers at Fox Bend Golf Course.

The full graduating group, from several classes. Kyle is on the far right.

The full graduating group, from several classes. Kyle is on the far right.

Kyle waiting to walk up and receive his diploma

Kyle waiting to walk up and receive his diploma

A high five for Ms. Kate

A high five for Ms. Kate

Kyle receives his diploma

Kyle receives his diploma

Kyle with his teachers and the rest of his class

Kyle with his teachers and the rest of his class

Throwing the graduation caps

Throwing the graduation caps

Kyle with his aide, Ms. Debbie (left) and his teacher, Ms. Kate (right)

Kyle with his aide, Ms. Debbie (left) and his teacher, Ms. Kate (right)