Whoever says “Don’t cry over spilled milk” has never nursed.

I should be napping right now but instead am on the Internets. Big news around here is Ellis King has arrived. Born on August 29, 2010 – he weighed in at 6 lbs 13 oz and just about 20 inches long. His first few days were quiet ones, but the kid now has a yell that can make your heart fall out. He is also very cute. 

I have a lot more to say but my eyes are crossing from lack of sleep so it will have to wait.

Papa needs a new pair of shoes

Another Wisco weekend for us. This time we had the pleasure of visiting with Mr. Swirley’s family (in town from La Crosse & Green Bay, WI AND Finland!). I definately consumed way too many calories, but worked most of them off through fits of laughter.

The kids targeted Mr. Swirley with their water balloon shenanigans. In case you were wondering, though water balloons in shoes may clean them of surface dirt, they definately leave a musty odor. Here he is being attacked…

And G.U.S. showing me a little something he saved for Uncle Swirley

We also celebrated  Uncle Jon’s 75th birthday and Grandpa Swirley’s impending (Wed) retirement. Forty-four years at the La Crosse veterinary clinic. Pretty impressive. More impressive is how thrilled he is to retire – congrats Bob! Your son is uber jealous.

We then attended Jess and Z’s fabulous wedding downtown. I have always wanted to go to an event at the “Gates of Heaven” synogogue and finally got my chance. The ceremony was lovely and Mr. Swirley laughed til he cried a few times during the reception. Most of the stories are too long and innapropriate to share – so I will just say that it’s always so nice to see old friends. It is also probably a good thing that I didn’t meet Mr. Swirley until Feb. of our senior year. Not to say he was a troublemaker, but he certainly was around trouble (e.g., fireworks set off in the house, natural gas leaks, etc.)

The former residents (minus three) of 200 South Mills.

We were able to spend a little more time with our favorite Finns on Sunday while frolicking in the hotel pool. I am sad that we likely won’t see these awesome kids for another two years – you can see just how fun they are to hang with.

The pixie…

…and the twins

I just like this one.

perhaps a trip to Helsinki is in the cards? Hope so.

On a completely unrelated note, I am currently wearing bikini bottoms that once had a ruffled edge and now sport a straight piece of fabric. Nice.

You don’t know how to make guacamole

Family fun in the country was the name of the game this weekend. That and sweet presents for baby Swirley. And lot’s of food. Mr. and Mrs. D (and of course Carly) hosted a baby shower for Mr. Swirley and me at their lovely St. Charles home. After an incredible amount of planning and hard work (with none of our assistance), Ho-Hos, Swingens, Earleys, Ds and close family friends came to celebrate happy babies and dimpled knuckles. We were fortunate enough to have guests travel from Wisconsin, Illinois (Chicagoland), Missouri and California to join us for a day of bbqing, yard games, frog hunting and fun in the country. Mr. Swirley and NVS also decided to call each other the night before to coordinate outfits.


Lady Jayne brought Sweet Lou and G.U.S. to show us how cute our baby will be after his alien phase.  It was a reassuring gift since all of the books keep telling us to not be surprised if he arrives smushed and baby bird-like. G.U.S. spent the majority of the day hunting toads/frogs (yes, I know there is a difference – but I don’t really care) while Sweet Lou hung out and had his face eaten by us adults (see below. That is me attempting to eat his face). 
The G made the rounds while Ho-Ho met the Swingens for the first time. It was great. In addition, T-bone attended and he and Ho-Ho even reminisced about big she got while prego with yours truly. It was nice to see them chatting it up and I even got the first family photo taken of us since ever. Well, maybe that is an exaggeration, but not by much. Look, I have proof.
My “fake” uncles Jim and Jim joined us as well. As a side note, I think the use of the word “fake” is really inappropriate since I regard them as kin – but always used it to differentiate for confused friends. Since moving back to Chicago, we have seen much more of the Jims (sometimes for not so good reasons like house floods), which has been wonderful. Uncle Rich, the man who has been present at every seminal moment in my life (from a zero birthday party to officiating our wedding) was sadly not in attendance – but talked about (in a good way) throughout the day. 
Jim & Jim!
My  aunt Jo and cousin Z traveled from the Bay area to revel in Midwest humidity and poke baby Swirley.  I cannot tell you how grateful we were to have both of them share the weekend with us. And Aunt Jo made us a lovely baby blanket to boot. Mrs. S couldn’t make it but we know she was poking baby Swirley in spirit. Other gifts included: blankets and sweaters made by baby’s great- grandmothers (Swingen and Johnson); handmade blankets by Ho-Ho, Carly and our wonderful and very thoughtful cousin in North Carolina, Mrs. T; onesies decorated by those in attendance; and, other sweet little items like clothing, toys, stuffed animals and nursery decorations. Baby Swirley is already so spoiled and he is has only just grown large enough to kick me in the ribs. Dang.

We also decided to share the name of young Swirley with our friends and family – Ellis (aka Lil Swings, “L”) and I think it surprised my gramps for the first time since his 80th birthday party. Hopefully in a good way.

Here we are explaining where the baby currently resides to G.U.S.
And here we all are – post-food, presents and fun.

The weekend ended with the moving of a storage unit and Ho-Ho telling me: “you dont know how to make guacamole. I know how to make guacamole” after I questioned her inclusion of mayonnaise in the the recipe.I suppose I still have a lot to learn before becoming a mom; good thing we have so much help.