December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve: The "Better Full Than Empty" Edition

We spent the day in Chicago at the Shedd Aquarium (thanks to generous all-access passes given to me by the Shedd).

Chicago kids


I'm super glad I snapped this photo before we went inside because I didn't end up really taking much more.

We were planning to attend the family fireworks at Navy Pier that would be going on right about now. But as we were leaving the aquarium, my elderly 4-year-old complained of arthritis in his knee (or he bumped it or something) and the older boys wanted to go home and Ivy promptly fell asleep as soon as we strapped her in the car seat.

SO, instead of dishing out another $20 for parking and then bearing the cold cold COLD, we pointed our car homeward.

And here we are.

I've got to make this quick- ice cream sundaes with ALL the fixins are up next, and then Pop Rocks for everyone before bed, to ring in the New Year together as a family.

Chicago New Year's Eve 2009

I longingly said goodbye to the city as we headed home. The lights, the snow falling ever so gently, it was all picture perfect.

Another time, another me would have ran to it with open arms. But this time, this me, her arms are already full.

Family of Six

Happy happy happy New Year, friends.

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49 comments:

  1. Your family is so precious. :) Happy New Year!

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  2. Beautiful! Happy New Year! *smooch*

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  3. Happy New Year Steph to you and your beautiful family. I'm so glad you had a good day. Mine was not so picture perfect.

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  4. Lovely! I love the shot of the city... and I agree with it all. Sitting on the couch in my pajamas isn't what I would've pictured for myself five years ago, but it's so right now.
    (p.s. Jeff looks really cute in that photo)

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  5. I love this post so much. These are great shots.

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  6. What a FABULOUS family picture! Glad you guys had fun!

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  7. perfect.

    and wonderful family photo!

    i'm so thankful for you. happy new year, steph!

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  8. Happy New Year!


    I've got to upgrade from my sling to mai tei... looks so much comfier

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  9. What a happy family....wishing you a great 2010~!

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  10. Such a great family photo!
    Happy New Year Steph!

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  11. You have a beautiful family! Happy New Year, Steph! Looking forward to another year of inspirational, encouraging posts from you :)

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  12. happy new year! i'm so glad i know you!

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  13. Such a beautiful picture of all of you!

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  14. I LOVE that family photo!

    You are seriously THE most beautiful woman inside and out and you have the family to match.

    Thank you for letting me know you.

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  15. happy new year! what a great family photo!!

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  16. Steph, you have a beautiful family. Here is to hoping that 2010 is full of magic, happiness and love!

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  17. Don't you just love a cute family picture!!! That's beautiful... Hope you guys have a great 2010!!!

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  18. What a wonderful photo of your family!
    My husband & I were talking last night about how even just five years ago we would have never imagined spending a New Year's Eve this way...home, snuggled together on the couch watching a movie while our son snoozed in his crib.
    And yet...I think this New Years Eve has been the best!

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  19. I have a serious love affair going on with Chicago...and only get there about twice a year.

    Hope you had a good one last night!

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  20. Like you need someone else saying how cute your family is ;)

    Well, it is! Love your sweet little family.

    Happy New Year.

    Nell

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  21. Beautiful family photo!
    I love the city too..*sigh*
    Happy New Year!

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  22. Yea for family photos! It's so hard to get everyone in a picture, isn't it? Let alone looking at the camera. I love it.

    Happy New Year!

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  23. What a beautiful evening, and a beautiful family! It sounds all just lovely. Happy New Year!

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  24. Happy New Year, Steph!!! It's so good to see all of you!

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  25. What beautiful family, Steph! I do not know you "IRL"...but I echo what others have said, you are beautiful inside and out. You have been such an inspiration and encouragement to me this last year in life and parenting. Your sweet gentle spirit shines in what ever you say and do! Be Blessed!

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  26. What beautiful pictures! I love the one of the entire family.

    Happy New Year!

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  27. Great picture, great family. Happy New Year Steph! Best wishes for 2010.

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  28. Love the photo Steph! What a cute family! And the background is so great!

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  29. Oh my word. I just love everything about this post. The picture is DIVINE. What a beautiful, authentic shot. And yes, I also would have run back toward the black-and-white city with the snow gently falling at one point in my life. But look at your colorful world now! This is such a better picture, I can't even put it into words.

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  30. Lovely post! Happy 2010 to you and yours!

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  31. Looks like a GREAT way to spend New Years Eve! I'm loving those green gloves.

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  32. The family picture is SO beautiful!

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  33. "Another time, another me would have ran to it with open arms. But this time, this me, her arms are already full." Love this. I am so right exactly there with you.

    Can't wait to meet you (and Ivy) next weekend. I'll have to bring along my little Axel (at least for part of the time) so she has a playmate. :)

    Happy New Year!

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  34. Y'all are gorgeous as usual. Happy, happy new year my friend!!!

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  35. You are right, you do have your arms full with such a gorgeous family. I love that picture of the city!! Happy New Year Steph!!

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  36. Happy New Year, Stephanie!

    Dave and I were in Chicago on Dec. 30th and it was beautiful. That city just makes you feel excited!

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  37. OHHHH - just love that pic of all of you!!! What a wonderful armful you have! :)

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  38. what a fab family photo!!
    happy '10!

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  39. Your family is so adorable!! I miss you terribly! Can't wait until Blissdom! Love you!

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  40. What an awesome family photo, Stephanie. BEAUTIFUL!

    and I can't believe Erin hit on Jeff in the comments. {but she took the words out of my mouth.}

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  41. Oh, you just gave me goosebumps. I particularly loved your comparison of your past and your "now." :)

    And that picture is awesome. How blessed you are to have you arms so full!

    Happy New Year!

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  42. Love your family picture. So beautiful. :)
    Wishing you a very happy 2010!

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