finn is happy because we got him some new clothes. he is modeling a new shirt in this picture. target was having a great sale! we got three shirts for 10 bucks! finn also got a pair of shoes, as the temps are getting cooler out. he looks pretty funny in shoes!

we are all loving that fall time is getting nearer! we have had the AC off for the last few days, and it has been so nice to have freash air and a breeze through the house.

as of last week, finn started sleeping 12 hours through the night! 7:30-7:30! it has been so nice. there was one day where i must have accidentally set the alarm/CD clock we have in his bedroom and it went off at like 10:30 pm... it woke him up and he was SO scared! i felt pretty bad. he cried for a few minutes and went right back to bed... poor little tyke.


dancing on the desk


we like books

here is finn enjoying the story of The Pokey Little Puppy, courtesy of aunt chari and uncle darin. he likes to look at pictures, and likes fast paced stories, such as Fox in Socks... i never read that book before recently, and it is a tongue twister... fun for the whole family!

finn is five months old today. he seems to be growing up so fast already! time has flown by!

in other news, i have really enjoyed the rain we have gotten the last couple of days. yippee!


our new rug

my new rug from crate and barrel works perfectly in the kitchen, as you can see for yourself.

this is me happy because the rug is cool and cheaper than target.

a lesson in shopping

for those of you who are shopping impaired, and a reminder for those who think you are good shoppers...

the other day i decided to go to target. finn was almost out of rice cereal, and i was bored, so why not. the changing of seasons means one thing at target - new stuff for people to see and buy, and wish they could buy. targets fall line of, well, everything, is great. everything is so tempting... oooh, look, especially that pair of comfy camo lounge pants. i decided to purchase these pants, and decided a size small would probably be adequate. so i looked at the see of hangers and found the right size and threw it in my cart, alongside 2 boxes of rice cereal, a bib, and a small bucket of chocolate bite things. i was so excited to get home and try on my new pants. i pulled them out of the bag and was so excited i decided to change right there in the kitchen (no one was there... no one could see me, why not...). so i put on my new pants (dramatic pause) and they fell right off. yep. fooled by the hanger tag. XL. to my utter dismay i could not wear these pants. they are toooooo big. lesson learned. check your tags. so now i get to travel back down I-80, down 72nd... all the way back to target, which i will probably be lured to buy something else.

what a clever scheme on targets part, eh??


St. Louis

Justin and Finn waiting for our flight.

Finn's first takeoff - he didn't mind it one bit :)

The E. clan, minus almost all of the kids, at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis

All in all the trip to St. Louis was great! We all woke up before 5 AM on Friday to make sure we wouldn't miss our early flight. Finn did great, even fell asleep on the plane! Cam and Erin were there to pick us up at the airport, after a little terminal location mishap. We went out to breakfast with Justin's aunt Viv and uncle Curt at the Cracker Barrel. I got Egg's in a Basket, which turns out that it could be my favorite Cracker Barrel meal ever - so good. Next we proceededto the Galleria, a big mall. There are lots of stores there that are not available in Omaha, so it was fun to visit there. Then we went back to Erin's parents, ate pizza, relaxed, had dinner, relaxed, until the rest of the E. kids got there (ja, caron, chari, darin, cait and jordan) which ended up being around 10:30. We went to bed.
On Saturday, we all met up at the Galleria, and proceeded down to the loop where we ate at Blueberry Hill. Food - mediocre, but it was definately a cool place. THen us gals split off from the guys who were gonna waste some time and then head out to Busch stadium for the long awaited cardinals game. Us gals did a bunch of window shopping, and probably about the same amount of eating! I got a sweet rug from Crate and Barrel for our kitchen. And we ate at the Cheesecake Factory and dessert was so yummy. To end our day of fun, we Built-A-Bear! It will be a toy that can be passed from cousin to cousin, collecting many stories and names and outfits along the way. I got it a superman outfit, complete with pecs and all. Annabelle will get it first for awhile, and so on down the line, until a knew kid is born to the family, who will then receive the bear... it was pretty fun! Erin, Finn and I went back to the Zeller's to wait for the boys to come home. They told us all about the game, we went to bed and then woke up the next morning to fly back to Omaha.
And here we are. Back home with lots of memories. It was a quick trip, but enjoyable to say the least.


the screech

all signs previous to this week would say we were going to have a quiet little baby. those signs were misleading, to say the least. finn has found his voice, or more appropriately, he has found his screech. he will screech for an hour straight. it is funny and cute for the first five minutes, and then it becomes totally annoying... so loud, so high pitched... ahhhhhhhhhhh!

so maybe he will be a jabber jaw afterall, or as some like to say, a chatty cathy.