July 6, 2006

Zoe celebrated her first Fourth of July this week. We started the celebration with the Brookfield Parade. She was so darling, waving her little American flag at all those marching. In fact, Zoe was very popular among those in the parade, often being pointed and ooed and ahhed at, especially by the Brookfield Women’s Club. As into her as the marchers were, Zoe was not really all that interested in the parade, with the exception of the fire engines. She liked the loud sirens, but other than that she just wanted to wave her flag.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the backyard, swimming and playing. We thought about heading to the fireworks, but it didn’t seem to make much sense waking Zoe up at that late hour. In fact she was in such a deep sleep, all the loud booms never made her stir.

Yesterday, we went down to the Taste of Chicago. I was very apprehensive about the whole trip, the train, the crowds, the lack of a schedule, but Zoe was wonderful. She was pretty unphased by the train only looking out the window for brief periods before resuming play with her toys. As soon as we arrived at Union Station, she fell asleep in her stroller and slept for over an hour as Zak and I enjoyed some Lou’s. She woke up to enjoy her on Taste food, applesauce from home. Yummm!! From the Taste we wondered over to Millennium Park and Zoe got to see the bean for the first time. She was fascinated with it. You could see the confusion in her eyes, “How are we here and there at the same time?” She also loved the pool/fountain and really enjoyed getting her feet wet. She was remarkable the whole day and we all had a great time.

She is continuing to enjoy new foods. We can break out the pina coladas, as Zoe loves avocado. She is enjoying cantaloupe and liked watermelon the one time we gave it to her. She likes all her veggies, green beans, eggplant, sweet potatoes, and squash. However, she very strongly dislikes peaches. There are some pictures of her disgusted face on the July 4 th , picture update. It is so funny, she face just crinkles up and she pouts out her lips and looks at us, begging for a bite of something different. I am pretty bummed out, because peaches are my favorite fruit and I was hoping Zoe would like them. We’ll try again in a few days and maybe she’ll tolerate them.

We have one other big piece of news. About 30 minutes ago and big, burly man came and put a “For Sale” sign in front of our house. I bet Zak ten dollars to go out there and tell them that they have the wrong house, but the truth of the matter is that we are moving! Zak has accepted a job for next school year at West Aurora High School, so we are looking for housing out that way. It is going to be a big change, and we are all a little sad about leaving this house, but life will go on. If you know anyone interested in looking at a well-maintained, beautiful single family home in Brookfield , you can direct them to www.4208Blanchan.com .

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