The past couple of weeks have been a little rough for me. I fought off bronchitis two weeks ago and this week I feel crappy again -probably due to the changing weather and all the leaves falling off the trees. Allergies suck, don’t they?
But it’s autumn in Chicago and it’s starting to look and feel beautiful around here. I love the cooler temps and the bright colors on the trees. Sadly, I know this gives way to nasty weather ahead– but that’s the price you pay when you live in Chicago, I guess!
This past weekend I visited my mom and my sister and her family came up for a visit. We went to Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm in western Kenosha with the twins and had a great time. The weather was beautiful and the girls seemed to enjoy the sights and sounds… though Abby got cranky with it all pretty quickly. They’re 8 months old already. I can’t believe how quickly they’re growing up, and how cute they’re getting!
Afterward we went to my mom’s and the girls played with some toys while we all relaxed a bit. Watching the girls play and seeing how much they have changed from those little tiny beings I remember seeing earlier this year just amazed me. They’re developing such distinct personalities – Abby is a bit more fussy but extremely attentive; and Emily is more social and easygoing. They are both able to sit up on their own and are becoming more independent as each day passes. It’s so interesting and exciting to see.
Sometimes I feel a little sad that I may not experience parenthood for myself. I’m enjoying watching my nieces grow up, but even though they are rather close, I still don’t get to see them all that often. Even though we are family, we all have our own lives, and we have to invest our time wisely. But I do feel a part of their lives, and as they grow up, they’ll know me as “Uncle Rick,” and not just some guy who comes around every now and then. I can’t wait for that to happen.
Until then, I’m the guy with the camera, following them around all the time. My sister said she feels somewhat like a celebrity because of all the clicking of the camera wherever they go. What can I say… I like taking pictures of my family. 🙂 And the end result is worth it.
So, then, here are some pictures from our weekend together. Hopefully as Autumn settles in I’ll start to feel better… until then, I have some nice memories to keep me smiling.