Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July has been a crazy month for the Petersen family. At the end of June, Eli turned 2! To mark the big occasion, we gathered with his grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles (although we missed Aunt Cherie terribly) and three cousins. And because he's so grown up, he has acquired his very own pets and now sleeps in a "big boy bed."

Eli is the proud owner of three guppy-like gold fish. The orange one is named "Fish" and the white with orange and black spotted ones are "Orange" and "Brown." He's very excited to feed them and watch them swim around in the aquarium in his room.

Shortly after our week at summer camp, Eli helped his Papa remove the front railing of his crib and replace it with the low railing the extends half the length of his bed. He can get in an out himself and was so excited to help with the process. The first night was a little rough - Jeff finally discovered that he was afraid that the tiger (from the zoo just a few blocks away) would get him without the front wall of his crib. It was very heartbreaking and yet very sweet that he had a conversation about it with Jeff. We've had a few issues with staying in the bed for naps, but he seems to be getting the hang of it.

Other birthday highlights were the tricycle he got from Grandma and Grandpa Petersen and the trains from Grandma and Grandpa Traxler (and Burtie the Bus from cousin Ellie and family).

Since Eli's birthday we've spent a week at Camp Geneva as chaplains, a night at the camper with Grandma and Grandpa Petersen along with a morning at the beach with Jeff's side of the family. We've spend a good deal of time at Pretty Lake and Eli's becoming a stellar swimmer. Last weekend we took in a Tiger's baseball game with Jeff's family, too. It's been a busy month. Check out all the pictures.

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