Trick or Treat 2011!

Boo! This year’s Halloween was extra special for two reasons. First, there were two days of “trick-or-treating.” Second, the kids got to spend it with very good friends. The Costumes While hunting around for age-appropriate versions of “Spider-Man” for my Spider-Man-obsessed kids, we discovered a real gem from my own childhood — Spider-Man and His […]

Green Ticket and Tape Day!

Annalise’s school has a program where students are awarded with “green tickets” whenever they’re caught doing something good, such as following directions, assisting another student, etc. Unsurprisingly, Annalise has really taken to this program and works hard to earn these tickets every chance she gets. We promised we’d celebrate with an activity of her choice […]


I think this photo pretty well captures what it means to be “Nathan.” …and in case you didn’t get the full picture from the photo alone, here’s Nate and his older brother and sister playing with a musical greeting card from Grandma and Grandpa.  

Wild Kratts at the Brookfield Zoo

The Kratt brothers have been around for some time and their latest show on PBS, “Wild Kratts”  is a major hit with the kids. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Hammill Family Play Zoo at the Brookfield Zoo, they invited the Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin, to make an appearance and sign autographs. Aunt Bethie […]

Pictures With Santa Claus 2010

It took 4 years, but we finally got pictures of the kids sitting on Santa’s lap, smiling instead of crying. Well, almost all of the kids sat with Santa. Nate wasn’t having it! Thanks, Santa! And everyone in the group that organized this event!

Christmas Comes Early to Naperville

Last year we conceded that there would be no reasonable way for our family to drive or fly to Buffalo for a December Christmas celebration with the Jaromin side of the family. The solution: host everyone at our house in October for an early family Christmas! The Shedd Aquarium On Thursday Mom and Dad, and […]

Busy Days (and Nights) at the Jaromin’s…

Emma’s quite a joy! She’s probably the most expressive and “smiley” baby of the four. She was also the fussiest and still requires a bit more attention (and carrying) than the others did at this stage. This is one of the reasons for the long delay between posts! Let me try to catch up a […]

Even Steven…or should that be Stephanie?

With the latest ultrasound results in, we are all evened up here in the Jaromin house. It’s a girl!!! Annalise joined Mommy and Daddy for today’s appointment. Baby Girl Jaromin was very cooperative and gave us some very nice pictures. Now it’s time to pick baby names. So far, Annalise’s votes are “baby Annalise”  and […]

A Look Back at the Summer of 2009

It’s been a busy summer full of  “Fun Fridays” and “family adventures”. There were dance classes, swimming and swim lessons, multiple trips to the Brookfield Zoo and Airtastic, a visit to Pirate’s Cove, the Shedd Aquarium, All Aboard Diner, “Thomas Days” at the Illinois Railroad Museum, and even a trip to see Grandma and “papa” […]

First Day of Preschool

When Annalise sees her cousin Keara and her friend Ali going to school, she always asks if she can go too. Well, it’s Annalise’s turn now. Annalise started Prairie Children Preschool on August 25th. We knew it would be an easy transition for her when we went to the open house on August 21st to […]