Sunday, December 3, 2017

{MERRY} from the Carlsons

As the stockings are hung by the chimney with cries of Don't-Touch-Those-or-the-heavy-stocking-holder-thingy-will-crush-your-little-head, it appears we are ready for the season!    

Kevin and Tracy are still plugging away at Heitman (as a Finance Manager) and BMO Financial Group (as a Manager in Event-Based Marketing). While both of us enjoy our companies and roles, that's probably is enough work talk.

Outside of work, Kevin made the difficult decision to hang up his magician's hat after two years with Open Heart Magic - though is still known to carry a pack of cards just in case there is an entertainment opportunity or need.

Tracy increased her volunteer work for our neighborhood elementary school: South Loop School.  While her strongest skill is her "inability to say no" to new committees and tasks, it has truly been a great community to support and a wonderful way to meet families in the area.  [small plug: Would love to connect you as well if you attend the school (please!)]

The boys have been loving school, their friends, and general Chicago adventures.  Highlights of the year include flag football with Coach Carlson (yes, same relation), impromptu dance parties, and a trip to NYC. The boys fell in love with the Big Apple and announced plans to move there hours into the trip.  Please keep an eye out for a gofundme campaign should this dream become reality, as they are eyeing homes near Central Park.

It isn't a weekend without a kids birthday party - and we love it!  We gladly pay the "gift" admission fee for a chance to talk with adults and watch our kids run around in their element.  Speaking of birthdays, Kevin and Tracy both turned 40 this year (...What's that?  We don't look a day over 35?  That's so kind of you!) Kevin celebrated selflessly by foregoing a party and donating to charity: water. Tracy then took the opposite approach by meeting some girlfriends for a weekend in Vegas.

Someone small is hovering too close to the stockings again, we should sign off now ~

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and look forward to hearing from you in the near future!

All the best,
Kevin, Tracy, Chase (7), and Kiefer (5)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

{hope & happiness} from the carlsons

Happy Holidays!
2016 was a good year for us, and hope it was for you as well ~
Below is a quick summary of our most memorable notes of the year (in no particular order):
  • Had some great travel time in San Diego and St. Louis - highly recommend both! 

  • Shipped the kids to the Grandparents (in Iowa) to get their little hands dirty on the farm. Then Mom and Dad HIT THE TOWN. And slept. A lot.

  • Kevin became a magician after graduating from Magic University (lesser known competitor to Hogwarts). He volunteers regularly at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital (Comer), bringing home inspiring and sweet stories with each experience.

  • Tracy planned to pick up tennis again -- purchased a membership, gathered gear, and made court reservations. Then fell down some stairs, twisted her knee, landing her in physical therapy. Trying again in 2017!

  • Chase loves Kindergarten, has become a confident reader/writer, and recently started making his own dinners (always with a "touch" of salami). Related note: parents have had more cleanup to do in the kitchen area.

  • Kiefer has yet to meet a car, train, or truck he doesn't want to play with and will do nearly anything for a skittle. Quite possibly the sweetest and kindest friend we have ever witnessed. 

  • After a full year and not a little cash, our kids have grown leaps and bounds as swimmers. Previously it felt like forcing cats into a bath; now their heads are under water and some independent swimming is happening! 
All the best to you this holiday season ~

Kevin, Tracy, Chase (6 years) & Kiefer (4 years)