It’s the Holiday Card Time of Year

Written by Justin posted on Dec 14, 2013 in Christmas, Conor, Dakota, Devin, Holidays, Kayce, Photos

Around here we just love this time of the year for countless reasons. One big one is this year’s batch of holiday cards in all their glory. There is something untouchable about sending/receiving a tangible object to display rather than checking out someone’s Facebook to see their latest family photos.

Dawn does a heck of a job each year coming up with a photo idea and executing. She lets me write the not-so-witty caption and then we pour over design after design. If Dawn has not lost her mind trying to get the photo, she usually does by this point. But, they always end up turning out just right. Something we are proud to show to you.

You’ll have to check your mailbox for this years version, but I thought it would be fun to display all the years past.

Which one is your favorite? I lean towards the 2008, Dawn goes with 2011. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Grimm Christmas Card 20072007

Grimm Christmas Card 20082008

Grimm Christmas Card 20092009

Grimm Christmas Card 20102010

Grimm Christmas Card 20112011

Grimm Christmas Card 20122012

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Sometimes You Gotta Twister

Written by Justin posted on Dec 6, 2013 in Family

With the recent cold spell we are always looking for new ways to entertain. Family game nights is something we like to do from time to time. The TV goes off and the games come out. Trouble, Chutes & Ladders, Candy Land, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, and of course Twister are some of our favorites. There’s nothing like a little friendly family game rivalry to bring us all a little closer.

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Welcome, Blaise!

Written by Justin posted on Nov 26, 2013 in Family

The Grimm Family is excited to welcome it’s newest extended family member, Blaise Radzik! The newest cousin was born in the wee hours of Friday and he and Mom are doing very well. We can’t wait to meet the newest member. Here’s some stats to help commemorate the occasion.

  • Blaise is the first child for Robin and Chris
  • The extended family now breaks down to 8 boys and 2 girls
  • All born in a 7 year span
  • Kayce is the oldest (6 yrs old)
  • Dawn and I will not be adding any more to these statistics
Photo Cred: Robin Radzik

Photo Cred: Robin Radzik

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The State of Music Videos

Written by Justin posted on Nov 22, 2013 in Opinion, Rant

In my younger days, I would stay up late to watch MTV into the wee hours of the night. I would spend hours on a steady diet of Headbangers Ball and 120 Minutes. Those videos exposed me to a lot of great (and terrible) music during my formative years.

Lately, I have found myself wondering more and more how my kids will get their musical fixes. The M in TV is completely gone. FM radio is the pits. Where will they find it? It sounds like YouTube is a growing provider, but it still seems very self-serving to me. You need to search out bands/artists by name rather than getting them introduced to you by a spikey haired Ricky Rachman type. Maybe this is for the better? Who knows.

The Pitchfork > City of Music series has renewed some of my hope about the music video medium. It’s a series of music vids with the artists playing in a live setting. Certainly not a new formula, but they are produced with the finest attention to detail. The sets are conducive of the act and the live execution and recording of each song is brilliant. These videos bleed the thoughtfulness put into them by everyone involved.

After the Battles video caught my attention, I spent one night watching nearly every one in the series. And well, I have not done that since those “younger days”.

Then The Volcano Choir did a video of the song Comrade (same one I used to score Conor’s 5th bday anthology), and it nearly brought me to tears. It was one I just had to bring the boys over to watch. Just seeing their brains soak it in was a slice of heaven. I constantly have to remind myself what I like they may not like. But then again, don’t some things transcend our personal favoritisms?


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Halloween 2013 Wrap-up

Written by Justin posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Conor, Dakota, Devin, Halloween, Holidays, Kayce, Photos

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween last week! It was a bit soggy in Chicagoland, but the mild temperatures helped keep the spirits up this year. We had a Halloween for the record books. Celebrated with friends, family and as much trick-or-treating as the daylight would allow.

The twins are now at the age where they walked the whole trip. Even carried their own bags and trick or treated for their own loot. It was a real joy to see the last of our little ones going at it for the candy. From stroller bound and oblivious last year. To running around to as many houses as they could this year. They were really into the Despicable Me minion costumes Dawn put together for them. This was their first time wearing face paint and getting all costumed up, so we did not know how they would react. The verdict: They loved it. Did not take off their glasses all night.

The twins carried around the standard orange pumpkin bucket for their treating. Funny thing happened in the days that followed. They carried around those pumpkins full of their loot morning/noon/night. Just kept spouting, “candy”. It was like you could see the lightbulb going off in their heads about the new found sugary goodness. We even found they had stashed a bunch of the candy in some hidden places in their room. Little. (Adorable.) Stinkers.

Kayce and Conor got their fair share of the pie too. School parades and some trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with Kayce’s buddies after school. Overall, another great Halloween. Which is quickly becoming one of The Grimm families most anticipated holidays.

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