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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Mom’s Birthday Rundown

Written by Dawn posted on Oct 30, 2013 in Birthday, Conor

Oh my Nonnies!  I cannot believe you are 5 already!  That is so hard for me to wrap my head around!

You had a very fun birthday celebration.  On your actual birthday, we had a super mario party at our house with family.  Then the next Friday, we had a birthday party with your friends for you at the jump zone.  You got a birthday throne that you got to sit on and when everyone sang ‘happy birthday’ to you, you got all shy and hid your face in the chair.  It was so sweet!  You had such great parties and you are surrounded by many special people in your life!

You are 42″ tall, and weigh 42 pounds.  You had a little talk with your doctor at your physical about the lack of fruits and vegetables in your diet STILL to this day.  As we were talking to her telling her you basically eat none of either, your response was, ‘yeah, remember I ate broccoli!’  My response, ‘Yes Conor, i do, but one vegetable every 3 months is not gonna cut it :).’

You are equal parts of sweet and Conortude.  You are so lovey dovey, which I absolutely adore.  You love to snuggle and have your back tickled.  You will out of the blue do our little ‘i love you’ sign.  Which goes way back to when I was little and I did it with Grandpa.  It was how a monkey said i love you in the movie, Factor X.   But you also have a very spunky side to you.  You tell it how it is, and it is seriously your way or the highway!  You love to play with figurines.  Squinkies, trash guys, mario guys, skylanders… You love to make them talk to each other and play for hours upon hours.  Your all-time favorite thing to do is play with Kayce!  You like to watch simpsons (yep that is what I said), rabbids invasion, and rug rats.  You love to watch little videos on the iPad.  Your current favorites are toy egg videos, dinosaurs, and this little boy named Evan, who has all sorts of videos on different toys.  You have this energy that I have never seen anything quite like it before.  You will just randomly scream at the top of your lungs every so often.  Not out of anger or excitement or anything really.  We could just be sitting and eating lunch and you will do it.  It is almost like you don’t know where else to channel your energy, so screaming seems fitting :)  Your favorite foods are hotdogs, pizza, ice-cream, toaster strudels, popcorn, and sour cream and onion stax chips.

You love your brothers and stick up for them no matter what!  You and Kayce feel as much of twins as Devin and Dakota are.  You are always together, always.  Of course you fight, name a pair of siblings that don’t!?!  You guys just have that unique, special connection.  That is the only way I can describe it.  It is beautiful and I can only hope it is a lifelong relationship you will have together.  There was a time when you and Kayce were at a birthday party and there was a little boy there that was not being nice to Kayce.  I was standing outside your bedroom door and listened in our your conversation that night after the party.  You were talking about the boy at the party and you told Kayce, ‘ when he is all growed up and I am all growed up.  I am gonna be a police officer and I am gonna arrest him and bring him to jail.  Yeah, he will go to jail because he is a bad boy.  Ok, Kayce!’  And then a few days later this is what Kayce says to me while getting dressed for school.  ‘I am glad I got Conor instead of a girl’.  I asked him what did he mean.  He said, ‘you know he is my brother. I am glad I didn’t get a girl.  He is my best friend!’  Like I said, special!!!

You are an absolute joy in my life! I love you so very much!

Love, Mommy

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