That’s me. Last year I was…not into blogging, I guess! So I thought I’d put up a few photos Dale gave me that I never got around to posting so I can move forward as a better blogger post graduate school!
Dale’s cousin Erin came to visit with her whole family–husband Jerry, and sons Connor and Logan. We had a lovely visit!
Dale and I made quick trip to Minnesota’s North Shore in July! It was lovely. We stayed in Grand Marais, Minnesota. It was during a pretty serious heat wave in Chicago. We lucked out and enjoyed 70-something weather along Lake Superior.
Lake Superior was soooo beautiful in July! We spent the day on Isle Royale and it was gorgeous. The boat ride back? Memorable in a bad way. My tummy does flip flops just thinking of it!
In August, Betsy, Bryan & their kids–Sophie, Owen & Fern came to visit. Such a bunch of cuties. We had a fantastic tea at American Girl.
Fern at The Cheesecake Factory.
When the girls headed to American Girl, Bryan and Owen got to enjoy opening weekend at the new Lego store next door. They got to put some pieces together that would become part of the store’s flagship display.
Betsy, Fern, Sophie and I enjoyed tea at American Girl. And Dale and I brought home a new member of the family: Molly!
Me & Molly. She’s the best.
We also went to the park, and Sophie showed off her mad playground skills.
More in the following post…
For my 38th birthday I decided I wanted to go to Medieval Times! So a few friends kindly agreed to come along…
Lara and Tony were there! Lara’s looking hot, isn’t she?
Dale managed to drink A LOT of margaritas, starting with this giant 40 ounce goblet right there.
Rebecca & Pat were there, too! Loved the flower in Rebecca’s hair. Adorable.
We also invited Lara’s parents–Trish and Rudy! Lara and Trish brought plastic silverware and napkins–I love them for that! You see, you eat with your hands at Medieval Times!
In addition to a tasty bunch of hand-eaten foods? You get a spectacular show!
It’s filled with romance, horses and feats of daring! And you get to cheer on the Knight that your section of the theater.
We got lucky! We cheered on the Green Knight–he’s the villain and gets lots of time in the stadium. And he was cute, too. I cheered him like it was my job (and it was).
A picture of all the fellas! It was a pretty fun time. I think a few doubting Thomases in the crowd didn’t think it would be as awesome as it was (but I secretly knew it would be all along).
Any ideas for next year?
Dale spent Easter weekend in Colorado with some of his oldest and best friends (I went to Lara and Tony’s house–thanks for the feast, L&T!). Here is a shot he took while they were zooming on into town!
A gorgeous shot taken from the balcony of their condo rental!
Dale, Chase & Chris took a drive through the mountains and jumped out to get a photo near the Loveland Pass.
Dale and Chase and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture marker.
Someone is holding Dale’s camera. He’s very comfortable with that, obviously. Chase, Chris and Dale met up with another of their nearest and dearest (and the Best Man at our wedding) Greg! He was working on a snowboarding event at Copper Mountain.
Mountains everywhere! Even grocery runs have spectacular scenery in Colorado.
A wintry view from the ski lift. I imagine the weekend went just like the one in that movie Hot Tub Time Machine.
Chase & Chris posing politely for Dale.
Colorado is just rotten with mountains, I guess.
A little snow hut along Copper Mountain.
Gearing up for more extreme winter sports! My guess is that they came home a lot more sore than they would have 15 years ago.
Dale had a GREAT time and wants to take up skiing again. He also enjoyed the generosity of his good friend Chase, who made much of the weekend possible! Thanks, Chase!
Our dear friend Meghan came to visit a few weeks back and we had a really nice time. We went to the Renegade Craft Fair on one day and to the Art Institute of Chicago the next. This is Meghan in front of the crazy huge Blue Marlin!
Meghan is a graphic designer but had never been to the Art Institute. She helped us have a greater appreciation for it, I think. This is a detail of the famous Nighthawks paintings, part of the permanent collection.
She particularly liked this one (and many others).
Dale took his own “artsy” shot in the new Modern Wing.
We had a really nice visit but we’re now buried in work and school!
The last weekend of August our friend Glen came to visit. This is my very favorite photo of him going big disco in front of the Cloud Gate in downtown Chicago! We took him around town and then went on an architecture tour along the river.
A photo of the Merchandise Mart from the river–once the largest building in the world by square footage. Four million square feet!
River City is a wacky building!
Some of the sights along the architecture tour.
We also took Glen for Chicago-style hot dogs and we watched a hilarious British comedy is brought for us called The I.T. Crowd. It was a nice visit.
Last weekend was pretty fabulous. We had Dale’s friend Matt’s 40th birthday party–sorry, no pics! And on Sunday we had Margaux’s baptism, which was great! You can check out Dale’s photo gallery of the happening here.
The yummy cake!
Miss Margaux, getting her baptism on!