Thursday, July 25, 2013

Insta-Wednesday...It's been a while

I love summer! But, I evidently do not love keeping up on Insta-Wednesday during the summer. But, I have been keeping up on my New Year's Goal of a picture a day for 2013.  Just have not been blogging them regularly.  But, I will.  I will!

may 30
Sorting through outgrown clothes -- again.

may 31
Marian Anderson.  I love this look that is half nervous, half confident!

june 1
The cleanup crew.

These boys helped clean up Robbie's rental property and among the garbage

they found this!  Yes...yes, that is a rastafarian banana

june 2
Washing freshly picked strawberries

to make homemade freezer jam.  Seriously, I have never felt more domestic in my life :)

june 3
Field day

And a visit with our neighbors chickens

And now I want chickens.  And fresh eggs!

june 4
There are so  many things wrong with this picture!

june 5
Last day of school!


June 6
The birthday boy

June 7
Feeling pampered!

June 8-12
Camping at Cave Run

June 13
Two Fishermenpeople.  An all day fishing trip to Ceasar's Creek.  Just the two of them.

The icecream aisle

June 14
Spending the day in Indiana with family and getting to see how much Taylor has grown! Love my baby neice!

June 15
When life hands you lemons...just smile!

June 16
Father's Day
He's the best!

June 17
Hydrangeas in our yard starting to bloom

June 18
Candy Crush.
This game is addicting!

June 19
Apparently he does not love instagram as much as me :)

June 20
A morning run with Abby

Oh you know, just whipping up a little length extension on a skirt.  Inspiration courtesy of Kristina J.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Visit to Chicago

We got to spend a few days in Chicago for a mini family reunion.  Chicago is such a beautiful city

and we loved every

single minute of it!

My girls have been dying to go to the American Girl Place!

They were not disappointed!  So many fun things to see.

And then, there was the LEGO store.  That sign- it's made entirely of little lego men's hats only! Amazing!

And this mural - all flat piece legos!

And this girl - yep, all legos.  But those boys are real!  And I think those boys may have been wishing she was real :)

My cousins (Dad's sister's girls) from California that I haven't seen for way too long (about 11 years)

My parents

Visiting Wrigley Field

Home of the Chicago Cubs

Isaac making friends with his new (to him) second cousin.  They hit it off great!

Family shot at Navy Pier.

Visiting the Mirror Maze at Navy Pier
with Uncle Ricky

And Lisa.

Group shot of all the little cousins.

The BIG little cousins

My favorite thing was all 22 of us riding the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier right at dusk.

One of these girl's was scared to death and the other was completely at ease.

The skyline view from our bucket seat

and right below us, Navy Pier.

So beautiful!

Cousins holding hands and walking around the Pier.

My Mom and her Sister-in-Law, Aunt Karen

Grandpa and Brayden.

Abby and Natalie

Lake Michigan

We walked to Cloud Gate, or as Chicagoans call it - The Bean.  Can you find me in the background?

This was such a  cool structure

and so fun for taking pictures.

The Chicago skyline in the background with our family's reflection

And our family with The Bean in the background (see I told you it was a fun place to take pictures!)

Underneath The Bean.

And then we walked to Buckingham Fountain

And the kids ran through the mist to cool off.  You may be able to tell by Isaac's face he was tired of walking!

Goodbye, Chicago!  We love you!  We will be back soon!