Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Holidays!

We had a nice relaxing and productive weekend...we did some shopping, crafting (I'll have to add pictures after the holidays), and we put up our Christmas tree! Isn't it great! Now we really have the Christmas Spirit!

And Jason blew bubbles!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Day + Parade = Thanksgiving Day Parade!

We are thankful for all our family, our friends, our health and all the opportunities we have that so many others don't. Like the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Yesterday Mom, Jenee, and I went to the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was busy and people were pushy. I have a feeling Jenee and I were the only locals in the 400,000-ish people there. Seriously. Lots of people threatening to take their kids back to the hotel. Which... doesn't seem like such a bad way to watch the parade, if only because it is less cramped. But it was a pretty good time, not too cold. Here are a couple of pictures of things we saw from our corner by the VIP area... and the little gas-powered generator that left us feeling a little queasy. Again, it was a good time... we'll just plan a little differently if we go again.

Mom and Me

Jenee and Me

Three story tall turkey

Elmo with Dorothy (that's the fish)

Budweiser Horsies

Cookie Monster acting like he doesn't still owe me money. Addict...

CM PUNK. Grand Marshal. Wrestler Extraordinaire.

And finally Animal!

Good stuff. Everyone should come for next year's parade.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Nice Weekend

Yesterday we went to an Italian dinner party hosted by someone we used to work with. It was so nice to see everyone again! We offered to bring an Italian dessert and after a failed attempt at Italian Lemon Knot Cookies, we decided to make Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie. Not really Italian...but it tasted far better than the cookies.

Today we took the Metra train south and visited my cousin Marcy. She recently moved to Frankfort and is much closer to where she works. She also has a nice new apartment and some of the wonderful luxuries that are so much harder to find in the city (dishwasher, washing machine, heated garage, lots of space). Her place is very nice. We took her this little gift to add to her kitchen.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Back from Vacation

We're watching the election and FINALLY updating the blog. We returned from the most wonderful vacation in Kauai recently. We attended Jenny and Josh's wedding and had so much fun vacationing. Here are a few pictures.