Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fanning the Flames!

 Last night we treated four of our French friends to an outing to a Chicago Fire soccer match.  We sit in Section 8 among the die-hard fire fans so the environment is festive and loud. Our merry band of 12 chanted and cheered our way through the evening despite the fact the game ended in a tie.  It was such a fun night!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Moment on Mott...

Sharing New York with my favorite girl was a pure joy!  Is it just me or does she look perfectly comfortable enjoying a espresso macchiato on the streets of New York?  I have a feeling she'll be back!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chinatown...

 NYC

Sally and Molly...

 For me, visiting New York is almost always about walking until my legs feel like they are going to fall off, enjoying a bowl full of asian noodles, and taking in the city by night.  I love to disappear into the vastness of the city and enjoy how small and insignificant the city makes me feel.  This trip, however, took me down memory lane!  Emma and I were able to spend the day with Sally on Friday...
 Considering I used to tuck her in for her naps, it is hard to imagine Sally recently finished college and moved to New York to peruse her writing and theatrical endeavors.  Sure seeing her so grown up and giving my daughter college advice over a latte made me feel a wee bit old, but knowing Sally has blossomed into such a confident and courageous young woman is seriously cool.  I predict she will take NYC by storm!
And just when I thought things couldn't get any better, I learned that Sally's middle sister  was going to be in town that very evening.  Like her both of her sisters,  Molly, has always held a special place in my heart.  She popped over to our hotel and we grabbed a bit of dinner before settling in on the balcony with a bottle of wine (or two)  for hours of conversation.  To say I am proud of this young woman is a huge understatement.  She is admirable in the truest sense of the word and I am honored to know her.
Spending some time with two of my all-time favorite ladies made me happy beyond words!  

Ephrata Cloister

Emma and I joined the caravan of French students heading for New York last week!  Although the trip overall was a little stressful, we enjoyed our honest-to-goodness road trip adventure.  Our time away started in Pennsylvania where we toured the Ephrata Cloister.  Established by German immigrants in 1732 the religious community is well known for its unique architecture and preserved as national historic landmark as a result.   By today's standards Ephrata Cloister would be viewed as a cult, but at the height of its popularity more than 300 members lived and worshiped on the vast and tranquil property. The rules of the faith were very strict and included eating oly one meal vegetarian per day, getting very limited sleep, living a celibate life and praying for hours each day.  In exchange believers, including women, received an education and shelter for life.  It was a fascinating stop on our trip. 





Monday, July 21, 2014

Exploring Chicago...

This afternoon we treated our guests to a frenetic tour of Chicago.  We joined up with the Frigs, Tillotsons, Pfour, and the Willms before riding the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier...
 and posing for a few group pictures at the end of the pier...

 We traveled by foot through the heart of the city...
...and hopped on  a water taxi bound for Chinatown...



 where a cold beer and dim sum extravaganza more than hit the spot!

Somehow we ended up with nine orders of sticky rice and way too many shrimp noodles, but we put a serious hurt on some massive amounts of dumplings!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jiffy Pop Love...


And yes, in addition to Jiffy Pop, we also have sugared cereal in the house.  The wheels are coming off the nutrition wagon, but it is all in the name of fun!  How could we resist?
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