Saturday, July 4, 2015


Dreams do come true!  Our girl is Paris bound and we could not be more excited for her.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wicker Park Wanderings...

We spent the day hanging around Wicker Park today gathering fun treats for our French friends and I just loved seeing these two hanging out in the big city together.  They are so grown up!

Flowers Around My Yard...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Evening Out...

When Finn plays with the varsity squad at St. Pat you can certainly tell he is growing like a weed!
They brought home a duo of wins this week. Go Shamrocks!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bring on Bono...

Innocence and Experience Tour: 
United Center, June 28, 2015

1.  People Have the Power  (Patti Smith song)
2.  The Miracle  (I&E)
3.  Gloria  (October)
4.  Vertigo (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
5.  I Will Follow (Boy) 
6.  Iris (Hold Me Close) (I&E)
7. Cedarwood Road (I&E)
8.  Song for Someone (I&E)
9.  Sunday Bloody Sunday  (War)
10. Raised by Wolves  (I&E)
11. Until the End of the World (Achtung Baby) 
12. Intermission (The Wanderer)
13. Invisible (Single)
14. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Achtung Baby)
15. Mysterious Ways (Achtung Baby)
16. Desire (Rattle & Hum)
17. Lucifer's Hands (I&E)
18. Every Breaking Wave (I&E)
19. Bullet the Blue Sky (Joshua Tree)
20. Pride (In the Name of Love) (The Unforgettable Fire)
21. Beautiful Day  (All that you Can't Leave Behind)
22. All I Want Is You (Rattle & Hum) 
23. With or Without You (Joshua Tree)
24. Encore: City of Blinding Lights (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
26. Encore: Where the Streets Have No Name (Joshua Tree)
27. Encore: One (Achtung Baby)

*It should be noted Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality came up throughout the show. Bono wore a rainbow flag given to him by an audience member during "Pride" and shouted, "Gay pride in the name of love!" "One" was dedicated to the people who marched in Chicago's Pride parade earlier in the day.
It was such a treat to share this experience as a family! We are all about making the most of our family time these days.  Love love love!

Emma's Taste of Philly...

Needless to say Emma has a lot to celebrate these days and we thought she deserved a great big party to close out her high school career! So we pulled out all the stops and threw a party honoring Philadelphia!

Emma’s Taste of Philly...Let Brotherly Love Endure

Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres

Novel Bites with Book Picks/Tuna and Watermelon Skewers with Lemon Coulis
Benjamin Franklin founded the nation's first library in Philadelphia in 1731. 

Green Growing Things/Cucumber Cups with Spinach Mousse and Urban Till Micro Greens
Philadelphia County’s park system is one of the  biggest in the USA covering 9,200 acres.

Eyeballs on Toast/Goat Cheese and Roasted Grape Bruschetta
Philadelphia has one of the highest densities of haunted houses in the United States. 

Hospital Food/Old Fashioned Jello Shot Syringes
Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond in 1751, is America's first hospital.

Wing Bowls/Phyllo Cups with crunchy Buffalo chicken salad, blue cheese and celery
Philly hosts the Wing Bowl, an annual chicken eating contest that draws crowds as large as 20,000.

Gobble! Gobble!/Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze and Frizzled Sage
The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.

NYC Style Bagel and Philly Schmear/Everything Bagel Pizza with Lox and  Cream Cheese
In 1880 the name “Philadelphia” replaced the name of the cream cheese being distributed out of New York to imply the product was of great quality.

Penny Pincher Veggies with Federal Mint Butter/Radishes with Mint Butter
In 1792, the Philadelphia Mint was the first Federal building built under the Constitution.

Brushes and Paints/Asparagus with Mustard Maple, Orange Tarragon & Lemon Parmesan Sauces
Philadelphia is home to more Impressionist paintings than any other city besides Paris.

 The Philly-StyleSandwich Parade
The Philly Cheese Steak/chipped beef and  provolone
The Whiz Wit Philly Cheese Steak/chipped beef, onion, cheese whiz
The Cheese “Steak”/portobello, green pepper, onion, provolone
The Philly Pizza Steak/chipped beef, provolone, peppers, onions, marinara
In the 1930s in the Italian immigrant section of South Philadelphia, the  Olivieri brothers. grew weary of selling hot dogs and bought some beef.  A cab driver smelled their new sandwich, and asked how much? They charged a nickel and the rest is history.
 "Green Growing Things"
 We were all happy to see the weather report was nothing less than perfect on the day of our party.  We've have endless amounts of rain for more than a month and it seemed almost impossible that things could turn out this perfectly, but the forecast was blissfully accurate!  Mid 70's with a light breeze and no chance of rain. Amazing.

 "Novel Bites with Book Picks"
 "Brushes and Paints"
"Hospital Food"
 Emma's sweet table included traditional cake and an assortment of Philly inspired cookies and candies. Adorable!
 Family and friends came from near and far to honor our girl, her accomplishments and her bright future at Temple University.  It is heartwarming to know we have so many extraordinary folks in our lives!  We are one lucky family!
Boys in the backyard.
Two Philly cheese steaks and one very handsome family.
Friends with a capital "F."
 Only after the crowd started to thin did we remember to take some group pictures and this one is one of my favorite backyard photos to date.  That is quite a crowd!
It was such a treat to have my brother and his beautiful family join us for the day and I loved seeing my Aunt, Uncle and cousin make the trip in from Ohio, too!

Instant best friends. Seriously.

As dusk fell we pulled out the fire pit and folks sat around laughing and chatting into the wee hours of the morning! I am ever so grateful Emma gave us such a grand reason to celebrate in style! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer League...

 After a fantastic team buiding trip to Fun City in Iowa, Finn and the rest of the Shamrocks were ready to start their summer league games.  Finn is looking fierce and he is feeling very good about the way the Varsity team was playing in their first game last night.  

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