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 checking posing for a few group pictures at the end of the pier...

 We traveled by foot through the heart of the city...
...and hoped a water taxi to 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 dumplings, 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?

In the Garden...

We enjoyed a lovely night listening to music in the garden to support the Oak Park Art League. Camille gave a big thumbs up to Ella Gill's version of Ne Me Quitte Pas.  Bliss.





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Burger Time...

 Lovely Camille did her sisterly duty and sat through not one, but two soccer games this evening before getting the all-american burger she's been craving.  I have been anxious to get to Grange Hall Burger Bar for quite some time and what better excuse could we have than exposing our guest to a hip corner of Chicago and getting her burger fix. Of course, I got the French Burger...complete with brie, Dijon and mixed berry compote.  Highly recommend!
 Family time is rarely is this delicious!

Grange Hall Burger Bar
844 West Randolph Street
Chicago, 60607

Chicago Views...



 Yesterday evening we visited Chris at work to enjoy birthday cake and a stunning view before all the ladies headed out to do a little shopping at Water Tower Place and indulge in a little fine fare at the Signature Room.  I've lived in Chicago for nearly 20 years and I never had been to the 95th floor of the Hancock building for dinner.
 The views were breath-taking and as night fell over the city fireworks erupted over Navy Pier; it was hard not be impressed by all the twinkling lights!  



Chicago really is a spectacular place and this was certainly a wonderful way to appreciate the vastness of our great city.  Lucky us!

Representing Illinois...

After completing several of days of soccer camp at Northwestern, Finn made a quick change and headed to Rockford with Leif  for the Olympic Development  Region II combine.  He was chosen to represent Illinois at the state combine last month and being considered for placement on the regional team was a huge honor.  348 players from 11 states competed tournament style to vie for 48 slots in the camp pool used to select the regional team of 20.  Finn was not surprised he did not advance in this high stakes tournament, but 7 players from his team did!  Finn had never made it this far in the ODP experience before and was honored to participate.  He is already looking forward to taking another swing at it next year.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Around the Family Table...

 Camille spent the day touring Chicago with her travel companions while I prepared a little dinner party another host family and their French student,  Malo.  With Leif and Finn tucked away at a soccer tournament in Rockford it was such a treat to fill our table with French students, friends and family style fare!
Cheers to making memories around the table!
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