Sunday, July 30, 2017

The DuPage County Fair

 It is no secret, I LOVE a county fair! I like to pick one day each summer all four of us can head out to take in all the sights and sounds at the fair. We pet a few farm animals, take a spin on a couple of whirly-twirly rides and eat several splurge-worthy things! It is always one of my favorite days of the year.  We started things off with a cold beer and a demolition derby.
 We watched Emma and Finn speed around in circles on the Alpine Bobs.
 Leif won me a sprinkle covered unicorn throwing darts. How romantic!
 I rubbed noses with a wooly sheep and loved it!
 We ate fried pickles and funnel cake and corn dogs!

 Finn shot a pink gun and won a stuffed marshmallow!
 Emma won a monkey with a banana.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Superior Road Trip....

Finn and I took went on a road trip to meet with a college soccer coach whom expressed interest in meeting our soccer loving kid. So we took a very loooong drive into the north woods of Wisconsin to meet him.  We were so far north that we stayed in adorable Duluth, Minnesota. We enjoyed the views of Lake Luperior from our little inn and walks around the quaint downtown area. We played a round on miniature golf, took in a showing of Baby Driver and took a campus tour.

 I won't lie...waking up in the morning to see my sleeping baby boy on the a COLLEGE trip was a little emotional. But I am pretty sure he'll be ready to go when the time goes.  These are exciting times in our house and we have more coaches to meet and colleges to check out!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mother-Daughter Portrait...

Ty from Skin Abrasions in Oak Park linked Emma and me with some serious mother/daughter art a while ago, but we couldn't figure out the best way to capture an image of our matching ink. Tonight I snapped a picture and both Emma and I had very little faith it would turn out looking anything other than bizarre, but boy were we wrong. This may be one of my favorite pictures we've ever taken of the two of us.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Dinner: Smoked Chickens...

This evening we were treated to an al fresco style Sunday dinner with dear friends. Our friend Rick really know his way around a smoker and his chickens were the stuff of dreams. Served alongside roasted corn, homemade sausages, simple potatoes and a tossed salad, this chicken dinner was total perfection! Thanks for hosting Rick and Rachel! We are so lucky to have you in our lives.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Finn had another outstanding experience at Strive Sports Challenge Leadership Academy this year. Sports Challenge is designed to develop character-based leaders and applies the same rigor of sports training to the practice of leadership.  Finn cherishes his time at Strive and clearly excelled in Delaware this year as he brought home a most coveted award. He is already talking about returning as a staff member down the road.  We are so proud of him, but we sure are glad to have him 
back at home!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mother and Son...

I snapped this cute photo of Leif and his mom after we spent the afternoon investigating new places for her to live. She loves a good French Bistro so Little Gem Cafe in Oak Park fit the bill perfectly this evening. I think they both look very happy to be together!
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