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This past April I got to go visit my friend and “neighbor for life,” as we call it, Allie, in Chicago! She was my next door neighbor for almost 20 years and is like the awesome little sister I never had.
I had never been to Chicago before and really liked it. I was only there for an extended weekend and definitely need to go back and see more. We spent some time in Millennium Park and it snowed big wet fluffy flakes on us.
Since it was cold and kind of wet there weren’t too many people at the park. Here’s the middle of Cloud Gate looking up from underneath.
Can you tell we we’re chilly!
- Walking over the bridge between Millennium Park and the Art Institute.
- Pie for breakfast from Hoosier Mama?
- Squishy!!! This is her greeting me in the morning.
- One of the Thorne Miniature Rooms!
- Cappuccino from Intelligentsia.
- I really liked this graphic mural.
In other news, I decided to see if I could find myself an art teaching position a little closer to home… and I did! After six years of teaching at Burchett, I will be moving to a school about ten minutes from my home. I’m really going to miss my kiddos and awesome teammates and co-workers at Burchett, but I’m also excited for a new adventure.
I was able to spend a lot of great time with my family this past March. One of my nephews, Corwin, had his 6th Birthday Party! It was at The Little Gym.
If you’ve never been to a Little Gym, they are pretty cool. There’s gymnastics equipment, everything is padded so the kids can bounce around, and for parties they get to play lots of fun games. I’m pretty sure Ian had a blast too.
In March by brother also got married! Weston and Danielle had the wedding in Baton Rouge at Mt. Hope Plantation. It was built in 1850 and was a beautiful backdrop for their wedding.
It was a wonderful wedding and a great time with family and friends.
And what’s a wedding without an awesome dancing nephew,
And, cake (and/or) cheesecake!
Check back soon for an April update!
This year the Holiday season seemed to have started earlier than usual for me, and lasted a nice few weeks, which I was more than happy about. I hate it when the Holidays seem to come and go and I don’t get to cherish them.
We stared celebrating the weekend before I got out from school. A few weeks earlier our brother-in-law, Sean’s sister’s husband, emailed us offering to fly us up for New Jersey as a gift to Juliana! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. It was one of the nicest things anyone, other than our parents, has offered. Not only was it a surprise gift for Juliana, and I love a great surprise, but also a wonderful gift to us as well. If you know know me well, you probably know I love to travel. I frequently day dream about forgetting about my responsibilities or lack of monitory funds and just getting on an airplane and going to see a friend and have an adventure in a faraway city. And here it was, an airplane ticket for a weekend trip to spend time with family! And a wonderful time we had. We met our newest nephew, Asher, for the first time and I even got to have lunch with one of my dearest friends from college and meet her sweet baby boy. Here are some of the highlights!
We celebrated the last two nights of Hanukkah with everyone.
And we had a great time playing with the boys in the park! The trip was a wonderful way to start off our Holiday celebrations.
PS. You like Sean’s beard? He shaved it after the holidays but it was fun while it lasted!