Nearly Wordless – Summer Vacay #1

The beginning of June was full of family travels. We went to Chicago to see family and tour Columbia College, we led a team through Chicago Ragnar Relay, and we took a week in Michigan to cool down in nice weather – just the 4 of us.

Here are some Chicago highlights:


After we made it from the airport to my cousin’s condo on the train with a ton of luggage, we went to Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant – where they treated us to warm sopaipillas with honey to dip them in.


The 2nd day in Chicago, we started with brunch at Bongo Room – just the 4 of us.


Alice’s pancakes were lemony with blueberries on top and ricotta cheese with lemon zest and powdered sugar.


After a day at Navy Pier and getting lost in the mirror maze, we had a snack at The Signature Lounge at the 96th, on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center. People told us it would be pricey but cheaper than playing for the observatory room with the same view. It was, and it was. It was the day before my birthday, and I ordered the white and dark chocolate mousse cake. They kinda pissed me off though, by putting pineapple on top.


The ladies room on the 95th floor has a great view, but also fun vintage artwork, like this enlarged photo.


Across the street was the American Girl store.


These American Girl dolls were ready for Ragnar, headlamps and all!


The next day we took the girls to tour Columbia College. Alice looked cute and ready for the journalism program in aqua. Although Wendy isn’t pictured, she really liked what they had to offer! (And their dorms were huge!)


That night we met my cousins and friend Julie for my birthday dinner at Quartino, an Italian tapas-style restaurant. Their Limoncello Martini was awesome! Housemade Limoncello, Absolut Citron & Fresh Squeezed Lemonade got me giggly.


We had dessert at Ghirardelli. The cashier was also celebrating her birthday! I took a photo since we were “birthday twins”.


Brian and I shared a peanut butter hot fudge sundae!


Then we went to Ragnar Chicago… that post is already written. But here we are enjoying a brief moment of togetherness despite living out of van with strangers for 32 hours.Yes, I am dressed like a COW.


Meanwhile, my cousins took my “Dr. Who” fan daughters to Who-prov (Second City Dr. Who themed improv.)


Our last moment in Chicago…


Kaboodles drove us to Michigan in his perpetual motion machine.


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Retro Photoshoot


For Mother’s Day, my mom wanted photos of my girls, but we didn’t have much time to plan something out. So I told her they would come a month late.

So for my Mother’s Day, I asked for time with my girls to take photos for my mom. Once we decided on the outfits (clothes first!) we had a red/black/white thing going on – which looked totally retro. Something told me to shoot the photos in Steak & Shake. I called to find out their slow time, which they said was around 4pm. We stopped next door at Party City for some fun, matching candy props, and ordered milkshakes as props as well. We were there for almost 2 hours and had a great time! (Yes, we tipped generously for taking up a booth and obstructing the flow of traffic.)


I’ll go back and make many of the photos high contrast like this before printing.


Wendy is not impressed


Alice is also not impressed


The look on Alice’s face after I told her we could go pet kittens at PetSmart when we were done. For realz. She loves cats!


Not posed, she just got bored

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Yes, I am blessed with the most fantastic daughters ever!

Just like my mom was 😉