Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day weekend

Things to love about this weekend:

  • Joe taking off on Friday (Technically he took off the entire day but still worked half of it at the office...I'm counting that half day as a win! Nevermind that he was at the office working on Sunday...little victories.)
  • Bridesmaids (seriously, hilarious)
  • Curling up to watch a movie in the middle of a rain storm
  • Napping
  • Cooking cedar plank salmon on the grill
  • Having dinner with friends
  • A trip to Portillos
  • Catching up on house work and yard work

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Family dinner

It's been a very busy couple of weeks. My parents were here over the weekend and we were able to have my mom's cousin and her family over for dinner. We had a great time and delicious food. (I also got to serve 8 people on our beautiful, new table that just arrived the day before our guests!)

Clockwise: Joe, dad, mom, me, Adam, Declan and Terrie. (Kirk was our photographer.)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monica's wedding

Monica and I met eons ago in Missouri and this weekend I was honored to be a part of her wedding in St. Louis. She was a gorgeous bride! Joe and I had a great weekend celebrating with Monica and Trinity, their family and friends. We arrived home on Sunday to company as Joe's dad and stepmom were here for a couple days visiting. Now back to reality for awhile until my parents arrive this weekend!

The photo booth was a big hit at the reception - along with the Ted Drewes frozen custard! Left to Right: Me and the bride; all of the bridesmaids; with Joe; Dorian and I. (Click to enlarge)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Back to reality

Joe and I did a local housewalk tonight that was an annual event for a local charity. Let me just tell you that I still haven't picked my jaw up off the ground. I wish I could show pictures to you of these amazing homes but of course pictures were forbidden and I'm sure would not do them justice anyway. One penthouse had a rooftop deck with a skyline view of Chicago. It was the kind of rooftop deck you see in movies, only it was someone's real life. We also saw statues from the Ming Dynasty and other artifacts that you typically find in museums and not in someone's living room. We saw a house featured in Better Homes & Gardens, an indoor lap pool, 1500 bottle wine cellar, theatre room and a kitchen as big as our entire house and closets almost as big. It was truly amazing. So interesting and so much fun to take a peek. Afterwards we continued the fun by getting Mexican food at a great new restaurant and catching a late showing of Thor. A little cheesy at times but overall it was a fun movie.

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