Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
The dress is on its way... (only no broach and it's slate blue in dupioni silk)
Now, what shoes to wear? What do you guys think? Boonkers or Lava?
Here's my dilemma. I like the Boonkers better, but I think they won't be as comfortable as the Lava. I ordered both to see what shoes are more comfortable. Or does anyone else know of any other dark silver/pewter colored shoes that would look cute?
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Not too long after I arrived we all started getting ready to head out for an afternoon and evening at Rivinia. If you don't know, Rivinia is a huge outdoor amphitheatre and space where concerts are held all summer long. It is right next to/in the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Everyone that goes to these concerts packs up food, drinks, tables (fun fact, most of the people had the same Rivinia table from Crate and Barrel, the table was named for the place!) chairs and blankets. The gates opened at 5pm and by the time we got in at 5:30 we could hardly find a place to set our camp up. And it was HOT and sunny and we didn't find a spot under a tree. But it wasn't actually as bad out as I thought it would be. It was fun just to sit and people watch and catch up with everyone. We had an excellent assortment of food, Dana brought cheese and crackers, and brownies. we also had taco dip, hummus and veggies, turkey and cheese wraps, Popeyes chicken, corn and mashed potatoes and lots of wine and beer.
Paul, Dana and Holly trying to beat the heat!
Sting started promptly at 7:30 and sounded great. He was playing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and while we couldn't see him (seriously, this place is huge!) the sound was great since we were close to speakers. The sun had also started to set, so we could enjoy being outside a little more.
We didn't have a problem leaving Rivinia and traffic was light.
Monday morning Dana went in late to work so she would walk me to the train. We had a pretty relaxed morning having breakfast and me getting packed up.
My flight home was also uneventful. We left on time and I arrived into Knoxville a few minutes early! Nina was wonderful and picked me up from the airport since Dave was at a golf tournament in Nashville. It was great to see Dylan when I picked him up from daycare on Monday, I had certainly missed him!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
After visiting with Beth for a little bit Sarah and I headed back to her neighborhood (Lincoln Square) to have lunch and catch up. Lunch was excellent, we both had salads and a glass of wine and caught up on friends and family gossip. We headed off to do some shopping after lunch at all of the cute stores and galleries in the area. Our first stop was a general store that has unique cards and gifts. I found a few birthday cards and a "Goodnight Chicago" book for Dylan. We also hit up a few clothing stores (a teal sleeveless shirt and over sized ring for me!) and a gallery that features Chicago artists (where a "Midwest is Best" t-shirt may also have been purchased).
When we finished shopping we headed back to Sarah's apartment to wrap presents for Allison's baby shower on Saturday and get ready for dinner.
Dinner was at a very cute place a short cab ride from Sarah's, Magnolia Cafe. They have an excellent menu of appetizers, drinks, salads and entrees. Unfortunately they were sold out of the beef short ribs, but we were not disappointed with the Crab Cake appetizer,
Sarah's Delmonico Steak, Au gratin potatoes,
and my braised pork shoulder with fingering potatoes.
After a great lunch we suited up and headed out on the lake. We spent the afternoon lounging on rafts in the lake and catching up. And no, I did not leave my raft all afternoon, I had people handing me food and beer. What more can you ask for from your friends? :)
We all pitched in to get dinner ready, and we had a feast. While we were getting dinner ready Beth arrived. She had to work all day Saturday, but made the hour drive out to Indiana to hang out with us for the evening. We dined on asparagus with prosciutto and Parmesan, fingerling potato salad with green beans and bacon, chicken, pepper, tomato and mushroom kabobs, and cucumber salad. Everything was excellent. After dinner was all headed downstairs to the festively decorated basement for Allison's baby shower!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
(ASIDE, there are 8 of us that have been friends since high school and we are now living all over the country, CA, FL, TN, IL and IA, so it's rather difficult for us all to get together, but amazingly after 15 years of living in different parts of the country we are still friends!)
Sunday I am heading over to see my sister Dana and her husband Paul (and cat Charlie) in their new house in Irving Park. They moved back to the states from London last October and we did see them at Christmas, but it will be fun to see their new house and neighborhood. Sunday evening has us heading to the Sting concert at Ravinia, an outdoor concert venue in Chicago.
And Monday I fly back to K-town. I know it's going to be a whirlwind of a trip, which will be good. It will keep my mind of leaving Dylan for the first time overnight. I know his daddy will take very good care of him so I shouldn't have anything to worry about. Right?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I tell him that we don't hit our friends or parents and that it hurts them and it's not nice and he'll look at me for a minute like he understands what I'm saying and then he'll go pinch his friend.
He has always been very sweet and gentle with other children and that has certainly changed. He'll be two in a little over a month, hopefully the so called "terrible twos" aren't really on the way.
Dylan does seem to hit and pinch more when he's tired or upset, which I understand more so than when he seems to be playing fine with other children and then out of no where he'll hit them.
I know there are other parents out there who are dealing with this, does anyone have any suggestions? We've tried time-outs, talking to him and even just ignoring the behavior (which seems to work the best, especially when he's pinching or hitting me when I'm changing his diaper, but it's much harder to do when he's hitting a friend over the head). Maybe he's just hitting and pinching for attention? Any suggestions you have are welcome, my bruised arm can't take much more of the pinching!
Friday, July 9, 2010
We are having a yard sale tomorrow so stop on by! It will be from 8am-12:30pm on Saturday, July 10th. We have golf bags, golf shirts, kitchen stuff, baby stuff, clothes, golf clubs and more. Our neighbors are also having a sale so stop on by. I promise I'll give you a good deal.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday night we went over to our friends Meredith and Lukes house for a 4th of July BBQ. They had great food and we had a really good time running around the backyard with Dylan and playing bags and badmitten. Dylan also had lots of fun kicking the ball around the yard with Luke.
Meredith and Luke live close to a golf course community that has fireworks every year, so as it started to get dark we walked over to claim our spot for the fireworks. Since it was Dylan's first time seeing fireworks I wasn't sure how he would react, but he did great! He was a little scared when they were first shot off, but then he was fine. He just stayed very close to me the entire time. We didn't get home until close to 11pm, so Dylan had a very late night and luckily slept in until 8:30am on Monday morning and then took a 3.5 hour nap on Monday afternoon!