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A Barbecue and Family Reunion in Wisconsin

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments


Last year we had so much fun in Wisconsin barbecuing and catching up with family, that we did it again this year. Last year, I was 7 months pregnant and it was fun this year to finally introduce everyone to Makai. He had so much fun playing and visiting with all his cousins and aunties and uncles that he missed his afternoon naps and stayed up right till his bed time at 8 p.m. Makai was especially loving Kiara, who is one month older than him; chilling out by Dustin; and playing with Tessa, Charlotte and Margo.

I had fun seeing everyone too and it was nice to be at my parent’s house in the country, which is not really the country, but is the country compared to where we live!

Also, I had never seen this version of 312 before, even though Goose Island beer is made in Chicago and is everywhere here:


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Christmas Eve Eve

December 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

This year we went to my brother’s house for Christmas Eve Eve. This was the day that worked out for everyone’s schedules, since my mom had to work on Christmas Eve and Amanda had to work on Christmas day.


Football was on. The Packers were spanking the Titans, Dallas had an exciting game going as well. My brother and Amanda had a lot of different Christmas beers that we enjoyed drinking – Anchor Christmas Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and Great Lakes Christmas Ale, to name a few. Jess and my mom were looking for a game to play and I just so happened to have their solution with a small gift for Dallas. At Dallas’s grandma’s memorial earlier this year Dallas and his siblings were talking about how she used to teach them to play hanafuda cards and how they used to play all the time. So, for Christmas one of my gifts to Dallas as hanafuda cards. He was really surprised and excited and taught my whole family how to play.


We also played an exciting game of Trouble, which I won.. and dad… did not win… even though he cheated!



For dinner, Amanda tried her hand at beef tenderloin and it turned out great. She also made some green beans. Dallas and I brought a spinach and strawberry salad with homemade dressing and some sweet potatoes. My parents brought a bunch of meat and cheese, some bacon deviled eggs, peanut butter balls, special k bars, dipped pretzels, and a pie. Oh, for dessert, I also brought white-chocolate dipped cranberries, gingerbread cookies and fudge. We had such a great dinner, so much to eat! I was stuffed. My brother also made some homemade eggnog, that was gone in a flash because it was so tasty.



After eating, the guys retired to the living room to watch football, drink beer and wait to open gifts, while all the girls cleaned up in the kitchen. I complained loudly, but no one did anything differently! :)







After dinner we opened gifts. Stephanie and Jessica opened gifts from me and Dallas and my parents first. We got Steph a few small things and a gift certificates to shop for clothes at H&M. For Jessica we got Just Dance 4 (which we hilariously played later on) and some brightly-colored jeans. Our big gift to both Jess and Steph was a Nintendo 3DS XL, which Jess slyly opened and started playing with before anyone could notice!






Richard, Amanda, Dallas and I got some gifts from Santa. I gave Amanda and my mom some homemade vanilla and a cookie party cookbook with photos and recipes from all of my parties through the years. Jess crafted some special things for my mom too.



Next we did our adult gift exchange. We draw names and have a $40 limit, so it doesn’t get too crazy. This year I had Richard’s name. I made him a Revolution Brewing gift basket with three kinds of canned Revolution Beer, a Revolution tshirt and a Revolution Brewing koozie. Richard got my mom some delicious coffee and some other treats. My mom got Amanda some cold-weather biking gear. Dallas and my dad had each other’s names. My dad got Dallas some of his favorite beef jerky, golf balls and some Dallas Cowboys stuff. Knows him well! Dallas got my dad a nice Under Armor shirt for running. Great gifts, overall!


Oh, and I almost forgot. Buddy is the new addition to the family, my parent’s new cuddle dog. He looks so ferocious in this photograph and we were all laughing because that’s the opposite of his gentile, docile personality. He’s a nice dog.

Last but not least, here are some funny videos we made downstairs while we were playing cards.

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Fourth of August in New England

August 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Lake Wentworth

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, it didn’t work out for us to go to New England for the holiday like we usually do. It just so happened that one month later, the Fourth of August, worked out great, so off we went!


Adirondack Chair


That is Stamp Act Island across the way, on the left.

We spent a few days at Ross’s house on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. We went to Ross’s house for the first time last year and it was a ton of fun. And it was a ton of fun this year too.

We flew into Boston and drove up to New Hampshire with Matt, Molly and Lucy and their dog Buddy. They also had a new addition for us to meet this year, a one-and-a-half-year-old mastiff, Sophie.


Also staying at the house were Tommy and Marinella, with their dog Koukla, who happened to really like riding on the kayaks. Note Ross’s new toys are these fancy kayaks that have a pedal mechanism so you don’t have to paddle. They were pretty awesome.

Tommy, Ross, Koukla, Dallas

Ross & Koukla

The week before we went out East, Rob stayed overnight at our house in Chicago. He always stays over one night every year when he does the sailing race to Mackinac Island. Rob and Ross and Matt all lived in Boston at the same time so we mentioned to Rob that we were going to Ross’s and suggested he come down from Maine, so he did. So glad he did!


Rob and Dallas taking a snooze.

There was lots of eating and drinking and fun, like always. Ross has been on a paleo diet, but we still had a lot of great food and drinks. One thing was clear, that we are all getting older. Things were not as rowdy as previous years, for sure!

Steak and Scallops.

Ross broke out the good stuff (but I still didn’t like it!)

Brought my aloha shirt koozie.

I don’t know why Ross had these bling-y ice cubes!

Long Trail Ale is a beer from Vermont.

And we still had a ton of fun playing on the lake and relaxing outside.

Lucy had her own adirondack chair, a gift from Uncle Ross.

Ross, Koukla, Rob

Matt and Lucy.

Lucy and I were playing with leaves and pine cones.

Rob and Dallas.

Lucy getting a haircut.

After her haircut.


Ross gave us a Lake Wentworth chocolate bar from Winnipesaukee Chocolates.

The rest of our trip was spent in the greater Boston area where Matt and Molly live. Dallas and Matt golfed, I took Lucy to the park, we watched a ton of Olympics, visited a diner where Lucy is a regular, and spent one night watching The Dark Knight Rises followed by drinks and dinner in Marina Bay.

There’s a rule somewhere that when you’re on a roadtrip you have to stop at Taco Bell. I finally tried the Doritos Locos Taco.

Lucy at Target.

Lucy at the park.

Marina Bay

Oh, and on the way out to Boston, we, of course, had drinks and lunch at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare!

Tortas Frontera.

As of right now I have 167k miles on AA.

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