This year’s New Years Eve looked very different than previous years, as you can see. Makai’s daycare had the popular children’s performer, Mary Macaroni, in to perform and do a countdown to the new year at noon. Then the kids were all released early.
Later on we went to Jen and Chad’s house and stuck it out as long as Makai could make it (until about 9:30 p.m.). Maybe next year he’ll make it longer (or we’ll get a babysitter). This was the 9th year we’ve spent New Years Eve at Jen and Chad’s house!
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September 29th, 2014 · No Comments
Our friend Matt came to Chicago for a visit over the weekend. It was so great to see him, since it had been over a year since I’d last. Dallas saw many of our Mass. friends at Ross and Chelsea’s wedding last September, but I couldn’t attend because I was too pregnant!
Mostly Dallas and Matt went out a lot, but we also barbecued with friends at Jen and Chad’s house. Makai and Ellyza drove their cars around the yard. Actually, they mostly just sat on their cars and didn’t move! Matt has three kids who are older than Makai so he was really great. Makai wasn’t too sure about this unfamiliar Uncle barreling in at dinnertime on Thursday night, but he quickly warmed up, as you can see!
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Leblon Cachaça and limes for making caipirinhas.
Ellyza & Makai
Lila & Makai
Polish food stand, Dallas’s favorite.
The Fat Shallot. I had the grilled cheese. Again.
Justin, the baby whisperer. Makai couldn’t keep his eyes open!
Chad playing beer pong.
The next generation of beer pong players.
Trent & Makai.
Ed and Justin. Who knows what’s going on here. Probably better not to ask.
Semi-drunk bathroom selfie.
This was at least the 7th time I’ve been to the Retro on Roscoe street festival. For many years Jen and Chad have hosted a party at their house at the same time as the fest and people have gone back and forth from fest to party all the day and night. This year was a little different with Makai. We mostly stayed at Jen and Chad’s house and only walked over to the festival for a little while to get some food. Not that Makai can’t go to the fest, but we were having a lot of fun at the house visiting with with friends and other kids, hanging out on the new yard, that we just didn’t leave for long.
Dallas was excited because the Polish stand was back and he loves to get the fully loaded Polish plate. For a while the stand wasn’t there.. like for several years! I was excited because Chad was making caipirinhas, a drink he loved on his recent trip to Brazil for World Cup.. and one that I love, but had never made myself before. And I might have had just one or two too many of them, because I ended up falling asleep and missing a going away party that I was supposed to go to at night!
Previously at Retro on Roscoe:
2012: Lots of kids, baby Rory.
2011: Polish stand disappeared! My brother’s first Cubs game earlier in the day.
2010: An explosion of strollers (and babies).
2008: Summer of Rachelle. Stephanie visiting. Pimm’s Cup = NO.
2007: Quinn is a baby. Our first year living in Roscoe Village.
2004: My first year in Chicago.
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