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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A while back a guy in my office emailled everyone in Chicago about some almost free Cubs tickets that were available. Many people in our office travel and have a Starwood Preferred Guest account and they were having a promo offering Cubs-Braves bleacher tickets for a prime “platinum” weekend game this past weekend. The face value of each ticket was $67 but if you used a few of your SPG points, you could get these tickets for about $1 each!. I jumped on it and got the max 4 tickets that I could get. I thought it would be fun to take my dad, since he’d never been to Wrigley Field, and maybe my brother and Amanda or one of the kids. My brother has been to the park twice (first time, second time), but the others haven’t. Anyway, my brother and his family were camping, so Paul and Kate came, but my dad was free so he got to go to Wrigley Field for the first time.
The bleachers were not too rowdy, like they can sometimes be, which was good. I also saw and visited with some other friends from work who hopped on the deal like I did – Chris, Charlie, Waleed. I heard Geoff was there too, but I didn’t see him. We drank a few Shock Top beers, ate a bunch of peanuts, had some hot dogs. The game had a lot of runs and was exciting, even though the Cubs lost. Still a great time!
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We’ve gone to the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest a few times (2010, 2011). This year Dallas was out of town (in Vancouver) but my parents were visiting so we decided to give it a shot again. I swear the art part of it used to extend all the way down to California Avenue, and I know one year for sure there were stands and performances in Logan Square, the park, but this year was different. Everything began just north of The Square and went solid up to Diversey.
We walked all around a few times. We didn’t go into any of the pop up galleries, but we looked at all the booths, tried food from several different stands and also different drinks like sangria and beer and lemonade. We went to the kids area, but Makai was too little for most of the activities. I thought it was going to rain but it didn’t so we sat for a long time. There was an area where a restaurant was closed and they put a bunch of umbrella’d picnic tables in that area. It was nice. Some of the bands were pretty good. The one above was all kids (Intonation Music Workshop All-Stars) and they were great! We even stopped off for a treat at Heavenly gelato!
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