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A Visit From Jordan and Liz

August 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jordan and Liz came for a visit over the weekend. It had been about seven years since they visited Chicago. Dallas sees them sometimes when his work takes him to the Pacific Northwest, but I hadn’t seen Jordan and Liz since their wedding on Kauai. Makai was the perfect excuse to get them back out to Chicago for a visit!

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Makai with Aunty Liz and Uncle Jordan at The Radler

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Makai at The Radler

They arrived on a Thursday night. On Friday, Dallas and Jordan went golfing. On my way to work I directed Liz to all the shopping on Michigan Avenue and she was able to occupy herself for most of the day :). She loved the buildings and the river and the shopping and the architecture and everything. It’s so different from where they live, just north of Seattle. After daycare, Liz and I took Makai to play at Palmer Square. Then we met back up with Jordan and Dallas to have dinner at The Radler. As you can see, Makai is super happy to be back at his most frequented restaurant. :).

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Uncle Jordan and Aunty Liz with Makai

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Danny manning the grill.

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Makai eating Danny’s homemade pickles and his daddy’s kalbi.

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Still working on that kalbi!

On Saturday we headed out to Danny and Caroline’s new house in Riverside. Cory and Chris, who moved to Vail about three years ago, just happened to be in town so it was nice to get the family together while those we don’t see often were visiting. Danny smoked a ton of pork butt and Dallas grilled some kalbi ribs. I handed one to Makai and he shoved it right in his mouth, like a good Korean. Obviously he didn’t really bite off the meat and eat it, but he was really sucking the bones! I bet he can’t wait till he’s old enough to really get in there!

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Aunty Cory and her nephew Rory

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Cory, Rory, Edy, Tommy, Kenji, Aunty Laura

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Caroline and Rory

At the end of the month it’s Cory’s 40th birthday, so we celebrated ahead of time with tons of cake and cookies. Rory, Edy, Tommy, and Kenji were all there to help her blow out her candles.

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Makai at Parson’s

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I told them to give me the smallest size possible!

On Sunday Dallas and Jordan went golfing again. Liz and Makai and I went to the farmers market and then later on we all met up at Parson’s. It looked like it was going to rain, but luckily it didn’t . We ate a ton of chicken and Makai loved the bread and hush puppies. Afterwards we stopped at Tastee Freez for some treats! And then we all just chilled at home. Very early Monday morning Liz and Jordan had to head back home. I’m so glad they visited though and finally got to meet Makai! Such a fun weekend!

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Retro on Roscoe

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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Leblon Cacha├ža and limes for making caipirinhas.

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Party!

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Ellyza & Makai

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Lila & Makai

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Polish food stand, Dallas’s favorite.

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The Fat Shallot. I had the grilled cheese. Again.

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Justin, the baby whisperer. Makai couldn’t keep his eyes open!

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Chad playing beer pong.

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The next generation of beer pong players.

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Trent & Makai.

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Ed and Justin. Who knows what’s going on here. Probably better not to ask.

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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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Guardians + Chicago Distillery + Emporium

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

We left Makai at daycare a few hours late and went to see Guardians of the Galaxy IN THE MOVIE THEATER. Dallas hadn’t been to the theater since last October, before Makai was born, and I hadn’t been since January. After that we hit up two spots in Logan Square that we hadn’t been to yet – Chicago Distilling Company and Emporium Arcade Bar.

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Chicago Distilling makes their own gin, vodka and white whiskey right here in Logan Square. Dallas had a gin and tonic, a drink that used to be his go-to in the olden days. He wanted to really taste the gin. I had a fancy grapefruit cocktail with the white whiskey. Nice. Cool spot. No food. You can also buy bottles of the booze to go and I’ve seen it at the Logan Square Framers Market too.

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Emporium has a Wicker Park location that we’ve been to a bunch of times. The Logan Square location just opened a week or so ago. Dallas was there last week and liked it so I was glad to check it out. There are some arcade games and pin ball games, but the main focus is table games, like pool, foosball, air hockey, etc. All the beers are canned and there’s a permanent food truck inside that serves sandwiches. The place is huge and the buildout is really nice. I liked it a lot. We each had a can of beer off their extensive list then it was time to pick up Makai.

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