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Lots of Birthday Parties!

6 Oct

We have been on the birthday circuit lately. First, it was  a princess party and Rapunzel even showed up.


09142013-12It was princess dresses, crafts and a group of girls who were totally enthralled. Miss H talked about it for weeks.

09142013-8Another perfect weather day!



Plus, the princess cake was delicious.

09142013-10Then it was the pirate princess party. They had a treasure hunt in and out of the house and finally located their own treasure chests.

09222013-1-2They all had fun decorating their treasure chests (and comparing their loot). Plus, the highlight of going to other people’s houses is playing with all new toys. Dressing up was a hit with everyone.09222013-1-1

Then we had a birthday party at the zoo. It was fun to get a tour from a great guide. We got to see a sloth bear, a panda, a snow leopard, zebras and many other animals that were super active in the morning. I did not get a lot of pictures because we were following a large group of kids around.

The panda was leisurely enjoying his bamboo.

09282013-1Miss H has had a lot of birthday fun in the last few weeks!







And then I went to Chicago

6 Oct


After Kerry’s aunt and uncle came to visit, I headed out of town for the week to Chicago for work. Mom decided to come with me since she counts Chicago as one of her favorite cities. She seems to get the better end of the deal- I work all day and she gets to sightsee, shop and do fun things. It is nice to have someone to meet up with for dinner after a long day.

Even though it is work travel, I always try to do some touristy things when I am traveling. I realized that I had never been to the top of the Sear’s Tower (well, now Willis Tower) in my umpteen visits to town. So, we headed there and got some great views. Mom was a little unsure about the whole Sky Deck thing but it was pretty cool. As you can tell, I am still wearing really attractive footwear.


I keep forgetting to get the pictures off her camera. There is a photo of more than just our feet out there.

I guess if you have issues with heights, you probably would not like this view.


The weather was great, the work was exhausting, the food was great and it was fun to explore the city more!