Monday, November 30, 2009

Adler Planetarium - Chicago

(More like space monkeys than astronauts.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

... a Purpose (part II)

Now if someone can come up with a "purpose" for this little treasure...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin with a Purpose

Last month, the girls went to a birthday party at the "paint your own" pottery place.

GA picked this pumpkin.

The finished product...

I'm going to re-purpose this "tchotchke" and start a new family tradition!
For Thanksgiving, we are going to "pass the pumpkin" - while each person tells of something that they are thankful for.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gobble Gobble

In the spirit of's a little painting that GA did when she was in Kindergarten. I popped it into a cheap little frame and drag it out each Thanksgiving for decor.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


OK, so I go into GA's (age 8) room the other night to find her hard at work on some drawings. Apparently, CR (age 6) had taken a picture that GA had drawn to school to show her friends and was TAKING ORDERS for portraits!!!

The list of orders...

Two completed projects.

They are taking this project very seriously-consulting with last year's yearbook pictures to maintain the integrity of each drawing. Yesterday, I had a request for business cards.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Bigger Picture

We saw this guy at the soccer field.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Atrium Lamp

My latest purchase!
- Shoes not included.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Drake Hotel - Chicago

We had family in town last weekend. I thought it'd be fun for all of us to stay on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) - the shopping mecca of Chicago. I chose The Drake Hotel. It was built in 1920. It was used as a set for scenes in "The Blues Brothers", "Risky Business" and "My Best Friends Wedding". Princess Diana even stayed here once.

The "Family" Suite

Lots of room

Palm Court - Where they serve afternoon tea.

The Lobby