A Day at the Musuem of Science and Industry with Dale’s Family

 Dale’s mom Jackie and brother Wayne came to visit. Wayne brought Lauren and Ian along and we all went to see the Harry Potter Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Ian is a big fan of Harry Potter. Sadly, we couldn’t take any picture of the inside of the exhibit. However, Ian came dressed as Harry Potter and he got to put on the Sorting Hat and was placed in Harry’s own house, Gryffindor!
 Here’s Ian dressed as Harry casting a spell in front of the bewitched car from one of the Harry Potter movies.
 We also enjoyed the rest of the musuem. This is Lauren hanging out on Boeing 727.
Ian fits neatly in the 727!
There was also a sweet exhibit of landmark pieces of architecture–made from LEGOs! So fun. This is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water.
And these are the most iconic buildings in Chicago–both those that exist and those that are under construction. Pretty cool.
Wayne showing Ian the inner workings of a real space shuttle at the museum.
Lauren and Ian checking out the model trains. 
They stayed for the weekend so more pics to come!


Rebecca had the fabulous idea to get tix to see 80s icons Pat Benatar and Blondie at the Ravinia Festival, a fun outdoor amphitheater. I would post pictures of Rebecca and I at the concert but we were just eating nonstop and sweating profusely. It was kind of gross but we didn’t care once we were tipsy.

Anyway, the adorable Donnas opened the show and then Pat Benatar played a set. It was a bit disappointing. Pat was just sort of dowdy and sang most of her songs down tempo. However! She has still has an amazing voice. No question!

Finally, it was Blondie’s job to salvage the evening and girlfriend was FIERCE. She rocked, she rolled, she made us wish we were as cool as she is now let alone when we hit our 60s!!

She was 10 kinds of badass!

A Busy Hosting Season Begins…


Heather came to visit this past weekend and I got to have some quality time with two of my best girlfriends. Since Heather lives in northern Michigan and the Rebeccas live in the Chicago area we don’t get to hang as much as we used to but I love to see her and spend some time catching up. It was a great time. This photo is from our dinner on Saturday night–we had great food and fine wine in Little Italy. Thanks for coming to visit Heather!

New Birds!

Since adding a plant to our back porch we’ve been overtaken by birds! And this large Cardinal has made quite a roost for himself. He sits on the candle holder and nibbles at the sunflower seeds. The other birds keep their distance when this big guy is around.

The last of the Wisconsin camping photos…

So I gave up scrapbooking for blogging…and you’re stuck with the results, people! This is the last of our Wisconsin camping weekend photos for the summer (because we have company booked nonstop for the next few weeks). It’s long but I like to think its worth it.

A peak inside our glamorous tent! As you can see we’ve added a duvet cover over the sleeping bag (my idea) and a small rug. Since this trip, Dale has purchased a larger rug from IKEA to use while camping. Dale is even more into glamping than I am! We also purchased a tent light, which rocks. Anyway, during our last weekend we headed over to Cave of the Mounds….

I really enjoyed this tour. I was surprised by how much. It was neat to get inside a real cave and see stalagmites and stalactites up close.

Another view from inside the cave. It was filled with water and rather cool inside–we had to wear jackets. We had decided to take the cave tour because it was a rainy afternoon. We set up our tent and took the cave tour. We didn’t expect any more rain so we headed for a longer drive over to the Mississippi and the Iowa/Wisconsin border.

We just could not have been more wrong about the rain! It actually took us quite a while to get to Iowa because rain–and eventually the hail–came down in sheets! We had to park poor Betty under a tree in the hopes of shielding her from hail.

Soon enough we were in Iowa!! I was disproportionately excited about it because I love to visit new states. So even though I was only there a few minutes I simply had to take a photo!

The next day we enjoyed a winery tour (see post below this one). On our way back to the campsite we stopped at Pecks Farm Market. We found tons of wonderful local produce and incredible baked goods (BEST cookies ever–this includes any cookie any grandmother has ever given me). What we weren’t expecting was a huge petting zoo behind the market. It was really weird!

They had a small alligator. Poor guy. I felt like he was probably lonely. Anyway, I was only going to put a couple of these pictures out but I adored all of the ones Dale gave me so I’m being self indulgent and including them…

I love this dude.

Sleepy little baby cow!

They had a bunch of white deer. They were adorable. There were also some baby pygmy goats that were 10 kinds of adorable and a whole slew of bunnies! Oh, and a wallaby. Seriously.

After filling up on goodies at the market we came back to the campsite and had some hot dogs over the fire. We also watched the sunset and had some cheese, summer sausage and cheap wine. It was fabulous!

We kept seeing these weird birds roaming the countryside so I had to include them, too!

On our way out of town we stopped in the Swiss-themed town of New Glarus.

They have a ton of bulls and cows painted up in themes, too. I loved this one!

We ate lunch at a spot called the Glarner Stube (I think). Anyway, we ordered sandwiches but decided to try one of the “authentic” Swedish appetizers. We almost fell out of our chairs laughing when this odd sausage arrived with sauerkraut and mustard to top it off. We were even more shocked to discover it was crazy delicious. No joke!