Dale’s mom, Jackie, came to visit in December. We took her to some fun, traditional Chicago Christmas events! This is us (as seen reflected in a mirror) picking out ornaments at one of my favorite Chicago traditions–the Christkindle market.
Who doesn’t love an outdoor winter market?
We also took her to lunch at the Walnut Room at Macy’s–Marshall Fields!–downtown.
We took the quickest of trips back to Flint for Christmas. We were there barely 48 hours.
Like any good parents, we were excited to get home and give Molly her presents! She was excited, obviously.
Dale had so much fun taking these pictures that I have to post the whole series. Molly removes the bow…
What is it!?
Ooh, new glasses! A gift from Grandma Jackie!
Already wearing her new glasses…
And onto the next present.
And what could it be?
It was a whole new outfit! This pic is hilarious creepy. Dale LOVED setting it up. Ha!
That’s me. Last year I was…not into blogging, I guess! So I thought I’d put up a few photos Dale gave me that I never got around to posting so I can move forward as a better blogger post graduate school!
Dale’s cousin Erin came to visit with her whole family–husband Jerry, and sons Connor and Logan. We had a lovely visit!
Dale and I made quick trip to Minnesota’s North Shore in July! It was lovely. We stayed in Grand Marais, Minnesota. It was during a pretty serious heat wave in Chicago. We lucked out and enjoyed 70-something weather along Lake Superior.
Lake Superior was soooo beautiful in July! We spent the day on Isle Royale and it was gorgeous. The boat ride back? Memorable in a bad way. My tummy does flip flops just thinking of it!
In August, Betsy, Bryan & their kids–Sophie, Owen & Fern came to visit. Such a bunch of cuties. We had a fantastic tea at American Girl.
Fern at The Cheesecake Factory.
When the girls headed to American Girl, Bryan and Owen got to enjoy opening weekend at the new Lego store next door. They got to put some pieces together that would become part of the store’s flagship display.
Betsy, Fern, Sophie and I enjoyed tea at American Girl. And Dale and I brought home a new member of the family: Molly!
Me & Molly. She’s the best.
We also went to the park, and Sophie showed off her mad playground skills.
More in the following post…