Thawing out

Sorry for the break in posts, I’ve been busy! Today I started a full time position with my company (I have been a part time temp since December) and with that comes a lot more work and more hours. As we begin to thaw from the coldest and longest winter since I can remember we have actually started doing fun things on the weekends again. In the kid’s case…they had a week full of adventures.

Last week the kids spent a good part of the week in Los Angeles with my mom and her side of the family. They have never met that side of the family (I don’t know that side of my family well and haven’t seen them since I was 7). They went to a science museum, Universal Studios, took a bus tour, strolled down Hollywood blvd and Rodeo drive and went to the beach. Oh and they ate a LOT of Filipino food (well Tara did at least). I’m seriously jealous. I’d also like to point out that they were awesome when they got home. Tara is quite the snarky little teenager and she was totally pleasant and enjoyable to be around. I’m not sure I got the right kid back but I’m ok with it because this version of Tara is awesome. Hopefully it lasts…

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Vince and I didn’t do much with our kidless time since we both still had to work but we did have a nice little date downtown on Saturday right before they came home. We caught the matinee of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat at the Cadillac Palace, checked out “the secret garden” at Macy’s on State and wandered through all 9 floors while we killed time before our dinner reservations at Smith and Wollensky’s. The last time I actually went into Macy’s on State Street it was still Marshall Field’s. During the summer when I was a kid my best friend, Kerry, and I would take the train downtown with her parents and wander the city while they worked. We would check out the Stock Exchange (where her father worked) and we would always stop by Field’s and wander through the many floors. I have been back often for the holidays just to look at the holiday windows but I’m pretty sure the last time I was inside was as a teenager with my best friend. I had forgotten how gorgeous the building is and Vince and I decided we have to start changing our holiday trips downtown to include actually going into the store with the kids. Also I will never stop swooning over the city. Chicago is by far my favorite city on the planet. I’m obsessed with the architecture, the history, the people. Everything. No matter how many times I go down there I still get a little excited, even if it’s just for work. I never take for granted that I have one of the coolest cities on earth so close to home. And while it’s nice to return the quiet and peace of the suburbs a part of me will always wish I lived in the city.

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So let’s continue the longest blog ever with a short chat about food. There’s no greater feeling than blowing almost all of your bonus points in one meal. But that’s what they are for, while it would be nice to dine at places like Smith and Wollensky’s or Capital or Morton’s on a regular basis we haven’t quite yet reached that status level in life lol. For now they remain a special occasion type of meal which means when we go there we go big. I almost ordered the salmon in an attempt to make a smart choice but you can’t go to Smith and Wollensky’s and not get a steak. It’s just wrong. I got the Filet Oscar and it was delicious. I mean seriously, veggies are great and stuff but that is what has been missing from my life this past month or so. I got the truffle mac as a side as well as the stuffed shrimp for an appetizer. It was incredible. I kept an eye on my portion size but it’s definitely the most I have eaten at one time in forever. We ended the meal with the “gigantic chocolate cake”. I’m pretty sure this slice one of cake could have fed a family of 6. We ate like an 8th of it and the rest is still sitting in our fridge for the kids to enjoy. It’s amazing how quickly the points added up but it was totally worth it. I will say that I felt like I might die afterwards, we parked pretty far from the restaurant and even after a nice walk I still felt totally stuffed. So maybe there is something to this healthy eating thing…;

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My adorable family

So I still really don’t know what I’m doing with my camera but here are some random shots from the past few weeks of my husband, kids and dogs.  I’m pretty sure Vince regrets getting me a camera for Valentine’s Day.  ImageThis guy.

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This is all they do.  I want this life. Image

The boys.

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If you ask Mike what his favorite thing in the world is he’ll say “waiting for my sister’s choir performance”. Image

She never poses for photos so I take them while I can.  Here she is walking past me like she doesn’t know who I am before her concert.Image

She can hardly contain her enthusiasm.Image

Not the best picture I’ve ever taken but she wouldn’t let me take another.  Teenagers are the best.

 

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Tara steals the show in this shot.  This is how she looks at me pretty much always.

Fantastic Four

February 24th marked my twin nieces, Elena and Estelle, fourth birthday.  The previous Saturday we all celebrated these two lovely ladies with a gymnastics themed family party at their home.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

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