Your life is not lying in wait in the future like a wild animal or some ominous destiny. Nor is it hidden in the heavens, like a paradise or promise. Nor is it shut up in the cave or the prison of your past. It is here and now; it is what you live and what you do. At the heart of being; at the heart of the present; at the heart of everything – in the great current of life, of reality.
Andre Comte-Sponville

Thursday, November 20, 2008

~Our 9th Wedding Anniversary~

Treat time!

Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe

Chicago Playground


The Bean


Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier

Museum fun

Digging for dinosaur bones


Dave and I celebrated our 9th anniversary in October - wow!! It goes so fast!! I had such a good time in Chicago w/ my mom, sister, cousin and aunts that I thought Dave and the girls would really enjoy a day there, too. So, Dave took the day off and we all went to Chicago.

We had such a great time!! We took the girls to the Chicago Bean and they loved it. Then we went to The Disney Store and then we had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. After lunch we headed to Navy Pier to enjoy some of the rides. I am, extremely, afraid of heights but they all talked me into going on the giant ferris wheel. OMG - that was a tough one. I tried to enjoy it but it was hard! We went to the Children's Museum which is located at Navy Pier and the girls had loads of fun. They had open mic night so, of course, Brenna just had to get up there!! That girl wants to be a performer so bad one day! She was under pressure and couldn't think of a song so she did the ABC song but she put her own spin on it. She was so cute!! I will try to post her "performance".

~Girls Day in Chicago~

Nik at the Bean!!

Karen, Mom & Nik

Karen & April

My aunt, Krista, has set off on another journey across the world - she and her family have moved to Germany! We hope to go visit her next year. Anyway, we wanted to do something fun w/ her before she left so we went to Chicago for the day. My mom, sister, cousin - April, two aunts and me had a great time. We took the Metra into Chicago, went to the Chicago Bean, had manicures, walked around, went to Mike Ditka's Restaurant and just enjoyed the day! Unfortunately, I didn't get a good picture of my aunt, Krista!!! Duh!!

~Brenna 8th Birthday~

"Screaming" bird

Brennie w/ snake


Aubree w/ a tarantula - ICK!!

Nic & Dave

Chloe & Bren

My nephew, Nic.


Brenna had a great birthday party in September. She had a "Silly Hat Party" so most people arrived wearing a kooky hat. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of everyone in their hats -dang! My mom picked up Brenna the morning of the party to take her to get a new outfit and to get her hair and nails done so Brenna didn't even end up wearing her silly hat! We, also, had an animal show, a face painter and a pinata. Enjoy the pics!