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It’s Halloween at our house

True confession: I started decorating on September 21.

But! I’m really glad I did, because that day was cool and fall-like, and we’ve been in a heat wave ever since. I seized the moment. 🙂

These frames I painted and sanded this year to complement these cute prints:

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Jacob starts kindergarten

Let’s back up and see this cutie on his first day!

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Jacob’s lunches

School lunches aren’t too easy with a weird eater like Jacob. He won’t eat anything that should be hot if it isn’t (like a quesadilla) and he doesn’t like normal things like turkey sandwiches. He doesn’t even like pb&j all that much. So I have to get creative. Also, lunches can involve a lot of trash, and trash, like sandwich baggies, just means a lot of wasted money. We were happy to find a lunchbox solution that involves little to no trash at all! Jacob enjoys a lunch from his stainless steel PlanetBox. It’s a bento box, so I fill each little compartment with a different goodie. He also takes a snack to school to eat at snack time, and sometimes those snacks are pictured.

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Michigan part I

we made it to Michigan, and enjoyed walking around my aunt and uncles beautiful neighborhood. There is a forest behind their house full of trails through tall trees, and it reminds of Sherwood Forest. I expect Robin Hood to pop out at any time.

We traveled to the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn. They do not allow phones or cameras in the assembly line area, but take my word for it: it is fascinating!

The pictured above are from the Henry Ford museum.

We were hungry after all that learning, so we hopped over to Detroit and American Coney Island.

I loved seeing the community gardens right in the heart of downtown. It was raining pretty steadily at this point, so we couldn’t do a lot of walking around.

After a nice dinner (and pretty clouds) we started a new day with a walk in the forest.

Then we were off downriver to expose Jacob to a root beer float. The A&W drive in was a faithful stop for us on our summer trips when we stayed with my grandma. They bring your food and hang it in your car window on a tray, and the root beer is on tap and served in a frosty mug.

At cousin Michele’s house, the boys got to ride on her mower! That’s some serious fun!

and maybe even drive it!

More to come…

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What is going on?!

You guys: I was working on that Chicago part 2 post for weeks. WEEKS. I have been so busy, and I’m not finding the time to keep my blog baby updated. Shame on me. I’ll try to do better!!

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Chicago, part 2

we walked to the brown line and took it downtown again. Bree walked us through the old Chicago public library (now the Cultural Arts building?) thinking I would like it, and boy did I. The mosaics, literary quotes, and architecture were one thing…but the classical pianist playing away under the Tiffany glass dome was almost too much for my little heart to handle!

The Tiffany glass dome:And we are off to Millennium Park and Sky Gate (aka the Bean).

The last two photos are from Buddy Guy’s Legends blues bar and the architecture tour. It was so nice to see my cousin in her adopted home of Chicago. What an amazing place to live! I can understand why she left us now. 🙂

After millennium park, we left Bree and Russ and drove up through Indiana and into Michigan.

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Jacob says

“Well daddy, I got the worm today” jacob says over the phone.

“What buddy?” Josh asks.

“I’m the first one up today, so I definitely got the worm.”

The early bird…

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Chicago, Part I

The summer of travel continues with a trip to Chicago to see Bree and Russ!

Flying with Jackson is…an adventure.


placeholder://Bree and Russ were excellent tour guides, with Russ showing Josh the city by bike, and Bree showing us by train and by foot.

And we started with pizza. It was unlike any pizza I’ve ever had!

On Tuesday morning, my friend Emily (we worked together years ago, and she has since moved back to the Midwest) drive down with her four-month-old baby, Peyton Joy. What a blessing it was to see Emily and meet PJ!

We went for a walk around the beautiful neighborhood our Vrbo was in, Lakeview. Apparently we were very close to Wrigley Field, and even saw people walking to the game, but managed not to see the field.

We rode the brown line to downtown, and boy was Jackson excited to finally be on a train after seeing them since the airport!

We took an architecture tour by boat, which was great. The weather was so amazing that I told Bree I would never be able to imagine Chicago any other way.

We took the brown line back to our neighborhood and then walked the rest of the way. It was beautiful.

We ended the evening with a delicious dinner at Bree and Russ’ apartment, and afterward, we left Mimi with the kids and ventured downtown to Buddy Guy’s Legends to hear some blues. I was hesitant to leave the kids, but I ended up being very glad I did. The band was great, especially the harmonica player.

Stay tuned for the rest!

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Brittany and Elliott’s Wedding/Trip to Washington

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(If you want to see alllll the pictures…)

We had such a great time at the wedding of Brittany and Elliott in the beautiful Northwest. We explored Seattle, took the ferry to Bainbridge Island, and stayed in a beautiful VRBO in Poulsbo. Also…I married them! They asked me a long time ago, and it was SUCH an honor. More pictures to come!

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