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My weekend

This weekend was a much needed visit with friends, evening with good music and topped off with a great meal at the end.

On Saturday Justin and I headed to Carol Stream, a suburb in Illinois to visit our good friends Susie, Erik and their daughter (our goddaughter) Jannah.

Here Jannah is showing Justin how to push her baby doll around in the doll stroller.  I think he got the hang of it!

Susie and I took the day and went out for some “girl time”.  Had lunch at Olive Garden and went to the mall to just hang out, talk and window shop.  After that we headed over to Barnes & Noble where I sat and drooled over the books I couldn’t get!  While we were out, Justin, Erik and Jannah had some time together.  I’m not sure what they all did, but I know they did go to a dog sled race.  Here’s Jannah meeting one of the dogs, who was also up for adoption.

I love huskies!  I’m so glad I wasn’t there, trying to convince Justin we could do 3 dogs, because I know we couldn’t!  When Susie and I got home, we got to work on dinner.  We had homemade calzones.  Very yummy!  Here’s Erik getting the dough ready.

Dinner was awesome.  After a bit, it was time for Miss Jannah to go to bed.  The grown ups stayed up and played a game of Settlers of Catan (one of my favorite games).  I won, actually I think I beat everyone pretty soundly and quickly.  The game took less than an hour, which is very rare with that game!

Our night wasn’t over yet though!  We said our goodbyes and jumped in the car to head to the Irish-American Heritage Center in Chicago.  The best blueirishfolkgrass band in Chicago was playing there that night, One of the Girls!!

The beer was a flowin’ and the tunes were rockin’.  It was great to be out with friends, listening to music and just relaxing!  Justin had to head to home early because he had to work in the morning, so I stayed late and then crashed at my friend Abbey’s place.  I’m glad I decided to stay longer, because I really did have a great time, and I needed that kind of an evening.

This is the Obsquatch.  He plays the upright bass in the band.

Here is most of the band: Obsquatch, Tom, Tripp and Sean.  There is one person missing, Mike D the accordian player.  Where is he you may ask??

Yup, that’s right – he’s dancing on the bar, like ya do.

Here are a few shots of the crew having a great time and listening to some great music:

I think he had just said something mean to me…

Trish enjoys the gig…

Me, Sarah, Abbey and Evy.

The next day was V-day.  I spent most of the day at Abbey’s while Justin was at church working.  When he was done he came and picked me up.  We went to Whole Foods because he wanted to make me a special dinner that night.  It was AMAZING!  Scallops (my favorite), lamb and rainbow chard.  It was so so yummy, and beautiful, too!

Malcolm and Inara even got to enjoy the meal.  We gave them each one of the lamb bones after dinner was over.

Inara was VERY HAPPY with her little treat!

Malcolm was a bit, um, demonic with his bone…

February 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

A blogging award…

So, this started as a post on my sewing blog, Hink for Ladies, but it quickly became evident that this should be on my main blog here.  So:

I have to say, when I started my sewing blog, I never thought anyone besides my husband and a few close friends and family would read it.  Now I’ve got a few “internet friends” who read and comment, and I’ve now been given a 2nd Award!


Thank you, thank you to Miss Elaina over at Sew Ducky for her kind words and the award!  I’m so happy to have made the connection with you through our websites and you’ve been a source of help and inspiration on this blog and on others.  I’ve appreciated your words to me during my recent heartache.  I consider you a friend and I’m glad to have met you.

Now – to pass the award onward!  I have few internet sewing friends, so I’m going to expand into my other spheres of blogging, too!

1) Justin at Wandering Wonderer: My best friend, my love, my husband.  For everything.  I can’t express the love I feel for you in words.

2) Carly at Shifting Hermeneutics: for your friendship (online and off), for your support, your love and just for being flat out amazing!  I love you.

3) Tripp at Conjectural Navel Gazing:  I love you much and count myself lucky to have you in my life!

4) SusQ: my best friend through thick and thin!  I’m so happy you’ll be closer to me in a few months!  I love you!

5) The Obsquatch: Where would I be without you?  Probably somewhere with less joy and laughter!  You’re amazing and a great friend – love you man!

6) CeCe – meet world: One of the first friends I made in the infertility blogging world.  Thank you for your worlds and encouragement as I learn to cope with the struggles of miscarriage and infertility.  You’ve been a comfort and a light.

7) blondedawn: A new friend in my blogging world.  I’m looking forward to “knowing” you and hope I can offer you the same support you’ve shown me so far!

Okay…now spread the love people…you don’t have to be as sappy as I quickly turned into as I wrote this!  Guess it was a good way to express the joy I’ve been feeling lately to have you all in my life!  Man – there I go again…


Need to say somethin non sappy…


Whew…that was a close one folks!

May 6, 2009 at 11:20 am 4 comments


You may have read about my friends the Brekke’s in previous posts.  Susie and I have known each other for a very long time.  We went to camp together, we worked at camp together, we went to college together.  She and her family (husband Erik and daughter Jannah) currently live in Madison, WI.  It’s been great having them relatively close.  In about 3 hours I can swing up and visit them all, which isn’t bad considering most of my other friends outside of Chicago live 7+ hours away!  When Jannah was born, my husband Justin and I were named at godparents!  We take that role seriously and hope to be a large part of Jannah’s life and guide her on her way!

Well, happily Erik has accepted a position at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL – a suburb of Chicago!  This will bring them much closer to us!  Yay!  They were there this past weekend looking at places to live so I went out Thursday night and stayed with them through Friday.  Friday morning they had a bunch of housing appointments, so Jannah and I spent some quality time together at the park.  They dropped us off on their way and we spent quite a bit of time swinging, sliding, swinging, picking dandelions, swinging, chasing squirrels, swinging…she really likes swinging!  When she was ready, we walked back to the hotel.  It wasn’t far, about 1/2 mile – but that’s a bit of a distance for an almost 2 year old!  She did great though.  Enjoying picking more dandelions and taking her time enjoying the walk.  I even found the perfect sized walking stick for her for a bit.  We had to cut through a townhouse development to get back to the hotel and I got CAKED in mud!  Here are some pics of our time at the park:


Going up the stairs, with dandelions in her hand!


Pretty Jannah in her sunglasses.


On the walk back…don’t you think she looks like Gandalf?

Had a great time with the rest of the Brekkes on Thursday night and Friday.  We played a lot of “Banangrams” which was a lot of fun!  Oh – and by the way Erik, “cagey” is too a word!  Check it out.  On Friday Erik went to the school and Susie, Jannah and I hung out.  Jannah napped a long time and then we took her swimming which she loves to do.  She jumps in, and goes under water, and floats around on her floting ring thing.  It was good to spend time with them.  I’m really looking forward to them all being closer to me!  My ultimate plan is to get all of my friends to move to the Chicago area…now I have Abbey & the Brekkes here.  Who’s next??

April 27, 2009 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Things that make me happy…

Iowa…who’d have thunk it??

Hank Green dressed as Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex in the City and Rickrolling me…

My Husband.

Finding out today that Susie, Erik & Jannah will be moving to the suburbs of Chicago!!!!!!


Free books!  Gotta love Paperback Swap!

April 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm 3 comments

In case you haven’t heard yet…

Yup! Come October 9th (or sometime around then…) Justin and I will be parents! We’re very excited! Hopefully we’ve told most of you already, and if not, now you know and sorry we hadn’t gotten to you yet! I’ll have more pics and video’s up later today, but I forgot my camera at home and will have to run home at lunch to get it.  Thank you, thank you to Abbey for this video, and for capturing the moments for us with her camera.  Check her out on YouTube!  Also, you can find Tripp, Obsquatch, and Sarah at their various locations on the web!

March 16, 2009 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

New Jumper!

Hey folks…

I recently made an ADORABLE jumper for my goddaughter, Jannah.  If you’d like to see my process, check out the post on my sewing blog.

Here’s some pics of Jannah modeling the new dress I sent her:



She’s quite the character!  We were just visiting her and her parents on Sunday-Monday and had a great time.  Hope to see them again soon!

February 17, 2009 at 11:30 am 1 comment

New Years…

And here’s part two (if you missed part one, just scroll down to the post prior to this one, or click here)!!  Now I’ll tell you all about the New Year’s’ Eve bash we had at our house and the out of town visitors we had this past weekend.

We througha New Year’s Eve party every year.  This is our 3rd one.  Usually what happens is I invite everyone I know, get about 2-3 RSVP’s and then tons of people show up at our house for the party that night.  This year was no exception!  We also tend to meet a lot of new people at these parties, because we tell those we invite to invite their friends, and they do!  I think we had 3 newcomers this year!


Here is Larry, Daniel, Clove, Tripp, Sherry and Carly.

Carly brought 2 of her friends, Michael and Adam, who were great fun and enjoyed the 2 pitchers of Long Island Ice Tea I mixed up (that’s roughly 11 tall glasses full of this delicious nectar).  They were a lot of fun and I hope they come to more of my parties!


Rev. George V. Hudgins III (Tripp) and Rev. Larry Kamphausen

Of course, no party would be complete at my house without kilted pastors in attendance – and might I add, they are very well dressed kilted pastors!  Some people would just throw on a kilt and head out, these two take their time and do it right!


Yup that’s right…a glass in each hand!  The larger glass is the aforementioned Long Island Ice Tea that is my specialty.  The smaller one is a Chocolate Stout that Larry brought – it tasted like Hershey’s syrup in milk, pretty tasty!  I was sampling a small glass of that, so I did not walk around the party all night with 2 drinks in my hand!


Kate & Malcolm share a moment…

Poor Malcolm…there were so many people at the party, and no one to snuggle with!  You can see how happy and content he is that Kate decided to spend some quality time with the small brown one!


Clove and Daniel

Aren’t they cute?  Clove and Daniel we married this past spring.  Yay newlyweds!  Clove of course is looking fabulous as ever in her red boa!


Sarah & Michael

Here we have Sappers and her bf Michael.  They’re way cute.  We like Michael, we want to see more of him!


Tripp got a hold of my camera and started taking shots of himself with everyone.


Kate, Larry, Sherry, Michael, Carly

Some of the gang waiting for the count down.  We got all decked out in hats, tiaras, streamers and champagne (actually, it was probably sparkling wine, but whatever…)


Trish was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS decked out in a green dress with crystals on it and costume jewelery.  She had to leave for a bit to do some singing with one of her theatre groups, Hell in a Handbag Productions, singing some songs from “Poseidon, an Upside Down Musical”.  I think next years party I’m going to require fabulous costuming – Kate, Clove and Trish seem to be all set!


And here we have Kate attacking Evy with her tongue 😀

The party was great, loud and lots of fun.  I think everyone was out by 2 am.  There was a bit of clean up the next day, but what is New Years day but the day to clean up and recover from New Year’s Eve!

On Saturday we were joined at the Llama Nee Inn (our apartment for those of you unfamiliar with the name) by the Brekke’s (Susie, Erik and Jannah) and later that evening by Kiersten, my college roommate who lives in Norway now.  She was home for Christmas and usually the old gang from school gets together for a night.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to all get together this year, so we had a long weekend with 3 out of the 5 of us.  Becky lives in Minnesota, and Mandy is in New Jersey.  Here’s a shot of us that Kiersten’s parent’s were nice enough to take before they headed back to Iowa after dropping her off in Chicago:


Susie, Jannah, Erik, Kiersten, Justin, Me and Malcolm

We had a fun time this weekend, watching Jannah run around the house, pulling things off the tree, petting Malcolm, and saying words that we’re probably not her attempt at cursing, but sure sounded that way!  Justin and I got some gifts for everyone, but my favorite was what we got for Jannah:



It’s a little wooden cutting set.  The veggies have velcro holding them together and you cut through with a wooden knife.  It really sounds like you’re cutting vegetables!  It’s really fun.  I got it from a local shop called Green Genes that sells recycled, organic and re-pourposed toys.  Jannah really liked it, and I’ve even heard that Susie’s day care kids are enjoying the toy as well!  Jannah was very grateful and gave her godfather Justin a big hug!


And with very little prompting from Kiersten was soon putting all of the veggies in her mouth, but don’t worry, the toy is made with lead free paint!


Jannah is a fan of singing, as is her daddio, Erik.  I was able to capture the “5 little Monkeys” song on video a bit, but be warned: the cuteness is almost too much to handle!

The Brekke’s joined us for church Sunday morning and then came back for a lovely brunch cooked by Justin.  We had biscuts, gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage (provided by our meat share).  It was all really good.  The Brekke’s headed out shortly after that to get back in time for the Vikings game (but I guess it didn’t matter, since the stupid Vikings lost the game anway…).

Kiersten stayed with us through today.  Actually, as I was working on this post, she and Justin stopped by the office to say goodbye on their way to O’hare airport, as she’s flying back to Norway tonight.  It was great to see her, and I’ll miss her for another year!

That’s it for now folks…hope you enjoyed all of my posts today!

January 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

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