July 4th Weekend

Since the website was down over the weekend, we weren’t able to make any posts…so here it is all at once.

We had lots of company this weekend. Joey Houle and his wife, Kristin, and their two daughters Tatelyn and Teryn were up visiting from Bismarck, ND. We hadn’t seen them since our wedding, so it was great to see them. I hadn’t seen the baby since she was born, so it was fun to meet her. They flew in on Friday morning. The sun was out and it was about a million degrees outside, so we spent the afternoon down at the beach. Tatelyn had fun playing in the water…so did Joey.

My uncle Karl, his wife Judy, and my cousin Katherine from Texas stopped by on Saturday and joined us for a some sun at Lake Michigan. I hadn’t seen my uncle since my 1997…he hasn’t changed a bit! My cousin Katherine is almost two, she is such a sweetie.

That afternoon we packed up the family and took the train to Chicago. We went to Millenium Park. While we were there, I bumped into my highschool classmate, Thea Rothmann and her husband, Guy. They are currently living in Maine and just happened to be in Chicago that day…what are the odds?? It was good to see them and catch up a little.

We decided to go to the “Taste of Chicago”. Basically, it is like a big food fest. There were roughly a million people there. I think we ran into each one of them at some point. We didn’t stay too long as the body order was so strong we thought the kids might get sick.

Everyone we came into contact with agreed that Tatelyn and Teryn Houle are the cutest kids in the world.

Alex Klingbeil and his fiance Brienna flew in on Sunday morning. We all went to dinner at our favorite restaurant in town, Franchescas and for dessert we headed down to the beach and made smores. Thomas, Alex, and Brienna took a late night dip in the lake.

The next day (Monday) we all went to brunch and shortly afterwards it was time for the Houles to pack up and head to the airport. So Thomas, Alex, and Brienna and I hopped the train to Chicago. We decided to meet Sarah, Thomas’s cousin, and her friends at the “Taste of Chicago”…we hadn’t had enough I guess. It was a good time:) The funnel cake (a.k.a. elephant ears) were worth it!

Afterwards we all went to Millenium Park and watched the Macy’s Fireworks Production, which was unbelievable.

On Tuesday, we went to the Lake Bluff parade…the longest parade imaginable. It was pretty cool. We layed low and hit the Lake Forest Fireworks that evening. It was so much fun spending time with Alex and Brienna.

Oh and July 3rd was our 2 year anniversary! Thomas was pretty good this year, so I guess I’ll think about keeping him for another year :-)

Here are some pictures!