Birthday and baptism

I started my weekend with an early morning flight to Dallas, where I was meeting my brother after some meetings to head to his house and celebrate a very adorable one year old’s birthday and baptism. Get ready for come cuteness overload in this post. While in Dallas I had a few hours to kill.

My first stop was The Sixth Floor Museum about JFK and his assassination. I toured the 6th floor of the old Texas School Book Depository where the shots were supposedly fired from. A very interesting and worthwhile tour. After that, I walked around Dealey Plaza and the West End district of Dallas that has JFK’s cenotaph.



After taking in so much history, I was hungry for some good southern bbq!


After arriving to my brother’s house, there was a meeting of the minds in the kitchen about how to best bake Hannah’s 1 year birthday cake. She is obviously in the middle telling her grandma’s what she wants and how to get it done.


While the ladies were busy in the kitchen, the men talked sports.


Saturday was a big day! Hannah turned one year old and got baptized. Here she is in her pretty baptism outfit.


After the serious business, it was play and party time. Most of the afternoon was spent outside playing on her swing and at her water table.

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Then of course, birthday cake and presents!

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After all that excitement, the adults had to relax with some watermelon mojitos.


Hannah napped after unloading the dishwasher. Such a hard worker.


While Hannah napped, the adults did some work in the garden and observed a little nature happening.

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Then it was play time again! Lots of new toys to explore. We finished off the afternoon with some time at the pool.

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Birthday weekend

What a weekend!
Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. Thirty-two. When did I get that old? Where has the time gone? I can’t complain. It’s been a good ride.
Friday, my co-workers surprised me with fancy cupcakes that we all indulged in.

When I got home Friday night, Brian surprised me with season 2 of the BBC’s show Sherlock. We watched an episode Friday night. The season is only 3 episodes long, but each episode is 90 minutes. The first episode was so good. We were on the edge of our seats the entire time.
We went out for BBQ for lunch yesterday. We ordered an appetizer of poutine then decided to split a sandwich. Holy cow. The poutine had a homemade gravy that is probably the tastiest gravy I have ever eaten, globs of cheese, bacon and pulled pork.

That hit my stomach like a brick. A few bites of cornbread and I was done. The sandwich we ordered was packed up and brought home as leftovers as well as some of the poutine.

We did a decent amount of walking after that, then I had to come home and lay down for an hour.
I was able to revive myself for a beer on a patio.


Followed by a delicious empanada.

We ended the day by seeing Iron Man 3. We both really liked it.
After yesterday’s food fest, I got up and went for a long walk today. Made a successful batch of spinach and mushroom veggie burgers:

After lunch, Brian and I rode our bikes up to my garden plot and got some things planted.

Then had a very fruit and veg heavy dinner. After yesterday’s meat and fat fest, it was a necessity.

I’ll leave you with a pretty picture of the pear tree blooms in our back yard.

Thanks to everyone who reached out with calls, cards, texts and messages to make me feel so loved on my birthday.

9 and 30

Yesterday brought Chicago the largest snowfall since the blizzard of 2011. We got 9 inches of snow. Beautiful snow. It snowed steadily all day and made the city look like a movie set of freshly fallen snow. It was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it.

snow1 snow2 snow3Last night I stayed warm by heading over to a friend’s house to celebrate my friend Katie’s 30th birthday. And a fabulous night it was. Too much good food. Plenty of champagne and wine.


And this absolutely ridiculous dessert made by Lisa. It was so delicious. A Pinterest recipe that was not a fail, but should have also come with a recipe to make insulin. We all thought we had diabetes after eating it. Layers of cookies, ice cream and caramel sauce. Yummmm.