It's nice to be able to go to a theater where you reserve your own seats ahead of time, have the option of sitting on love seats, can pay for VIP treatment, and don't have to sit through a million previews, all for only $6 when you're part of the club. Not to mention that upon walking out of the theater, you get your own laser light show. Which is a welcomed distraction when you are trying to destroy the mental image of James Franco cutting off his own arm.
Had this plant for 5 months and can't seem to figure out how to keep it alive. Could be we never actually potted it. Could be we only water it every couple of weeks. A coworker told me that peeing in a plants can restore them to health. Mmm... I won't be too upset if this one doesn't make it.
Since hanging streamers in the window, we have discovered that our vent is pointed directly at our window. Every time the heat kicks on, and we see the streamers sway, we contemplate hanging out on the window sill so we can actually feel the warmth before it escapes out the window.
The one unit all kids look forward to... counting money! I even love teaching it. Except the part when the kids finally realize the actual value of a dollar and that they can't really buy much with what they have in their piggy banks. But until that time comes (probably in the next week or two), I love watching them get ridiculously excited about nickels and dimes. Just look at Courtney's face...
What do you need to make the perfect stir-fry? A new stir-fry pan from Jewel Osco (only $12 and 44 reward stickers). Finally a pan big enough to stir all of our ingredients. Say goodbye to mushrooms spilling over the side, and finding broccoli on the floor and carrots under the stove.
They finally gave us something to cheer about in the fourth quarter. Thanks to Mystery Man Hanie we had a little excuse for some celebration. At one point it even looked like a comeback was in sight. Sadly, throwing a couple interceptions usually ruins it for you, and the Bears came away with a loss. No Super bowl 45, but it was still a fun season to watch!
We went on a field trip to "OPEN BOOKS"- a really unique book store in the city that also offers creative writing classes. After creating their own personal narratives, students donned the pencil outfit and shared with the group. At the end of his story, a personal account of a snowball fight his class had against one another, Stephen aimed the massive pencil at the crowd, cocked it like a rifle and yelled, "Now THAT's what a call a Silver War!" I am thinking he meant "civil war" but you can never be too sure.
Has consistently been one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago.
Home to inspirational neighbors, lots of med students, jumbo pizzas, friendly strangers, energetic kids, and the best tacos in the city.
We have been challenging ourselves to truly love our neighborhood and our city. What that looks like is still not completely clear, but we're excited for what's ahead, and for what we can learn along the way.
(...kind of). Katie turned twenty-seven today and also started her internship! To commemorate this huge day a team of highly skilled interior designers decorated the house. Streamers, balloons, and a little bit of glitter have never come together so well. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATIE! We are so blessed to be able to do life with you. Thanks for making it more exciting!
Jackson. Cutest and Sweetest nephew in the world. Spent the whole day shopping the outlets in Michigan City with Meme (grandma), Mama, and TT (Aunt Katie.) After being bundled in the stroller for an hour he was ready to get out and play. As soon as I set him down he ran over and face planted, on purpose, in a pile of snow:) Such a cutie.
My ridiculously talented and somewhat hysterical cousin is possibly moving to the city, so he came to visit for the weekend. After a few days of sightseeing, checking out neighborhoods, deep dish pizza, and subway surfing, I'm hoping he was convinced enough to move here. I may even get him to wear a man scarf and skinny jeans... or not.
Chipotle. Hadn't been there since November 29, 2010. Twas the last supper before No-Eat-Out December. Tonight I officially learned the difference between a burrito bowl and fajita bowl. Apparently I have been ordering wrong for my entire life...and the guy really wanted me to know. Let my new Chipotle ordering officially begin.
Tea Time. Wasn't feeling 100 percent so I made some tea. God inspired....or really Mandy fell asleep at 8:00 before I could ask if she took a picture. So here it is: January 12 was a happening day. (So the 'God' was actually a typo for 'got,' but it was just too funny to change)
Some days just lack photo worthy moments. In that case, you are forced to create one. This one happened at about 9:30 on our way home from a friend's house, right in front of our apartment. Dirty sidewalk snow makes impeccable snow angels.
No eat out December equals eat as much as you would have eaten in December in one meal at Brazzaz. These men kept the meat on a stick coming until we could eat no more.See the creepy guy on the right, he was really excited to be in this picture.
House Hiking: What you do to prepare for a trip hiking the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. Brought on by a spontaneous trip to REI where we were required to climb a rock and hike the stairs with weighted hiking packs. Here's to hoping Phil Keoghan and an indigenous Grand Canyonite will meet us at the North Rim. We'll bring the gnome.