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Thursday, August 27, 2015

March 2015

Last year's Spring Break was really different for us.  We usually travel somewhere as a family, our big trip of the year like California, or San Francisco-Grand Canyon-Utah, or Germany-Austria, but this year the boys had two different Spring Breaks so we decided to split up.
I took the boys to the beach, and David took the boys to Chicago.  In March.  Who got the better deal?
Even though I took the boys to different places, they both had similar experiences.  Very early wake up calls to get to the airport for pre-dawn flights, getting to practice their Spanish from the moment we landed, check-in virgin daiquiris, lots of amazing food, beaches, pools, sleeping in, dress-up dinners with Mom, and lots of reading and relaxing.
Brennan's break was first and we headed to the Dominican Republic.  I can't say enough about how great this trip was.  I would highly recommend a DR trip.  The resort was amazing.
Brennan loves, loves, loves the beach.

I let the boys choose dinner each night.  Here we are enjoying the flamingos and traditional Dominican food.

Neither of the boys wanted to do any excursions, they just wanted to rest and relax.  This pool was fantastic.

"Walking on water" Game

Our last night and our fanciest dinner - Brennan chose the 7 course Japanese meal.
I loved the resort layout.  Seriously, I would go back here in a heartbeat. 

Thomas and I went to Cancun!
We had a great time despite the fact that someone accidentally took my bag from the airport.  Southwest took care of me though and I got it back the next day.  It gave us a chance to do some shopping!
Thomas is a little quieter than Brennan in new situations so he hung with me a little more.  But I didn't complain!  We spent a lot of time exploring the resort, the beach, and walking the strip.  It has changed a lot since David and I were there in 1999.

Our last night in Cancun.  We had dinner at a Japanese/French fusion restaurant.  It was terrific!

David took the boys to Chicago for 2 days each.  They relaxed in the city and visited two museums each.  We love how close Chicago is (less than 4 hours) and we love their museums.
Both boys chose the Museum of Science & Industry (also David's favorite).
Brennan chose the Art Institute of Chicago as well (my favorite).
Here he is with American Gothic.
In addition to Science & Industry, Thomas chose the Field Museum of Natural History.  He's always loved Natural History museums the best.  They all had a great time on their trips with Dad.

When not vacationing with my sons or walking a lot to prepare for the half-marathon, I had other activities in March.
I attended four!! 40th birthday parties.
Toyi's was so well decorated - this is just one of the many tables of food.

Kari, Poonam, and me.

The Visitor's Center hosted the very awesome Tony Costello, architect, professor, and friend of Columbus.  He did a class on Napkin Sketches, for which he is well-known.  I got to try my hand and I have to say, I wasn't that bad!!  I didn't win a Tony Award though :)

Our wine club went to Taku for dinner where we got to try the sake :)

Once a month a group from the community has Chaos I by Jean Tinguely running.  I had to take the boys to see the kinetic sculpture running.  We love this sculpture in the Commons!

And of course, I find a ton of Bailey pictures to share with you!
This is "why does this family get up so early?"

This is "yes I'll go with you to pick up Brennan, but I'm exhausted and will have to sleep on the way."

This is "Dad, I like your new car."
Dad probably said, "Great, now get out."

This is how he fell asleep on Thomas's lap.

And here he is with his BFF Abbie during one of their afternoon playdates.

And a video.  Wow, my voice is high.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

February 2015

Continuing with our photos from last year, I'm up to February!
Bailey is pretty chill...

Our wine club went to Mulligan Grille - great table for 16.  We had a great night - fish is their specialty.

I went out with girlfriends for my birthday (starting on the left and going around - Violet, Renee, me, Robin, Ginger, Susan, Edie, Mary, and Gina).  Great night at my favorite restaurant - Tre Bicchieri.

My birthday - 44!



We were so happy for Daniel and Tracy who got married in February.  We hated that we couldn't be in Mississippi for the wedding.
Snow, snow, snow.  We had a lot of snow in February and a very mild November, December, and January.
I always "measure" the inches on the deck railing looking over the pool.

Our pretty neighborhood on a snowy morning

Bailey LOVES the snow.  Probably because he doesn't have to shovel it!
Thomas and Bailey

Bailey steals gloves

And you have to watch this video if you haven't already seen it.  Bailey made use of our shoveled path to create a treadmill for himself.  He loves snow!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

January 2015

 January was a full month as well, as well celebrated two family birthdays and Thomas and I took a little trip!

David and I attended the Philharmonic Cabaret concert in January with good friends. 

Roger and I helped with set up as well.

Our wine club had a Cary Grant inspired 60s party.  We all brought a favorite cocktail and taught the other couples how to make it, dressed in cocktail attire, with Cary Grant movies playing in the background.  Such fun!

Robin and I hosted a big group of friends at Zaharakos, on the residential side.  The turn-of-the-century restoration of not only the  ice cream parlor, but the home, is incredible.  It was such fun to dine on the "other" side of the building.
Brennan wanted to try skiing at Perfect North before his school ski trip.
He absolutely loved it, and he and David returned a couple of weekends later.  Thomas preferred tubing.  It was a gorgeous day to spend with the boys!

Our skiier

It was such a gorgeous day to be outside.  
Two teenagers in the house! 
Brennan turned 13!

We went to the SkyZone indoor trampoline park for his birthday. 
We took two carloads of boys for a fun dinner/jumping/cake party experience.

 And Bailey had a birthday too!
Bailey turned 1!
His birthday photo shoot was a riot, as he can't hold himself in cute positions too long.

This is how he ends up after too much posing.

Thomas got his bottom braces! 
I'm hoping he'll get his braces off around January this year.
We'll see, I guess.
Brennan gets his bottom braces next month.  He's about 6 months behind Thomas.  I'll be glad when we're done with the orthodontist!
We started up date night with the boys again in January.
Splitting up a couple times a month and spending an evening with just one.  Here are a couple of mine with the boys.

 Thomas and I took a road trip to Wisconsin!
I went to a book signing by my two favorite Young Adult writers.
I was so happy that Thomas's schedule was flexible enough that he could go with me.
Here we are at the Mars' Cheese Castle that bff Amy and I visited way back in 1996!

Elizabeth Eulberg and Ally Carter were awesome speakers.
I was glad to see I wasn't the only adult there - they are much-loved by teens and adults.
And finally, Bailey wanted to show Aunt Shelly how much he loved Mama's Christmas gift - a thick yoga mat.  He likes it very much.  Stinker.