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July 16, 2014

Summer Travels to Chicago: Family and Friends

We've been trying to pack a lot of adventure into this much so (in addition to work and home, of course) that sadly I have found little time to write about said adventures.

Before I can legally post pictures from our fabulous trip to New York last week, I want to post pictures from our fabulous trip to Chicago a couple of weeks ago.  It was a wonderful mix of family and friends, along with sights, sounds, and tastes of the Windy City.

First, pictures from the Family and Friends network of the greater Chicago area.

We visited the girls' uncle's farm, just outside of Chicago.  The girls got to help with a few of the more fun (for them) chores...bottle feeding a baby calf...

...feeding the goats, sheep, and alpacas...

...and amid the turkeys, hens, and roosters, they hunted for eggs.

Their absolute favorite "chore", though, was snuggling the baby kittens.  They **really** wanted to take them home to live with us!

After a great meal and too many desserts, we gathered the E family for pictures.

Uncle V, Daddy, Cousin M, along with B and A

We also spent time with Hubby's best friends, the girls' "Uncle" Steve and "Aunt" Svetlana.

The girls hadn't seen Steve since they were 2 1/2, but they remember him from the visit he made to our house.  They don't remember meeting Svetlana when they were infants, but they couldn't get enough of either of them.

I love this picture so, so much!!!

And the girls were tickled to get to play a little soccer with Daddy and Uncle Steve.

Regretful goodbyes to the greatest honorary uncle.

After a couple of days exploring the city, we left via Steve and Svetlana's daughter's house...who just happens to have a little girl 15 months younger than A&B, and two-year old twin boys!  (Their names are A&B, too!)

Silly girls at lunch!

...with ice cream for all for dessert!

We are so thankful to have spent such wonderful time with our family and friends!


Mrs FF said...

Great to see a post from you, I was just thinking you've been off for a long time.

The girls definitely had fun and enjoyed the time with family and the animals. I'm sure the feeding of the farm animals was more fun for them than mommy.

Love the last two pictures of the girls goofing around and the one with everyone enjoying their dessert - yum

Marcia (123 blog) said...

LOVE to see these photos of J and brother!!!! And of all the kids.

Too precious - they're growing up too fast!

Mandy said...

You wouldn't let them bring home a kittie?! Looks like such a fun trip!

After seeing V, don't ever let J grow a beard! He might look his age, possibly start acting it!

Johanna at The Baker Twins said...

It's been a month! I'm glad to "see" you back. :) What fun adventures you are having!

Barbara Manatee said...

Looks like a great trip! So many memories for your girls ;-)

cat said...

Precious photos of a great family holiday. It's so great to catch up (and the kids sometimes to meet) the far away friends and family.