Saturday, July 27, 2013

Happy Bachelorette, Shera!!!

I believe you summed it up perfectly: 
"Chicago, you are bad for my liver
but good for my soul." 
~Dr. Shera Teitge

Cannot wait to celebrate in September :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Reminder: Don't Beat Yourself Up!

While in Victoria, a group of us decided 
to climb Mt. Douglas before the wedding. 

850 feet up, 
(and a whole lotta perspiration later)
I was all sorts of upset with myself for feeling so out of shape. 

 {insert me trailing behind here}

Once we were off the rock and back onto the trail, 
we decided to run the rest of the way downhill. 

While catching our breath at the end, a beautiful woman in her 70's walked past us with a big smile on her face and said, 
"Ahh, to be young, fun, fit and foolish!" 

Sometimes it's nice to put your life 
and physical well-being into perspective :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dear July, COME BACK!

I had every intention of sending "Christmas in July" cards 
because I never got around to them over the holidays. 
  Then I realized I am an idiot for thinking 
that July would be any different...

Dear Summer,
Please stop going by so fast. 
I want to soak it all in!!!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Big Hearts for these Little Hearts

  • Cut paper hearts out of old maps
  • Sew them together with string
  • Wake up happy every single morning :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Canada, eh?!

I told my campers that I would be gone for a few days because I would be visiting the country directly above the United States. 

So I asked, "Does anyone know what country that might be?"

After which Harlow raised her hand and immediately shouted out, "Heaven!?"

Little did I know, she was actually right...

If I could canoe my way back to the Pacific Northwest, I'd be buckling up my life jacket right this minute. As soon as recovered from the wedding awesomeness, there will be a very long heartfelt post about my new-found feelings for our neighbors above and my adoration with Vancouver  & Victoria.  

To Heather & Mark, 
Thank you beyond thank you for introducing me to this wonderful part of the world. Thank you for sharing your INCREDIBLE wedding week with us all; and thank you, most of all, for inspiring everyone there by your unconditional love and encouragement for one another. May we all be so lucky!

Heather & Marks Wedding Week / Aka: Perfection, eh!?!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Happy Birthday & Bachelorette Party, Codes!

I'm loving living vicariously through all of your super fun wedding events! Can't WAIT for the big day :) 

Friday, July 19, 2013


Thanks SO very much to everyone who came out to support our Lincoln Park Zoo Summer Staff Fundraiser. 

It truly just goes to prove that you should

Thankful everyday to surrounded by this bunch :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mother Daughter Book Club

I really enjoyed this month's book by Stephanie Cornwall

It's really lovely and imaginative. It's a tale of the young, poor, prodigiously gifted, yet still unrecognized, Claude Monet. 

It will inspire you and leave you filled with the utmost respect for art, rebellion, love and the struggle to achieve in life what you're most passionate about.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pre-school Reunion Dinner

30 years of friendship later...
Cody's getting married. 
Nick's opening up the Chicago Chop Shop.
I'm starting grad school in just a month.
Brendan bought an apartment and invited us to see. 

Much to celebrate this year! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

It's about time there was a woman's name on this :)

Happy birthday, 'Merica!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Over the years, my handwriting has gone to complete and total shit. So I was over the moon to hear from my brother that there is a website that will create a font for me based on my very best efforts at my personal penmanship. They just sent an example back and I'm BLOWN AWAY by its authenticity!


Be sure to check out Noteriffic :) 



Monday, July 1, 2013


Which story do you prefer? 
The one with the Tiger