Arrived back in Chicago last night and stayed overnight with my brother Ron and Vicki. Today we moved Dad from his one-bedroom to a studio apartment. We have him all settled and think he'll enjoy his new surroundings, especially as he can watch the fall harvest from the comfort of his recliner!
Dad getting a haircut this morning from his long-time barber and friend, Stymie.
Been a whirlwind past few days.....our son, Ryan is a pilot in the Navy and found out last week he is being deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Nimitz for 6 months.
Mark and I flew out to California (Chicago, Phoenix, Fresno) and then drove to Lemoore for a great visit. We also helped with the packing of his things (put in storage) and Philip flew in on Monday for more good family time, packing, etc. Here are a few pics from our time out west where it was 100+ and then dropped to the 70's.
Ryan in his kitchen getting ready for work
Mark and his boys at the Naval base
Ryan explaining something; Mark trying to understand; Philip checking out the jet
The F/18 jet Ryan will be flying
The boys on a major shopping spree at Wal Mart
Mama and her pilots (boy, do I need a haircut~!!!)
This weekend was devoted to my "sisters". 11 of us gathered at a Bed & Breakfast in the country for a grand time enjoying each other, non-stop chatter, wine, eating, cards, games, and some good exercise at Starved Rock. This was out 17th Annual and another success story! Here are a few photos...
The "TRUE-BLUE" hikers - Beth and Theresa at Starved Rock
Sharon, Janet, Doris, Theresa, Beth and Pat
Enjoyed a delicious dinner at Hank's Farm
Back Row: Karen, Sharon, Sue, Beth, Doris, Joan and Janet
Front Row: Nancy, Theresa, Pat and Lydia
SURPRISE................we threw a surprise birthday party for Theresa after dinner back at the B & B
Theresa blowing out the candles on her extra-yummy cake!
Liam and Connor are stayng with us this week because their sitter is on vacation. Today we took off for Lacon and Tanner's Apple Orchard. It rained along the way, but then the sun came out and it was a nice day. What a bunch of fun we had and here are some photos!
Mark and the boys at main entrance
Posing with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the pumpkin patch
Feeding the baby goats
Riding the big tractor
Liam riding the little tractor
Searching for the "perfect" pumpkin
Walking thru the gourd maze with Mr. Scarecrow
Ate lunch at Mr. Mike's Place on our way home. We bought donuts, cider, apples and our pumpkins! It was a really FUN day for all!
Another whirlwind week has passed. Where-oh-where does the time go? Been having some beautiful fall weather - love it! And today, we got over 1" of much-needed rain! My sister-in-law and I hosted a bridal shower/luncheon for our niece - great girl fun!
Bride-to-Be Jennifer opening her lovely gifts! Jennifer & Jake's big day is October 10th
Hi, sorry I have not been doing any blogging for awhile...............busy, busy and this past weekend we were in Racine, WI with friends on their sailboat (catamaran) - great to be together and enjoying our favorite ole stompong grounds where we had spent 12 summers on the water!
And..............my camera has not been working - it's in for repairs, so no pictures - darn!!! Hope to be back up and operating soon! Wishing you all a safe, pretty fall.....love this time of year! The trees had really started to turn in Wisconsin! Bye for now...
It's been an emotional few days starting last Thursday, 9/3 with my cousin's funeral. John was only 64 and died of a massive heart attack. Then off to my parents' home where we had a 2-day garage sale. Luckily, the weather was perfect and we sold a lot of stuff. Saturday, Mark and I were in Chicago for the wedding of the daughter of one of my Sublettian friends - fun!!! Sunday, back to finish with clean-up from sale. And now back home and the fall cleaning has started in earnest!!!
I enjoyed breakfast with Patrick, Liam and Connor - Liam loves his blueberry Mickey Mouse pancakes
And Connor got a special order of green beans w/whipped cream compliments of "The Boss"
The site of the wedding - Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus
Monday evening we met some long-time friends at Famous Dave's for delicious bar-b-que. Fran and Ed will be moving to Sturgeon Bay - sure will miss them, but look forward to some fun times in their new surroundings!