Monday, the typical day for a memo post, was spent in the car. Traveling home from Chicago always seems much longer than going. Partially because we "lose" an hour coming back, but this time is was longer due mostly to summer road construction which starts in this part of the country as soon as it gets warm. We had good weather, though, in both directions for which I am always grateful.
This is a photo heavy post. We had a lovely time in Chicago. Our primary reason for going last week was to celebrate Hannah's baptism which took place on Sunday. One of the members of Sarah's congregation kindly took photos of the ceremony.
And a family photo afterwards.
After the ceremony there was a soccer game. Caleb scored two goals!
Earlier in the week, there was a special trip to Legoland for Caleb (and Grandpa, too, if the truth be known.)
And a chance to create once we got home. Caleb had this 450+ piece Lego set put together in less than a day.
On Saturday, Sarah and I drove downtown to a Renegade Craft Fair Pop-up. I've been interested in these ever since Sarah lived near San Francisco, and I first heard of them. They're only held in big cities, and somehow I've never been in the right place at the right time. The vendors had lovely wares, but I was a bit surprised at how small the event was; perhaps that's the nature of the pop-up.
Later that afternoon while Sarah and Adam attended a dress rehearsal of the youth musical, Tracy and I took the kids to the Chicago Botanic Garden. I love this place, and never tire of the model train garden (no photos there this time) or any of the other beautiful displays. This is my favorite photo from the trip because it shows so clearly how wonderfully Caleb and Hannah get along, despite the age difference. Caleb is a super big brother.
This was the first trip we've made during the spring season at the Botanic Garden, and the spring flowers were glorious.
Needless to say, there was plenty of mail when we returned. There was quite a lovely stack of birthday cards (a few highlighted below), two wonderful gifts honoring my OLW "Joy" from Honoré, and two new stamp sets which will soon be put to use for the remaining May birthdays and anniversaries (of which there are many!)
For now, I'm still trying to get unpacked and organized while keeping busy with multiple commitments that were on the calendar before we left. I hope things are going well for you mid-week!