Day 799: Year in Review

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Day 799: Year in Review

I went on the biggest ship in the world this year!

Overall, for 2017, I’m not fond of what’s going on in our country, but I personally thought it was a good year! I had many fun times with family and friends, so I thought I’d do a little year in review. I’ll make it a list with a few photos so you don’t get too bored.

New Year’s Day Party with friends
Baby N learning to crawl and walk
Phantom of the Opera downtown with Scott
Many wonderful visits to Normal
Saw the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy

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Me, Baby N, and the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy!

Our Super Bowl Party
St. Patrick’s Day Party with friends
Baby N turning one

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My baby boy turned one.

Visited the Ball Factory with Nicole
Brookfield Zoo with my mom and Scott
Early Easter in Normal

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Baby N and his cousins celebrating Easter.

Cubs game with Ray
Easter in Champaign with family
Having dinner with Brittany downtown
A train bar crawl with friends
Concert in Lilacia Park
Miller Park Zoo in Normal
Mother’s Day in Normal, early Mother’s Day with my mom

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My family.

Conference in Atlanta
Uncle Paul visiting for a week
Swim lessons with Baby N

My wonderful co-worker’s retirement party
Father’s Day in Normal
Met Baby James
Picnic with my dad’s family
Kendyl’s birthday at the bowling alley
July 4 Party with friends
Softball games with Ray’s league
Hung out with Melissa in Naperville
Paul McCartney concert

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Paul McCartney concert!

Cuban restaurant with family
Arlington Race Track with friends
J-Bone visited
Concerts in Hillside
Caden’s birthday party in the backyard
James’ baptism
Oak Park Beer Fest
Wisconsin Dells with family

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Playing at the water park.

Elmhurst Food Fest with my mom and friends
Get-togethers with college girls

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College friends!

Alzheimer’s Walk in Normal
Cubs game, Wrigley Field Tour with HBK, Scott, and Ray

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Wrigley Field!

Maggie’s baby shower
Uncle John moving to the area
Sonny Acres
Wyatt being born
Boo at the Zoo
Halloween festivities in Normal
Taking Baby N trick-or-treating for the first time

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Cousins celebrating Halloween.

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Trick or treat!

A wonderful and amazing cruise with family

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Having fun on the cruise.

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First time on the beach.

Bought a Honda CRV
Thanksgiving with Scott’s family
Visit to Springfield/Peoria with Scott’s family
A great holiday season with lots of family and friend time

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Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Day.

Spa day with college girls
Wonderful times with family and friends

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Those are the many highlights for you! Hope 2017 was good to you and 2018 is even better.


Day 793: January and February Update

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36-week baby bump!

Hello, friends. I thought it seemed about the right time for an update. Life has been busy and full of ups and downs lately. I can’t believe so many things in life can change in a split second right before your eyes, and you barely have time to see it coming. There’s a glimpse into how things have been lately.

First, I’ll talk about politics, but I’ll be very brief. I’m tired of hearing the name Trump and looking at his face. I never thought he’d last this long. Who’s with me?! Ugh, that’s all I have to say about this at the moment. Except I’m proud of what Obama is accomplishing with Cuba. And I want to meet the Obamas someday. That’s a new life goal.

Here’s a list of highlights and lowlights over the last many weeks.

  • I had a very nice baby shower at Wildfire Restaurant near the end of January with my family and friends. The food was delicious! We played Bingo, mingled, ate awesome food, and got some amazing presents for Baby. Everyone has been way too generous! Thanks to my mom for putting it together!


    Baby Shower at Wildfire!

  • Scott and I have slowly been able to have friends over at our new place over the past few months! Too bad we don’t have time for a housewarming party. Maybe after the baby is born.
  • I had another great baby shower a few weeks later with friends and Scott’s family! The decorations and room were adorable; it was a baseball theme! We played some games and ate some awesome baseball park-themed food. I think Baby is doomed to love baseball! Baby got some very nice gifts (except for maybe the Cardinals onesies!) from everyone. Thanks to Stacie, Maggie, and Ashley for throwing such a great shower!


    Baby Shower! From left to right: Ashley, me, Stacie, Maggie, Barb, and Kendyl.

  • Scott and I had a small Super Bowl Party in early February with family. I made a lot of yummy appetizers and had some Super Bowl trivia for everyone. We played the squares game, too. Uncle Paul, Uncle John, Sydney, Grandpa, my mom, and Ray were able to come. It was a nice time! I liked Coldplay at halftime, too. My favorite commercial was the Doritos one with the dogs. Here it is:
  • Sometime in February, I got locked in our half bathroom. The doorknob decided to stop working. I was having a panic attack since it’s a really small bathroom, but Scott was able to get me out. It wasn’t funny at the time, but it is now!
  • Scott and I went to McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurant for Valentine’s Day. They have really good lobster bisque soup! It was a nice evening with my hubby.


    Flowers Scott sent to me!

  • Scott’s work threw a baby shower for us at Brick House Tavern! That was a really cool place; I’d like to go back sometime. It was great meeting everyone and it was really nice of them.
  • My coworkers threw a little shower for me over lunch last week. It was very nice! They gave Baby some very nice gifts. He is spoiled already. I was very surprised!


    Awesome cupcakes from coworkers!

  • On a sadder note, my grandpa passed away this past Saturday. But, I’ll write about that more in another post.

There’s my update for you. Now to go sleep! It’s late.

Day 746: Year in Review

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Day 746: Year in Review

Our first wedding anniversary. 🙂

2014 was a great year! There were many great times with family and friends and I have so much to be thankful for. Time really has flown by and I can’t believe 2014 is almost over. From family gatherings on weekends to a trip to Las Vegas, we did a lot this year! 2014 ending makes me sad in a way. The majority of the year had great times, but there were also some tough times, too. But, I had Scott, family, and friends by my side, which has always been a great feeling. I don’t know what I’d do without them! I am one of the luckiest girls in the world.

Here’s a list of the highlights from 2014 for you!

  • Last New Years Eve: We rang in the New Year at Medici and Maggie Miley’s.
  • I started the Double Take project, but sort of neglected it. Sorry!
  • Kate, Graham, Steve, and Jillian visited to watch a Blackhawks game in January.
  • I needed two fillings, my first fillings ever!
  • My family visited in January and we went to Carl’s ice cream!
  • Ate at Biaggi’s with Scott for Valentine’s Day.
  • Went to the Bloomington Thunder game in February with family and met Tony Esposito!
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Uncle John meeting Tony Esposito!

  • Celebrated Soleman’s birthday at Kings and Park Tavern in Rosemont in March.
  • Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day parade in March.
  • St. Patrick’s Day parade in Normal and threw a little party!
  • Met Grant Bitzer. He’s such a cutie!
  • Attended the Going Away Party for my cousins Matt and Jackie. (They moved to North Carolina.)
  • Fancy happy hours!
  • Got together with college friends and their husbands in April. Went to Claim Jumper and Beer House.
  • Spent Easter weekend with my family. We colored eggs and ate brunch at Drury Lane.
  • The ending to How I Met Your Mother was awful. Ugh.
  • Spent our first wedding anniversary in Chicago!
  • Went to Cubs vs. Cardinals game in the bleachers at Wrigley. Cubs won!
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Ready to watch the Cubs win!

  • Spent Mother’s Day weekend with my mom! Went to McCormick and Schmick’s for dinner.
  • Chicago Blackhawks made it to the playoffs but lost. I’m still proud of them!
  • Had a Memorial Day BBQ at our house with my family and Scott’s family.
  • Met Trgyve, my friend Kim’s baby!
  • Cornbelters vs. Bandits baseball game and got to see Soleman.
  • Went to Caden’s baseball game and Kendyl’s soccer game.
  • Jeff’s 60th birthday party!
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Celebrating Jeff’s (Scott’s dad’s) 60th birthday on a beautiful day.

  • Scott’s birthday: Went to Pub II and had family over for dessert.
  • Saw Jimmy Buffett in Tinley Park!
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The gang tailgating before the Jimmy Buffet concert!

  • Went to Caden and Kendyl’s birthday parties.
  • July 4th party at family friend’s house.
  • My birthday: Went out with Brendan and Anne for pizza. Had dessert back at our place, too!
  • Went to a Bandits softball game.
  • Blackhawks Convention!
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Got to love Toews and Kane!

  • Went to Christina’s baby shower and Anne’s bridal shower.
  • Cracker concert with Kate and Graham.
  • ALS ice bucket challenge. Yes, I did it twice.
  • Barbecue with friends at our house.
  • Met beautiful little Grace in August!
  • Vacation: Went to Wisconsin Dells over Labor Day weekend.
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Hanging out in Wisconsin Dells.

  • Celebrated Grandpa’s 87th birthday.
  • Anne’s bachelorette party in Chicago!
  • Laura and Tyler’s wedding in September.
  • My 10 Year Reunion. Yikes!
  • Anne and Ted’s wedding!
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A bunch of awesome ladies at Anne’s wedding!

Vacation: Las Vegas for Ray’s 30th birthday!

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The family together in Las Vegas for Ray’s 30th!


  • Carved pumpkins in October.
  • Went out for Halloween. Scott was a ninja turtle and I was Captain America!
  • Sydney was in the musical Annie Get Your Gun.
  • Started my new job in November!
  • Thanksgiving at my mom’s house.
  • Movie nights with Mickey.
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Hanging out with Mickey! I love this guy!

  • Mom’s 60th birthday celebration at McCormick and Schmick’s.
  • Spent day in Chicago seeing the Christkindlmarket and Wrigley Field.
  • U.S. and Cuba relations will be better soon, thanks to Obama!
  • Spent Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas Day with Scott’s family.
  • Went to Brookfield Zoo.
  • Movies I saw for the first time: The Hulk, Man of Steel, The Illusionist, Hoop Dreams, Saving Mr. Banks, Gone Girl, Interstellar, Bull Durham, The Godfather, and probably more

Sorry, that was a long list! The toughest part of this year was losing my Aunt Carol in August. She was a very caring a special woman and I’m still having a hard time without her. I can’t imagine how her children, grandchildren, and husband must be feeling. But, we have definitely been there for each other through this difficult time. I miss her so much. It really hurts sometimes.

One great thing I was able to accomplish this year was that I finished scanning all of my mom and dad’s old photos. This project took years, and I’m finally done! I’m so glad we have all of them as digital copies. I should make 1,000 copies, just in case!

Overall, this year was a good one. I have so many wonderful people in my life and I’m glad I got to spend time with them. There were some changes this year, but I think they are for the better. I can’t wait to see what will happen in 2015! I think it will be a good year, too, especially since I have Scott and great family and friends to make memories with. Goodbye 2014, and welcome 2015!

Day 702: Christina’s Baby Shower

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Day 702: Christina's Baby Shower

My friend Christina is having a baby!! I went to her baby shower back in June; here’s a photo of her opening a present. It was a very nice shower! Christina and Wes are having a baby girl and they should be having the baby any day now. I can’t wait to meet their little one! I can’t wait to see what they name her, too.

The shower was nice; we ate some food, played games, watched Christina open presents, and ate some yummy dessert. It was great seeing Melissa and Brittany, too! I got Christina a baby bathtub that was adorable. It was cute seeing all of the adorable baby girl outfits; her baby will be dressed well! Here’s a photo of the four of us:

Day 702: Christina's Baby Shower

I had a great time! Now I just keep waiting for a phone call or text message from Christina or Wes. I’m antsy to meet this girl!! I’m sure there will be a blog post dedicated to her sometime soon. 🙂

In other news, Scott and I were cleaning out the garage a bit this morning. My allergies have been horrible this weekend, and they definitely didn’t help when cleaning out the garage. I sound like I have a cold at the moment! It must have been from all the dust in the garage. Ugh. But, it’s a good feeling to have it almost cleaned out!

Have a good afternoon!

Day 672: Year in Review

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The best day of my year! Our wedding day on April 27, 2013.

The best day of my year! Our wedding day on April 27, 2013.

This year has been utterly amazing. I’m having a hard time putting it into words. These past 365 days have been full of so much love and happiness and I am grateful for every moment. Scott and I have so much to be thankful for; we have wonderful friends and family that have been with us this year and our whole lives.

We did so many things this year and saw some cool places. Instead of writing a paragraph about every single thing, I decided to just make one giant list and put some photos in between some text. When I went through this list, I was in shock. We did all this in one year??  It’s been an amazing journey!

My Year in Review: 2013

  • Last New Years Eve: Went out to dinner for Uncle John’s birthday and then to Christina’s party.
  • Brendan and Anne visited in January.
  • Trip to Springfield in February with Scott (see photo).

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  • Double dates with Anne and Drew.
  • Scott’s grandparent’s 65th anniversary party.
  • Bridal Shower with Scott’s family and friends in Bloomington (February).
  • Bridal Shower with my family and friends at Brio Tuscan Grill in Lombard.
  • Caroline Lou (my new cousin) born on February 14.
  • St. Patrick’s Day parades in Elmhurst and Normal.
  • Myles Thomas (my new cousin) born on March 12.
  • Shopping day with Sydney at Woodfield and went to Red Robin for dinner.
  • Easter weekend: Made bunny cakes, had a scavenger hunt, and dyed eggs (see photo).

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  • Bachelorette party in Champaign (hung out at Kate’s, went to Boltini and C Street).
  • Bachelorette party in Naperville (got our nails done, had dinner, danced and drank at BlackFinn).
  • Went to Rosie’s with Granny, Maggie, Ashley, Barb, and Stacie to celebrate!
  • Rehearsal and dinner for our wedding at Maggiano’s.
  • Our wedding on April 27, 2013 (see photo). (This bullet point deserves to be in bold!)

Day 620: Wedding

  • Vacation: Our honeymoon at Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (see photo).

Day 621: Honeymoon

  • Maggie’s graduation and party.
  • Saw West Side Story musical in Peoria with Scott.
  • Went to Arlington Racetrack with family friends and won a little money!
  • Vacation: Miami Beach in June with Melissa, Brittany, and Christina (see photo).

Day 628: Miami Beach

  • Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on June 24! We watched it at Esquire with Steve and Jillian!
  • Scott’s birthday party in our man cave with friends and family.
  • My mom, my grandpa, Ray, and Uncle John visited July 4th weekend!
  • Vacation: Went to St. Paul, Minnesota with my mom and Ray for John’s wedding. We went to Mall of America, too (see photo)!

Day 632: Minnesota

  • Christina visited me in Normal. We went out to dinner, mini golfed, and rode bumper boats.
  • Went to Shakespeare Festival with Scott in August. We had a picnic and saw Comedy of Errors!
  • Blackhawks Convention in Chicago. I met Andrew Shaw and saw the Stanley Cup (see photo)!

Day 635: Blackhawks Convention

  • Went to County Fair with Scott’s family. I got to hold a rabbit!
  • Fancy happy hour at Boltini when Anne moved away (see photo). 😦

Day 640: Fancy Happy Hour

  • Went to Cubs vs. Cardinals game with Scott and Jeremie at Busch Stadium. Cubs lost. 😦
  • Vacation: Went to Wisconsin Dells in August with my mom, Ray, Grandpa, Uncle John, and Scott (see photo)!

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  • Vacation: Went to Milwaukee in September with Brendan, Anne, Graham, and Kate (see photo)!

Day 645: Milwaukee

  • Celebrated my grandpa’s 86th birthday in September at my mom’s house.
  • I started my Double Takes project in September. I’m loving it so far!
  • I saw a meteor on my way to work on September 26!
  • Went to Becky (Scott’s cousin) and Angie’s wedding (see photo).

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  • Melissa and Larry visited us in town! I now love Settlers of Catan.
  • Golfed 9 holes for Ray’s birthday and went to Emilio’s for dinner with family (see photo).

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  • Halloween: Scott and I dressed up as Mario and Luigi and went out with Liz, Jillian, Graham, and Kate. Graham performed at the bar (see photo)!

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  • Carved pumpkins with Scott’s family!
  • Went to Alli and Jake’s wedding.
  • Scott and I stopped in Dublin, Ireland on our way to Paris.
  • Vacation: Scott and I went to Paris, France and spent time with Renée and Chris (see photo)!

Day 663: Paris Day 2

  • Went shopping with Melissa, Christina, and Melissa and ate at Mago Grill.
  • Spent Christmas Eve with my family.
  • Spent Christmas day with Scott’s family.
  • Got to see my friend Kim at her baby shower. My friend Andrea is pregnant, too!
  • I fell in love with Tom Hiddleston this year.
  • New Years Eve… stay tuned!

As I mentioned earlier, this year was incredible and one of the best in my life. There have been so many awesome changes in my life this year; I’m not sure if I want 2013 to end! I can’t believe I went on six vacations in one year! Scott and I did so many fun things by ourselves and with family and friends. Thank you all for an outstanding 2013 and I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014!

Day 671: December Updates

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Day 671: December Updates

Kendyl in her Christmas Concert.

Before I get to my year in review, I thought I’d update you on more fun things in December! Kendyl was in a Christmas Concert in the middle of December with her class, which consisted of very cute 3 and 4 year olds. They sang a few songs and then there was milk and cookies after the performance. She’s the one in the red dress with the Christmas tree. Everyone was adorable!

Scott and I headed up north the weekend before Christmas and got to spend extra time with family and friends. We got together with my mom’s best friend and her family! We ate some good Chinese food, exchanged gifts, and hung out. It was fun!

Family friends!

Family friends!

Exchanging gifts with friends.

Exchanging gifts with friends.

The next day, I met up with Christina, Melissa, and Brittany! We ate lunch at a really good restaurant called Mago Grill and Cantina. It was delicious! I ate a giant taco salad; the different salsas were amazing, too. We then went shopping for a bit. It was a really cold day and we were at an outdoor mall, so we didn’t shop for too long! It was great hanging out with them.

During the weekend after Christmas, I went to my friend Kim’s baby shower! We have been friends since middle school; I haven’t seen her in a while since she lives in Pennsylvania. She came to Illinois for Christmas, so her mom threw a baby shower, too. Click here to see my blog post about her wedding in 2010. It was great seeing her! I can’t believe many of my friends are having babies! I got to see Andrea, too, who is also pregnant! Kim is due in February and is having a boy. Her and Luke are naming him Trygve James after their grandfathers. Andrea is having a girl! Ahh, I can’t wait to meet all of these babies!

At Kim's baby shower! From left to right: Andrea, Kim, and me

At Kim’s baby shower! From left to right: Andrea, Kim, and me.

That same evening, I went to my Uncle Paul’s house and got to spend some more time with Aunt Rose, Uncle Joe, Marirose, Dominick, Uncle Paul, Aunt Carol, Sydney, Ray, and my mom! We ate dinner together, watched the Blackhawks, and played Screw Your Neighbor. Here are more photos for you!

Aunt Rose and Uncle Paul.

Aunt Rose and Uncle Paul.

My mom, Uncle Joe, and Marirose!

My mom, Uncle Joe, and Marirose!

Ray and Sydney.

Ray and Sydney.

Sydney, me, and Scott!

Sydney, me, and Scott!

It was great spending time with them! Sadly I only see my Aunt Rose and her family once a year since they living in Virginia. I’m glad I got to see them one more time before they flew home.

I also got to spend time with my grandpa and Uncle John over the weekend, which was great. I miss them a lot! It’s always a great time with them. 🙂

Well, those are some December updates for you! My next post will be the year in review. I promise!

Day 580: Favorite Holiday Song

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Capturing December: Day 15

Day 580: Favorite Holiday Song

Well, this is another photo of a photo, but that’s ok. I would say my favorite holiday song is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland. It brings me to tears almost every time I hear it. She sings so beautifully! If you want to listen to it, click here. Now I kind of want to watch Meet Me in Saint Louis! It is a great movie. Judy is so beautiful and I’ve always loved her voice. This song is just so beautiful in general.

I had a good day! I went to my cousin’s baby shower this morning and that was nice. I know so many people who are pregnant right now; it’s crazy! But awesome. I learned a lot about pregnancy today and things that are nice to have for newborns. I probably won’t remember any of it by the time I have children, though. I’ll just ask all the people who are currently pregnant! Libby looks so cute pregnant.

Scott and I are about to watch The Dark Knight Rises. I was pretty stressed out when I saw this first time; it’s intense! I kind of wanted to see it again and pay closer attention. Hopefully Bane won’t scare me as much this time.

Have a good Saturday night!

Day 453: Baby Shower

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Hello! My weekend was good. I spent some time with good friends, good food, good drinks, and good games. We played Scattergories, which I haven’t played in a really long time. I love it! The silly answers are the best, of course. It was a great time! As for the photo, I went to Nicole and Tommy’s baby shower on Sunday! Here’s a photo of them with all of their presents. Nicole is such a cute, pregnant girl! I can’t believe she is having a baby and I am so happy and excited for her! She is having a girl and they are naming her Eleanor. That’s a very cute name. I’m so excited to meet her; Nicole is due in February. The shower was at a really good Mexican restaurant; I definitely ate too many tacos and enchiladas. But it was worth it.

I didn’t do too much on Saturday. I spent most of my time at my apartment because I wasn’t feeling too well. I’m not sure if I had the flu or something, but I had the chills, a headache, and a stomach ache. I did leave the apartment for a bit because I REALLY wanted to see Beauty and the Beast in theaters. So, Scott and I went! I didn’t feel so great while walking, but felt fine once I sat down in the theater. I’m really glad I went; I love that movie! So, we went home and I was lazy again for the rest of the night. Although I wasn’t feeling well, it was nice to have a lazy day.

Scott and I did try making one fun thing on Saturday, though! Yogurt covered strawberries. Mmmmm. I don’t know if we did it right, but here’s a photo for you!

You basically dip strawberries in yogurt (I used Greek vanilla yogurt) and you let them sit in the freezer for a while. When you take them out, the yogurt should be hard, and you have a delicious snack! We tried them and at first, they were way too cold to enjoy. Then, I think we let them sit in room temperature too long because the yogurt wasn’t as hard anymore. They were still very good, though! I’m sure we’ll get it right next time. It’s a yummy and healthy snack!

Have a good night!

Day 3: Easter Eggs

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After all of the fun places my mom and I went to yesterday, we relaxed by coloring Easter eggs last night. We put them back in the refrigerator last night to dry, and this is how they looked this morning! Not bad, but not great.  There are a lot of random white dots and lines on them, which disappoints me a little. How do you avoid that? I’m guessing the white lines are because we used spoons to move them around in the liquid. My favorite is the greenish blue one. That’s probably my favorite color anyway, though. I can’t remember the last time I colored Easter eggs; it’s been quite a few years. It’s getting me more excited for Easter, though.  And it’s supposed to be a nice day tomorrow!

By the way, Wildfire is a great restaurant! I just got back from Michael and Vincentina’s baby shower there (friends of my family) and it is a very nice place. I’d like to go there again someday. I think there’s one in Champaign… I’ll have to look that up. I’m excited for Michael and Vincentina. I’ve known Michael since I was born and I can’t believe he’s going to be a father! He’s going to be a great dad, though.

Well, I’m off to my grandpa’s house! 🙂