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Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was a first visit for Sami, and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

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Chicago Art, Culture, and Fun

Welcome to my final post in my Chicago! series 2019. There is no shortage of amusements when staying in the Windy City, and I'll share just a few of the ones we were able to do in our five-day adventure. Chicago River Architecture tours- multiple vendors, $31 and up- A great way to hear about… Continue reading Chicago Art, Culture, and Fun

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Deep Dishes in Chicago

  It is a good thing that we walked so much on this vacation because I ate so much!  Chicago has no shortage of good eats from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to desserts and wine. Here are a few suggestions from the places we visited on this trip. Ice cream and more:   Firecakes Donuts-… Continue reading Deep Dishes in Chicago

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Wrigley Field and a Lifelong Cubs Fan

  A visit to Chicago would not be complete without spending some time on the North Side at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, longtime loveable losers until 2016 when they won their first World Series since 1908.  As my dad is from Chicago and a lifelong Cubbies fan, so am I. Go Cubs… Continue reading Wrigley Field and a Lifelong Cubs Fan

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Chicago!

Like last year, we spent the Fourth of July week not together as a family.  The kids all headed to the Sequoias for junior high and high school church camp. So that left us adults with some 'free' time. We took advantage of it and headed to Chicago, where the husband has been commuting to… Continue reading Chicago!