In July, Mom drove across country to visit family in Indiana and then proceeded to stay over a month with us. She brought with her a magic that affected us all. She inflated us with happines, she energized us and motivated us into getting projects done, and she was here when I had my hysterectomy. She was a god-send! So, when we were able to bring her back out here for a month in December/January, I was overjoyed with excitement! Not only will she be here for the holidays, but for the kids' birthdays and their respective band and chorus performances. I am so excited to see her again!
While she was here in July, we took a bit of a road trip down to Chicago and had loads of fun exploring the city right around the Millennium Park area. It was an amazing day and I love that she enjoys exploring as much as we do!
|At the new Millennium Park which is amazing, by the way! Huge park and loads of fun things to climb on, slide down, or run around!|
|A fun little mirror garden.|
|Mom really loved being in downtown, and of course, any time spent with the kids is a great time for her.|
|If you're in Chicago, you have to see the Bean, or as it's supposed to be known, Cloud Gate.|
|The kids had fun playing in the fountain. Every so often the 'mouth' spits out a huge deluge of water and the kids all squeal in delight!|
|In a cute little side garden that we found and had really lush landscaping.|
|Hooge family photo, 2015|
|Famous Art Institute of Chicago's lions.|
|I thought this was a beautiful picture, a lovely place to relax and meditate!|
|I loved that they had an Urban Agriculture garden. It was full of beautiful, bountiful food!|
|We ate at an AMAZING Chinese restaurant in China Town. Minghin had the most amazing Chinese food I've ever had.|
Chicago, IL July 2015