Friday, December 31, 2010

12.31.10 Alegria

One more tilt-shift to end out the year. That's the stage for Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" just before the show began. We thought it was great and it was an awesome way to finish a fantastic year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

12.27.10 Christmas never ends

Beautiful Bonnie opened up a never-ending box of goodies that arrived on her desk today.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

12.20.10 1958-tastic

This is James. He's a high school freshman and aspiring journalist. This kid is old school in a great way with his 1958 rangefinder and calculator watch. The camera works and he uses it regularly, like today.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

12.17.10 Mudcrackers

Lots of love went into creating these little Mudcrackers. They're so adorable (the wooden figurines and the real ones).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12.12.10 Merry Christmas

And a happy New Year!

12.11.10 yuletide spirits

Erin's favorite Christmas concoction is called the Christmas Tree and it's a mixture of gin, cranberry juice (great for women), lime and tonic. Very festive.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

12.10.10 Sagittarians in the house

Looking for a way to spice up your party? Bust out the menorah. Seriously. We had all kinds of fun with it at a birthday party for two fantastic Sagittarians.

Another good party tip is to serve ice cream cake.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12.08.10 Surprise!

Beth moments after she realized she just walked into her surprise party. Happy Smurfday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12.07.10 it sometimes takes a village...

...to get a cute little 15-pound boy to smile. Here they are in moving pictures.

12.06.10 FREE Grand Slam!

I share my birthday with a pretty awesome guy (actually, he had it first). We celebrated by taking Denny's up on its offer of a FREE Grand Slam.

I received more gifts later on including a beautiful diamond necklace from my honey (he's really, really good at buying gifts for me) and saw fun gifts from Denise that I plan to shoot later.

My sister Lara was right, there is a lot of food on this blog.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

12.05.10 dinner at the Arb

The Garage Mahal looks more like the Taj Mahal.

12.04.10 It's A Major Award

I received this lovely nightlight in the mail from a dear friend who knows I love "A Christmas Story" more than any other stories during the holidays. I love major awards.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

12.03.10 a sugar high

Breakfast at Ann Sather means gigantic cinnamon rolls and the energy we needed for a danceable drive to the airport.

I'm so glad my kickboxing instructor does not look at this blog. He would not like what he found.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

12.02.10 NUTELLA

When my sister Lara was 17 she spent a summer "studying" in France. She came home and shared with us an incredible find, Nutella. Thankfully, you now don't have to travel overseas to find this chocolatey goodness. It goes great on homemade bread with marshmallows and just about anything else.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12.01.10 pretzel bread

Took home a few of these delicious buns. They taste like pretzels and are oh so good. Got them at Green City Market - a name I can get behind.

11.30.10 April Smith & The Great Picture Show

In Chicago for a few days visiting my blonde sister. I planned my trip around seeing April Smith & The Great Picture show. We Mudbugs played with them on "A Prairie Home Companion" and I just love their music. We danced our faces off!

It was a great evening. We met our friend David for dinner and the Rajun Cajun martini was the drink special. It was meant to be.

Monday, November 29, 2010

11.29.10 all better now

Someone is feeling all better now after a trip to the doctor. (He was firing blanks.)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

11.28.10 Palin

The hockey mom was in town signing books in the home goods department of Dillons Marketplace. They let the press get just a tad closer than the last time she was here and we had to sit on the opposite end of the arena.

Friday, November 26, 2010

11.26.10 Black Friday

We scored the very last PSP3000 which made our early a.m. adventure worth every minute of lost sleep. Here's a video of our shopping adventure.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

11.21.10 ICT travelers

Busy day at the airport. I'll be doing my Thanksgiving travel post-Thanksgiving which should cut down on the traffic. I'm smart like that.

Friday, November 19, 2010

11.19.10 ABBA Mania

"ABBA Mania" at the Orpheum was amazing! There was dancing in the aisles. Yes, we were those fools and we are not ashamed.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

11.16.10 Christmas came early today

Bonnie surprised me today with this adorable ornament she found for me. I can't freaking believe it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

11.14.10 JOY

Sunday morning at Mama G's means JOY.

And for the second time in twelve hours I missed a toast because I was too busy behind the camera. I really need to get my priorities in line.

11.13.10 Cheers!

Cheers to chocolate covered cherries, a little dessert drink we concocted using chocolate cups, maraschino cherries and Bailey's.

Friday, November 12, 2010