October 13, 2016

This post is here because I realized I had a lot of summer pictures on my phone that didn't have any place to belong! They aren't in order, they don't cover the whole summer, but they are good memories. So here we go. This first one is from a dinner outside at Slim's. Guys, Slim's! I don't remember if I've mentioned it.. Oh! I think I have. We ate there on our anniversary.. haha. Well they have a couple tables outside under some cute lights, and it's just all too perfect on a summer night. If you want to put Stefan in a good mood, feed him Slim's. If you want to put anyone in a good mood, feed them their summer dinners outside.

These next two pictures are from Lake Michigan! I remember I took the first on a day we met up with Taylor, McKenna, Garrett, and Rachel. We ate at Shake Shack, then went down to the lake where Peter needed a nap so I laid him down right on.... me.

Okay I could hang out here all day. What's this little place called? Maybe it's still part of Millennium Park? It's right by it. I don't claim to know this city, guys. Anyway, something about all that green right up against all that city.. I love it. There's a little stream where you can dip your toes, and it's all just so nice. Ah yes, and then the bean! Alexa came to visit and meet Peter, so we took her downtown! More Shake Shack, more toe dipping in the stream. Good times. Seriously, good times. I love Alexa.

And of course the swimsuit that never was! I tried it on him and it fit perfectly.. too perfectly. One growth spurt later, and it didn't fit at all. It still has the tags on it, and I'm saving it for a future baby because I love it so much. But as you can see in the next picture, he had to wear boring regular clothes when we went to the beach with friends from church. Because I am a lame mom. But he still liked dipping his toes in the water! 

The only picture I have from our weekend at the farm! (Not technically near Chicago, but bear with me..) Stefan's grandpa has a farm in Wisconsin, and we spent a really, really fun weekend there with him, his wife, Taylor and McKenna. We drove the tractor, visited the chickens, spent a lot of time in the wood shop, ate dinner around the fire, and generally loved getting a break from the city.

Who needs a swimsuit when you look this cute swimming in your undies, right? Riiiight. This one is from swimming in Naperville with cousins. I'm sorry, but the drive from our house to Naperville is the worst.. this day in particular was terrible. Lots of crying, possibly from both of us. Good thing we like those cousins.

A Cubs game! Someday I'll put together the video I have from this day.. It was hot, but so fun. Peter was awesome, I bought a really yummy lemon treat, we almost left early but then didn't and we won in the ninth inning! See ya, Marlins.

Botanic Gardens with more friends from church! This ward is really good about getting together for fun outings like this. I loved the Botanic Gardens a lot more than I expected to, and I would love to go back some day earlier in the summer when more plants are blooming. 

Two more pictures from two more trips to the lake. We only live two miles away (two two two two two two two), and I love that we went down there as often as we could. I loved packing a picnic or just taking a walk along the water. There's something about that water! It's a really beautiful color of blue. Aaaaand, it looks like that's all! We had a lot of fun this summer. Thanks, Chicago.

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