Friday, May 29, 2009

The Memorial Weekend Crew

Now you've seen what we did, but here are photos of our hotel roommates. Yes, all six of us shared a room! I must say, there was a LOT of giggling and snoring goin on the first night. Crazy stuff, but good stuff as well!!

The "oldies". I can't believe Taylor and I were considered as part of the adult/parent group. When did that switch happen? I am used to sitting in the kiddie table! We must truly be aging. *sigh* Anyways, without further ado, here we are! Starting from the top, from L to R, Taylor, yours truly, Maia and Mike.
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However, the true stars of the trip were the two crazy boys we were with.
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Here is Miguel, the son of Mike and Maia. I've known him for five years now and still thinks he is a sweetheart. If I had a son, I'd want him to be just like Miguel.
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Meet Conner, Miguel's soccer buddy. Now this boy has a cool aura about him. Doesn't the picture just show it? I love his bold, honest and independent nature. (He fooled a lot of tourists with those toy cigarettes of his!)
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Oh did I forget to mention his sense of humor?
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From morning 'til night, these boys never ran out of energy. It was AMAZING! How I wish I could be ten again.
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Here is Mike and Maia posing for me. They were such good sports.
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That's it!Thanks Maia for letting us come along! Taylor and I had loads of fun and better yet, heaps of memories to look back on.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mackinaw City - Memorial Weekend : Day 2

After recovering from our drive and day trip to Mackinaw Island, we decided to explore Mackinaw City and neighboring Saint Ignace City. The adventure started with the Mystery Spot. Of course, I won't spoil what was so mysterious about the place. If you want to know, you just have to go. (Besides, it's kinda hard to explain. However, it's the same thing as the one in Santa, Cruz, California.)

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These were the three most active volunteers I have ever seen!
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Then we checked out the Sand Dunes, which was really a beach in my opinion. But it was beautiful nonetheless.
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Doesn't this remind you of your childhood days? Ahh .. to be young and carefree!
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Also, we tried out the local fudge. They claim that fudge was invented there, but Wikipedia does not agree. Uh-oh!
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We spent the rest of the afternoon water rafting and that was quite an unforgettable experience, but no way was I gonna risk getting my camera wet. So no pictures of that, sorry. Booooo! Instead, here is a picture of the bridge linking Upper Michigan with Lower Michigan.
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Mackinac Island - Memorial Weekend : Day 1

Do you remember the movie Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour? You know, the one where he goes back in time to meet the woman of his dreams? If not, you might be too young, but I tell you, it was THE love story for a long long time. I mention it now because this past Memorial Weekend, Taylor and I tagged along with our dear friend Maia and her crew for a trip to Mackinac Island. Yup, this was the romantic place where they shot the movie. Wohoooo! Isn't it lovely?
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To get there, you get on a boat from Mackinaw City. It was REAL chilly, but we still had a great time! Look at those smiles!
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Upon arrival, you are greeted by a quaint downtown and magnificent horses, which serve as the only mode of transportation on the entire island. No pollution here!
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First stop, Fort Mackinac. Basically, this outpost was built to control the strait where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.
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The view from the fort was just gorgeous!
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And here she is, the Grand Hotel of the movie.
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Then we spent the rest of the day wandering on paths that led to trails around the island. It was quite tiring, and Maia needed a cigarette break with Mike's help. hah!
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Gotte love my husband's sense of humor. :)
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Everything is Larger in Dallas

We took a trip to Dallas this weekend to visit Tay's former tennis coach, Greg. Greg generously let us take over his room in their lovely house in a sprawling and peaceful neighborhood in Saginaw. It felt oh-so-good to stay in a home with an actual lawn! Only fellow condo-city dwellers can relate to this green grass deprivation we suffer from. Here are some photos of the digs.

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Our first stop on Saturday was the Book Depository, which houses a museum dedicated to the assassination of JFK. It was somewhat unsettling to be in the same building where Oswald could have shot the president and the sadness of the tragedy is still palpable there.

They say the shooter was on the sixth floor.
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One popular theory is another shooter was over here, which now has 911 graffiti on it.
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Moving on to happier thoughts ... we moved on to the Stockyard to see some cowboys and longhorns!
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This place would have been a great photoshoot location!
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Isn't she just adorable?
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Want some hot sauce??
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But really ... I was so impressed by all the flora in Texas. We discovered a lot of cool looking plants on our morning walk around the neighborhood. Check them out below.
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This one was taken inside Gaylord, a gigantic hotel/convention center.
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Also, we made new friends while we were in Texas. Meet Sophie and Hannah.
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Here are some pics of all of us. I think Greg's mom, Betty, doesn't like getting her photos taken. She never looked at the camera! Now I know who Hannah takes after. :)
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Thanks again Greg and Betty! We had a great time!
(Also a big Gracias to Grace and Paris who took time to have drinks with us. Too bad we don't have a photo together! Next time ... )

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Spring is finally here!

I just love it when Spring arrives and makes the bone-chilling winter a hazy memory. Spring time in Chicago is particularly lovely. So, Tay and I took a walk last Sunday. Instead of taking our car or a bus ride to the movies .. we decided to do the 2.9 mile walk. We took our sweet time though and enjoyed the sites. What a peaceful Sunday!

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Grant Park's artsy, odd, rusty legs.
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Gotta love the Spring flowers!
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Sneaking in a bike picture yet again!
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I wonder what he is thinking about?
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