wip 5.19.12

picked ben up from daycare after cleaning all day. had to hurry up and get ready to head right back out. were meeting my parents at a wake.

passed some time waiting for nick to get home from work by playing with ben's new felt food. got the pizza kit and sandwich kit. melissa and doug brand. he's quite a fan! {and no he isn't really eating his fake food. it's a real potato chip!}

oh and all pics from today are iphone shots.

after the wake, we went out to dinner with my parents. good company. good mexican food. good beer!

then we stopped at old navy for ben stuff and a quick stop at the grocery store. it was way late and ben was way good. told him if he stayed in the cart for the entire shopping trip he could have some gum. it worked! ;)

ignore the crazy lighting. tried to get him showing me the gum in his hand and in his mouth!


a morning with snakes and bugs and my cute little boy.

i have no idea what chewbacca is doing. that cat is crazy.

fun with tents and tunnels. 

had a change of plans... ended up stopping by nick's work. ben passed out in the car and i enjoyed some words with friends. 

then we hit up the outlet mall. has been forever! and i haven't shopped in forever! okay. not really but whatever. it felt like it.

saw this when we drove in. had to take a picture and text some girlfriends. might have to make a girl's trip when it opens!

of course, ben needed a bouncy ball.

stopped at three stores. a record for us. carter's, under armor, and gap. and rally's. it's a must when we are there!

the loot. oh, i lied. stopped at nine west. was looking for some ballet flats. came home with some wedges. i've been looking for some for almost a year. yay!

and chilling on the couch at the end of the day.

i had to be up super, super, super early.
planned to go to a photography class with a girlfriend a few months ago. we bought our living social coupon for it almost a year ago. didn't realize that the nato summit was going on when we planned it. 

on my way to meet monica. thank goodness for daylight. it made being up that early so much easier. and no traffic!

made it to the train station with plenty of time to spare. so weird seeing police everywhere. 

we were searched before we could head up to the platform, and then had to get off of the train at one stop to be searched again, as well as, frisked and then were able to get on a different train. which was full of security. 

made it to chicago with no troubles. picture of my lovely breakfast and my improvised camera bag. there were a million restrictions as to what we could take on the train and only one of my bags/purses worked!

gonna give the class photos their own post. so stay tuned. because there's a heck of a difference between some of the shots!

the city was relatively quiet. there were hardly any cars on the roads and there were police/secret service every where. kind of neat to say i experienced it. might be looking at it differently if we were to have witnessed some of the disruptive protests in the flesh. thankfully, we were out of the city by 1045. monica's theory was that the protesters would just be getting started!

the bathrooms had pretty, fresh flowers. 

got this text from nick just before boarding the train. the boys went to play some frisbee golf. 

and he actually remembered that i left the point and shoot at home so he could take it with. and he actually remembered to take pictures! yay. and double yay!

jer bear and ben ready to go. and yes, that's how my child wears his hats. never, ever does he wear them with the bill forward. never.

i think he's telling them that the frisbee is that way.


 showing jer bear where to go.

i got one!

and more hiking.

and the cutest picture...

then it was home and naps for ben and me. nick went to my parent's to help the open the pool. fingers crossed it is ready for this weekend!

spending some time outdoors. trying to use and remember what i was taught in class!

and gigi came over to celebrate mother's day.
notice the crazy protesters on the tv. so glad we were there early! 

grilled shrimp for dinner. the dip was delicious. dill avocado. so yum.

and harry potter and ice cream for dessert.

and an amazing sky during the crazy storms. 

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