Monday, October 24, 2016

New life with old things

I finally finished rehabbing my garage sale finds for the girls' rooms and I couldn't be more pleased. Who doesn't love a good before/after series?

Kate's bookcase before.
And after.
Kate's desk before:

And after:

Lucy's new desk before:

And after:

And here's another sneak peek at what's going on in their rooms...

Next up: hanging pictures, curtains and final organization. It's getting there!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chili Cook Off!

This past Saturday was our neighborhood Chili Cook-Off and I had volunteered to be the lead with considerable help from cook-off veterans and volunteers. The tents/tables/chairs/lighting were set up in the morning followed by last minute decorations in the afternoon so that by the time crockpots of chili started arriving at 5:30, we were ready to go.
Eliza-Witch set up a fabulous tent to keep the little ones entertained.
The main tent housed all the chili, chili-fixens, hot dogs and non-alcoholic beverages.

We had 2 half-kegs and lots of wine at the "bar".
Storytime at the witch's tent.

 Tasting and voting in the main tent. I think there were at least 200 people in there at one point!
Several neighbors brought over firepits to the island in case the temps dropped. It turned out to be quite a warm evening but the fires were popular nonetheless.
One neighbor brought over her tablet and streamed the Cubs game live so no one would have to miss it! They won!
The band was amazing....the perfect backdrop for the night.

Anderlick, Miller & Otto band from Lisa on Vimeo.

In all, we had 30 people bring chili to compete in three categories: People's Choice, Judges Choice and Most Creative Name.

Gloria's vegetarian chili (Sweet potato, mango and beans) won People's Choice.
For the Judge's Choice, it was a tie between Uncle Ed's Classic Chili and Diane's Sweet Meat Chili.
And Andy won Most Creative Name for his World War C Chili (which was also quite tasty!).
I have to confess that I tried all 30 chili's and there is some serious competition here!
I am working on my recipe for next year!

Meanwhile, back in the witch's tent, Kate was making a new friend.
The girls had a blast, staying out until almost 10pm running around with their friends.
Len finally took the girls home while I stayed back for a bit and cleaned up with the rest of the volunteers.  It was a lovely night.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Houston Visitors

Weekend before last our good friends Paivi, Euan and Euie came for a long weekend visit. Len was in FL during Hurricane Matthew (albeit on the Gulf side so it really didn't affect him) visiting his sister, uncle and some friends. Meanwhile, back in sunny IL, we found a lovely apple farm to visit on Saturday. Of course, no farm is complete without the obligatory rides to keep the children entertained.

And farm animals...much to Kate's dismay....
and Lucy's delight.
Lucy and Euie made sure all the animals got some love.

Kate and Lucy then took turns seeing how many tall things they could jump off of.
Love this one of Euie and his Papa.

Euie, not wanting to be left out, was sizing up the distance...
Meanwhile, Lucy was finding ever taller objects from which to launch her body.
 Still not too sure about how far the jump actually will be...
Now THIS train was just the right height and he went for it!
After lunch we picked some apples in the apple maze.

And ate a few as well.

Euie loved to pick the apples but was not too keen to actually eat them. Instead, he studied the map and kept us on the right course.

OMG--do you see how tall Kate and Lucy already are compared to me??  They will be reaching stuff on the tall shelves for me before too long...and Euie, only in kindergarten, is nearly as tall as the girls.
Len made it home on Sunday morning and picked up two buckets of worms on his way so the kids could do a bit of fishing after lunch. Len and Euan took the kids over to the island while Paivi and I went for a walk around the lake before meeting up with them.

Lucy learned how to bait her own hook.

A boy and his fishing pole...
She is still learning how to unhook the fish and throw it back.
The weekend came to a close all too soon. I had to go into Chicago for a dental appointment so after loading the girls onto the school bus, I drove everyone into the city. Paivi and company spent the day exploring the city and then headed home. We are already planning their next visit--hopefully during winter so we can do some ice skating/skiing!


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