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3 week countdown!

My two favorite days of the year are coinciding... sort-of.
#1  Summer solstice
I love the summer solstice!  Longest day of the year!  I love my sunshine.


#2 (This one's the stretch) Opening day ;) Have I mentioned how excited I am for my first in-person Cardinals game of the season?  It's three weeks away!  My other favorite day of the year is opening day.  Yes, opening day was several months ago, but it's my own personal opening day since I'm going?  Maybe it's a stretch.  Oh well.

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Jeff & his family won't be able to make it to the game with us, but he got included in the fun video because today is a very special day for him!  
Happy 31st Birthday, Jeffrey!!!
Greta snapped this photo a couple weeks ago of Jeff & Charlie at one of Jeffrey's softball games.

Good bye May.  June begins my month of pretty much not being in Chicago at all... Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Houston, Cleveland or Dallas, St. Louis, Osage Beach... here I come.
If you happen to be in Chicago next week, I wish I could go to the One Book One Chicago event on Thursday (the 6th).  "discussion of how storytelling informs our understanding of history and shapes our culture"  Sounds super interesting to me!!!


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