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Summer Highlights

The summer is coming to a close and I am very sad to say good bye to my favorite season of the year.  Yes, my friends, we still have some left, but we're starting to round the corner.  (And the last couple weeks in Chicago have been chilly!)  All I can think about right now is LouFest, which I consider my end of summer (2 more weeks!) even though there's a lot happening within that time, I rounded up a few of my favorite things from this summer (in no particular order)

This one's a guarantee, right?  But aside from it being Italy I loved what one of my bosses said when I got back, "How special that you had that time with your parents and sister."  It's true.  It may never happen again.  I'm very grateful I had that time, bickering and all.
Not to mention I don't feel like Chicago got very warm this summer.  This is where I got my heat for the year and it felt so good!
ROME! (yes, I know I still need to recap our Italy trip.)
Girls Weekend in Wisconsin
I just don't see these girls enough.  It was a perfect getaway and so lovely.  (read more)

Wine on Kelly's Roof
It was just a normal night.  We meet for dinner at one of our places.  This time we went to the roof (with a beautiful skyline view) with after dinner wine.  And for some reason, the normal night was amazing.

I love my family.  And I can't get enough of my niece and nephew.

The Lake
While I've spent far less time at the lake this summer since I moved to my place four years ago, I still appreciate every second.

Cardinals Games
Both on the radio and in person.  Of course.

Mike Turned 30
We made our rounds to ring this one in.  A couple things included kayaking on the Chicago River (which I heard kayaks are free in Manhattan and Brooklyn...jealous!), dinner at Bom Bolla, summer nights at Brookfield, Revolution Brewery tour, and a party to round up the week.

Karen's Birthday 
Karen's birthday is always a big thing and she likes it that way.  The birthday week included cardinals viewing with cake & pizza, food and drinks at Beer Bistro, Cirque du Soleil, an italian dinner, dinner with mom & mike at Hot Chocolate, billy joel, brewery tour of half acre.  Girl doesn't kid around when it comes to her birthday.

Add an assortment of parties and other outings.  It's been a busy summer.

Don't mind me while I save my pennies. ;)


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