I do not even have time to write extensively about everything that has been happening (everything in the word except selling and moving). Well, it's summer -- you know how it is. Luckily I have discovered Blogger's photo options!
June 9th -- HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY MONIQUE!
HAPPY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!
Monique turned 18 on Saturday, June 9th, and had just graduated from Lane High School the day before. Dad had a party for her so the family and her friends could all gather to celebrate.
1) Happy Birthday Monique!
2) Jake and Auntie Monique
I don't have any other pictures of Monique and Jake together. The last time they were together, Jake was only 6 months old. This is a great shot [they are sitting on the sidewalk in front of Dad's house in Bucktown, where Monique and her friends were hanging out].
3) Checking out Grandpa's racecar
Jake was a little shy at the party, but when we suggested he go look at all Grandpa's tools and Grandpa's racecar, he was very excited!
June 30th -- HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY JOE!
Joe's 40th birthday was actually July 3rd. But we had a suprise party for him the Saturday before at the RAM Brewery in Schaumburg. He was really surprised!
5) Joe and Mom
Her oldest turns 40.
6) Kisses from Liz and Amy
7) Opening Gifts
Giving Joe an Italia football [soccer] shirt -- har de har har [he's a Manchester fan].
8) The crew
July 1st -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHANIE!
Usually we celebrate Joe and Stephie's birthday's together, since they are only a few days apart. Sadly, Stephanie had to miss Joe's party. She is in graduate school at IIT for her Masters in Public Administration, and she had a class which met only on Saturdays. So on Sunday, our immediate family got together for a huge lunch at Maggiano's at Woodfield. Two appetizers, two salads [including their famous chopped salad], two main entrees, two pasta dishes, two desserts. We were groaning!
She really loved the Hermes wallet I got her.
10) Stephie and Wally
11) Stephanie and her husband Louis
Photo by Jake!
12) The Dynamic Birthday Duo
Outside the restaurant
July 6th -- HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY IZABELLA!
She had a party, and she was not happy about it. The party. Or the birthday. So, I did not take any pictures of her. Photos were taken, but I stayed away from that plan. She had a big knife for cutting the cake. No way was I sticking a camera in that action. I just got liquored up, which is what one does on such an occassion.
PS. SHE HAS STRAIGHT A's IN SCHOOL and has just taken the final for her Pharmacology class without even reading any of the materials. Because she is smart, that one.
July 5th - 8th -- WISCONSIN DELLS!
I went camping with Joe, Jake, and Joe's friends for the second year in a row. It was hot, hot, HOT. We went on a lot of boat rides. On the third one, the boat caught on fire. But I got to tour the Dells, I got splashed with water on a Jet Boat tour, and there was beer. All good.
13) Upper Dells Boat Tour
See the face? Click on the image for a larger size.
14) Standing Rock
15) Me at Witches Gulch
Witches Gulch is soooooo cool! I must have taken 50 pictures. The weird green is not my camera -- the water is green from all the tour boat gasoline.
16) Witches Gulch
Click on the picture to see it better.
17) The Princess Kaye
The boat that caught on fire on Saturday night.
I also have pictures from Pierogi Fest last weekend and several other things but I have got to run! Hope you all are having an equally busy and fun summer.