Tuesday, August 15, 2017

a quiet birthday celebration and fun with cousins





(me, NC cousin, local cousin, sister)









A low-key and lovely birthday last week for moi...
The perfect new shoes for this Crazy Cat Lady - Bobs by Skechers and Pad Kee Mao at my favorite Thai restaurant. That was followed by a weekend of family togetherness...

Family from North Carolina were in town for a few days and we had a get-together at my sister's house. Is there anything cuter than a little girl (my second cousin) in a summer dress and cowboy boots playing cornhole? 

The next morning, I headed to downtown Chicago with my sister, our cousin who lives locally, and our cousin from NC. I hadn't seen my NC cousin in almost 19 years! The four of us sat at a table by the beach and talked and laughed for two hours. NC cousin couldn't get over the fact that buildings were right there at the beach. We had a perfect view of the John Hancock building from our table. After lunch and drinks and people watching (side note: thongs on middle aged women are not pretty), we walked around and made our way to Water Tower Place, which is basically a seven-story shopping mall. We eventually wound up on the seventh floor and found Garrett Popcorn - a Chicago must that I've never had! My sister warned me that it was very rich. I got the cheese-caramel mix and she wasn't kidding. A couple of handfuls and I was done. More walking around where we spotted Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and were awed by its outside beauty amongst the highrises. We crossed the street to take a look and lucky us, the doors were open so we were able to go inside. Of course, my phone camera couldn't do the interior any justice, but wow. I was immediately struck by its reverence and beauty. 

I wish I could bottle up these long days and brilliant sunshine and family memories.


14 comments:

  1. The little one is a doll, but I've never heard of that game.

    Happy birthday to you, Melanie, and what a gift to celebrate it with a cousin you hadn't seen in so long. I love seeing pics of Chicago as my grandson and his bride of 2 years live there now and are absolutely loving it. He'll be home for a family wedding in a few weeks and I can't wait to hear all about their experiences there.

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  2. Happy Birthday, Mel!!! Sounds like you had such a great time with those special gals. I love your new canvas shoes...very fitting!

    The pics of Chicago are magazine worthy. We live in a great city. Just wondering when you were there...we spent this past Saturday and Sunday there as we had a concert Saturday night.

    I love Garrett's. Al brings it home way too often. My fave is the cheese caramel, too. However. I can devour a whole bag!!!

    Happy Birthday again!!!

    Jane

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  3. I love posts like these. It sounds like you had an amazing birthday! Which restaurant was right on the water???

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  4. Adorable shoes.
    Belated birthday greetings to you. Your celebrations looks like a wonderful time. How nice that you were able to get together with your cousin after all those years. When I saw the photo of you four gals, I instantly thought the one on the right had to be related. You and your sister bear a strong resemblance.

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  5. Happy Birthday! What a great celebration and reuniting with your cousin. I love those cat shoes!!

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  6. Melanie, those shoes are soooo cute! Happy birthday to you! It sounds and looks like a wonderful time. I've not been to Chicago, but a dear friend is moving there this fall, so I'm hoping for a trip there at some point.

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  7. Perfect birthday celebration! Family time is always so special. Oh and those shoes...LOVE!!

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  8. Happy birthday sweet girl! Sounds like a very nice weekend and oh, love the shoes. They are perfect!
    Connie :)

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  9. Happy belated birthday, Melanie!! It looks like you had a fabulous time!!

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  10. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday, Melanie! And I just adore your kitty shoes!

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  11. What a lovely and happy birthday! I can't believe you've never had Garrett Popcorn before! I love it. Everytime someone in our family flies to or through Chicago, they are required to bring back Garrett Chicago Mix Popcorn.

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  12. Happy birthday, Melanie! It looks like you had a lovely day. Today is my husband's birthday, the big 4-0. I love Garrett's Chicago mix, and you're right, it's really rich. Would you believe I've never actually been "on the ground" in Chicago, though, only in airports where I always find the Garrett's somewhere on the concourses and stop for a bag to eat at the gate. :)

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  13. Belated Birthday wishes dear Melanie! It looks like you 4 girls had a great time. A gourmet popcorn shop, amazing!

    FlowerLady

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  14. It sounds like a wonderful birthday for a wonderful girl :) Happy Birthday, my friend and Happy belated Birthday to your husband.

    Glad to hear that Zippo is doing better

    And agreed on the thongs lol!

    xo,
    rue

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