This and That



1. Caleb and I flew to Chicago last weekend to meet up with Maria. We got some Chicago pizza and now we are at Maria’s dad’s house for the week.


2. Papa and Caleb making some sidewalk art.


3. Caleb loves all types of living creatures and we have caught a good amount of them. We have caught a couple of fish, a few frogs and lightings bugs.




1. We are in Illinois visiting my dad. I grew up in Illinois and miss being surrounded by lots of green and corn!


2. I love running in Illinois. It is so flat!


3. My stepmom makes a killer peach pie.


4. Caleb loves playing in the corn fields.


5. He also loves eating corn. Illinois has the best sweet corn! Sorry this post is so corny:)

6. Sweet potato tots-gotta try these!

7. Is your garden zucchini out of control? Check out these zucchini recipes!


9. Currently reading The Next Best Thing. What are you reading?

10. My dad has the worst internet service. He lives in the boonies and we have to walk outside to get a signal. It is my excuse for not working this week:) I am writing this post at his office! Sorry this is short and sweet. Back to vacation:)

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  1. Looks like your all having a wonderful time on vacy and Caleb is getting so big! Enjoy him while he’s small, they grow too quick!

  2. I grew up in Iowa and now live on the East Coast. I think there is something so pretty about flat corn fields going on and on for as far as you can see.

  3. Jennifer Weiner is my favorite! I’ve read all of her books– that’s a good one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Looks like everyone’s having a blast! It’s always great to see family….especially in IL!!!
    I’m from Chicago, born and raised there…LOVE IT!!!! Best place EVER!!!
    Now hubby and I live in New Mexico, for about 6 years now, not the same….moved for health issue for hubby. We miss Chicago like crazy.
    Yes, there is green everywhere, corn looks amazing!
    That pie looks like it was yummy! LOL!!
    Have a great time and remember to take loads of pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am so glad you are having a wonderful trip with your family! Caleb will treasure those memories forever:) And thank you for the tot link love!

  6. It kinda cracks me up when I hear people say Illinois is so flat. I’m from northern IL, very near the WI border. I had never really gone south of Chicago in IL so it was a shock to see how flat and treeless it is south of us. Up north we are full of hills and trees. As a matter of fact, my folks live in a town called Lake in the Hills.

  7. Might have to disagree on the Illinois having the best corn thing…I grew up on a large farm in Indiana. I always thought we had the best corn!!! Either way, it’s good and a lot better than what I am able to get in Oregon these days. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your posts – love the recipes – love the photos. Miss lightning bugs and cornfields (AND cardinals) SO much!

  8. Love your posts! Caleb is just darling and it is fun to see him as he grows.

    I just read “The Next Best Thing” and really enjoyed it. I wanted to read another one of of Jennifer Weiner’s books and I chose this one because we are moving from Denver to the Boston area this month. And, as you know, the main character is from Framingham where my husband’s job is!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip:)

  9. I grew up in Illinois, in the middle of the corn fields too! In fact, my high school was in the middle of corn fields and the joke was that we were “children of the corn!” You’re right, nothing beats sweet corn from Illinois!