Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ciao amici!

Dear friends,

Before Luke and I depart on our European Adventure, I wanted to give a brief recap of the wonderful time I had this past weekend in Wisconsin.

I arrived in Appleton very late on Friday evening, despite the fact that my flight was supposed to arrive at 1p. Factor in a few tornado warnings, flash floods, and cancelled flights, and you have my journey home. My dad came to my rescue (how appropriate for Father's Day) by driving all the way to Chicago to pick me up, and we made it home safely.

Unfortunately, my luggage did not make it, so Saturday morning came very early, as I had to do some quick shopping before my brother's fiance, Nelle's bridal shower. We had a lovely day! Lots of yummy food and good conversation.

On Sunday, we celebrated two occasions: Father's Day and my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary! It was such a joyous day!! I couldn't have asked for better company: my entire family on my mom's side was able to attend. We got some great pics, thanks to my uncle Gil. (Check out his website for some more amazing photos! http://www.burnsphotography.com/stock.htm)

Congrats to the happy couple! My grandparents celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary :)

My brother, Matt, and his fiance, Nelle



Luke and me

Grandparents and the grandkids (L to R: Jake, my younger brother; Ben, one of my older brothers; me; Matt, my other older brother; Grandma; Grandpa; Melissa, one of my cousins; Adam, her younger brother; Rachel, her twin sister; Tim, my cousin; Chris, his younger sister)
My family! (L to R: Nelle; Matt; Tara (Ben's wife); Ben; Dad; Mom; Luke; me; Jake)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This time, next week...

...Luke and I will be en route to Europe!

Our backpacks arrived today!!!!!! In a word: gigantic. All the more room to carry souvenirs!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Spotted: Obama!!

Last weekend, Luke and I went for a walk on Saturday. For the record, I had been napping, and he kept asking if I wanted to get outside since it was so nice. I figured my sleepy self could handle a walk. Boy, am I glad I got my lazy bones off the couch!

We went outside and was about to cross the West Side Highway to walk by the Hudson River when a police officer yelled at us. "Stay Back! I said, STAY BACK." Umm... we had no clue what she was talking about, so we backed up with the others, and didn't cross the street. She marched off in a huff, and we stayed put. Come to find out, President Obama's motorcade was coming through soon, and they had to block off the street. The motorcade stops for no one, including pedestrians.

So we waited...and we waited. Two "test runs" came through with a few police vehicles and SUVs. Then after approximately 15 minutes of waiting, the motorcade arrived. Had to have been more than 100 vehicles. It was CRAZY. I snapped a few pics on my iphone, but trust me, these photos do not do any justice for how large it was. (side note: I'm sure this guy, who's in every photo, would be real happy to know he's on someone's blog for all the word to see. Sorry, buddy, but you did ruin almost every photo, except for the most important one.)



Motorcycles. I didn't count them, but there were probably about 30.


Funny thing happened when this guy pulled up. A few moments after he stopped in front of us, a lady behind me says "Oh, the Prince is in town. I wonder if this is for him." And the cop looks at her and says: "Ma'am, this is for the President. The President of the United States." He meant business.




Finally the moment we were waiting for! Obama! If you look closely (or zoom), there is someone sitting with a white shirt in the back window. Now, it very well could be someone else, but Obama has been known to ride without his suit jacket on. Had to have been him!



More vehicles and ambulances, etc.



The last cars came through..


Even though we had to wait quite a long time, it was an amazing encounter!