Aug 25, 2011

Air and Water Show 2011

Last weekend was the Chicago Air and Water show. Like usual, they do their show on North Beach but fly north and south to turn around. And they turn around right over our house. We've really enjoyed it these past fiew years, and this year we were afraid there wasn't going to be a show. It poured on saturday, right in the middle of the show. We stared at the water coming down in sheets, chanting 'rain, rain, go away, come again another day.'

Fortunately, it did. And DH got some great pictures, like always. Enjoy!

Aug 17, 2011

Cubs Birthday Cake

I made a birthday cake over the weekend for a good friends' son. It's kind of become tradition, since I've been doing this for the past four years. :) Anyway, this year he wanted something with the Chicago Cubs on it, so this is what I came up with.

He loved it, which is what's important. :) Though Youngest took one look at it and said "That doesn't look like a real baseball."

*sigh* He's already a critic...

Aug 9, 2011

Blue Belt Test

Back in April, I joined a dojo in my neighborhood. I've always wanted to learn a martial art, ever since I was a kid. But it never worked out, and as I got older it was easy to shrug it off.

Then I had to have knee surgery. That scared the crap out of me, mostly because my body has never given out on me before and there's still lots I want to do. I realized that if I never tried to learn a martial art, I would seriously regret it. So, I signed up to learn karate as soon as my doctor and physical therapist gave me the go-ahead. This was back in April.

A few weeks ago, my teachers asked me to test for my blue belt! I was so excited, and I felt ready, so I agreed. And I passed! Here are some pictures.