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Elena turns four

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Today, Elena turns four. It feels unreal. When I held her for the first time, I couldn’t envision what she’d be like at four, but the day has arrived.

Elena can communicate so well. In a way, it has been a little sad to see her learning how to pronounce words correctly and drop her baby talk. She can have a conversation about anything, and she wants to learn about everything.

She enjoys achieving things, and celebrates every accomplishment. When she got a scooter for Christmas, she didn’t know how it worked. She couldn’t steer, she couldn’t stop, but she knew she wanted to ride it. Now it’s February, and she has practiced so much that she can cruise through the house quickly and easily.

Possibly the greatest joy is that she knows who Jesus is and wants to learn more about him. She understands the importance of being kind others. Of sharing what she has been given. Of loving other people even when it’s hard.

This year, she has been looking forward to her birthday for months. We’ve got a lot of celebrating to do. There will be cupcakes, grilled cheese, best friends, a trip to the museum, a new dress, handmade decorations, and a whole lot more.

In the midst of the activities and excitement we have planned, all I’ll be thinking about is how blessed I am to be her Papa.

posted on February 26, 2015 by michael

Instameet at the Field Museum

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I recently started following the Instagramers Chicago group on Instagram (@igerschicago). Yesterday they had an Instameet at the Field Museum. I’m not usually one to go to these events, but today I decided to step out of my box and exercise my eye. They had a scavenger hunt planned. We were given clues and had to find where the clue picture was taken. I didn’t find all of the items on the hunt, but I found a few. Afterward, we went out to the lake and took a few shots of the sunset over the Chicago skyline. It was too cold for me, so I didn’t stay long outside.

It was challenging but fun. I shot all of these as square pictures (except the first one) with my phone and edited them with VSCOcam.

posted on February 17, 2015 by karina

The event spaces at Macy’s

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I’m downtown pretty often, and I’ve been to the Macy’s on State Street quite a few times, but I never realized that on the upper floors, there are event spaces – really nice event spaces.

Yesterday I got a tour of these 6 spaces. I’ve been to Seven on State, the upscale food court, I just never realized it was possible to host an event in that space. The Walnut Room, The Grand Staircase and The Narcissus Room are all great places to hold a wedding celebration and can be transformed to meet the needs of just about any event. Macy’s culinary Studio is home to their culinary council made up of top chefs and can also hold cooking functions such as cook-offs and private dinners. The event center on the 9th floor is a huge space and is currently getting ready for Macy’s annual flower show next month. All these spaces can be completely rented out for an event.

I had no idea these spaces existed, but I’m excited to have learned about them, especially since they’re surrounded by such rich architecture.

As a side note, all the photos you see here were taken with my phone. Crazy, right?

posted on February 13, 2015 by karina