Tuesday, June 30, 2009

20 Year Class Reunion

Will had his Twenty Year High School Reunion a few weeks ago. We were in charge of the decorations. It was lots of fun going through all of the memorabilia and talking to people as we collected all the old "fashionable" styles of the time. We made up four display tables with a lot of the sports and activities featured on them. You should have seen the men's running shorts for track...there is a reason why they are called SHORT!

Joy and Aryln totally helped. We couldn't have done it without them!
We had a BBQ the night before for families. It was a riot seeing every ones kids. Lots of people looked pretty old. It's so strange. I'm sure we haven't changed a bit!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

4th Presbyterian Church of Chicago

Will and I ran into this church in Chicago. It is almost right across from the American Girl Doll Store. If I remember correctly, it was the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. It was breathtaking inside and out. I didn't know how they would feel about me taking pic's inside, so I didn't take any.
It was peaceful and majestic all at the same time.

If I wasn't a Mormon, I would so totally go to this church!!! (just kidding)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Genealogy Nerd

This was the view from our window when it was raining. It was crazy, you couldn't even see the top of the buildings! Some people go to Chicago to shop at all the amazing stores, and there are a lot of them. I on the other hand, am a bit of a nerd, and didn't step foot in a department store. Two of my days were spent primarily here, at the Newberry Library. Wow. It was amazing, and they were sooooooo
helpful. I spent a full day charting the street changes for Northwestern Chicago. I could have never done it without their help. And, what a beautiful building.

This is Graceland Cemetery.

And this is where my Great Great Grandfather's Sister, Harriet and her husband Dennis are buried. It was one of the highlights of my trip to come and visit their graves. Fanny H. Foster is also my Great Great Grandfather's sister. (Her husband is Arthur) My mom and I have spent so much time trying to track them down. They were born in England, immigrated in 1885. We still don't know where my G.G. Grandfather or Grandmother are buried, but this is a good start.

And now you know the truth about me. I am a genealogy nerd.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

May craziness and suprise Genealogy trips.

For all 3 of you reading my blog, I apologize for taking so long. May is just insanely busy with the end of school "everything." Those of you with children in school know what I mean. I had a great surprise this month. Will had a business trip to Chicago, and I got to tag along. (Yeah skymiles.) This worked out perfectly, because I've been doing genealogy, and I have family that I can't find from Chicago. I only had 5 days notice to get everything ready for my mom to watch the kids (Thanks mom) and to get all of my research together. (I spent about 5 hours at the Family History Library looking up and copying city directories.) My favorite restaurant there was the Grand Lux Cafe. Yum! It was so good we went twice. This was the view from our hotel window. At least when it wasn't raining. Which it did a lot.
The Graceland Cemetery was located just a few blocks north of Wrigley Field. We didn't catch a game, but we were there when one was being played. It was cool to be there.