Friday, September 19, 2008
Anyway, here are some pics of our fun in Chicago with a few editorial comments. Enjoy!
Harry Caray was a very famous baseball announcer in Chicago. His son Skip Caray and grandson Chip Caray are also famous announcers. So Kenta had to visit his restaurant while we were there. The food was fantastic, and we highly recommend it.
K&V with the 'holy cow'
Harry Caray iconized as a holey cow, one of the phrases he was famous for using.
Harry Caray's Restaurant bought the ball that epitomized the Cubs curse, and blew it up. The remnants are there for all to see. Apparently it worked as the Cubs are hot right now.
Kenta loves going to both famous restaurants and famous 'firsts' restaurants. Gino's East was the second restaurant in make Chicago deep dish pizza pies. Interestingly the first was Uno's which has since become a franchise, and thus not as cool to visit.
He has now played for three different teams, and I have somehow managed to see him play at all three of his home fields. Please see my earlier blog on my strange connection to Ken Griffey, Jr. (June 2008 post)
The game went to the 15th inning, but we were pooped by the end of the 12th. It was a great game though; we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
On the way home we stopped by the Fair Oaks Dairy, which is known throughout the state (and perhaps the rest of the dairy world) for its award winning cheeses. It also has all sorts of things to do with the whole family - tours, games, learning how to make cheese and ice cream, etc. I couldn't convince Kenta to go on the tour, but we did do some cheese tasting and buy some for the road. However, my favorite part was the sign at the entrance (featured above) -- A dairy good time for the family. For whatever reason I thought this sign was hilarious, and it still makes be smile to see it again. Hopefully a few people out there will find it similarly funny.
FAIR OAKS DAIRY
Monday, September 1, 2008
Dolphin Show!! It was a lot of fun!
They sure do a great job of keeping the grass short.
I got to pet the elephant!! I was so, so excited!!
Bye, bye elephant...
The mama elephant took the entire pile of hay so that the baby elephant had to walk around picking up the stray left overs. Poor baby elephant.
Luckily we found another road. We love our GPS system. We'd probably still be driving around acres and acres of corn and soy without it. Eventually we got to our destination... Nauvoo, Illinois.
We had a great time seeing all the sites and learning more about life in the 19th century. Of course we also enjoying looking at/walking around the beautiful Nauvoo Temple.
We also went to the City of Joseph Pageant that evening. I loved it! (Don't tell my friends back in the Rochester/Palmyra area, but I actually liked it better than the Hill Cumorah Pageant.)
After Carthage we hit the road again for Springfield, Illinois where we went to Abraham Lincoln's home and got to see all sorts of Lincoln memorabilia.
It was a quick trip, but we really enjoyed ourselves and had fun with Kenta's family.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Kailie and Grandma Takagi
Sleeping Kailie and Grandpa Takagi
Koji holding a smiling Kailie... well she was smiling just before the picture was taken.
Takagi clan just after the blessing
(L --> R Kenta, Virginia, Naomi, Koji, Grandpa Takagi with Kailie, Jeff, Emi, & Grandma Takagi)As a somewhat sad conclusion to this blog, three days after Kailie was blessed Jeff was deployed to Iraq for the next 15 months. He's an officer in the army in the military police division. He'll be able to come home for 18 days leave at some point in time, but he will surely be missed by his wife and new baby. Now that Kenta and I are only 6 hours away from Emi, we're going to try to get down there to hang out more often. Emi and Kailie are, of course, always welcome to come up and stay with us, but traveling that long with a 2 month old might be a bit difficult so we don't expect them anytime in the next couple months.
Our new home:
Stairs... I know they're not interesting, but it's proof that we have two floors.
Kenta didn't tell me he was taking this picture -- I don't look the greatest.
Bedroom -- Kenta took the picture and didn't think it was important to make the bed. This was a point of daily dispute early in our marriage, but I have since given up since I almost always leave the house while he's still asleep. However, it would have been nice if he would have at least pulled up the sheets for the picture. Oh well.
The Spare 'Oom (for you Narnia fans)
So when we bought our new furniture we ordered the color 'camel' for our couches. We they came, they seemed more like a mocha. In my stressed state, this was more than enough for a minor break down. I have since learned that if I turn on all the lights in the living room and open the blinds in the middle of the day they look a little bit more camel-like... but most of the time they're closer to a mocha. Oh well.
Our asian-inspired room divider. We're still working on how to decorate it. One of our many works in progress.
Our new table. We got the taller of the two heights available for the table and chairs (counter or pub height), and I LOVE THEM!! I love tall furniture for some reason, always have, so I just love having a taller table to sit at. Yay!
More pictures to come as we put things together a little bit more.