Friends in the Windy City

In honor of Laura and Roberto’s visit to Chicago, we decided to spend the weekend there. Laura and I have been working together for a few years now, but we have never met in person since Laura lives in Argentina. We drove up and had dinner with Laura, Roberto, and the Chicago contingent of Jen, Mike and Scott:

[[image:2013_may_chicago03.jpg:Laura, Mike, Scott, Jen and Yaya:center:0]]

Despite being at the famed Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza place, neither child ate the cheesy goodness that night.

* Mouse over the pictures for captions

But Jen and Yaya renewed their friendship and sealed it with post-it flag manicures

[[image:2013_may_chicago01.jpg:Lovely long post-it flag press on nails:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago02.jpg:They really do look like nails!:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago04.jpg:Adik happily draws and eats cheerios:center:0]]

Yaya and Adik get their first train ride (of any sort). The El route that we took included being underground as well as elevated! Yay!

[[image:2013_may_chicago05.jpg:On the El with Papa:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago06.jpg:Stay close and no running off!:center:0]]

We spent a day at the Chicago Children’s Museum (pictures here), and conked out and the next day, Scott made us all a scrumptious dinner at Jen and Mike’s place. We invited Christine to come too (party at Jen and Mike’s while they’re away!):

[[image:2013_may_chicago07.jpg:Adik says Hi to Belvedere:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago19.jpg:Belvedere wants his spot back:center:0]]

Photos of the ridiculously delicious and beautiful food:

[[image:2013_may_chicago11.jpg:Appetizers:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago09.jpg:Lovely Mahi main course (and Scott the chef):center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago17.jpg:Amazing dessert:center:0]]

Thank you Scott for spoiling us with such a lovely dinner. Keep on keeping on!

[[image:2013_may_chicago10.jpg:Happy Vin and Adik, and Yaya is kept busy with her new markers from Laura:center:0]]

Laura and Roberto entertain the kids with paper:

[[image:2013_may_chicago12.jpg:Paper boat floats!:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago13.jpg:Herbaceous passengers:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago14.jpg:Laura makes a paper fortune teller:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago15.jpg:Yaya and Laura have fun playing:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago16.jpg:Adik loves Roberto and makes him draw things for him:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago21.jpg:Loooove Roberto:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago20.jpg:Important discussions with Lau:center:0]]

We had an excellent time in Chicago, despite the deep freeze and unforgiving wind (37 F for a high in May??? OMG). Thanks to all the friends who made time to hang out with us. We hope to see you again soon. Laura and Roberto, next time I hope you get to come to visit and stay with us in our home as well! ūüôā

Here are a couple of photos of the view from our hotel room:

[[image:2013_may_chicago18.jpg:Foggy day:center:0]]

[[image:2013_may_chicago22.jpg:Sunny and clear on the day we leave:center:0]]

And to close, another group photo:

[[image:2013_may_chicago08.jpg:Roberto, Scott, Vin, Laura and Christine:center:0]]

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