Monday, March 16, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Before I write about my wonderful St. Patty's Day weekend, here are a couple of good pics...

Lyla has been following us as we walk around the room and so we took a picture of her kinking her head back to look at us.  She is a doll!

We have a pond in our front yard and when we first moved here it was pretty much frozen over.  Now that the weather has become warmer, the water has melted the ducks have started to come out and swim in our pond.  Below is a picture of the ducks standing on a still icy part of the pond.  It was funny because they would walk on the ice and then all of a sudden they would fall straight through the ice and into the water and have to figure out a way to get back out.  I thought their struggle was pretty entertaining, rather than sad, because the ducks like to wake us up in the mornings at like 6am. 

Now for the fun part... One of the reasons I love Chicago is because they have a HUGE St. Patrick's Day celebration.  They dye the Chicago River GREEN, they have a huge parade, and everyone gets all dressed up!  We had a BLAST!

Here is Nate and I on the Blue rail heading down to Chicago.  I know Nate is closing his eyes but I still like the picture.

These were rad apartment buildings.  The lower half (or 1/3) is the parking and the rest are the apartments.

Nate and I, happy to be in the city :)

Can you believe how green the river is!?!?!  They had a boat going through to spread all the dye around.  

Nate just took a picture of this part of a building.  I'm not sure where it actually is but it's pretty cool!

The green Chicago River.

Nate and I by the river again.

It was freezing walking in the shadows of all the big buildings and we forgot to pack Lyla her sweatshirt, so we had to do our best and bundle her up in her stroller.  She was such a champ!

Me.

A green (fake) cow during the parade.

I love men in kilts!  Haha! It was awesome to see them marching down and there were even men wearing kilts while playing bagpipes!  I wish I were Irish.

At the parade.

All the guys.

All the girls.

Whenever people started screaming during the parade, Lyla made this face...

...but she then made this face the rest of the time...

Me, Nate, and what looks like our balding baby.  

Nate in front of the "El Train", otherwise known as the elevated train.  I didn't know this but I guess it has been in a bunch of movies like "The Blues Brothers".

The Chicago Theater.

Anyway, we had a blast at our first time in the city and we can't wait to go back!  

Also, we had real Chicago deep dish pizza for the first time and it was everything and more than I could have hoped for.  The cheese is DELICIOUS!  So if you ever go to Chicago, I recommend getting pizza at Nancy's or at Giordano's!

12 comments:

Jeff and Kira said...

Wow that looks like so much fun! And Lyla's screaming crowd face cracks me up! :)

Elise said...

The train and parade were part of "The Fugitive." Mike let us listen to your voicemail on Saturday and we were all jealous that you guys went to the parade. Looks like fun!

Jeff and Crystal said...

Kelly! Looks like you guys are having so much fun! I have always wanted to go to Chicago... maybe one day we will come out and visit! :) That is so cool that they make the river so Green!

Two and Two = Family said...

What fun you all are having. I loved the green river...wow...how do they clean it all out? Lyla is such a doll and you and Nate look great. I'm glad you're having such a fun time there!!!

Shamaine said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I love seeing pictures of Lyla, she just keeps growing. :)

Tasha and Ryan said...

That is awesome- I am originally from Chicago and I had no idea that they dyed the Chicago river green how cool! =) I love the pictures of you guys you look great!! Lyla has definitely grown up a lot- I love th pictures of her faces!!! And the pizza I totally agree it is soo good huh?! =)

Collin and Hilary Hanson said...

cute! i love that you guys have a pond in the front! i wanna pond!!! and what a good way to celebrate st. patricks day. considering that my b-day is on st pattys day, i should move to chicago, talk about a huge birthday party! anyways glad you guys are enjoying chicago!

Emily said...

I'm so bummed we couldn't go see all that! Maybe next year. So fun!

Heidi said...

I loved the pictures! You guys all look so great! I feel that I must (as an Irish gal) attend this event some day in my life.

Michael said...

This is so last month

Two and Two = Family said...

Kelly...we are all going to Florida for Robert's graduation. Gio's brother is coming from Italy and we are going to enjoy a week in the sun..then the next weekend off to Vegas for a few days....i'm so ready for sun...it is out today, but cold...
It looks like you all are enjoying Chicago...what fun!!!!

Michael said...

You know I check this blog everyday right?