ten on tuesday.

1. I’ve been a shameful family historian of late. I’ve been taking the pictures but not telling the stories. Ugh. Hate that feeling.

2. The countdown to the cottage is officially on. The sweet family who is renting the house will move out at the end of May and we hope to have the business fully moved into it by the end of June. As much as I’m looking forward to carving out that creative space for the business, I think I’m looking even more forward to reclaiming this space for my home. I feel a major purge coming on!

3. Running the Country Music Half Marathon this weekend. Send positive thoughts my way! And if you’re running too…good luck to you. Be sure to give me a high five as you pass me. 😉

4. Speaking of awesome runners…my girl ran a one mile fun run two weeks ago and hit a 10:12 mile. How’s that for a 6 year old with skinny legs?!

5. And speaking of really awesome runners…check out Amy Shertzer’s RAGNAR relay post. That girls rocks!

6. We received and responded to two wedding invitations this week. It got me thinking about our own wedding almost 12 years ago now. I loved my wedding but I’ve never had an itch to redo or relive it like I know some women do. And now in the age of Pinterest? No way, no how. Loved this blog post I read today in the same vein.

7. I received my copy of Any Day A Beautiful Change on Saturday and I have one chapter left. I’m savoring it though. Like the last piece of candy. Trying to make it last as long as humanly possible. Well done Katherine, well done. (More to come.)

8. Brent and I finally got our tickets for my travel sessions in Chicago next weekend. I am so excited about the sessions I have scheduled there! And if all goes as planned, Brent and I will end up with a free day on Sunday to roam the city. So hit me with the list of things we absolutely must do!

9. I just created a post-it note titled “Big To Do”. Which is the direct and extreme opposite of little to do.

10. Happy week friends!

ellen pattonApril 24, 2012 - 7:17 pm

I’m volunteering at a Ragnar on Cape Cod in a few weeks. I snagged the 9pm-1:30am shift (those are my best hours)!

Jill HuttonApril 24, 2012 - 11:05 pm

I was in Chicago last Summer with my hubby. Ride the big wheel at Navy Pier, watch the fireworks (also at Navy Pier), take photographs of yourselves and the Chicago skyline in ‘the Bean’, paddle in the Lake and have a cocktail in the bar at the top of the John Hancock building- it’s a brilliant view! We had a brilliant time- hope you do too!

AllisonApril 25, 2012 - 4:48 am

If you have time to wait in a line, you might want to visit the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) and go to the top floor where you can go out on the Skydeck. It’s a plexiglass cube-like enclosed balcony, and the view is awesome. http://www.theskydeck.com/ As for restaurants, if you want a great Chicago style pizza experience, I love Gino’s East. Delicious pizza and fun, funky atmosphere. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-original-ginos-east-of-chicago-chicago-3 Have fun!!

Jessica WApril 25, 2012 - 5:39 am

The only ‘redo’ I ever think about for my wedding (9 years ago) is my dress. I still love it, but I would have tried on more of the ‘fun’ styles you see now. I’d have been waaaaaaaaaaay too overwhelmed with pinterest ideas!

JulieApril 25, 2012 - 7:32 am

Lunch at Spiaggia cafe. Best italian in the city. To die for views of oak street beach so ask for a window seat. Steps away from Oak street shopping (think prada, hermes, kate spade, etc) and located at the top of the Magnificant Mile. From here you can walk to FAO schwartz, just in case you may need some gifts for some little ones!

ElizabethApril 25, 2012 - 8:25 am

Likewise on the family historian thing. And my poor blog… it has been receiving bottom spot on the list of things to do lately. This morning I’m going to post anyway, despite the list.

I got married in such a non-classic time… 1995 was not really a year that people look back and swoon on for wedding styles. Ah well. : )

And yay for Any Day a Beautiful Change reading! : )

AngelaApril 25, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Have you read “7 An experimental mutiny against excess?” I don’t personally know you, but after reading your blog for a few years I think it’s right up your alley. It will challenge you to think about all of the excess in our lives from a Christian point of view.

As for Chicago, I recommend a boat ride on the Chicago River and out to Lake Michigan. Great photo opportunites and relaxing.

http://www.amazon.com/An-Experimental-Mutiny-Against-Excess/dp/1433672960/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335398354&sr=1-1

MichelleApril 26, 2012 - 4:38 am

Garrett’s Popcorn (Carmel is my favorite!)! There several locations, including one at Navy Pier and even a couple at O’Hare. http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/

I will try and think of some more quintessential Chicago activities. (Maybe River/Lakeshore boat tour – they have some fun historical and architectural ones, Frank Lloyd Wright tour, the Art Institute is great as well as the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier (though it sounds like you’ll be sans kids), Museum of Science and Technology is also wonderful, though a bit south of downtown.)

CorrieApril 26, 2012 - 11:18 am

Good luck on your run this weekend. It was great running into Brent on Tuesday at the hotel. It’s funny—he looked like I remembered him the last time I saw him. Then I realized I see him all the time here!! I am so excited for you and your new adventure with the cottage.

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