I know that our "sister-cation" to Chicago was already blogged, but I finally have photos from my REAL camera to post! I didn't take as many as planned, mainly because I was enjoying the time just being there, in the moment. But, I did take some! This was what really kicked off our summer, and I'll always remember this weekend trip to Chicago with Clarissa fondly.
I can't take a trip to any major city without visiting some sort of Art Museum! Degas' always reminds me of the time I visited Paris in high school (did you know I took 4 years of French?!) and Clarissa will dish that I did, in fact, do a happy dance seeing one of his dancers in Chicago. ;)
Changing pace a little bit here, now! Fast forward about 6 weeks, and the next time I really pulled out my camera for fun was the 4th of July. Last year, I spent the 4th of July in Ames (a first for me!) and loved getting the small town feel with a parade, and fireworks at Reiman Gardens. This year, though, I returned to my roots and headed to my parents' home in Cedar Falls. Our good friends, the Merrills, often host a large potluck for our church and it was so fun to be back!
Not pictured? Setting off fireworks after dark! It was such a blast (literally) and the friends who stuck around enjoyed our show. I'm so glad that fireworks are legal in Iowa during the holidays, now! I'm glad they don't sell them too long after the 4th, tho... or I'd totally be that girl setting them off every weekend. Hahaha.
What's been your highlight this summer?! I'd love to hear about it! Leave a note in the comments below!