Saturday, June 29, 2013

Chicago Trip

Ryan at Nordstrom's Rack. Such a good sport!

From there we took the blue line to LaSalle and walked to Grant's Park.

Buckingham Fountain in Grant's Park - designed after a fountain at Versailles. This was the only day that was really pretty and sunny. We got hot walking around!

Next up was the Art Institute to see American Gothic and the special exhibit "Passion for Fashion: A museum-wide celebration of style inspired by Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity."

The exhibit itself is worth a trip to the Windy City. No photos allowed of the exhibit but it was wonderful. It looked at the relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s and if the Impressionists were fasionistas and the role fashion played in their attempt to paint modern life. On display were dresses and accessories from the time period that matched what was shown in the paintings. I loved this quote about corsets:

"A woman in a corset is a lie, a falsehood, a fiction, but for us this fiction is better than the reality." Eugene Chapus, Manuel de l'homme et de la femme comme il faut, 1855

Afterwards we took the water taxi one more time from Adams Street at Union Station to Navy Pier where we ate lunch at Capi's and split the baked penne with sausage. 

We made it back to our hotel with two minutes to spare to not be charged for an extra day of parking. Actually, Ryan made it back - he sprinted the three blocks from the El to the Days Inn. He was not going to pay another $22/day to park!

We drove about an hour southeast of Chicago to the Indiana Dunes. Such a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. There was a short hike to Mount Baldy - a 123 foot sand dune.


After the 1933 World Fair in Chicago, several of the houses of the future exhibit were moved to this state park. To me, this looks like something from the 50s - but I guess the architects knew what was coming! This is the Florida house:

We decided to start driving south and see how far we could get. It was the perfect time of day to enjoy the heartland and we took the long way back to the interstate. We stopped in Watseka and ate Steak 'n Shake. I'm sure we were their first Mississippi visitors!

We made it to Mt. Vernon, Ill and spent the night in a cheap hotel. We got up early and stopped in Senatobia for lunch with Net and to get the dogs from Mom and Dad. It's nice to be away but I'm so thankful to be home! Ryan is working today and starts M4 on Monday. We are finally in the home stretch of med school!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fun in Tobie Town

We've had a fun few days in Senatobia this week. I've gotten to spend time at Net's pool with Ivy and gone for lots of walks. Ryan has worked on his duck blind and is already counting down the days to duck season!

Harald Engoy from Norway has been in the States the last three weeks with his father. We had fun showing him Como on Wednesday night. 

Mom and Harald were childhood buddies - seen here plotting future trips to Norway. 

Pete trying, unsuccessfully, to escape my kiss. He is looking for a new home if anyone is interested! His pasture mate died a few weeks ago and we don't him to live alone.

Thursday night we went out with Ryan's brother and his family on their new boat to Sardis Dam. Harper hyjacked my phone at one point and I found this the next day:

After yoga on Friday, mom and I painted her kitchen table. Here's the before and after: 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

One Year Left

Ryan takes the Step2 today and I am beyond excited! This officially means the end of the M3 year. Even though he's been "out" of rotations since the end of May he has studied at least 14 hours a day for this exam. This is how Scout feels about this:

Poor dog. He just doesn't understand. Notice Pepe on the floor - he's a pro at long days of studying. Of course, he's awake for no more than two hours on any day. After today, Ryan has about 10 days off and we are going to enjoy every second!

While Ryan had one last weekend to cram, I kept myself busy in the kitchen making cheese! This was my second attempt since I first tried it last summer and it turned out much better. I strained it using just two layers of cheesecloth and it came out more the consistency of feta cheese. I think technically it is fromage blanc with Italian seasonings.

I now understand why fresh cheese is so expensive - this is the result of a 1/2 gallon of whole milk. It fills a ramekin cup! Yesterday for lunch we put it on toast with a Smith County tomato and it was wonderful. My next cheese goal is to try and make cheddar cheese.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Three cheers for the red, white, and blue

This week I had the amazing opportunity to spend some time at the Magnolia Speech School here in Jackson helping with an art camp. It was so fun! The school is amazing - it serves children from around the country that are hearing or language impaired and prepares them to "mainstream" into traditional schools.

As you can tell from the mural in the background, the theme for the week was patriotic. I'm now full of great ideas for 4th of July themed snacks and crafts!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Jane's 1st WAWOW

DeeDee and I had WAWOW (Walking and Wine on Wednesdays) for the first time since Jane was born this week. Of course, we had to document her participation!

I don't think she was as excited about it as we were - she was probably wondering when we'd stop talking to she could eat!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blueberries and Farmer's Market

Ryan says every time I watch the movie "Julie & Julia" I get inspired to cook better suppers. He may be right! DeeDee gave me the movie last week and Mom and I watched it during her visit.

I've decided that Monday night is going to be vegetable night this summer. Mom and I went to the farmer's market at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning and got lots of fresh goodies so I had plenty to play with for our supper.

Squash croquettes, crunchy romaine salad, brussel sprouts and cornbread. We didn't miss meat at all!

This week my blueberries have started to be ripe. These were picked Tuesday morning. We have two bushes that are four years old and just planted a third. I never really liked blueberries until we started growing them and now I can't get enough!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Friends from home, hydrandeas and goldfish

Our sweet friends Daniel, Rhetta and Parker came to visit this weekend and we've had so much fun! Parker is such a fun and easy-going little guy. Just like his parents! Everytime we're with them it makes me wish we lived in Senatobia!

In other news, my hydrangeas have really taken off this year. They are mainly pink whereas last year they were mainly blue.

Last week I cleaned out my goldfish pond in the backyard. Two out of 10 fish survived over the winter from last summer. Within an hour of having a clean "pond" - and me posting a picture on instagram - both were dead! They have now been replaced by 10 new goldfish. After Scout ate the $7 a piece koi, we switched to the 20 cent goldfish. It's been a good idea.
My parents had some special visitors last week - Hadold and Ainar from Norway. Papa Carrel and Ainar became great friends when they moved to Norway in the late 1940s and the families have stayed in touch. This is Marta's father and grandfather with Dad and Papa Carrel. I'm hoping to get to see them before they leave!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Givens Beach Trip

I'm not going to even attempt to catch up on the blogging I've missed since September but just move on to the present! Last week I went to Fort Morgan with my family while poor Ryan stayed home to wrap up M3 year (yay!) and study for the Step 2 exam. Everyone else went for at least some of the week. We enjoyed beautiful - but windy - weather!

This is my favorite picture from the week. It was our first morning and EM was not joking around about getting down to the beach. She was ready to go and Uncle Thomas was as well!

I worked very hard on this creation - with help from Dad and T -and christened it "Downton by the Sea." Mom helped by keeping Elizabeth Magee from smashing it! I think I missed my calling in life. Professional sandcastle designer.

EM with her "special treat at the beach" - she asked for these constantly. Sis was hoping she'd get burned out on them but I don't think that happened.

Here's the whole crew - wish I could photoshop Ryan in here! Poppy and Mary Thorne enjoyed a few mornings under the tent at the beach but I think this was the most sun they saw!