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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Springfield Vacation

Day 1

On Friday, July 10th we slept a bit late and got going on the road around 10.  Springfield is about 3.5 hours away, we made it there in about 3.  We got to our hotel early, so before checking in we went to the State Capital and walked around.  We could have gone in, but we didn’t want to spend all afternoon there (a swimming pool awaited us at our hotel!) so we just walked around and took in the atmosphere and got our pictures taken next to Abe.

Friday evening after swimming, we all got together at a restaurant named Darcy’s Pint, where the specialty of the house is a dish called a “Horseshoe” which contains beef or other meat covered with fries which are in turn covered with white cheese sauce, all nestled on a bed of Texas toast.  Here we all are, and here’s what a horseshoe looks like:

Darcy's Pint Horseshoe

Darcy's Pint Horseshoe

Mmm, Yummy!

Day 2:

On Saturday, we went to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  These are actually two separate buildings and the museum is the main attraction.  It goes over the life of Lincoln, the Civil War and Emancipation.  Many pictures are ready to be enjoyed.

After that, we headed out to New Salem, Illinois – a now abandoned city near Petersburg (where Lincoln is buried) where Lincoln first moved when he turned 21, and worked for a while as a shopkeeper, postmaster, and doing odd jobs.  This was actually two days of activities, we went both Saturday afternoon and Sunday before we headed home.  Pictures of the Kids and us in New Salem are here.

Then there was some other stuff, and we got a flat tire driving home:

Flat Tire

Flat Tire

It was near old Route 66:

Mother Road

Mother Road

Wasn’t that exciting?

ALL the pictures here.

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 6:50 pm  

Sunday, July 5, 2009

More Summer Plans

So now that our busy June is out of the way, what’s left for the Humphries-Dolnick family this summer?

Not much.  We’re saving up for a big cruise around the British Isles next summer.  That alone is taking all of our “fun money” resources right now, so vacations have become staycations.

But we are doing one big outing this summer – Springfield, next weekend.  Then after that, things just sort of taper off for the rest of summer – probably a good thing as we’re all pretty tired from the activities lately.  So anyway, next weekend: drive to Springfield on Friday and check in to our hotel, then we’ll hang out with the Dolnick clan over the weekend and see the sites that made Illinois famous, like the Lincoln log house and … uh, whatever else there is :).  Then return home next Sunday and it’s back to the drudgery and work-a-day world.  Sigh.  Looking forward to next summer.

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 4:53 pm  

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Independence Day 2009

Today wraps up a busy month of activities for the Humphries-Dolnick family, as you recall.  We went to the Skokie Independence Daycelebration at Niles North High School.  This is where we usually go when we’re not out of town on the 4th.

To start things off, there were games for the kids.  They had a couple of bands playing; the first band was unmemorable and I don’t even recall their name.  The second one was called “7th Heaven” and they did a great job, including a jam where they covered 30 songs in 30 minutes.  There was also food.  Then the fireworks.  Then the traffic jam.

We got there very early so we could get good parking right by the grass, and then watch the fireworks from our car (and make a hasty exit afterwards.)

Pictures, as usual were taken and can be enjoyed HERE.

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 12:18 am  

Friday, July 3, 2009

Buddy Baseball Final Pics

As I’ve blogged before, Aaron and Justin were in the MNASR Buddy Baseball program.  Last Wednesday was the final game, and of course we have pictures.  Enjoy!

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 6:43 pm  

Friday, July 3, 2009

AYSO Section 6 Tournament Pictures

Last weekend, Aaron participated in a two-day tournament for AYSO Section 6, which covers five states including Illinois.  The tournaments were held at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex, a beautiful (and huge) soccer complex about an hour north of us.  There were final standings, but unfortunately I don’t have them yet.  Still, here are the pictures.

This officially marks the end of the Spring soccer season – no more (organized) soccer for Aaron until September.  He’s still practicing, of course!

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 6:41 pm  

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