|Rielynn loving the dolls at American Girl Doll Place|
|I think Rielynn found a boyfriend...|
|Inside the American Girl Doll Place - thousands of dolls, wall to wall.|
This would have been Kathryn Joachim's and my heaven
back in the day,,,
(am I right, Kate?)
|My beautiful step-daughter, 12 year old Taylor, |
with her little sister Rielynn.
Umm...look at the legs, will you?
I know - they go on for miles.
Taylor is soo gorgeous,
I kept waiting for her to be scouted by a modeling agency :)
|Elle at Navy Pier!|
Isn't she sweet?
We rode the carasoul,
ate ice cream cones,
listened to a live music show,
played a type of laser-beam-tag game,
watched boat races.
We packed so much into one day.
|I've loved this girl since she was 5 years old.|
She is the most helpful,
loving, caring and beautiful
12 year old in the world.
...doesn't Chad make pretty girls?
|By the horse and buggy...|
(I went on one of these on a first date once.
I think he tried too hard to be romantic,
we never went on another date,
but at least I got to ride in one of these!)
|The highlight for me was definately going to Anthropologie.|
When you see
"Inspired by Anthropologie"
in my listings in my shop,
I'm not just saying this because other shop owners do.
I really have been incredibly inspired by this store since the
first time I walked into one at the age of 16.
I've been a die-hard Anthro fan ever since.
This place is what honed my love for
everything shabby chic meets industrial meets boho meets
(oh, and yes, I bought something.
some hand cream in a beautiful glass vintage jar.
it was on sale for 4.50.
most things at anthro are well over 100.00
so this I was not passing up!!)
|plates, napkins, prettiness|
|precious metal coasters|
|leather couches, |
fun pillows and
(Taylor was a little more willing to model for me
than my kids :)
|this is my utopia|
|beautiful iron lamp.|
graceful yet rugged.
I had a moment while we ate lunch here,
The kids munching on swiss and turkey sandwiches and
sipping sweet tea.
I closed my eyes and heard all of the sounds around me.
Live music filling the air from the shop next to us.
All of the busy-ness of the big city.
It was as if nothing had changed.
As if I was 19 again,
worried about an exam,
eating a sandwich on my lunch break,
excited about a date tonight.
Then I heard a little voice.
Opened my eyes and looked at the little bodies sitting next to me.
Wow - so much has changed.
These little women in "my"space.
In the city I love so much,
the city that grew me up,
the city and street itself that hold so many precious memories.
Old Emily and New Emily -
present and past
all wrapped up into one moment.
When I lived in Chicago
my friends and I had a saying.
You can tell someone is a tourist
because they look up.
Up at the tall, tall buildings.
A local looks down.
Down at the street.
I see them everyday.
Well yesterday, I was proud to look up.
Those beautiful buildings with the sky peeking through?
I've missed you.