It was a really cold day, and we decided to stay inside all day and cook and bake. Cookies, three ways…chocolate, peanut butter/chocolate cream, and lemon bars.
Dinner photo shoot (and bombing).
It felt really right to have this family over for one of our very last dinners in Chicago, since they were such a big part of both girls being able to visit. They hosted Katharina, of course, and we all did so much together in that first month when both girls were here. It was also nice that Rita (Kate's mom) joined us—she has been such a great part of Lena's visit too, taking Lena on a couple of field trips/adventures (they went to Starved Rock a couple of weeks ago on what was a really cold but beautiful day for hiking). I know Lena and Rita have made a special connection, so it was perfect to have her here too. The kids played Legos, and we all ate and talked and drank and listened to music. Max was playing DJ and put on a record (Licensed to Ill) that inspired us to start a funny discussion about our first concert experiences. Kate: Madonna with opening act, The Beastie Boys (who were still virtually unknown in 1985 and were booed off the stage by the Madonna fans; Rita took her to this concert, and we had quite some fun revisiting that experience). Chad: Styx. Martin: Chris DeBurgh. Rachel: The B-52s (saw them with my parents). Lots of laughing, lots of eating, lots of fun.