Baby it’s cold outside

Hello from Blogland!

We have had a lovely week here in Chicago. It all started with Chris and Eve driving from Pennsylvania to come and stay with us for Thanksgiving. We loved seeing them, and got to do some good catching up over a very successful roast turkey (recipe here in case you are interested! I was a bit worried about how it would turn out – but it actually was super duper yummy! And I did another pumpkin pie too – perfect again! (pumpkin pie recipe here: but I didn’t do it gluten free, just used regular flour).

So after stuffing ourselves silly on Thursday, we all got to do some touristy things on Friday – we went on an architecture tour on the chicago river – it was fantastic and I will definitely be recommending it to any and all of our visitors in the future. On Friday night Eve and I went to an interesting play – Peer Gynt. I say it was interesting because a) I didn’t understand 90% of what was happening, and b) Eve and her other drama teacher friend didn’t either, so I didn’t feel as dumb! But it was great to get out anyway.

Some photos from thanksgiving….

Pre-photo of the bird with pancetta all over it – yum!

The thanksgiving feast!


Sylvie’s t-shirt says “My first thanksgiving” – i looked for a matching one in my size too… 🙂

And look who can stand up now – she got herself up there too!

And… another big development – She’s crawling! She decided all of a sudden on Friday that she was ready to go – and off she went! So cute.

Oh and I almost forgot – we got a place to live! Yay! Move in a couple of weeks. It’s about 10 mins north of the city, really close to the train stop so should be easy for Crez to get to work. I’ll definitely give you all a tour when we move in. So that’s a big relief for me, AND I’m so excited to get the doggies over here! yay!

So we’ve had lots happen in the past couple of days. I’ve also done most of the chrissy shopping – online of course – SOOOO handy. We did buy a few things in the Black Friday sales too(how could you not?!), but thankfully avoided getting pepper-sprayed in the process.  I bought some snow boots today – soooo excited and can’t wait for it to snow now! Will post a photo when crez can take one of me in them.

And…. finally the cutest photo ever… yes it’s getting a bit chillier – predictions of more snow flurries over the next couple of days.

Sylvie in a snow suit that’s just a little bit too big.

Sorry, my mistake … HERE is the cutest photo ever…

hahaahaaahah – so cute!



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6 Responses to Baby it’s cold outside

  1. Juliette says:

    she is so sweet!

  2. Janette says:

    Oh!!!! Gorgeous Sylvie! I miss her super cute smile, and you too of course Mel 🙂
    And that snow suit photo is SOO gorgeous. I’m glad you’ve found a place to live and that turkey recipe sounds YUM! We miss you at refresh,

  3. Stu says:

    Best Santa photo ever!

  4. Jackie says:

    Seriously … that little suit is the cutest (& no doubt warmest!) thing I’ve ever seen … but of course, the little cherub inside it is even cuter!!! 🙂
    So exicted you’ve found a home … praise God! can’t wait for the virtual tour …
    All our love, J x

  5. motherclark says:

    I remember that suit! is that the one we gave you? I think Dylan wore it once. never cold enough here but she wouldn’t have looked that cute!!!!! the thanks giving feast looks yumm! hope your all having fun. xxx

  6. Stu says:

    13 days, no new pictures of Sylvie….or the new place?! But mainly Sylvie.

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