My 5th birthday
Most kids would want to go to Chuck E Cheese, McDonald's or maybe get pizza. But not me, no, I wanted Jardine's, an all you-can-eat restaurant that served peeled shrimp. Even after gorging myself on shrimp I had room for leftover birthday cake.
A day at the Medieval Fair.
My grandparents took me, I rode a camel and elephant. The rainbow facepaint was just the topper for a great day.
Hating doctor visits.
Growing up I spent quite a bit of time in doctor's offices and hospitals. It was pretty traumatic for me, anytime I had an appointment, I'd run and hide in my parent's closet and hope I wouldn't be found. In hindsight, I should've found a better hiding place.
Fun times with my cousins.
I was an only child for seven years, during that time, my cousins kept me company. We were always hamming it up. We put on "shows" at every family gathering. Our dance routine to Thriller was probably my favorite.
My Cabbage Patch Kids tent.
I loved to hide out in my tent. There were little pockets sewn on the inside. That was my secret hiding place.
Visits to the city.
Buckingham fountain has been my favorite landmark in Chicago as long as I can remember. I loved to watch the colors change at night. Sometimes, if I were good, I'd get a glow necklace from one of the vendors walking about. It was like I got to take a piece of the fountain with me.
The old Comiskey Park.
The new park was nice, but it wasn't the same. I still can't bring myself to call it US Cellular Field, it'll forever be Comiskey to me.
Halloween, my favorite holiday.
I think this was 1995. For a few years, we held a haunted house in our garage. People came from all over to see it. I dressed up and went trick or treating every year. 1998 was the first year I didn't go. After that the holiday wasn't as fun anymore.
Las Vegas, 1997.
Look, Lake Mead has water. Wish I could see it that full again. Frank and I fell for sin city on that trip. We didn't know how or when, but we knew one day we'd call it home.
Las Vegas, 2001.
Finally of age! We could drink and gamble!! But we still took time out to watch the fountains. I never would have guessed two years later Frank would propose to me in that very spot.
Las Vegas, 2002.
We made a handful of trips by then, we knew the city in and out. We escaped the chaos and spent time under the blistering sun at Red Rock Canyon. Little did I know we'd be Las Vegas residents one year later.
Chris and Karen's wedding.
They were the first of our friend's to have babies and get married. We both stood up at their wedding and we had the best time. Shameful to have that cigarette in hand. Boy am I glad I kicked that habit.
It's fun to look back. And I've only scratched the surface there's so many more photos and memories...