The Afternoon with Ralph in Chicago

When we got back from Michigan
I met up with Ralph
who had flown in from LA!
Haven’t seen him since he came to Japan last year
so it was super duper great to see him!

You can’t be in Chicago and not eat deep dish pizza.
So we asked his iPhone and we ended up at Giodano’s.
It was all kinds of delicious
and so was catching up with Ralph.
Could have talked for hours.
But it was Ralph’s first time really seeing the city, too.
So we headed to Millennium Park.
(my new favorite park!)

Aaaaand more pictures at the bean. haha.
I love this place.

It was a gorgeous day in Chicago.
Later we met up with Ralph’s gorgeous friend, Erykah,
and went back to meet up with Tennyson and Cesar.
So much fun catching up with friends
and getting to meeting new friends.
It was a great day in Chicago.

The Tourist Day in Chicago

Starting off the day right.
(Tennyson knows what I like! haha)

Today was our day to do touristy stuff.
I love love love Chicago.
But I’ve never really done the touristy bit
so we headed out to shop, eat, and explore the city.

My first time at Millennium Park!
This place is great.
Because it has the Cloud Gate.
Best spot to take pictures ever.
(And trust me, we took hundreds!)

Isn’t this city gorgeous?
Maybe it’s because I work in real estate
but I love buildings and city skylines.
And this city has a ton of gorgeous buildings.

After walking around the city
we went back home so
Tennyson could get ready for his kickball game.

I thought it was going to be like
but we ended up at the beach!
Apparently their league does beach kickball!

Tennyson’s team didn’t win but
it was a close game.
And I had fun cheering them on 😀
After the game we met up with
Cesar and his coworkers.
At a Japanese restaurant.
Their servers were Thai…haha.

We had a fun day.
Can you tell from our expressions?

The Birthday Party

Birthday parties are so awesome.
Even if the birthday girl is turning one
and will not remember how we stayed up past midnight
to get everything ready for the party.
And I’m guessing that’s why she has Auntie Kaori. Ha.
To remind her when she grows up
how her mom made all these amazing things
and her dad artistically decorated the whole apartment.
Just in case you didn’t notice
the theme of the party is Rainbow!
And isn’t this cake AMAZING???

It was a full house with many friends.
I thought it was hilarious how so many
single guys were there to celebrate Peanut’s birthday.
But then again, she is that cute.

I think she had a blast.
(Look at her opening her presents!)
Took a group picture after half of the people had left
but I really like this picture for some reason.
Happy first birthday Peanut!!! xx

That Summer Sangria Day

That time I tried making sangria.
Truthfully, I think I just made it because
I needed a reason to buy all these fruits at once.
(fruits are really expensive in Tokyo)
Don’t they look beautiful?
I ended up only being able to wait a couple of hours
and before I knew it, I was drinking the sangria.
It was good.
And the fruits beautiful.
I need more sangria days in my life!