Friday, April 18, 2014

Windy City

Last weekend Jon and I took Ford to The Windy City! I was born in a Chicago suburb and my extended family, who is a big part of our lives, still live up there. Jon and I have been together 3 times and this time was all about Mr. Ford. We didn't even go into the city but spent our time in Naperville and Wheaton showing off our little man. We both feel abundantly blessed that Ford not only has lots of family down in Texas who love the pants off of him but family all over the map who love him. I also feel lucky that we are so close to my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins despite living a plane ride away. Our family is supportive, hilarious, generous, and made our little family feel so stinkin' special. It was a weekend of eating (lots and lots and lots of eating), game playing, Ford watching, corn hole-ing, and belly laughing. Saturday was the hottest day in Chicago in 6 months! This post is basically a picture dump because I don't want to forget these precious times before my baby grows up before my eyes. We also celebrated Jon's 31st birthday while we were there....complete with 3 cakes, Jon Daly's and these pictures.

Chubby little hands

Snugs with cousin Josie

Rocking in his great-great gramma's chair

This is my favorite picture from the weekend, James Ford and Ford Nehemiah

Cousin Nickie lovin!

This is Oscar Ford, who is Ford's great, great grandpa! He thought the letters on his gravestone were too light so he went out there with black paint to darken them. He was 93!

Looking so old with Aunt Jamie

Twisty Turban

Giving Malley lots of kisses

My happy boy!


Great Papa and Great Gramma

We got to go to Yellowbox Church in Naperville!

Cookie Dough Creations in Downtown Naperville, omg...

Playing with Aunt Tracey

Portillo's for daddy's birthday!

Birthday boy

Ford was hysterical on the trampoline, belly laughing and so excited!










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Becky Borgman said...

This post made me long for Chicago! And it is such a small world- I went to The Yellow Box in grad school! Great church!

Mckenzie Jean said...

Wait. NAPERVILLE? Have we talked about this before? Thats where David and I are from! I lived there for 18 years! Such a wonderful place, and what a small world!

Krystal R. said...

Ford is precious Ruthie! Great pics and glad you all had a great trip!


so grateful you had a great weekend. there sure is nothing like family!!

Jess said...

Love your pants in your church picture. Where did you get them if you don't mind me asking?!

Carolyn said...

What a fun trip!! :) Ford is growing up so fast! How is it possible?!?!?!

It's Sooo Fluffy said...

Looks like y'all had so much fun. I cannot get over how cute Ford is every time I see another picture of him!

Jane {In The Pink & Green} said...

One of my friends from college was from Naperville, so I went to visit her a few times and OMG COOKIE DOUGH CREATIONS. I've been a few times and it's just ridiculous :)

Unknown said...

I am so glad Jon got Portillo's chocolate cake for his birthday! It is our favorite. My husband is from Chicago and we always stop there!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

What a great trip! Love the pictures!

digal704 said...

Master Ford is absolutely adorable! The rest of your family as well!! I smiled all the way thru this post.So blessed!Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

you guys should go back at the end of june ;)

C Mae said...

Naperville right next door to where I grew up (Batavia/Aurora area) such a great place. :) Glad you were able to spend some time with family !

~Erin said...

Looks like you all had a great time and made wonderful memories.
I've never heard of anyone with the name Malley before, especially a doggie. Ha! How funny.

Annie said...

I don't think I knew you were born near Chicago. My aunt and her family lived in Naperville for a few years when I was a kid. It looks like y'all had a great time visiting family. I love the glimpses into your family history!

Lori Darks said...

Ford is such a happy baby! Oh my, he is so cute!

xo Lori

Angie said...

Glad you all had a great trip. Mr. Ford is so cute!!

Angie said...

Glad you all had a great trip. Mr. Ford is so cute!! said...

Those pictures scream love! So wonderful, you are a lucky girl!!

Lauren H Edmondson said...

LOVE those videos and his sweet little face! Also adore the "he's not as cute on video" haha isn't that how it always works?

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

I didn't realize you were from Chicago! I grew up in Naperville but never left the area (except for college) so still live downtown. I'm glad you enjoyed your time back at home. :-)

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