Living Life & Telling About it: Part Two

The problem with fun is that it usually has to come to an end at some point. Sundays are bittersweet because you still have the day stretching out in front of you but it only has so much give and then it is time to pack up and head home – back to work and everyday life.

Lakeshore Trail at Montrose Beach

On Sunday, we got up – minus that “bouncing off the walls” feeling I had on Saturday and headed a little north to the Rogers Park area. We stopped at a little shop that Brandon frequents and found a present for my mom – a hand-carved turquoise elephant necklace. My mom loves elephants AND the color turquoise so this was perfect for her. Then we were off to eat at Heartland Cafe which is a favorite of my friend/twin Brandon. After a healthy, hearty, delicious breakfast, we headed south towards Lake Shore Drive to Montrose Beach.

Looking towards downtown from Montrose Beach

There we were able to get a nice view of downtown and enjoy the beautiful sunny day near the water. It was so relaxing. There’s just something about being near water that invigorates the soul. I grew up on a lake of our own and of course, near Lake Michigan so I am spoiled. I love it.

Brandon giving me a little push

A Beautiful Day at Montrose Beach with Jess and Brandon.

Don’t you know, we just had to ham it up a little. Who? Us? Ham it up? But of course! You didn’t think we were serious, boring and pretentious, did you? If only you could see our “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” shot or the Zoolander Blue Steel pose. Seriously!
I think we pulled this particular shot off quite convincingly…


Every year we do a “peek-a-boo” shot. This year was no exception. Aren’t we cute? 😛 Brandon is my brother in every way except for blood. But family isn’t always about DNA. I know that first hand. Brandon is my brother in every way that matters. I’m so thankful for that.

Jess, me and Brandon

Time for Tea!

After all that walking, silliness and sun, it was time for tea – Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea– in case you were wondering! We stopped at a Barnes & Noble so I could buy a book. I bought “Through Painted Deserts” by Donald Miller. Anytime we go somewhere – long trip or short weekend away from home – I buy a book – to sort of commemorate the time.

Finally it was time to head back to the house, pack up and head home. What a splendid weekend!

I had to add this other picture of Noel that I took. The weekend wouldn’t have been complete without her. Meeting Noel in person was definitely the highlight of our time in Chicago and I cannot wait for another visit!


And I cannot wait to meet the rest of you my dear friends. You know who you are. I firmly believe we will meet up and we will have an amazing time together. I look forward to it!

0 thoughts on “Living Life & Telling About it: Part Two

  1. You’ll have to tell me how the Donald Miller is…I’ve read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (or do I have that backwards? ha) and the one where he’s making a movie of his memoir – gosh, my mind is a blank right now. Is the one you got a new one?

    • Hey! No, he wrote “Through Painted Desert” in 2005. I believe “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is the newest one. I have yet to get “Blue Like Jazz”. I am in love with his writing and thoughts. He does it in such a way that I think if you are a believer or not, you “get it”. At least that’s how I view him. He writes so softly – like a whisper… I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. You always look like you have so much fun and I’m glad that you share it with us; infusing what seems to be drab Monday morning with some lightness and fun.

  3. You said this: Sundays are bittersweet because you still have the day stretching out in front of you but it only has so much give and I felt it and paused before I read on. It’s this way even when I don’t travel, but especially when I do. And once again, I love everything about this post. It’s never fun when you live hours away from someone who fits with you the way you fit with Brandon, so I’m so glad to see you sucked all the marrow out of this long weekend.

    Also wanting to hear your thoughts about the Donald Miller. When Roxanne wrote about it I was skeptical because I don’t particularly seek out books with religious themes, but this one sounded so intriguing.

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