• [Wedding Planning] We’re only about 6 weeks away from my wedding?!  It’s still crazy to think that in a month and a half, I’ll be known as a husband.  Mind boggling.  At least my fiancee thinks I’m ready :)  But seriously, we’ve done a good job taking care of the details, but there’s always more to do.  We’re continuing to get RSVPs (and with over 1000 people invited, the numbers continue to rise drastically).  We’ve recently been on the hunt for an apartment as well, and finalizing details with the ceremony program, reception details, favors, marriage license, etc.  Lucky for me my fiancee is extremely organized when it comes to this (all the while studying for the BAR exam), so she keeps me in check with getting things done.  Head on over to our wedding website to keep up with our planning as well as leave us some encouraging words (or not-so encouraging words, if you must)- we definitely need it!
  • [Wisconsin Dells] This past weekend, I went with my family and my sister’s in-laws to Wisconsin Dells for a little family trip.  I was only there for about a day and a half as I had to get back to Chicago for a friend’s wedding on Saturday (congrats Susan and James!).  Even still, I had a great time while I was there.  Here’s a bit of a recap of the trip (mind you, I only brought my camera with a 24-70…I really need to invest in a quality P&S)
  • We stayed at the beautiful Chula Vista Resorts, which had a great indoor/outdoor water park connected to it. I didn’t take any pictures at the water park and instead just enjoyed myself in the water :)

    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin

    In our room, we had a jacuzzi which the girls had fun taking their baths in. I’m a bit sad that I had to use a normal shower.

    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin

    The first place we headed was Storybook Gardens, which is a bit of a zoo with childhood stories as the running theme. We took a little train ride around the park before wandering off to see the animals a bit closer. We also saw the 3 bears (stuffed), but they gave Alexis a little bit of a scare when they started to talking to her (ie. my sister hiding behind one mama bear talking to Lex). Madelyn, on the other hand, had a blast seeing the animals, specifically enjoying the ostrich and giraffes. Lex was able to go on a camel ride too, while her father browsed on his iPhone. They also had a little show where they brought out a few animals like an wallabee and spider monkey so people could get a closer look.

    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin

    Afterwards we had some waterpark fun times (sorry, no pics!), and in the evening made our way to the Tommy Bartlett Show. They have a bunch of water tricks they do which is entertaining, although the whole skit to go alongside the tricks is a bit cheesy. After an hour and a half of that, though, there was intermission followed by some more fun acts. They a had a couple that did an act in a spinning metal…thing. A bit scary when the walk around on the outside while its spinning, with no net. What was even scarier was when the guy tried to jump rope at the very top and hit his leg and almost fell! He recovered though, and jump roped the next time around. After that was a comedic juggler who was pretty funny and talented, and that was followed by a later water/light/laser show. All in all, the parents enjoyed it. :)

    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin
    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin

    Oh, and here’s a little animation of the take-off for one of the performers- he was lifted 650 feet in the air by a rope connected to a speed boat, and then dropped the rope a glide over the crowd and safely land back on stage. It reminded me of those “When Accidents Occur 5” shows, where everyone is having fun until an act goes terribly wrong- luckily this one went well :)

    chicago wedding photography - family vacation in wisconsin dells, wisconsin

  • [Taken] On Saturday evening, I got to hang out with my fiancee, and we Redboxed “Taken“.  Definitely a good movie, but not  really an emotionally uplifting one.  It’s crazy to think that this kind of stuff actually goes on around the world.
  • [Lie To Me] Now that I finished watching all 3 seasons of Arrested Development (I hope they bring that show back), I went to the next series in the queue, which was “Lie To Me“.  The good news is that I seem to really like it.  The bad news is they only have 5 full episodes on hulu, and they aren’t even in order (1, 2, 11, 12, 13).  Anyone know where I’d be able to watch all of them?  Also, any other rec’s of good shows to catch up on, specifically ones where I can watch all episodes starting with season 1 online?

[2009.06.29] Monday Night Recap

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