A Storm Brings a Gift

After a couple of hours of torrential wind and rain that nearly pulled one of our trees out of the ground, tore the tarp on our pergola, ripped a shutter off our house, threw our front door wreath into the neighbor’s yard, knocked the power out a few times, and threatened to turn into a tornado, we got this:

It’s a fair trade, I think.

Rock On!

We picked up the game “Rock Band 2″ which includes guitar and drum controllers and a microphone. The boys FREAKED OUT when they saw it, and immediately wanted to start their own band. Chaos ensued.

Ian hammers the drums

Kyle working the guitar

Oh oh oh it’s magic!

Ian is now officially a Selena Gomez fanboy. He loves singing the song, “Oh oh oh it’s magic” after seeing her sing it on the Disney Channel. See for yourself:

He really gets going in the second half of the video.

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Katra & Karl’s Day Off

With the boys in Springfield at Grandma & Grandpa Ayappa’s house for a few days, Katra and I were able to have a few days to ourselves. On Thursday we followed in the footsteps of one of Chicago’s greats (Ferris Bueller) and drove downtown to visit Millenium Park and the Art Institute. Not having a red Ferrari handy, we settled for the silver minivan.

In Millenium Park. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion visible in the distance

A closer view of the Cloud Gate. If you look carefully you can see my reflection. Katra is a little harder to spot (she's wearing a white shirt).

The view looking up from directly underneath the Cloud Gate. My reflection is visible in at least five places in this one.

Self portrait

Our snack from a nearby cupcake shop. (drool)

Full view of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, with a few early arrivals for a concert later in the day.

The recently completed modern art wing of the Art Institute, with the lake visible in the distance.

Part of the Chicago skyline from the bridge to the Art Institute. The building with the diamond face is the Smurfit-Stone Building (yes, that's the real name, and no, I don't think it has anything to do with Smurfs). Just to the left of it is the building where I work. The tall building just to the right is Trump's recently completed hotel.

After touring the new wing of the Art Institute, we stopped to get a drink at Cosi. That's Watermelon Habenero Lemonade. It's spicy and it is FANTASTIC.

Even the Art Institute lions are getting in on the celebration of the Blackhawks' recent Stanley Cup win.

This is the bike that Jack built.

A view of both towers of the fountain. The inside faces are giant display screens showing the faces of various people.

Most of the time, the faces are just staring straight ahead, sometimes smiling and sometimes not. Every five minutes or so, this happens!

Morton Arboretum

Today we had the most beautiful weather we have had all year, and we took advantage of it by visiting Morton Arboretum.

Time for a snack.

This is a solid stone ball. It's sitting over flowing water so you can spin it with your hands even though it weighs many hundreds of pounds.