Tuesday, November 13, 2007

All Aboard!

We went to Trainfest in Milwaukee this weekend. We stayed at the Brookfield Suites, about five miles from the fairgrounds. Bubbie and Zadie went up with us and took an adjoining room. The hotel was perfect for us - plenty of space, big pool, hot tub, free breakfast and free drinks at night. Ari went to bed with gum in his mouth and managed to get covered with it. We are stil finding pieces on him...

The train show was amazing - acres and acres of phenomenal layouts. We got to see Grandpa and his buddies at their display. Ari had the best time walking around with his own stool, stopping to gaze at the various exhibits. Max and Zach tolerated it pretty well, though by the end, they were ready to get out of there.

On Saturday night, Julie and I went to an amazing German restaurant called Kegel's. I had the stuffed duck and Julie had the goulash. We both had high-test beers which put us both in a really good mood. Grandpa's friends were all there in one big group, as they go here every year after the train show.

On Sunday, we had to leave early as I had to get to the AMIA meeting, and Zaidy had to get to his school conference.

Pictures here.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Autumn Leaves

It really is beautiful around here. We had a terrific Halloween last night. On Tuesday, we carved our pumpkins, which was the usual slimy mess. We opted for more simple designs this year, in lieu of the complicated patterns of past year. I think they turned out pretty well, though.

On Halloween, we went trick-or-treating on Harper Street, which is some sort of Hyde Park yearly staple. It was quite the mob scene. The houses are all beautiful and decorated, and people line up in to get candy from each person. At one point, I saw this tall guy in a mask and a hat directing his kids around from house to house - his voice was pretty unmistakable. I took a picture of the back of his head. If you can't figure it out, click here.

The kids got a ton of candy, though not nearly as much as years past in Dedham. Zach was disappointed in the take, but I think he'll recover. Now it's on to Thanksgiving.

2007 Halloween Pictures
2006 Halloween Pictures
2005 Halloween Pictures
2004 Halloween Pictures