must see: kings & queens exhibit at the elmhurst art museum

In honor of my Dad’s birthday today, I have to tell you something…he’s pretty cool.

Why? Oh, not only is he a fantastic dad, he’s an amazingly talented artist who is currently featured in an art museum exhibit

Yep, this past Friday, the Elmhurst Art Museum held the opening night for its Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists, and Chicago exhibit, and my Dad’s work is featured among the city’s best artists in the field.

To say I’m proud is an understatement. His work shines, as does that of the others featured. The curator did such a great job of balancing artwork and pinball machines (that you can play!), as well as a video with vintage footage playing on a loop — the museum beautifully displays these exemplary works. Not to mention, the museum is gorgeous, worth a visit at any time.

The museum’s website sums up the exhibit well: 

“This interactive exhibition invites guests to play pinball on Chicago-designed and built pinball machines from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s—including machines manufactured by Elmhurst’s Gottlieb family—alongside paintings, sculptures and prints also made in Chicago in the same period.”

I am grateful that my Dad taught me to appreciate art and culture. I am grateful that my Dad raised me to be creative. I am grateful that my Dad shared the importance of hard work and dedication. 

Simply, I am grateful for my Dad. Thank you, Dad, and congrats!

I encourage you to check out the exhibit for yourself:

Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists, and Chicago – Elmhurst Art Museum – February 25 – May 7, 2017


70 degrees in february on the farm

Never thought I’d utter the words! It’s unbelievable that it could be so warm. In the winter. In Chicago. But here we are. (And if you don’t believe this is global warming, I’m not sure what you do believe.)

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and went to Nate’s family farm, where we were able to run around outside and play. I was also able to take a bunch of photos!

It was such a wonderful long weekend. I wanted to be sure to share some of my favorite pictures with you!


to my funny valentines

For almost 15 years, I’ve had the same valentine. He is supportive and smart and caring and handsome and he’s mine. 


Three and a half years ago, we picked up the sweetest French Bulldog I ever did see, and he has been a little gift from God for me. He’s such a good snuggler, and gives the best kisses, I only wish we could get him a Mrs. (that’s a lie – I want him all to myself!)


Then, a little miracle appeared one warm June night, and everything in the world felt just right. My heart was overwhelmed with joy, my darling little girl, with her mom’s eyes and her daddy’s red hair in a curl. (Really, though, she had so much hair.)


Happy Valentine’s Day to my funny valentines, and virtual hugs to everyone! Xo