a valentine's celebration in chicago, and some visiting

the boys and i returned home sunday from a visit to chicago. we hadn't made it back to our old home city since august so we thought it was time to pay it a visit. from wednesday to sunday we enjoyed the greater chicagoland area (mainly geneva & west chicago) by spending time with great friends and indulging in regional foods.

our first half of the trip was spent with frank and lyndsey nicodem. they are our dear friends from christ community church in IL. i feel horrible, but i have no pictures of them to show. especially since lyndsey is expecting their first child this summer and her belly is expanding. i'm sure that we will have pictures in the future to share of them and the precious baby!

while in geneva i was able to catch up with some girlfriends from our old neighborhood. we all use to do a playgroup together with our ever expanding gang of children. it was nice to have a momma's night out to a movie and for drinks.

wilhelm and i also met up with another mom & son combo, our friends elisabeth and simon. its always a delight to see them, even if it is for a short time. unfortunately they will more than likely not be around for our next visit since they are preparing to move to little rock, arkansas. so sad for us, but excited for them and their new journey. (i took a few pictures of the boys, but none of them were good enough to post.)
our last few days were spent with the riconosciuto family: joe, jen, jack & nick. as usual the boys had a enjoyable time playing with each other and it was so wonderful to catch up with joe & jen. on friday night we went out for a dinner at one of our favorite eateries in geneva, FoxFire, and joe's sister robyn watched the boys. we celebrated valentines day by having a family fun night with two other couples & their children. it was delightful, with delicious food and 7 boys under the age of 4 there for the evening.a fabulous time for five days. hopefully the next time we visit the weather is a bit warmer!
****apologizes for the sideways pictures. for some reason blogger put them in this way.****