in an ocean of noise

Yesterday my mom and I took the train downtown to Shedd Aquarium on a lovely July Saturday (finally!) Of course the nice weather brought out the crowds (plus Chicago was prepping for Venetian Night later that night.) Shedd Aquarium on a summer Saturday is chock full of kids and strollers! But it’s cute to see kids squeal when the dolphins swim by the window.

Because I had visited Shedd Aquarium back in December and saw all of the indoor exhibits, we just checked out the newly renovated Oceanarium. While they were renovating, they relocated their Beluga whales to Connecticut for 9 months. We watched the dolphins and Beluga whales practice for their upcoming show Fantasea. Very well trained animals! It’s always impressive to see dolphins jump in unison, and we got to watch the show from above and below the water.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

These little guys weren’t part of Shedd Aquarium, but they were hanging around outside hoping for a fish to get loose.

Check out the rest of the pictures from the day on Flickr.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Ocean Of Noise” by The Arcade Fire

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together, forever, that’s how it should be

The 3rd of July marked two special occasions. First, my husband’s birthday. I took him to breakfast that morning and then we played tennis (and he let me beat him in one game.) Then we headed to Wheaton for our friends Stefanie and Adam’s wedding rehearsal.

I was her Bride’s Assistant. I was put in charge of corralling the ring bearer and flower girl and handing out all the boutonnieres and corsages. Plus I got to skip around and snap photos, which I would have done anyways. Except for the skipping part. Drew hates when I skip. (Inside joke…)

We rehearsed at the Klein Golf Club for a planned outdoor ceremony, weather permitting.

The bride and her bridesmaids

After working up an appetite, we went to Gino’s East for the rehearsal dinner.

The bride’s assistant and the bride

Well, the weather did not permit. It rained on her wedding day. But that’s good luck right? (Personally, I just think that’s something made up to make the bride feel better.) The morning of the wedding, they decided to move the ceremony inside the tent where the reception was set up. Most guests sat at their dinner tables, but the VIP’s sat in chairs on the dance floor. I think it turned out beautifully and I must say, the bride handled the change of plans superbly.

The wedding was a success. And I think their marriage will be too.

I can just tell these things.

Who needs fireworks on the 4th of July when you get to spend the evening watching sparks fly for two dear friends on their wedding day?

See the rest of my pictures from the rehearsal and wedding day.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “I Say A Little Prayer For You” by Dionne Warwick