Wednesday, August 17, 2011

SWEET HOME, CHICAGO

We were back from the lake and in less than 24 hours we were in the heart of downtown Chicago for Emily's graduation ceremony from the International Academy of Design & Technology, class of 2011.
We couldn't have asked for a better day, not a cloud in the sky and temperatures were in the mid 80's. Perfect for a stroll in the park.
Millennium Park, that is. The ceremony was held at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park.
A few years ago I worked just a few blocks West of here and brown bagged my lunch right here on the grass. But this day is all about Emily.
My baby girl with her degree in Interior Design. What a long road, but visionary dream it has been for her. Of course she is anxious to start working, but I think she needs a little break. ;-D
After the ceremony we had dinner at this lovely place right in the park.
Her proud boyfriend and father were just some of the guests. Next month we are going to have a big backyard bash to get some more celebrating in.
This was my view from the table. I love eating outside in the city. it can be as intimate or open as you want it to be. And I never get tired of looking up at those tall buildings. In fact, I thought and reminisced so much about my working girl days that I started to have thoughts about my own future...Is there a place for me here again? Or do I want to open a farm stand in Michigan? Well, I'll think about that another day...this was my baby girl's day!! Congratulations on a fine job, Emily. I hope all of you loved these pictures and do come visit Chicago, it's beautiful here! :-)

82 comments:

Sarah said...

Chicago is on my lists of spots to visit. Enjoyed your photos and congratulations to Emily. What an accomplishment!

Curtains In My Tree said...

Congratulations to the proud parents and to your lovely daughter also

I have wanted to visit Chicago all summer glad the weather was nice for ya

Susan S. said...

Looks like a beautiful day! And what a wonderful thing to celebrate....Ms. Emily's new career! Congratulations to ALL!!!!

Cozy Little House said...

Congrats to your daughter! You get out there and design for us and pave your own way!
Brenda

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Congrats to Emily!! I know how proud you are of her!!! Such a glorious day for a celebration!

Lou Cinda

Faded Plains said...

How exciting for your daughter!

Joyful Things said...

I have traveled to Chicago and it is truly a beautiful city. Congrats to your daughter on her accomplishments!

Stacey said...

Congratulations to your daughter. What an accomplishment! Looks like a beautiful day in Chicago.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Congrats to your cutie pie daughter. Love that park, looked like a gorgeous day!

Pat said...

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter Jane.

Love Chicago!

Deborah said...

Congrats to your beautiful daughter Emily!!
Oh she is so pretty... and a degree in Interior Design...wonderful!!!
What a celebration Jane!!
You must be so proud, and I know you are!!

Deborah xoxo

Olive Cooper said...

Yay for Emily! I know you and your husband are so proud of her.

laurie said...

Its a beautiful city and so is your daughter,, and she's brunette,, I thought she would be blondie like you!She is lovely and best wishes to her on her future.Good for her!!

xinex said...

Congrats to Emily and good luck on her next endeavor! You must be all so proud! I can imagine the beautiful city of Chicago in that kind of weather....Christine

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very exciting for Emily! Looks like you all had a beautiful (and very proud) day Jane:@)

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Huge congratulations to Emily!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Congratulations, Jane! And congratulations to Emily! I'll bet she's so glad she's done! : ) It looks like a gorgeous day for the ceremony, too.

Janie's World said...

Jane, you must be so proud of your daughter. Nice to have an interior designer in the family! Looks like a great place to eat in the city. Love it.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Congrats to Emily!! I have only been to Chigaco once...in Feb and went to the Rose? Convention Center for a stamp convention with the company I worked for. I would love to go back and visit Chicago someday.

Theresa said...

Congratulations to Emily and the proud MOM AND DAD! I know you are extremely proud! I have never been to Chicago but would really like to visit your beautiful city!

LOVED the pictures! HUGS!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Oh big time congrats to Emily!
What an achievement that is!
Love your city pics too!
We just got back from az. last night...so tired and glad to be home but I miss that baby!
Hugs,
Cindy

Cass @ That Old House said...

Jane, you can never celebrate those milestones too much! How wonderful and how exciting for Emily. I know you are one proud Mama!

I also think I know how you are feeling, too --- as I keep asking myself what I want to BE when I grow up, which for someone my age is a little silly, but... there it is.

I haven't been to Chicago in ages! Looks wonderful.
All the best -- Cass

Knitty said...

Congratulations to Emily and to you and hubby as well!

Donna said...

Ahhhh! My favorite city! We had planned to go there last week for our wedding anniversary to revisit the scene of the crime...(we got married there...) but hubs job was alas, too busy. Glad you had a marvelous time under those blue skies!
Congrats Emily!!!

Karen said...

Congratulations Emily!!... have never been to Chicago.. it's on the list! great pics..

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Congratulations to Emily, and her wonderful parents.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Welcome home Sweetie! Congrats to your beautiful daughter!

Do you know I have never been to Chicago and it's on my list of places to visit before I take the proverbial dirt nap!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
Congratulations to your beautiful daughter. I know you are so proud of her.
Chicago is a beautiful city and I'd love to visit there again. Love the photos.

hugs
sissie

Shirley said...

Congratulations to Emily. I know that you are very proud of her. I enjoyed seeing pictures of Chicago. I have relatives that live in one of the suburbs of Chicago, but I have never visited your city. The park looks so inviting to have a picnic. Welcome home and have a great weekend. Your Missouri Friend.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Congrats to Emily!!! I love Chicago and visit there again.

Blessings,
Linda

raggygirlvintage said...

What a thrilling moment, congrats to you all:-)
Tracey

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Congratulations to your lovely daughter! Her whole life and career are ahead of her and that is very exciting. It will be a wonderful adventure for her and for you. No matter how old she gets, she will still always be mom and dad's little girl.
So happy the weather was perfect for such an exciting celebration. I love Chicago...it's a great city.

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Congratulations to Emily!!
What a busy & fun time in your family, Jane.
Love, love Chicago, we have not been there yet this summer.. soon though.
And yes, do open a farm stand in Michigan, I will come & be a customer... : )
Now on to the wedding... : )

bj said...

CONGRATULAIONS TO EMILY. I can feel, just by your words and photos, how much you love her and how proud. Oh, yes..I've been there.....done that!:)

I've never been to Chicago...one of these days, I would love to go.

Thanks for all these good pictures.

Oh, and my new camera is another little point and shoot. Too pour to buy one of the really nice cameras..but that's ok..it's all I can do to use a point and shoot. :))
hugs, bj

June said...

You must be so proud of your girl Jane. It looks like it was the perfect day to celebrate.
hugs from here...

Mimi said...

CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter Emily!!!
WAY 2 GO!!it feels so good to set your sights on a goal and accomplish them!!!
Chicago is fun to celebrate in!!
hugs,
jamie

Lori said...

Congratulations Emily ~ one proud Mama you are Jane and rightly so!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

That is fantastic! Congrats to your daughter on her big achievement and to you and your hubs for supporting her! Chicago looks great~

Maggie said...

I visited Chicago in 2005 with the Quimper Club and so enjoyed my visit. The boat trip on the river admiring the fabulous architecture is one of my favourite memories.
Congrats to Emily!

Susie said...

Hi Blondie...Your daughter looks so pleased and should be. Fine looking family. Chicago is one of my favorite cities.Good luck to Emily. Smiles, Susie

Pondside said...

I've always wished to visit Chicago. Did I ever tell you that my baby sister was on Oprah, and so had a grand tour of Chicago a few years back?
Congrats to your daughter! What a lot of celebrating you'll be doing this year!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Congratulations to your daughter and you and your hubby! Wonderful!

Kelli said...

Congratulations to Emily! :) That was my dream when I was growing up...to be an interior designer. May she have much luck in her future!

Jane said...

Congratulations to Emily for attaining her degree in interior design--how exciting! Glad you had beautiful weather for the day.

I'm with you on the farm stand. I've been looking at retirement property in the country. My husband and I hope to buy some land next year to build our dream house in the country and grow our own vegetables and herbs. I am picturing a few chickens running around, too. :)


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KarenHarveyCox said...

Jane,
She is lovely. How exciting for her. Congratulations to Emily. I can just imagine how excited she must be to begin her career in design. You must be so proud of her.

Karen

Susan said...

Congratulations to Emily! I'm sure you were a proud Mama, Jane. Looks like a wonderful day & evening in Chicago. Your reminiscing about working in the city reminded me of years I spent working at the Prudential Tower in Boston. Ahhh...city life. Exciting!
Enjoy this time of celebration,
Susan

Kathleen Grace said...

Congratulations to Emily! Our kids beginning their futures makes us start to think about our own again doesn't it? I know it did me. My job as mom is pretty much done, time to begin living our dreams!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

Ohhh...warmest congratulations to Emily, you, and your family, dear friend! I know that you are a very proud mama..as you should be! How exciting...a degree in interior design! Ohhh...to be young and have all the adventures of the world awaiting you! Sending my very best wishes and blessings to Emily for her future!

What a beautiful place to hold the graduating ceremonies! That's a gorgeous park and the you're right...the day was perfect! The sky in your photos was the most beautiful shade of blue! I'm sooo very happy for you and your family, dearest friend!!! Thanks for sharing your special day with us!

So glad that you stopped by for a visit today! You made my heart smile with your sweet note...thank you!!! Girl, I have been so busy this summer that my visiting and blogging has really suffered. Hopefully things will settle down soon! Take care, sweet lady!

Love ya,
Chari

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Such great pics Jane!
Would you believe my baby Emily (almost 16) and I will head down there tomorrow for a day school shopping, some beach time and a hotel stay.
Love that city. So glad we are close by.
:)
xx
A

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Oops!
Forgot to say, congratulations to your sweet Emily! I wish her many successes and great happiness in her future.
xx
A

Charlene said...

Congrats to YOU & EMILY!!! That is a proud day to be sure! I loved your photos & sharing all the pride. And as for the future for you... Baby make it whatever YOU want it to be. Or just float & DO what your heart tells you each day. Seems like that works for you & Hubby now. You've put in a lot of years being an excellent Mom... you earned YOU TIME! TAKE IT! HUGS!
Charlene

simply objekts said...

congratulations on your daughter. interior design is what i studied :)

Tracy said...

Hi Jane! Congrats to your beautiful daughter, I hope she has an amazing career ahead of her. I am coming to Chicago next week on business, only 2 days but with a quick trip to Wrigley so I'm excited about it. I was there for a couple days once before, but in the dead of winter with loads of snow everywhere, so I really didn't have much chance to see anything. Someday I hope to have time to go sightseeing and shopping there!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Graduations are such a milestone in a person's life. It was my biggest goal to see that my girls all went to college. I have 3 girls who have all graduated college and it was as big a deal to me as it was to them. You should be a proud Mama! Congrats to your girl.

simpledaisy said...

I love a little Chicago time!!!
There is so much to do there!!!!! And lucky we don't live toooooo far away:)

AshTreeCottage said...

Congratulations to Emily! I remember I was so excited when I first started my interior design career. Give her a big hug from me. Thanks for the wonderful pics of Chicago ~ I miss it so.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Dreams on 34th Street ~ French Bread & Family said...

First of all, a big CONGRATULATIONS to Emily! Aren't you just loving life right now Janie? Such joy and celebration surround you!

I, like you, reminisce about the career days in the big city. I always say that Mary Tyler Moore was one of my mentors :D...now we have each other for sharing and inspiration. Farm Stand! I'll be the in a NY(oops)Chicagoland minute!
~Lynne
[w/l]

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Congratulations to your Emily!

Such a happy time celebrating, and a lovely place to do it. I'm sure you will lock that memory away in your heart, Jane. And your party will be so much fun. xoxoxo Lidy

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Janie, congratulations to Emily...I know you are sooo proud.

She is cute, too. Love all the family pics and the pictures of Chicago. Looks like a beautiful day.

Hugs, Barb

podso said...

Wonderful photos and congratulations to your daughter. I would love to visit Chicago again, it's been so many years. We didn't go into the city much when I was growing up in the suburbs.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Congratulations to Emily!! What an accompolishment for her.. I pray her job search has a smooth road ahead... your luncheon area looked wonderful... hugs ~lynne~

The Fajdich Times said...

Congrat to your daughter:)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, how proud you all must be of your pretty daughter!... what a great accomplishment!... thank you for all of your get well wishes... xoxo Julie Marie

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Congratulations to your daughter. What an exciting time for her. Wishing her the best of luck and may all her dreams come true!

Deserae said...

A big congratulations to your daughter...that is quite an accomplishment!!!! I hope to make it to Chicago someday....it looks like a beautiful place to visit :o)
~Des

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Congrats to Emily! You must be so proud of her, Jane! Looks like everyone enjoyed the celebration! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Marla said...

Oh, congratulations. Emily is beautiful. Love the bittersweet moments of the graduations. They are truly out in the adult world at that point, huh? I have never been to Chicago but wow would I love to go. I always wanted to see the Oprah show there, but....that's passed me by.

Heaven's Walk said...

Congrats to Emily, Jane! How nice to have an interior designer in your family....at your disposal! hehe! Chicago is such a cool, exciting city! But.....I think you should move to Michigan and open a farmstand with some craft booths inside....and Debbie and I will sell our wares there. lol!

xoxo laurie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love Chicago, what a great city it is, like NY, my kind of town, too. Congrats to your lovely daughter, and to the proud parents. What an acomplishment, how wonderful! Looks like the weather was prefect too for the occasion. Have a great weekend too. FABBY

My Crafty Little Page said...

Oh Jane! Your baby is graduating! It's bittersweet in a way isn't it but I know you're so proud of her. What a wonderful creative field she chose. I'm catching up on your lake vacation. I love to read about your lakehouse - it's just a breath of fresh air. xoxo Nancy
PS - I just changed the header on my blog. You will love The Help - I think it's as good as the book!

Babs said...

Congratulations to Emily! What an exciting time in her life. Chicago looks fabulous and a great place to visit.
Wishing Emily much success and happiness in her new career.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Congrats to the graduate! I've never been to Chicago - what a beautiful day for pics! Linda

Rettabug said...

Congratulations & hats off to Emily AND her wonderful parents for getting her through college! Its not easy & I give each one of you lots of credit. (pun intended)

I enjoyed reading all about your mini-vacation at the lake. It sure sounds ideal but like you, I'm always happy to get back home again. "There's no place like home" ~~clicking my heels~~

Hugs,
Rett

classic • casual • home said...

Congratulations! Beautiful daughter!!! They always stay our babies, don't they?

Shelia said...

HI Jane! Oh, congratulations to your lovely daughter on her achievements! I know you are so proud of her too! I like Chicago and would love to visit when the sun was shining! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

KATHY said...

Congratulations to your daughter,and her proud parents.I enjoyed your photos.

Kathy

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Yea for Emily!! We're sure there are pleanty of places in the Windy City for a budding designer :)
Best wishes for the perfect job!!

Vicki said...

Congrats to Emily! I really want to visit Chicago. Have only flown through. Stop by for a giveaway at my place if you get a moment.

Sonia said...

I've never been to Chicago..but it's on my list of places I want to visit..congratulations to your beautiful daughter..I know you are proud of her!!

Miss Bloomers

bj said...

Hi, Blondie girl...just stopping back by to say there's a giveaway going on at my place. Come over and drop your name in the hat.:)
xo bj

La said...

Congratulations, Emily!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love visiting Chicago in the summer. Congrats on your graduate! :D YAY!!!

It is good to be back from my break.