Friday, August 30, 2013

Beer Fest

A few pictures from beer fest.  Darren stole Carmen's hat.

Mollie, Carmen and me.  This was shot three and best we could get

Erin & Ben.

 Erin and my brother later that night.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

BMX Stunt Show

A few weeks ago Darren and I walked downtown for lunch.  There was a bike race/fair going on and included was a BMX Stunt Show.  We didn't go down to watch but ended up being there when the show started and stayed.  What these guys can do with a bike and ramp is unreal!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Last Night China

Amazing, almost to the end of the Asia trip... Finally!  What a great trip. Time of our lives!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Tim & Kristin's Wedding

Over July 4th weekend our friends Tim & Kristin got married in Chicago.  She is Greek and they were married in a Greek Orthodox church.  I was amazed by the mosaics in this place.  It is hard to tell but this wall art is all mosaic!

As is this picture of Jesus on the ceiling.

We got to spend the weekend with Alex and Anna as well who we hadn't seen since our own wedding.

The front of the church.  All of that blue, all mosaic!

Husband & wife.

The cake was beautiful.

Alex and Darren really miss each other.  Darren showing some affection to Alex who is really enjoying it!

It was also Anna's birthday.  To celebrate we put a candle in her drink.  We had already eaten the cake!

Tim with Darren and Alex.

Anna and I hanging out together.

Friday, August 23, 2013

July 4th 2013

July 4th we had some friends over for dinner and to celebrate.  Carmen, Mollie, Ji, Vic, Kunal, Rebecca, Darren, Ashley, me, Jay.  We had a fun time with sparklers and watching the fireworks from our front porch

Jay photobombed my picture.

Fun with sparklers.

The fireworks were really nice downtown.


Until the lack of wind caused the smoke not to blow away.  At the end you couldn't see the fireworks behind the smoke!

While watching fireworks we found this slug next to our porch.  I wish there was something for comparison but this guy was like 6 inches long.  The longest slug I ever have seen!

Thursday, August 22, 2013


So glad we got to experience the "Vegas of the East" while we were in Hong Kong. It isn't nearly as fun or entertainment filled as Vegas but it was still interesting to see how the other half of the world gambles. :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mollie's Birthday

In June we went out for Mollie's Birthday.  We got to try a really good new restaurant, Oh Yumm Bistro and enjoy an amazing chocolate raspberry cake that Carmen got for Mollie.  What a fun night!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hong Kong

Our last stop on our big Asian Adventure was Hong Kong.  Glad to almost be done scrapbooking this trip. So glad to have all the memories in one book though!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Indy 500

Again I am three months behind blogging, how does this even happen!!  Anyways, we couldn't leave Indianapolis next year without going to the famous Indy 500!  I was a little weary and thought it wasn't going to that fun but I was surprised by just how much fun we had! This is what we saw walking into the racetrack.

Darren and I went with Saurabh and his brother who chose his time to visit Indy based on the date of the 500!

I insisted on seats instead of being int he infield.  I'm glad I did because we really enjoyed our view.  We could see turn 3 and 4 and were sitting along the short shoot between the two turns.

The day is full of ceremony.  Here are some of the drivers getting announced before the race started.

The pace cars drive around the track prior to being the official pace care of the race.

A bunch of people from the Boston Marathon who were not able to finish the race due to the bombing were allowed to finish by running down the track to the finish line.  It was a neat scene.

A bunch of balloons let off before the race. 

The pre-race flyover.

The line-up prior to the green flag.

And the race starts!

It's amazing just how fast the cars go, they really are just a blur going by!

Sarah was just a few sections away from us so I stopped by to say hello.

Erin and Ben sat with us as well during the race.

A few post race photos.