On Friday we got out of work, grabbed a bite to eat, and went home to take a short nap before we started our trip to Illinois. We were planning on leaving at 10:30 and driving through the night so we needed a little bit of rest.
When we woke up, we packed the car and started our trip when Caleb “remembered” he left his phone charger in the apartment. A few minutes later, he called from inside & asked if I would come in to help him find it. I ran in, and instead of finding a lost phone charger, was welcomed by a table filled with Christmas presents.
For the past year I have been asking for a camera. Growing up, my mom often called me a “leaky faucet” because I am notorious for being persistent with my requests. I love taking pictures, and drool over photography in my spare time. Every time I brought up the idea of buying a new camera, Caleb would brush it off, and I finally came to terms with the fact that iPhone photography was going to be my destiny.
However, Caleb not only surprised me with a brand new Canon, but with two lenses, filters, a cleaning kit, a tripod, and other things I can’t think of as I write this.
After I cried & Caleb took this picture, we hit the road (for real), and drove 14 hours straight to Belvidere, IL. When we decided to visit Illinois for the holidays, I asked my Aunt & Uncle to keep our visit a surprise for the cousins. It was so great ringing the doorbell & hearing squeals of joy from Emily, Luke, Aaron, and Joy as they realized what was happening.
Here are a few pictures of our visit thus far (some from my new Camera, and others from my iPhone):
Baby Joy is by far my favorite person to photograph
Luke let me practice taking pictures of him:
Today we went into the city and visited Millennium Park & The Art Institute of Chicago:
We saw a few of our favorite paintings:
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
Shoe Shop by Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
Greyed Rainbow by Jackson Pollock
American Gothic by Grant Wood
It’s only Monday, and we already feel so blessed to be here.