Thursday, July 16, 2009

Then: Now

This past Sunday, we traveled to the small town that I lived in until I was 3 years old.

It's a small, picturesque town about 45 minutes from Chicago.

While there, we went to the zoo. Benjie says it's a cross between Lincoln Park Zoo and Indian Boundary Park.

It was very cute. And very cheap. There were about 18 animals,

yes, there were peacocks roaming the grounds. I felt like I was at Neverland or something...

a fountain, and this:

the sign kind of makes you think it's going to be some awesome, incredible place, right?
Well here it is:

Now if this isn't a small town zoo "adventure land" I don't know what is.

After the zoo/park, we went to the beach.

Dovi loves the beach. He even had a little chair. Benjie didn't love having to carry him down this huge hill to the beach from the parking...

Then we had a picnic dinner in the park.

Thanks, Shosh for the snazzy little travel grill. We need to get one of these. Or just continue to steal yours whenever needed. Leave it on your back porch and we're all good to go. And we're all stocked up with turkey dogs, thankyouverymuch (hey my lurker reader-you know who you are-that's what I was stealing buying last Sunday morning)

The kids enjoyed.

Then we drove a few miles to my old house.

Many of you who know me in real life know that I am not a huge fan of my house. Don't get me wrong. I love my home. I love what I've done to it, I love the people who live in it. I love the feeling that you get in it. But the house itself? 1950's boxy architecture leaves something to be desired, at least for me.

So I give you a comparison.

My house:
My old house:

My front porch:

My old front porch:

And just to torture myself more, my old driveway:

My driveway now:

Oh yeah, I don't have a driveway.

I seriously didn't want to leave. Actually, I wanted to knock on the door but I wimped out.

On a side note, still no decision on the oxygen. It looks like I'm going to have to give them my credit card as a "deposit" to get the oxygen delivered on Monday so we can leave on Tuesday. Don't worry, they won't charge my card the $500 deposit and $150/week until the insurance denies it.

Thanks a lot.


Anonymous said...

Look at the photo of the driveway again. See the porch railing to your left where the pillars are? When we lived there that railing was covered in what is called a Jerusalem (appropriate!) trumpet vine. It had gorgeous green glossy (alliteration!) leaves with even more gorgeous deep orange trumpet flowers. What happened to them????? Oh well, everything changes. But the house still looks fabulous. Glad you had a chance to see it. By the way, when you were little you used to ride up and down that driveway with Rebecca on your riding toys. In fact, I think there is a photo somewhere of both of you doing just that. I love the trips down memory lane. Mommy

Anonymous said...

By the way, the flowers in front of your present house are looking fabulous! Mommy again!

agent99 said...

oh, and did you know that WI absolutely ROCKs for funding for the disabled, while IL ranks 51st in funding for the developmentally disabled? Yeah...if you're thinking there are ONLY 50 states, your right. And IL ranks 51.
Just saying....

Shosh said...

The house may be nice, but ask yourself this - did you have an abundance of Jewels, Walgreens, and CVS stores within 10 miles of your home? Priorities, PLEASE!

chaviva said...

Have you ever wondered why us frummies always live in big cities in boxy houses. WHY cant we just up and move to someplace with big beautiful houses (that probably cost half as much as boxy city houses) like the one in your picture. Oh well.

Estie said...

OMG-I L.O.V.E. your old house! Seriously, why can't we live in houses with some character? My sister's house in CT-looks incredibly similar, but if we'd want a house like that, we'd have to live in Waterbury...Quite a toss up-huh?