Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Our beloved Aimee

This past weekend was very special for Phil and me as we anticipated the celebration of our 45th wedding anniversary on June 14th. In 1965, Phil graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago on Friday, June 11th. Once all the festivities of that day were completed and we were packed and ready to leave MBI after the school year was over, we all (my family -- Mother, Daddy, Joyce, Teecie and Jerry had driven up from Florida for Phil's graduation and our wedding -- and Phil's family -- Dad and Mom White, and Phil's sister, Priscilla) drove to Phil's home in Ohio. Dad White, a minister, would officiate at our wedding the following Monday evening, June 14, 1965.

In light of the specialness of the 45 years together, Phil and I had made the decision a couple of months ago that we wanted to attend a theater production in Chicago on Friday evening, 6/11. We knew that we would be back in San Francisco on our actual anniversary, so we decided to make our special outing on the 11th while we were home from San Francisco (where Phil is working) for the weekend. We had decided that since we had really enjoyed the movie Billy Elliott several years ago, we would like to see 'Billy Elliott, the Musical" which is currently playing. We invited Aimee to join us for dinner and 'theatuh,' and were delighted when she said she would love to spend the evening with us!

We drove downtown Chicago Friday afternoon in time to pick Aimee up at Moody Church (located north of the Chicago "Loop") where she is employed, and we then made our way to the city's downtown area for a marvelous dinner at Petterino's located near the theater. After dinner, we walked the short distance to the Oriental Theater where the three of us enjoyed the musical and dance presentation in spite of the really strong Irish accents of the actors (which only means that we had some difficulty understanding the actors' words)! The dancing ability of the young star was amazing!

After the performance was over, we dropped Aimee off at one of the commuter trains stations so that she could make her way home, and we drove home to Huntley.

Our neighbors and good friends, Debra (above) and Pat (below) had asked if they could treat us to brunch on Sunday morning, 6/13, at the lovely restaurant, Walleye Grill, located within Sun City Huntley. We met the two of them at the restaurant (definitely *not* a grill but instead a great restaurant) Sunday morning, and thoroughly enjoyed time with them as well as the delicious food available. They also blessed us with special gifts for our anniversary! :-)

Debra took the above picture of Phil and me after brunch at Walleye Grill. We are thankful to have this photo to remind us of our special anniversary weekend!

After the picture-taking was done and we had said our goodbyes to Pat and Debra, we drove the short distance home in order to be ready for the limo that would take us to the airport for our flight to San Francisco.

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