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Wrong place, wrong subject

I know I haven’t posted here in a while, and I apologize, however I’ve been a tad busy. For those that aren’t a friend of mine on Facebook, I’ve recently become a father!! My son, Elijah David was born on June 20th at 8:18 pm. It’s a VERY long story…but a good one, as I believe it’s one that clearly demonstrates God giving us a trial so that we could rely upon Him for all people involved to be healed. Before I get to that though, something has been weighing on my heart as of late that I’d like to address now.

During our stay at the hospital, we were visited by one of my older brothers. A topic was raised that was brought up at Thanksgiving the year before: abortion. Yeah, that’s right…talking about abortion in the hospital while looking at my son in the NICU of all places. What surprised me was that he was FOR it…and not just for other people. He implied that if he and his wife got pregnant again (they have 2 boys) that it would be an option to consider.

WHAT?!?!?!

I know I just became a father, but I have a hard time understanding what would make a man want to kill an unborn child…it just blows my mind. To think that someone would want to harm an innocent, defenseless child, in their most vulnerable place (the womb) is just beyond cruel in my mind. What reason could one possibly give to justify this brutal act?? Ah…because they’re ‘older’. I can understand not wanting to have more children after a certain age, but there are ways to ‘fix’ the situation without having anyone killed.

To make matters worse (again, in my mind), is that my brother is a Christian (as am I). I have not asked him this but I’d LOVE to hear his justification for abortion, using scripture. I mean, if you’re a follower of Christ, you follow his instructions found in scripture…is that too big of a leap to assume? While I don’t see any justification for abortion, I do see messages of responsibility…of love…of remaining under the trial that God has allowed.

The book of James even says to “Count it all joy…when you meet trials of various kinds”. Why joy? Well, I like to think that when you experience a trial, God has His focus on you…to see what you’ll do…if you’re up to the challenge so-to-speak. That ought to make you feel kinda special. I mean, there are billions of people on this planet and He chose you with this particular trial. James goes on to say that the trial is to test your faith to produce steadfastness…so that you may be “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” We see this in sports all the time. While we’ll see the final product on TV, what you don’t see is the countless hours of painstaking practice, strength training and other assorted tasks that athletes must go through so that they can even GET to the final stage.

I did end up telling my brother that life is precious and that any attempt to take this life away is inhumane. I also told him that at some point in our lives, we either have to trust God with everything that we have or not. Why is it so easy to say that God is God in church, but so hard to say that outside of church? Is recognizing Jesus as Savior easier than acknowledging Him as Lord of our life?

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in blog

 

Losing weight, feeling great!

About a month and a half ago, I decided to start losing weight…with 2 goals in mind: To get to 200 pounds and then to get to 175 pounds (my high school weight). One of the reasons I want to do this is to improve my 5k race times. I’ve done ok the last few races, but I’ve yet to get under 30 minutes to complete 3.1 miles. So, I figure that if I dropped some weight, I wouldn’t have to lug around as much weight while I’m running and should, in theory, do better with my race times.

So, in order to drop these unwanted pounds, I’ve started watching what I’m eating…initially trying to cut back on calories and sugar in particular. My main problem, however, was that I didn’t know how many calories that I should be eating or how many I had been taking in each day. A coworker of mine introduced me to a great app called My Fitness Pal that does all this and more! Oh, and it’s FREE!!! Shocking, but true!

Before installing the app on my phone, I had lost about 15 pounds on my own (calorie cutting and running on my treadmill 6 days a week). I have only been using the app for about a week, but I’ve lost 4+ pounds this week! It turns out that my attempts to cut calories, while good, was causing my body to go into starvation mode (too few calories) and weight loss wouldn’t occur. After logging in on their website today), I discovered that they provide it’s users some tools for those that sign up. Some of these tools include the counters that are now on the right side of the blog…how much weight I’ve lost since installing the app and how much I’ve still got to lose. I’m trying to weigh in daily, so in theory these totals should change every day (good or bad).

By the way, one of the really cool features of this app is that when you’re adding food to your diary, you can scan the barcode of the food products to input all the nutrition info! It makes inputting info so much faster! If what you’re eating doesn’t have a barcode (say, if you’re eating out), there’s a way to type in what you’re eating and find it in their extensive database. I’ve only used it a week so I don’t know all the in’s and out’s, but the one part that I don’t like is how to change things. For example, if I were to make Hamburger Helper, the recipe calls for ground beef…but what if I make it with 99% fat free ground turkey to make it healthier? How to I change this in the recipe? I’m not sure, but like I said before, I’m new to this app.

So far so good however. 4 pounds in 1 week is pretty good…especially for someone that’s NOT on The Biggest Loser. By the way, I do plan to run at least 2 more 5k races this year…maybe 3. My morning workouts on the treadmill, while mainly used to lose weight, are also helping prepare for these races. For example, I walked (but mainly ran) 2.7 miles today! Unfortunately it was in 40 minutes, but I’ll be knocking that time down in no time (by the way, the 40 minutes includes a 5 minute cool down walk).

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in blog

 

Chicago area fireworks 2012, by date

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are the fireworks for 2012 in the Chicagoland area, listed by date. If you want to find a particular town’s fireworks, I suggest that you hit Ctrl+F on your keyboard and type in the town you’re looking for. Otherwise, click on the date that you want, and you’ll be redirected to towns that are having fireworks on that day.

Please be aware that because of the dry conditions, some towns are cancelling or postponing their scheduled fireworks. I’ll do my best to update this post as I’m able to, but you may want to check your town’s website for the most up to date information.

June 28, June 29, June 30, July 1, July 3, July 4, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, July 11, July 14 & July 15


Thursday, June 28th

Oak Forest – June 28 @ dusk @ 159th & Central


Friday, June 29th

Geneva – June 29 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Lisle – June 29 @ 9:45 pm, June 30 @ 9:45 pm & July 1 @ 9:45 pm
July 1st will be presented and timed with a musical score.
Fireworks will launched north of the hot air balloon field.


Saturday, June 30th

Burbank – June 30 @ 9:30 pm @ Michael Looney Park

Carpentersville – June 30 @ dusk @ Meadowdale Park

Chicago – June 30 @ 10:15 pm @ Navy Pier

Dundee Township – June 30 @ 9:30 pm @ Meadowdale Park/Shopping Center, Carpentersville
Join us for a night of music and fireworks! Following our concert in the park the firework show will begin at approximately 9:30 pm, weather permitting.

Franklin Park – @ 9:30 pm @ West Leyden High School

Geneva – June 30 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Grayslake – June 30 @ Central Park @ 9 pm
In conjunction with the Central Park fireworks show, the Aquatic Center stays open an additional two hours to give customers the opportunity to watch the fireworks as they swim in the pool or picnic on the lawn. With its location right next to Central Park, the Aquatic Center makes the perfect spot to watch the show!

Hazel Crest – June 30 @ dusk @ Oak Hill Park

Lisle – June 29 @ 9:45 pm, June 30 @ 9:45 pm & July 1 @ 9:45 pm
July 1st will be presented and timed with a musical score.
Fireworks will launched north of the hot air balloon field.

Orland Hills – June 30 @ 9:30 pm @ Kelly Park

Wilmington – June 30 @ dark @ North Island Park. There is an admission fee of $1.


Sunday, July 1st

Crystal Lake – July 1 @ dusk @ Crystal Lake Main Beach

Lisle – June 29 @ 9:45 pm, June 30 @ 9:45 pm & July 1 @ 9:45 pm
July 1st will be presented and timed with a musical score.
Fireworks will launched north of the hot air balloon field.

Lockport – July 1 @ 9:00 pm @ Dellwood Park


Tuesday, July 3rd

Burlington – July 3. Rain date is July 6

Burr Ridge – July 3 @ dusk @ Walker Park

Calumet City – July 3 @ 9:15 pm @ Thornton North High School

Cary – July 3 @ Lions Park Cancelled
Park opens at 6:30 pm; Band performs at 7:30 pm; Fireworks to follow!
Food & beverages will be sold onsite
Parking $5 (grass) / $10 (pavement)
Rain date for fireworks is July 6

Chesterton, IN  July 3 @ dusk @ Indiana Dunes State Park

Chicago Heights – July 3 @ 9 pm @ Bloom High School

Deerfield – July 3 @ 9:15 pm @ Brickyards Park

East Chicago, IN – July 3 @ dusk off the boardwalk of the East Chicago Marina

Evergreeen Park – July 3 @ Duffy Park

Great Lakes Naval Station – July 3 @ 11pm @ Ross Field

Hawthorn Woods – July 3 @ dusk @ Hawthorn Woods Community Park

Hebron, IN  July 3 @ dusk on the grounds of Hebron High School

LaGrange – July 3 @  LaGrange Country Club. Best viewed from Waiola Park

Lake Geneva – July 3 @ Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

McHenry – July 3 @ Peterson Park
Rain date July 5th.

Merrillville, IN – July 3 @ dusk @ Hidden Lake Park

Munster, IN – July 3 @ 9 pm in Centennial Park

Naperville – July 3 @ 9:30 pm @ Knoch Park
Free Public Access Entry time will be 7:30pm. One of the largest most magnificent displays in the Chicago land area, it runs for almost 30 minutes straight and is sure to wow the most fervent fireworks aficionados. The works begin July 3rd at 9:30 and are simulcast with music and broadcasted on FM 95.9 The River.

Oak Brook – July 3 @ dusk @ the Village of Oak Brook Polo Grounds
Rain date for the fireworks display is July 4th.

Palatine – July 3 @ 9:20 pm

Palos Heights – July 3 @ 9:15 pm @ Lake Katherine

Park Ridge – July 3 @ 9:15 pm @ Maine East High School

PlainfieldJuly 3 @ Renwick Park Cancelled on 6/29

Romeoville – July 3 @ 9:15 pm @ Village Park

Schaumburg – July 3 @ dusk @ Boomers Stadium (after Boomers game)

Schereville, IN – July 3 @ dusk @ Rohrman Park

Wauconda – July 3 @ dusk @ Cook Park Cancelled on 6/29

Wheaton – July 3 @ dusk @ Graf Park Cancelled on 7/2 due to storms

Whiting, IN – July 3 @ 10 pm @ Whiting Park

Wilmette – July 3 @ 9:30 pm @ Gillson Park


Wednesday, July 4th

Antioch – July 4 @ @ dusk @ Williams Park Cancelled

Arlington Heights – July 4 @ dusk @ Arlington Park Race Track
The amazing fireworks display, which will run more than 30 minutes, will be synchronized to a mixture of patriotic and popular music, and will encompass the entire infield area of the racecourse. Check out the video of last year’s fireworks show! The first 10,000 in attendance will receive 3D Fireworks Glasses, and the first 1,000 kids will receive a complimentary Firecracker Popsicle.

Aurora – July 4 @ dusk @ Hamlin Park

Barrington – July 4 @ dusk @ Barrington High School

Bartlett – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Apple Orchard Park
Music on 98.1 FM

Batavia – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Enstrom Park

Bensenville – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Redmond Recreational Complex

Buffalo Grove – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Rotary Village Green

Carol Stream – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Ross Ferraro Town Center Cancelled

Chicago – July 4 @ dusk @ U.S. Cellular Field (after White Sox game)

Chicago – July 4 @ 9:00 pm @ Navy Pier

Clarendon Hills – July 4@ Prospect Park

Crown Point, IN – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ the Lake County Fairgrounds

Downers Grove – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ 75th St & Lemont Rd.

Elk Grove Village – July 4 @ 9:15 @ Lions Park

Elmwood Park – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Elmwood Park High School

Evanston – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Clark Street Beach

Forest Park – July 4 @ 9:35 pm @ Deerpath Community Park

Frankfort – July 4 @ 9:00 pm @ Main Park

Geneva – July 4 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Glen Ellyn – July 4 @ dusk @ Lake Ellyn

Glencoe – July 4 @ 9 pm @ Glencoe Beach

Glenview – July 4 following the concert that starts at 7:30 pm @ Glenview Park

Great Lakes Naval Station – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Ross Field

Highland Park – July 4 @ 9 pm at Wolters Field

Hobart – July 4 @ dusk @ Festival Park

Hoffman Estates – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Sears Centre Arena

Huntley – July 4 @ dusk @ Prime Outlet Huntley Outlet Center

Itasca – July 4 @ dusk @ Hamilton Lakes
Free admission; parking costs $20

Joliet – July 4 @ dusk @ SilverCross Field

Lake Forest – July 4 @ 9:35 pm @ Deerpath Community Park

Lake Station – July 4 @ dusk @ Riverview Park

Lake Zurich – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Paulus Park

Lansing – July 4 @ Lan-Oak Park

LaPorte, IN – July 4 @ dusk @ the LaPorte County Fairgrounds

Libertyville – July 4 @ dusk @ Butler Lake

Lincolnshire – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Spring Lake Park

Lombard – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Madison Meadow Park
with music simulcast on 101.5 FM

Mokena – July 4 @ dusk @ Main Park

Morton Grove – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Harrer Park
Rain date is July 5.

Mt. Prospect – July 4 @ dusk @ Melas Park

Mundelein July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Kracklauer Park Postponed

Northbrook – July 4 @ dusk @ Meadowhill Park

Oak Brook Terrace – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Terrace View Park

Oak Forest – July 4 @ dusk @ 159th & Central

Oak Lawn – July 4 @ dusk @ Richards High School

Oak Park – July 4 @ dusk @ OPRF High School

Orland Park – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Centennial Park

Oswego – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Prairie Point Park

Park Forest – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Village Green on Main Street. Not at Central Park due to construction

Portage, IN – July 4 @ dusk @ Trumble Field at Willowcreek Middle School

Rolling Meadows – July 4 @dusk @ Salt Creek Park

Round Lake July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Rescheduled to 9/2/12

Skokie – July 4 @ dusk @ Niles West High School

Sleepy Hollow – July 4 @ 9 pm @ Sabatino Park
$5 donation to park for fireworks. Rain date July 7.

Spring Grove – July 4 @ Horse Fair Park

St. Charles – July 4 @ dark @ Pottawatomie Park
Rain date is the next suitable evening.

Streamwood – July 4 @ 9:15pm @ Dolphon Park

Tinley Park – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ McCarthy Park

Valparaiso, IN  July 4 @ dusk @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Vernon Hills – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Century Park

Warrenville – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Cerny Park

Waukegan – July 4 @ dusk @ Silver Park

Westmont – July 4 @ dusk @ Ty Warner Park

Winnetka – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ New Trier High School

Woodstock – July 4 @ dusk @ Emricson Park

Wonder Lake – July 4 @ dusk @ Wonder Lake

Yorkville – July 4 @ dusk north of Club 47

Zion – July 4 @ dusk @ Shiloh Park


Thursday, July 5th

Geneva – July 5 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)


Friday, July 6th

Geneva – July 6 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Schaumburg – July 6 @ dusk @ Boomers Stadium (after Boomers game)


Saturday, July 7th

Chicago – July 7 @ 10:15 pm @ Navy Pier

Fox Lake – July 7 @ dusk @ over the Chain O’ Lakes, Fox Lake

Fox River Grove – July 7 @ dusk @ Picnic Grove Park Cancelled
No entry to the park after 9 p.m. and no parking at the park. Shuttle bus service will be available.

Johnsburg – July 7 @ dusk @ Oak Park Lounge

Pingree Grove – July 7 @ 9:30 pm


Sunday, July 8th

Mt. Prospect – July 8 @ dusk @ Melas Park

Sandwich – July 8 @ dusk @ Sandwich Fairgrounds


Wednesday, July 11th

Glendale Heights – July 11  @ dusk @ Camera Park


Saturday, July 14th

West Chicago – July 14 @ dusk @ Reed-Keppler Park


Sunday, July 15th

Glendale Heights – July 15 @ dusk @ Camera Park


Sites: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120513/entlife/705139988/

http://fireworksinillinois.com/

http://chicagofree.info/2012/06/18/free-4th-of-july-independence-day-fireworks-in-chicago-area-2012/

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/13444432-423/2012-chicago-area-fireworks.html

http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/2012/06/15/chicagoland-and-northwest-suburban-fireworks-2012-schedule-arlington-park-in-arlington-heights-wednesday-july-4/

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/18/chicago-area-july-4th-fireworks-shows/

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in blog

 

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Independence Day 2012

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I did this last year (and had a LOT of hits), I thought I should once again compile a list of towns that are having fireworks in the Chicagoland area. Please note that I have not verified all of these, but rather combined a bunch of site’s info into this list. The most up-to-date version is here (It’s a lot simpler to update just one list, than 2). If you happen to run across a town’s display that I haven’t posted yet, please comment below with a link to where you found that information. Also, if I’ve found that a town is having a festival during the holiday, I’ll hyperlink the website to the town. Have a happy & safe 4th of July!

Antioch – July 4 @ @ dusk @ Williams Park

Arlington Heights – July 4 @ dusk @ Arlington Park Race Track
The amazing fireworks display, which will run more than 30 minutes, will be synchronized to a mixture of patriotic and popular music, and will encompass the entire infield area of the racecourse. Check out the video of last year’s fireworks show! The first 10,000 in attendance will receive 3D Fireworks Glasses, and the first 1,000 kids will receive a complimentary Firecracker Popsicle.

Aurora – July 4 @ dusk @ Hamlin Park

Barrington – July 4 @ dusk @ Barrington High School

Bartlett – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Apple Orchard Park
Music on 98.1 FM

Batavia – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Enstrom Park

Bensenville – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Redmond Recreational Complex

Buffalo Grove – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Rotary Village Green

Burlington – July 3. Rain date is July 6.

Carol Stream – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Ross Ferraro Town Center

Carpentersville – June 30 @ dusk @ Meadowdale Park

Cary July 3 @ Lions Park
Park opens at 6:30 pm; Band performs at 7:30 pm; Fireworks to follow!
Food & beverages will be sold onsite
Parking $5 (grass) / $10 (pavement)
Rain date for fireworks is July 6

Chicago – June 30 @ 10:15 pm @ Navy Pier

Chicago – July 4 @ dusk @ U.S. Cellular Field (after White Sox game)

Chicago – July 4 @ 9:00 pm @ Navy Pier

Chicago – July 7 @ 10:15 pm @ Navy Pier

Crystal Lake – July 1 @ dusk @ Crystal Lake Main Beach

Deerfield – July 3 # 9:15 pm @ Brickyards Park

Downers Grove – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ 75th St & Lemont Rd.

Dundee Township – June 30 @ 9:30 pm @ Meadowdale Park/Shopping Center, Carpentersville
Join us for a night of music and fireworks! Following our concert in the park the firework show will begin at approximately 9:30 pm, weather permitting.

Elgin

Evanston – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Clark Street Beach

Forest Park – July 4 @ 9:35 pm @ Deerpath Community Park

Fox Lake – July 7 @dusk @ over the Chain O’ Lakes, Fox Lake

Fox River Grove – July 7 @ dusk @ Picnic Grove Park
No entry to the park after 9 p.m. and no parking at the park. Shuttle bus service will be available.

Geneva – June 29 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Geneva – June 30 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Geneva – July 4 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Geneva – July 5 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Geneva – July 6 @ dusk @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (after Cougar game)

Glen Ellyn – July 4 @ dusk @ Lake Ellyn

Glendale Heights – July 11 & July 15 @ dusk @ Camera Park

Glenview – July 4 following the concert that starts at 7:30 pm @ Glenview Park

Grayslake – June 30 @ Central Park @ 9 pm
In conjunction with the Central Park fireworks show, the Aquatic Center stays open an additional two hours to give customers the opportunity to watch the fireworks as they swim in the pool or picnic on the lawn. With its location right next to Central Park, the Aquatic Center makes the perfect spot to watch the show!

Great Lakes Naval Base

Hawthorn Woods – July 3 @ dusk @ Hawthorn Woods Community Park

Highland Park – July 4 @ the Velodrome

Hoffman Estates – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Sears Centre Arena

Huntley

Island Lake

Itasca – July 4 @ dusk @ Hamilton Lakes
Free admission; parking costs $20

Johnsburg

Lake Bluff

Lake Forest – July 4 @ 9:35 pm @ Deerpath Community Park

Lake Zurich – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Paulus Park

Leyden Township

Libertyville – July 4 @ dusk @ Butler Lake

Lincolnshire

Lisle – June 29 @ 9:45 pm, June 30 @ 9:45 pm & July 1 @ 9:45 pm
July 1st will be presented and timed with a musical score.
Fireworks will launched north of the hot air balloon field.

Lombard – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Madison Meadow Park
with music simulcast on 101.5 FM

McHenry – July 3 @ Peterson Park
Rain date July 5th.

Mokena

Morton Grove – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Harrer Park
Rain date is July 5.

Mt. Prospect – July 4 @ dusk @ Melas Park

Mt. Prospect – July 8 @ dusk @ Melas Park

Mundelein – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Kracklauer Park

Naperville – July 3 @ 9:30 pm @ Knoch Park
Free Public Access Entry time will be 7:30pm. One of the largest most magnificent displays in the Chicago land area, it runs for almost 30 minutes straight and is sure to wow the most fervent fireworks aficionados. The works begin July 3rd at 9:30 and are simulcast with music and broadcasted on FM 95.9 The River.

Oak Brook – July 3 @ dusk @ the Village of Oak Brook Polo Grounds
Rain date for the fireworks display is July 4th.

Oak Brook Terrace – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Terrace View Park

Oak Forest – June 28 @ dusk @ 159th & Central

Oak Forest – July 4 @ dusk @ 159th & Central

Oak Lawn – July 4 @ dusk @ Richards High School

Orland Hills – June 30 @ 9:30 pm @ Kelly Park

Orland Park – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Centennial Park

Palatine – July 3 @ 9:20 pm

Palos Heights – July 3 @ 9:15 pm @ Lake Katherine

Park Ridge – July 3 @ Maine East High School

Pingree Grove – July 7 @ 9:30 pm

Rolling Meadows – July 4 @dusk @ Salt Creek Park

Round Lake – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Rescheduled to 9/2/12

Schaumburg – July 6 @ dusk @ Boomers Stadium (after Boomers game)

Skokie – July 4 @ dusk @ Niles West High School

Sleepy Hollow – July 4 @ 9 pm @ Sabatino Park
$5 donation to park for fireworks. Rain date July 7.

South Elgin

Spring Grove

St. Charles – July 4 @ dark @ Pottawatomie Park
Rain date is the next suitable evening.

Sugar Grove

Tinley Park – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ McCarthy Park

Vernon Hills

The Village of Hawthorn Woods

Vernon Hills – July 4 @ 9:30 pm @ Century Park

Warrenville – July 4 @ 9:15 pm @ Cerny Park

WaucondaJuly 3 @ dusk @ Cook Park Cancelled on 6/29

Waukegan – July 4 @ dusk @ Silver Park

West Chicago – July 14 @ dusk @ Reed-Keppler Park

Westmont – July 4 @ dusk @ Ty Warner Park

Wheaton – July 3 @ dusk @ Graf Park

Wilmette – July 3 @ 9:30 pm @ Gillson Park

Wonder Lake

Woodstock – July 4 @ dusk @ Emricson Park

Zion

Sites: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120513/entlife/705139988/

http://fireworksinillinois.com/

http://chicagofree.info/2012/06/18/free-4th-of-july-independence-day-fireworks-in-chicago-area-2012/

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/13444432-423/2012-chicago-area-fireworks.html

http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/2012/06/15/chicagoland-and-northwest-suburban-fireworks-2012-schedule-arlington-park-in-arlington-heights-wednesday-july-4/


 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in blog

 

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Sweepstakes!

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I LOVE sweepstakes. I guess it comes from my Dad, as he was a big sweepstakes fanatic too…though he hardly won anything. Thanks to the internet and Facebook, there are a TON of opportunities available, including this one that you can enter for free gas for a year! Enter today!

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in blog, Day-to-Day, sweepstakes

 

Kutless’ new album, Believer, part 2

It’s been a while, but I did want to post a few more of the songs that are on Kutless’ newest album. One of the songs that I REALLY got into around Easter was the 9th track, entitled ‘This is Love’. As you can see from the lyrics below, this encompasses the last two days of Christ’s life, as well as his death and Resurrection. Take a listen!

Alone in a garden weeping
Begging His Father pleading
Take this cup from me
But if it’s Your will Father let it be
All of the others sleeping
Sweat on His brow was bleeding
He could have run away but He chose to stay

This is Love this is real
This is more than a hope or a feeling
It’s enough to cover us
This is Love

After a kiss abandoned
Beaten and cursed for passion
They lifted Him up to die but He laid down His life
Death only wished it was stronger
The grave couldn’t hold Him longer
He rose in victory to rescue His enemies

It seems like this mercy is following me
It seems like this love has come to rescue me

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in blog

 

Our journey towards a good night’s sleep

Sleep…much easier to type than to achieve!! The last few years, wifester & I have debated about purchasing a new bed so that we could get some much needed rest. We’ve tossed one name around quite a bit: Comfortaire. Similar to Sleep Number, Comfortaire is a mattress that’s adjustable by an air pump. The similarities between the two are great, but what drives me bonkers about these two companies is that neither one has all of their models available to test out before you buy. Comfortaire is, by far, the worst because they don’t have stores that you can visit to test their beds, unlike Sleep Number. Instead, there are specialty bed stores that have one or two of their models (though they’re called something totally different than their website) on display. Highly confusing…and expensive too.

So, instead of buying a whole new bed system, I’ve tried to go another route and I want to chronicle this with this post (in other words, I may update this post as things change in the future). My first decision was to purchase a new frame/boxspring, which basically functions as a platform. The thinking behind this purchase is that a new foundation would make our current mattress feel brand new (some reviews had said that this had happened to them). Also, if we did decide to purchase a Comfortaire mattress, we’d only purchase the mattress, as we’d have a “platform” foundation.

2/19/12 – Purchased the bed frame. Told that we were to get it between 2/29 & 3/2.
2/25/12 – Received an email that our order has been delayed. New delivery estimate is between 3/9 & 3/13.
3/2/12 – Contacted Target guest services to see where my purchase was. They replied shortly afterwards:

I’m sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. I need a little more time to find the answer to your question. I’ll e-mail you with an update when I have more information.

7 hours later, I received an email that it had been shipped!
3/8/12 – Finally delivered!!.
3/11/12 – Took apart our old frame and boxspring and assembled the new platform.

After a few nights, we were loving the new frame. It made a LOT less noise when we moved in bed. Unfortunately, it didn’t do a whole lot to help with our back/neck/head pain. Knowing that this might be a possibility, I had a backup plan…a bed topper. For some reason though, it took me a while to pull the trigger on purchasing it. I had one in mind that has a lot of good reviews, but it wasn’t until late 4/9/12 that I went ahead and purchased it. I also was curious about and decided to also purchase pillows for the both of us from an infomercial I had seen the week before…

4/9/12 – Purchased 2 King size “My Pillow” pillows (“yellow” for wifester, and “green” for me).
4/9/12 – Purchased King size bed topper
4/10/12 – Pillows shipped, scheduled to arrive 4/12/12.
4/10/12 – Bed topper shipped, scheduled to arrive 4/12/12.

I came home on 4/12/12 and saw these packages waiting for me!


I was immediately surprised at the box the pillows came in…after all, there were supposed to be 2 King size pillows in this package! My curiosity got the better of me and I opened the package right away.


Reading the above instructions, I unwrapped the plastic off the pillows and threw them in the dryer for 15 minutes (one at a time). I pulled them out and was floored at how much the pillow had expanded. I guess the guy on the infomercial was right…you can wash & dry this pillow and it won’t lose it’s fluff!!

While the pillows were in the dryer, I took a look at the mattress topper. I had read reviews previous to purchasing it that it would smell…bad enough to sit out for a few days before using it. I feared the worse but hoped for the best.


Once I got all the plastic off, I could smell it…and BOY did it REEK!!! And now I had a problem…we were scheduled to have guests over at the house the next night and I had this King size smelly piece of foam lying in my living room. There was absolutely no way we were putting it on our bed….not when it was THIS smelly!! So I did what any other person would do…brought it down to the basement to air out.

Currently, I have been using the “My Pillow” for 3 nights. Wifester has yet to try using the “My Pillow”. The mattress topper is still in the basement. Though the smell has gone down, it’s still present (it also feels somewhat moist to the touch). My guess is that we’ll put the topper on next weekend (if not before) and test it out…if I can figure out if the egg-crate side is face up or face down on the mattress. Does anyone know? Leave me a comment!!

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in blog, Day-to-Day, family, wifester

 

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