Thursday, September 23, 2010

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, etc.

Saturday night we went to DH's 50 year high school reunion at Doubletree Hotel in Oakbrook, IL.  That morning we had attended a tour of our high school (I was a year behind him).  We were able to connect with some of his friends and the best man from our wedding.
Since the dinner was at this fancy hotel, we expected a really good meal, but we were disappointed.  There were several hundred people at the reunion the room was packed.  We were squeezed around  tables so tight that we could hardly cut our chicken.  The main dish was good, but nothing special.  The rolls were stale and for desert we had a cookie!!  Am I expecting too much want a piece of cheesecake or a really nice desert?  The cookie is similar to what you would buy at Walmart's bakery.  Next year is my 50th reunion.  I guess I'll go because I would like to get back in touch with some friends I have lost touch with.

While in the Chicago area, we drove over to the neighborhood where my family lived while I was a little girl.  We moved to the suburbs when I was five years old.  The picture below is where my Dad had a grocery store in the 30's.  I won't bore you with all the other pictures we took, but it was nice to see the places I lived way back when.
We also went to the Leaf River and German Valley, IL area to try to do some family tree research.  DH's father graduated from the Leaf River High School in 1924.
We took pictures of some old buildings and barns.  This old school house was in Adeline, IL.  Maybe it was the place where DH's father taught school for one year, but we don't know.

One of the many barn pictures I took.  This one was in Seward, IL near the camp ground that we stayed at.
The house is still a mess and I still have lots to share.  Hope you check back soon.

13 comments:

Katie said...

I think it's pretty great that the building that housed your dad's grocery store is still there. So many buildings get demolished... It looks like you had a lot of fun on the reunion trip. And the pictures you took when doing family research are much better than those my dad has been taking - tombstones! (Maybe he just hasn't found anything better?)

Lori said...

What a terrific photo of you and hubby!! It is fun to see the area where we grew up. Your area looks very nice still! My neighborhood was really run down when we saw it last.

---"Love" said...

Class reunions are a vital part of life that I always look forward to; I'm glad you went; sorry the food service was bad. You two are a good-looking couple!
That flag painted on that big barn is beautiful; it would make a great computer wallpaper! Looking forward to the next set of pictures. ---"Love"

Beth said...

Oh drat! I wish I had known you were going to be so close, I would have loved to meet you! For some reason, I thought you were just passing thru Illinois. If you are coming next year for a reunion, maybe we could try then??
Anyway you both look so great in your 'reunion' photo. Love your dress.

Marsha said...

That is a great picture of you and your husband, glad you were able to go to the reunion. Maybe your's next year will choose someplace with better food! It is always fun visiting with old friends. Love the picture of your dad's grocery and the old school hpuse and barns. I grew up in central Illinois and lived north of Chicago for many years. I'm looking forward to more pictures!

Stray Stitches said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. You and your husband look very happy! Sorry to hear about the disappointing dinner - sounds like typical catering flavor - blah.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Wonderful picture of you and your husband. Love all the pictures you shared with you blogging buddies. Thanks, Carolyn

seventhsister26 said...

I think alot of people are doing the family tree research thing....we were all so scattered over this country in efforts to try and settle it that we lost where we came from.
Happy Quilting!!

Janet said...

Glad toc hear you had a lovely trip and you are happy to be home. Great pictures too - lovely small commercial building.
Glad your giveaway prize made it safely to you.
Janet in Nova Scotia

Jeanne said...

Doesn't time fly by? What a nice picture of you and your husband. I love the little doll that your sister gave you, too.

Barb said...

You would not have bored us at all with pictures, the ones you showed were interesting. Thanks!

a good yarn said...

Who are those charming young folk in the photo? Yes, I think you had every right to be disappointed with the catering. You should write a letter to the facility expressing your disappointment. I'm sure you won't be recommending the function centre to family and friends. Perhaps the owner needs to go Undercover Boss. I love the photos of the old school and barn. The school has a strong Georgian design influence for the period. Cheers, Ann :-)

teresamnj said...

Loved reading about your trip, and seeing all the photos. You have a very nice blog!