Monthly Archives: December 2008

Travel Delays


Husband and I had planned on driving to Utah for the Christmas holiday, but I fell ill for a few days and instead of meeting Mom Brown in Utah for the weekend before Christmas, she flew to Chicago just to see us! While taking it easy Mom and I baked cookies and decorated them so pretty that nobody wanted to eat them. We ate them anyway.

We ventured out for a day and went to Hershey, Ghiradelli and got all the free samples. We then went and did a mother-daughter to the American Girl Place. I had once gotten a gift of one of the girls (Kirsten) and apparently my mom has been collecting all her accessories for me. This was a fun surprise.

We finished up some projects and just relaxed. It was good to relax and enjoy time with my mom for a few days.

*Mom, I still miss you and am already planning a trip to Idaho*

Merry Christmas to All


So, I did not have enough cards to go to everyone I wanted (all my blogging friends), so I will post my Christmas card here for you.

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Benson Family 2008

January:Husband had two-week long business trips this month

February: Brent Sohn and family came to visit

March:We did a 5-mile hike.

April: Happy Anniversary.We went on a cruise to Mexico to celebrate our first year of marriage.

May: Husband was gone all month with business trips.

June: Husband was only gone for two weeks this month, while Wife took a 4-week sewing class.

July: Two more weeks of business trips this month for Husband.We also went apartment hunting in Chicago and Wife went to Orientation at IIT.

August:We moved to Chicago so Husband could attend University of Chicago.David also had another business trip to Hawaii.

September: I joined Husband in Hawaii for a whole week, only missing one class at IIT.  One last week long trip for Husband.

October: Husband has finally started school.Mom and Dad come to visit on their way home from their mission in Canada.

November: School, school, and more school!  We did go to the Seaman’s for Thanksgiving in California.

December: End of classes for a nice long Christmas break, we’ll be in Utah with the Benson Family.

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a glorious new year, filled with love and dreams that come true.

With Greatest Love,


(Daisy too!)

The Beloved Christmas Card


Usually I buy a stack of Christmas cards at the end of the year when they are on sale to use for the following year. However, last year I thought I didn’t want to use cards and just do a picture post card. Turns out I really did want a Christmas Card this year, so I bought some stamps and had a ton of paper, and off I went making 100 Christmas Cards.

My apologies to those who did not make the card list, while I would love to include you, we already have 100 people on our list, and don’t know if we can afford postage for too many more.

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Chinatown — Chicago


I made a Chinese friend at IIT (yea, one friend!) and I thought it would be fun to have David talk to him to brush up on his Chinese (Husband’s, not my friends), so my friend picked out a wonderful restaurant in Chinatown, and had the most authentic, and best Chinese food we’ve ever had here in the United States.

Here is how the meal works. They bring a large bowl (on a single burner) which is split down the middle (one side is spicy and the other, not so spicy), then they bring two plates, one with meat, and one with non-meat. You put what you want into the bowl to boil for a moment, then you fish it out and eat it.

I will admit there was a lot I was not really willing to try, but for the most part I liked what I did try.

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