I just got home from Illinois -- yep, just got home from northern Illinois. It's still there and Brandi, Jordyn and I visited with almost all our relatives.

My sister, Kathy, and her husband, Roger, along with granddaughter, Maggie, came over from Iowa. We just visited with family all weekend, ending with an all day party at the Dunlap Oasis, which is owned and operated by Troy and Vicki Dunlap, otherwise known as my son and daughter-in-law.

We had a great time eating Chicago-style Italian beef, visiting and the pool was just the place for all the kids to hang out.

It was kind of chilly for the adults. It was like 72 up there and sunny all weekend. It was just gorgeous. I can't wait to go back.

On Sunday, before going home, Brandi, Jordyn and I went downtown to look for Oz Park, and we found it just a little ways from Lincoln Park Zoo.

It really was a beautiful park, with statues, plaques and beautiful flowers everywhere. There was a playground for children to play. It was really "ozsome" and I truly loved it.

We then got close to the big bean down there, but parking was a nightmare. Brandi and Jordyn did make it to Garrett's Popcorn. We waited in line to get some of that delicious popcorn, and then we headed home. We are now ready to go again.

Babies born last week included Colson Kayne Bradley, weighing six pounds, four ounces and was 20 inches in length. He was born on June 3 and his proud parents are Bric Bradley and Hannah Harris. Congratulations to parents, grandparents and to Great-Grandpa Charles Story, who I am sure is on Cloud 9.

We also want to say hello to Brooks Reed Cromwell, who arrived on June 4, weighing eight pounds, eight ounces and was 21 inches long. Brooks is proud to call Patrick and Casey Barnett Cromwell Mom and Dad.

Congratulations to Jerry and Melanie on another grandchild and Mary Sue and Calvin, great-grandparents.

Happy birthday wishes are sent to Betty Brewer, Dillon Blanchard, Angie Arrison and Vickie Stephens. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful day with family and lots of birthday wishes. I can't forget Abbie Jane McLelland, who had a birthday party with lots of help celebrating.

I think that's it for now. I still have to unpack and start laundry. I had a great time, but there really isn't no place like home. Until next week, folks.

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