Monday, December 13, 2010


So I'm finally getting around to posting about Thanksgiving. Anyway, it was a Johnson/Wallgren holiday extravaganza! Mark, Debbie and Jeff were able to come out to Chicago for the holiday which was so fun. We were packed like sardines in our little one bedroom apartment but it just added to the fun of it all, right Johnsons? :) But having family stay with us just made our place feel even more like a home. It was fun to able to show them around our hood and give them a little taste of city life which inevitably gave Mark some business ideas (maybe someday the "Johnson parking lot" will be up and running). And we were able to get downtown to see all the Christmas decorations and lights. But most importantly there was lots of time just to hang out, talk, relax and catch up.

In looking back at pictures I realize that didn't take any pictures on Thanksgiving but I guess I got a few from the rest of the weekend.

At the Ann Sather's in our cinnamon rolls!

On a little field trip to the Washington Library downtown.

Up on the 96th floor of the Hancock in the Signature Lounge.

When we got up there the view looked like this...

...and this...

...but then the sun set...

...then it looked like this...

...and this. This is the coveted view that only women get from the women's restroom. It was a new experience for me to be up there right when the sun set. The views were beautiful!

Mark, Debbie and Jeff; thanks for coming out to Chicago! It was great having you here at our place and celebrating Thanksgiving together. And we look forward to celebrating Christmas with you guys in Washington in January!

Friday, November 12, 2010

We had a wonderful weekend last weekend visiting with friends from Bolivia. Our friends the Spies were staying with our other friends the Moseys (all friends from Bolivia) in Indianapolis so we headed down for the weekend to join in. We hadn't seen the Moseys since March and the Spies since we left Bolivia so it was so great to reconnect. Saying goodbye to the Spies was so hard, I would even say devastating, as we had become so close and didn't know if we would ever see each other again seeing as they live in Bolivia and are from Australia. So being together again was truly wonderful.

It was also fun to be in Indianapolis and see around a new city. I had no idea it was such a charming little city!
Matt, Me, (Ada), Caroline, Daisy, Nate, Kate, (Poppy) and Lily
This was our attempt at a group shot but missing Ted and Jude.

Matt and Daisy

Lily (Spies), Ada (Mosey), Daisy (Spies)

It looks like I captured some funny faces but really I asked Daisy and Lily to smile and they both just squinted until there eyes were pretty much closed.

Kate and Poppy

Both the Spies and Moseys had had a baby since the last time we saw them so it was fun to meet little Ada and Poppy for the first time.

The guys with their meat smoker.

Jude and cute

So I wanted to show these last two pictures because it shows just how long we've known the Spies now...
This is Nathan, Kate and Lily this weekend.

And this is Nathan, Kate and Lily when we first met them our first month in Bolivia.

Thank you Ted and Caroline for hosting all of us this weekend! It's great that we live so close (relatively speaking) that we can hang out with you guys! And luckily this time we don't really have to say good-bye to the Spies as they are planning a visit to Chicago in February.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Okay, first things first. My cousin Jenny had her baby on Thursday morning! Welcome Nolan Scott Evenhouse! And congratulations Kevin and Jenny! We went to visit Nolan yesterday and he is so cute! It was great to see that mom and baby are doing well and also get the details from Kevin in a way that only Kevin knows how.

Here he is... Nolan Scott!

Jenny and Nolan

And Nolan is the first BOY to join the Wallgren clan
(not that he's a Wallgren, but you know what I mean)

So a big event for Matt and I...we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on September 2nd. We can't even believe it has been 4 years already! Time flies when you're having fun!

We went to this roof-top lounge downtown. We got there right around when the sun was setting and the view was so beautiful.

There's my handsome and wonderful husband!

So my camera ran out of batteries right when we were taking a picture of the two of us so we only have 1 individual picture of each of us from the night. This is the only picture of me from the night and the above is the only one of Matt. Ah well.

Since I haven't posted in so long, I guess I need to give a little recap of our lives since we got home from Bolivia. We have little things from Bolivia around our apartment like stuff from the market that we used in our house in Bolivia or gifts from friends there (like my lovely blue teapot from Kate) and when we look at them it's fun to remember all the good things about Bolivia. Of course it wasn't all fun and good things but time really does seem to soften the memories of the bad. It's strange that we have already been home for 9 months now and it does feel like a long time ago now that we lived there. The biggest difference between our lives there and here is our schedules. We got pretty used to the relaxed way of life in Bolivia and it is a big shift to go from that to working 9-5 everyday plus the normal business that comes from living in the U S of A.

Both Matt and I work at World Relief which is a refugee resettlement agency here in Chicago. I work with youth and Matt is the donations coordinator. Even though we don't really work together, it's fun to drive together and bump into each other. We love working with refugees and it brings a sense of continuity between having lived cross culturally and now being in our home country (plus we get to practice our Spanish some). It helps knowing how it feels to be the foreigner, the one who feels completely stupid, out of context and comfort zone. It's nice to be able to say, "I know how you feel" and mean it. Of course I have no idea how it feels to be forced out of my home and leave my family without possibility of returning but I can empathize a bit with how it feels to be a foreigner. It is inspirational to get to know people who have been through so much and yet can still be joyful and hopeful about the future.

When we first got back we stayed with my parents for a few months then stayed with my sister Linnea and Cam and our two nieces for about 5 months. It was a lot of fun and we all got used to living together to the point that it was actually sad to move out. But now we are living in Lakeview and loving it! We feel more a part of the city than the last time we lived in Chicago because we are so close to so many things and can really take advantage of it all.

I think that's enough for are a few pics from the past months

Last week we randomly went to Starved Rock for some hiking. It was really beautiful especially since some of the leaves were starting to change already.

The Wallgren sibs at Eric's big premiere for his first short film "Furnished". It was really good! I'm so proud of you and it is a great accomplishment, Eric!

Afterglow 2010. Amazing week as always.

When Matt and I babysat for all four nieces. It was lots of fun, a little crazy but Gwen and Sonja were great little helpers with the twins.

Just a cute picture of Caroline on a perfect summer day.

And here are both Caroline and Addison

All four of our nieces on Easter (Addison, Gwen, Sonja, Caroline)

Our trip to Florida back in March. Matt and I drove to Miami for a day which was a lot of fun. This is at South Beach...and yes, those are two dogs whose leashes are tied together which is pretty ingenious.

And on the way home we took a different route and drove through Georgia and some of North Carolina. We were trying to go hiking/camping in the Smokey mountains but the main road was closed off because of snow. I guess it worked out for the best since we would have been a little cold camping considering that all the clothes we brought were for Florida. Anyway, the drive was so of my favorites that I've ever done! And we were able to visit our friends from Bolivia, Ted and Caroline Mosey, who live in Indianapolis. This picture was from the Tallulah Gorge in Georgia. Oh, you've never heard of it? Me neither.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I think I might be ready to come back...soon.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'm sure you have noticed that I haven't updated the blog in awhile. I guess it has been on purpose because I haven't decided if I'm going to keep it going or not...we'll see.

Wondering about the random picture? Just thought posts are more fun with at least one picture!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Now that I have officially wrapped up Bolivia on the blog I thought I would share some highlights from our time so far in the States. We have been home now for about 6 weeks and have kept pretty busy since the moment we stepped off the plane! All good business as you will see...

First things first, we had to meet our new nieces, Greta and Scott's twins Addison and Caroline. They put me right to work with feeding Addison.

So cute! Addison on the left and Caroline on the right.

Addison in the front and Caroline in the back.


They were so tiny when we first saw them.

Gwen just loves to hold them.

Even while she's playing game-boy.

It was so great to be home for Christmas. Here was our attempt to take a picture of just the kids and grand kids. Its getting harder and harder now with all the kids!

Sonja was excited about her new Radio Flyer tricycle.

The day after Christmas we did our annual tradition of going to tea at the Drake with all the women on the Wallgren side.

We had a fun New Years with some friends. I have to admit that when "Sweet Home Chicago" played on New Years I almost cried because I was so happy to be home for the holidays.

Then we headed to Washington to visit our family and friends out there. After getting back I realized back that I didn't take any pictures with family! Also, I didn't take any pictures with Nate and Emily in Portland. I guess we were just having too much fun. Here are a few pics that I did take...
We went to Gas Works Park in Seattle which I had never been to and even though it was raining it was fun to see.

Matt, Debbie, Jeff and Mark

Of course we had to go to Pike's Place Market. I had actually never seen the famous "Public Market" sign so that was fun to see.

Another highlight of our time home has been going to my cousin Anne's wedding. I couldn't imagine missing it so the timing worked out great! It was so fun to be a part of Anne and Pete's special day. We love you guys and so excited to hang out more now that we're both in Chicago.

Beth helping Anne get ready. She looked gorgeous!

Some last minute details before seeing Pete and taking the first pictures.

Anne and Pete

Sonja was the life of the party at the reception and had tons of fun dancing.

I think this is the only picture of the two of us from that night.
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