We took a road trip on New Year's Eve to Chicago to visit the Shedd Aquarium and have lunch with our dear friend Shannon and her new friend Michael. We went on from there to Benton Harbor, MI, where we enjoyed a stay in a Marriott with a pool, which we shared that evening with a group of ladies who kept returning to their rooms for a "refresher" I suspect. Pretty funny. On New Year's Day we journeyed just 30 minutes up the coast of Lake Michigan to South Haven, a great spot on the lake where my friends from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch days -- Monte and Mei-Ling and their daughter Sofia -- had rented a house for the week. We just stayed one night and part of two days, but it was great to catch up and see the kids play together, since they live in Argentina, there are not too many chances to do this. In light of this busy trip, you'd think I'd have some great photos to share, but we were so busy relaxing this is the only one I remembered to take!