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Why I'm Voting For Tom Cross For Treasurer...And You Should Too

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On Tuesday, I'm asking you to join me and Natalie in voting for Tom Cross for Illinois Treasurer.

I said this about Tom Cross back in March right ahead of the Primary and it still holds true:
Natalie and I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom for more than a decade and having worked directly for him for about half of that time.

Head over to his website to learn more about his campaign. Or check out this graphic to see what else others in Illinois politics have to say about Tom Cross.

But know this: there isn't a more hardworking, honest or loyal man on the ballot. The State of Illinois needs help from good people and while we're all tired of hearing the negative ads, the end is near.

To get there, we need to support - now more than ever - leaders who are willing to work together and get real results.

Tom Cross is an unique leader in that he's bucked his party, charted his own course and has done what he believes is right.  And that's why he's been endorsed b…

Boo-tiful Saturday In Elmhurst City Center - 2014

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Here's the same event from back in 2012.

The Bird really grew up!

Squirrel-Proofed Our Jack-O-Lanterns

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We've lost six or so pumpkins (that we grew ourselves!) on our front porch to critters this year and after the girls had carved their pumpkins last night, I figured we had to find a way to make them last until Friday.

First....I filled a spray bottle with bleach and hit every 'cut' surface.  We'll see if that does anything to stop the mold?

Then...as you can see...I took out a little bit of fencing and wrapped them up.  You can't eat what you can't get to, right?

Come and try me, squirrels.  I dare you.

So Long, Leonard's. We Hardly Knew You...

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Another loss in Downtown Elmhurst as Leonard's Fine Mens Clothing store is 'quitting business forever'.

Have to admit that I've never stepped foot in the place, so I'll take some of the blame, but this is another open storefront in the City Center and one less reason for some folks to head down there.  Sad for the business.  Sad for Elmhurst.

Yes...We Got The Swagger Wagon

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I'm going to be an adult about this vehichle stuff and take this thing head on.

Live in the suburbs.  Check.

Have three (gasp!) kids.  Check.

Go to bed before 9 pm.  Check.

Got the swagger wagon?  Check!

Biggest Pumpkin I've Ever Grown

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I've tried growing pumpkins for a few years and either mold or critters ruin the fun.  This year, I saw a few promising 'fruits' that had blossomed and I decided to try to keep the critters away with some fencing.  This is the biggest pumpkin that I've ever grown that doesn't have a single nick in it from squirrel teeth.

Gnome for size reference...

This Year's Halloween Witch: 2014

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Like in year's past, this year we tried another water putty witch.  Here's the mold we used in 2012.

This years is smaller, but has her riding on her broom.  The Babe is going to get busy painting this gal over the weekend when we have other things we need to attend to!

Gasp! The Stow-n-Gow Family Might Be Arriving In Elmhurst?

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Who would have thought that we might end up with a van?!?

We went looking at vans over the weekend and we've narrowed it down to between the Sienna and the Odyssey.  I'm leaning towards the Swagger Wagon.  We'll see if we can make a deal!