Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Botanic Garden Wonderland

The three of us took in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Winter Wonderland exhibit over the weekend.

Kai and I had gone last year and really enjoyed it so we looked forward to showing it to Mom this year.

The Wonderland is several rooms of famous Chicago-area buildings and landmarks all built from natural materials. And passing through it all are tracks with many different types of trains running on them.

Here you see the President’s Chicago home.

Kai enjoyed looking at all of the trains.

But he also wanted to see several other parts of the Botanic Garden as well.

As is now becoming our custom when we visit, we walked through each of the three greenhouses.

And then went outside and walked over to the Japanese Garden. One of Kai’s favorite parts is the zig-zag bridge that, according to legend, keeps evil spirits from getting on the island.

The end of the year is always a time for reflection. For us, it was a year of good progress for Kai, and many fun moments for all of us. And as we look ahead to the new year, we hope that next year will be just as joyful.

Happy new year, everyone! We wish the best for all of you.


  1. I do hope 2014 is a joyful year for all three of you!

    That looks like a wonderful place to visit! My boys would enjoy the trains!

    1. I'm sure your boys would enjoy the trains... there were a lot! Best wishes for 2014 for you, too, Betsy!

  2. Wow, great place! We will be making plenty of mochi. I am sure your family will also. Have a deeply happy 2014...to you and your family.

    1. Shiroi, we did have mochi in our ozoni. My wife also made oden.

      Happy new year to you and your family as well!


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