Cherished Sight & Sights #seemoresights

I think many people, including me, take good health for granted. I enjoy being healthy, but I don’t always make decisions that are good for my health. I don’t get enough exercise and still eat junk sometimes – I try but I really like chocolate and desserts, know what I mean? It’s not just my health I take for granted it’s having all my limbs and all my senses in tact. Just take eyesight as an example. Sure I wear glasses but I enjoy seeing everything around me and have been able to do so since I was born. Can you imagine life without your vision? I can’t. It’s hard enough stumbling through the dark house late at night from my recliner to my bedroom. I cannot comprehend not seeing all the beautiful things round me.

There are so many things in my life that I have experienced from visiting beautiful Costa Rica, the Calgary Stampede, Canada’s capital Ottawa, to the birth of each of my children, our family vacations to Florida, Texas, Georgia and Kentucky. Not to mention my surroundings where we live and where I grew up. I love taking a drive or walk down our road in the morning when there’s hardly any traffic and just enjoying the countryside or simply looking out in our backyard or walking through our fields. Or stopping to watch our chickens and turkeys in their moveable pens. Or what about watching our puppy run all over the yard. Or our children playing with the kittens. These are all sights I have the privilege of seeing every day and would miss without my vision.

My family and I live so close to Chicago we have the advantage of not only enjoying the country but also city sights. We love driving down Lake Shore Drive and seeing all the boats on the water in the summer time or taking in the dolphin show at the Shedd Aquarium or visiting the zoo and all it has to offer. What impressed me most when I moved to Illinois was how tall the buildings are in a big city like Chicago. Coming from the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a metropolis like Chicago makes Halifax (maybe 350,000 people, Nova Scotia doesn’t even have a population of 1 million) seem very small and quaint. I also love the Chicago skyline, it’s one of the things we always point out to our children when driving into the city. It’s very picturesque. If there were no such things as glasses, my husband, five of our children and I would not be able to clearly see all of these wonderful places. I am very grateful for my eye sight and eye wear.

One of the ways our family takes care of our eye sight is by regular eye check ups that includes checking the health of our eye as well as updating our prescription glasses. Did you know there are places and events that offer free eye exams? Transitions Optical will have a free vision exam booth at the Taste of Chicago Festival this week. Visitors will be able to receive on-site screenings as well as use their fun photo kiosk that will be available.

You can learn more about Transitions lenses, the official sponsor of sightseeing here:

Visit the sightseeing tour stop in Chicago:

More information about the Taste of Chicago event:

Dates/Times: July 11 – 15, 2012 • Chicago, IL • Grant Park • 11 am – 9 pm

Here’s to taking care of our cherished sight and cherishing the sights we are blessed to see with our vision. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite sight this summer.

“I received compensation to participate in a SocialMoms and Transitions Optical blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.”

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  1. Billie says:

    I can’t imagine not being able to see, the thought is very scary. I love the kittens up on her shoulders, that’s so adorable! I get lost everytime I go to Chicago, lol.

  2. I can’t imagine not being able to see. It’s definitely one of the senses I would miss most.

  3. Tammy says:

    I love the kitty picture.

  4. Amanda says:

    I’m the same here, I can’t imagine life without site, there are so many wonderful things to see! Love the post, thanks for sharing!

  5. Jenn says:

    Eye exams are so important. Here’s hoping Sweet T inherits my 20/20 vision!

  6. Exams are very important!!

  7. Donna says:

    I need to have an exam, soon!

  8. Marcie W. says:

    I couldn’t even imagine not having one of my senses, especially my eyesight. The world is so gorgeous I don’t want to miss a single thing!

  9. wow I didn’t realized you lived so close but if there’s one thing I know I need to see what I’m eating that’s for sure especially if I attend the taste of chicago

  10. Lolo says:

    My favorite sight this summer is my son playing in his new pool!

  11. Colleen says:

    I honestly can’t imagine not seeing.

    FYI I came here twice and got two ads that made noise (not sure if you care but one was St. Lucia and the other Resolve)

  12. I love getting my yearly eye exam…it’s just another reason to go shopping for knew eyeglass frames!

  13. Oh, those kitties are so sweet! What fun!

  14. Penelope says:

    I would love to sight see around Chicago, and this looks interesting!

  15. Whereas people might not take the time to do a vision check in an ordinary day, it’s great that they can do it conveniently on a play day!

  16. Chicago is a wonderful town! My favorite place to visit so far this summer is Muir Woods in Northern California.

  17. Stefani says:

    I would be lost without my eyesight. I often think about how blessed I am to have my vision as well as my other senses.

  18. Stefanie says:

    I can’t imagine.

  19. Courtney says:

    Shoot I actually need to go for my annual eye exam!

  20. Kelly says:

    I just had my eye exam and my prescription for my glasses went down! I always get transition lenses on my eyeglasses too.

  21. Jennifer says:

    I cant imagine not being able to see. so scary

  22. Jenn says:

    I had LASIK surgery a few years ago – it really changed my life!

  23. HilLesha says:

    Awwww, love the picture of the kittens! :)

  24. Toni says:

    I definitely could not imagine being able to see. There are so many beautiful things to see each day.

  25. Yeah the kitties are very cute and very much loved by all. ;)

  26. Kelly, that’s great news! We have never actually used them. But their vision screening was quick and easy. They moved people through in an efficient and quick manner while remaining friendly and courteous for the amount of people at the Taste of Chicago today!

  27. Courtney, seven of us are overdue and I need to make appointments for next week, especially for our children.

  28. I know, they are becoming annoying. My husband wants me to get rid of them. I have to contact the advertiser. :( Sorry!

  29. Billy, my husband is my chauffeur when I go to Chicago. I have only ever drove by myself with the children ONCE. If I can, I go when he can drive me/us. The time I drove he was unavailable.

    I know, it’s amazing what she does with those kitties of hers. :-)

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