…apologies for being MIA for the last 4 days, I’ve been extremely busy lately! Not only did I unplug in order to enjoy a Easter weekend with family but on Monday I started a new job (details coming soon) that had me readjusting my usual schedule. But, no worries, I’m back and on track! :) So thank you for your patience!…
Friday, April 6
⌘ started off the day by going into the office for my new job, getting a bit of orientation, then eating a welcome lunch with my boss. ha! okay rereading that last sentance makes me laugh ‘cuz it makes the meal sound way more fancypantsprofessional that it actually was. my new job is actually working for mr.c’s uncle, A., and so for lunch we hit up the mall for chinese (mr.c + his cousin, M, came along too). like i mentioned above, will provide more new job details in the next few days for those who are interested (and that’s everyone right?! lol)
⌘ after lunch, mr.c + i headed home to quickly finish cleaning before mr.c’s family arrived that afternoon
⌘ mr.c’s family shows up! we hangout at the apartment and enjoy second (late) lunch of BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.
⌘ took mr.c’s family to the sculpture garden, spoon+cherry, and a driving tour of downtown
⌘ headed to ikea for a walk-through
⌘ zipped over to the MOA for a preview of Saturday’s planned activities + a night time snack
Saturday, April 7
⌘ headed to the MOA to shop ’til we dropped. the girls had been saving their $ since Christmas for this trip (or so the rumor goes!). loaded down the bags, we dined on pretzels with cheese and taste tested gelato. after awhile the guys wandered off to visit the more “manly” stores while we ladies tried on a zillion pairs of sunglasses and ooo’d and ah’d over chubby babies. later, we kids rode the rollercoasters (and screamed our little heads off) while the adults went to Macy’s …lame!… the rides were wayy more fun!
⌘ after a lot (a lot!) of shopping and walking, we rested our tootsies while grabbing some appetizers at one of MOA’s many restaurants. this one just so happened to be on where the waitstaff is sarcastic and semi-rude to the patrons (kinda like Ed Debevic’s in Chicago). anyway, we had a blast + our server made us hats with hilarious captions on them. mr.c’s said “my mom still dresses me”!
we mentioned mr.c’s sister, A, was turning 16 soon and our server mistook me for A, in her defense we were sitting next to each other + i had my glasses on). anyway, this confusion, led to her making me hat which read “going to prom with my cousin = stocking up on protection”. uhm, hehe, awwwkward! for 2 reasons – 1) prom sex with a cousin? count me out! and 2) the fact that i can still pass for a super dorky 16 when i wear my glasses
anyway, our apps were delicious and our tired feet really enjoyed the rest.
and of course, what would a trip to a wacky restaurant be without a goofy photo or two?
⌘ after our MOA shopping extravaganza, we piled in the car and head to Uptown for dinner at Burger Jones. the burgers were juicy, the milk shakes thick, and the fries absolutely divine (they have regular, parmesan, and sweet potato). mr.c + M even split a manly beer sampler platter!
⌘ following dinner, we headed back to their hotel to relax and play a little Rummikub
Sunday, April 8
⌘ sunday was simple. we met up for breakfast at I-HOP before saying good bye to mr.c’s family. it was sad to see them go. we had a lot of fun! and considering a lot of our friends + families are spread far across the US makes the time we do get to spend together extra special. plus, mr.c + i are so used to just being our own little family, that we get a little spoiled when everyone else comes to town! anyway, we are definitely looking forward to having more visitors and eventually getting back down to good ‘ol Illinois.
⌘ after seeing the family off, mr.c and i hit up the grocery store, made chicken quesadillas for dinner, watched tv, and attempted to slow down before the work week started & sped us off into the “real world” again
so that was our weekend.
and we definitely loved being able to step away from our usual routine + really stop to smell the flowers (both literally and figuratively).
here’s hoping the rest of you had a wonderful holiday weekend too!