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Top 3 Moments From Chicago And July 4th

Hi everyone! Since I was gone from the blog last week I wanted to share my top 3 moments from our trip to Chicago. Have a great day 🙂

Hopsmith With Friends

Since Alex and I were going to be in Chicago over a weekend, I thought it would be perfect to meet up with friends in the city to get drinks. Most of the time when we’re at my parents it’s for a holiday so most people are busy with their own families. Luckily that wasn’t the case so we got to meet up with about 10 people total and it was a blast!! Alex and I took the train to the city on Saturday afternoon then went to my friend Alison’s new apartment for drinks with her boyfriend Corey before we headed to Hopsmith which is a bar that Alison recommended. We drank the night away and I got to see some of my best friends which was awesome. Corey ordered us nachos and they were tasty. Alex even made a cute little speech since we were calling it birthday drinks.

Incredibles 2 With Alex, Mom and Brendan

 

My older brother Brian, Dad and sister Megan were actually in China for the first half of the trip so it was just Alex, my younger brother Brendan, my mom and I at my parent’s house. Mom was thinking of something fun for us to do so we went and saw The Incredibles 2. Majority of the people in the audience were over the age of 15 which was kind of surprising. The movie was so good though! If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely go. The 14 year wait was worth it.

Time At The Lake

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On Monday afternoon, Alex and I drove to my grandparents house in Indiana. They live on the lake and I grew up going there all the time in the summer. It was such a relaxing and slow paced few days. My entire family went as well as an aunt and uncle. We celebrated some birthdays, had fireworks on July 4th, went boating, read a bunch and spent time with family. It was the perfect little refresher that I felt was needed for both Alex and I. Apparently Mike Pence’s brother lives on the same lake as my grandparents and the VP was there while we were. Alex thinks he saw the secret service on a random boat while we were out one morning too.

Question of the day: American friends, what’s the highlight from your July 4th activities?

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Christmas In Chicago

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you all have a wonderful day 🙂

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Saturday started out like normal with a long run. I decided to try again on the treadmill and turned on Netflix to watch. I got 6 miles under my belt which felt so good. The treadmill won’t become part of my normal routine but it was good to get a full workout in. 3 mile moderate pace for a warm up, 2 miles alternating 1 minute hard and 3 minutes easy then a mile cool down.

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After that, I quickly showered and got ready. My mom sister and I headed out fairly quickly to get breakfast. There’s a local cafe called Prairie Cafe my parents eat at a lot and it’s so good. The owners are so sweet as well which is awesome. I got a bacon omelette with cheddar cheese and it came with hash browns and toast.

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Once we were full from breakfast, the three of us headed to the nail salon. Last week I texted them to see if either would want to go with me. Both did so my sister made appointments right when they opened which was so smart. The salon got absolutely packed. I got OPI number 322, which may or may not be helpful. I have no idea if the numbering is the same at every salon. It’s a navy-ish grey color with some glitter.

When we got home, Alex was up and feeling better. We decided to spend the afternoon in Chicago. Since we had about an hour until we needed to leave for the train station, we just hung around my parents house. For lunch, my dad made ham and potato soup (one of my favorites).

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Then it was time to go. The train was fairly crowded which was to be expected on the Saturday before Christmas. There was a little boy who must have just watched “The Polar Express” since he kept calling it that while waiting to board. So cute. Our first stop in Chicago was the Christkindlmarket. It’s a German market that is a tradition in the city. Unfortunately it was absolutely packed since it was the second to last day which made walking around kind of hard. I wanted to get a Chicago ornament so we headed to the ornament house which is all important from Germany. They were all gorgeous and I wish I could afford to decorate my tree with them alone.

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Next we headed to Rudy’s bar and grille to grab a drink. We still had a few hours to meet my family and we figured we should eat something before more walking around. We got buffalo chicken spring rolls and fried pickles. Obviously fried pickles 😉

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After eating, we walked to Millennium Park to see Christmas decorations. They had a tree up so naturally we took a picture. I love Chicago because everyone is so willing to trade picture taking and it’s always easy to find someone in the area you want them to take it.

We walked along Michigan Ave. for a while and stopped in a few stores to browse and warm up. While walking, it was fun to take in the Christmas decorations that different buildings and stores had. Eventually it was time to meet my family for dinner so we called an Uber. Our driver was awesome. Kevin was really talkative and didn’t make it awkward at all. Kind of random but sometimes Uber drivers are awkward to me idk haha.

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Earlier in December, my parents texted my whole family asking to keep the night of the 23rd open for dinner and a surprise. Dinner was at a restaurant called The Fireplace Inn. The food was so good I forgot to take my phone out for a picture. I had prime rib and it was delicious. Afterwards the 7 of us headed to The Second City for a comedy show. Second City is a famous comedy place in Chicago that so many comedians get their start at. The show we saw was really funny and it’ll be interesting to see if any of the people we saw make it big!

We got home and I was exhausted. Alex and I chilled on the couch with my dad and brother’s before heading to bed.

Question of the day: Are you ready for Santa to come tomorrow??