hello chicago, goodbye.
first stop, colton’s 4th birthday! WHOOOOO! he loved his “bug” mae picked for him. how cute is his little sister??? she had the best time with the balloons <3
next, goodbye indiana! this was nate’s first time up since the windmills. he was in complete awe of their creepy numbers. alizah just made us stop a couple times so she could tinkle on the side of the road. LORD! we eventually banned all food and drink for the final leg of the trip
it was getting late by the time we got to grandma’s. the girls colored (mae in my old high chair) and i wondered around her house taking pics of things brimming with memories. my mother, aunt, uncle, cousins, and i all spent our childhoods running through those rooms. so much of it remains as it has been since i was tiny. her home is a time capsule.
waking up at gram’s means getting ready as fast as possible and heading to the country kitchen in highland park. i’ve been ordering the exact same thing there since i was…. ? strawberry crepes and hash browns with cheese! mmmm AND, as usual, one of the waitresses made her way over to say hello to gram and tell me she remembers when my mother was pregnant with me. after breakfast, gram headed home and we went for a little walk. we would have done some shopping if mae hadn’t had a grand temper tantrum. hey, she’s four… it happens.
of course, when we got back to grams, she already had soup on the table! nate couldn’t eat another bite after our huge breakfast, but the girls and i just can’t refuse. i did some knitting and the girls watched a movie. gram told us a story about her girlfriend thinking she was dead on the floor and calling the police at a quarter til midnight. of course, being an old italian no-nonsense granny she gave those cops the business, then wondered if she’d be lucky enough for her friend to send two more studs over next week. HA!!! and then, on the road again back to indiana……
other highlights of our trip? portillos, knitting, and beautiful alizah!