ESY...I'm still loving it! I only have another week left. I found out I have a training I need to be back early from Chicago to attend so I am leaving here a little early so missing the last two days of summer school. I'm disappointed because it's that much fun but am also so relieved I found a sub so I can spend the same amount of time in Illinois! Some highlights of ESY have been roller skating, the (mini) water park and free pie Wednesday at Village Inn. Still to come is a tour of the small local airport, bowling and maybe a make-up tour of the local firehouse. FUN FUN! I am really going to miss the kids next week!
My trip back to Chicago... I am so excited! Everything got all messed up when I had to change the dates and there's a few people I won't be able to see but I cannot wait to get back and see my family and spend a couple days at the lake and in Chicago! Portillo's will be my first stop and I have the normal list of places I'd like to eat. I really wish Jason was able to go back with me but he's travel schedule and then my work schedule didn't really allow us to drive and putting Cooper in daycare for a long amount of days isn't really an option. We'll see how I do being away from him for 2 weeks but for now I am oh so excited for my trip home one week from today!
Our trip to Iowa...Jason's dad's side of the family had a family reunion at his cousins in Sioux City. While I think I do so so so much better in the country than I'd have ever thought possible there's plenty of room for improvement. It was great to be able to see everyone and do some things we don't normally get to do here. Jason was able to shoot some guns (and even I shot two...which I did not like one bit!). He got some quality time in with his cousins and we also got to spend some time with his mom and aunt who we stayed with. I went for a fun run on the country roads and learned that hills stink even when there is no elevation! I got to see about 15 kittens and tried taking about 5 home. (Jason wouldn't let me.) Cooper LOVED his cousins house. It had a huge back yard that he ran and ran and ran in, dogs for him to chase. Chickens for him to attempt to chase until he got in trouble, sand in the volleyball court to try to roll around in (again not allowed!) and a creek to dip into every time he got hot. The country dogs were allowed to eat rib bones so as many times as we told him he shouldn't have them he didn't listen. We think he vomited about 8 times later that evening. (They never listen!) After we got home we both felt like we needed another vacation after our vacation but thankful we were able to get back to see everyone and for me to meet many cousins I had only heard about.
The bonfire -- about 3 times the "normal bonfire!"
Coops new friends
one of the 3 litters - LOVE kittens!
Jason and his cousin Dan being country boys
My Saturday morning run
The Small Group...I'm still loving it! Relationships are being formed and it's just so great to have friends here who I know I can count on. The other day I thought my car might break down and Jason was out of town ad was like, "uh oh...what will I do?!" and it was so nice to know I had a few people I could call if I was really in a pinch!
New Nail Polish...I really really miss Chicago nail salons that have all the new Essie colors. I've always been more of an Essie girl over OPI or other brand but they barely have that brand here at salons and certainly don't have the new colors. I bought one I thought I like last week but am not a fan. Now I've used it and it cost me $8 and I don't like it. Oh the problems I have, right? Just saying I miss being able to try them out AND get a nice mani/pedi.
The New Car...I'm loving it! It's not my Accord but it's so much more practical. Think I'll enjoy it more the first time I am able to drive somewhere and not have to borrow Jason's car but am loving how practical it is for now. Jason's enjoying putting in a new radio and a few other things he enjoys.
Bocce Ball...Jason's step sister invited us to a Bocce Call tournament in Wash Park yesterday which was a blast! Never played before so didn't know what to expect. It was a lot of fun and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Thanks Jen and Grant for the invite!