Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chicago Weekend

This past weekend we headed out of town on a little road trip to Chicago.
We went there for our 35th annual family reunion, a bridal shower, a couple of college tours & and to enjoy some of our favorite Chicago food (pizza, hot beefs, Mexican, and hot dogs).

Saturday morning we went to the University of Chicago for a college tour. It is hard for me to believe that we are starting this whole college process again- it seems like we were just doing this with Tyler and now it is Jake's turn.



This was a beautiful campus and it is so hard to believe that it is part of such a big city.




Some of the buildings were amazing with the ivy growing up all over.


After the tour was over we headed to the family reunion which was held at a park in a suburb of Chicago. We had so much fun visiting with family, playing baseball and football, cribbage, breaking a pinata, playing bags and eating some great picnic food. It was a fun afternoon that went by too quickly.

{reunion 1 collage
reunion 2 collage
reunion 3 collage

{Some of these reunion photos were taken by my cousin Jodee who graciously
gave me permission to use them.}

That evening we headed back to the hotel and basically took over the lobby for more visiting, fun and food.
Lots of people and many different activities going on all at the same time makes for a lot of fun for everyone.




::cribbage and other card games::




::and jewelry making::


Sunday, there was a bridal shower for my little cousin Matt and his fiance Priscilla. It was a beautifully shower that was put on by my mom and her sisters. Such a cute couple.


That evening, a bunch of us went to a great little restaurant for some Mexican food.


Monday morning, we packed up from our hotel and headed to our next college tour at Northwestern University in Evanston. Another great school and beautiful campus.



After the tour and before leaving town, we made a little detour to our favorite Chicago hot dog spot: Gene and Jude's. {This place is so good and has so many memories for me that it deserves it's very own post- which I am working on. :)


We even ordered a couple extra and threw them in the cooler to bring home to Tyler who stayed behind this weekend. He was very happy to have this special treat! :)


It was a fun weekend... spending time with family that we don't get to see often enough.

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