2018 has started off as a joyous New Year, with our first three days spent in our home town of Chicago. Our most recent visit was one of the best we’ve ever had. Matilda has added a whole new level of specialness to our visits home and this Christmas and New Year was no exception.
As part of this Chicago visit, we first hosted Matilda’s baptism. The rest of the visit was spent catching up with family and friends and celebrating both the Christmas and New Year holiday. We were in Chicago for three weeks, and I am so thankful to my parents for hosting us.
Aside from the baptism, some of the highlights of the trip included:
Matilda interacting with other children
As Matilda is almost one year now, she is at a very fun age. She is chatty (though not speaking real words), mobile, and very interactive. Her personality is really taking shape – both the good and bad parts. 🙂
She interacted with many other kids this trip – my nephew, my cousin’s children, and my best friend’s children. Her interaction with her cousin, Adrian was the funniest, though. Adrian has an extremely sweet demeanor. We were teaching him to share toys, and while Matilda liked the toys, she liked Adrian more. She kept grabbing his shirt collar to pull him closer to her. That act frightened him a bit, so he would slowly scoot away. It was hysterical to watch, and perhaps a preview into their relationship down the line.
Catching Up with Friends
Since we were home for 3 weeks, I got to spend extra time with my best friends. We weren’t rushed like we have been during past visits. It also allowed for visiting friends I see less frequently, such as my friend Jordan who lives in Washington, DC.
Spending Time with Family
This extra time gave us real quality moments with our families. Staying with my parents exposed them to the funny nuances and quirks of Matilda’s personality, and gave them a glimpse into our daily interactions with her.
We helped my sister move into a beautiful new home and were able to personally share in her joy and excitement. And I visited with aunts and uncles more frequently than in the past.
It was so nice, in fact, it felt like we had moved back to Chicago!
I can’t forget our beloved Chicago-style food. Hotdogs and beef sandwiches from Portillos, pizza from Pizano’s and Barnaby’s, Mexican from the local hole in the wall…it was awesome. The problem, however, is the extreme weight gain that occurs eating food like this. Oh well, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. 🙂
Sadly for us, all 3 of us caught a nasty cold the last week we were in town. We had to cancel our NYE plans but it ended up meaning a great night in with my parents. We ordered Wildfire steaks for take out and I still made us all dress up to ring in the New Year.
Cheers to another great visit home – my sincerest thanks to my parents for hosting us and letting us take over their house!
And cheers to a great New Year!