Weekly Gratitude: Grandparents

Happy Sunday yet again, friends! Time is flying by and it is somehow already November and the holiday season is approaching rapidly and I could not be more excited. This last week my lovely and amazing grandparents came to visit me in Chicago! I made sure to plan everything out to a tee so we could utilize the two days we had together to squeeze in everything we could. They were here for Wednesday and Thursday, which also meant I had classes. But lucky for me, I have pretty early classes and get out earlier in the day. So we ended up having a decent amount of time to spend together. I really enjoyed this time with them, just me, especially since I really only see them on holidays now a days. I am so thankful I have the grandparents that I do who take time out of their days to come visit me!

Wednesday November 1, 2017

We started off our day with a tour of my campus! They loved seeing all of the buildings, the beautiful church, and the breathtaking lake. We stopped by my apartment and they met my roommate Julia and talked with her for a little bit.

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After a few hours back at their hotel for resting (and me homework time) we met back up for dinner at a fun local place in Wrigleyville. I took them on the L and they were oh so impressed with and I quote “my ability to navigate through the city.” 💁🏽

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Finally we got to dinner and went to Al’s Italian Beef off the Addison stop on the redline. The italian beef was so good and the fries may have been my favorite part. I think it’s safe to say we enjoyed our quick and fun meal.

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After dinner I headed back to their hotel with them to hang out and chat for a while. It was nice having them so close.

Thursday November 2, 2017

This was my favorite day of the two! I got out of classes a little later this day so we went for a late lunch downtown at Pizzeria Uno. Grandpa wanted to have some Chicago deep dish so I said this was a great place to try and one of my personal favorites.

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After lunch we headed to the Chicago river for an architecture boat tour! Although the weather wasn’t the best the tour was amazing and so beautiful to see all of the buildings and parts of Chicago I hadn’t seen before.

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After about an hour and a half on the boat tour we walked to our dinner location for the evening, Shaw’s Crab House. This is one of my favorite places for the atmosphere and memories of my family and I going a few years back. I had to take them here and was so excited. When we were on the boat a few hour prior I got a call from the restaurant confirming our reservation….for 4…? I apologized to the woman saying I must have messed up the reservation because there were only supposed to be 3 of us. We get to the restaurant and let them know we are there and wait to be seated. Around this time my grandparents both are getting very sneaky and I’m confused but not thinking much of it. I’m thinking at the very most, Grandpa said it was “my birthday” or something silly so we get free dessert. BUT little did I know!!!!!!

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SURPRISE!!! My dad showed up and I literally was sobbing I was so shocked to see him. He had been in Wisconsin for business that day and stopped to spend the night with us before heading back to Indy. This was such a wonderful surprise and it just makes me feel even more lucky to have the family I do.

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After dinner, Grandpa wanted to stop for dessert at Ghirardelli for some ice cream and chocolate. It ended up perfectly because it is right next to my downtown campus so I was able to show them around one of my favorite areas in all of Chicago. Also, a perk Grandpa was way too excited to learn about was that we got 10% off at Ghirardelli with my student discount. MORE chocolate and ice cream please!!

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These last few days were so so so much fun to say the least and I am so excited to see them all in another two weeks for Thanksgiving break in the happiest place on Earth, and definitely our favorite place on Earth, Disney World. Thank you Grammy and Grandpa for making the trip to see me. Please come back soon!! But for your sake probably when it’s warmer. Love you guys so so much!

XOXO Anna

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