While I love living in Virginia, I sure do miss being close to family. We had the chance a couple of weeks ago to spend 6 days with my parents in Illinois and it was awesome.
I don’t think Brendan really remembers his cousin Mary from when they would play together in Utah since it’s been almost 2 1/2 years since then (wow) but they hit it off right away. Despite Brendan’s face in the above picture, he really did love having Mary around and they played so well together. It was adorable!
Here’s Alex chowing down on a fry at Smoque, a BBQ place in Chicago we had to try out because we saw it on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives. It was delicious and if you happen to be in the area, I’d recommend it.
We also got to watch the fireworks since we were in town for the 4th of July. Can you believe that Brendan had never seen a real fireworks show before this? It was quite exciting for him.
We also did lots of other fun things like visit a small petting zoo,
collect pine cones on a walk, jump on a trampoline, go see Super 8 (which was very good),
It was such an awesome visit and I loved every minute of it, as did Brendan and Alex. Brendan was crying as we drove away, saying he didn’t want to leave Grammy’s house. It broke my heart.
Thanks to my parents for putting up with us and letting the kids tear up the house! And hopefully this time, their cat will not have another nervous breakdown because of Brendan.