This past weekend was one filled with train rides, delicious eats, and a whole lot of future-family time.
The Culver’s were gracious enough to invite me along on their Chicago weekend getaway. Our time over in the land of Lincoln was a wonderful way to kickoff the fall season, and it was lovely to spend time with everyone. It’s not everyday all ten of us (yes, ten!) get to hang out.
Now you might be thinking, ‘Clay, is that you posing inside a baseball stadium?‘ I know, I know. My lack of sports knowledge is astounding and maybe a bit hilarious, but for those of you wondering, yes it is! Friday was my first time attending a major league baseball game. It also just happened to be the Chicago Cubs against the Saint Louis Cardinals (my coworker tells me that’s a big deal!).
Watching the game from the stands was loads of fun, especially the part where I ate a ballpark frank, a whole basket of french fries, and a Pepsi without any help at all (not to mention the Rumchata I may have mixed into my hot chocolate). Truthfully, there was so much going on around me that I forgot to pay attention to the game at quite a few points! I kept having to ask Kevin what the score was, but I guess that’s just the silly nerd in me.
After celebrating a Cubs win and taking the ‘L’ train back to our hotel, we were all famished.
Getting ready for a dinner out is one of my favorite parts of this thing called life. When my dad’s side of the family gets together, hair, makeup, and choosing outfits is always such an event. It’s the case so much so that sometimes we get ready hours before our reservation. For me, sharing a mirror with someone I love is just as fun as sitting around a table. Kevin snapped the above photo during my sacred process of getting ready.
Of course, dinner choices are pretty important, too. Being a lover of pasta, I was so happy we chose Maggiano’s Little Italy, a classic Italian staple. It was certainly a night to remember, filled with wonderful conversation, great wine, and, of course, this beautiful family, my future in-laws. I always wanted to marry into a big family. I certainly got my wish. 🙂
Kevin and I closed our trip the next morning with a stroll down the Riverwalk. The city’s bridges had all raised for the boats on the lake to come back in for the winter. I couldn’t help but think about the boat that we took out in July when we got engaged. We’re only nine months away from the wedding. With him living at school and me in my hometown, these quiet and intimate moments together are the ones I cherish most.