My trips home (or anywhere to see my family) are never long enough and always end with tear-filled plane rides home, and this trip was no exception! We packed a lot into a week-celebrating a late Christmas, Luke's basketball tournament, a 50th birthday celebration, a trip downtown Chicago...and hitting up all our favorite pizza places in the area- Giordanos, Gino's East, and Lou Malnati's- yes all three...multiple times! So minus all the eating we did, the few extra pounds that came home to california with me, and the highly anticipated snow that we didn't have...here is our trip home to Chicago!
Celebrating Christmas together! These 2 (my 14 month old nephew and my grandma) were the most fun to watch open their stockings! They were so excited about each thing they opened!
watching my youngest brother Luke's basketball tournament
celebrating my dad's 50th Birthday! We had friends and family send cards/emails to wish him Happy Birthday
bowling fun with the fam on New Years Eve
one last family picture before we all go our separate ways!!...
...and one last shirley temple for buddy and me!...how could I resist every time I had one and he pointed to it and signed "please" to me!