We flew to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving at my parents' house. They are retiring in 2016 and will be selling the house in Fox River Grove and moving down to Florida, so this was the last year that we will ever celebrate Thanksgiving up in the Chicago burbs and it was definitely bittersweet. I kept thinking to myself "this is the last time I'll ever see/do _____ here" and it felt quite sad. But on the other hand, we got to spend a wonderful holiday weekend with family that included a huge Thanksgiving buffet for 28 friends and family members cooked entirely by my mom, sister-in-law, and myself, a fun Thanksgiving evening of spiked spiced cider, catching up with family, and a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity with my cousins, waiting in a crazy long Black Friday line out in the cold with my sister-in-law just to get some special release Chicago craft beer for S, and a girls afternoon with pedicures. And that was just the first 2 days!
|The line for beer|
On Sunday we spent our morning sifting through boxes in the basement helping my parents clean out some stuff before their big move. I took a whole extra suitcase worth of stuff back home with me and my brother took an entire truck full (he drove obviously) of stuff back with him, so I hope we helped make a dent. We followed that up with some Mr Beefy's for lunch (an old jr. high favorite) and Julie Ann's frozen custard for desert (flavor of the day was a family favorite: blueberry cheesecake!) We definitely tried to hit up as many of our old favorites as possible, this being our last time back and all. My dad and my brothers all had to head out on Sunday, but S and I were in town through Monday evening, so we spent Sunday night and Monday having some quality time with my mom. Big story, though, is me realizing that I forgot my purse at my parent's house after we'd been in the car for an hour and 15 minutes in traffic on our way to Midway Airport on Monday evening.... believe it or not, you can get through airport security without an ID, but it's a bitch to do. Luckily we got home ok (and thank goodness I had my cell phone on me!!)
The weekend after Thanksgiving we drove out to San Antonio to visit our friend K, who had been staying out there on business. I was still short my purse (the US Postal Service is currently on my shit list....), so I dug out my passport so that I could have some sort of ID on me and of course so I could drink at all of the breweries and bars that we planned on going to. It was my first time in San Antonio, so we did a lot of the touristy stuff, but it was such a fun weekend with K! We ate lots of tex mex, hit up 2 local craft breweries (Freetail was actually a brewpub, and the pizza was delicious! And the second was Busted Sandal, which was quite small but had some interesting offerings), and of course went to the Alamo and the Riverwalk!