Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Chicago Snippets 2015

I had the pleasure of spending Christmas this year with my mister and his family in the suburbs of Chicago.  My family doesn't celebrate the holiday so it was my first proper Christmas with a tree, small children waking everyone up, and quality time spent with good people.  I really enjoyed it!  Here are some of snapshots of my week in Chicago. 

Luminaria.  We set up these paper lanterns outside the house on Christmas Eve.  They're a cultural tradition (my boyfriend is Hispanic).  Aren't they pretty?  We set up about 50 lanterns.  My fingers got stiff and cold lighting the candles inside, but it was so worth it.

The Morton Arboretum.  We took a 4 mile hike here. I was loving how gray the sky was that day.  We get so much sunshine in California that it was nice to have something different.  We went back the next night for the Illuminations light show. 

Sue & The Field Museum. My boyfriend and I spent most of our time this past week with his family.  We had a few spare hours on my last day here so we went to Chicago's famous natural history museum. I got to see Sue (the T-Rex), exhibits on ancient China and Greece, and a quick view of Lake Michigan from the dinosaur room.

Over the course of the visit, I had the chance to get to know my boyfriend's family better, to eat wonderful homemade Hispanic food, and to generally be in a warm and happy environment.  All in all, it was a very nice visit.  I am now at home in Philadelphia with my own folks for about a week before I head back out to the West Coast.  I'm just taking it easy, resting (I'm ill again), and trying to recharge.  Hope your Christmases went well!


  1. What a wonderful Christmas it seems. Also those lanterns are very very cool!

    Nat | Dignifiable

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas with your boyfriend! So lovely that you got to bond with his family and visit some museums too - alas, all I did when home was talk and eat a lot with friends, hahah. xx