Most everyone close to us knows by now, but we're officially one week into being Chicago residents! And we love it. He loves being back by the water, I love discovering new running routes each day. He loves all the restaurant options, I love being close to so many sweets. He loves his new (humongous) kitchen, I love the natural light that fills the space. There is so much to be thankful for, so much to smile about these days.
Wednesday, we donned our new Cubs caps and rode the bus to the red line, and then the red line to Wrigley Field, enjoyed a good hot dog and beer while watching baseball - it felt very Chicago and appropriate. Other than that, our week included running a billion errands, building a grill, going to the grocery store too many times (snacks snacks snacks!), and testing out our new kitchen! Oh the kitchen. There's already been three taco meals, one chicken roasted, too many aeropress coffees to count. We are so very lucky, with enough counter top space for him to prep dinner while I simultaneously whip up a batch of cookies. Currently on a chocolate chip cookie kick and testing out all the wondrous recipes on the internet about them. Perhaps a post to come?
I will be the second person to tell you, I was hesitant to come here (Andrew would be the first person). I was afraid it wasn't going to be a fresh-enough leaf, a new-enough life. I had my sights set on adopting a brand new city as my home; Chicago seemed too familiar. After this week, I will embarrassingly admit how god-awfully wrong I was. It's a never ending treasure trove - new discoveries, new views, and too many restaurants to count.
A lot of thanks need to be said and so here we go: to my parents and siblings, who made the move as smooth as it could possibly be, and prepped the condo with the usual Sun Park cleaning treatment that I value so. To Andrew's parents for helping us with the purchase of our first home. To my momma, who helped me through all the indecisiveness that is furniture shopping. To everyone who helped us settle in, whether it was buying us dishes or taking the extra furniture we didn't need. And to Andrew, for being the most level-headed, determined, and hard working guy I could ask for during the whole home-buying process. I love you all so much my heart hurts.
Here's to (at least) three years of adventures, smiles, and good food in the Windy City!