Our Chicago trip! Plus what we’ve been up to for my last days in Akron.

Well, this year has been a whirlwind! I can’t believe I leave TOMORROW! Oh man. Just last summer, I was packing up for Basic Training to start my National Guard Band journey. Basic was awesful (awesome + awful) and it really made me appreciate my life at home. Fast-forward to October 22, 2016, and I met Will, my husband! We bought a house and got married this spring – we clearly didn’t waste any time starting a new life together. Which is why I’m really going to miss everything this summer! New husband, new house, new neighborhood, new Real Life Group, new church, new friends, new almost everything! BUT. Everything will still be here when I get back, plus I’ll be fully equipped with new Army School of Music skills! It actually will be awesome to play my horn all summer. And run all summer! You know what else I’ve really been into lately? Reading! GoodReads is great for keeping track of books that I’ve read and want to read. And now that it’s really simple to borrow books from the Akron Public Library on my Kindle app, I’ve been churning through books. Currently reading: Falling by Jane Green!

I was trying to find information online about my AIT (Advanced Individual Training) for the Army School of Music in Fort Story, Virginia, and I couldn’t find anything. I decided to write a “day in the life” type blog while I’m gone. It’ll be a great distraction for me when I’m not practicing or running πŸ™‚ Who knows, it might be useful for future musicians! Plus, I’m sure my mom and Will will enjoy knowing what I’m doing on a daily-ish basis (I’m counting on you two to be my readers for this thing! And hopefully grandpa too! That’ll give me a great starting point – three readers lol). While I’m at AIT, I want to keep my running mileage pretty solid, 20 miles a week or so, so I can qualify for BOSTON in the fall! #goals This blog will be a hodge-podge about AIT, running, Christian musings, and I’m sure it’ll get a bit personal about my anxiety/OCD/eating habits. I want to use the blog to chronicle my time at AIT but also reflect on some issues I’m struggling with – a journal of sorts, as well.

BUT before I go, I want to recap our Chicago trip (mini-honeymoon) and what we’ve been up to since school let out for me on June 1. One thing that I love about Will is that he’s always down to do anything. Super easy-going, can work around anything, super annoying for me because I’m jealous I can’t be that way! Maybe one day… πŸ˜‰

Our first picture in Chicago – Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park

Exploring on our first day – Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field

Sue – at the Field Museum
Sue

THE most amazing peanut butter martini EVER – The Sugar Factory. Will’s cotton candy martini was pretty bomb, too. And then I ate WAY too much candy, but come on – chocolate covered Swedish fish? How can I say no to one? (or two, or three…)
Sugar Factory
Sugar red carpet
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Even though I’m not a strict vegan anymore, I still love to find vegan resturants when we’re out and about. This was from Native Foods Cafe. We also ate at Chicago Diner and Chicago Raw. I highly recommend all three places! Good for meat eaters, too πŸ™‚
Native Foods Cafe

Will and I ran the Grace Race 5k, which raised over $40,000 for Feed My Starving Children, and we both PR-ed! I ran a 20:53 and came in second overall for females.
Grace Race

Grace Church in Bath does a phenomenal job with Feed My Starving Children – this year, we packed over 1,000,000 meals! After our shift, Will and I checked out Old 97 in Kenmore and WOW GO THERE.
Old 97 us
Old 97

And this thing has been super spoiled this spring – Will and I run with Maggie almost every day, sometimes twice a day. I’m going to miss her too!
Maggie garden

Not pictured: our fun night at High and Low Winery with Abby and Seth πŸ™‚ AND the Kent Art and Wine Festival with Amy and Andrew, and the best little meadery, Crafted, in Mogadore with my parents. I love finding new places and exploring on Will’s motorcycle πŸ™‚ Last night, we went to Ravens Glen with my mom, dad, brother, and grandpa. We used to go to brunch there all the time with my Nana, and we haven’t been there since. We were a little nervous to go back, but I’m so glad we went! It was a great time with good food, good wine, and good company, and it felt like Nana was there with us in spirit. Perfect last hurrah with my family!

All right, I think that’s it for my inaugural post! I probably should finish packing for my 10 weeks of fun at Fort Story, Virginia πŸ™‚ I should have some weekends off-base, so I hope Will and I can hit up Virginia Beach. I have my phone and computer this time around, so please stay in touch with me! Check back in to see what we’re up to at the Army School of Music!

4 Replies to “Our Chicago trip! Plus what we’ve been up to for my last days in Akron.”

  1. I hope you have a great summer! It was nice to be able to see what is going on and I will be sending up prayers for you!

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