Christmas in Cary


For the first time in 3 years, my sisters and I ventured back to our home town of Cary, Il 60013 for Christmas! We were so so excited to see how things had changed and what it would be like to go back.

It was weird. We went to some of our fav restaurants: Portillos (even though we have them in AZ now!) , Kojaks, and The Tracks. If you’ve never had a burger from The Tracks, then you haven’t lived. So amazing.

It was freezing cold- like 2°….literally. We survived, though! Mom and Dad spoiled us rotten. My dad makes the best breakfasts. I have great memories of waking up to the smell of pancakes and bacon. Mom had every detail perfect- from cute welcome baskets with new PJ’s & treats to Christmas presents that we didn’t even know we wanted. (My mom is the ultimate gift giver.)

It was funny to go back and realize that Cary does have a certain small town charm. I think it’s one of those things where everyone hates where they grow up. So much of my life feels like it’s in Arizona that it sometimes feels like I never lived in Cary.

We spent a day in the city shopping. There is just no other city like Chicago. It’s old & new, normal & spectacular- all at the same time. We grabbed some great bargains.

And then it was time to go home. It was weird for Betsy to head to SD and not home with me & Mag. It was so nice to spend time with the whole family and really special to have a white Christmas.

I’m glad to be back in AZ. I have a great feeling about 2014. Lots of new chapters opening and lots of change at hand- I’m excited.

Here are some bonus pictures:

Me & Dad at the grocery store:


Throwback…we spent a lot of time going through old photos:



A picture before church with Dad

Teaching my mom how to take selfies… Here I’m explaining angling the camera downward to avoid double chins…

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