We also visited my husbands family who are buried there. His uncle was being silly picking out a spot because they have a few empty ones. I also got some pictures of a few beautiful statues while I was there.
Then it was off to Aunt Butch's party. We were not sure what to expect since she has Alzheimer's. It turned out to be a beautiful blessing. It is very sad of course but she always has been a fun person. The favorite aunt who loved everyone. She does know her brother & sister because they visit often but didn't know any of us. Our son was with us but his girlfriend was unable to go because of her conference. We sat at a long table and there were other people who we didn't know at booths around us. You could see Aunt Butch asking her brother "who is that" over and over again as we partied for 3 hours. One good thing about where her mind is at is that she is happy and doesn't remember a lot. I am telling you this because she has a son who doesn't see her anymore and if she remembered she would be very hurt.
So during the course of the 3 hours, probably at least six times, she would push herself around the table in her wheelchair and introduce herself to each of us. She would ask who we were and for that split second she knew who you were. She was fascinated with my husband, his brother and our son Adam. You can see her with my husband and son as she went around. It was the most loving thing to witness. Several different times someone would say we are here for your 90th birthday and she would hold up her arms saying I'm 90! She still has a very quick wit and her birthday wish was for a man between 18 & 25. Then when she found out that our son was 31 she said maybe she could go older. Even though she didn't really remember us (I was very close to her) it was still very nice to see her happy, like a kid again.
So the tables around us were witnessing this and as each one left they came up to her and wished her a happy birthday. They all commented on how wonderful it was to watch this day unfold. I am so happy that we were able to join in this day.
So as we were driving home our son asked what we were doing for dinner. My husband always goes into, I can't eat another thing today, blah, blah blah! Well as we were driving Adam made reservations at Ditka's for 8:15pm. It was the most amazing time. Dinner was out of this world. He is know for his pork chops and let me tell you it was a delicious dinner. The ambiance was awesome and we went through two bottles of wine as we dined. If your ever in Chicago you must give Ditka's a try. I loved when he was the coach of the Bears, those were fun days with the Superbowl Shuffle!
On Sunday morning we took off to Gilberts, IL. My brother-in-law has been living there for about 4 years now. (he was born & raised in Texas, he is my husbands 1/2 brother but feels just like a full one to me) We love Jimmy and his girlfriend Caprice who bought their house together. Well Jimmy is all about the decorations for Halloween. That was just so much fun. My mother-in-law was staying there too until her flight on Tuesday.
We got to meet Caprice's family which was a blast. Her mother, her sister, her brother, their children and other family members who also came over. They were all there for the trick or treating event. For some reason Gilberts put rules out this year and kids could only go door to door from like 3 to 6pm. Even though it wasn't dark out the kids still got scared with all the decorations! Then we watched a movie that night and had some delicious, can you guess.....pizza! However all afternoon Caprice put out the most delicious snacks. She really worked hard on showing us a wonderful time. It was a great Sunday!
Thank you for sharing in my adventure to Chicago.