I know this is going to sound so cheesy, but before we had Olivia, Dominic used to work for a real estate agency in Chicago and would work ALL the time. One day (this is the cheesy part), I decided that we needed to have a day to ourselves, to get away from everyone, and just have some much needed alone time. I called it Love Day. Go ahead and laugh all you want, but we loved our Love Days!
Basically, all it meant was that we’d spend the entire day, out and about, enjoying ourselves, without worrying about work or anything else for that matter. We didn’t do it often, which made the Day even more special and after moving back from AZ, I don’t think we did it at all. I mean, we did have days, but we didn’t really refer to them as Love Days. We came home from AZ pregnant, miscarried, and got pregnant again about two months later…..so our plates were pretty full. We weren’t really thinking about ourselves much because we had a beautiful little miracle to prepare for.
Dominic’s schedule is much much different now, so we can have more Love Days, but we have to plan them a little bit in advance, and plan around nap time, and hope that Olivia is gonna go with our plan, and hope that the weather permits so that Olivia doesn’t get sick and blah blah blah. All that good old parent stuff. Sure we’ve had family days, in fact, we have them quite often. We love to take Olivia places and introduce her to new things. But this is the first time we considered it a Love Day. And it was a great one.
There’s this website called Museum Free Days, where they list all of the museums in your area (larger cities), and what days that their admission is free to the state’s residents. If you didn’t know about it, well, now you do. It’s a great site.
Last Tuesday was the last day for the whole year that the Shedd Aquarium was free..I knew Dominic was going to have the day off..It had been cold so we weren’t getting out much…It was basically a sign for a Love Day to commence. And commence it did!
We left right around Olivia’s nap time, so that she could sleep in the car. Our first stop was to get some wings from WingStop. Dominic and I have a serious problem with that place (read: we’re obsessed.). It’s so unhealthy, but so good. Isn’t that how it always goes? Anyway, we had bought a Groupon a whileeee back, without reading the fine print. If we had read, it said that the Groupon was only good for a certain location….all the way in Downtown Chicago.
It was unhealthy, but in a way it was kind of free, and when were we going to go back down there anytime soon? That justifies it, right?
Once we were full and satisfied, we continued on to the aquarium.
We didn’t realize that we had a little ways to walk once we got out of the parking garage, so we were kind of speed walking because we didn’t want to waste a minute of time that could be spent showing Olivia all of the fish (can you tell we were a little excited?).
There were SO many people. I mean, we knew it was a free day so we’re not completely naive but in our defense, when we took Olivia to the Children’s museum, it was also a free day and not nearly as packed.
By the time we got in and situated, Olivia was already getting antsy and just wanted to get out and explore. It was honestly so cool to see how amazed she was by all the different water creatures. Although when we went by the huge tank in the middle of the place, we let her get down to see it at her level, and she would get a little scared when the bigger fish would come near her.
Note: a few of these were taken with a cell phone…also, it was pretty dark in there!
Our experience there was just alright. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed with how dirty the aquarium looked, the bathrooms weren’t the cleanest, and one of the staff members there was so rude. We had fun because we were together, and it was something new for Olivia, but I don’t think we’ll go back.
After the cold trek back to the car, we drove to this donut shop called Glazed and Infused. I heard about this place a little over a month ago, and I have been dying to go ever since. I have heard nothing but good things about their donuts (especially the maple bacon kind!) and I even got Dominic (and his parents!) really excited. We got there about a half hour before they were about to close for the evening, so they didn’t have either of the choices that Nick and Nancy wanted, but they did have the one I wanted! We picked two for them, and then we each got a maple bacon (I wasn’t sharing with anyone….except Olivia, of course.) The place was small, and sweet. We got our donuts to go, and then made our way back to the car.
(nothing but cell phone pictures from here on out)
On our walk back, we passed a place called David’s Tea. I didn’t even know that the two were seconds away from each other, but it was another place that I really wanted to try, so of course we went to check it out.
It was such a cool place, very modern and they had over 150 flavors to choose from!
Dominic got an Iced Mango something tea, and I stuck with a hot Organic Northern African Mint. Both were delicious and both got the thumbs up from Olivia.
And then we walked back to our car. And here comes a story.
We get all settled in the car and Dominic asks if he can have his donut. I say, “would you like to split one now, and then split one later, or just you eat yours now and I’ll eat mine later?” He says, “I’ll just eat mine now.” I say, “Can I just try a bit of yours?!” And of course he says yes. So I do. And oh em gee it was the most delicious donut I have ever tasted in the history of ever. Seriously. I could not WAIT to go home, put Olivia to sleep, take a shower, and relax on the couch with this donut and some milk.
So we’re driving home, and I think to myself, ‘I should take a picture of my donut now, because I’m gonna forget later (because I was gonna be so excited, obviously.)’ And guess what? Only Nick and Nancy’s donuts are in there and not mine! The lady only gave us one!!! I know it’s just a donut but I was SO upset, you guys. So. Upset. And in true gentleman form, Dominic apologizes like he did something wrong.
Sadly we deliver the donuts to his parents, who, I hear, we’re also disappointed that they didn’t get the donuts they wanted, and then go home. Donut-less.
Later that night, I ended up meeting the girls at a bar to drink my sadness away.
I mean, I did meet them up for a drink (alright, two drinks), but I was already over the donut thing.
Who am I kidding, I totally wasn’t. I told them all about it once I got to the bar.
But, it was what it was.
Or so I thought.
The next morning, Dominic left superrrrr early, and my knight and shining armor walked back through our door about an hour later, holding a big white box, with not one, but two, TWO maple bacon donuts for me (don’t worry, I didn’t eat them both), and the donuts that his parents originally wanted.
Can we talk about how lucky I am for a second? What a guy.
I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but trust me, it was.
An actual strip of bacon, people.
And actually, we were able to continue our Love Day that day, too. Although it was more business than pleasure. (Wedding stuff.)
But the three of us got to spend two whole days together, in a row, and that makes a great Love Day.
Oh hell, who am I kidding, every day is a Love Day with these two.
(I guess the cheesy-ness never stops.)
Also, I can’t wait to hear Olivia say ‘Love Day’.
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