Last weekend I was blessed to have two of my aunts and my mom come visit me in Peoria! This trip has been a while in the making. Last year, Aunt Teresa and Mom were supposed to come visit but the week before, my grandma fell and broke her hip. In anticipation for this weekend, I was going to write my grandma a letter that said, "Dear Grandma, please do not engage in any daredevil stunts this week. Love, Teresa" If you knew my grandmother, you would know how funny this really is. So, when Teresa, Tricia, and Mom arrived on Saturday, we did a whirlwind tour of Peoria. Starting with lunch at Avanti's. Than we went out to Tanners Orchard. I really don't know what I would do with family or friends that came to visit other than in the fall, because I always take guests to Tanners! It was kind of overcast, but the rain held off until we got into the store. We even did part of the corn maze! And than we all spent too much money on all things apple related. Except I didn't get the apple salsa that I had my eye on and I'm still regretting it. Here are some pictures from Tanners: Teresa, Mom, Tricia
Aunt Teresa was intrigued by the barrel rides. I think she wishes she was a kid so she could ride in one!
The green pumpkin in front of us is Aunt Teresa's one regret. She really wanted to buy it but didn't. But than she talked about it the rest of the weekend!
They were also fascinated by the windmills, which you can barely see in the background.
After Tanners I took them on a tour of Peoria. And by tour, I definitely mean an as-seen-through-Teresa's-eyes tour. I mean, we did the major things like Grand View Drive and the Riverfront and Downtown. But they also got. "And this is where I work." "And this is where I used to work." "And this is where I sometimes go to the gym." "And this is my favorite Chinese restaurant." (which we ordered for dinner!) "And this is the area where some of my clients live." "And this is one of our two malls." "And this is where I grocery shop most of the time." "And this is where Kari lives." "And this is one of my favorite houses in this area." "And this is where I used to live."
After the tour we went back to my apartment, went back out to get Chinese, ate dinner, went back out to get a movie, and watched a movie. We weren't great planners, but that's okay.
Sunday morning Mom went to church with me and than we went out for brunch at Le Peep. Than we hung out for a little longer before they left.
All in all, it was a great visit! I hope it's not another 5 1/2 years before they visit again!
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