First night on Orlando with my favorite Cast Members!
Dinner at Citricos at the Grand Floridian (where we were doted on by Chef Jonathan!) and then monorail-ed to the Polynesian for drinks (Lapu Lapus) with Leah and her dad!
All the while getting amazing views of the the castle. Yea, I can get used to this life.

The Most Magical Road Trip has begun!

PIXCDST is all packed up and Mom and I headed to Nashville! First, we stopped in Indy for a long wonderful lunch with Lydia. I didn’t realize how much I needed to see my best friend before the trip really began. I promised we could survive this separation considering she ditched me for Cape Town, South Africa last fall ;)

The total drive time for Day 1 was about 7 hours (3 to Indy, about 4 to Nashville). Mom and I talked and sang and laughed at missing pictures of the state line signs the whole way!

Could not have asked for a more perfect weekend with my handsome guy. We were tourists in out own city. We started the weekend in Arlington Heights for dinner with my parents and then headed to an Irish pub (our favorite kinda place!) and talked and laughed all night. We spent Saturday in Chicago on an architecture boat tour, strolling the Mag Mile, downing burgers on the river at the most perfect French bistro, and met up with Lizzy, Chips sister, for dinner and drinks and meeting her boyfriend! We had a blast playing bar games all night (which we learned I’m no good at). Sunday we woke up in Winnetka feeling bittersweet over our eminent goodbye-but we made the best of it with brunch at Walker Bros pancake house and then Chips grad party with the whole fam at Ravinia. It was great spending time with the entertaining and always welcoming Potters as we sang along to musical show tunes on the lawn.

Saying goodbye to my second family and Chip was certainly not easy. But he kept me smiling and laughing all night, reminding me that I am following my dream and this is a good thing. Seriously, he wouldn’t drive away if I was crying.
We’re already planning his trip to the happiest place on earth—he’s in for the full Disney World experience when he comes!
Thanks chip for making this one of the happiest summers full of so much love