Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Took A Day Trip

September 30, 2017

We started the day piling Corey, Alyssa, Laurie, Kyle, Nic, Terry and me into a Nissan Pathfinder, rented for the day so we could all travel to Chicago together.  Destination: Lincoln Park Zoo.

There was a plan.

First stop was a great Cuban restaurant.  I love locally owned restaurants in Chicago.  They have a special ambiance that I am sure is unique to Chicago.  The food was better than OK but not superb.  But it was a great start to the day.  I have leaned to absolutely love Cuban food since Alyssa has introduced us to it.  She is an excellent cook...from scratch too!


We wandered through the zoo enjoying the exhibits until we came to the entrance along Lake Shore Drive where the Lion Statue greets visitors at the entrance.

That's when the plan hatched.

A total surprise for Alyssa.










SHE SAID YES!











They have talked about getting married and made plans on where they want to live and a business they want to start.  But the ring was a total surprise on this day.

Corey has a high school friend that is a jeweler.  Together they designed this exquisite ring with a deep amethyst focal with large diamonds on the side and smaller diamonds on the band.

The significance of amethyst is that purple is Alyssa's absolute favorite color.




This is the new family.

Nic and Corey get along well.  Alyssa and Nic fit very well into our family and we all could not be more happy that they are a part of it.

We topped the day off with stuffed pizza at Nancy's, another favorite spot that Corey found on Broadway, I think.

Corey has my love of my hometown.  He has explored it on foot the perfect way to see it all, finding the great places that tourists don't go.

Grateful:  Corey found the girl I always told him he would find when he least expected it.

































24 comments:

Barbara said...

How delightful! A day to remember and celebrate. Congratulations to your whole family!

maureenlthompson said...

Congrats to every one. Beautiful ring.

jenclair said...

:) What a lovely family way to propose! Best wishes to everyone!

jinxxxygirl said...

Congratulations to everyone!! Hugs! deb

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

How fantastic! Congrats to all of you :)

Jeanna said...

Such a happy story. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for sharing.

Roberta Warshaw said...

I cannot express how happy I am for you! All the best to the happy couple and a wonderful future together. You all deserve so much happiness.

Pamela said...

Congratulations! What a happy story.

Robbie said...

Congrats to all of you!!!! Just wonderful and what a surprise!

robin michelle said...

It's nice to see that romance isn't dead! Lovely family and ring!

Sweetpea said...

I can feel your happiness in your words ... oooohhh LOVE, ain't it grand?!?!
My heartfelt CONGRATS to all !!

Cathy said...

OMG!! Congrats to Corey, Alyssa (and Nic) and all of you! Such great news!

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

Getting engaged is such a memorable event, and the fact that everyone got to share the big moment doubles the fun! Please accept my heartiest congratulations to you all, too.

allthingzsewn said...

My congratulations as well. I'll bet there was a tear or two.

Timaree said...

Congrats to Corey and Alyssa! And to the whole family really! What a fun day for everyone!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Very big congratulations to everyone!!! How wonderful to know that you are adding to your family. The ring is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

kathyinozarks said...

Oh what an awesome fun day for all of you! Congrats to all! gorgeous ring even more special since it was handmade-love that- hugs to all of you

Cheryl said...

Oh how fabulous! Congratulations to the happy engaged couple :-) Have you started to make things for the wedding yet? lol

Kit said...

How wonderful! Congrats. And what a lovely way to surprise her. :) Kit

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a wonderful and happy post! Congratulations!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How sweet! Congratulations!

Jennifer Gail said...

How glorious.

FlashinScissors said...

What a wonderful day! Congratulations everyone! Love the ring, soooo pretty!
How excited you all must have been!!!!
Barbara x

Rose said...

Wow> I have missed a lot...congratulations to your son, and to you for gaining a new daughter.