One of my favorite things so far this summer has definitely been our trip to Wisconsin. One of the first stops we made was Chicago, for authentic deep dish pizza. However, before we even made it to Chicago, we made several stops to break up the trip. When we made the trek, we left early from our friends’ house, I am talking 8 am early. Fortified with a good breakfast made by Sandy’s very talented husband, we were ready to start our trip. This is the farthest we have ever traveled out West, so it was exciting to start this new adventure. About 2 hours into the trip, we took a few moments and stopped on the Ohio turnpike.
One of the first places we stopped was a rest stop near South Bend, Indiana for a rest and some lunch. I had to pay full price for Starbuck’s(I work in a cafe where I get my coffee at a huge discount), but it was worth it for the caffeine. I felt really bad for the barista, as she was alone during a very busy time of day. I made sure that I gave her a good tip, because I certainly know what it’s like to work by yourself serving coffee!
And, as I might have mentioned a few times before, I have the world’s best hubby. At this point we were 12 minutes from the University Of Notre Dame. It’s the school that I have always dreamed of seeing, but never thought I’d get there. Thanks to the purchase of our GPS before the trip, John decided that we would take some time and visit the campus. Wow, it was so awesome. My MIL and SIL were absolutely shocked when I texted them to say that we were going. Hubby does not like Notre Dame, it’s a football thing 😀 . So I am pretty much dancing in my seat at this point because I was so excited. It was really easy to get to the campus with the GPS, and since it was a Sunday, there wasn’t a whole lot of traffic to deal with.
Here are my guys when we first got to campus. We weren’t the only family there today.
The famous Golden Dome
We got to see the football stadium.
My guys and me.(Please excuse the crazy road trip hair)
Such amazing architecture.
Johnny outside the sciences building. He says that maybe he’ll be posing here as a real student someday.
I am so glad that we made this side trip. It only took an hour out of our day, but we made many memories from it. I told Johnny to cherish this, that it could very well be his first official college visit. He was so cute, he was determined not to like Notre Dame because his Daddy didn’t. After he stepped on the campus though, he found that he could imagine himself going there someday. I’d say that was a very successful visit. I also noticed that Daddy wasn’t quite so anti-Fighting Irish after seeing this gorgeous campus in person. It was a great day for Mom.
After walking around the campus and taking many pictures, we jumped back into the car and continued on to Chicago in search of that deep dish pizza. Stay tuned for my next post about how that mission turned out!