Coming Home…

There’s something always so oddly humbling about returning to your alma mater for Homecoming celebrations. I went back to good ole Millikin University in central Illinois for this year’s celebration, mainly because my sorority had a big celebration planned for it’s Centennial for my chapter. 100 years! Can you believe it? I barely can – especially since my sorority, as a whole, is a young 125 years old. I haven’t been back to Millikin’s campus in probably 5+ years and it’s always interesting to see what’s changed and what has stayed the same over the years.

my dormer from freshman year! it's now empty because of asbestos

my dormer from freshman year! it’s now empty because of asbestos

When I first got into town, I stopped by the Walgreens I used to work during college and noticed that one of the same service clerks was still working there! I asked her if she remembered me and without skipping a beat, she says, “Yes! You’re Ashley! How are you?” Whaaaat! It’s been 8 years since I worked at her store and she still remembered me. Blew me away.

always gotta get a picture with this guy!

always gotta get a picture with this guy!

After that brief reunion, I headed to my sorority’s chapter house to find my pledge sisters and to dive into all that goes along with a fun weekend celebration. It was amazing to reconnect with sisters from across the country, see what everyone was up to and to be in a room (for the banquet) that boasted about 300 women all celebrating the same cause – our beautiful sisterhood.

our beautiful sorority house!

our beautiful sorority house!

I couldn’t believe how it felt to return back to school and literally feel like we picked up where we left off. I needed that weekend with my sisters to reconnect, but also to remember that some bonds really do last a lifetime. It was amazing to be around them again and to have fun and really feel like myself around them.  Have any of you made it back to your alma mater? Doesn’t it make you feel “old”?

some of my favorites!

some of my favorites!

Don’t be whack!

MMM… so I’m changing some things over from wordpress.com to wordpress.org this coming Monday. The site may be a bit wonky due to that change … so please just hang in tight, give me a few days to straighten this beautiful mess out and then I’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming of fun-filled shenanigans!

I’m headed to my alma mater this weekend to celebrate my sorority’s 100 year birthday! Crazy, right? I haven’t been back to my college (for fun) in a few years, so it’ll be great to see the changes that have happened on campus. I fully expect to feel old this weekend and be reminded that I’m no longer a cute girl in my 20s but an established ADULT in my 30s. So…looking forward to that.

But I’m super stoked to be reuniting with my sorority sisters, some that I haven’t physically seen in 5+ years. I can’t wait to catch up with everyone and hear all about what they have been up to!

If you want to follow my weekend activities, I’m on Twitter at @shlee83 and on Instagram @shlee528!

Have a great weekend!

Bear Down! Self-Tour of Soldier Field

After hanging out with my nephew Caiden at the Shedd Aquarium for this 4th birthday on Saturday, JP and I had some time to burn before we had to be back home in the suburbs that evening. We ended up parking in the Soldier Field/Museum parking lot, so figured to tour the outside of Soldier Field for a little bit before we hopped back in the car.

front of Soldier Field

front of Soldier Field

We stopped to admire the waterfall honoring all of the branches of the US military, and we spotted the Air Force medallion, in which JP took a picture by. Her dad served in the US Air Force, so it was cool to snap a picture of that.

JP and the Air Force medallion at Solder Field

JP and the Air Force medallion at Solder Field

It was nice to actually take in the architecture of the building, since the last time I was there it was freezing and we were hurrying into the stadium with thousands of other fans for the Bears v. Packers game. The outside of the park has such beautiful architecture and was deemed as a historical institution, so when the new Bears field was built a few years ago, the builders had to build the park inside the shell of the old park, as they weren’t able to tear down the original building. I’m kinda glad because those columns sure are a pretty sight.

row of military medallions at Soldier Field

row of military medallions at Soldier Field

We also just walked the grounds and took pictures outside the front of the stadium and got some cool shots of things special to us – like our favorite numbers (mine is 13!). The weather was great and it was nice to just walk around with her and enjoy the sunshine with no rush or agenda.

#13 represent!

#13 represent!

me and JP on our "tour"

me and JP on our “tour”

What’s your favorite football team? Player? Why? I’m a born and raised Bears fan! Bear Down Chicago Bears!

Celebrating Little Man’s 4th Birthday

My nephew Caiden turned four yesterday and over the weekend we met up with his parents and some friends for a trip to the Shedd Aquarium downtown Chicago.

opening his birthday present

opening his birthday present

Caiden loves fish, so it was definitely a trip he was excited about and gave us the chance to get some sweet nephew time in, in celebration of him. I can’t believe he’s already four! I remember when he was born and just being a baby barely walking.  Now he’s grown into a real person with his own personality and it’s really kinda of awesome/special to see him transforming as he grows up.

looking for fish with his aunt JP

looking for fish with his aunt JP

We had a great time navigating all the “areas” of fish species at the aquarium, and saw a huge reef turtle chopping on some yummy snacks in the main Caribbean tank. I just wish time would slow down a little bit because before I know it we’ll be celebrating his 14th birthday!

Caiden with his favorite aunts!

Caiden with his favorite aunts!