Naperville: Days 3 and 4

Hi! As promised I’m back with my post about our 3rd and 4th days in Naperville. If you haven’t seen the 1st and 2nd-day post here’s the link.

 

Our third day in Naperville we once again had breakfast at the hotel before setting out on our day. We hung out in our hotel room for most of the morning since it was raining pretty hard. It cleared up for a bit and we headed out to lunch at Le Pain Quotidian. I got the baker’s breakfast, which came with some amazing soft-boiled eggs!

 

That afternoon since it was still raining we went to the Hollywood Palms Theatre. I like to call it “Hollywood in the Midwest” since they have a red carpet and everything.

We watched the movie Christopher Robin which was amazing! I highly recommend it, and it’s pretty funny. Since it’s a dine-in theatre I got a dessert called the Willy Wonka Chocolate Cake and they noted in the menu it was an “Augustus Gloop size portion.”

Augustus Gloop Sized Cake

After the movie, we headed to our favourite Naperville grocery store called Standard Market which sells healthier versions of foods. They still have a really cool bakery with some amazing cakes.

Some of the cakes

For dinner it was still raining so we ventured to the nearby Chick-fil-a since there isn’t one close to where we live back home. That night we hung out in the room and I watched Survivor.

The rain from the day had raised the river’s height

It wasn’t raining when we woke up the next morning so we headed to breakfast at the Colonial Cafe. We all got eggs, bacon/sausage, and hash browns. The eggs were very good.

We went on a hike at Pioneer Park which was across the street from Colonial Cafe. It was very pretty and we even saw a heron there.

 

After, Pioneer Park, we decided to stop at the Starbucks Reserve Bar back in downtown Naperville. I got an iced hazelnut bianco latte. Yum! For lunch, we went to Burrito Parrilla Mexicana. I had guacamole and chips, which was really good.

By this time it has started to rain again so we headed back to the Hollywood Palms and saw Mamma Mia 2. It was a really good movie, but the best part was all the songs. For dinner, we got some food like hummus, chips, cheese, grapes, etc. at Whole Foods and took it back to eat in the room.

Signed Willy Wonka Poster

 

Thanks for reading about days 3 and 4. Our next post will be about days 5 and 6.

~ Mara

 

 

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Happy New Years!

Hello everyone! It’s Mara here, and I hope you guys had a great New Years Eve, and have a great New Years Day. Today, I’ll post some of my New Years Resolutions and what I did yesterday on New Years Eve. Enjoy!

My New Years Resolutions 

  • Get straight A’s
  • Participate in classes.
  • Pay attention in my math class [my math class isn’t boring actually it is very interesting and fun it’s just that I have math at 7:45 AM every morning and it’s hard to stay awake when you’re so tired.]
  • Blog once a week [at least] on all of my different blogs.
  • Write to Eliane [our family’s sponsored child from Brazil] once every 2 weeks.
  • Make new friends.
  • Work hard in dance classes.
  • See my Great Grandma more often.
  • Practice my Clarinet 3 times every week.
  • Learn calligraphy.
  • Learn Bulgarian.

Yesterday, was New Years Eve and I had gone to a sleep over the night before [December 30th – December 31st] and when I got back at 10:30am, I played Mancala against nobody. Very strange, right? Though, I love the game Mancala and sometimes when I’m bored I play against an imaginary person. Then my family ordered sushi from Ginza Sushi, I had avocado sushi, and then we watched Penguins of Madagascar. It was really funny and my favorite character was Eva the Russian Snowy Owl. I enjoyed every time when Skipper said Dave the Evil Octopus’s name wrong. Skipper always said a different name that starts with D like “Debbie” or “Darryl.”

Later on we watched the movie Mall Cop 2 for dinner. It was pretty scary but very funny at the same time. My favorite character was Maya. My favorite part of the movie was when Paul puts on cupid wings and performs in Circus de Soleil, while trying to run away from Ramos.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Bye for now!