Naperville Time

Our last week was in America were spent with Matt’s family: Eileen, Erika, John, and Lauren. Erika and John opened up their house for us. We spent a lot of the week organizing for our trip: getting rid of clothes, buying new clothes, weighing our luggage, etc.

We also got to join my cousin Chrissy and her family at a White Sox game, swim at Eileen’s pool in Hyde Park and eat at a good burrito place down the street. We saw some of Matt’s college friends Paul, Kim and Mike for drinks. Then we went out to dinner with more of my cousin’s, Alese and Nadine and families for Lou Malnati’s. Friday night Susie, my best friend from high school, loaded her car with 5 kids and drove 6 hours from Rochester, Minnesota to say goodbye. Matt grilled some chicken and we talked for hours. The kids played the favorite game, BS, and apples to apples. They got along incredibly and Susie’s kids are planning a trip to China. It was a late night, but well worth the laughs.

On Saturday, we had to drop our car off at the storage near Frankfort, so we went to spend the morning with my mom and eat lunch with her before heading back to Erika’s. We could not check in so we were nervous about our flights and then found out our plane had been changed and we no longer had our cushy bulk head seats. Matt was a little upset. We were planning on leaving early in the morning, so we let it go for the time being.

We had decided to spend our last meal in America at home eating Maggiano’s – which is an Italian restaurant. The amount of food that is eaten in the Midwest seems enormous. I think normally our trips revolve around food, but in the Midwest everything is in large portions – which describes Maggiano’s perfectly. The problem is that we all gained weight during our 3 weeks in Chicago.  I think that is good since Chinese food is a little different.

Saturday night we waited up late to see Janet and Kevin. Janet was flying home from Arizona where she had just moved her daughter so we didn’t get a proper goodbye.  It was quick but it was good to see them again before leaving.

Sunday morning we were up early and off to the airport. We could not believe we only had 2 large suitcases and 2 carry ons each. I think we got it all. If not, Matt’s mom will be here in October with anything we forgot.  Matt complained anywhere he could and we did get our bulk head seats back. 🙂 The plane was comfortable, lots of movies and ok food. The flight was long. I slept the most but I need a lot of sleep. Matt was mad he could not sleep and the kids were GREAT. They kept themselves entertained and didn’t bother me at all.

Going to start a post about once we got here. . .


About toniobarton

Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 20 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 10 years. She currently is a Director of Global and Tech Integration at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School. During the past 10 years Toni has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2016, Toni was also featured in the book “The Global Collaborator” by Julie Lindsay. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Toni finished her Master's in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about technology integration. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. In her spare time, Toni likes to hike, read, quilt and practice yoga.
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One Response to Naperville Time

  1. Janet says:

    So glad I was able to hug you all one more time…glad you survived the flight and look forward to seeing you on Skype!

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