Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Good times in Chicago

I'm back from the most incredible weekend.
I'm telling you after having kids, you just appreciate the little things so much more.
I've been to Chicago numerous times, but this trip was one of the best.
And it could not have come at a better time. 
The last two weeks in our house have been nuts with B working and traveling and me feeling like a ragged, worn out momma. 
I was so looking forward to this trip, and it did not disappoint. 
I headed out solo Thursday for some extra time with two of my best friends that live there.
This sounds so lame but just flying alone without kids and lugging all that goes along with those rugrats was such a treat.
Spent the morning watching this guy do what he does best at a fancy "Forever Chic" luncheon {that title could not be more opposite of my life these days!}, and then spent the entire afternoon here just sipping bubbly, catching up on life and reminiscing about all our crazy antics from way back when.
It was perfect.
The evening was spent with much more reminiscing and laughter as well as looking through pictures of his wedding {which was just days after Jude's birth so obviously we weren't there}.
Oh and finally getting to meet his better half {who whipped up quite the delicious meal!}.
His lovely parents came over as well, and we stayed up way too late sipping wine by the fire.
It was perfect.
Friday morning this lady picked me up, and I finally got to see her new studio.
I could not be more proud of my friend and all that she has accomplished in such a short amount of time.
She is too talented!
We spent the morning shopping and walking the streets of the city.
We lingered in MAC for what seemed like hours trying on new shades of lips and eyes, and she joked that she felt bad since we have MAC in Nashville.
I explained though that what I don't have in Nashville is time.
I cannot tell you how nice it was to just be walking around with one of my best girlfriends with no agenda and no sense of time.
It's the little things...
She dropped me off at my hotel, and I'm not going to lie.
I took a nap.
It was glorious.
And then I took my time getting ready.
Even more glorious.
It's the little things... 
B finally arrived and as much as I was enjoying my time with friends, I was ready to see my main man!
We went to meet everyone for our 10pm dinner reservation here.
Yes, you read that right.
I know, 10pm??
Cannot remember the last time I was out that late, let alone starting the night the late.
I loved it.
Cocktails and conversation coupled with truly the best sushi I have ever eaten made for such a fun night.
The next morning we met up with B's brother and his wife.
Enjoyed brunch, shopping and of course a little deep dish {B's one request on the trip!}.
Met up with my sister-in-law's brother {the new starting quarterback for the Bears} and his family for dinner, but then afterwards went out on the town.
A piano bar followed by karaoke made for a highly entertaining night.
The next morning we headed to Soldier Field to cheer on da Bears!
We endured the crazy weather and an evacuation but got to watch this guy go on to lead the Bears to a win.
I'm definitely a new Bears fan!
Windblown and drenched we headed to the airport to bid farewell to Chicago.
It really was the best weekend.
But I do have to admit...
I was so ready to see my boys!


  1. I thought about you when Cutler got hurt and McCown started playing--he has been so impressive! I can't believe you were at that game. We watched it on TV here and the fans at the end looked so miserable...wet and freezing! Sounds like the perfect weekend!!

  2. So jealous of your weekend in Chicago!! It all looked awesome. Glad you had a fabulous weekend!