We had a quick weekend in Chicago to celebrate our 12-year anniversary, returned home yesterday (gotta love a 45-minute flight) & now it's back to teaching Zumba on Monday!
On Saturday we met up with my good friend, Stephanie who was in Chicago with her daughters & niece for the One Direction concert, and her friend, Nicki who I've known for quite a few years, that lives in Chicago. It wasn't a planned get-together, but so much fun to hang out with them! The subject of my blog & my crafting/design life came up when Stephanie was telling Nicki about it because Stephanie thinks I make going to Target & the grocery store sound more interesting than it is in her life...which it's really NOT. In fact, it bores me to tears & I wish I had an assistant...LOL. I explained to Nicki that when I started blogging over 4 years ago, no one I knew personally was reading my blog. It was only people in the crafting world. So I put it all out there (most of it), because I figured what I wrote was an extension of our scrapbooks & a more detailed account of our daily life than I could ever get documented in our books.
In the past couple years though, with more people I know in "real life" reading my blog I feel like I can't stop talking about our family life now (along with all the crafty stuff on here), as I've been told it's what keeps people coming back. As my friends in "real life" can attest to though, my life is really NOT that interesting or exciting. But like I told Steph, there's probably random funny things that happen to her & everyone else at Target & the grocery store too... I just happen to be writing about it.
And quite frankly at this point, if I DON'T blog about it... I'll never remember anything for the scrapbooks because Lord knows I've become quite behind in keeping up-to-date with things. So... bear with me friends near & far, as I once again bore you with some more details of our life!
We arrived in Chicago on Thursday night & stayed at the Westin on Dearborn. It's the 2nd time we've stayed at this location & love it. It's close to lots of great restaurants & shopping... all walking distance. Although we did hail a few cabs during our stay too. Friday was pretty chilly & windy (they don't call it the Windy City for nothing!) and it even rained a bit that morning. We had lunch at Harry Caray's (yummo!) & went shopping afterward. I bought some clothes... yay!
The sun finally came out & it warmed up a bit later that afternoon. We had a great dinner at Coco Pazzo. Never wear high heels when Bob tells you it's only a few blocks. It was more like 10 blocks & we had to keep asking random people on the street where it was.
The weather on Saturday was warmer & sunny and we made plans to meet Stephanie & girls and Nicki & her family at Ed Debevic's for lunch. I was there during a girls trip the year after college & thought it would be a fun place for Bryn to experiece. If you've never been there, the waiters & waitresses are totally rude... on purpose. It's funny.
After lunch we all headed to Navy Pier. Girls got to ride the Ferris Wheel & swings and do an indoor maze, while the adults sat outside on the patio of a bar & had a drink.
We had dinner reservations at Nick's Fish Market, but ended up going back to Harry Caray's since it was right across the street & we all loved it for lunch the day prior. Bob wasn't in the mood for another cab ride & we were all happy with just walking across the street instead. Great food there, can't say enough!
Sat in the hotel lobby for awhile after dinner & then headed upstairs to pack & get ready for our early flight the next morning. And we were home for lunch!
Such a memorable weekend. Can't wait to go back. Love that city! ♥