Memorial Day Weekend

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Oh, Chicago!  You were so good to us!  We seriously had the best time!  The last time I was here I was barely pregnant with Bennett.  First stop was The Navy Pier.  I think Bennett really enjoyed himself until he had a meltdown in the Fun House.  Then he screamed while trying to Houdini escape the stroller… getting crazy stares from every single person we passed who were probably secretly (or not so secretly) telling me to get my kid in check… but nevertheless, we got some cute pictures before the terrible twos took over.

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The condo we rented had some pretty incredible views…

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Impromptu photo shoot with my boys in their matching lobster jammies.

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Saturday was spent showering the bride-to-be!  My cousin Kelly is getting married in July so we decided to do her shower and bachelorette party on the same day, and sure enough it was the most perfect day!  We showered her with gifts and love at Orso’s Italian.  The setting was so beautiful out on their pergola covered patio, saturated with vines and vividly colored flowers.  About 30 of her fabulous friends joined us, it was such a success!

That night we went out on the town with something like sixteen of Kelly’s closest girlfriends, checking out a drag show at The Original Mother’s… absolutely hysterical!  So much fun!  Then we moved over to The Rec Room, which only played what my mom would call “my generations music” or “music from my day”.  Again, us ladies had a freakin blast!

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Remember the first time we visited Millennium Park?  It was freezing!!  This time the weather was absolutely perfect!  And having our boys with us made it so much fun!  We checked out Maggie Dailey Park with one of the biggest playgrounds I have ever seen & the “Enchanted Forest” which had a mirror maze and balance beams throughout.  AND the Play Garden had one of the best views of the entire skyline!  Highly recommend for all families visiting Chicago to check this place out, it’s incredible!

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 Thank you, Chicago, for treating us soo well!  The weather, the food, and the kind people were all a lovely treat for Memorial Day Weekend!

xoxo



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It wouldn’t be a trip to Chicago without deep dish pizza & a trip to the Bean!  Did you know the Bean’s real name is “Cloud Gate”???  Yep, sure is!  We loved it!  I even got a pic of my little bean in front of the Bean ;) The pictures are pretty self explanatory, so… enjoy!

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Thanksgiving in Chicago

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This Thanksgiving was spent in chilly, windy Chicago, Illinois.  There are lots of members from my side of the family that reside here and we were lucky enough to spend the holiday at my cousin, Jon, and his wife, Gina’s, gorgeous home!  My mom flew up to Ohio, picked up Grandma and drove over to join us.  When we arrived there was just enough snow on the ground to get a little feel of winter, which was such a treat!

Thanksgiving is such a special time to remember the most important things in life which for me are spending time and making memories with my family.  It’s those irreplaceable moments that I will forever hold dear.  There was an abundance of turkey & sides, Baby D & I were so full we could barely move.  Special thanks go out to Gina who did most of the fabulous cooking (and graciously opened her home to us), and to my Aunt Robin for baking the most delicious deserts!

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