The trip was awesome, as are ALL my trips to Chicago (sometimes I think about moving back....). I was there for my cousin Christie's wedding, so lots of quality family time was to be had! :) The weather was *perfect* as well - beautiful leaves falling (that doesn't happen in Orlando!) and warm temperatures. I'm just generally really happy from October through the beginning of January - I love fall/winter holidays!
I spent the first day in St. Charles w/my parents. The second day was the wedding - reading at a park w/Dad, eating hot dogs at Portillos, helping my aunt Connie & Mom set up decorations for the wedding... with lots of hanging out in my hotel room in between! The third day I visited my grandparents, had lunch w/my best girlfriend since I was born - my cousin Amy (found out she's preggers!! I was a bridesmaid in her wedding back in July), then the family got together at my aunt Laura's for a dinner party (tacos!). The fourth day I spent with my parents, shopping at Woodfield Mall, lunch at Cheesecake Factory, going to see The Social Network (really good - definitely lusting after Andrew Garfield now!), and ordering room service for dinner because Cheesecake Factory had us feeling full until 10 PM!! The fifth day was my last - my parents and I visited my brother and his girlfriend downtown and had lunch with them at the Sit-Down, a family-run restaurant w/great sushi and sandwiches. Then it was time to head to Midway for my flight home... sad goodbyes, etc.... but Mom, Dad, and possibly Jonathan will be visiting for Christmas, and I'm sure I'll be a busy girl until then!
Sorry for all the rambling about the day-to-day stuff -- it's more for my own memory preservation! lol
Avocado melt - AMAZING
cute children's books from a little bookshop in St. Charles
a little Target hauling...
bella by illume Falling Leaves candle - I love seasonal scents!!
dress: Gap, sweater: Ann Taylor Loft, scarf: Target,
flats: Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Anglomania, watch: Michael Kors
FOTD for the wedding...
this is what I call the MK&A duck-lip smile! lol
I spent a lot of the wedding day in the hotel room - nice view, though!
my aunt took this pic & the one below - love this one!
my cousins Sarah, Christie, & Amy w/their men
w/my grandpa :)
w/my bro & Amy (she didn't know she was preggers till the next day!)
w/my aunt Connie
w/Mom, Dad, little bro, & his g/f Kim
w/Amy's stepdaughter Kaley (& Barbie)
Rocky & his baby taking a nap (so cute!)
Cheyenne - the meowiest kitty ever (and softest!)
cute caricature of my bro & his gf w/their doggy
I did a bit of hauling at Woodfield, too, but more on that later! I'm sure I'll see you all soon - hope you're having a great fall!