travels // chicago, again.

[J] & I have spent our last two weekends in the car + in chicago.

it’s [just over] five hours from des moines, IA to [J]’s family in downtown chicago. so I am not exaggerating when I say we’ve had our fair share of quality couple time and refills of iced coffee.

two weekends ago, we were celebrating [J]’s sister’s wedding. and this weekend, it was for the father’s + some quality family time. as much fun as we’ve had, I think it’s safe to say we’re looking forward to some quiet, relaxing at-home time. [assuming that’s what is in store for us ..lately, plans have been popping up like crazy. and we’ve spent very little time sitting still. that may or may not have to do with a large event coming up in four short months. ahem, wedding].

there were 4 trips over the mississippi river. a stop at eataly. six doughnuts consumed from glazed and infused. a trip to see the chicago cubs play. two fireworks shows. and a large wedding. plus more cocktails than I can count on both hands.

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

there is not enough coffee in the world to get me through today.

happy monday.

travels // chicago weekend.

courtesy of my telephone.

[J] & I packed our bags, loaded up the car, and headed east on friday. destination: Chicago, IL.

we were going to spend time with [J]’s family. and so I could attend his sister’s bridal shower. but whenever we make it to chicago, we cram as much as possible into our two short days. so there were strolls through the city, late night cocktails with friends, and early brunches. let’s just say I slept like a baby last night.

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

on our way home, we were quite literally driving into the heart of a massive thunderstorm. dodging tornadoes. not really my cup of tea. then we woke up to snow on the ground. which tends to put a damper on your already ‘monday’ morning. but I’m two cups of coffee in, and have high hopes for this week.

hope you all had the greatest weekend.

happy monday.

miscellaneous four.

happy flippin’ friday. it’s here. and came awfully quickly.

my highlights of the week.

1 // I thought I pinned a lot of wedding-related pins before I was engaged. now that I’m actually planning a wedding, it is out of control. last night I spent hours drinking wine + planning my wedding via photos on the internet. #LLinaBCGetsHitched on pinterest. now I need to organize it into smaller categories. but I’ll save that for the next snowy day.

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2 // inspirational quote of the week.

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3 // when [J] & I made the decision to move from the chicagoland to des moines, IA ..we were frequently asked “why”. now we can say because it’s “America’s Wealthiest City” according to the Today Show. which means it has to be true. [I start every day with matt, al, savannah, & natalie. and want hoda & KLG’s job].

des moines, where regular folks can live the rich life.

4 // go to bridal shows. they’re overwhelming & remind you just how big a task planning a wedding is. but it’s a one-stop shop for vendors. and you can win great items! [J] & I won a one-hour swedish massage, which will absolutely come in handy. and we won an iPod shuffle from a local printing company we plan to use! when I went to pick it up, they took my photo for their FB page ..

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[just a bit frazzled looking; it was early & I had just spent the previous two hours shopping for bridesmaid dresses].

have the best weekend.

see you monday.