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.

make the most.

after 5 days in chicago, [J] & I are back home in des moines.

unfortunately our very unexpected trip was not for the happiest of occasions.

we celebrated the wonderful life of [J]’s grandfather.

my immediate reaction when I learn someone I deeply care about passed away is my own sadness. how much I’ll miss them, in my life. but I eventually gain a better perspective. celebrating their life. [J]’s grandfather was the happiest man. he dearly loved his family and would do anything for them. he wasn’t the best joke teller, but could always make you laugh. and there is no doubt in my mind, he lived every day to the fullest. so even though our hearts are heavy, you can’t help but smile and hope to achieve the happiness & success he had in his life.

we drank our way though chicago with family. dedicating each toast to grandpa [J].

here are a couple shots from our visit to eataly chicago & a quick stop at antique archaeology on our road trip home.

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

make the most. // LLinaBC.com

to see more of our trip, stop by LLinaBC’s facebook + instagram.

[including a stop at the most amazing donut shop, glazed & infused].

happy monday!