travels // red, white, and on the go.

I hope all of you had an amazing holiday weekend. surrounded by friends + family. celebrating with food brats on the grill + budweiser american flag cans. or maybe that was just me.

[J] + I traveled three hours east, to spend the weekend with our friends. this is truly a classic case of time flies too quickly. they came to visit us in des moines last summer, and we’ve been talking about our return visit to see them since. we’ve stopped for dinners [on our trips home from chicago], but that’s not the same. we finally got there. and it was so much fun.

there was a tad lot of flooding as you got closer to the river, but that didn’t stop the baseball stadium from opening it’s doors on the fourth of july. it truly felt like we were on an island. thank goodness for extremely strong flood barriers.

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go.   travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // red, white, and on the go c/o LLinaBC.com

is it ok that [J] + I’s only independence day tradition is to drink budweiser because of it’s festive holiday cans? I’ll never understand our rhyme or reason, but a tradition is a tradition. and it held strong this year.

what are your fourth of july traditions?

happy tuesday.

stay tuned: a peek at my bridesmaids attire tomorrow!

travels // galena, IL.

I have a love affair with the small town of galena, IL. it is a place my parents would take me as a kid. but I’ve only become fonder of as an adult. any chance to stop, I do.

thankfully, [J] & I had to take the “long way home” on sunday [coming back from chicago], and galena was conveniently in our path. I somehow convinced [J] that I was absolutely starving & we needed to stop for dinner just about the time we approaching galena. and I got my wish, we dined at the galena brewing company. and took a brief walk down the main street. [even pulled off the highway for a quick landscape snapshot].

it is literally magical.

if you have not been to galena, IL ..it is time to start planning your trip. there are great restaurants, wineries, breweries, amazing shopping, historical landmarks galore, beautiful scenery. even better, it’s great during all seasons.

[especially in the fall, when the leaves are changing].

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

happy wednesday.

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.