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

travels // chicago, again c/o

travels // chicago, again c/o

travels // chicago, again c/o

travels // chicago, again c/o

travels // chicago, again c/o

travels // chicago, again c/o

travels // chicago, again c/o

travels // chicago, again c/o

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

happy monday.

the week in photos.

friday is upon us.

wooo hooo.

the weekend brings: apartment searching. magical mike. watching [J] play soccer. a backyard fiesta. and if the temp stays over 100*, very few outdoor activities.

has it not been uncomfortably hot? even with the A/C cranked up ..I still need a fan blasting at my face.

dear mother nature: I’d be happy as a clam with 85*.

and now: the week in photos :)

[J] & I went to a schaumburg boomers baseball game. [& I rocked a fedora].

it was a grrreat date night. & we got free travel mugs + a bag. [see [J] rockin’ the bag above].

[J] wanted to go hit golf balls. this is what I did.

I got festive with my nail polish.

bikin’ & beachin’ downtown chicago.

[J] & I only drink bud heavy one day a year: on the 4th. they’re so festive with their bottles.

northwest fourth-fest for a picnic & fireworks.

fun fireworks show: with a bright orange moon.

I’m using & loving my diaper bag.

I met Woodman’s grocery store. can you say the best deals & prices? I love it so much I’m moving in.

[J] & I stopped at starbucks for our morning iced black coffee. but the photos of their signature drink were too convincing and [J] order a venti mocha cookie crumble. [in a perfect world with no calories, I’d order it every day].


happy weekend all.

the week in photos.

happy one day left in JUNE.

[reminder: on sunday, the month of july will begin].

is it just me or is this summer flying by?

[I think it is now safe to say: it’s not just when you’re in school, living the dream during ‘summer vacay’ that it flies by …it happens when you’re “old” too].


today is the week in illustrations.

WELL, unfortunately I took a total of two photographs the entire week. [they’re not even magnificent good]. I was busy getting back into the groove after my week in Iowa. but here we go:

[J] enjoyed a nice lunch outside …in the shade.

[those fries said “perfect size for two“.. we decided they were the perfect size for two … armies].

we also went to our “HOME” [aka the storage unit with all of our belongings] and I found my harry potter/where’s waldo glasses. they are a prized possession. [J] was ecstatic to see them again. [not].


here is a photo [J] took while we were in Iowa, that he decided to share with me today..

well everyone:

whether your weekend plans involve …


enjoy yourself.

have a goodbye june/hello july fiesta.

I will see you on monday.