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Weekend Warriors


We did ALL THE THINGS this weekend. I am so tired. Hadley is napping as I write this and I actually debated taking one myself... but instead decided to make myself a cup of coffee and show up here. Because it's birthday week for my girl (omg) and I have a million and one things to do before getting ready for her big day and party on Sunday, so Chicago weekend recap, it's now or never!

Friday was my birthday -- hello, 29! -- and it was an awesome day. I had a pretty crappy birthday last year that basically consisted of it being my due date and massively pregnant, a sick dog that resulted in spending the entire day at the vet and hundreds of dollars, and pouring cold rain that cancelled our cookout. So no matter what happened this year, I knew it would be better than the last one ;)

I spent the day with friends downtown, they do food truck Friday's which is basically my favorite thing ever. Tons of good food in the park where the babies can crawl around. It's awesome. After that, Nick got out of work early and we loaded up the car and headed to the city! Chicago is only a little over two hours from us and we timed it perfectly with Hadley's nap, so the drive was not bad at all. When we got into town, we went straight to the West Loop (where we used to live) to let Hads burn off some energy at a little park before heading to dinner at Little Goat, one of my favorite restaurants.



The pouch life.

I told Nick all I wanted for my birthday was a trip to Chicago and a few cute pictures, so that's what was on the agenda after dinner. We found a little parking lot right under the L tracks and Hadley loved watching the trains fly past and 'dancing' with dad while I went to town with my camera. These might be some of my favorite picture of my little family EVER.





And then it was time to head to the hotel. This was the part I was SO NERVOUS for. We haven't stayed in a hotel with her yet and I just had no idea what to expect. She goes to bed earlier than us obviously, so we decided to stay at a Homewood Suites right off of Michigan Avenue and that was the best decision I could have made. We had a little kitchen, a living room (where she slept in the pack n play), and then a separate bedroom and bathroom, giving Nick and I our own space to hang out in after she went to sleep.


And thankfully, sleep she did! We tried to keep her bedtime routine the same as at home, so after bath, pajamas, a bottle, her sound machine and pacifiers, we put her down and within five minutes she was OUT. Girlfriend was beat from the day and slept 12 hours straight that night. I literally could not believe it. She didn't get up until 7:45 (which is 8:45 am Michigan time!), I was shocked. And am totally planning on ordering blackout curtains for her bedroom at home now.



After complimentary breakfast at the hotel, another perk, and Hadley making all the friends (the front desk lady even gave her a free bag of Oreo's lol) we headed out into the city. First stop: Millenium Park.





A selfie is always necessary at the bean. As you can tell, Hads was super impressed. And I would like to note that I brought about fifteen outfits for her to wear and then forgot a shirt for myself. I had to wear my pajama sweatshirt out and about while we waited for all of the stores to open at 10 am! Mom life.

But you know what store does open way earlier than all the rest? The Disney Store. Because they know that parents have lived half a lifetime before 10 am, so that was our first stop to get Hadley a Mickey (and to get into the AC - it was hot). She is recently obsessed with Mickey, every once in a while we'll turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for a couple of minutes and she freaks. A couple weeks ago I got her these Disney Little People and she has carried around the little Mickey nonstop, so it was time for her to get a big guy!


Hadley girl hung in there for an entire morning of shopping and then we headed back to the hotel so she could nap and we could pack up. Again, SO awesome having a suite so she could have her own space. We woke her up at 12:30 to check out and head over to lunch. We went to Big Bowl - which has always been a fave of ours - but it was a little disappointing this time.

Also, at Nordstrom earlier that morning, we had picked up an EZPZ mini mat and this lunch was our first time using it, so amazing. So so nice to have a mat to put her food on instead of the nasty table and while she did try, she couldn't lift the suction off. AND since it's silicone you can just throw it in the dishwasher when you're done!

After lunch, next up was the zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the coolest things I think Chicago has to offer. It's FREE (craziness for the expensive city), there are tons of animals, and it's super clean and family friendly. We were so excited to take Hadley and she loved it, too - once we got her out of the stroller. I don't think she could really tell what was going on when she was in there, but for the last little bit we took her out and showed her all the animals. Everything was a 'dog!', no surprise there!






Are you guys seeing this stuff?!

I wish we would have gotten a family picture, but it was SO hot and so crowded. We headed out about 4:30 and made our way back to Michigan. We crammed a lot into our 24 hours, but it was well worth it and Hadley did really surprisingly great! I'm already planning our next adventure...

And on Sunday, we celebrated our favorite guy for his first Fathers Day. We surprised him with a morning of golf with his friends - which actually turned into an entire DAY of golf, totally taking advantage of our kindness ;) - a bottle of scotch and this D A D picture that I'm totally obsessed with. Thank you Pinterest. But we couldn't have gotten luckier with Nick. He's the best, he always always always puts us first, always wants to know how he can help, and is such a great listener when we've had one of those days. We hit the jackpot with him and couldn't love him more if we tried.


19 comments

  1. Best birthday weekend ever!! That Homewood is so glam!! Love Nick's Father's Day gift!!

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  2. What a wonderful weekend!!! And how fun to have Hadley back in the city you called home for so long. All the pictures turned out gorgeous!

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  3. awwwww looks like the best weekend and your photography is beautiful! I love the story you tell with your pictures.

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  4. So glad you had such a fun and fabulous birthday weekend! We're going on our first trip with Serena in a few months, and I've been wondering about how she'll do in a hotel as well. Definitely remembering the suite idea - genius! And girl blackout curtains are the best thing ever! We have them in our room, and I got them for the nursery too before she was even here and they are game changers! For nap time and sleeping in on the weekend.
    Green Fashionista

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  5. That pic of you & your girl in front of the brick wall - GORGEOUS.
    YIPEE for sleep in the hotel. That has to open the world up for you now ;)
    That DAD pic - couldnt have turned out better!

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  6. Phew, what a weekend. Y'all are warriors for sure. So glad it worked out, love your train pictures and the face H makes in the bathtub is the cutest thing EVER.

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  7. Omg BIRTHDAY WEEK!!!! I'm so glad you guys had an amazing time in Chicago and that you got all those cute photos. I think I need to get Jared on board with that and help us get some cute ones because we have NONE it feels like, lol! So glad the hotel went well, we haven't done that with T yet either so you've given me hope hehe!!

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  8. She is always so happy! Glad you guys had a great mini getaway and happy birthday!

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  9. Sounds like you all had a great weekend and yay to Hadley for hotel sleeping!! Woohoo! Blackout curtains are a game changer, you need some asap! All of your pictures are gorgeous!

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  10. ahh so fun!! im glad you guys had a great time and i love these photos! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  11. What an amazing birthday and Father's Day weekend!! So glad the trip to Chicago went so well! Those pictures after dinner are beautiful - definitely framers! Have so.much.fun this weekend for Hadley's birthday!!!

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  12. Talk about an epic birthday weekend! I agree that you got some pretty stinkin' adorable family pictures. And, how cute is the DAD photo gift for Nick? Glad you had a great weekend of celebrating!

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  13. This sounds like the perfect 24 hrs in Chicago. It's my family's home town too and I LOVE returning for quick visits too!!

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  14. What a fun and fabulous birthday weekend! I love the off-the-shoulder dress you wore. We are staying in a hotel (for a week) with the boys next weekend and I'm already nervous. So happy that H did so great!

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  15. So adorable! I love all these pictures. Brynn can teach Hadley everything about MMCH it's the only show she watches lol. Glad you had a happy birthday this year!!!

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  16. These pictures are so cute! I love that dress on you - gorgeous!

    Zelle | Southern Style

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    1. And glad you had such a great birthday weekend!

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  17. Girl these pictures are out of this world adorable!!! I am dying for your camera now!!! I wish mine took pictures like this on auto! I'm so glad you had such a great birthday! Xo

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  18. Sounds like such a perfect trip to Chicago to celebrate you!! How great does that hotel sound, little things totally make for an awesome experience. Hads looks too cute in all of the pictures, her personality just shines right through!

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