Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Our Anniversary Trip to Chicago!

We celebrated 5 years of marriage on May 15th and had planned to just drive down to Austin to celebrate. We have a long list of places we would like to travel to,  so we decided we would go to Chicago for our 5 year anniversary instead. We found super cheap airfare and used Beau's hotel points for the stay--perfect little getaway. We stayed two nights and my sister and my parents kept the kids. My parents took us to the airport and the kiddos rode along. When we got to the airport, I was giving hugs and kisses and saying my goodbyes when Witten said: "I going to wait too long." Talk about breaking my mama heart! I assured him, I would be back very soon (he's a mama's boy big) and kissed him. I walked away and cried big, ugly tears, it just broke my heart. He does not like being away from his mama. 

When we arrived in Chicago, we took the transportation to downtown. It was a lot like the subway, but also like the dart. Half of the time it was below ground and other times above. 

We checked into our hotel and made our way to Gino's East for pizza. It was very good and probably our new favorite pizza. 

We stayed at the Westin River Center. We were close to the top and had a great view of the river. 

The pizza at Gino's East did not disappoint! It was delicious. 

After lunch we did some unplanned shopping. We forgot our jackets and it was also in the 40s. We had tickets to go to a Cubs game that night and knew we were going to freeze. So, we searched for jackets and found nothing. So, we bought a huge blanket to at least cover up with at the game. Boy, was it COLD. 

The game was nothing like we had expected. There wasn't a whole lot of energy and it was just plain boring compared to our Rangers games. We were freezing & bored, so we left after the 2nd inning. 

We decided to get dinner once we got back into downtown. A few friends suggested Portillos'. It was very good. 

The peppers and carrots were so good on the Italian beef sandwich. 

When we got back to our room, there were nuts, strawberries and wine waiting for us. 

I did some face timing with Kinsley before bed. Witten was already asleep, apparently Kinsley stayed up late in Shelly's bed. 

The next day, we took the city tour bus. I always enjoy doing these because they're informational and you can also use it as transportation if you get tired of walking. 

There were tulips all along the medians and parks. My very favorite flower. 

The Target was 2 floors and fancy.. my favorite store!

For lunch we grabbed sandwiches and ate in the park. 

The bean!

Buckingham Fountain

We stopped for some people watching and to relax. 

Love this guy. 

After our tour of the city, we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We went to the top floor for happy hour and had some drinks. 

We got ready for dinner and it was pouring, so we got an uber to take us to Ruth's Chris. 

Our server made the best cream brûlée with an amazing milk over it. Delicious. 

In the sky box. It was a neat experience. 

The view from the top of the Willis Tower. 

Garrett Popcorn is the best!

Breakfast in bed the last morning. Chicago was fun. We had a fun, little getaway, but we were happy to be back to our kids. 

These kids are our whole world and we were so happy to get back to them. 

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