weekly wrap up

Still keeping the faith

I haven’t had a lot of time to write, but really wanted to highlight this past weekend .  If you read my last post, you read that I am still keeping the faith in regards to my career progression.  While nothing has changed since my last post, my faith still remains strong.  #Godhasaplan

This past weekend was my youngest daughter’s 10th birthday.  The big 1-0, double digits baby.  She was more than thrilled to say she is finally TEN YEARS OLD, so I planned a wonderful weekend in the city not only to celebrate her birthday, but to give my daughters and I time to recharge our batteries.

I took Friday off from work, and we headed down to the city at around 10 a.m.  After getting slightly lost once arriving to Chicago, we finally found our hotel.  We stayed at the Wit hotel in Chicago, and I highly recommend it for any future visits.  They treated us like loyalty, and we are just good ‘ole normal middle class folks.   #winning  We spent the weekend eating great food at places like Sienna Tavern and Bottlefork, went on an awesome architecture tour via boat, and shopping ’til we dropped almost literally.

So here’s our weekend wrap, mostly in pictures.  I wish I had words to describe this amazing weekend, but there really aren’t any.  Sure, we bickered some as of course to be expected with 3 woman with each other non-stop for 72 hours, but mostly we bonded, laughed, joked, and there were even a few tears from me as we sang Happy Birthday to my youngest, knowing her Dad would be sad having to miss this day. My heart broke a little, but my daughters helped me find my smile again.

First day at lunch at a place called O’Tooles
“Cocktails” at the roof top bar at the Wit
Us at dinner at the Sienna Tavern
A signed copy of Fabio Vivani’s cookbook!!
Wouldn’t be a birthday without Dylan’s candy store
Day 2 at Navy Pier
Views from our tour
More gorgeous views
Us on the way to Bottlefork for dinner
Shopping at the MAC store, hehe!
Never too old for fun!
Fireworks show at Navy Pier
Worn out after a long weekend, LOL

While there wasn’t much working out for me last week other than my daily plank, we logged over 12 miles of walking this weekend so I’ll take it.  I’m wrapping up with Holly and Tricia for the weekly wrap since these ladies rock, and I’ve missed linking with them.  Please head over and check them out! ❤


How was your weekend?  Do you explore the city you live in?  What is your favorite touristy thing to do?


Have a great week!


26 thoughts on “Still keeping the faith”

  1. Can’t really say as Albany is all that touristy and we rarely make it downtown at all — if I do, it’s usually for a race!

    Looks like you guys had a fantastic weekend, although I’m sure it was bittersweet since your husband couldn’t be there. 😦


  2. This post made me smile! A very happy birthday to your youngest! What beautiful dresses I love how yall got dressed up to go out. Isn’t it so much fun to have girls! This was a well-deserved weekend for all 3 of you and the memories and bonds will last a lifetime!
    I’ve missed seeing you too Michelle! I’m very glad we have connected this past year! I think of you often when anything about military spouses and their family comes up and you’re in my prayers sweet lady!


  3. Happy 10th birthday to your youngest!!! The pictures of you and your daughters are so lovely – the three of you are such a beautiful bunch! I’ve been inside the Wit a few times for a couple of different functions, and it is fabulous. What a great location, too! I am glad to see you all had such a wonderful weekend in the city!!!

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  4. What a wonderful way to celebrate birthday #10. The pictures say it all. Food. Fun. Beautiful Smiles. I hope to do some sightseeing when I’m in Chicago in October. I’m glad you mentioned the architecture tour by boat. That sounds very interesting. I’m now singing the Billy Joel song, by the way (Keeping the Faith). Thanks for linking, Michelle!


    1. Thanks, Holly! If the weather permits (you NEVER know what the weather will be like here in October) I highly suggest an architecture tour. Also, you MUST eat at Quartino. Hands down one of our favorite Italian places to eat here.


  5. Late happy birthday to your daughter. It looks like a great week end. i visited Chicago many years ago and I liked a lot, I remember I spent good time on the Navy Pier (also because I spent 20 years of my life in the Navy). The photos are wonderful.

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  6. Happy belated birthday to your daughter – a month late!

    I love visiting Chicago! We went on the architecture boat tour when we were there for the Chicago Spring Half Marathon. Last September we did the kayak tour on the Chicago River. Not sure what we’ll do in October when I’m there for a fitness conference…


    1. LOL, thanks!!! We’re headed back for our annual “holiday” trip the end of November and plan on seeing a show and going Christmas shopping. If you get a chance, eat at a restaurant called Quartino. It’s a favorite of ours. It’s a family style Italian place.

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