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!


Deployment thoughts, weekend wrap up

4th Annual Chicago Christmas Staycation/Weekend wrap up!

This year marks the 4th year we went to the city to celebrate early Christmas.  In years past we’ve stayed at The Palmer House, Knickerbocker, and The Drake and enjoyed each hotel immensely.  This has become a family tradition that is cherished by our family. The Drake holds a special place in our hearts so this year we decided to go all out for the holidays, knowing next year we wouldn’t be together.

2 years ago
2 years ago-we stayed across the street at the Knickerbocker this year.
last year
last year
This year, right before we went to The Lion King
This year, right before we went to The Lion King

I am normally a very frugal person and cringe at the thought of credit card debt.  If I can’t pay cash for it, I don’t buy it.  But this year I decided to let lose a little, and we spoiled the kids rotten with food, seeing The Lion King, and shopping till we dropped on the Mag mile.  I even got a new bag.  #winning I know my husband is trying to make up for next Christmas, and all the time he will be gone.  But I gently reminded him that I’d trade every handbag and present for his safe return.  #allthetears

Isn't she pretty?
Isn’t she pretty?

So there it is….we ate at Season’s 52, The fig and the olive, Quartino’s, mk, and The Purple Pig.  The Chicago food scene is truly amazing.  We even got to tour the kitchen and meet Erick Williams, the Executive Chef of mk.  I can’t say enough about the amazing service, AND food.  We will definitely be back, maybe for my birthday!!!!

Purple Pig menu
mk tasting menu w/wine pairings-YUM
Fig and Olive menu
so much coolness right here.
so much coolness right here.
Brunch at Fig and Olive
Brunch at Fig and Olive
Desert and mk! Who's droolin'?!
Desert at mk! Who’s droolin’?!
Meat and cheese sampling at Purple Pig
Meat and cheese sampling at Purple Pig

The weekend flew by, but we made memories that will last a lifetime.  I can honestly say that despite this being one of the toughest things we’ve been through, it has made us all that much stronger of a family unit.  He leaves in just 2 months, and the time is flying by far too quickly.  I pray his time away goes by just as fast.

Us just before going in to the Lion King
Us just before going in to the Lion King
I may have secretly snapped this shot.  HEHE!
I may have secretly snapped this shot. HEHE!
Because we still believe in Santa
Because we still believe in Santa
The reason I smile...
The reason I smile…
Our car was stuffed to the ceiling with bags, but the memories are what I will hold dear to my heart.
Our car was stuffed to the ceiling with bags, but the memories are what I will hold dear to my heart.

Do you have any family traditions at Christmas time? When you travel do you enjoy trying out new restaurants?

This week I am linking up with Holly and Tricia for the weekly wrap up!


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!!

❤ Michelle