Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Travel Diary: Chicago-January

So with the new year in full swing, we have a ton of fun places on the agenda to travel to this year and I couldn't be happier. I'm hoping they all will work out and some of them are already booked and ready to go!! Even though Chicago isn't a new place to travel to, I hadn't been back since Labor Day Weekend and that was a looooong time to go without seeing my people! It was such a fun trip and I think we got a lot squeezed into a short weekend trip. This was the first trip of the year and I can't wait to share with you our future travels!

We got in late Friday evening after some serious hiccups that almost canceled our trip, everything is good now which I couldn't be happier about and I am super glad things worked out in the end and allowed for us to go on our trip! After plenty of delays and just an exhausting day, we were at my parent's house reunited with the people I love. We ate dinner and headed right to bed to sleep off the exhaustion.

The next morning I woke up early (which is what I did the entire time we were there) to play with my fur-nephew Nico. He's an early riser and since I wanted to soak up as much time as possible with everyone I figured waking up early would just be easier. Some snapchat selfies were most definitely taken with Nico, even though he wasn't having much of it.

Later that morning, my sissy and I headed out to meet up a group of girlfriends I haven't hung with in a long time and it was such a fun girls day. We had brunch at Meli Cafe which was the yummiest and then headed to have our nails done close by. I also got to meet an old friend's new baby and she was the sweetest little sass monster I've ever met! Also got to hang with a friend who is about 2 weeks from popping and it was great catching up and seeing her new place downtown.

That evening my entire family came over, as crazy as they are I was so thrilled to see all of them again. We headed out to eat dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant. We were so so hungry that the food was gobbled up so quickly. Such good food and I'm seriously craving it again!!

Sunday was spent lounging around and taking tons of selfies with my sissy using Snapchat filters. A was totally judging us, but we didn't care. This was the trip with all the selfies for sure!

That evening the whole family came over again and we headed to eat at our favorite deep dish pizza place. Seriously these 2 restaurants were on my must go list when we were coming back home and I'm so glad we were able to eat at both places!! The pizza was so so delicious and we even ran into some people we knew at the restaurant so double win!

We then headed out to a local bar and met up with more friends. It was fun to see everyone again, some we haven't seen since our wedding! 

Monday morning was a little slower in waking up, but knowing it was our last day in Chicago we took all the advantage of it. After packing our bags and getting ready for the day, we brought lunch home to enjoy. After eating we just lounged around until it was unfortunately time to head to the airport. I couldn't believe how quickly our time was up, but I appreciated all the time I did get to spend with family and friends while we were in town! 

Of course a family selfie with Nico, hubs and I was necessary :)!


It was such a fun trip and I was so thankful to be able to have seen as many people as I did. Although I didn't get to see many more people, it was a well needed trip home, despite the bitter temps! Luckily for us our flight home to Houston was much smoother than the flight to Chicago!


  1. so nice to see friends and family! and soak up all the fur baby cuddles. and yes - selfies are a necessary thing to check off the list of course!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  2. Hooray for getting to catch up with your friends and family and for getting to eat at all of your favorite restaurants while you were home! I'm glad that you were able to make it to Chicago, despite all the hiccups!

  3. Yum, I love Meli Café! I'm so glad you got to see so many people on your trip!

  4. So glad you got to spend time with the fam, and now I'm super curious which trips are already booked for this year. Do spill! ;-)
    Green Fashionista

  5. Getting home to see your family is so important. I don't do it often enough. It sounds like you had a great time and that you have a great community of friends.

  6. So fun you made a trip back home with the hubs to spend time with family and friends. That is so good for the soul especially taking the leap to move to another state. The length of time apart gets easier over time but I think you guys made the right choice to start the year off going home to visit. Now you can plan all the fun adventures this year and like Kate, I'd love to hear what's on the travel list.

  7. What a fun trip- it's always nice to visit with family. Glad you enjoyed it :)