Wednesday, December 14, 2022

girls just wanna have fun

The annual girls’ trip to Chicago was a bit different this year, since we couldn’t find a weekend that worked for everyone; it was just Mom, Kelsey, and me! Mom and I drove up Saturday morning and met Kelsey at her apartment. I hadn’t seen this place yet, since she moved in during COVID and I missed last year’s girls’ weekend. The view is amazing! She’s way up in a high rise with a gorgeous view of Wrigley Field and Lake Michigan! The weather was frigid but beautifully clear for our weekend, so we could see for miles!
We shopped on Saturday, working our way from store to store until an early dinner at Grand Lux. (We got a table in the round room surrounded by all the Christmas lights!) We followed that with dessert at a cute little marshmallow cafe (yes, this is a thing that exists). We tried the s’mores, hot chocolate, and marshmallow turtles (the clear winner, in my opinion!)
Sunday we went to church and then back downtown for a visit to the Christkindlmarket. We ate pretzels and potato pancakes and each picked out a pretty glass ornament. Kelsey got a cute little “bean” with the Chicago skyline, and I got a pickle for Mae! She learned about the tradition of hiding the pickle on the Christmas tree in school last year and will be excited to have our own pickle this year.

Meanwhile back at home, Dan had a busy weekend with the kids. After school Friday, Mae had her first basketball practice followed by a movie night at a friend's house. Dan and Colin went out for dinner and gelato. Colin loved watching the toy train that drives around the burger restaurant!
Saturday, Dan took the kids to breakfast with Santa. Colin is a much bigger fan of Santa this year than last apparently!
I was a little disappointed to miss out on breakfast with Santa, but glad that Dan and the kids had fun things to do while I was away!

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