photo friday: chicago, good parents & a link party!

i’m a big believer in “the best thing we can give to our kids is a great marriage between their mom and dad” and in order to do that, we have to take time to be together and enjoy each other’s company on a level that doesn’t include dirty diapers and feeding schedules.  our second and third days in chicago celebrating our 5th anniversary were just as fun as the first day!  we had gorgeous sunny and crisp weather the whole time.  there were even BLUE SKIES!

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on wednesday, we slept in (until 9:00–i can’t remember the last time i did that!).

ordered room service–YUM.

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we ate so much AMAZING food (i seriously gained 10 pounds i think–and don’t even care–it was worth iiiiittttt!)

we shopped more.

we visited Navy Pier.

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notice  my awesome hand-crocheted scarf and fingerless hand warmers?  so warm and cozy.

get yours in The Hollie Rogue Shop!

had lunch at Bar Toma–again, yum food!

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we lounged in the hotel room and watched a movie.  i loved that were no real schedules. ahhhh.

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we ate at Frontera Grill (Rick Bayless–Top Chef Master) and it was beyond delicious–thanks to Teresa for the recommendation.

thursday, we woke up, got ready, and walked to Yolk to eat breakfast–again fantastic FOOD!


then, we hopped in the car and hurried home to our much-missed babies.  and they were almost as happy to see us as we were to see them!


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our first over-night-without-kids experience was a success (unless you count that Brother didn’t really sleep last night and either did my dad).  thanks to my parents for being so willing to do whatever it took for us to have a little time away.  you’re so appreciated!  jon and i had a blessed time away and i am so thankful for being able to experience life beside that man.


so, that’s what I’VE been up to, now show me what YOU’VE been photographing this week.

link up and then go visit some of the other linker-uppers to show them your support!

blessings, friends~


  1. That sounds like a pretty much FANTASTIC date : ) Isn’t love grand? I also adore that Yoke sign. What a fun restaurant!

  2. These photos are really nice!!

  3. yeah for Chi-Town! Love living here!! That Hotel is one of my favs!!! It is so beautiful there (did youget to eat in their restaurant downstairs – so yummy!)

  4. So glad to hear about your fun Chicago get-away! So glad you took the time away….you’ll be a better mommy and daddy for it! Congrats again on 5 years of marriage….a real success story in this day and age. Many more to come, I’m sure!

    Loved seeing you all last week!
    Aunt JEN

  5. I love all your photos! I would love to visit Chicago someday and do much of the same. *sigh* Sleeping in? What’s that?

    I completely agree about the importance of working on your relationship and marriage to keep the family together. I think when we let the kids rule our lives, the marriage suffers. You have to put your relationship first.

  6. Love, love, love chicago and Navy Pier! And the food looks delicious :)

    xo Shane

  7. Wow…so cool!

  8. Love this. Looks like you had a great time… :) ahhhh…. vacation.

  9. you know, it’s so funny you mention that first line because i was just thinking about that yesterday. i was thinking about what a great marriage my parents have and how i want my husband and i to have the same. and then i started thinking about days that we share together, like you have in this post. and how i never realized my parents had this whole……life outside of me and my brothers. it’s kind of neat how you can have this amazing bond with each other, and also have a life with your kids. they can be mutually exclusive you know?


    • thanks for your sweet comment, and yes, I totally agree with you! i think our generation is a little better about making sure we spend time on our marriages. i’m thankful for that! thanks for reading and happy new year ;)

  10. Andi!! HOW RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING!!!! I whole-heartedly agree that your family is stronger and your kids are better when your marriage is being invested in!!! What an awesome/romantic trip! I haven’t been to Chicago in years…makes me want to revisit!! You got some amazing pics!

  11. this is awesome. i really really respect people who have kids and still take time to get away as a couple. thanks for the inspiration and reminder that it is possible!


  12. Looks like an amazing trip! I love the perspective in that first shot. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Awesome awesome photos…you two look great :) happy new year!

  14. This really makes me miss the City. We lived when we were newly weds!


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