Life Lately

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hi friends! Stopping by for a quick update on things. We've been working on moving into our new place and I'm getting a post about that together to share soon but thought I'd just give a quick look at what we've been up to lately.

Loren and I went to game four of the Blackhawks playoffs. While the home team lost (and ended up losing the series) we still had a good time. Hockey at the United Center has yet to disappoint me.

My parents came to visit and check out our new place. It was so nice to see them and to get some help around the house! They came and helped with whatever we asked and I SO appreciated it. I like to do the unpacking on my own but really needed help with outdoor work so that's what they did. My Mom was awesome at raking and picking weeds/sticks out of the yard and my Dad helped Loren clean out our gutters which were practically growing trees! We did manage to squeeze in a little bit of fun though! They'd never been to Chicago so we took them to see our apartment and then showed them around town a bit.

Such a fun weekend! Since we've been staying at the house I'm playing carpool Mom and driving Loren to and from the train station. Ruby always joins me and it's so cute watching her wait for her Daddy!

It's also cute watching the strangers smile at her while they walk by. She makes everyone smile! :) Side note, Ruby tried a new daycare today and it seems like a great place. I'm so impressed with how well she's done during this move, it really blows my mind. It seems like as long as she knows we're still here with her, she's okay. Love that pup.

Anyway, I think that's a good update! I'll be back soon with a move-in report.


A Full Lovetank

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This past weekend Loren and I took a trip to the Seattle area to surprise my sister. It was SO much fun and I'm super happy that we were able to go out for a quick trip. Laura and her boyfriend invited us to their housewarming party and I said to Loren "wouldn't it be fun if we could surprise her and go?!". I looked up tickets and couldn't believe our luck! Seriously, the cheapest flights I've ever seen to Seattle. We booked quickly, let her boyfriend in on our plan and tried to keep our yaps shut for the next few weeks. I've never surprised anyone before, and it's the nicest feeling! It was fun to see her reaction and happiness that we were there to celebrate with her. Priceless!

We were just there for an extended weekend but managed to schedule a few meet ups with our old pals. It was good for the soul (mine at least, Loren probably wouldn't say something so dramatic). Moving away turned out to be so much harder on me emotionally than I ever would have imagined so to see some of my nearest and dearest friends, and know that they were still happy to spend time with me, meant the world.

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I had met a few friends for lunch and afterwards while I was waiting for Loren to wrap up his lunch date I stopped by the Future of Flight museum to take a peek at the flight line where I used to work. It was nice to see all those airplanes lined up again. I maybe cried a little...there was a guy sitting in his car that I'm sure that I was a weirdo. Haha! 

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It's a good day when you get to have lunch and happy hour with people that make you smile and feel happy! I was so grateful to have been able to meet up with them. Friday evening Laura, Diego, Loren and I went wine tasting in Woodinville. No pictures from that...must have been too busy tasting! :)

Saturday we went to one of my favorite places for breakfast, visited another couple friends, and helped where we could to get their house ready for the big party! It was a great party and I think everyone had a fun night.

A small photo shoot on the steps! Hahaha! :)

Love those goofballs!

Sunday we did a little more wine tasting and then went to lunch at a friend's house. We got to meet our friends new baby (adorable!) and see all the other kiddos that we love. Crazy how they grow up so quick! The day went by too quick and before we knew it we were at our last visit and then headed to meet back up with Laura & Diego for a quick snack and to say see ya later.

It was a weekend filled to the brim with love and fun. I try not to be such a sap, but it really did my heart good. And to have been able to make Laura so happy was awesome! I am all heart eyed emojis! :) Thanks for reading! Until next time...


The New House

Monday, April 11, 2016

We bought a house! 

I'm so excited to have a place to be able to settle into in the Chicago area. Living in our apartment has been fun, but it's been difficult not having our own furniture and decorations. Here's a few pictures from the listing. The house has good bones and we love the flow of the place. It's going to be fun making a new house home.

We're really excited for our Ruby girl to have a yard to run around in. Our house in Washington only had cement in the backyard and living in the apartment she hasn't had any place to run and play. There's big trees and she loved sniffing and running around when we let her in the yard after the inspection.

Thanks for reading, hope you'll come back to follow along as we settle into our new space and town.

Love, K

Family Fun

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Recently my in-laws came to town to visit, they spent several days at my sister in law's house and then came to stay with us in the city for a few days. We had a lot of fun hanging out with everyone and showing them around the city. 

The boys having a couple drinks at dinner. :)

We went to the Macy's Flower Show. I guess they have it every year at the Macy's on State Street. I had pretty low expectations but it was gorgeous! The theme this year was America the Beautiful so they had displays to represent all the different areas of the US.

This cute little goober posing in the barn. :)

We also visited the Willis Tower Skydeck. It was a somewhat gloomy and drizzly day but we lucked out and managed to get a look around before visibility got too bad. We were able to see Loren's new work building (the red brick one in the photo below), and some other interesting buildings that are part of the Chicago skyline.

The last night they were in town my MIL and I went to the movies while Loren and his Dad went to the Bulls game. After the game we all met up for some happy hour snacks at our favorite local bar, Rudy's.

While it's always fun to play tour guide, I think Loren and I would both agree that the best times spent with visitors are when we're just hanging out together talking and laughing. We had a great time and are looking forward to the next visit!

Love, K

City Living

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Since moving to Chicago, Loren and I have been living right in the heart of downtown. I thought I'd share a little glimpse of our apartment with you. We live right across the street from Millennium Park, on Michigan Ave. I feel pretty fancy to live on Michigan Ave! :) The views aren't great but still exciting to us coming from the suburbs. 

Anyway, here's some not great pictures of our apartment. It came furnished and we tried to add some personal touches without spending a lot of money. 

We bought this cheapo bookcase off Amazon and found some inexpensive frames and decorative items at the Ross down the street.

To help with feeling lonely, I made a display of Sticky 9 prints using some twine and 3M command hooks. It's nice to be able to see friends and family and remember fun times.

So that's our little apartment. It's been a nice little home for us and nice to be in the city to get the lay of the land around here. 

Thanks for reading!

Love, K
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