happy birthday, Chicago!

I would be crazy not to wish my love, Chicago, a happy 180th birthday today!!! (Not to mention it was my handsome hubby and his twin’s birthday on Thursday!)

In honor of the Windy City’s big day, I thought I would share some (13, because it’s my lucky number) of my favorite city moments in the past year:

Celebrating our buddy Graham’s first birthday at A Little Photo Studio.

Chicago farmers markets! Any and all!

Having pear sorbet for the first time at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

Impromptu lunch at Green Street Smoked Meats! One of my favorites.

Breakfast dates at Summer House Santa Monica.

Checking out the street art in our neighborhood.

Moving! (Ok, not my favorite at all, but a big moment nonetheless…)

Watching my brother run in the Chicago Marathon!

Trick or treating with Wayne and Snow White on Halloween!

Taking in the view from the rooftop at our apartment building.

Celebrating the Cubs winning the World Series with my friends/co-workers!!!

Visiting the beautiful Christmas tree with friends — a tradition! — at The Walnut Room.

Parents night out at a private holiday party at Publican Quality Meats!

Happy birthday, Chicago. Can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us! Xo

Ellie’s First Halloween

I’ll be the first to say that Halloween is not my favorite holiday (Christmas and Easter are!). Last year, we stayed in and watched a scary movie (No Country for Old Men). Having a child definitely makes for a different experience! This year, I’ve been thinking about the holiday quite a bit. Because Ellie can’t choose for herself yet, she wore two of her cousins’ costumes: an octopus in the afternoon and a flower in the evening! (George dressed up, too! See below!)

If that wasn’t enough, I got her a Carters outfit at Target that says, “I’m so cute, it’s spooky!” Who can resist polka dots, glitter, and a black tutu? Not this mama!

What’s great about Halloween is spending it with others. We had some friends over for stew and cider (and they brought Sweet Mandy B’s!!!)–not to mention adorable photo opps, then headed to the burbs for an open house party and more photos!!! 

Seeing all of the kids dressed up for trick or treating (both in person and online) was so fun! Keep the photos coming, and I’ll keep liking them!

It also got me day dreaming about when Ellie grows up: taking her trick or treating, seeing what costumes she’ll choose, making her give Mommy and Daddy all of the Snickers. Just kidding…she can keep some.

Hope you had a great holiday celebrating, and that you’re enjoying the extra hour of sleep. I’ve been up since 6 am…zzzz….