Chicago Love!!

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I think we mentioned it before, or you just assume from our track history, but we don’t ever know what we are doing in regards to where we will be living next.  That being said we could stay in Madison forever…we are just trying to figure things out and praying God gives us a clear picture of what His will is for our lives.  Not ever knowing, however, does give us this urgency to really live life where we are at.  This summer we strategically have things planned out and we are busy.  So far we have camped twice at Devil’s Lake, made a trip to Milwaukee, had family and friends visit us and a couple weekends ago went on a quick trip to Chicago.

Guys, Chicago will always be a special place for both CJ and I.  It’s where we met, dated and started our married life.  It will always be our most favorite city and thinking about all the good memories we made there…there is just so many good ones.  We had all these grandiose ideas of how we could take our kids to our old neighborhood, shops and most importantly restaurants, but lets be real here…kids certainly whip you out of that dreamy mindset to reality very quickly.  Honestly our kids did pretty good and we were able to eat at some of our favorite spots, walk around the neighborhood, take the kids on the EL for the first time and meet a friend and her sweet family at Millennium Park.  It was a jam packed really good day!

There are many moments where I feel my kids need to be more urbanized and I told CJ I could move back to Chicago, but then we did the EL with the stroller, and eh, that wasn’t easy.  Lets just say trying to carry a stroller up the stairs with your very heavy infant in a carrier is no easy feat.  I still could live in Chicago, but don’t expect me taking the stroller downtown on my own!!  Wicker Park/Bucktown in many ways felt like it never changed, but surely it did.  Lots of new donut places it seemed along with many places of course.  But for the most part our favorite spots are still there and it’s pretty fun visiting and reminiscing the old times with my partner in crime and even sweeter making new memories with our kiddos.

Here’s some photos of our day if you care to see:

IMG_6611 First stop was at Milk & Honey.  One of our favorite brunch spots!

IMG_6623 The fountain in Wicker Park.  If we ever need to produce distraction and happiness for this girl we try and find water.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset Heading downtown on the EL!

IMG_6633 We met our friends at the Maggie Daley Park and it was pretty amazing.  It has all these different sections for different age groups and the slides, etc were top notch!  It made me miss Delores Park, hands down, my favorite park of all time!!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Isn’t this girl gorgeous?!  She has a beautiful heart too, such a good mama and a Sister In Christ.  I appreciate this girl!

IMG_6652 The infamous ‘bean photo’ at Millennium Park.  This is such a tourist spot, but every time I go there I love it so much!

IMG_6657 Here’s a selfie with the city reflecting on the bean behind us.

IMG_6661 On the way home both kids were sleeping so when walking past Magnolia Bakery I told CJ I needed to get me some banana pudding.   IMG_7182 Last stop of the day was at Big Star Tacos.  Their al pastor tacos are top notch and we dream about them all the time!  Nola seemed to approve as well.

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