Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chicago, Chicago

While I was visiting Travis in Chicago, we took advantage of our time together and toured the city on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday was spent touring Navy Pier, riding the Ferris Wheel looking over the beautiful and ginormous Lake Michican, having a drink at Harry Carry's, riding the train to Union Station from the burbs where we were staying, walking the Magnificent Mile, taking a stroll through Millenium Park and, enjoying a water taxi up the river to view the sites. We also managed to sneak in a Cubbies game on Sunday. Although they lost, we got to see the manager, Lou Piniella, coach his last game before retiring.

We ate the famous deep dish pizza twice as we had been given several recommendations from our friends. After the taste tests it was decided that we preferred the pizza from Lou Malnati's over Giordano's. Don't get me wrong both were EXCELLENT, but Lou's took first place.

Here are a few pics of the weekend:

A big kiss for the hubs after 52 days apart

Frist Stop: Navy Pier
Well, we tried the Aquarium first, but there was a 2 hour thanks

We stopped for a drink fun!

Taking the water taxi up the river to Michigan Avenue

In front of Wrigley Field!

And that my friends was my quick trip to Chicago!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I now realize that statement is true. More. Than. Ever.

Travis has been traveling out of state for work for 8 weeks now and this is the first time that I have seen him. This is the longest that we have been apart, but thanks to email, texting, and cell phones we have found a lot of time to talk and be thankful for each other.

Me and Trav just after he proposed.
I currently have the pleasure of visiting Travis in Chicago for several days. We plan to eat deep dish pizza, go to a Cubbies game, Shed Aquarium, Navy Pier, Millenium Park, Michigan Avenue, and any other touristy thing that we can do.

It definitely hasn't been easy having him away from home, but I am more thankful than ever for a husband who is willing to work in a strange environment so far from home, dealing with difficult people, and rarely take a day off to relax. He is a Saint IMO and I am truly grateful for the sacrifices he is making for us.

I've been in Chicago for less than 24 hours and I've learned this so far: deep dish pizza is amazing and extremely filling. Who knew that one slice could do you in for a day?! Chicago-ans are not near as polite as Texans and have no idea what southern hospitality means. They also do all of their road construction in the summer since it is so cold in the winter so traffic is a nightmare. I miss Texas, but am soaking every single second together with my wonderfully handsome husband!

September 2009 FW Stockyards

Travis- Thanks for 'taking one for the team' and working so hard for us and so far away from home. You are a wonderful husband and I am so extremely thankful for you and all that you do!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fishy Fishy

I have a whole new respect for cake decorators after the challenge I took on earlier today.

I volunteered to make a cake that resembles Nemo for a competition at work. What was I thinking? I love to bake, but decorating is def not my forte nor am I artistic at all.

I found several websites that offered instructions on how to make Nemo and instead I just blew up a picture (as seen in the background) and did my best to copy it.

It doesn't look great but I'm giving myself a B for trying. Decorating cakes takes a lot of patience and time. It took me almost 2 hours to ice that sucker. I worked up a sweat. Now I completely understand why intricate cakes can be so costly. I am worn out but I did have fun!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pizza, Pizza!

The hubs is in Chicago for work and had his first taste of real deep dish pizza today. He said it was A-mazing and loved every bite of it.
Doesn't that look good?

I wonder how long I'd have to run on the treadmill to burn that sucker off?!? Probably not even worth it then, right? I'll just tell myself that anyway.