Tales from a Wonderful Weekend

Happy Monday, pretties!

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And so continues the whirlwind summer. Our last guests left on Tuesday, and Bryan's parents—aka, the best in-laws ever—arrived on Friday. Here we go again!

I think I've mentioned it a time or two, but I lucked out in the in-law department. Friends and family constantly tell me horror stories about their in-laws (to be fair, it's mostly the MILs). Mama's who can't relinquish their sons to another woman, who think they know best when it comes to parenting, and who have a very specific idea of how the wedding should be.

Not the case here. Anyway, I've mentioned how weekends at home can be chaotic and quality time with anyone is hard to find, so I love and cherish these weekends when we get visitors and we can get that necessary one-on-one.

So, although it was basically a fall weekend during summer in Chicago, we made the best of it by eating and drinking lots, snuggling up to watch movies, shopping and hitting up the theater.

Friday, we ate dinner at a cute little bistro/winebar in our neighborhood called Fork. It was pretty late when we got home (and we might have had too much wine at dinner), so we pretty much called it a night early. We did watch the movie Sideways though (anyone seen it?)...it was intense.

Saturday, we all slept in (another fantastic quality about my in-laws), had coffee and breakfast, and then got ready for the big weekend event: THE BOOK OF MORMON.

For those who aren't familiar, The Book of Mormon was written by the creators of South Park. It's a highly inappropriate, hilarious and uplifting religious satire about the Mormon religion. If you're easily offended, I wouldn't recommend it, but it really does have a bigger message that I think anyone would appreciate, which is that everything in life is open to personal interpretation. Moreso, it doesn't really matter what you believe in, as long as you believe in something. If you can see it anywhere near you, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. (Although it was embarrassing when my father-in-law didn't hear something correctly and asked me to clarify. The word was CLITORIS.)

MIL and FIL got all the good photos...waiting for them to send!

That night, we ate at one of my favorite places in the city: City Winery. It has a huge selection of wines, both that they make themselves and well-known labels, plus super yummy small plates of food. Plus, it's got a concert venue that often has pretty kick-ass artists.

Sunday, we spent the day shopping at local boutiques in Lincoln Square, and getting the in-laws fitted for new kicks at Fleet Feet. Once they left, I fought the urge to go to bed at 4pm, and instead went to the gym. (yay! the fact that I have to fit into a bridesmaid dress in 3 weeks must finally be catching up to my brain.) Then it was a frozen pizza-beer-and-wine-and-dexter-and-RHONJ kinda night.

Other randoms from the weekend. Cutest niece ever, amiright?

Sami's Shenanigans
What were ya'll up to?


  1. ah I'm so jealous that you saw the Book of Mormon. I just about died when I saw it. Can't wait to see it again!

  2. I am dying to see The Book of Mormon. I'v heard a lot of really great things about it. It's awesome that you can go see "highly inappropriate" shows with your inlaws. The face that you can utter the word clitoris to your FIL is commendable. I don't know what I would have done! ha

  3. I saw The Book of Mormon in Chicago and it was hilarious!! Pretty sure my friends and I went around screaming hasa diga eebowai for about three weeks!

  4. That is hilarious about your father in law! So cool you can see that with them!
    Pizza, beer and wine nights are some of the best. :)

  5. I've never heard of The Book of Mormon, but it sounds like a must see! I'll have to check it out :D That is too funny about what you had to repeat to your FIL! Looks and sounds like you had an amazing weekend :D

  6. Sounds like a really good weekend. Love the pic of the doggie on the pillow

  7. I really want to see Book of Mormon! I have only heard good things about it.


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