Weekend Update: The Perfect Mix

I've lost two followers in the past few weeks. Can't say I blame them. Even my mom told me last night that my blog is boring. (Well, she actually said "you haven't been blogging much," which to me, obviously means BORING!)

First, we must welcome to the world, two very special ladies: Emily Lauren Stauss and Blair Avery Solomon! Welcome beauties!

Emily Lauren

Blair Avery

This past weekend, we had Bryan's lifelong bud, Sean, and his wife, Dish, up to visit. It was an equal mix of low-key and activity...my perfect weekend! As you know, we've been out of town since like, October, so, it was nice to just be here in Chicago.


Sean and Dish didn't get home until later on Friday night, so we ordered in and hung out with our plumber most of the evening. Yep, you read that right. More plumbing problems plagued us as a result of having a shared water line with the neighbors, so $250 and half of Friday later, there's that.

Saturday, we went for brunch in a new neighborhood and then headed down to Revolution Brewery. I went there a few long weeks ago, and mentioned then that it's where they filmed the movie Drinking Buddies. After some beers and shuffleboard, we headed home to relax before going out to a nice dinner downtown.


Somehow I convinced everyone to go to my favorite restaurant, Shaw's Crab House. I actually don't think it's my favorite, it's just one of those places that I frequent so rarely that it always feel special when we're there. We indulged in delicious wine, crab legs, bread and salads before venturing out to Redhead Piano Bar. Apparently, if you're a redhead, you get in quickly and a table! Good to know, eh.




Sunday, Sean and Dish were kind enough to take our pup back to Iowa with them so she can stay with m parents while we are away in Europe. If you didn't hear, there was CRAZY weather on Sunday in the Chicago area, so we laid low, cleaned up the house, watched some football, etc. We did go to the gym, which was productive, but that was about it.

And here we are, on Monday night. Tonight we actually did something though, and dinner with our good friends Kate and Matt, whom we haven't seen since my birthday! We had some margs, tacos and good convo. Just what Monday ordered.

Now, I just need to get through tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday morning, and then I'M OUT! Words can't describe.

Here's wishing you lovelies a great week!

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Since I've Been Gone...

One thing I’ve learned since starting a blog is that I’m shockingly unreliable and not nearly busy enough to not update this thing on a daily basis. That aside, here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to since I last blogged:

  • I traveled to Iowa City & Kansas City
  • I went wedding dress shopping with my little sister
Me, Ma, & Jess waiting for Natty to come out
  • I celebrated my dad’s 59th birthday
Sloan got to help blow out the candle!
  • I celebrated my friend’s 30th birthday
Me and my favorites!
  • I watched my friend get married!
She made her own wedding cake!
  • I caught baby fever
Meet Elle!
  • I caught up with my girlfriends from college
Never did snag a group photo, but this is Susie!
  • I met Rick Bayless
He's a Chicago Celebrity Chef.
  • I met Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane
They play for the Chicago Blackhawks, which, in case you've been 
living under a rock or don't follow hot hockey players, 
they won the Stanley Cup last year.
  • I spent one long Sunday getting drunk in an airport with my husband and planning our upcoming trip to Spain
  • I lost 0 pounds, but gained 1.2
sorry, no photos.
  • I found someone younger than the age of 2 who has a crush on me
You can't tell here, but he loves me. (This my friend 
Mandy's first born.)
  • I tailgated with my besties!
Pretty fall colors!
  • Bought new pajama pants
Best $12.50 ever spent. 
  • Enjoyed fall, until in snowed.

  • Drank lots of red wine – tis the season!
  • Hung out in a princess castle
Sweet castle, sweet girl.
  • I honored my Veteran!
I know, he's handsome and I know, I'm lucky. 


And currently, I’m waiting for one of my best girls, Mandy, to have her second bambino, and for my cousin to have her second bambino…both girls! So, that’s my Wednesday and my past 1.5 weeks.

I don’t forsee things getting better in terms of Keeping Up with the R&R blog, but I shall try.

I will likely be terribly busy preparing for our upcoming trip to Spain and Portugal. You can be jealous, it’s fine.
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