Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cruz Says: What Parents Should Not Say

It's no surprise that I let out the occasional swear word.

It's also no surprise that Nick does as well.

When Cruz got to the point of comprehending, Nick & I had a serious conversation about watching our potty mouths and being more cognizant of what we say.

I thought we were doing okay.

'Thought' being the key word.

Until we came home from out little Chicago getaway and Cruzer & I were running some errands on Sunday night. We swung by the storage unit because Nick was finally grabbing our faux Christmas tree, so we could put it up for approximately one week before our holiday travel starts on Saturday.

Cruz & I were driving home after seeing daddy and he just blurts out, "mama, I just don't know what the f*cken is wrong with my daddy."

I literally had to stifle a laugh. It was so clear that I didn't even have to ask him what he said.

I told him not to say that word and he replied, "but my daddy says it."

I said, "what do you mean, what does daddy say?"

Cruz responds, "f*cken. Daddy says f*cken all the time."

Houston. We have a problem.

I chose to ignore it. That's what we parents do, right? Ignore things we don't want our kids to do/say in hopes it won't be repeated?

Well, that's what I did.

And he used it two more times that night. In full context. Completely accurate.

I'm still choosing to ignore it.

In hopes that it will go away...far, far away.

And on that note...some holiday snaps from a trip to the local nursery and our Angels Among Us Angels Flix/Day w/ Santa a couple weeks ago.

Because these are cute. And saying the word "f*cken" is not.

Jacket  // Jeans // Chucks
(This jacket is my fave of all time - we get TONS of compliments on it!)

Linking up with "It's the Little Things" with Ashley & Jess.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekending in Chicago

This past weekend was a much needed relaxing one. 

After finding out I would need to be in Chicago for work meetings, Nick and I decided to book a trip - just the two of us - on the tail of end it. It was such a great decision...if I do say so myself.

The weekend officially started on Thursday around 4:30pm when I finished the second of two presentations I had been working on the past few months. It was such a great relief and I was happy to have this little getaway as a way to celebrate finally being done. I'm sure Nick was celebrating finally getting his wife - and some help with Cruzer - back since I'd been relatively MIA. 

Immediately after checking in at the Warwick Allerton Hotel downtown, we grabbed a couple of glasses of champagne and headed to the room to get ready for dinner and a night out on the town. I booked the hotel using Jetsetter. It was in a gorgeous old building, right off Michigan Avenue and had a great lobby bar but I have to say if we were to do it again, we probably wouldn't have picked this hotel. We upgraded to a suite - of course we didn't realize it was the handicap suite - and the room was nice, just would've preferred a little nicer. And one of our favorite thing about staying in a hotel is the plush, comfortable bed. This one was not and that was a big let down...don't worry it didn't stop us from sleeping in most mornings.

We headed out to our reservations at Epic - a restaurant Nick's trainer recommended - and it had potential by the looks of the lively bar downstairs, until they led us upstairs and it was super quiet and not quite our scene, so we politely said thanks but no thanks and headed down Hubbard to find somewhere more our speed. We settled on Hub 51 and it was perfect. Great food, great scene and great cocktails. After dinner we basically stopped in every single bar on Hubbard trying them out before calling it a night. We had been up since 3:30am to catch our flight earlier that morning and were both exhausted.

On Friday, we woke up - to no alarm, might I add - around 9am. Yes, we slept in until 9am and it was so amazing. I don't think I've slept that late since our Mexico vacation earlier this year (read all about that trip here & here). Then we got ready and headed in search of a delicious place for brunch and landed at an aptly named spot called Brunch.  The Brunch nachos and chicken & waffle bites were delish.

We then headed to Up Comedy Club for a 1:30pm show - Second City's Holidazed & Confused - and we were so glad we did. Nick and I both love comedy and when it's rated R, it's even better in our book. And this was hilarious.

The best part? Nick got called up on stage during their improv about a sweater problem...they brought him in as chief of sweaters and asked him what material he thought they should make sweaters out of to make them safer...and Nick? He said "yoga pant material." Yep. Only my husband. =)

The day didn't end there, after the show we headed to the United Center for the Bulls / Trailblazers game. Initially we were stoked because one of our fave player's (Doug McDermott) from one of our fave teams (Creighton Bluejays in Omaha) plays for the Bulls. Unfortunately, he wasn't suiting up, but it was still a fun game.

The only reason I took this pic of the cheerleader was so I didn't look like a stalker trying to get a pic of Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant - to her left. Any old Bulls fans out there? I know I sure was. Now I'm just a weirdo taking pictures of cheerleaders. Great plan, Kate.

On Saturday, we slept in again - sensing a theme here? - and then decided on a morning movie. We haven't been to a movie in forever and used to love going. When I was prego, we literally went to a movie every Monday. And let me tell you, it wasn't because there were so many great movies and maybe had more to do with the nachos and buttery popcorn.

We saw Gone Girl. I had read the book and overall thought the movie was good. Slow at parts and to be honest I preferred the book, but I also love seeing how movies play out and putting faces to the characters.

After the movie it was all about the shopping.

We were deciding between heading to dinner at Mastro's - one of my favorite restaurants & because Nick has never been OR heading back to the room for a deep dish pizza and an in-room movie. I'm sure you can guess the latter won us over. We hit up Trader Joe's for some wine, ordered in Gino's East and watched the Equalizer while eating pizza and drinking red wine in bed. Perfection.

And that was it - as quickly as it came, it was gone. But it was such a wonderful little trip away...

And now back to reality and trying to bust my butt to get our Christmas shopping done before next week. How is it possible that Christmas is already NEXT WEEK??

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Bulls Game: Takara Jacket (not available - similar here) // Athleta Gleam tights
Saturday Shopping: Lucy Jacket // Athleta Chaturanga tight

Happy Monday and hope you all have a great week!

Linking up with my gal Biana

Friday, December 5, 2014

I'm Back...And a Really Awesome Blog Tour!

So, it looks like today I'm hitting a couple of firsts.

The first night Cruz's elf, Buddy, is back to visit us...well, technically he will be back tomorrow morning, but you know what I mean.

My first workout of the month...granted it's only the 5th, but still. (And let it be said, Kelli kicked my a**.)

My first blog post of December...#slacker.

And my first ever blog tour.

When two of my fave bloggers (and Instagrammers...and Facebookers...and Twitterers - is that a thing?) Lindsay and Leslie asked me to be a part of their blog tour, I said of course! Followed quickly by, what the heck is a blog tour?

And I quickly realized it's awesome. A couple of amazing bloggers feature other amazing bloggers to their readers and then you repeat it...and they repeat it...and their faves repeat it. You get the point.

Basically you get to learn about a lot of other really great blogs, or if they feature a blog you already read, then it simply justifies that you have great taste. Right? Right.

1. What am I working on?
I wish I could say I had a ton of posts at-the-ready, be prepared to be blown away and all that jazz, buuuut that's not the case. I do have tons of ideas, though. And once I get some more time - it's coming soon, I promise you - I'm going to deliver on these great ideas, but until then? I will try to get my blogging on as often as possible. If nothing else, to humor myself.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? 
Why do I write/create what I do?
My content is really nothing different than every other blogger out there. I just love to share.  I love to share what interests me, what's on my mind, what I love most in the world. Generally, it's Cruz. Because, well, look at this handsome little fella. Don't tell me you wouldn't blog all about him either.

Flannel (similar) // Tee// Jeans // Hunter Boots
3. How does my writing/creating process work.
If Cruz does something interesting? I write about it. If he says something funny? I write about it. If I like an outfit, product, restaurant, person, book, shop...I write about it. If I'm really feeling something, whatever that something might be? I write about it. I want to chronicle this amazing little life we have going on right now.

So, that's it. Those are the reasons I blog. I just love it. And I don't care if you think it's lame..because I also love all the ladies I've met through blogging. (And, yes, that's a thing. You "meet" a ton of people blogging, right? Do I still have to justify this?) It's a pretty great community. 

Speaking of those ladies I've met through blogging that I are three of 'em. I promise you won't be disappointed if you check them out.

Check out Laurie/andiamo here

 Say hi to Pamela on Sequins & Seabreezes here

 Get your farm on with Karli here

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Pink & Fab and Martin Manifesto...your gorgeous gals rock. And to the three lovely ladies I mentioned above, you've gotta check them out.

And while you're at it? Have an amazing weekend!