Last month my dear mother had a very special birthday. Kind of a milestone. I won’t say which one -okay, okay she finally turned 30 ;) -so my sister and I surprised her with a quick weekend trip to Chicago at the end of October to celebrate.
It was a whirlwind of a trip, but we had the best time.
We rented the cutest apartment just outside of McKinley Park from Airbnb.com. We took the subway or the bus (oh, the bus. never again. long story) everywhere as the closest train stop was only about a ten minute walk away from the apartment. It was so nice to not have to worry about driving (or parking) downtown. We shopped and ate and did some sightseeing and ate some more. We saw Once at the Oriental Theatre and it was absolutely fabulous. On Saturday we went to Wicker Park’s BooPalooza and it was so great that I’m dedicating an entire post to the cuteness that is Wicker Park at Halloween.
Chicago, I think I might love you. You better believe I’ll be back soon.
Soooooo we had a Halloween Party! I know it’s basically Thanksgiving (Christmas if you take a look around the retail world, but don’t even get me started) but I haven’t sat still long enough in the last two weeks to edit these photos so you’re getting them today. Happy Hallogiving!
We almost didn’t have a party this year. Halloween was on a Thursday and the University of Arkansas’ homecoming game was on a Saturday, so that left approximately 24 hours to host a party sandwiched between two other parties. I went as Medusa in what is the least homemade of any costume I’ve ever worn in my 26 years of costumes. Seriously, sometime I’ll tell you about the handmade Belle gown my mom made me in elementary school when I was obsessed with Beauty and the Beast.
I bought a Cleopatra costume from Walmart for $19 and ordered 48 plastic snakes from Amazon for a whopping $8. I spraypainted them gold and made a necklace and crown/headband with my trusty hot glue gun and a little patience. Jacob dressed as a Juggalo (or a demonic Guy Fiery depending on your pop culture frame of reference) and it was hilarious. If you’re not sure what a Juggalo is, google it. You’re welcome.
I kept it simple with food a.k.a. the highlight of the offered hors d’oeuvres was a box of pizza rolls.
Lois won best dressed and most factually accurate costume. Although Miley and the Wrecking Ball were pretty awesome.
Yep. The above photo pretty much sums it up :)
When I asked my boss a few weeks ago if I could leave early on a Friday to attend the wedding rehearsal of a friend in Little Rock (three hours away), she jokingly said, “Aren’t all of your friends married yet? You guys go to a wedding every other month.”
It’s a strange thing to grow up with a group of friends and stay close to them into adulthood. One day you’re sneaking out of class to go to the Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet together and the next day you’re planning a baby shower for them. It’s wonderful and it’s weird. These people have seen me at my most awkward. Even if months pass without seeing one another, we can pick up right where we left off. I can burst into tears over the silliest things and they don’t bat an eye. We can make each other laugh until we cry. It’s an understatement to say that we have been through a lot together.
Jacob and I are at the time in our lives when so many of our friends are married or are getting married or have children or are, you know, trying for children. We are lucky enough to have really close groups of friends from both high school and college that we still keep in touch with. I cherish these showers and weddings because often that is the only time we are all together. Plus, there’s generally booze involved.
Judging by my last few posts about my friend Michelle’s bridal shower and bachelorette party, you might have guessed that hers was the wedding we attended. It was beautiful wedding and Michelle looked gorgeous. We had a blast.
Congrats Meesh and Benson! Ricky and Haley, you guys are next!