(Yes, I realize Ludacris is not from Chicago. But it's become a tradition except for that one time I forgot, that I play Ludacris when I roll in. Seriously.)
(And this turns out to be funny because when I got into a car accident on the way home, more on that tomorrow, this was playing. HAHA... not as hilarious as you think it would be. It's just embarrassing.)
Let's talk Chicago and how going as a family versus on your own will rape you of everything you have.
We left our house at 5:30 in the morning on Friday and started our eight hour drive. It's a seriously long, boring haul. Every time I plan a trip to Chicago it's like I forget how much I hate the drive, I'm just too excited to get there and have fun. Same thing this time. We ended up stopping in Janesville for lunch, gas, and to return a call from my work. Matt called into his work because he had a few bizarre messages from them and it was crazy. It was good to sit for an hour because I was tired to say the least.
Finally.... we got into Chicago right at 3 as schedule. (Go me!) We ended up staying at the Hyatt Regency (same place I stayed for my birthday) and the kids were super excited and kept saying it was all fancy. AND they loved the fact we were on the top floor at the end of the hallway so they could look out and see all kinds of stuff. Plus, they have never been to Chicago, and have never seen such tall buildings so this was a big deal for them.
But dinner was super good. I think it's kind of weird that the Italian restaurant apparently only hires Hispanic people. Not that I have anything against Hispanic people, it's just kind of weird.
After dinner David really wanted to go to Sprinkles and frankly- who am I to turn down baked goods? MyFitnessPal and I are not speaking and so I decided that hell yes- cupcakes were to be had.
HERE and tell me what you think. But the place was kind of tricky to find, the cupcakes are EXPENSIVE too. I think for three I paid almost $16? Insane. And they also weren't awesome. I mean, they were good but they weren't the best I've ever had. I make a pretty mean cupcake courtesy of my friend, Betty Crocker.
But I got the kids cupcakes that were like smores. They only ate the frosting so I clearly got ripped off. I got a little present for my friend from there and we headed back to our hotel. Saturday was going to be a LONG day and we had driven for so long that we were kind of beat.
So that was day one. Pretty uneventful with awesomeness, but we made up for that on Saturday and Sunday. Trust.