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Phoenix, again.

Royal Palms Resort (image)
Two weeks ago Josh and I headed off to Phoenix for a wedding. The weather was HOT, the views were pretty dang cool and the wedding was lovely.

We spent our time hiking, lounging by the pool and celebrating friends. We stayed at the Royal Palms Resort, which we can’t recommend enough. I don’t think we would have stayed someplace so nice if it weren’t for such a special occasion (and hence the wedding discount), but the grounds were gorgeous.

We had a view of Camelback Mountain everywhere we went, there was desert wildlife right outside our door and a grove of orange trees.
Me and Josh on Camelback (image)
Hiking view (image)
Rehearsal dinner at Oreganos (image)
Phoenix wedding (image)

PS: our trip to Phoenix two years ago.

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And we’re off!

Phoenix view (image)
This morning Josh and I are headed out to Phoenix for a wedding. We haven’t traveled in a long time and this wedding is between two close friends so we’re looking forward to making a trip out of it. Even though we were in Phoenix two years ago, we’re excited to see some new sights. See you next week!

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A weekend in the North Woods

Lake in Trego, Wis. (image)
(Driving through Trego)

Last weekend Josh and I trekked up to the North Woods of Wisconsin for a college friend’s wedding. Nestled in a town called Trego (population < 1,000), we stayed at the Heartwood Conference Center and Resort. The 6.5 hour drive was long–so long–but it was fun to see a part of Wisconsin that neither of us were familiar with. The wedding was gorgeous and it was so sweet to see a friend so happy.

Coming back to Chicago though, was pretty dang nice too. While at times this city can get a bad rap, I love it and am grateful to be exposed to such diverse neighborhoods and culture every single day.
Wooded view (image)

(The view outside our patio)
Unpaved road (image)(Driving into the resort, the roads weren’t paved)
Henson's Country Foods (image)(Henson’s Country Foods)
Kaitie and Abe (image)(The lovely bride and groom, photo c/o Swanstrom Photography)
reception(I think this sums us up: Josh telling me to loosen up and me telling him I like being uptight)
Chick in the car (image)(Happy to see my Chick after a long drive)

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Chick rides the CTA

Chick on the CTA (image)
Over the past week or so, Chick has been an avid user of the CTA, riding along on the El train like she’s been doing it for years. Continue reading

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To Milwaukee and back

City of Milwaukee (image)
Last Saturday Josh and I trekked up to Milwaukee for the Bucks game. The Bucks aren’t so hot right now (last place, oy), but the drive up to Wisconsin is short and the tickets are the right price. Milwaukee may be close, but it couldn’t be more different from Chicago. As the state’s biggest city it pales in comparison to Chicago. After eating dinner at Water Street Brewery we were just a quick walk to the Bradley Center, where they were selling Girl Scout cookies and selling Bucks-inspired dog apparel, so I was sold:)
Chick dog tag

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A Friday thought

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Weekend in photos

While it felt like the better part of the weekend was spent in the car, the wedding we attended on Saturday was lovely. It was my first time visiting La Crosse, Wis. and I have to say it is quite a charming city along the Mississippi River (which is awfully mighty, as they say). The best part though, was having one excited Chick greet us upon our return.

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