Sunday, November 14, 2010

Girls weekend in Chi-town – Chicago, IL

Seven of my amazing girl friends (Wendy, Lizzy, Melanie, Maria, Jenn, Liesel, and Alisa) traveled to Chicago to celebrate my 30th birthday with me. Why Chicago? Well, it’s a central meeting place for my friends across the country. Friends traveled from San Francisco, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and New York to come and party with me. My dear friend Wendy Campnell offered to let us all crash at her home in the city. She was a great host and so brave to take us all on.

The weekend was of course filled with candy, caramel apples, delicious food, pop music, youtube videos, and lots of laughs. We started things off right by eating pumpkin cake at 11pm on Friday night. Yum, so good. The next morning we got up and went to brunch at Yolk. The place was hip and cute but the best part, well besides the food being delicious, was how cheap it was. Seriously, we fed eight people to the brim for less than $10 per person. Unreal!

That afternoon we drove to Oak Park and toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. I’ve taken this tour before and loved it so much that I wanted to come back again. The house is amazing and you just learn so many interesting facts about architecture, design, and Mr. Wright’s personal life. Before the tour we also walked around the neighborhood and saw some of the other houses he designed. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful fall day. Chicago weather was definitely on its best behavior (minus the day Lizzy and I arrived).

That evening we shopped till we dropped at the Nordstrom’s semi-annual sale and then headed back to Wendy’s place for the night. We ordered in famous Chicago style pizza and watched 13 going on 30. We felt it was the only appropriate thing to do when having a girls weekend in Chicago.

The next day we went to church and then explored a little more of downtown Chicago. We went to the lake and then to The Bean to take pictures. After that we went to the Signature Lounge in the Hancock Building to take in the views of the city (oh, and of course to eat dessert).

It was definitely a memorable weekend for all of us. I’m grateful for such amazing friends in my life. I’m truly blessed with wonderful friends and family all around the world. Some may say that I am the luckiest girl in the world. I would agree!

Below were our favorite songs and youtube videos from the weekend. I think most of you will appreciate the videos. Do yourself a favor and check them out:


Dynamite – Taio Cruz

DJ Got Us Fallin in Love – Usher

Only Girl – Rihanna

Low – Flo Rida

Raise Your Glass – Pink

Youtube must-sees:

Marcel the shell with shoes on -

Antoine Dodson remix -

Kittens inspired by kittens -

Ice cream cone cereal -


  1. I'm so glad that you put the playlist on here. I'm pretty sure that Mel is dying to download all of these.

    PS... I am beating Marsha in the comment count??

  2. Yay for the ice cream cone cereal video! HILARIOUS!

  3. When Sara was home last she said, "My friends are wondering if you know that everyone reads your comments." I replied, "Of course I know." But then I decided I had better tone them down a bit. Hence, Sara "Lizzy" began beating me in the comments count.

    However, with the Ice Cream Cone Cereal video I must deliver a zinger. After viewing that, now you know that Sara can be a semi-brat! As the saying goes, "When she is good, she is very, very good and when she is bad she is . . ." Dementia is setting in and I can't remember the end. Just let me say that in the Sparhawk house, "If Sara aint happen, aint nobody happy."

    When I took Sara in for her 6-week baby check, the pediatrician was checking her eye movement with a pencil. She reached up and grabbed it!! The doctor jumped back from the examing table and said, "You have one smart little girl here." And the wild ride through life with Sara began!