As I said last week, the timing of this trip was prompted by my niece's 1st birthday party! I could tell you all about it, but it's more fun to share photos! Here goes!
|Shortly after I got to the party (I arrived fashionably late), they started opening presents. Anna had NO interest, though, and instead spent that time playing with her cousin's booster chair (the things that will entertain babies!)|
|Anna's party had an owl theme! My brother, SIL, and mom made and decorated the cakes and cupcakes (Anna got her own smash cake, which isn't pictured here)|
|Ooo, the cake it coming!!|
|She dabbled in some frosting and cookie eating...|
|And was pretty much a happy, clapping mess by the end|
The next morning
|Anna and I!|
|Big brother Kolin and I cuddling on the couch|
|Happy happy Anna, hanging out on my lap. Her smile just kills me! And we have the same eyes, I think!|
|My parents with Kolin and Anna (Anna looks ready for a nap at this point!)|
Besides all the family fun, my business trip also went really well and I am returning to work today with a renewed energy and passion for my job. I needed this trip, really badly. After a rough patch in August with my boss leaving, I feel like things are turning around and moving in the right direction.
In closing, I will say that every time I come to Chicago, I feel this incredible magnetic pull. I am not sure whether I will give into that magnetic pull and explore moving to Chicago some day, as I am actually very happy in Minneapolis, but I know that no matter what, I will always make time for multiple trips to that fabulous city!
Is there a certain city or area, besides where you live, that you feel "drawn to"?