winter playlist

 

yesterday I felt pretty down. I felt like my life wasn't my life.  I started to be angry, questioning why I got married so young and why I already had a child, wondering if laundry and cleaning was my only point of existence.  It's hard playing the "what if" game.  I have no regrets, but sacrifice can be hard, and that's ok.  I'm thankful for the life my Heavenly Parents have blessed me with.  When I look for them in my life that's when I find myself.  Shout out to all you moms and women who feel like no one notices them.  I SEE YOU.

Lunch w/ Dad

Jack and I took the metra train to visit dad at work.  Chris works at an ad firm downtown, Energy BBDO and we love grabbing some lunch with him.  The Nutella Cafe is literally right next door to his office and because Chris loves Nutella he has been dying to go.  To be honest, the crepe was fine but I would never go again. Do yourself a favor and go to Eataly or anywhere else. At least they had a cool sign.  Chris had a few more minutes before he had to get back so we walked along the river and chased Jack.  I love my crew.

Caribbean Cruise

In 2016 we planned a Carnival cruise with our good friends, Kelly & Brock, over my spring break.  We wanted to have sort of a fun baby moon, as I was pregnant with Jack at the time.  Literally one week after booking the cruise, the warnings about pregnancy and zika were becoming more and more prevalent.  Soooo we decided to cancel and go another time, after Jack was born.  We ended up booking this cruise almost a year in advance and it felt like we were waiting forever.  We had planned to go to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas etc. But, hurricanes had other plans. We were rerouted to the western Caribbean stops and still had an absolutely amazing time.  Here are some photos and iphone pics of the trip!  

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Before getting on the ship we ran some errands and got some yummy crepes at Cafe Club

First stop: Cayman Islands

Because of the wind we didn't tender boat from the normal location.  We tendered from the other side of the island.  Lucky for us, their was an amazing private beach to hang at while we waited to go on our excursion.  We went to Sting Ray City and it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  Huge sting rays just swim right up to you and you can feed them.  I wish I had photos but it was fun to be in the moment too.  DO NOT BUY THIS EXCURSION ON THE CRUISE SHIP.  You will pay twice as much.

Second stop: Roatan

The ship ports at Mahogany Bay which is owned by Carnival.  It's basically like being on the cruise ship, lots of alcohol, over priced souvenirs and sitting around.  We decided to get out of the port and do our own thing.  Instead of paying $30/person for a taxi we opted for the rental car.  It was $40 for the day in cash + gas and they kept an I.D. as collateral. We drove to Half Moon Bay and went snorkeling.  It has an amazing dive community I even met someone from SLC, UT.  We needed a snack and I needed a smoothie.  We grabbed some lounge chairs at Gingers and it was so so good.  They had delicious specials and amazing seafood that was caught that morning.  You'll have great conversation with one of the cooks, Sexy Marco as well as the owners, Ginger and Mr. Ginger.  They are from Houston, Texas and we loved talking to them about the Astros and the World Series.

So after all that here are some basic tips and advice from my first cruise experience.

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holding hands & fall playlist

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We had stake conference yesterday and I keep thinking of the message of Our loving Heavenly Parents always stretching their arms to reach us. There are many times Jack doesn’t want to hold my hand or snuggle in on a hug... but the times he does, it make my heart grow and I feel so connected to him as his mother. I feel that same way when I reach back to God. Hoping I can remember to reach up to Them this week because I really do need it. Also, Chicago fall is AMAZING so /i wanted to share a fall playlist!

We had stake conference yesterday and I keep thinking of the message of Our loving Heavenly Parents always stretching their arms to reach us. There are many times Jack doesn’t want to hold my hand or snuggle in on a hug... but the times he does, it make my heart grow and I feel so connected to him as his mother. I feel that same way when I reach back to God. Hoping I can remember to reach up to Them this week because I really do need it. Also, Chicago fall is AMAZING so /i wanted to share a fall playlist!

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Dallas Clayton just finished a new mural in Chicago!  It's located in Wicker Park at 1611 E Damen Ave.  We drove up and parked a few blocks away so we could park for free! (free parking in Chicago ain't no joke)  It was so fun to read all the amazing power and love statements on the wall.  I honestly couldn't stop smiling looking at it.  Seeing my baby boy under words like "You're a Wish and a Wonder!" and "you're a miracle child!" was really moving.  I hope everyone feels that as they see those words! Also just a few blocks away is En Hakkore and En Hakkore 2.0 we love Asian fusion food and this place has some delicious Bibimbap and Korean BBQ tacos. GO TRY!