The Middle Part…

Monday of our Illini-cation was spent with the Roe ladies who were on a stay-cation of their own.  Although it was too cold to swim, we were still able to enjoy some outdoor time. 





Smiles for Aunt Erin




Tuesday was our get-a-way day.  Nathan and I got up in the morning and left Bryn with my mom and sister while we traveled to Chicago.  We did some shopping in Schaumburg, my favorite mall to discover new stores in.  This time I found three new faves.  The first: Dry Goods where I found a top that I had been crushing over since I saw it here on Living in Yellow (Nathan now calls it my Colts shirt because of the horseshoes.)   Next up: Marbles The Brain Store which is a teacher’s paradise and has all of their games out in the store for you to play.  I ended up with the fabulous game of Spot It that I can’t wait to use with my preschoolers, a Brain Beats CD that has quickly become a favorite, and a few extras. I wish I lived closer to a store because they let teachers come in on Tuesdays to play games for an hour and give them a free game and lesson plan!  Best of all…..they have FREE shipping on their website….I smell trouble. 

I highly recommend this game.  It adds number/letter/sight word recognition with a fast-paced competitive aspect.

The third store is another that I had never been to or even heard of before.  Gilly Hicks is somewhat of a Victoria’s Secret Pink collection by the same company as Hollister and Abercrombie minus the size XXS on everything.  We wandered in just because it looked interesting….in all honesty I thought it might be a home store based on the cute patio furniture out front. To my surprise we walked in on their 70% off semi-annual sale.  I knew we were in for trouble when Nathan started saying “That is a really good deal.”  I walked away with some new lounge wear that I definitely needed after cleaning out my dresser yesterday asking myself why nothing fits anymore….apparently the answer to that is that I still had a LOT of size XS clothing hanging around….not going to happen again EVER…I am sure Goodwill will help them find a new home. I also stocked up on some “Down Undies” love that they are called this since the store is Australian themed. 


This happened too but I’d rather not talk about it. :)

After shopping we headed to the hotel to get ready for dinner at Kinzie Chophouse and Nathan’s pick for the night: The Book of Mormon



I am a big fan of musicals (especially The Phantom of the Opera…..I can’t wait until the sequel, Love Never Dies, comes to the US) and Nathan has joined me in my enthusiasm.  (This might have something to do with the fact that our first date was to our high school’s rendition of Anything Goes.)

Anyway, he convinced me to go to The Book of Mormon. AFTER he bought the tickets he started listening to the songs on Spotify and let’s just say I didn’t even want to be in the same room as him when they were on.  Words such as “scrotum” were being thrown around in song and I was having flash backs to having to sit through Team America: World Police.  But, being the ah-mazing wife that I am, I stuck it out for him.  I have to admit that it was funny and I did like the storyline but I would be lying if I didn’t say that there were a few numbers that had me wanting to pray for forgiveness for what I had just heard/saw.  

IMG_0360[1]watch at your own risk

It was so nice to have a day for just the two of us but the next morning I was anxious to get home to my Brynzlee…only after grabbing some Avanti’s on the way back…to go of course. 

I think this post is long enough…until next time.   



  • Amy

    Baby girl smiles make me swoon! You look adorable in that maxi (and I love the hotel carpet design - yep...went there). Glad you all had a good post babymoon!

  • Kristin

    Thanks, Amy! I definitely thought of you when I saw our room. It even had a gorgeous light up mirror that was just your style.

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