I had never been to Chicago and was excited to see their life there. It was nice to hang out with them like no time had passed!
Stephanie was quite pregnant at the time. Their daughter is now 11 months old and I can't wait to meet her. Hopefully that will happen soon!
These top 2 pictures are from Stephanie's baby shower the day I arrived, which was lots of fun. I was in charge of writing down all the presents and who gave them, so these were the only 2 pictures I took that evening. It was a fun night meeting new people and seeing all their needs provided for!
One of the days we headed into Chicago and explored. Our first stop was The Bean and the area around it. All of my knowledge of Chicago came from watching ER an embarrassing number of times, so I didn't actually know much about the area, though obviously learned as I went. The bean is in Millennium Park. It's a very nice park and has a lovely view of the skyline. I recently read in a book ("At Home" by Bill Bryson, my new brain crush) that Chicago is built on marshy ground and buildings easily sink, so it was actually a feat of engineering that the skyscrapers are there and still standing. The foundations had to go many feet into the ground and occasionally, when attempting to build a building, it would tilt and become dangerous. They had to plan for the buildings to sink (up to 6 or 7 feet) during the building process.
The park included some strangely painted pigs.
The Bean! It was awesome! As you can see, it's quite reflective and it seems completely seamless.
There I am!
Stephanie and I and lots of other people.
Joseph and I and lots of other people.
They accidentally forgot about our pizza, or it took an inordinate amount of time, or something, so we got a discount and free drinks which was quite nice.
Also, that poor Lauren's last name was "Hipple" which is a little unfortunate.
We arrived at the best time apparently, since we didn't have to wait but left and there was a huge line.
Oh and Bloody Nose Ridge, of course.
A cool parking lot. I took this picture through a fence.
Joseph laughed at me a lot because the fence ended approximately 2 feet after I stopped to take my picture and I could have easily taken the picture not through a fence...oops.
I walked it to the sight of my face all tucked in to bed. I was laughing hysterically.
I had a great trip and fully intend on visiting them again soon!