Change of plans. ‘Weather’ I like it or not.

Living in Chicago you have to just roll with whatever the weather is. Although the weather reports did predict thunderstorms and rain throughout the later part of today, the clear blue skies and live music was too enticing to stay home. I carefully prepared for our evening of picnicking and live music from The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Plans quickly changed when the notorious Chicago weather did not cooperate.

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This photo was taken just a half hour before the clouds and thunder came rolling in.

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The storm clouds quickly moved in, changing the beautiful blue sky into a gray cloudy haze. At this point, an announcement was made stating the concert was canceled, everyone was to pack up and evacuate the area, and we should all quickly find shelter from the storm. Within just a few minutes of that announcement, as I was packing up, the sky got even darker, there was thunder and some lightning and it started to pour. Before I could even load everything onto the stroller I was drenched.

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Debating between waiting out the storm at the Anthropologie store a few blocks from the Pritzker Pavilion, getting on a bus, and walking home, I decided to walk home. I was already soaking wet and the walk home was only 20 minutes. As I entered the door to my apartment, my little guy greeted me with a cheerful, ‘Mommy!’. My husband snapped this picture and we then sat down to enjoy the picnic dinner I had packed.

What did I get out of this experience?

Awesome
-For an hour before the storm, I sat on the lawn enjoying the nice weather and the buzz of people around me.
-My husband wanted to be my knight and come rescue me. The plan was I head to Pritzker first and set up. My husband would come home with our son and they would make their way downtown and meet me for the evening. Luckily, as they were waiting for the bus to head my way, I was able to get a hold of them and let them know the concert was canceled. My mister was worried about me and wanted to come get me right away. Since I was already making my way home, it was much faster for me to continue walking, but I had to really insist for him to let me. Sweet right?
-Right before the storm the light was perfect for photographs.
-Strangers offered me help because I was pushing a stroller during the storm.

Awkward
-I was pushing a stroller with no kid in it. As strangers approached to help me, they saw there was no kid in the stroller. I resisted the temptation to explain our plans for me to set up while my mister and our little guy would meet me later. I figured we were all in a hurry to get out of the storm and decided to not say anything. I wonder what people thought.
-I was wearing a white dress. So excited for today’s warm and sunny weather, I opted to wear my favorite summer color, white. Within a few minutes of the pouring rain, I was soaked and my white dress became transparent. Not cute.
-The light was beautiful and perfect for photos but I did not get any because I packed our camera equipment away afraid it would get water damage.
-I was starving. While walking home, yes, I thought about how cool it would have been to see my son enjoying the live music, yes, I thought about how I wanted to get out of the wet clothes, yes, I asked myself why it took me so long to realize I had a jacket I could wear to cover my transparent dress, and yes, I wondered how The Carolina Chocolate Drops were feeling about the show being canceled. But mostly, I thought about food.

How are you spending your summer days?

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

One of my favorite things about Chicago summers is the abundance of live music.  FREE live music.  Tonight, we will be enjoying The Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Pritzker Pavilion.   For those of you living or visiting Chicago, the Pritzker Pavilion is one of the many great sites at Millennium Park.  Whenever my husband and I have guests visiting Chicago (in the summer) our itinerary  usually includes a picnic and live music at the Pritzker.

Are you familiar with The Carolina Chocolate Drops?  If not, watch the video below.  If you like them this link: The Carolina Chocolate Drops will lead you to their YouTube channel.

I fell in love with them after watching this.

Enjoy!

Seattle 1 of 3: Enjoying the Seattle Sights

We have just returned from our five days in beautiful Seattle.  We had a great time!  For any of you considering where your next vacation will be I encourage you to consider Seattle.  There was so much to do and experience, I have to break my Seattle recap into three different posts.

Today’s post will focus on the city of Seattle sights.  A kid friendly city, we had no trouble using public transportation to get around.  All the sights we visited were stroller friendly and our little guy loved every moment of it.

So what did we do?

We first visited the International Fountain and enjoyed a choreographed water and music show.

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untitled (15 of 207)We continued our walk and found ourselves in awe of the Space Needle.

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We took a ‘break’ and visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum.

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The next day we visited the famous Pikes Place Market.

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Left Pikes Place Market to enjoy other sights of Seattle.  The day was gorgeous.  There was a light breeze and bright blue skies.

walkWe then stopped at one of my favorite sights of the entire trip the Seattle Public Library.

untitled (67 of 207)We took a moment to appreciate the Olympic Sculpture Park and later in our trip visited Bruce Lee’s gravesite.

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We indulged our love for music at the EMP Museum where we recorded our band, 3 Miles Island’s, first music video.  Turns out our little guy is more of a DJ than a drummer.

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We took a ferry to Bainbridge and admired the Seattle skyline.

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We ended with one last view of Seattle from Kerry Park.

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Have you been to Seattle?  What’s your favorite sight?

Monday Mixtape-Dedicated to the Mamas Out There

I had a wonderful first ever Mothers Day.   Thank you to my wonderful husband and my darling son for making me feel so loved.

Some images from my special day:

Today’s Monday Mixtape is dedicated to all the mamas out there.  It’s a fun compilation of songs with the word mom or mama in them.  Enjoy!