Monday, October 19, 2009

A Taste of Chicago

Let me start off this post by saying that Jared is the perfect husband for me. His sense of adventure and love of traveling benefit me greatly.

My birthday was on Tuesday the 13th. Jared's birthday present to me was a date in Chicago! I found out on Friday that he had already bought us plane tickets to Chicago for the following day. We planned on having 8 hours in the city to play before flying back to Arkansas. But of course, there had to be a few glitches. Actually, there was really only one: Plane Delayed.

Our flight was supposed to leave at 7:40 am and get us to Chicago by 9:20, which would give us enough time to do everything we wanted (shop, Sears tower, pizza, ballet, and travel time). However, American Airlines did not leave until after 9:30 am, getting us to Chicago around 11:30. BOOOOOOOOO! And the worst of it was their reason for the delay. The crew overslept. That's right, you heard me correct. The ticket ladies kept making announcements to us like, "We are still waiting on the crew to show up. We aren't sure if they've left their hotel yet or not."
Really people?!?!


Here we are, spending two hours in the Northwest Arkansas airport, trying to still be happy even though we should already be playing in Chicago!

These pictures are a little out of order and blogger is not super friendly about letting me move them around. So, I'll tell the story just a little out of order. Here is a shot of me at the Chicago O'Hare airport on our way home after a whirlwind day.

Here is cute Jared!

I love this picture because it reminds me of the crazy frenzy that our shopping experience was. We had planned on spending 2 hours in the morning shopping on Michigan Avenue aka the Magnificent Mile- and let me tell you, it is MAGNIFICENT!!! Well, because we got majorly jipped on our (my) shopping time, Jared gave me TEN minutes to find a pair of boots (which I really wanted). I found Nordstrom (which does not exist in Arkansas) and ran like a crazy person! A salesperson came to me right away. I'm sure he thought, "this girl is going to buy something for sure." It's true, I was determined to find something. And I did! I bought a cute pair of khaki green northface boots that I LOVE. Everytime I wear them I will think of my fun 10 minute shopping spree!

Here is another favorite part from our trip. We saw the Joffrey Ballet perform "Othello." It was world class dancing and world class music. We LOVED it. Unfortunately, we had to leave after the halfway mark thanks to American Airlines and our complete lack of time. :( If we didn't leave then, I wouldn't have got my awesome boots.
Isn't the theatre BEAUTIFUL?!
Here we are at Giordano's. We had to get some Chicago style pizza. Yummy!




Chicago is an amazing city. I even like it better than New York City, which I LOVE. It has a St. Louis feel to me- and the Michigan Ave even reminded me a little bit of Madrid. Ahh, I love traveling!

Here we are, the happy couple!
I can't wait to turn 28!!!

16 comments:

B and C said...

So cute and sooo fun. Way to go Jared!!!!! I love traveling too it's so exhilarating never a dull moment. Can't believe the crew over slept and they announced the truth.

B and C said...

One more thing! So glad to have a friend join me in the 27 club. Here we go another year.

Shantelle said...

What a fun day!!! Hats off to Jared for the creativity. Looks like you had a wonderful time, despite the hiccups!

Lev and Lena said...

WoW! What a day! Yes, Jared is perfect :) you are such a wonderful couple! We loved Chicago! We had 8 hours lay over in Chicago on the way back to the US from Ukraine. Why do not you have Nordstrom in Arkansas??

KT said...

What a great birthday surprise! I can't believe the crew overslept - that is crazy to me.

Elisa said...

how FUN! I think surprises like that are super romantic and thoughtful. Way to go Jared! Boo on the crew!

Todd & Cristi said...

that is so crazy that they overslept! at least you know you had an alert captain & crew...

your husband is awesome! he knows how to do birthdays for a girl who loves birthdays!

L& J said...

Way fun! What a great birthday. Of course, the airlines had to put a little damper in the plans... but glad you still got to get boats and do most everything else you wanted to do!! What a great husband you have. So happy you're happy! love ya.

virginia said...

What a RAD birthday present!!! Giodorno's is amazing, yum yum. Looks like you guys had a blast despite the lame crew delay!

Megan and Mike said...

what a fun day and birthday surprise!!!

Dan and Carlie Harris said...

What a fun whirlwind of a day! That was great idea your husband had...we need to get together sometime, it's been forever and we need to meet each others husbands!! Maybe you should tell Jared to take you on a quick trip to Portland to visit! :P

Mary said...

that is so cool! i love you and your adventuresome spirit. and what a lucky girl you are to have such a thoughtful husband! chicago is great. we only live 3 hours away and have only been once. these pictures make me want to go again.

Jen and Ty said...

That looks like so much fun. After I read this entry I gave Ty a hard time for not being good at birthdays, but seriously no one is that good at birthdays. I can't imaging a birthday like that...I am glad you had a great time! Noah is so darling too! I wish our boys could play!

Bridget "Fun" Lynott said...

Cutest blog post. Ever.

And thank you for showing us these boots for I now live in Park City and was terrified of having to buy Uggs.

Randrea said...

I didn't realize that the crew overslept?! Wow! I've never heard of that one!! lol! You make me want to go to Chicago!! What a blast!!

Danielle said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Your hubby is awesome! We have to get together soon so you can tell me more about it. I can't believe you got to go to a ballet. That place is beautiful.