Chicago, That Toddlin’ Town. (With a Real Toddler This Time!)

Before this weekend, our last visit to Chicago was in 2005.


D and I were practically newlyweds!

This trip was a little different, though. Same spot, but with a minor addition. You know…only the greatest thing that ever happened to us. No biggie.


It’s a little bizarre reading my posts about that trip from four years ago. (They were actually my 9th and 10th post on this blog.) Four years, man! In comparison to many, four years of blogging still makes me a zygote, but I personally can’t believe I’m still plugging away. For I am one of those people who delve passionately into a project only to see it fizzle out over a short period of time.

I am also in awe of what has stemmed from this website.  Connecting with people halfway across the world, making amazing friends, freelance work, media attention, well…it’s just surreal, really. I just recently redesigned my press page at Hair Thursday, and let me tell you, looking at that page makes me utter HOLY SHIT over and over. HOLY SHIT, PEOPLE. This blog gave me all those opportunities.

I don’t want to seem like I’m tooting my horn over here – actually, it’s the exact opposite. I’m usually not one to voice my opinion on the drama that finds its way into the blogging community, but after taking notice of certain attitudes at Blogher this past weekend, I just want to say that I do not take ONE IOTA of this for granted. I am 100% thankful and GRATEFUL for the opportunities I have received over the past few years, and I am 100% appreciative to the people who take time out of their extremely busy day to visit my blogs, as well as the companies who choose to reach out to me. The blogging community has added a completely new and wonderful dimension to my life and I am a little awestruck. I might even be a little choked up right now, although my period is starting soon and I just put too many green olives in my tuna salad WHICH IS COMPLETELY RUINING MY DAY, so there’s that.

I guess all I’m trying to say is…peace be with you. The end.

Okay! No segue!  Here are some of our favorite family photos from Chicago.


  1. Rebecca (Bearca)

    July 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    WHOA. That photo where Wito is sucking his thumb and you see his profile? LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE YOU.
    .-= Rebecca (Bearca)´s last blog ..I can’t believe I’m posting this =-.

  2. C @ Kid Things

    July 30, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    This almost makes me want to visit Chicago (again) just for the photo opportunities that I missed before. Almost.
    .-= C @ Kid Things´s last blog ..RIP Sweeney =-.

  3. MommyTime

    July 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    You are one of the people I did not manage to run into in Chicago that I really regret not meeting, not least because I feel like I still owe you a hug of thanks for the fantastic winning of last year’s mooshwhirly contest. (I didn’t get to meet Casey either, sadly.) I am glad you had such a great time, though. And maybe someday…I swear the hug is forthcoming.
    .-= MommyTime´s last blog ..The Humble Peach =-.

  4. Carrie

    July 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    looks like a great trip- your son is a cutie!
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..So, someone finally asked =-.

  5. She Likes Purple

    July 30, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I hope to meet you next year!
    .-= She Likes Purple´s last blog ..Before you came around =-.

  6. Kristabella

    July 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I love the Bean. I live here and EVERY time someone comes to visit I take them there because you can’t describe it. (Because it’s a reflective ball of stainless steel.)

    How much did Wito love Millennium Park and the fountains?

    Also, I am sad I didn’t get to meet Wito and D!

    I agree, as with any community, there are going to be down sides, but this blogging community, it is fantastic. And I’m so glad I started and have met so many wonderful people. INCLUDING YOU!

    Sorry for shouting. You’re just that awesome!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Dear God, Thank You For The Blog Material =-.

  7. Cyrie

    July 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Congrats on you success. You always make me laugh.
    .-= Cyrie´s last blog .. =-.

  8. sizzle

    July 30, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I didn’t get to go to the Bean which just means I have to go back to Chicago (no problemo, I loved it there).

    I think I’ve been reading your blog since the start. Man, we’ve known each other a long time! I remember coming over from SAJ’s site. When we were young and less jaded. ;-)
    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..My Brain Is Melty =-.

  9. Danielle

    July 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Y’all are a seriously good-looking family.
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..chatting with Abby =-.

  10. Kim Yamaguchi

    July 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Seriously if I didn’t know you were real people, I’d swear your family was put together in Hollywood. Real people just aren’t as gorgeous as you three!

    Oh and Wito’s clothes were so cute and I LOVE the outfit you’re wearing. It looks simple, comfy and very chic all at once.
    .-= Kim Yamaguchi´s last blog ..what to do when it’s 106 in the shade… =-.

  11. Lexi

    July 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Next up. La famille de Whoorl appearing in J Crew’s fall catalog. Seriously.

  12. Sarah

    July 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Congratulations on all your success.

    a very contented reader/fan/etc.

  13. caroline

    July 30, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I love reading those early posts again. I can’t believe it’s been FOUR years! It seems like only yesterday I was telling you how much I loved the pouty rain face picture. Damn, time flies.

    In other news, lovvvving the Chicago fam pics.

  14. Ninotchka

    July 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I put green olives in my tuna salad too. Quinky! Congrats on all of your success. Very well deserved.

  15. Krista Merlino

    July 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Seriously loving your blue purse! Where is it from?

    Love your blog too!