Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Holiday Camera Roll

Happy New Year! Here's a peek at our holiday...5 plane rides, 8 hours in the car, 3 different beds, and a wonderful time wrapped jammed into one week.

We used to be the couple who traveled with two carry-ons, no matter HOW long our trip was going to be. We are were expert packers. This is what we look like now....first stop: Chicago.


two large suitcases, two large carry-on's, and the infamous car seat bag LOL


We took a trip to my favorite.sandwich.shop.ever! I have been craving this for over a year, and finally got to indulge in my turkey with hot peppers...yummm.


My in-law's live in the suburbs, but we wanted to take a trip downtown to visit all of our favorite places. It was so much fun - we got to show Sophia all around the city...she was sleeping ;). 
tribune tree

gorg, new burberry store is finally done! 


My very first Chicago apartment - Michigan Avenue...oh, the memories! I lived on the top (38th) floor on the corner - you can see my old window (top left). 

the most delicious hot chocolate ever


After an amazing Christmas in Chicago, we hopped a plane headed to Iowa. We usually have Christmas at my parent's home, but my sister-in-law just had a baby and this meant minimal travel, so my OTHER sister-in-law and brother graciously hosted a beautiful Christmas. I swear, she is the best hostess and thinks of every detail! See what I mean? 


amazing centerpieces 

Sophia and her cousin, Gemma 


Sophia and Graham - these two are 3 weeks apart!

Papa & Sophia 


visiting my brother's new office that he built - so proud! 


How cute is this picture of my nieces? LOL - they love each other! 


The following day, we headed to my parent's house to spend some time and visit my grandparents. I don't get to see them often, and I really wanted them to be able to meet Sophia.

gorgeous sunrise from my parent's front yard


love spending time with my mama (and dad) - wish they lived closer


Sophia and her great grands - such a precious memory. 


airport living




finally home - enjoying a relaxing new year by the fire! 

Back to reality! 

22 comments:

  1. Love your sweater in the picture with your mom. Where did you get it? Happy new year!! Hope Sophia had a wonderful first Christmas :)

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    1. Thank you - the sweater is Free People! xo

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday! You have such a gorgeous family!

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  3. The sunrise on the lake is sooo pretty! Makes me miss boji!

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    1. ahh I know - I wish I could visit more often!

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  4. Chicago looks lovely! It's on my goal list for 2013 because I've never been.

    That tablescape at Christmas is absolutely gorgeous! And so are all the babes of course

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    1. Erin - Chicago is amazing, seriously! You should definitely visit in the summer, best city in the world during the summer! xo

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  5. sounds like a great (exhausting) trip! love love love that pic of your little with that pink headband!!! . . . Happy New Year

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    1. It was so great! Thank you, Emma! xo Happy New Year!

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  6. I've always wanted to visit Chicago! Beautiful photos!

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  7. Beautiful pictures Brooke! What a fun & busy holiday you had! Isn't it nice to be back at home! We had a whirlwind few weeks as well and I'm enjoying my couch & wine tonight :)

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    1. thank you! ahh yes - relaxing indeed! xo

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  8. 5 plane rides?! You guys are rock stars! Im with you on the only packing carry on pre babies... don't think that will be happening for a LONG time now ;)

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    1. Ha - I was so nervous about it, but I figured...if she's a total wreck there's nothing we can do! Luckily, she was a great traveler (this time)! xo

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  9. i LOVE that office! It's gorgeous :)

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    1. I agree, Arielle! Always impressed with my brother and his building skills! ;)

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  10. Brooke, Sophia is a doll. I am obsessed with her burberry jammies! Happy New Year, sweets!

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    1. Aww thank you, Morgy! I hope you are doing well, happy new year! xo

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