The Calm Before The Storm

Monday, April 27, 2015

Friday night started off like this. A nice cheese board, a summer candle burning, and a clean quiet house in preparation of my mom, sister, and niece and nephew coming to town.

The calm before the storm.

Within hours the monsters (I use that term lovingly) had arrived in Chicago and all hell had broken loose. Around 11 p.m. on Friday night Knox and Lola were literally running circles around the apartment screaming with their hands in the air. It was pure vacation adrenaline for those two. That and pure Fun Dip sugar. Good call, mom.

There was also the air mattress situation. An air mattress = child cocaine. The minute this thing went up the kids went nuts. They started foaming at the mouth and climbing the walls in anticipation of all the amazing things they could do on it. This pic is terribly blurry and grainy, but compared to the one I'm about to post underneath it, it's not that bad.

Within seconds of the mattress being blown up this happened. And it didn't stop happening the entire weekend.

It was intense.

What was even more intense was when Chris and I got the pleasure of babysitting Knox and Lola for eight hours on Sunday. Eight. Hours.

We did everything in the first 45 minutes. Park, donuts, zoo, McDonalds, more park, more McDs.

It was a treat. But I think we're more of "dog people" at this stage in our life.

Our saving grace came Sunday evening when we got to sneak away to meet friends at the Four Seasons to test drive an Aston Martin and then grab a few drinks after.

The car was a real beauty, but it's no Toyota Camry with a cracked windshield and a backseat forever covered in dog hair.... if you catch my drift.

And now it's past midnight and I'm getting up in five hours to catch a flight to Denver. I haven't even attempted to start packing so I should probably get on that. Mondays, ugh.

I'm so tired. I need another weekend to catch up.


  1. Oh wow--I bet you were ready to pull your hair out! I would look like Brittany Spears post melt down right about now. Hahaha. Glad you and Chris got some time sans children and what better way to spend that time than test driving expensive cars?

  2. You must be so excited to have had them over. Also ... Im drooling over the Aston Martin. Drooling.

  3. Wow they really went nuts over that air mattress. I feel like that always happens, you have what should be a full day planned and knock everything out in less than an hour. Why can't that happen in any other situation, like running errands? Have a safe flight!

  4. Hahaha sounds like a crazy but fun weekend! Love the pics! That Aston Martin is gorgeous!

  5. I just have one nephew and I completely relate to this post! (Except the part about driving an Aston Martin. That's awesome!)

  6. Sounds like an exciting and eventful weekend. That is awesome about driving the Aston Martin. Glad you got to spend some time with your niece and nephew.

  7. Oh my gosh, they look like adorable little messes. I work with kids and I am not a kid person, so I highly recommend lots of naps.

  8. This post was the perfect birth control for me. It also reminded me to never buy and air mattress if I have children. But if I get to test drive an Aston Martin after I guess I could handle dealing with them for a few hours.