housewarming

our friends andrea and jamie just recently closed on their beautiful house in chicago. andrea had contacted me about seeing the baby and i told her i wanted to see her new house, so to kill two birds with one stone, we settled on us coming out there with the girls. we get to see their new house and they get to see ellie! win win!

we pulled up and easily found a parking spot right in front of their house. we rang the door bell and andrea answered & greeted us. we walked into such a gorgeous home! oh my! it is so lovely, spacious, and fabulous! i was obsessed! the dark wood, the crown moulding…swoon! it’s so darn big! the house boasts 5 bedrooms and, i am probably wrong with this number, but it something like 4300 square feet in size. wow!┬áplus, their backyard is amazing as well. they have a small back patio and an additional patio up above their garage. loooooove it!

they invited us over with jamie’s intention to cook. um, i never knew jamie was such a fantastic cook! he made the most delicious shrimp, risotto, salad, pulled pork, so many good eats and everything was so darn savory and good! i ate so much…i couldn’t stop because it was so tasty! they had also the most perfect cheese plate as an appetizer and plenty of libations to go around.

andrea and jamie’s neighbor stopped by, their real estate agent, kathryn, rebecca and her son julian, beth and patrik with their cute little baby boy, and few other folks stopped by to hang out. i loved meeting some new faces and catching up with the familiar ones. it was a great, great evening. olive had a blast playing downstairs in the play room and ellie pretty much slept most of the time there.

we ate, drank, and really enjoyed each other’s company. it was cozy, relaxing, and always so fun visiting with some really good people. i absolutely enjoyed my time there but alas, we had to get going. it was getting a bit late and olive didn’t have a nap that day and that, typical, resulted in a meltdown. poor girl. she didn’t want to leave all the wonderful toys downstairs in the playroom. she was soooooo stinkin’ upset. a bit hysterical, delirious, and in toddler fashion, made no sense in her rage whatsoever. hahaha! we finally pried her away, not without a lot of screaming, and got her to the car. whew!

anyhoo, thank you jamie and andrea for being the hostess with the mostess! it was fabulous to see you both and annabelle, and all your wonderful friends. we love, love your beautiful house and again, congrats on the new home!

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[hi cutie!]

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[cutest little baby gift for ellie]

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[delicious cheese plate]

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[love these babes]

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[beth and her babe colin]

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[look at that drool!]

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[dinner alfresco]

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[the happy toddler moments before her meltdown due to not napping. eep!]

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[hanging out with miss ellie]

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xoxo

chillin’

we had a special occasion to celebrate! olivia and aaron bought the condo they were living in, hooray!

we scooted into the city for an early dinner at their ‘new’ place. i brought along a little house warming gift: wine, a candle {’cause you can never have too many!}, and a gc to crate and barrel {natch}. olivia walked me through what they were going to change in their new abode and we dove deep into absorbing discussions. it’s so funny how we gravitate towards he/she convos. aaron and rich/me and olivia. it just happens and that is ok by me. i love my girl time with this lady.

we talked and talked and talked. before we knew it, two hours went by and we didn’t even start dinner! eep! we finally started preparing the main dish {olivia was already putting together the pasta salad} and got things ready to cook.

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[ask me about bruce and the lobster]

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[cheers to their new home!]

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[their first purchase for their new home!]

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[bruce the dog]

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[top chef aaron]

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[he’s dangerous on the dance floor]

everything was super yummy! i loved, loved the kale salad olivia put together. it was absolutely delicious. i am such a huge kale fan. the kabobs were savory and perfect. we ate our meal in delight, enjoyed our silly conversations together, and didn’t realize how late it was!!! boo. we were having such a fabulous time. if we didn’t have to get back to our daughter {haha!} we probably would have stayed for a few more hours!

alas, we had to go. according to my parents, olive didn’t sound too happy mommy was gone. awwww, my poor baby. she has become so attached of late and i love it. she is seriously turning into the cutest thing everrrrrrrr. she’s so animated, communicative, sweet, and loving. i am so in love with her!

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[manger! manger! mmmmmmm]

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[best pasta salad everrrrrrr. i love kale]

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[um, there’s a beak in the way! dinner party shenanigans. we were feeling gooooood]

we said our goodbyes and moseyed on our way home. we love hanging out with these two. such good people and it’s always a great time! congrats on your new maison my dear friends! we are so excited for your new adventure!

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