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10 Years!

Guys! Me and Jeff (aka Waff) just got back from a long weekend celebrating our 10 YEAR anniversary!! It sounds insane to me to say 10 years, that’s a crazy long time, isn’t it!?! It was a really nice weekend and we got to spend time together, uninterrupted reflecting on all the crazy shit we’ve done together over the years.

It was the best!!

We got married 10 years, we were 21, in love, and a little stupid. We didn’t really think about the logistics of being married or the details of life as a couple, we just wanted to be married, duh. I think a lot of people thought we were crazy, and we probably were, but it seemed obvious to us that it was the right thing to do. Since then we’ve grown up together; instead of pushing us apart, going through those 20-something years together has made us a better, stronger and even more happy couple than we were when we started out 10 years ago. It’s the best to have someone so close in your life that you have made it through college with, experienced a “party prime” together, traveled the country (and parts of the world), survived night-grad-school and opposite working schedules (with a baby), successfully had another kid without losing our minds, and at the end of the day, we still know how to just hang. I feel so lucky to have Jeff in my life, and I feel proud of all the things we have done and accomplished together over the years.

We spent the weekend celebrating in Chicago. We decided to go all out, I mean we even flew there! Chicago is practically a second home to us, so instead of doing the usual touristy stuff we went nuts and ate the most amazing meals, drank the most delicious things, and stayed at the fanciest hotel. We also spent a bit of time catching up with some old buddies and hanging on porches and roof top decks. Nothing was hard (except the hangovers) or stressful, it was all easy, relaxing and enjoyable to the max. It might have even been the best weekend ever.

All things we did:


Longman & Eagle

Saki Records

The Aviary

The Publican

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour



Bar Deville

Twisted Spoke

▽ Rooftop Hang Sesh

Oh by the way Chicago, why have you been hiding the best breakfast in the world from me?

One thing you should probably know about me is that breakfast is my all time favorite meal ever! You Chicago people are lucky to have Longman & Eagle (aka home of the best breakfast in the history of breakfast). So GD good, you guys.

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  • Christine June 11, 2013

    Whoah. A coffee, a PBR, and a ceasar with breakfast! You guys are hardcore!

    Happy anniversary, wishing you another 10 happy years!

    • Scoops June 12, 2013

      Woah, I didn’t know Bloody Marys were called Caesars in Canada!

      Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Claire June 11, 2013

    This is so sweet. It is so refreshing to read about a such a supportive, successful young early marriage – sad to say I’ve seen it go both ways with my friends but you guys clearly have something special. Excellent recreation choices, all of them! (With respect to the Aviary, at least I imagine so – I haven’t been lucky enough to go there…) I love Saki very much and am still dreaming about the epic meal we had at Balena last fall. Way to do it!

    • Scoops June 12, 2013

      Claire, The Aviary was pretty ridiculous but kind of amazing. We stayed for hours, it was a pretty chill way to spend the evening, I would totally recommend it.

      I’m glad we to hear we hit all the right places!

  • Erin June 11, 2013

    Love Chicago!! We’re about 2 hours away so we try to get up there every so often. Have you been to The Bongo Room? Also AMAZING breakfast/brunch. My favorite actually! Happy 10 years!!

    • Scoops June 12, 2013

      No I will add it to my list though, maybe we can visit the Bongo Room next time we make it to Chicago. I’m always ready for a delicious breakfast.


  • Rosie June 11, 2013

    Looks like you had an awesome time. We are celebrating ten years in September – cannot believe how fast that’s gone. Congratulations to you guys.

    • Scoops June 12, 2013

      Congratulations to you too!

  • Katrina June 12, 2013

    Congratulations to one of the greatest couples we know. I’m amazed by your stamina – look at that itinerary! We were so glad to hang out. I’m sure the boys are thrilled to have you home (especially Gus, getting you to himself!).

    • Scoops June 12, 2013

      Thank you for all the hospitality, it was the best time ever!

      Yes Gus is in love with all the attention, there’s lots of walks and Yo Gabba happening since Finn isn’t here to dictate all the shows.

      You guys are the best!!

  • Anna June 12, 2013

    Just ate at Balena last time I was in Chicago and was blown away! Still dreaming of the buratta and kale/lemon pasta I had there. Publican is also amazing, did you try their bacon? Unreal, I talked about it for weeks when I got home… Glad you had a great trip!

    • Scoops June 12, 2013

      Hey Anna,

      I had the same Kale pasta at Balena, it was the best. I love Kale! I missed the bacon at the Publican, I saw it being served to another table though and it looked amazing, more like bacon steaks than bacon slices. I did have the bone marrow breakfast, rich and delicious to say the least.

  • Meg@ourwaytoeat.com June 12, 2013

    The photo of the corn cobs reminds me of a Wilco album cover. I noted several spots to add to my Chicago “to do” list. Chicago is one of the best cities, and where I got engaged. I sometimes wish I could have met my H sooner because of all the things that happen in your early and mid 20’s that we could have shared, but then again, maybe for us, that was for the best. We’re about to celebrate 4 years. Happy Anni, looks like you did it up right!

    • Scoops June 14, 2013

      We actually picked up that Wilco record when we visited Saki Records. Next time you get to Chicago you have to try out a few of the places on my list, I know you would like them :)

      • Meg@ourwaytoeat.com June 20, 2013

        The corncob photo is a Chicago essential, but I figured the visual reference had to be intentional. It is cool that you guys collect records. My parents just dropped off two wooden crates of their old albums. It will be interesting to see what is in there. I need a turntable recc.

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  • Sonia June 13, 2013

    Congratulations! Glad to see you love my city as much as I do :)Piece is awesome. Nice greasy pizza and good beer and Northdown Cafe and taproom on Lincoln Ave has some very very good beer. They carry Three Floyd’s Zombie dust beer which we can never find.

    • Scoops June 14, 2013

      Hey Sonia, I’ll have to put Piece on my list of things to try next time we’re in town. We meant to get a pizza place on our trip but we just ran out of time. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Susan February 23, 2015

    Sounds like a fun trip! What hotel did you stay?

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