Handyman and I celebrated our 17th (what?!!!!!) wedding anniversary today. To mark this event, we shamelessly utilized family and dear friends (the family is dear too, of course) to watch the four kids and the two of us retreated to Chicago for two days.
Our first outing was to the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a lovely place to visit, and the weather was fantastic; nice and warm without being too hot, which is a rare thing in July.
For dinner, Handyman found a lovely little micro-brew place in Gurnee where he happily tasted and slurped some beers.
It must have been in an upper-class section of town, because we saw more top-sider boat shoes and unfortunately colored salmon shorts with button-down, tucked-in cotton shirts than I have ever seen in one place. Only the truly economically secure can get away with such awful taste in clothing.
The next day, we visited Navy Pier and took a sailing excursion on the Tall Ship Windy.
It was an hour-and-a-half foray along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and the guide on board had many interesting facts about some of the buildings that make up the beautiful Chicago skyline.
It was more crowded on board than we had anticipated, so walking around wasn't much of an option. Still, the weather could not have been better and the view was excellent.
I even managed to fit in a few stitches . . .
After walking around the city for awhile we settled on a lovely little cafe called Bijon for our anniversary dinner (and dessert!)
It was right on the corner of "Honorary Carpenter" place, which we thought was a good omen.
All-in-all, an excellent way to spend an anniversary!