Thursday, September 25, 2008

Day 4- Sunday, September, 21st

Here is the reason for the trip. Everything fell perfectly around this one event, Packers vs. Cowboys at Lambeau Field!

We started our trek by visiting Grandma in Milwaukee on the way to Green Bay from Chicago. She made us an amazing breakfast, homemade jam on toast, perfectly cooked bacon, and eggs. I think that Granmothers must be untouchable when it comes to cooking because everything was perfect!

We ventured on to Green Bay. Bryan was getting siked on the way up and had a hard time keeping calm.

We arrived at my Aunt's house just outside of Green Bay. My Uncle John drove us to a restaurant called Titletown where my Aunt Laurie works.

I mistakenly ordered beer battered brats. Bryan made a wise choice and had the ribs, which were great. Here is a pic of the restaurant

My Aunt and me

Then we met up with my Uncle Tim and cousin Terry at a place called Anduzzi's.

It was packed with tons of Packer fans a few Cowboy fans

We walked around to check out the sites and saw a few places like Brett's steak place

The usual Packer fan

Here we are walking up to the game. Bryan met a clan of Cowboys fans so I decided to walk in the opposite direction

Here is the crowd as we enter the stadium. Everyone is chanting "Go Pack Go!" Love it!!

As we walk down to our seats

We sat in the 6th row in the endzone. My Uncle was very sweet and got us these great seats!

It was a full house! They gave away these awesome flags

Here are a few Cowboys praying before the game

A couple close ups of the players. Bryan kept shouting "T New" whenever Newman came close to us

Here's my favorite close shot of Driver

Here's the final play of the game.

A few more close ups of us

Unfortunately the Cowboys won 27-16. We had a great time despite the loss

Since it was our our 1 year anniversary we made a sign that read,"First and possibly last anniversary"
We made it on the jumbotron!!

Amazing trip all around. A great 1 year anniversary!!

Day 3- Saturday, September 20th

I will share the rest of trip in a bit. But before I get to that I need to say Happy Birthday to my baby sister, Emily!! She turned 13 on the 20th. I'm sad that I couldn't spend the day with her, but we have a fun party planned for this Friday.

Happy Birthday Ems! I love you very much.


Saturday- Game Day!!!

We woke up around 9 that morning and went down to eat some breakfast. Bryan grabbed a plate while I waited at the Omlette bar. (We are still at the resort in case any of you are lost).

The hotel had several groups of people for various different events. There was a large group of African American women to the left with tee-shirts on and they were all clearly together. While waiting in line for an omlette I asked an African American woman if she was there for the convention. She looked at me as if my assumption was completely presumptuous and way off. I immediately recovered by asking her if she had visited the spa. I recommended the deep tissue massage and then immediately rushed to my table.

I told Bryan what had happened and he started cracking up. For those of you that watch "It's always Sunny in Philadelphia", I felt like I was a part of one of thir episodes.

I do not say any of this to be rude. So please do not take it that way. It was simply a poor choice of words. Possibly a good idea for a Southwest commercial too, "Wanna get away"...I did.

We checked out of our hotel and drove to Bryan's cousins house. We grabbed some lunch with Gary and then started walking to the Cubs vs. Cardinals game.

The streets are packed before the games and all the fanatic Cubs fan are out celebrating together

Ther are crazy things to see like this "Cubbie" taking tips for no reason at all

"If the moon was made of cheese would ya eat it?...Just say yes and we'll move on." - Harry Caray (aka Will Ferrel on SNL)

They have these rooftop bleachers in the outfield on the top of the restaurants. I'm sure that has a great view

This is what game day looks like at Wrigley Field

This is one of my favs

It's a madhouse! They sing this catchy little chant "Go Cubs Goo! Go Cubs Goo Hey Chicago what do ya say Cubs are going to win today!!! Sounds corny, but it has been stuck in my head for the past few days.

Here we are enjoying a beverage at the game

The Cubs clenched their division at this game and beat the Cards 5-4. Ironically Vince Vaughn sang take me out to the ball game in the 7th inning stretch. Might I add that it was quite better than Romo's appearance.

And the crowd goes wild...

All of the fans flood the streets from the bars and meet you outside the gates. They are definitely super fans up there.

We spent the rest of the night at Gary's friends birthday party. It was a cute little neighborhod north of Wrigleyville

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Day 2- Friday, September, 19th

This is the beginning of the first major sporting event. Bryan woke up around 6 am and met a couple vendors from Chicago to go play golf at a well-known course called, Medinah.

Medinah has an impressive history ! They have hosted 3 U.S. Opens, Tiger has won 2 PGA Championships here and they will be hosting the 2012 Ryder Cup too.

Here is the clubhouse

Bryan and his golfing buddies

Immaculate Greens

There was plenty of water all over the course

Bryan was able to battle through and scored the second lowest in the group! He scored in the 90's on this very difficult course

All in all he said it was amazing. Each golfer has his own personal catty and they had a person whose sole purpose was to locate each golfers balls every hole. Very helpful considering Bryan only lost 2 balls! The staff to golfer ratio is about 1:2. Their goal is to pamaper you all day. Not bad at all!!!

Meanwhile I was soaking it in at the spa. I know that is a non-sport thing, but it was wonderful!

After my massage I headed back to the room. Bryan came home and I was in the middle of gettting ready when he asked to take a picture of me on the porch

The trees in the background were beautiful so I didn't think twice about taking a photo by myself. Bryan said, "That was good, but I think you are missing something" I wasn't sure what to expect. He pulls out a bag with a box inside. I opened it and found a beautiful diamond necklace!!! It is so gorgeous

He is so sweet! I'm so blessed to have such a great guy!! After a great afternoon I decided to drag Bryan to his favorit store, H&M. Not!

After struggling to find a parking spot Bryan was successful and met me at H&M for about 5 seconds. I purchased a cute sweater dress and then started walking to meet up with Bryan at the Hunt Club. We had this local beer called 312.

After people watching and doing some research on pizza we decided to walk to a pizza place called Giordano's. On our way to the pizza place I decide to pull out my camera because you never know who or what you might see. We were walking and taking in the Chicago sites. I see Bryan take a double take and look to the right. I look over and see this gi-normous guy, VINCE VAUGHN! I popped my camera up like I worked for TMZ and snagged a quick pic

I know it is a tad blurry but I'm glad I was able to get anything at all. We saw him at this place called Gibson's waiting for a cab. Pretty cool stuff! We continued to our pizza destination adn we were both so gitty after seeing him. I think I know who Bryan's man crush is now.

We got our deep dish pizza after a 45 minute wait at Giordano's

It was actually a 2 hour wait for a table and so we tried to beat the system and eat our "to go" pizza at the bar and got busted. Not a "great success" (In a Borat tone). We took our pizza and headed back to the resort. Another amazing day in Chicago. Two more days to follow....