Once a year Alphagraphics holds there annual conference, and I for one look forward to it. Jason not so much, he gets to work away from home for a week and I get to have a vacation some would think this was a win win situation but for a guy who doesn't like to travel not so much. Anyways, this year was no different I was so looking forward to conference, it was in Chicago and I have never been there, and (the big drum roll please) the boys were staying with my parents!!!! They got to spend half the time with my Dad and Val and the other half of the time with my Mom and Myron. I can't thank them enough for this wonderful. amazing break that they gave us. It was awesome to be able to do whatever I wanted instead of what they wanted. Now don't get me wrong I love my kids to death, but a mom needs a break once in a while. So Jason left for Chicago on Monday, I had two boys to pack for, plus make a wedding cake, and get myself packed in two days. So those days were a huge blur. Tuesday night came and I headed down to Utah county to drop the boys off. They didn't even care that I was leaving them. They had Nana and Grandpa to play with, plus two dogs and a kitten, they were in heaven. I left them in good hands then headed to drop off the wedding cake. Once that was done I was free to do whatever I wanted, that included some new make-up from the MAC counter at Nordstroms, and a mani, pedi it was a great evening. The only bad part of the night was when I got home the a/c unit had frozen up so the house was like a furnace.
I got to Chicago the next afternoon, got checked into the hotel and I needed food so I headed off to find some lunch, I ended up at Subway I know real exciting but it was close and I was hungry. That night for dinner we headed out for a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. It was a perfect night for it, beautiful temperatures, a full moon, the food was great, and fireworks at the end. They took our picture before we boarded the boat and when we got off the boat they had the pics for us to look at and buy. I made Jason buy the picture, sometimes I am a sucker for those cheezy things. The next couple of days I spent exploring the city and shopping.
I was really surprised how clean the city was, I would love to go back someday with the boys and take them to the Lincoln park Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium. It was an awesome week and Saturday night came way to quickly. The awards dinner was fun, the food was awesome and its fun to dress up once in a while. I would have to say the only sad part of the trip was the flight home 7:40 in the morning it meant for a really early morning following a really really late night.