Monday, November 12, 2012

A Whirlwind Trip- and a Big Win!

Well, we are back in H-Town after a fast and furious weekend trip to Chicago! We had been looking forward to this trip for so long, and it turned out to be better than we could have ever imagined!

We started off by doing a little sight-seeing around the city. Our hotel was in the PERFECT location and everything was within walking distance. Of course we had to see the infamous 'Bean' in Millennium Park...

 and we enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the city as we cruised along the Chicago River.

The bridges amazed me- we actually went under one RIGHT as it was closing- to say I was nervous is a huge understatement!! Thank goodness those men knew what they were doing!

After the cruise, we headed over to the famous Gino's East Pizzeria for some Chicago deep dish! It was well worth the wait!!

We walked along the Magnificent Mile- and yes it was magnificent! It would have been even more magnificent if I had an entire day and an unlimited budget to shop! But, it was still fun to window shop!

We took a much longer than expected walk along a path that followed Lake Michigan and headed to Navy Pier. It was beautiful! We had a nice crisp breeze and amazing views as we walked (minus the incredible amounts of duck doo doo on the sidewalk- you can see all the brown spots in the picture below). :)

Navy Pier was huge! I'm sure we walked for at LEAST a mile down that pier- if not, it sure felt like it! We had a great ride on the Ferris Wheel and enjoyed the view of the city at night. Gorgeous!

But of course, the highlight of the trip, and the reason for the trip in the first place, was the Texans game at Solider Field. As I mentioned earlier, we had been looking forward to this trip since October, when I gave Jeff this trip as his birthday present. For weeks, I had envisioned us wearing our Texans gear, wrapped up cozily enjoying the game with a cool breeze in the air. What we got was NOT that. What we got was W.E.T. Plain. Old. Wet!

We spent a good amount of the day on Sunday enjoying some drinks and watching both the other NFL games AND the ominous black clouds overtake the city. As game time grew nearer, the more nervous I got. I kept looking out the window as the sky darkened and I just knew it would be horrendous weather.

As we walked toward the stadium, the rain started and it did. not. stop. Ever. At all! Of course we were beside ourselves with excitement from being in the famous Soldier Field! It was so elegant all lit up for Veteran's Day.

Surprisingly, there were a ton of other Texans fans roaming the stadium decked out in their gear. We made our way to our seats (which were 12 rows up from the field-yes, be jealous!) and watched the team warm up.

My man, JJ Watt, was warming up on the field. He was SO going to come over and get in the picture with me, but then he got busy.... ha! I can only imagine! This is as close as I could get without jumping the rail (which I totally could have done!)

We got to see a lot of the players up pretty close before the game started. It was awesome! Barwin is HUGE!!

And through it all, it rained. Not a downpour- just a steady, non-stop, never-ending, relentless (did I use enough adjectives here to capture it?!) drizzle. Luckily, we had stopped by a local Target earlier in the day to pick up some rain suits. The flimsy ponchos we brought from home would NOT have cut it! We may have looked like we were skiing, but they sure did help keep us semi-dry!!

We were surrounded by Bears fans and I was nervous at first, but they were very polite. Of course, they didn't have much to say after we got the win! The game was absolutely awesome! I had to quiet Jeff a few times to ensure we didn't get punched, but besides that, we cheered our team to victory! It was incredible! Excuse the blurry pictures, I was so afraid of ruining my phone in the rain!

We stayed after to congratulate the team as they made their way back into the locker rooms.

It was such an amazing night. We are so proud of our Texans and how hard they fought, even through the annoying rain!

Now it's back to reality and the daily grind tomorrow! A few more days of fun with the kiddos and then we get a break for Thanksgiving!!

Have a great week and congratulations to all you Texans fans!!!

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