Chi-Town Bound

When I made my Christmas wish list two months ago, at the top underlined in bold was this simple statement:

Weekend Getaway with Missy.”

If you looked at Missy’s list, you’d find something similar.  Sure, gift cards, clothes, and the like would be nice, but there is nothing I wanted more than some extended alone time with my bride.  Lately, our time together consists of watching some prime-time TV or our Office DVD’s after we put the girls down before passing out in bed by 9:00PM from exhaustion.

Now, don’t get me wrong:  I love our babies more than life itself and I wouldn’t trade them for the world, but the transition from having Missy all to myself to having to share her so much, at times, has not been the easiest thing to do.  Take-out dinners on the couch, pajama Saturday’s and lazy Sunday’s are all a thing of the past, and there is a small part of Missy and I both that misses them.  So we figured that a quick weekend getaway would be the perfect way to recapture some of that “couple time” that has since been replaced “baby time”.

At the time, however, it was just wishful thinking.  That is, until a few weeks ago, when Grandma Cindy said over dinner that the first weekend in February was setting up nicely to make our wish a reality.  Hesitant at first, the more we thought about it, the more we realized that we needed to make this happen.

Given our restricted time frame, we limited our options to Des Moines (for a “stay-cation”), or the surrounding cities within a reasonable 4-5 hour drive.  With these parameters in mind, we quickly narrowed our choices to Kansas City or Chicago.  Minneapolis was just too cold, and Omaha was, well…Omaha (don’t get me wrong, we LOVE the Omaha Zoo & the Old Market…just not in February). And so, after a night or two of weighing our options, we settled on Chicago; deep dish won out over bar-b-que this time.

Yes, we are Chicago bound, via the Megabus (which might get very interesting according to the online reviews we’ve read), this Thursday evening.  However, one thing we didn’t count on was having to deal with the latest storm of the century bearing down on the city as we speak.  Forecasters are calling for the worst snow since the 60’s…this could very well turn into one of the best or worst trips of our lives.  That is, of course, if we even get out of town at all…Megabus has already cancelled Tuesday & Wednesday inbound Chicago buses, and are threatening to do the same for Thursday.

Boy, we sure know how to pick ’em, don’t we?

At any rate, we are trying to remain positive by telling ourselves that the snow will be finished by Wednesday, and that it will only make the trip all the more memorable.  And we fully intend to eat and shop our way through Chicago, as well as take in all the sites and sounds the city has to offer.  Like scooping the “Loop” on the El Train, acting like we’re loaded as we (window) shop the mile, pig out, stay up late, sleep in…oh, and we may or may not be re-enacting the entire Art Institute scene from Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. We can’t wait!

Back with more updates soon, for now…please pray that our Megabus stays on schedule!

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

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