As you might imagine, when you get three cousins five and under together, there is a ton of fun. The weather was gorgeous when we were in Chicago so we did a lot of stoop sitting while the kids ran around and played. We also managed to hit a pumpkin farm that was HUGE.
They had a petting zoo that was a huge hit with the kids.
And of course, the enormous corn pit was the favorite. Don't ask what Alex is doing, I don't understand it either.
We also hit the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is a free zoo in the city.
Do you see the short sleeved shirts in Chicago in October? It was glorious.
(I can't really let a photo post go by without some "real" photos... this was Nate's face in 99% of the photos.)
Jon's mom Roxane was also in town for the weekend, adding to the fun.
While we were there, I also did a quick shoot for Jon's sister and family. I'm not sharing their family pictures since I think they'll be used for holiday cards but I can post this as a thank you to Liz and Andy for hosting us yet again!
Oh Laura! What else did you do in Chicago? My Mondo friend Natalie met us to do our family photo shoot. Upon returning home with hundreds of photos from Chicago with NONE of me and Jon, I realized I needed to post something to remind us that we were in Chicago too. And this is an inside joke between me and Jon, because photographers always ask us to gaze longingly at each other and we just laugh. And hate our profiles.
Chicago was a siren that week. The gorgeous weather could make you forget that it will soon be -40 and windy as hell. I commuted each day downtown from the North side and this was my morning commute view:
I also had dinner with a good friend Julie and surprised her with a photo shoot. Her kids... ADORABLE!
I came back from Chicago to gorgeous weather here. Weekend highlights included: boys' starting basketball, trip to Marbles museum, lots of fall planting and yard work, and a trip to their favorite park, KidsTowne.
I also spent a good bit of time testing out a lens I am not going to buy. Saved myself $$$!
The rest of this month promises to be INSANE. Somewhere in my brain I have a post mulling around about how thankful I am I launched my photography business, and how grateful I am for my clients who believe in me. It seemed like a pipe dream 18 months ago and the reality is AMAZING.
I'm happy things are insane. I'm happy I followed my dreams. Happy happy just busy.