1st Anniversary: Chicago

With our wedding date passing by yesterday, we’ve officially made it a year into our marriage! HUZZAH! YIPPEE! HALLELUJAH! WAHOO!


We decided to celebrate our 1st anniversary up in Chicago “on the way home” from Peoria where we were earlier in the long weekend. (Congrats Michael and Anna on your own wedding!!)

It ended up being a great decision as the trip was a good chance to say goodbye to one of our favorite Midwest cities, eat some of the delicious food it has to offer, and even spend last minute time with Tyler’s brother and sister-in-law as they prepare to move out East. It was a perfect Murphman weekend.

chicago trip

^^^ left to right, top to bottom: started with my favorite– hot dogs!– at Franks n’ Dawgs in Lincoln Park// on our way to the beach Sunday afternoon// skyline view with this soccer field// checked into our hotel The Wit (this photo from here)// saw this on our way to dinner and thought “that is my kind of combo”//  enjoyed a fantastic dinner Sunday at The Publican// waited 30 minutes to get a window seat at the Grand Lux Cafe Monday morning, but these beignets were so worth it

We spent the rest of Monday walking around downtown and checking out various shops. It was fun just being together and enjoying a day with no big plans or responsibilities.

We drove back to Marion that evening and it felt good to conclude our first year of marriage where it started– at home. And of course our family was complete again with this weirdo waiting at the back door.