renee nicole says

hi! i'm renee.

blogger, wine enthusiast, amateur photographer, long distance runner, book reader, music appreciator.

chicago born and raised.

my husband and i welcomed our baby girl to the world in february.

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annabelle is down to one nap per day, usually from 12:30-3:30 every afternoon. that means our mornings are wide open, just waiting for FUN to be had! 

in actuality, sometimes i wake up and feel seriously at a loss for what to do. annabelle gets restless and cranky by 8:30am if we’re not out the door and moving. so today, i texted my sister (that’s auntie leah, featured above) and said, beach day? i assumed the sunshine emoji response meant yes, so we were on our way. 

last week, we got a group together and finally crossed something off my chicago bucket list that’s been on there for a while - kayak the river!

we did the fireworks paddle with kayak chicago.

jason and i got a double kayak (mainly because i knew there would be at least a few moments where i would take just a teeny break). it was a great team-building exercise and i only swore at him approximately 72 times.

we kayaked about 3.5 miles to the lakefront, saw the fireworks, and paddled back.  i learned a few things that i will now impart to you regarding this activity:

  • go when it’s warm, you will get wet and then you will be cold
  • saturday afternoon is probably a more ideal time to go than wednesday evening after work until 11pm. (that’s right, 7-11pm)
  • your arms will be tired

overall, definitely a must do for chicagoans (at least once) - i would be up for the architectural kayak tour on a day like today!

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