I really couldn't get all my shit together fast enough the following day. I was looking forward to quality time with the soon-to-be hubs and it turned out to be the PERFECT weekend before the wedding. Oh wait, but first let's get this golf ball-sized hail and flippin' crazy storm out of the way first...okay good...now we can enjoy the EmJo weekend starting....NOW. (Yes I obviously gave us a celebrity nickname...because if Jennifer Aniston can have one, so can I damnit...and I enjoy being obnoxious.
When we were on our way, we were already joking about the place we visited a few years back. You can read all about that little adventure here. Luckily, this resort had zero history of murders or being a gangster hideout back in the day....we're lookin' good so far!
Once we checked in, we stopped by our room and dropped off our cooler full of wine, unhealthy snacks and other bags we drove on over to the downtown Lake Geneva area where they had a bunch of cute little boutiques and restaurants. I usually spare Josh the pain and agony when it comes to shopping since I know he HATES it...but sometimes there is just no avoiding it. He was a trooper and he didn't even complain once! No stares, deep sighs, etc. I was thrilled. We also found this little guy hanging out in front of one of the stores. If that isn't one of the smartest marketing techniques, I don't know what is. We definitely went inside...
As we were walking along, we came across this amazing place that made their own bread and sauces. AND they were having a complimentary wine tasting. Move out of the way folks! Coming through!
Josh and I picked out some amazing things. I got this bread with pesto and basil..yeah it pretty much tasted like pizza. It satisfied my inner carbavore nicely.
The wine tasting was in the back. We tasted three different red wines (not a fan) and a few whites (more my style). Josh and I snagged a bottle that was absolutely delicious and on the sweeter side. I highly suggest it for the upcoming spring and summer days! We will be opening this baby up when we get our marriage license!
After we walked around some more, it was time to find a place to eat dinner. We decided on Sopra, an unexpectedly pricey place...(oops didn't Yelp it first), but the food was to DIE for. Lobster wontons? Don't mind if I do. The appetizer came with three of them...they obviously wanted us to start a fight over who would get the last one...we ended up splitting it. Foodgasm.
Josh got the pork and I got Gnocchi with roasted chicken. I obviously didn't even want to fathom what the cal count on this dish was. It was really good, but very cheesy.
Since we couldn't really move much after dinner, we sat and talked for awhile. Josh then took out his wallet to pay and what in the hell did I see? The state of his wallet. This guy cracks me up. He hates letting things go so much, he's had the same wallet since childhood. His reasoning is "hey look, at least now it has an extra pocket!" -_- Just look at that sad thing...
After dinner we went to a local chocolate shop down the street. We got an assortment of chocolate champagne truffles, strawberry bonbons and mocha truffles. NOMS.
As you can see, I totally indulged. Zero fucks given because everything was SO delicious. We checked out on Sunday morning and got home just in time for our appointment with our realtor. We looked into four houses and we did have a couple of favorites! It'll definitely be a process though to find the perfect one for us. During our visits though, we really came across a "WTF?" property... I have no idea how a person could design a place and say to themselves, "yes, a bedroom with NO doors and odd layout will definitely attract buyers." NEXT.
Once we parted ways, I of course didn't unpack anything from this weekend because that's the worst....and got ready for my makeup trial for the wedding. I SO wish I could post before and after photos, but I definitely want to knock Josh's socks off and surprise him. I even got a "holy shit!" out of his mom and she never says stuff like that! Maybe she's just hanging around me too much. Haha. if you're in the Chicagoland area or are willing to fly out an amazing makeup person for any special event or your wedding, I highly suggest Jean Ramos. She is beyond talented if she can make my face look THAT amazing. Watch out ScarJo...if I rival you at any time...it will be my wedding day! Oh and my current wedding planning status:
Next stop is getting the marriage license this afternoon!