Sunday, August 14, 2011

Chicago, Chicago!!

For weeks my kids have been chanting, "Chicago, Chicago!"  They were so excited to go visit Chicago for a few days with their cousins. We drove up early on Wednesday morning so we could spend the evening with a long time friend of mine, Michelle.  She was kind enough to invite us for dinner.  We played at a local park (which was much needed after spending 6+ hours in the car), and then went back to their home for Chicago style pizza and hotdogs!!  Olivia loved playing with their sweet dog, Maggie and Emma enjoyed girl talk with Michelle's daughter!  Later we walked the downtown of Wheaton to get some frozen yogurt!!  We had a great time of fellowship.  Makes me remember how much I miss sitting and talking with her; she is a great friend no matter how many miles separate us!!
The next morning we met up with Ryan's parents, sister and her family, and cousin and his family.  It is hard to travel Chicago with 16 people, but tons of fun!!! We headed out to the Museum of Science and Industry.  I was so excited....for years I have wanted to see the Body Worlds exhibit and it was in Chicago while we were there!!!  If you know me at all you know that the human body fascinates me. Of course the kids had fun too seeing all sorts of fun things.  There is too much to see in one day!!!
This is all the blood vessels in our body.  So cool!  They have injected the vessels with plastic and dissolved the rest of the surrounding tissue!!

Emma playing with the color cube!
The next morning we took the train and several buses to Shedd Aquarium.  I think Olivia liked this the most!!

After the aquarium we took a bus to the American Girl Doll store!  The girls were in heaven!  There were tons of dolls, clothes, and other things to look at.  Luckily we got out of the store without spending to much!! 
 Legoland was our last stop of the trip!  To say that Isaiah loved it would be an understatement.  He had a great time seeing all the statues made of Legos.
We had a great time on our trip but are so glad to be home!  Tomorrow we are starting school.  I'll let you know tomorrow how that goes!! 

1 comment:

  1. Shanna, hooray for vacationing with extended family. Such special memories!!!

    Warm memories of taking my oldest to Chicago a couple of times, but we have never taken the younger two. I especially can't wait to share Shedd Aquarium with them. (Marjorie got to go there with me both times & we sat through the dolphin show twice, b/c loved it soooo much.)

    Thanks for sharing your family's news!