Weekend Crazy-ness continued......

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Gah! Sunday.

My husband's brother, his wife, mother in law, and new baby were in town from the east coast. We all wanted to meet their new baby and they wanted to meet Pixie and see the kids.

They said they wanted to get together in the morning. Morning in my world is anytime after 5 am but before noon. Heck a lot of times we have had lunch before noon. So we made plans for the afternoon. When we confirmed what time they wanted to get together they indicated between noon and three... (insert huge eye roll here) MORNING people. MORNING.

For our afternoon plans we had to be on the afternoon train at 12:45 headed to Chicago. Somehow that did not mix with his interpretation of morning. In the end we got to hang out and the kids got to meet the new baby.

On to the train. Stinky loves trains. For him the best part of going somewhere is the transportation. Trains are a favorite.

On the train we talked (ok he talked) incessantly about what we were passing. Soon we left the grass and small buildings of the suburbs and were in the city surrounded by skyscrapers.

The city is a new environment for my kids. We used to live there a long time ago but now they are used to being able to run outside and play and live in a really quiet area with relative security. The traffic and noise of the city is a huge shock.

We decided to take the water taxi up the Chicago River to Michigan Avenue. Of course during this time it had started to rain... POUR. And I had not brought an umbrella (thanks for the inaccurate weather forecast). As we were getting on the boat it stopped raining and the kids were able to enjoy watching the city pass as we sailed up the river.

We got off the boat and went up the stairs to Michigan Avenue: the Magnificent Mile. Once we got up there it was a matter of where to go first. The Lego Store was first. I am seriously un-interested in Legos. The get on the floor and they hurt when I step on them and they are the source for innumerable fights. But whatever- this day was not about me.

After the Lego adventure we resumed our march towards the American Girl store. On the way we passed a horse drawn carriage. I am attracted to horses like a moth to a flame. There is some kind of magnetism there. We had to stop and pet the horse. The driver let us feed the horse some cookies and we were convinced to take a carriage ride (ok twist my arm a bit). The carriage ride took our modes of transport to 4 for the day: car, train, boat, and carriage (five if you count walking). On the ride it started raining- again- of course. The carriage was an early convertible so quickly a roof was up and we stayed dry. When we ended the ride we were right in front of the American Girl Store, aka, the Tiffany's of the under 12 set.

The day did not end there. I'll continue this marathon adventure later.


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