Monday, May 27, 2013

Windy City Weekend

We had an awesome weekend.  Absolutely awesome.  Hope you did too.

We hopped in the car and headed to Chicago.  We visit the Windy City every couple of months.  If you've been hanging out here for a while you know, we used to live there.  I love that my kids are growing up with exposure to things outside of our little town in Michigan.  Myles made his first trip to Chicago when he was five months old and he has been visiting the city several times each year ever since.  In fact, we were laughing at his knowledge of the subway system.  Need a lift on the Red Line?  Myles is your man.  He can get you there.  Anyway, we had our fill of pizza, public transportation, and all of our old favorites to last us...until later this summer.  Here are a few iPhone pics of our good times.  Can't believe I never even pulled my camera out...

Pizza, Friday night.  A perfect way to start the weekend.  Yes, we ate on the couches.  Makes for an interesting meal with kids.  As a side note: Myles put away a small pizza.
The next morning, I was so excited...  You know, every time we go to Chicago, we do fun things for the kids.  Well, this time since we had an extra day, I thought they could "suffer" through heading down the Green Line in the hunt of the Randolph Street Market.   (If you know the Green Line - you know there was definitely some suffering there - but anywho.)  It was so fun.  We saw so many antiques, up cycled items, and gorgeous furniture.  What a way to spend a Saturday morning.
 The kids didn't have it all that bad after all.  Greeted at the door with pinwheels, bubbles, crayons, and coloring pages...they were set to stroll up and down the aisles of old refurbished awesomeness.  Oh - and if that wasn't enough...they got some Dinky Donuts.  Who wouldn't love them?
Shopping, Potbelly's, and dinner with great friends rounded up our Saturday.
 Just had to include these posing shots.  Loving their new hats.  I am being a nice mom...I am not including the video of Myles in front of the mirror at H&M.  Let's just say...he liked the way he looked in his new hat.
We spotted a bunny friend and her daughter (not pictured) in the Gold Coast.  She needed to find Lincoln Park!
My heart melts for city lights.  And that moon.  I also find it so interesting how few people care to close their drapes when they are indecently exposed.  I'll be honest, I didn't used to care either.  Somehow in my time back in Michigan, I found my high-rise modestly again.
Here is Myles and "The One and Only".  Myles was quite intrigued and had 100 questions about him long after he left.  I can say, he was pretty good at magic and earned his money.  Myles even gave him a quarter out of his own pocket.
Jillian at Lincoln Park Zoo.
 Her fave.  Giraffes.

 Jillian trying her hardest not to smile.  She failed.
 Myles.  In awe.
 He asked for his picture taken in this pose.  He thought he looked quite cool.  Don't ask me why, but I actually think his jacket tied around his waist was the reason.
 Sibling love.
A trip to Rainforest Cafe.  The ultimate in sacrifice for the kids.  We chose to forgo good food for the love of our children.  Even with all of the wonderful choices that Chicago has to offer.

We had a great time.  Another one for the memory books.

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