The girls and I just got back from a fun-filled week in Chicago visiting my sister and her family. We had so much fun and took close to 200 pictures. I have narrowed it down, but not by much, so here is your fair warning that there are a ton of pictures in this post!
I flew out on Tuesday June 5th with Kirsten and Katie. They were fantastic on the plane even though it was a really late flight. My sister and Kaley picked us up and I stayed up until after 1 am visiting with my sister. Wednesday morning got off to a rough start. I took the kids to the park about 8:30 in the morning because everyone else was still sleeping. Not too long after we got there, Katie was going down a slide and got her right shoe caught and flipped her leg behind her. When she got down she tried to walk and fell over. She could not put any weight on her leg at all. So we took her to an urgent care doctor where they took x-rays and thank goodness ruled out any broken bones. It turns out that she hyper extended her hip, pulled her quadricep and sprained her knee. She was not a happy little girl. So we spent most of Wednesday recuperating and visiting. Once she went down for a nap, I took Anne to Costco - she had never been there before!
On Thursday we headed to downtown Chicago. Our first stop was the Children's Museum. They has some really incredible exhibits. One of Kirsten's favorites was the circus room which among other things, included a tight rope.
Kirsten waited in line very patiently for over a half an hour to climb up the pirate ship.
Kaley was a great sport and went up right behind her
They even got to do water painting on a stone wall, which considering how much Katie loves to draw, was a total hit!
Looking out at Lake Michigan.
My beautiful nieces, Sarah and Kaley
We got home pretty late that night, but I headed out with Sarah and Kaley to the 10 pm showing of the Hunger Games. They still had not seen it and I was more than willing to see it again. We went to this great old theater in downtown Downers Grove. It was like stepping back in time and we had a blast.
Friday we spent the majority of the day swimming and then setting up for Sarah's end of the year party. She has such a great group of friends. They were so kind and respectful and even let Kirsten hang out in the backyard with them for a few hours.
On Sunday we dressed Kirsten, Katie and Emily in their matching dresses from Easter, so of course we had to get tons of pictures. Emily insisted on having their pictures taken by the roses and Katie would hardly stop hugging her long enough to look at the camera.
We had such a great vacation and loved spending so much time with Anne and her family. It is hard being so far away from my sister, but I love how we have been able to stay close and have our kids be so close and have strong relationships despite the distance. As much fun as vacations are though, it is sure good to be home. Kirsten and Katie missed their daddy terribly and have hardly left his side since we got back. Now it is time to start figuring out what to do with our summer!