The day after Christmas, with Paul back at work and the kids on break from school, I suddenly decided to road-trip it to my sisters house in Chicago.
Like I literally decided at about 9:30am Monday morning.
By noon, we were on the road.
(You DON'T want to know what my house looked like...although you could ask our friend Kevin.)
It was one of my better decisions : )
That night the kids were happily playing with their cousin Madden
AND their Grandma!
My parents spent Christmas with my sister and we got there in time to spend the last day-and-a-half with them. I think they enjoyed the surprise :)
While we were there we..
ended up on a train ride at the mall, when Legoland turned out to be full to capacity.
Avery seriously talked about that train ride for weeks.
Took the kids to see "Chipwrecked"
The big kids loved it, Madden loved his treats, Avery loved going to the potty every 10 minutes, and the adults...endured.
The major accomplishment of the trip was finally making it to the top of Sears Tower, after a failed previous attempt. It's long been a dream of Noah's to stand on the Skydeck. It was a crazy day (waking up way too early, Tiff's almost broken ankle, the crazy bum who threatened to beat us, lineslineslines, crowds, $$)
But just look at that face!! Totally worth it : ) Made me so happy.
Actually, it was scarier than I thought. I'm not afraid of heights and my legs were shaking the entire time. I had to drag Avery out there and she wouldn't stand up.
Alex kept wondering when we were finally going to get there (after lots of different lines, and a couple different elevators). When I told her this was it she gave me one of her looks and said, "Mom, you are kidding me."
And not in a good way.
She ended up loving it : )
I think these two liked the train ride in and out of the city best of all.
It wasn't a super long trip but we enjoyed every minute!
and staying up late! As in half the night - that's what we had to do to get our kid -free sister time in : ) Best part of the day.
Thanks a million Tiff and Randy, for letting us crash your place at the last minute and cause chaos for 3.5 days.
Potty-training toddler and all.
Good thing I brought Cherry Bombs, right Tiff??