Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hello Chicago!

Our Johnny plays college soccer, 
so we took a road trip to watch him and the team!

The other players on the team love the kids!

And the kids love them!

So we did lots of cheering and lots of high fives!

All of the children got purple Tommie gear so we can support the team!

It is so heart warming to see how much they love their big brother 
and how much he loves them!

This was the first time we ever saw
"a praying mantis"
in person!
It was HUGE!

The team won their first game 1-0 against Elmhurst!

We had the second day to ourselves to "site see".

FYI, in MN -
everyone goes to their cabin on Labor Day weekend!
We LOVE it when everyone goes up north and
we have the town to ourselves!

we learned that's not the way it goes in Chicago!

In Chicago...
EVERYONE goes downtown...

We had quite the fun day planned with 
hopes of seeing 2-3 sites
within a day...
Very wrong!

It took us 2.5 hours to get to the top of the Sears/Willis Tower.
We could have gotten the "fast pass" (for 15) but then hubby would need a second job.

We were happy to finally get to the top and snap a few pics!
It was a little hazy outside but the view was still amazing!

110 stories tall and it's the tallest building in the USA!

The had a "glass" viewing area the projected out of the side of the building.

We went site seeing in Chicago with the older kids (14 years ago).
But we chose a less busy weekend and were able to do so much more.

By the look on Emma's face she must be thinking
"Why is my Mommy doing this to me?"
Sweet girl is not so sure this is a good idea!
Actually, it made me nervous too!

We spent a half hour up there and then decided
 we would drive through part of Dwtn just to point out a few sites to the kids.

Once again,

The traffic was horrendous!
And we headed out of town as fast as we could!

So instead...
we went to the movie

It was the BEST movie!
Most of our kids loved it!
A few wondered when will the cartoons start!
And one little guy took a nap in his Daddy's arms!

I shared a bed with Melissa.
Melissa does not snore or kick...
so I thought!

It's just not a vacation without a morning evacuation!
Possible fire on the third floor.

The first thing I did was gather the children and ask
were any of you in the hallway?
Did any of you pull the fire alarm?
Once I knew we were in the clear, we evacuated!

The next day the team won their second game against Puget Sound 3-2, in overtime!

We ate Chicago Hot dogs and Chicago style pizza!
The last day we had a wonderful dinner at Ditka's 
with Johnny to celebrate the team winning the tournament!

Johnny finds it relaxing to spend time with his family!
We love that!

we will be back...
when you're less crowded!


Kate said...

I had to post a comment because I too went to the Willis/Sears Tower Labor Day weekend. The wait was crazy. My friend and I saw the line on Sunday night and decided to pass. We got there Monday morning before it opened thinking that there wouldn't be a line and there was already a 1.5 hour wait. It was totally worth the wait. Next time if you have a chance, take the family to the Museum of Science and Industry. Some many great activities for children. Also, Maggie Daley Park has a wonderful playground for children.

ourchinagirls said...

Are you sure that isn't a praying mantis?

amulbunny's random thoughts said...

My daughter works downtown and avoids it like crazy.
Her brother flew in from CA to see her so they went to the museums and aquarium mid week.
She can walk to the lake on her lunch and loves it.
She lives in the northern suburbs close to the lake too and it's not at all so crazy.
Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Dawn Wright said...

Hilarious!!!! I loved the part where you questioned if any of your kids had been in the hallway- classic parenting because I would totally do the same!!

Ok - which one of you did it? Did anyone see so and so go out the door this morning? ;)