At the beginning of June we decided last minute to tag along on a business trip that Isaac had in Chicago. It was really a blast. The kids travelled so well, and it was fun to be back in our old stomping grounds, but this time with new eyes. On Friday while Isaac was in a training I took the kids down to the Shedd Aquarium, which was chaotic but fun to see. Then we walked back to our hotel north of the river thinking that would be the most likely way to get kids to nap. And both actually did nap! It was a hot hot hot day, so we stopped in Millennium Park to run around in the fountain.
And to take the obligatory "bean" picture.
In the afternoon we packed back up and went to the Field Museum, which was a real highlight of the trip, as Soren is going through a big dinosaur phase, so he was stoked to see the dinosaur bones, including Sue the T-Rex. Unfortunately all of those pictures are on my phone, so I'll have to post them separately.
Saturday we took the train out to the Brookfield Zoo and were given an awesome tour by Isaac's uncle Jay, who is curator of primates and wild dogs there. He had so many stories to tell, it was really a special thing to be able to do. Again it was really hot, so we cooled off by watching the spectacular dolphin show.
And riding the carousel with Uncle Jay.
We also got to see our friends Sam and Erin and their munchkin Liam, which was a blast, but unfortunately I have no photographic evidence of this. Sunday we flew back to Minneapolis. The kids were so well behaved and slept so well on the trip that we might actually consider doing this again at some point!
We headed up to Fox Lake for a long weekend, and it was so nice to be able to hang out just the four of us. The weather wasn't ideal, and the bugs were horrendous, but the kids were real troopers.
Soren wore this ridiculous get-up for half the weekend. He was pretending to be a "baseball goalie" (catcher). Next Joe Mauer?
Poor Goosey got eaten up by mosquitoes. She was saying "iiiiiittt-sseeeee" over and over.
Not pictured, but a highlight of the weekend was that Isaac took Soren out for a two hour canoe ride. Soren was so excited to tell me about all the animals they saw, and how they took a bathroom break on an island. Thrilling stuff for an almost four year old!