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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chicago trip.

As soon as I knew Kevin was going to be working nights for a straight month and a half during this outage at the power plant (the plant shuts down and they even pull in extra workers to do intense maintenance), I decided it would be good for both of us (Kevin and me) if the kids and I left for a week to visit friends, so Kevin could get the rest he needed and the "vacation" would give the kids and I something special to help us pass through these long days. I haven't seen my best friend Angie in a full year, so it was a great opportunity for a lil' road trip and quality time!

It was an 8-hr drive that took us about 10 hours with all the potty stops (for me! haha) But the kids did GREAT for the whole drive, I was amazed! They just sat good for the first hour and a half. Then at a bathroom stop we started a BINGO game that lasted the next 45 minutes or so. Then at the next bathroom stop I got out a short movie for the kids to watch until our lunch picnic at a rest area. After lunch it was naps. Then snack and juice when they woke up and a basket full of library books that lasted us almost all the rest of the way into Chicago area. It was amazingly smooth!!

Angie's two kids are 3 and 1 years old, Caleb and Elliott, plus she's expecting their third child right now too, due early April. Ben was working most of the time, of course, so the kids and we just hung out! We spent part of the week running errands for me, taking advantage of city! And then on Wednesday we took the kids to the Aboretum (or "tree park" as I called it for Eli) for a fun outing. It turns out the whole place is huge! We were going to just start out in the Children's Garden and then go from there, but apparently the children's area alone is big enough for an entire morning! I'm not sure we even got through it all, but we were out of time for the day before naps. What a fun day! These are the highlights, but of course I always still have way too many favorites! I actually have hardly any of my two kids cuz they were always off running around, I'm lucky I didn't lose them! And Elliott was the sweetie that was easiest to photograph since he's the youngest! =)

my silly boy
such a pretty place
my fave of the day, I think
love this one of Caleb
my little girl is growing up way too fast!
Eli's getting a rock for Calebbeautiful colors!
isn't this house adorable!Isn't this slide area awesome?! seriously cuteso these kids really CAN play nice together sometimes!our last thing we had time for was a venture through these bridges. fun! except for the time-to-go part =)Caleb
I forgot how challenging it would be to have three toddlers and a baby together for a week! But it sure was worth it! Thanks for hosting us, Angie and Ben!! Your friendship is a true blessing!

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