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Thursday, March 28, 2013


It doesn't feel or look like spring yet but we're still enjoying our spring break.  Early on Sunday morning my mom, the girls and I boarded a train bound for Chicago and our mini-trip began.  It was fun and full of lots of laughs from start to finish.

We all loved the train, it was on time and a great way to comfortably travel...some of us got more comfy than others.  

When we arrived we found a cab and away we went to our hotel.  When we got out Lucy said "that a nice man to let us borrow his van".   She made lots of friends the entire trip with her sweet, constant commentary, her friendly waves to everyone, her thank-yous, and her curiosity about who everyone was and what their names were.

The first night after renting a movie in the room and swimming we ordered room service   The girls loved it and it sure was easy!

The next day we rode the bus to Navy Pier.  

At Navy Pier we visited the Chicago Children's Museum and honestly it was a real bummer.  It was packed at 10:30 in the morning.  So packed that 30 seconds in I knew we'd made a big mistake.  It seems like a very neat place with all kinds of fun looking activities.  I can't tell you if they are actually fun though because it was so packed that we did 2 things in the hour and a half we were there.  Lucy did get to look through that magnifying glass.

After lunch we decided to do a little shopping.  Emma spotted this sign and I had to get a picture for our  own red headed piano player.

The weather was really lovely for Chicago and shopping is always fun on Michigan Avenue.  And made even better when Gram's buying you a new dress.

After resting up a bit we headed out for pizza- delicious!

  When I suggested going to Shedd Aquarium nobody was excited, the children's museum experience with all of the other spring breakers (and schools/camps) made us want to avoid museums all together.  So the next morning we swam again and I sadly realized that my scale must not actually be broken and that maybe (after Easter goodies, of course) I'd better start working to comfortably fit back into my swimming suit before June arrives and I am practically living in that thing.  

 After cleaning up we ate a late breakfast and did some shoe shopping.  We were all a little tired so we came back to the room and rested for 2 hours in front of PBS kids.    Then we went to tea at the American Girl Place.  It was terrific, and everything the girls had hoped!  However, after seeing the brand new dolls up close I realized our special solution only works well if you can't really remember how silky soft American Girl Doll hair starts out.  Ours were so awful that the change looked to the new dolls, not so much.  Oh well.

The next morning it was back to the train station.  We got on the train with 4 minutes to spare.  Really, 4 minutes.  We like to make things exciting. 

What a great way to spend a few days off!

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