Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Choo, choo!!!

The kids and I took a train trip to Chicago with our friends, Bethany and Ava, a little over a week ago.
Bethany is one of Olivia's former nurses that we have become very, very close to. When Livvy was in the hospital, we talked about making this trip sometime and we were finally able to coordinate a time to go! It was Ava's first train ride and the first one that Jack could really remember. We didn't have the best weather, but we really couldn't complain. The kids did awesome! We made a visit to the Shedd Aquarium, which everyone thought was pretty impressive.

The kids even got to touch real starfish. I wasn't even brave enough to do that!

Then we made a stop at the American Girl Store (my first experience there) and the Lego Store.

Throw a little Garrett's Popcorn in the mix and we were ready to call it a day!

The train ride went very smoothly. One of the conductor people even said we were doing a great job entertaining the kids.
It did take lots of trips to the snack car and lots of trips to the bathroom and garbage cans, but all in all a great time.

Bethany and I did decided, however, that we need to do this again minus the kiddos, so we have our next trip scheduled...our goal is to be a little bit more efficient and to get some Christmas shopping done!
Speaking of trips...I'm going on vacation! Me. Just me.
I know, it's impossible to believe, but I am. I'm flying to South Carolina this weekend. I'm going to visit my friend, Nicole, and her family. They moved to SC last year and we've not had the opportunity to make it down there, yet. We always talked about it and even had planned on swinging through there last summer. But, plans changed and it didn't work out. So, we finally settled on a date and I booked the ticket and I'm going! I can't wait! We are staying in Charleston for a night and it is supposed to be just beautiful. Then back to Nic's house to just hang out for a few days, meet her friends that I hear so much about, and relax! Zac and the kids have promised to stay healthy and be on their best behavior, so everything should be okay on the worries. Did I mention that I can't wait?


The Hawkinson Gang said...

I can't wait! See you soon!

Bethany said...

Chi-town, you better watch out. Two shoppin' mommas will be there soon. I'm sure some more popcorn will give us extra shopping energy :)

Anonymous said...

Charleston is my favorite city (I have a brother that lives there). So jealous! Have a great time. -Ann Michanicou

Judy said...

A train trip sounds like so much fun! And I love the new blog look! What great pictures of the kids! Brooklyn's hair is so cute!

Peoria Peepers said...

Charleston IS beautiful. Have a wonderful time!

Julia said...

We were in Charleston two years ago. It is amazing! I loved that place! Don't leave without buying a basket, I have three and love is amazing they are all handmade. I actually felt smarter when I came home, so much awesome history! Have a fabulous time! Okay I think I used way too many Exciting words and exclamation points!!!