Saturday, June 16, 2007


OK, now that our trip is out of the way per se, on to today. Today we went downtown on the train to Millenium Park in Chicago. Tomorrow is my birthday. Not a huge deal, but for some reason I like to go downtown on my birthday. You may recall last year my mom was here and we took the kids and had the infamous Cheesecake Factory episode. It's only $1 to park and $5 for the train, 3 kids under 11 are free per adult, the stroller rolls right on and off and can "park" in the bike/wheelchair section, and Millenium Park is right across the street from the train station. They usually have things going on during the summer, but not too much today. That's ok. We spent over two hours just playing in the huge fountains, Little One included. They loved it! They could've played longer, but I was getting tired. :) It was fun!

While we were there, guys were at the house replacing the main water pipe in the basement. It went well. I spent yesterday unloading the van and putting things away, cleaning, putting away things in the basement to clear the way, getting groceries, etc. We also went to the splash pad to get out for a while.

Today we timed things perfectly and the guys called on the drive home from the train station to say that they were done. It looks good. They cleaned up and I just had to let the floor dry as it was still wet from cleaning. Tomorrow I will put things back.

Tomorrow our local park is having it's annual kite festival. The last two years it has rained, so I'm hoping that tomorrow is a go. Monday Olivia and Braeden are starting at Little Farmers Camp. They will go from 9-11. Olivia is mostly there as a helper for Braeden. She's also doing gymnastics camp and World Traveler camp, so this one is extra. :) We're in for lots of fun still this summer. :)


Sara said...

I was reeling over your cabin experience!!!! What a disaster!!!! I cannot even imagine that. They should refund you 100% of your trip, as far as I'm concerned! I'm impressed that you were able to make the best of it. :)


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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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