We left home as soon as Jeremy got off work on Friday morning around 8:30 AM. I had packed the car the night before and the kids and I were dressed, fed and ready to leave when he got home. The car ride was decent, the kids took turns calling out things they saw out the window (horses, barns, corn, etc) and Cate slept for a good portion of the ride. There was quite a bit of construction on I-94 so Matthew had a lot of trucks and tractors to look at much to his delight. I brought a few toys, books and activity books for them which kept everybody happy for awhile. We made one stop in Indiana for lunch and headed into the city.
Navy Pier was a lot of fun! The tall ships were in town this weekend so we bought tickets to tour them. The girls fell asleep so Jeremy and I took turns taking Matthew on board the two ships. He just loved checking out all the things on the ships and I was glad he was having a good time! Claire and Cate both took a very much needed nice long nap. When they got up we ate the snack I had packed and explored some more of Navy Pier.
|Hamming it up at Navy Pier while my sisters take a nap!"|
|Look! I'm on a boat!|
There was a Thomas the Train ride that I thought the twins would really enjoy so I bought them each a ticket. This was where we experienced epic freak-out number 2 from Matthew. Matthew & Claire boarded the mini-train and loved steering the steering wheels and ringing the bell. Matthew was in seventh heaven! I got some good pictures, the kids enjoyed the ride and then the train stopped. Disaster! Matthew decided he wasn’t ready to get off. They weren’t letting parents inside the ride, the kids were just supposed to exit through the gate when the ride was done (Jeremy was waiting by the gate and I was standing with Cate & the stroller). The guy running the ride kept trying to catch Matthew who kept dodging him and trying to get back on the train. I was pretty embarrassed and all the other people standing around were laughing while the poor train employee tried to catch my kid. He finally caught him and practically threw him over the fence at me. I tried to calm Matthew down but he was just so upset that he couldn’t stay on the train. I felt bad because he was probably tired (no nap) and trains are his favorite. He cooled off in the stroller while I tried to distract him with whatever else I could think of.
After dinner we decided to walk to the John Hancock Building to check out the observatory. Of course Matthew fell asleep on the way and took a super late nap (disaster for trying to get him to go to sleep later!). We had a little trouble finding the observatory. We asked a lady that was working the elevators how to get to the observatory. She told us to take the escalator downstairs and you’ll find the entrance. I just looked at her and asked her how we would get down and escalator with a stroller (she could see we were pushing a stroller). She said she didn’t know and she didn’t really work there. Oh brother. So we finally found the elevators and made our way to the observatory entrance. Cate and Claire enjoyed walking around with us and looking out the windows.
Claire and Cate enjoying the view.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped to take a quick picture in front of this old Chicago Fire Station.
We got to see and do a lot on our first day and everyone had a good time. Once we got back to the hotel the kids had a quick bath and we put pajamas on. They had some trouble going to sleep, Cate was crying and upset, but everyone was quiet and sleeping by 10PM local time and slept until 7:30AM local time the next morning. I thought they did pretty well going to bed for being completely out of their routine.