Summer in the City

When I tell you that our trip to Chicago couldn’t have been better, I mean it.  The weather was great – partly cloudy with lots of sun, and it was sort of hot (nothing like Texas hot, but hot for up here).  Our northern Indiana summer has bee pretty mild, and some days have been downright chilly (4th of July), but this day was made for me.  It was perfect for a day on the water.

We arrived in the city on the train at around 11am, and headed to my aunt’s condo.  From there, she walked us down to the beach (a pretty fair piece) so we would know where to go later in the afternoon.  Then we walked back near the aquarium to catch the ferry to Navy Pier.  It was a nice little trip, and almost as soon as we got to the pier it was time to hop on the sailboatIt was a really cool experience for the boys, and I loved being out on the water like that.  The views were gorgeous!

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When our sail was over, we walked around the pier a bit.  The boys thought they might like to ride on the swings, or maybe go on the ferris wheel, but there were so many people they would have been waiting for a long time.  We hopped back on the ferry and headed back to the beach.  The kids were so excited to go swimming, and it really was the perfect little cove for them to swim in.  As they swam, I took in the sights.  I saw two different wedding parties taking photos over near the planetarium.  One of the couples seemed to have a great photographer, and they were doing all kinds of fun shots.  After about an hour and a half, it was time to head back to the condo for our dinner of what else?  Pizza.

My aunt had invited an older couple (she’s in her 70s) to join us for dinner and to watch the fireworks, and by the time the boys and I got back, they had arrived.  She stuffed us with pizza, soda (boys), beer (me), corn, tomatoes, and finally – homemade peppermint ice cream and brownies.  The couple were lovely, and the husband told the boys about his days in the Air Force (in the 50’s and 60’s), and asked them lots of questions about their dad.  Once everyone was stuffed, it was time to head up to the roof.  We were waiting for a while, but I did get some great pictures before the fireworks started.

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Aunt Becky asked her readers (I think it was her, anyway) a while ago what things they felt were good omens.  The ones I told her were mine were rainbows and seeing things like this:

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We saw both from the roof that night. 

After much waiting and tons of goofing off, the fireworks finally started, and they were great.  I think they lasted about thirty minutes, and we were exhausted by the time we got back down to the condo.  We made up our beds and hit the hay.  Big J and I shared the actual bed, which hasn’t happened in at least five years.  I kept waking up with his elbow in the back of my neck (just like his dad), and had to snap a picture when I woke up, because this boy?  He is a giant, and now I have proof.

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We ended up staying longer Sunday than we’d expected, and Little J helped my aunt make blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs.  We were all so tired when we got home, but it was a wonderful weekend.  I have many more photos that I’d love to share, but this is taking forever and you can see them on facebook if you’re my buddy there.

I got an email this afternoon that my aunt forwarded from her friends that we met.  They were impressed by my boys, and as a mother, what better compliment can you receive?  Proud mommy!

What did YOU do this weekend?

12 Responses to “Summer in the City”


  1. 1 The Dish July 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    That sounds like a fantastic weekend! So glad ya’ll enjoyed yourselves. You are right, he is very tall! Can’t wait to go see the rest of the pics!

  2. 2 Evil Twin's Wife July 27, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Wow – he is one tall boy! I’m glad you all were able to get away and relax a bit!

  3. 3 Ron July 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Glad you had a great weekend. Awesome pics.

  4. 4 Karen July 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Beautiful photos!! I love that ferris wheel photo!

  5. 5 Vinomom July 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Fabulous Pictures! And your big J is a Giant! Too cute! I’m glad you got to get out of town for a bit. A nice weekend getaway always hits the spot.

  6. 6 lola July 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Hey, those are great photos, and I love the one of your giant kid. I’ve got a giant kid, too, and it cracks my stubby little ass up! He’s eight and almost as tall as me already.

    Glad you had a great weekend. You guys so deserve it!!!! Me? I had a party that got a little nuts. It was a blast 😉

  7. 7 gingermagnolia July 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Dish – It was! 😉

    ETW – It was great!

    Ron – Thanks, dude!

    Karen – Me, too. I have an even better one from the roof, I may post it soon.

    Vinomom – You’ll be headed out soon! 😀

    Lola – Oh, this kid is huuuge. I wanna hear about your party!

  8. 8 MindyMom July 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Great pics! I love Chicago – it’s my hometown. Haven’t been back in ages though. Glad you had such a good time.

  9. 9 dadshouse July 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Awesome pics! I love Chicago. I was there recently with my daughter. We barely had time to grab lunch at Rick Bayless’s restaurant, but we made it. Great food. You sail excursion sounds like a blast.

  10. 10 Cathouse Teri July 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Chicago is HOT in the summer, but GORGEOUS.

    And thanks for getting that song on my mind. 😉

  11. 11 gingermagnolia July 28, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Mindy – It’s one of my favorite cities, at least in the summertime.

    Dad – Yummy! It was tons of fun. Thanks for stopping by, I am enjoying your blog.

    Teri – It is, and no problem! 😉 Thanks for stopping by, I’ll have to check out your page.

  12. 12 Aunt Becky July 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Summer in Chicago is amazing.


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