Monday, January 9, 2012

Chicago Trip

This weekend we were able to take a quick trip to Chicago.  It was so nice.  So very nice.  We were able to relax and enjoy taking in a new city together as a family.  This was our first trip with SK just us, so it was time.  This was a trip of many firsts:
First time riding the train
First time for any of us to go to Chicago
First time staying in a hotel with SK
First time to take SK to the aquarium
and I am sure there was more...

We were able to get some inexpensive tickets to ride the train into Chicago.  SK did pretty good on the train considering it was about 5 or so hours.  She resorted to making funny faces by the end of the ride to entertain herself :)

After getting into town on Friday, we headed out to check out the city.  We explored around Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.  That night we went to Giordano's for Chicago style pizza.  It was so good. 

We went to watch the iceskaters on our way back to the hotel.  There were so many people skating it was crazy.  If you haven't ever been to Chicago, there is this outdoor skaking rink that is free (except for shoe rental...) in the middle of the city.  It was fun to watch :)

We crashed in the hotel after dinner to rest up for the next day.
Saturday we did more exploring and ate at a fun little place called Portillo's for lunch.

Sunday, we got up and checked out of our hotel and headed to the Shedd Aquarium.  SK was so excited.  I think she decided the dolphins were her favorite along with all of the purple fishies :)
After making our way through the whole aquarium, we told SK she could pick out 1 animal to get to take home.  She looked andlooked and finally decided on the pink penguin.  It quickly became a good friend of hers.  She named it Rosey. 

The train ride back was a bit tiring.  I had hoped SK would lay in my lap and fall asleep, but alas it didn't happen.  We arrived back in St. Louis around 10:30 and she was still going strong. 
All in all, it was a really nice break for us to get away and have some family time.  We needed it.
We are back to the grind today.  MIchael has his Jan term class this week, which means he is gone all day every day.  Well, I think I am off to eat lunch (zucchini pizza!!).  Happy Monday everyone!


  1. Precious pictures... Fun family time! Love that cute little one:)

  2. So ecited that you guys got to take your first real family vacation, just the 3 of you. Awesome memory and what a cool way to start with a train ride. Your smiles and happiness are contagious through the pictures!! Love you bunches, Mimi.