Yup, I know, a little delinquent on the follow through with my vacation post. Better late than never? 'Cos I can tell you that I considered not blogging all together... Returning home has been a tad rough. I'm struggling with these kids of mine. Coming home from the grandparents in always a challenge for us. Coming home from the grandparents on our first school summer vacation with little structure is particularly challenging. Fortunately, today was better, there is some light...
Our summer vacation began with our drive out to Indy. A quick over night, pit stop at my parents, en route to Chicago. Mia quickly found the bike with training wheels and hit the road! She quickly learned how to pedal and off she went. Granny and Ah Kong felt Nikolas' needed some wheels of his own so he got a scooter. His confidence slowly grew and he's now much more proficient with scootering. Every day we were back in Indy had a portion of it dedicated to wheeling and dealing.
I digress... Chicago. Awesome. Absolutely wonderful to be back in a big city! The kids struggled with city "rules"; when and how to cross roads, walking in a crowd, etc.. We went en family to a Cubs game. I remember why I don't attend baseball games. Although, I still feel that the Cubs did as well as they did (17-2) because I was there! The score was exactly the same at the end of the game as when we left at the end of the 5th inning. Game was okay but the parachute's and planes in and around Wrigley were fabulous! We concluded our first day back in the Windy City with a picnic at Millenium Park with a visit to the Bean, AKA Cloud Gate.
The next day was airshow day. I went to the beach early and held our little spot on the beach while Michael entertained the kids on a cooler, less UV'd environment. Though neither child demonstrated particular interest in the activity overhead, Mia demonstrated more awareness than Nikolas. Just sand and surf were enough for them. We met up with some old friends at Navy Pier, the Mitals. Andrew is one of Nikolas' earliest friends. Janet and I met at a music class at the Y and a friendship quickly blossomed. The boys played mini golf whilst up girls did girly things like ride the carousel and ferris wheel. No matter how long we're apart, we always pick up right where we left off. It's a beautiful friendship.
Sunday Mizzy Moo and I went to the American Girl Place and splurged! Janet and the twins met us for lunch and some oogling and ahhhing. Having company really made the experience so much more! 3 year Mia brought her dolly Mia and we all had a delicious lunch. Not only was my Mia treated to a wonderful time but so was dolly Mia; she went to the salon and had her hair done. It was... definitely extravagant. And, yes, she is probably a tad young for the whole affair. But, she enjoyed it. She lit up from ear to ear and was bubbling with excitement and enthusiasm. That's all that really mattered!
The boys had plans to attend another Cubbies game. Unfortunately, it got rescheduled due to rain. They did learn though that concessions are 25% off up to an hour before the game! All these years and now they learn the secret... They came back and watch day 2 of the airshow with Nikolas showing much more interest this time.
Monday, back to Indy. By way of Fair Oaks Farms. A destination that Nikolas has gone on about for years. We witnessed the birth of a baby boy. Mia and Dad amended her "slippery fish" song to "slippery cow", it's adorable. I wish I had a video. Of course, the cursory quesedilla's and grilled cheese sandwiches were consumed for lunch with some deeee-licious peach ice cream to top things off.
Tuesday we all piled into the Mummy Mobile and went downtown to the Indiana State Fair! Cows, pig races, pony rides, hot dogs, a Midway, what more could a kid want? Fun times. Definitely not cheap. The kids took Granny and Ah Kong for their first, ever ferris wheel rides. Granny wasn't a big fan... Michael flew back that night so as to conserve some time off for future use.
Friday Ah Kong took us to the Indianapolis Zoo while Granny stayed home and supervisied the AC man. Definitely worth going as early as possible when the crowds are sparse and the animals are more active. Nikolas got to be a Junior Dolphin Trainer and gave commands to a dolphin. He even told her to splash him! Mia was thrilled to bits to see her Mia-cats (Meercats) again in the desert house. The snake exhibit was quite well done. We caught a brief glance of the red panda before it traipsed off to the higher ground, out of sight.
And that, is a quick synposis of our trip. I'll add the pics and then I'm off to veg in front of Top Chef!