Last time, I shared the tale of my travel to Boston that almost didn’t happen because my dear, devoted, crazy-busy husband of lo these past 35 years forgot to let his office know that I would be joining him for the event.
But, make it to Boston I did and after days spent with the family and the work event at The Cape, Peter and I headed back to Chicago to prepare for all of the kids and grandkids to join us for a week of summer vacation.
It was an action packed time. We went to just about every playground in town, including the neighborhood park the kids enjoyed while growing up. The very truck-obsessed Chip and Dale had their minds blown when they saw the sandbox filled with construction equipment.
Chip and Dale were a great team navigating the hedge maze at another park.
Note that the boys are decked out in their Cubs jerseys for their first trip to Wrigley Field later that day.
We did a family photo shoot with the photographer that our son and daughter-in-law used for their wedding. Seriously, folks, if anyone is looking for an amazing photographer in the Chicago area, let me know. Tricia is your gal!
While Chip and Dale and their parents were off visiting other friends, little Andy enjoyed time in Momo and Tato’s luxurious backyard pool.
It took him about 3 seconds to get acclimated to the pool water but then he was all in!
We squeezed in a visit to Kohl Children’s Museum which is just down the street from us. The kids (and grownups) had a blast exploring all the rooms and activities.
Oh, and then there was the 4th of July parade and festivities.
We spent a morning touring Lincoln Park Zoo.
The excitement was a bit too much for one of us.
(Actually, that’s pretty much how I felt at the end of every day!)
The boys all got a kick out of playing with toys like the Fisher Price garage and the Duplo blocks that had belonged to their parents. They added a slight twist to the dump truck’s load.
Little Andy-kins, at 8 months old, is not at all interested in crawling and seems only focused on strengthening his chunkster legs by standing at every possible moment.
We discovered that removing the sofa cushions a) makes for the perfect standing height and b) protects the cushions from buckets of baby drool. Win, win!
Sadly, Andy and his parents had to leave after a week but, because of their dad’s crazy work schedule, Chip and Dale and their mom got to stay for a few extra days.
We visited Wagner Farm – a real live farm right smack in the middle of our town.
The Wagner family operated this farm for generations. When the last of the family passed away, her will stated that the land was to be sold to the highest bidder with the money donated to her church. A group of local residents, determined to keep this little slice of rural life out of the hands of developers, approached the Glenview Park District with a plan. With community support the park district was able to acquire the property. It is now run as a museum/working farm with horses, pigs, chickens and sheep. Pretty cool, eh?
We also visited the fabulous, if a bit pricey, Shedd Aquarium.
I loved that many of the tanks were floor to ceiling so that the boys could see everything from the comfort of their stroller. My back really loved that part. The boys were mesmerized by everything but I think our favorite was the gigantic, scary but not to be missed shark tank. Amazing!
Soon it was the time for the last of our guests to leave. We ran out of time before we ran out of things to do.
No worries, there are plenty more adventures to come in the future at Camp Momo & Tato.
So what have you all been up to during your summer vacation?Thanks for stopping by,
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