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Chicago Trip 2009 Days 6 and 7 Words, Photos, and Video

Well, it has taken awhile for me to write about the last two days of our trip, mainly because I have been busier than an ice cream man on a hot summer’s day. But that’s a different blog post…maybe;)
On our last day in Chicago, we (all four of us this time) grabbed a bus and headed to the Museum of Science and Industry. We had not been able to see this on our previous trip in Chicago and had heard it was definitely the place to visit. We were particularly interested in seeing the Harry Potter exhibit.
We left our room at about 9 and ate at Houlihan’s for the breakfast buffet. Awesome omelets. By 10, we were on the bus. Unfortunately, our bus had a technical difficulty on the way there (some access panel on the side hadn’t been locked down, so it was popped out and posed a hazard to driving. We had to wait about 30 minutes for a supervisor to come and lock the panel so we could continue on our way. At least it gave us a chance to chat with other passengers!
We decided to see Wild Oceans, the Omnimax presentation and got tickets for the Harry Potter exhibit. Now, let me tell you, we love Harry Potter, but we were not happy when we found out that the cost of the tickets just for that exhibit were between 15 and 18 dollars each! You already pay about 20.00 for entry to the museum, and then they have several other exhibits where you have to pay extra to see them (for instance, seeing inside of the U-505 or visiting the Smart House). But all complaining aside, we really enjoyed our visit and wished we could have stayed longer, but I developed a migraine headache in the afternoon and we had to go.

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Chicago Trip 2009 Day 5 Words, Photos, and Videos

Well, today we slept in a little, then we headed out at about 11:00. First we ate lunch at McDonald’s, then we headed for the subway/El. It was our first time ever riding it and we were excited and nervous.







After about an hour which included figuring out how to get our passes for the subway and the ride, we arrived at our transfer point – the Rosemont Station. Then we got on a bus and headed to Woodfield Mall. And lastly, we took a trolley and were delivered to the front door of LegoLand Chicago Discovery Center.
It was really cool and you see photos of the amazing sculptures we found there by visiting my flickr page.
We saw a miniature Chicago made with Legos:



We rode through a medieval castle in a dragon car:



And we got this great photo of ourselves!

We saw how Legos were made and we played with Legos. The kids rode the technicycle.



Then we headed back to downtown Chicago. What a wonderful adventure!

Week of Birthday and Busy Days

The last week has flown by.
My 43rd birthday was last Friday. My hubby and children sang Happy Birthday to You at midnight while we were driving from Illinois to Virginia. I slept for a couple of hours that morning, but there were birthday calls to attend to and I have a hard time sleeping during the day. So I opened loads of lovely cards that had come in the mail, enjoyed reading birthday messages on Facebook, and began the unpacking process. Katrina and I got most of the stuff unloaded from the truck, but the lock on the u-haul had become jammed during the drive here. We ended up having to get bolt cutters to deal with that particular situation.
Jack and Katrina each had a gift for me that they had sneakily won at the fair. Jack presented me with a Wonder Woman doll and Katrina gave me a cute stuffed bunny and dog. Katrina also presented me with breakfast in bed and made some toll house cookies and put a candle in one for my birthday.
Friday night, we were in bed pretty early…all tuckered out!
Saturday was movie watching day. We began watching the miniseries Taken. This is the Spielberg extravaganza from about 7 years ago. I didn’t get to watch all of it when it first came out because I was too dang busy with a 6 year old and a 2 year old. So, we bought it on disk and started watching. There are 10 2-hour episodes. We finally finished watching it today. I found it very intriguing but the ending left me unsatisfied. I wanted answers. Ironically the point of the whole thing was that we are all searching for answers and that is part of life.
Sunday, we attended church in the morning, did some unpacking in the afternoon, then headed to Roanoke to meet Bruce, Ryan, Charles and Joann. Daniel took us all to the Outback Steak House in honor of my birthday. It was most yummy and Bruce gave me the beginnings of a trollbead bracelet. I hadn’t heard of troll beads, but Bruce said they are the big thing in jewelry right now. If you haven’t heard from them, think a new take on charm bracelets. I like these a little better though as the charms don’t hang down and get caught on things. He bought me a bracelet and a two beads – one a blue bead with a gold stripe in it and the other is a lion (I am a Leo). I spent about an hour yesterday perusing their site and making a wish list of the other beads I would like to have. The guys are happy to have this help when it come to gift time!)
After we ate dinner, Charles told me he wanted to take me to see a movie on Friday and we would talk later in the week about it.

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Days 9 and 10 of Illinois Trip

Okay, the last four days, including today, have been busy, so I have fallen a wee bit behind. Time to catch you up.
Tuesday morning, the kids did some school work before we headed to the State Farm Water Park. Last year, we were given passes one day to the State Farm Water Park, it is for State Farm Employees, not contractors, and their guests. We were really tickled to get to go, but the day we ended up being able to go was so cold (last July) that I sat there under a towel most of the time. The kids of course were fine with the chilly, misty day, but it still dampened the experience. So we asked if we could try again this year. They were kind enough to extend us passes for one day, and we got to enjoy three hours of lovely warm water, before thunderstorms closed the park. The kids had fun with the two diving boards, two water slides, lazy river, splash area, and swimming areas. I played a lot with Katrina and I read some until we had to go.
Once we returned to the apartment, I did a little packing, then got showered and ready to go to Daniel’s going away party. We left the children with strict instructions for them to spend the couple of hours in separate rooms and not bother each other (they have a terrible tendency to pick on one another and argue). We met at a local pool hall and about 10 people that Daniel has worked with came by for a couple of hours more or less. We played some pool, chatted, shared a couple of drinks and some food. Got home and did a little more packing.

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Dancing Brings a Smile

I was sent a link to this video. At first I started watching it, and I thought it was a little inane. But as I continued watching, I began to smile. It is a marvelous testament that around the world, there are people who will join in a project and have some fun.

We live on such a wonderful planet full of wonderful and loving people. Too bad, that we spend so much of our time focusing on the bad. Thanks for the smile, Matt (and your cast of thousands!)

“I Pledge”

If you haven’t seen the “I Pledge” Video, take a few moments and watch it now. Go ahead, I’ll wait….




I found out about this video when my husband forwarded me an article that expressed concern over the references to ‘serving’ President Obama and over “Obama worship”.
I watched this video and I didn’t see it the same way as the author of the article. While I am bothered very much by the fact that these people seem to be pledging their allegiance to a person instead of to their country (remember how that worked out for Germany?), I tend to look at the positive side of things.
I wish that more people had pledged to stand behind President Bush instead of attacking him from Day One, but if people are ready to stand up now and take responsibility and reach out to their fellow human being, I say we should not beat a dead horse, but we should look at this as a great leap forward for a better tomorrow.
Many in this nation have become so wrapped up in their own self-importance, that they forget to look out for their neighbors, their friends, people on the street and even for family. Yet, we see when tragedy strikes (be it a tornado, a flood, or a terrorist attack), these same people pull out all the stops to help those affected. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we didn’t wait for the disaster to strike, but if instead, we each made it a priority each and every day to do something positive in the life of another human being? Can you even begin to imagine the possiblities!