Two weeks ago, HJ and I loaded up the car and headed to Chicago.  Well, actually a suburb of Chicago.  My friend from college, Danielle, just had her 2nd sweet boy…and I wanted to snuggle him.

We arrived on Sunday afternoon, and spent the evening grilling out while the boys ran.  And ran.  Monday, HJ and I headed into the city and spent the morning at Shedd’s Aquarium.  HJ and I got to see a show, enjoy 2 minutes of a 4-D movie called SEA MONSTERS (HJ freaked out and we had to leave…4-D was a bit too intense for him), pet sting rays, and see all sorts of fish from pretty to freaky.  HJ declared his favorite part was the dog.

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In the show, there was a dog that came out and did a few tricks.  Forget the jumping whales, they have a dog that can shake!

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We then took a water taxi to the Navy Pier and walked around a bit, before heading back to the ‘burbs.

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The next day, I was put in charge of 3 kids for about an hour and a half…and only one injury to report (this picture was seconds before Oliver crashed head first out of his chair).

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We then went to the Brookfield Zoo.  We actually went there 2 years before with Danielle and Oliver, so it was fun to see it again.  They had lots of baby animals to see, like a dolphin, gorilla and a not so tiny baby bison.

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It was hot…like hot enough that I understood why this tiger was not getting out of the water.  But we still had fun, and HJ and Oliver had a blast running around and see all the animals.

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Hard to believe there is only 1 short week of summer left, and then it’s back to school!

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