Thursday, July 31, 2014

Camp Harrison, Day 2! The Willis Tower Ledge and a Water Taxi Ride to Chinatown.

Jimmy can't stop looking at Daddy - Pure Love!

Me- Marc I know it's embarrassing but please take our picture. 
 Family photo at the train station. The kids were so excited and smiling and couldn't believe they were going on the train with Daddy and meeting their cousins and and and....
 They really can't get enough of him. Hello - I'm over here!!!
 I wonder if Rosie understands now that the train isn't where Daddy works. 
 There was a lot of 20 questions and I spy on the train ride. 
 We are going up at record speeds!
 The best gang in town! I like the symmetry in this photo.
 Let's learn about the second tallest building in the world!
 Jimmy was only in the stroller for a second and then he walked all over the theater and started talking to various people. 
 The cars look like toys. Look a helicopter. Where's our house?

 I am not afraid of heights but I squealed a bit when I walked onto the ledge. There is something very scary about being a 103 floors up and looking down. It took awhile for my stomach to calm completely after being on more solid ground.
 Madness, Fear, How quickly can we take a picture?!
 Group Shot. Now I understand why the other lines were long. You need a strong flash. 
 When I was trying to take a picture of the girls, Jimmy ran off. Thankfully the women in front of us recognized what was happening and followed him. They tried to hold his hand but he wouldn't allow it. He was clearly on a mission to get off the ledge. 
 Next question: where is the closet Potbelly's?
 All hands on Speck (Silver-Deck like thingy)! Work with me folks. 
 The kids were being cute at Potbelly's Sandwich Shop!

 We jumped on a water taxi to Chinatown. Ok, we walked on but it was quick like jumping.

 Just to prove I was there. The kind woman that took the photo also took my stroller off of the water taxi. Very nice indeed. 
 Sadly, we didn't get much more Chinatown than this. We walked into a Chinese Market thinking it was like a Chinese Flea Market but it was a Chinese Super Market. It was tight and smelled and we left very quickly because ,well everything was in Chinese and we couldn't find water. 

 Me- Aga and Rosie go be dogs so I can take your picture. Aga- No. But Fine.
 When you are walking in China Town with 7 tired kids and everyone wants a drink and you spot a Walgreen's with sales highlighted in Chinese, you go there, and you enjoy that cold drink like you are the most intelligent American foreigner in an American City. 
 Water Taxi Ride home in the back of the boat this time. 
 My childs! 
Jimmy and I on the train home. We enjoyed looking at ourselves in the phone. 
 Jimmy LOVES to look at his good looks. 
 He also loves kisses. 
 but boxing out all others so he has a great view of himself is #1 on his list of likes.
 Aga, whatever you do, save me some of your food because I love chocolate chip pancakes.????
 The girls were cute at dinner. 

 Right now sleep over fun is in effect. Rosie is spending the night with Isla and Agatha and Olivia are at my house. They are watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Two. 
 They just finished watching a movie. I wonder how long till they fall asleep?! Don't they understand that another day of fun awaits them? They should know. 4th year now?!?! So far- no noise. Fingers Crossed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

4th Annual Camp Harrison - Day 1!

Camp Harrison is here! Janet planned Camp Harrison this year and Day 1 was great and relaxing. Janet found a template for the Chicago Flag and the kids made their own camp shirt with the template. We played, went to the park, ate Janet's homemade pizza, had popsicles, and enjoyed each other's company on a beautiful, 70 degree, sunny day in Chicago.
Representing the last three years of Camp Harrison shirts.
 Dress up 101
 I love that they are wearing Olivia and Jimmy's old shirts. 

 Jimmy's like yeah, I just got this new ride. 
 I bought it because I look good in it. 
 It's a two seat-er so I can give my cousin a ride. 
 It really helps to wear blue in the blue car. It brings out the blue. 
 I tried to talk shop but Aga just smiled and nodded.
 You should always give your passengers a hug. 
 And, let them know they are special like my cousin, Aga, who is special. 
 Just try not to over do it. That's what I always do. Ugh! 
 Who's next?

  Rosie had fun till she didn't have anymore fun at the park.
 Aga took our picture from far away. 
 Then up close. Camp Counselors dealing with the sick kid with a cold. 
 Al and Isa played a hard core game of make believe. 

 Aga got stuck in the sand. 
 Boys - they just do what they do.
 Jimmy loves the swing.
 Rosie lost all of her energy at the park. 
 From the leg hole of the swing. 
 Sweet Isla!
 I'm pretty sure Al just said, " I want to be invisible."
 "If not invisible, then a star!"
 Chicago Flag Shirts! The three white background areas of the flag represent, from top to bottom, the North, West and South sides of the city. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River. The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the river and the "Great Canal", over the Chicago Portage.
There are four red six-pointed stars on the center white stripe, from left to right: The first star represents Fort DearbornThe second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The third star symbolizes the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. The fourth star represents the Century of Progress Exposition (1933–1934). 
Its six points stand for political entities Chicago has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France 1693, Great Britain 1763,Virginia 1778, the Northwest Territory 1789, Indiana Territory 1802, and Illinois (territory 1809, and state 1818).[2]

Thanks Wikipedia!

 Olivia's shirt!

 Cutest 3 year olds in town.

 Hug turned tackle.
 Agatha took her time and worked hard on her shirt. She wasn't done till all the major farm animals were on the back. 
 I told her not to smile. Nobody listens to me. 
Janet and I kept it simple! Nobody does camp better than us!