I'm on vacation this week, sort of. I got an invitation to go to St. Louis for a couple of days with a friend of mine. It would have been the two of us ladies and four children between us. I wasn't sure if it was a good idea: her youngest is 2 years older than The Munchkin, and they are both high energy boys. I was worried that my kids would be tired and cranky before the end of day 1, that they wouldn't sleep at night because of said crankyness, and I would end up sitting in the hotel with them for most of day 2. But a zoo! And a museum! And hanging out with a girlfriend! It sounded like such fun!
And then I remembered that I had volunteered to lead Bible study one night in the middle of the trip. And then my friend's mother said she really wanted to go. So the decision was made: I stayed home.
But after that conversation, I really wanted to do something fun. So on Monday I planned a trip to the city. And today we executed it! I drove down to the near north-side, just me and the littles with a doublewide stroller and a couple bags of necessities. We visited a farmer's market (including impromptu lesson on fiddle anatomy), the Museum of Contemporary Art, a playground, and Millennium Park.
The Munchkin enjoyed the interactive art exhibits- which made me wish more of them were interactive- the Crown Fountain, and the big foam blocks at the Family Fun Fest. The Baby enjoyed the Crown Fountain and the pigeons. I was exhausted by the end of the day, and The Baby had a hard time going to bed after such excitement. But I'm SO glad we did it. And I hope my friend is having fun in St. Louis with her mom.
Monday- Eggplant parmigiana, spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce, salad.
Tuesday- Hot dogs. And nothing else. I know, right?
Wednesday- Soba noodles, steamed carrots, and raw cucumbers with peanut sauce.
Thursday- Broccoli and potatoes with bacon.
Friday- Green and red bell pepper stir fry. Over brown rice.