Moving to Germany: T-61 Days – The Dawes Clan

My sister came to visit this last weekend.  You may recall in my St. Patrick’s Day post about it also being her birthday.

Can't you tell? We're practically twins!
Can’t you tell? We’re practically twins!

She and her family came to visit this last weekend.  I know we don’t actually look a like but trust me we’re related.  We go back:

Heather and me at a parade in Lima, Peru in '99
Heather and me at a parade in Lima, Peru in ’99

I mean we go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back:

Me and my siblings :-D
Me and my siblings 😀

Yeah, we’re related.

Anyway, she wanted to take advantage at having a free place to stay in Chicago as well as hang out with the lil sis.

She and the husband brought their three kids and we huddled together in my apartment.  They arrived on Saturday and since it was a long morning for them taking the train from Indianapolis, we just went to Water Tower Place to look at some of the shops.

Water Tower Place with the Hancock Building
Water Tower Place with the Hancock Building

Adventures in CTAIt was a good first day getting the kids used to the idea of taking Public Transportation.  They weren’t a big fan at first but by the end of the day Sunday they were like locals.

The next morning (Sunday), we got up early and made our first trek to Navy Pier.  I immediately took them for some Garretts:

Garretts

First Taste of Garretts
It was a hit!!

Then we went outside.  Of course some pretty pictures were taken:

We put the 'awe' in 'awesome.'
We put the ‘awe’ in ‘awesome.’
Sister Selfies!
Sister Selfies!

Beer Garden

Ferris Wheel

And then an attempt of a family photo was made….

The sun was too bright...
The sun was too bright…

Then we decided that after popcorn we needed real food.  So we went into Harry Caray’s Tavern.  Where more photos were taken.

What started as this.....
What started as this…..
Turned into this....
Turned into this….

So after the delicious food and slow service, we decided to walk off our meal and head to the museum campus.  We decided to spend the afternoon at the Shedd Aquarium.

I personally love the Aquarium.  For those of you familiar with my current project: my novel is set at Shedd for a time so I enjoy coming back for more ideas.

Jake - happy as a clam
Jake – happy as a clam

The kids really liked it.  There was so much to see.

Jana and Jerm
Jana and Jerm

Nemo

Jana and Me
My sister got a picture of me with Jana
Jana even found a Scuba Diver in the Beluga Whale tank!
Jana even found a Scuba Diver in the Beluga Whale tank!

Then I took them outside to the road between Shedd and the Planetarium for a beautiful shot of the city:

*le sigh* I will miss this view.
*le sigh* I will miss this view.

Oh but our adventure did not end there! We trekked back into the city for some Chicago Style Pizza!

Nom Nom Nom!
Nom Nom Nom!

Oh yes, then we had to hop on the train and make the journey back to the apartment.  Trust me, the kids were pooped by the end.

I will be showing this to Jerm's first girlfriend...
I will be showing this to Jerm’s first girlfriend…

Hell, I’m pooped writing this!

All in all, it has been a blast with my sister, husband, and kids this last weekend.  It’s tiring running around with three little ones but it was definitely worth it!

They’re here until Tuesday so maybe I’ll snag some more embarassing photos before they leave 😛

 

 

 

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