I have two nephews, Carl and Henry, and a niece on the way. The summer after I first moved to Chicago, my mom and sister (Brooke) braved the 6 1/2 hour drive to visit me with the kiddos. These are the highlights…

  1. Purple vomit on the new, white couch. Also, never again to a white couch. Consider that advice for life.
    2. Non-stop screaming from an 18 month old. Non-stop. (Except at the water park. He liked the water park. And being held by Nana, but that lessened the whimpering vs stopping it altogether. My poor mom.)
    3. Two and a half mile walk to Piece Pizza to find out the kids don’t like pizza. Not even Piece Pizza, which is absurd because it is delicious.
    4. Twelve hour car ride home. Twelve. 12!!!!!

So needless to say, my family wasn’t in a hurry to come back with the kids. Ha! So after years, my sister decided she can bring back the kids, but one at a time. She brought the oldest, Carl, first. He is so sweet. When she told him she was going to bring him on his special trip, he said he didn’t think he could go because he has never been without his brother before. Such a sweetie. Of course, Brooke didn’t force him to come. He eventually got really excited. :) And little bro didn’t care at all (he isn’t really the type).

Carl, the sweetest boy on the planet.

Carl, the sweetest boy on the planet.

I have a tendency to over plan when I’m excited about something. I’m always working on it, but I can’t just have people visiting me with nothing to do either. Soooooo my friend, Griselda, hooked us up with 4 comp tickets to the Shedd Aquarium (HUGE score) and we picked up tickets to see The Grinch at the Chicago Theater. Other “exciting” things would be riding the brown line to downtown - always fun to see the city this way - and maybe The Bean (Cloud Gate).

Carl looking out the train window.

Carl looking out the train window.

All of us on the train on my iPhone. Carl rarely smiles for photos, so this was pretty good! I’m sure there are lots of photo takers with kiddos who can agree - ha!

All of us on the train on my iPhone. Carl rarely smiles for photos, so this was pretty good! I’m sure there are lots of photo takers with kiddos who can agree - ha!

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fishy-fishy-fish-fishhhh

Apparently, some jellyfish respond to different lights in water by changing their color. I’m assuming the aquarium purposefully changes the lights so the jellyfish change, but still - it was so cool to watch!

Carl loves animals. He is one of those people who animals like too. My cat likes him, dogs like him - they all like him. I think they can sense his sweet nature. I was worried that Carl wasn’t having fun because this was his facial expression most of the time, but my sister/mom assured me that he was having the time of his life.

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From my iPhone 7, but I couldn’t not include it. The shark area was cool.

From my iPhone 7, but I couldn’t not include it. The shark area was cool.

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The Bean!

The Bean!

After the Shedd Aquarium, we meandered to Cloud Gate. Carl didn't really understand the purpose of what we were looking at, which I think is adorable because I’m pretty sure I would’ve had the same reaction as a kid. Though I think it is safe to say he still thought it was cool. Which, of course, it is. :)

DID YOU KNOW? It used to be illegal to photograph Cloud Gate.

Brooke isn’t due until mid-January. This baby girl is already so loved!

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We went to see The Grinch. I have been to the Chicago Theater many times, but this might have been the worst experience. The show was really fun, but the theater was significantly understaffed. It was a disaster!

One of Carl exploring the Chicago Theater ceiling. I’d like to say he was blown away by the beauty, but I think he was stunned by the nudity - ha! Similar to how most kids/people who aren’t used to seeing nudity in public might be amused.

One of Carl exploring the Chicago Theater ceiling. I’d like to say he was blown away by the beauty, but I think he was stunned by the nudity - ha! Similar to how most kids/people who aren’t used to seeing nudity in public might be amused.

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My wonderful mom wanted to go to the top of Willis Tower. :) We went after The Grinch - maybe around 7? - and it was empty. We were thankful. I hadn’t been to the top yet, so this was a new tourist thing for me too! After going to the Top of the Rock in NYC, I was a little bummed. There isn’t an open air balcony, so no matter what the view is distorted a little. With that said, it was cool to walk out onto the window from so high up - even if it wasn’t city side. :)

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We revisited Piece Pizza and Stan’s Donuts and did a few other fun things. It was great to have my family travel so far for a trip with me! I miss them already.

Until next time,
XOXOXOXOXOX,
Brittany

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