Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chicago's Navy Pier plus Prom and a Graduation

Time slipped away from me, and I haven't had a chance to finish up my Chicago road trip story . . . we start 'Mommy Adventure Week' today so I thought I should get caught up!

The whole reason we made the road trip was to celebrate my niece graduating from high school . . . and her prom was the same weekend on Friday night!  She was absolutely gorgeous . . .
My brother and his family . . . I miss them like crazy!
On Saturday we headed into Chicago to do some sightseeing!  We took a train from my brother's house into downtown . . . I loved watching them gaze out the window!
Such pensive looks watching the scenery . . .
We got off the train and then took a Water Taxi to Michigan Avenue . . .
Such a cool ride for the kids . . . and the draw bridges for the sailboats were a site to see!
And then boarded a free Trolley to head to Navy Pier!  I must say, Navy Pier was amazing!  My sister-in-law's brother and his family joined us on our adventure into Chicago, and we had a blast together. 
It was a windy day in Chicago on the water so the Ferris Wheel was extra exciting!
We purchased a 15 ticket package so we could ride the Ferris Wheel, the Swings and the Carousel . . . it was a much better deal this way!  Hands down the kid favorite was the swings!  They went so high and so fast!  And of course I had to get in on the action . . . flip flops in hand so I didn't lose them!
Flying high . . . so much fun!
And finally, we enjoyed the carousel, but it was way too tame after the swings!  And the boys tried to pick the weirdest animal. 
Crazy kids . . . the ride was a bit of a snooze but who can resist a carousel?
We lunched right on the water and then the kids wanted a funnel cake . . . delicious!
Good eats on the Pier!
We walked all the way to the end of the pier . . . the anchor was a perfect photo spot!
Now that's big . . . from the USS Chicago!
And then we headed over to the Bean in Millennium Park . . . this is a huge tourist attraction . . . I can't resist a touristy stop, but I can't say that I "get it."   
But it is cool to see your reflection in the Bean!
And then our day in Chi-town was over . . . I walked every one's legs off to make it back to the train on time . . . I was not waiting around for an hour until the next one arrived!
And finally, the big event!  I am so proud of my niece . . . I can't believe how fast she grew up . . . it seems like just yesterday she was a little girl . . . I love you JW!

The big day . . . so proud!
And one last pic of my nieces and their dogs . . . they love their animals as much as I do . . . they make me happy!
My girls and their furry babies . . . love them!
We loaded up the family truckster and hit the road bright and early Monday morning!  It took us 13 hours, but we made it home and slept in our own beds that night!  Counting our blessings for another safe and successful road trip!

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