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Underside of U-505 at the Chicago Museum of Sc...
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In the words of my eloquent little 2-year-old, “We went places, and we ate stuff!!”  This is how she described our all day outing yesterday to my mom when we returned home.  I am sure that is all the detail she needed to put the pieces together from our 10 hour excursion.

She is right, though.  We did indeed go places and eat stuff.  Jason and I loaded all five kiddos into the minivan – which we barely fit into these days – and headed for downtown Chicago.  We changed our minds about our final destination three times before we finally settled on The Museum of Science and Industry.  I was expecting to pay for our general admission, tickets to tour the German submarine U-505, and parking.

While Jason was finding our FREE place to park (amazing), I took all the kids inside to get in line for tickets.  (One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is not having to go to the museum on the weekend – no line.)  And – drum roll please – it was a free day!

Feeling as if we had hit the lottery, our pockets loaded down with unused cash, we decided to make two special stops on our way home.  We almost never go out to eat.  Especially as a family.  You might think five little kids alone would be enough to keep me at bay.  However, it is usually the supremely yucky food that offends us.  We shell out way too much money for food that I would never buy for us at the grocery store.  Complete waste.

But, there is one restaurant where we can all go, and I don’t feel like we need to detox afterwards.  Enter – Chipotle.  We LOVE Chipotle.  Fresh, some organic, ethically raised, pastured meat, veggies – food that is actual food.  The kids basked in the glow of restaurant lighting and the joy of eating out of the house.

Oh, but the fun didn’t end there.  I have been wanting to go to a new frozen yogurt place somewhat close to our house called Yumz.  This concept is brilliant – serve yourself, 10 different flavors and too many toppings to count.  You pile it on and pay by weight.  Genius.  My feeling is that about 25% of the adults that enter this establishment are blown away.  Then they rush home to visit the Yumz website to see how much one of these franchises cost.  I haven’t done it.  Yet.

A fun-filled family day.  We went places and we ate stuff.  And, I felt good about both.

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Vacation Over Blues

What should we win next?

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The day after we get home from vacation is a little bit like the day after Christmas. Except that the day after Christmas is way better because there are new toys for the kiddos and leftovers for the mommies.  All we have the day after vacation is laundry up to our waists and the knowledge that we won’t have that kind of crazy, non-stop fun for another whole year.  Blah.

Oh, but not so fast.  What is this?  Could it be the answer to our post-vacation blues?  Enter – COUNTY FAIR!  Unbelievably nice of the county fair planning board to choose the very week we return from the lake to gather every 4-H farm animal, carnival ride and junk food trailer into one convenient area for us!  The perfect way to anesthetize ourselves to the pain of having to wait 11 months and 3 weeks until next year’s vacation.

Boone County Fair – here we come!!

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