Here I sit in my hotel room in Chicago, with time to share some of our adventures. But, alas, I forgot to pack the camera cord. Now, I feel I should be forgiven, considering I was packing for myself and two small children (DH is responsible for his own packing). Not only was I packing for three, I was packing for a journey that will be taken on trains, ferries, and taxis. Traveling light and compact was essential. I think I did a pretty good job...except for that camera cord. *sigh*
I have to admit that this trip has been much less "from scratch" than some others we have taken. In a hotel room with no appliances and a city with lots of very expensive independent restaurants and even more cheap, chain restaurants. Or, lovely, hip little places that I would absolutely adore, but are not equipped for children. I don't mean in regards to their menu; my five year old is a great eater and I can always find something he'd scarf down. I'm talking about no high chairs for my nine month old and very little room to accommodate a stroller. As wonderfully as my slings and wraps have been working to carry the little guy, no one wants me to eat with him in there-least of all him.
Still, we've had some great family time. The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Lincoln Park Zoo have all provided ample opportunities for enjoyment, amazement and, yes, even some education. So, when I get home, and have my camera cord, I'll show you some of our fun. Until then, I have a hot dog eating contest to watch.