After our long journey from Paraguay to Chicago, we spent our first two nights in the city with Brian’s brother Jay and his wife Michele (known as Aunt Shelf or Aunt Mishelf). The boys loved the toys at Jay and Shelf’s house – lots of good quality older toys that just aren’t made or sold anymore.
Despite a bit of travel exhaustion, we went to Navy Pier to watch the fireworks on our first night in town. Patrick, who had refused a nap that afternoon, fell asleep on the way, but woke up in time to see the show. Danny, who took a three-hour nap and had been talking almost non-stop for weeks about wanting see fireworks, was fascinated. Despite cloudy skies and a bit of rain, it was a nice show.
Over the weekend Danny and Patrick saw many of their aunts and uncles, my brothers and sisters, who the boys call the “nunckle nunckles” who live nearby. We met many of them for lunch one afternoon and then to the Lincoln Park Zoo.
One night, Jay and Shelf, my brother Kevin and his girlfriend, and Brian and I went to see “We Gotta Bingo”, a hilarious new play produced by (and that night, staring) my uncle. Jay was drafted into service and helped serve the dinner!
After our visit to the city, we headed out to the suburbs to spend a week at my mom and dad’s house.
Patrick went off the high dive many times. By the second day, Danny wanted to go off the high dive too, but we have no pics of him on the high dive since he needed help both on the ladder and in the water!
The boys were excited when Grandpa Collins told them he had a gift for them and were thrilled to find out it was cookies. Patrick said he wants to eat the rest of the cookies next time we are in Chicago.
We had a great time in Chicago in and we can’t wait to go back and see our family and friends (and eat cookies) again soon!