Monday, August 31, 2009

Left Behind

Catherine decided that she was too scared to sleep in her room the other night. She grabbed her pillow and sleeping bag and slept on the floor in our room. When we went in her bedroom to turn out her light, we found this in her bed...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today's DIY Project



It's a file cabinet.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lincoln Park Zoo

This "free" zoo located in Chicago first started back in 1868.
Can you say O-L-D!
Once again - Some really great buildings.

Check out where the monkies live...

And the lions' crib...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Passport please...

I got my passport to... uh nowhere, today.
The hubby thought I needed to have one
- because you never know.
Now I'm ready!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chicago Architecture

You've got to see it to believe it! One of the things that make Chicago such a cool place to visit is the architecture EVERYWHERE. It's unbelievable! So much to see.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Willis Tower (Sears Tower) - Skydeck

Yesterday, me and the girls made a trip into Chicago. On the agenda...Willis Tower, otherwise known as the Sears Tower. - It's name was just changed. It's the tallest building in the US and at one time, the world.

The line for the Skydeck tour...

The line continued inside...this was nothing compared to what was "hiding" in the rest of the building. I think it took us about two and a half hours to check this place out.

Lunch on the Skydeck patio.

View from the top.

This little feature is one of the reason for the huge crowds...the Ledge. It allows you to step out of the side of the building for a "different" kind of view. It just opened last month.

View looking down.

Looking at another "Ledge".

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


It was raining, they were bored, I caved.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dear Tooth Fairy...

Can you bring me a toy to and sum munne ples
- Catherine
Tooth Fairy's response: Don't push your luck, kid.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Naper Settlement

Recently, I took a vow for us to take advantage of all the amenities that are located in our "backyard". So often we are never tourists of our own town - and then you move! That being said - a couple of weekends ago, we visited the Naper Settlement ( It's a replica of a 19th Century Village with some original historical buildings. There are people that are dressed to depict the era, reenacting the activities of that time.

(deleted picture of me on stilts)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Moser Tower/Millenium Carillon

Saturday, the hubby decided that our family should have a fire drill. This activity would require me to climb out a second story window, down a fire ladder with our girls following after me. After realizing that this "practice" would probably damage our house, we opted to save this adventure for the "real deal". I was pretty relieved since I have a fear of heights. It will take a raging fire to get me out that window!

So we decided to check this out's just a "little" bit worse than a second story window right?

There are something like 10 carillons (bell towers) in the world, with six in the U.S. and one happens to be located here in Naperville, IL.

The biggest bell...

View from the top, looking towards Chicago. You could see a faint silhouette of the Sears Tower on the horizon but the camera didn't pick it up.