Tuesday, October 15, 2013

JA's Birthday Weekend

JA's 9th birthday was the day before a field trip to the Shedd Aquarium. Since Papi always takes our birthday off work, and would join us for the field trip, we had a mini vacation for her birthday. We had a birthday pancakes in the morning, and headed out by noon. We took our time driving to Chicago stopping by a park and a pet store to let the kids play while JL nursed. We made it to our hotel, checked in, and headed out again to Pollo Campero. If there's one near you, you really should try it. Basically, it's Guatemalan fried chicken, and it's delicious. Anyway, the closest one to us is in Chicago, so it's a special treat, and exactly what JA wanted for her birthday dinner. Then, we stopped by Baker's Square and picked up a pumpkin pie for dessert.

See that pink earring? JA got her ears pierced for her birthday!

The next day we spent at the Shedd Aquarium with out home school group. It was absolutely beautiful and we all enjoyed seeing the animals. The only negative to the entire day was that I took a wrong turn getting out of the city, and then we got incorrect directions from 2 different people. Add to that the 2 stops for JL to nurse, and it took us 4 hours just to get out of the city, a total of 5 1/2 hours to get to my parents' house. :( The kids were great though, much less annoyed by the traffic and wrong turns than Papi and I were.

We spent the rest of the weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Papi went golfing with Uncle A, the kids and I visited Great-Grandma R, and Uncle A took JA shopping. The kids helped Grandma pick tomatoes from her garden, we carved pumpkins, and Grandma and I headed to the mall with only JL to accompany us. We came home on Sunday, stopping by IKEA for lunch (and staying for 3 1/2 hours!) getting home in time for dinner.
Foosball fun at Grandma & Grandpa's

peeling pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Grandpa gave JA a CD player, headphones, and about 10 classical music CDs.

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