I'm not sure what my blogging problem is lately. Actually, I'm pretty sure the scarcity of blog posts is due to Facebook. It's just so much quicker to throw a quick status update on FB, rather than take the time to type up a full post on my blog. Not to mention it takes me less time to upload a whole album of pictures to FB than it takes to put FIVE pictures up on my blog. It's just so time-consuming. On top of all that, I feel like my brain is a vacuum lately, completely void of worthwhile thoughts. So here we are.
I will share with you that Lincoln and I went to Chicago in February to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our temple sealing. We stayed in a lovely little hotel right next to the temple so we could get up and go to the temple first thing in the morning. (I mean, after sleeping in, of course.)
We spent the rest of the day in downtown Chicago. We took the train in, which is definitely the way to do it. Coming from the west, it's pretty easy to park at Cumberland Station (I think it cost us $4 for the day), and just hop on the train. No traffic to deal with, no parking to find and pay for downtown. We got off basically across the street from Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.
Let me back up and say that we knew we wouldn't have time to do much in a city with so much to do, so we had to decide what we wanted to do the most. I chose going to the Sears Tower. I have this thing about (1) being up really high, and (2) visiting famous buildings. So that is what we did. I really enjoyed being up there. My very favorite part was walking out on the glass observation deck. What a feeling to look down 103 floors directly under your feet!
I'm wondering, now that I've done that, if I'll ever have my recurring dream again about being in a place that looks just like that. Strange that I had never even seen one of those observation decks before, but had dreamt about it. (Of course, there is usually more going on in my dream, parts of the building are collapsing or something, I think. But it's not really a scary dream, just kind of exhilarating.)
After Willis Tower, we ate a late lunch at a little Chicago-style pizza place close by.
By the time we were done eating and had taken the train back out to our car, evening was upon us. We ended the trip with a visit to Ikea. We came home with a few fun purchases.
We're looking forward to taking the kids to Chicago. We've lived right here for nearly 3 years now, and still haven't taken them into the city. They will love the El. In fact, Renie recently learned about subways in school and thinks it's so cool that a train can go underground. I have a sneaking suspicion, however, that the favorite part will be the elevated portions, zooming along a few feet from the rooftops. We really want to make it to Legoland for Devon, and all the kids will enjoy Shed Aquarium. Navy Pier and the natural history museum will be fun too. And we should probably go the American Girl store for the girls. So much to do, so little time...