Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We're Back!

I hardly know where to begin!  We had a wonderful vacation; the weather cooperated, the kids were happy, the hotels were good, and IKEA lived up to the anticipation.  What more could you ask for?

The first night we stayed downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile and experienced city life.  It's always exciting and awe-inspiring when we get there, but it doesn't take too long to realize that it's a fun place to visit, but I wouldn't really want to live that way.  The sheer volume of traffic and humanity would get old quick.

That night we went to Navy Pier and rode the 150 foot-high Ferris wheel and the Wave Swinger and watched the fireworks.

On the Ferris wheel.

Chicago skyline at sunset from the top of the Ferris wheel.

The Wave Swinger.

The next morning we headed for Michigan and the beach.  We got in four days of good beach time with near perfect weather.  The kids did a lot of this:

And this:

And this:

And I did a lot of this (reading):

A fun time was had by all!  I have more to show you so stay tuned!

The winner of the Sewing Calendar, as chosen by Random Number Generator, is  #25, Jocelyn of Happy Cottage Quilter.  Congratulations!


3LittleByrds said...

Glad you had a great vacation. Seeing your Chicago pictures made me miss our 7 weeks of summer there last year while my dh worked there. What a wonderful city to explore.

Paula said...

Glad you had a great vacation. It's always good to go but good to get home, too.

Lucy Marie said...

Looks like a great vacation. How did you like the Ferris Wheel? We went on the one at Niagara Falls a few years ago and I thought I would love it, but I hated it. I have a thing with heights! Even though it was closed in, I was terrified.

Shug said...

Aren't vacations Great! Glad you all had some good family time to relax and enjoy life. I love Ferris Wheels and this one looks so fun...

Welcome Home

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Looks like a wonderful trip to me!! :) Can't wait to hear more about what you thought of IKEA. :)

Journey said...

I miss the Chicago scene so much - thanks for the pictures! We moved from Illinois a couple of years ago and haven't been back since. We used to catch the train in and spend the day just wandering around. So much fun!!!

Glad you had a wonderful time. Can you believe I still haven't made it to IKEA??? It's just not right.

Country Dreaming said...

Glad you are home safe and had a good time.
We love Chicago too, but I'm with you--wouldn't want to live there.
The beach looks like fun.

Happy Wednesday.


FrouFrouBritches said...

Sooo glad y'all had a good time. I've never been to Chicago. I've always wanted to go. Those pictures of the skyline are gorgeous. You have such cutie pie kiddos! I know y'all made some sweet memories!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow it sure looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks SO much for the Sewing Calendar! I am VERY excited!

Delchick41 said...

I looks like you all had a great vacation. I wish;) The pictures from the ferris wheel are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day.

Cheryl M.

Kim said...

What a wonderful photo of the Chicago sunset! We used to live downtown and the hustle and bustle was great for us (before kids :)). I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves.