Sunday, April 29, 2012
We saw a sign for water taxis near the river--only $4 for adults and $2 for kids....it was a great excuse for us to a) take a boat ride and b) get a ride to the Sears (er, Willis) Tower, which was our last stop for the day. It was a great trip--perfect for kids!
Norah and Luca got their own butterfly nets for Easter, since otherwise they would fight! They went out to look for butterflies even though it was only in the 60's that day....I didn't tell them that butterflies like it a little warmer; they were having such a great time running around!
The family band recently went to our town's NEW police station's open house. I thought that we would be one of a handful of families who would think touring a police station would be fun, but I was WRONG! There were so many people there! We had to wait in line for about 40 minutes just to get in, but once we did, it was great. They showed us the jail, the briefing rooms, lots of other rooms, and the motor pool! Here's Norah on an ATV that they use when there is a police emergency on one of the forest preserve trails.
Friday, April 6, 2012
During the rare sunny (but still windy and cold) part of the day, we drove up the Mission Peninsula and stopped here to see the Grand Traverse Bay and the vineyards.
Has anyone had Michigan wine? James, being a Californian at heart, would have none of it!
We were able to take a very mini vacation to Traverse City for a couple of days. Thanks to Chiara's family for watching the kids for us!
Here's James taking in the view from our hotel room, which was really more like a condo!
The trip was great, except for the weather. Before I left, I looked at the forecast, and it said that it would be 50 degrees and sunny while we were there. Thus, we brought light fleece jackets. Well, it was actually about 35 degrees, windy, cloudy, and snowy while we were there, so we were quite cold when outside! This is a rare time (lasted about 2 hours) of sunlight during our trip.
Regardless, we had a nice time relaxing, eating out without children (a wonderful thing!), and just spending time together.