Fasten Your Seatbelts for a Summer Quadyssey and a Half!
Chicago turned out to be a fantastic adventure for our family, and I look forward to sharing some of the highlights from our trip.
Starting from the beginning:
To be completely honest (which I try to make a habit of doing around here), I was feeling quite overwhelmed at the thought of taking all four boys to Chicago for the BlogHer 09 Conference. When our original plan of leaving two at home, and taking two along fell through, we were left with the decision of taking 4 two-year-olds along for the ride, or scratching the trip altogether. Personally, I was heavily leaning towards the "Call It Off" side. It was a lot to pack, a lot to coordinate, and A WHOLE LOT to put on my husband’s shoulders, to care for 4 boys while I attended a conference in downtown Chicago. It seemed down right selfish. However, my man thought otherwise. He was up to the challenge and all in favor. Without his encouragement, persuasion, and confident assurance this trip would not have transpired.
After what seemed like weeks of packing, we loaded up 4 freshly bathed, pajamaed, barefooted, stuffed-animal-loving, mighty cute, boys for the Windy City!
The ride went off without a meltdown, and we began the check-in process. Did I mention I pretty much packed our entire house into the Odyssey?
The Sheraton Hotel and Towers was extra helpful and accommodating to our family. The room (which was one of my biggest worries) worked out perfectly. We had adequate space for "The Beast" (our quad stroller), the four Pea Pod tents, and all of our things.
After extensively testing the mattress’ comfort and bounce performance , we placed the do not disturb sign on the door and called it a day!