By: Jennifer Murray

Summer Quadyssey: Chicago Part III

This post should wrap up our Chicago Quadysseys.  If you’ve missed Part I or Part II you can catch up here and here. Thanks for letting us take you along in our suitcases! (Hope you weren’t near the dirty sock corner)!

He Said:

By the time day two in Chi-town rolled around, I was really ready to go when the alarm sounded.  Day one had proven that I COULD enjoy time alone with the boys in the city, and I was ready to embark on a new adventure.

We had a laid back morning in the hotel with more PBS Kids on the large flat screen TV (we have a smallish old style TV at home) with cereal and granola bars.  Then after getting the boys dressed and ready for their day, we headed for Navy Pier, which was a couple miles east of the hotel, right down the river from us.  We made a short stop at the conference hotel along the way to drop off some supplies for mama.  I had heard that another "blog husband" and his daughter, were also looking for something to do.  So, after calling him and making plans to meet at the pier, off we went!

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As soon as we got to the pier the boys started yelling "he-he, he-he, he-he".  They saw them before I did, it was the Budweiser Clydesdales.  Turns out, beer not only makes men bigger around when they drink it, but horses as well, because these things were HUGE!  Once we approached them, only Henry actually wanted to get out of the stroller to see them, as they were a little too intimidating to approach.

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We had some pretty amazing weather for the entire weekend, but the sun was SO bright on this day, that after walking around the pier for a while and taking in the lake and boats, we decided we had better find some air conditioning somewhere to cool off a bit.  This is one wonderful thing about the mind of a 2 year old.  Even the lobby of a parking garage can be a playground.  All four boys ran round and round the lobby, entertaining their new friend.

We then walked back to the Sheraton to check in with mommy before heading back to the Westin for a nap.  We could not set foot inside the Sheraton without getting out of the stroller to check out the boats on the Chicago River.  Our boys got along VERY well with this sweet little girl….made me wish for a moment that I had one….BUT JUST FOR A MOMENT!!  I am very content where we are at right now! 

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When we returned to the hotel for nap, the cleaning staff left a surprise for the boys on the bed.  You would have thought they were presents under a Christmas tree, the boys were SOOO excited about this!  Once they were down and asleep, papa took a nap of his own, preparing for the evening.

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She said:

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Chicago, I forgot how beautiful you are in the summer!  Seriously, you’re spectacular!

Meanwhile, INSIDE I was able to attend a few BlogHer sessions on Friday and Saturday morning.  Far better than the thought-provoking packed sessions were the people, however.  How I wish I could go back for a few more days just to build more relationships!  It was nice to "live INSIDE my computer for a few days" as Mommy from the Midwest describes it so well! 

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Before returning home to our little village, we enjoyed some of the sites of Chicago as a family of six. Sites and tastes, I should add.  Who can resist a Chicago style hot dog, after all?

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You know you’re not in Hoosierland anymore when the signs read like this:

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We spent most of the day checkin’ out the art and architecture of Millennium Park.

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One last clip for the memory vlog:

 

Chicago, you were a wonderful host!  We hope to return soon.  Thank you for the beautiful memories and helping us realize we CAN do more than we imagined with our family! 

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15 Responses to “Summer Quadyssey: Chicago Part III”

  1. Angella
    August 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    I saw your hubby pushing the boys through the lobby one day and I KNEW it was your family!

    They were even cuter in person than in your photos 🙂

  2. Following HIM
    August 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    WOW…the mirror sure had the boys' attention! So precious! Each and every smile just melts my heart 🙂
    ~Elyse

  3. Rachel E.
    August 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    What a cool adventure!

  4. Mrs. Wilson
    August 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Wow lady!! I cannot imagine taking one toddler to Chicago, much less FOUR! You two are amazing 🙂 And your photos are FABULOUS!!

    I'm glad you six had a great time there!

  5. a portland granny
    August 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    I just love your boys!! They are so cute, so curious, and leaving baby hood fast behind them! I've said this before, but I mean it, "You are blessed!!"

  6. Charity Donovan
    August 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    What an awesome trip! Glad you all had a blast! Those boys get cuter with each and every post!!!! Too sweet!

  7. Aimee
    August 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    Loved reading all about this adventure and great tips for our next travels!

  8. Midwest Mommy
    August 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    I had no other way to describe it than living in my laptop, lol! So glad you agree and I am not alone on that one. Seriously, I am so glad that you sat across from me on the bus and I realized who you were. I had, I guess, lurked your site for quite a while now. I believe I found you through the Steece's blog. Your boys are so handsome and your pictures prove to me I should be able to do more with two if you can do it with four!!!

  9. Caitlin Murray Giles
    August 3, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    I just think that it is so fabulous that you took on the city with your quads! Glad you had so much fun at Navy Pier and Millennium Park. You have a beautiful family.

  10. Barbara Manatee
    August 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    what an awesome trip! Kudos again to Brad for braving the big city alone with all 4 boys!

    We were in Chicago earlier this summer (actually the same weekend you met up with the other Quad Mamas there…) and made it to Navy Pier and Shedds but didn't have time to make it to Millenium Park. I was bummed but hope to go back in another summer or two and have more time to explore!!

  11. D.
    August 4, 2009 at 12:37 am #

    What a lovely surprise to see my sweet girl here with your handsome boys!

  12. Stephanie
    August 4, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    Oh what a great trip!!! I loved hearing the story from both of you! Pictures were amazing (like always!!)

  13. Bethany
    August 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    It sounds like you all had a great time. You'll treasure these trips forever!

  14. Amazing Greis
    August 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    Great post! So glad you ALL had a great time in Chicago. Again, it was great meeting you all. Will the Quadyssey be making a trip to NYC for BlogHer10? 🙂

  15. Angie (Losing It and Loving It)
    August 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    Looks like you had an awesome time in Chicago. I just came across your blog from 5 Minutes for Mom and got sucked in for the last 30 minutes. You really have a great blog and I enjoyed watching the videos.

    Great family too!

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