When my sister and her family were heading back to Illinois, I decided to caravan back with them. So I packed up the car and headed out. We split the 18 hour drive into 3 shorter days and the kids actually did really well. We had lots of stretching breaks through Ohio and Indiana and made it to Normal all in one piece.
It has been HOT here (104 degrees today) so we've been staying cool as best we can. There are a ridiculous amount of fun playgrounds so we try and hit those up as much as we can. There is a fabulous Children's museum that the kids really liked. We went to a movie (that shut off 5 mins from the end because the theatre blacked out) and played at the pool. We were also lucky to cling on to a very cool family event that Joy & Hafe attend in the summer at their friend's place. It's called the Illympics and it is two days of events for the kids to participate in. It started with an opening ceremony and flags-- then a passing of the torch. Then we headed to a track where the kids did sprints, hurdles, long jump, soccer kick, baseball throw, and a long distance run. Lars got right into it competing with the other three year olds. There was swimming and pony rides and bowling and a bunch of great toys (like that little roller car)--such a treat of a time for a kid. I will post some pictures from that later.
Last night I had a fun visit with my friends from my summers when I lived here. They are super cool and am soooooo glad I got to see Deb & Jonna. My boy had some pretty sweet dance moves last night. Mike arrives tomorrow and we will have a few days all together before heading back to Vermont.