We spent a jam-packed 5 days in Chicago over FOJ week and it was the kind of trip I didn't want to come home from, it was that much fun.
Chicago is always a good place for our family to visit because we know so many people there. Both Grant's sister, Victoria and my little sister, Whitney live there with their families and my best friend, Cassie lives out in the burbs with hers. So lots of excuses to visit and lots of people to see while we're there.
This trip was particularly fun because both the grandparents and great grandparents on the Cohen side made the trip as well. We split our time between the city and Lake Forest - when we were in the city, the boys stayed at Victoria's with that whole crew, giving us some rare and special one on one time with our girl while we stayed at Whitney's (she slept in our bed every night and really seemed to enjoy being in temporary single child mode, although she did pine for the boys every night when we made the drive from the West Loop to Wrigleyville, only to be distracted from their absence by watching instagram videos of the love of her life, Baby Mia).
The ladies went to Victoria's baby shower on Sunday, Henley eagerly helping Aunt V with all of the pressies for Baby Ford. I got to catch up with another friend, Delane, who came to town for the special day and eat a meal in peace and quiet (as much as I missed my boys, one calm girl is SO much more manageable!). Grant and his dad took the boys to their first Cubbies game - it was blistering hot but they snatched up some souvenirs and gobbled down some ice cream, the best part of a baseball game (besides the excuse to eat a hot dog), imho.
We ventured out to my brother-in-law's lake house on Monday, spending the day swimming, boat-riding, tubing and wave-running. His family was the most gracious hosts, providing us with food and beverages all day long. The kids had a blast and it reminded Grant and I how much we want to get a lake house in Arrowhead... one day!
|(My best friend, Cassie and I have basically planned our pregnancies so our kids will be the same age - I'm only semi-kidding...)|
The weather was a little hot and muggy while we were there, so when the Burkes invited us to their country club in Lake Forest for the day on Tuesday, we didn't hesitate. We lunched and swam while the men golfed. Hayes and Greyson discovered the fun of a diving board and Henley fell in love with a purple mermaid, a Barbie doll she played with in the kiddie pool for no joke, two hours. The goodbye was a little tough so Uncle Thomas made a special trip to Target after dinner last night to surprise her with her very own purple mermaid. #uncleoftheyear
For the Fourth, we hung out in the city, visiting Navy Pier and BBQing on Victoria and Tommy's roof deck to watch the fireworks.
|Henny Bear (2) and Pops (87)|
It was such a fun week and so nice to catch up with our nearest and dearest.
Hard to believe that next time I return to Chi-town, it'll be with Hayes in October to meet Baby Ford!
Oh and in other news, Henley officially said goodbye to her binky, giving it to Baby Mila in exchange for a flamingo (her request!):