Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The ATL and Brady's trip to Chi-town

This past month has been full! We spent a week in Atlanta visiting my family and seeing as many friends as possible. Following this trip, my nephew Brady visited Chicago with my mom. Mom brought Cooper to NY when he was 6, so she promised any grand kid that wants to take a trip at 6 she would take them.
Our trip to Atlanta started with just taking it easy at my parent's. On Friday, we went to see my brother, my grandmother and then met all of my siblings at my sister's house for dinner. Saturday started with a visit to my cousin Allison and Mark's, who had a baby on March 21st. It was nice to put the babies together as well as see my aunt, uncle and cousin Meredith. For lunch, we met our friends Jessica, Katie and Robbie. Jessica and Katie taught with me in Nashville. Jessica now lives in Virginia Highlands in Atlanta and Katie and Robbie drove over to Atlanta from Alabama so they could see us and meet Charlie. It was great to catch up with them and remember our days starting out as teachers together.
That evening we went to Jennifer and Shane's to see her new baby, Sam, and her 2 year old Madelyn. We had a nice time hanging out with the Orrs and seeing Kim and meeting her new friend, "Big Charlie" as Madelyn called him. Sunday we had a nice lunch with the family at my parents as well as my Uncle Ed and Aunt Eva. My trip ended with a wonderful dinner with my 9th grade english teacher, Nancy Ward. It was nice to sit down and catch her up on the past few years. It was great to share with everyone Charlie and what a wonderful baby he is.
Tuesday we flew back to Chicago with Mom and Brady. We visited Navy Pier, took a boat tour on the Seadog, the Chicago Children's Museum, went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and went bowling (Brady beat me in both games). We spent their last day down by the lake at museum campus to tour the planetarium and then Brady and Bob went to the Field Museum to see the Pirate Exhibit. Unfortunately, the exhibit wasn't as kid friendly as we had hoped.
I loved having Brady here. It was fun to have a boy in the house to see how much fun we will keep having as Charlie grows up. It also allowed me to practice my Guitar Hero skills. We ended every night with a face off on Guitar Hero. I can't remember the last time we played our Wii, so I was very glad to put it to use.
Things keep getting better and better. Charlie is the best baby! We tossed our "schedule" out the window after our trip to Atlanta, but we are getting back on track. I just joined "Fit Mamas" which is a stroller exercise class 3 days a week. My first class was yesterday and it was nice to meet other moms and get some exercise. It really is amazing how much better my day feels by starting it right. Bob is doing well. Just cruising along.
August should be a slow but relaxing month for us. We hope to take advantage of the rest of the summer and hopefully take Charlie to his first Cubs game. It's hard to believe Charlie will be 4 months on Saturday.
Enjoy the pics - there is a ton of them!

When we arrived from the airport, Caren, Cooper and Brady were waiting to meet Charlie. Cooper was so tired, but still excited!

Brady and Charlie


Eli and his new playground. Geoff did a great job building this for him.

Charlie in his first outdoor swing


Geoff, Alyson and Eli


Charlie meeting his great-grandmother.

Mackenzie doing her "Model Pose" She is a riot!

Cooper, Madison, Mac and Brady


Silly faces!

My cousin's baby, Elizabeth Grace and Charlie

My cousin Allison, Elisabeth Grace, Charlie and me

My Aunt Faye and cousin Meredith

Lunch with Katie and Jessica


Jennifer's baby Sam and Charlie. They're holding hands...it was so cute!

Jennifer's little girl Madelyn

Sam and Charlie practicing their kicks. I forgot to take a picture of the adults.

The boys riding the train at the Mall of Georgia.

Charlie lifting his head and Cooper looking on.

Brady in Chicago about to board the Seadog

On the boat

The swings at Navy Pier

The ferris wheel at Navy Pier

The children's museum - Brady climbing the big treehouse


The dinosaur

The water world at the children's museum


In the big tree

Digging for fossils


We got to see the Budweiser Clydesdales at Navy Pier


My favorite Guitar Hero

Gigi and Charlie night bowling

About to bowl his 4th spare in a row!


In front of the planetarium

Down at Museum Campus


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