Friday, July 27, 2007

Field museum and family

We went to the field Museum today and saw all kinds of great stuff... stuffed animals of all kinds, dinosaurs, a mummy and a really cool underground exhibit where you "shrink" to 1/2 inch and see all the living things in the soil. Pretty cool. We didn't even see it all - it is hard to cram it all into the few hours we have!

The rest of the family made it into town today and we had dinner at the grandparents. It was kind of crazy, but actually quite stress free (not a usual state of affairs in this family!). Bryn really bonded with one of the second cousins, Lili, and they played horsey and hide and seek for a lot of the evening. There was a Happy 65th anniversary cake and we got to hear the stories about how my grandparents meet plus various other family lore (my great-grandfather and his brother were the first people to get into the University of Illinois without a high school diploma. Their father thought formal schooling should only last until age 12 when the boys should go to work, so they worked with him at the railroad by day and studied with their mother at night after their dad went to sleep). All in all, quite a pleasant evening.

We are going to stick around the hotel tomorrow (and fore go the trip to the Art Museum and/or bicycling around the city). We decided we need some down time as we have been going nonstop for a couple of days.


Irritable Mother said...

Non-stop for a couple days, huh? Sounds like my life, getting this house ready to sell!
While you have obviously been enjoying your "up" time, I hope you're able to relax and enjoy the down time, too!

Debi said...

Oh, I so want to get to the Field Museum one of these days! Sounds great! And it sure sounds like a wonderful family night, as well...what a great story about your great-grandpa! Hooray for stress-free family gatherings, huh?

Hope you all have a nice relaxing day just hanging out! (When do you head home?)

Jennifer said...

Sounds like loads of fun! You'll need a vacation from your vacation when you get home! (Isn't that always the way it is?) Enjoy the rest of your time!

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh at what Jennifer said. I was gonna say teh same thing about you needing a vacation when you got home, LOL.

Y'all have a safe trip back!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, this sounds like a great trip! You guys are staying so busy, go places and seeing people, but it sounds like you're having fun! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip, then have a safe trip home. And a new home, wow, aren't you getting so excited?! :)

Have a great time!!!