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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Recovering Virtual Coffee

It's Tuesday? No it can't be Tuesday.

There's coffee over at Amy's and you're here so I guess it must be Tuesday.

If we were really meeting for coffee today, I'd tell you that I'm WIPED! Seriously, I need a vacation from my highly stressful road trip vacation.

It all started out innocent enough, with well-laid plans and itineraries and then the SHIT hit the fan.

I left work early on Friday and picked up the boys. We were heading to Dixon to spend the night at the White Pines Inn. Anyone in the Illinois area ever been there? It's really cool, they have cabins and trails and a lodge that serves AMAZING food.

Our cabin was a quad and we shared it with B2's cousins and his aunt.

We were having a great time hiking, eating smores and visiting Max the parrot at the gift shop. But then it came time to sleep and E ended up coughing and coughing and coughing...

I will admit that perhaps when his teacher said he didn't seem like himself on Friday, I probably should have taken note, but seriously it was 110 degrees in the shade and I wasn't feeling like myself either.

So our trip to Shedd Aquarium was replaced by a detour to a quick care in Dekalb.

Diagnosis. Bronchitis and upper RI infection. 

Ugh...but at least there are antibiotics for that. So, two scripts later we were on our way to...


Yep, we went to the castle. I wish you could have seen E's face when he saw it from the interstate. It was priceless.

Of course we had to dress up.

And buy a sword so we could play Knight.

E LOVED it, and we will be going again once G is older. My only issue, eating with my hands. Note to self sneak in some silverware next time.

We spent the night in Schaumburg and had a nice lazy morning at the hotel. Swimming, playing with the sword and a quick stop at Woodfield. (I love that mall) Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time for me to stop at Anthropology, but we did pop into the LEGO store (E's head about exploded) and the Apple store.

Then on to see B2's family. At this point I would tell you about the craziness that is family get-togethers and how sometimes it can get a little dramatic and crazy, and not so fun. But...this time...this time was PERFECT!

However, I will tell you that it was a little sad. See B2's uncle has Lou Gehrig's Disease, and it breaks my heart. First of all it reminds me a lot of when dad was sick, and also because it's a shame to see someone you care about being consumed by such a cruel disease. However, his outlook is positive and he's not letting anyone or anything stop him from enjoying life. A life lesson we can all learn.

Before I knew it, we had to head home. Four long hours, but at least we had this to look at.

Ignore the dirty windshield.
On actual Independence Day we went to the parade and fireworks. In between I did laundry, unpacked and got some groceries (you know all that fun stuff, after a long time from home.)

All in all a great but busy weekend, but what do you expect it is me you are having coffee with.

So, now it's your turn. Tell me about your holiday weekend? And for those of you across the pond did you have a nice weekend?

Now let's head over to Amy's and chat some more.



At July 05, 2011 , Blogger {Amy} said...

sounds like a super busy but great weekend! i am in illinois and have never heard of that state park but the kids would love that teepee for sure! looks like a lot of fun! happy 4th to you and thanks for coffee!

At July 06, 2011 , Blogger Claire said...

i'm not surprised you're wiped!! your poor boy! thank goodness for antibiotics!! wonderful photos and thanks for sharing your special family time with us :)

At July 06, 2011 , Blogger Elisa Black said...

Did you get a new blog template, or am I just noticing it for the first time?? At any rate, I love it! Great photos of your weekend!! I am glad we stayed home for the holiday weekend-- it is hard to travel with little ones, but it looks like you visited some great places and had good times with family! Thanks for coffee!


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