Saturday, January 26, 2008

Chicago Fun

This past week was one filled with, both fun and intense STRESS!

Our family traveled to Chicago for a little business and a lot of FUN!

The drive there was probably the absolute worst driving experience of my adult life. We left Wednesday morning, at about 8:00. Our goal had been to leave at 6:30. But winter often determines departure times for those of us in northern climates. The van was covered with solid ICE, as were all the roads and our driveway. It took about 40 minutes of the defrost set to full blast to melt the windshield enough to start our trip.

Because we travel in a 15 passenger rear-wheel-drive van, icy roads are not a nice experience.

The first 2 1/2 hours of our trip was very slippery... leading of course to very sore arms and a stiff neck, sore back, and achy legs for me: the official driver.

We made it most of the way into Wisconsin, when it started snowing very heavily. It was dark and windy. So, we stopped and got a room at a resort with a modest indoor water park. The kids loved that! As did Kristi & I. It felt good to be out of the van and playing with the kids in a big pool, eating pizza and watching Animal Planet.

The next morning after swimming 'til 10:00, we loaded up the van, checked out, and made our way east. It had snowed all night and the roads were treacherous! What should have been a 3.5 hour trip was closer to 6.5.

Never have I seen as many wrecked cars, pick-ups, SUVs, and semi's. There were rescue vehicles of every shape, size and description every few miles! WOW! It was like being in a war zone, destruction was everywhere. Stress was high. Thank God that we had 3 DVD players for the kids to stay occupied. Arriving in St. Charles, Illinois was a real relief and felt so-o-o very good.
While in the Chicago area we decided to give the kids a little tourist action. My brother-in-law Rob & I drove down to Chicago with 8 kids and spent the day at the Field Museum. What a place!

My two youngest girls that were with us were not very thrilled by all the "dead people" (mummy's) on display. In fact, they were in a hurry to just get through the Ancient Egypt display. The older kids loved it.

The little girls were fascinated by the dead animals. There were fish bigger than both of them put together.

I was amazed at the sheer size of most of the animals that I had only seen on TV or at the ZOO. They're much larger up close.

We saw SUE!

We were all exhausted by the end of the day and ready for the long drive through Chicago's heavy traffic in our 15 passenger van!


Gjerme said...

wow that looks so cool.
i like the one with the lion, great expresions!

Gjerme said...

thanks to someone in my family for that comment

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