Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chicago Trip Day 2, Lincoln Park Zoo, BBQ at Megan's and Navy Pier

Dawson was excited to get going once he woke up. He was all ready to go, bringing me his shoes as soon as he had a dry diaper on.
Our first sighting of Chicago. Much bigger skyline than Minneapolis! So many tall buildings there.
After grabbing some McDonalds for breakfast we headed to the Lincoln Park Zoo to meet up with our iVillage friends from Dawson's message board.
Dawson liked looking at the animals, but they didn't hold his attention for too long. Most of them don't do enough for entertainment at his age.
I think his favorite part of the zoo was the music lady. There was a music lady at the hospital and I think she reminded him of her. She let him shake some maracas, but I think he was waiting for his turn at the guitar.
Dawson seems to like the water animals the best. It always holds his attention for much longer.
Dan holding Dawson. He had been running off, so Dan carried him for a bit so he could still see animals.
Tyler liked watching all the people and commotion. He's a people watcher.
This Gorilla was posing for people. He had 2 positions and would hold one for a while, then switch. It was kinda creepy! I wonder if he always does that.
Dawson liked the ledge around the monkey cage
Mommy and Baby Zebra. The baby had brown stripes. I had no idea that they could be brown, I assumed they were all black. Maybe they change colors once they grow up and lose the baby fur like horses do.
Dan holding Tyler, who wasn't feeling so well that day because he got his harsher chemo the night before.
There was a footbridge at the zoo that had a good view of the skyline
After the Zoo we went straight to Megan's house for a BBQ and to let the kids play in her backyard. It was lots of fun. They had a sprinkler out, but my boys don't like that sort of thing, so they hung back. Dawson's favorite was their train table, he didn't want to leave it for much of anything. He was being so good I finally just let him stay inside and play. 

Back row is Jennie, Megan, Julie, Julia and Me. 
Front is Owen, Henry, Sophia, Spencer and Dawson
Dawson loved this mower
Don't let the pic fool you, they were both trying to get and keep the ball for themselves
Tyler took a much needed nap in his carrier while the kids played.
Spencer, Dawson and Julia at the train table
Tyler playing with a hot dog bun. I was hoping he'd attempt to eat it, but it was too squishy and fun for that.
More fun at the train table. Dawson didn't like sharing the train though.
Tyler crawling around on the deck
Walking on the deck. He always has his hands up like that when he walks.
A classic Tyler face, blowing a raspberry
Reaching for something Dan has
Chicago skyline at night from Navy Pier
The kids were pretty tired from our long day but trying to stay awake to see what was going on at the pier.
We had just finished watching the fireworks and were sharing a funnel cake. Yum!
Our hotel room. Dawson came in and promptly fell asleep on our bed. It was 2 double beds.
They had a desk and dresser in there, with a flat screen TV. It was nice watching cable again, we don't get any channels at our apartment.
The playpen we borrowed
The room from the other corner. That's the bathroom on the left of the little hallway by the door. There was a big closet on the right side.
Tyler crawling around the room
Tyler liked the dresser drawers and the closet door the most.
They went to sleep even earlier this night and slept great. It was nice getting sleep, we sure needed it!

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