Saturday, June 5, 2010

So They All Rolled Over and One Fell Out...

...and the little One said, "Too crowded!!!"

I just posted on Facebook that we're having a great time showing off our city to our Montana friends. This is very true. So far:

Thursday night
11:05pm friends arrive to Milwaukee airport

12:30am Stephan arrives to pick up friends after the worst traffic he's ever seen on an interstate highway.
2:00am friends arrive at house
3:00am friends get to sleep after exciting trip
9:00am Stephan wakes friends up with coffee
11am - 3pm ZOO! but we didn't know that if we had worn Blackhawks clothes we would get in free. There were tons of school groups there in addition to the regular summer crowd of families. The weather was pretty good, but still pretty sticky: 80F with a high humidity. With two strollers and three children (not to mention only a few hours of sleep), we all tired out pretty quickly.
5:00pm Phil's Pizza. Stuffed and thin. We ate more than human beings should be allowed to eat.
6:00pm Bourbon Street to watch the Blackhawks take a powder in game 4. Again, pretty crowded, and a pretty rowdie (that's how cheerleaders spell that word, how do you?) South Side crowd. It did give our friends a good taste of that part of the city!
11:00pm pick up 3 kids from a tired Grammy and Papa's house.
12:30am arrive home to SLEEP!!!

7:00am wake up!
10:00am spray tans to make the girls bronze beauties for the day
11:00am leave for Chicago driving tour (courtesy of Stephan)
11:08am experience a near-crash and hear Stephan use some Chicago words while honking the horn.
12:15pm realize that traffic SUCKS but see a lot of the city from the car, including Wrigley Field, Lake Shore Drive, Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Soldier Field, McCormick Place, the ghetto, the Museum of Science and Industry, Northerly Island, Oprah's Condo, and Cabrini Green. (Google all those yourself, my fingers are getting tired of typing links)
1:30pm arrive at Navy Pier to [pay $24 for parking and] ride on the big farris wheel, eat hotdogs, shop for souvineers (I don't think I spelled that right, but I'm really getting tired), take pictures with Obama statues, eat roasted almonds, and get very very tired.
3:00pm get back on I90 to go home. All three children sleep in the car. YEAH!
5:15pm girls go shopping and out for coffee.
8:00pm boys go to some bar, girls put kids to sleep and turn in early.

That's a lot in just two days. We have church in the morning and a good old-fashioned family bbq in the afternoon.

As we were driving and walking around I started to notice just how packed in all the people are here. I mean, I knew it intellectually, but looking around through the eyes of our friends, it is truly exhausting to be so close to so many people constantly. There's pushing and shoving, noisy conversations, walking single-file, maneuvering strollers... Even sitting in the house in the suburbs right now I can feel the press of all of our neighbors around us.

As if I needed another reason to miss Montana.

1 comment:

Kristenanne said...

I laughed hard because I just did that cheer in my head when you typed it! Thanks for the constant giggle on here. You think chicago's crowded? Try LA for a day. I have to keep telling myself, it's only for the summer. It's only for the summer.