School starts on a Wednesday here, so I thought that last Monday before it started, why not take a mini road trip. I didn't tell the kids where we were going, loaded up the car, and took off. Our first stop was Lincoln Park Zoo. We went once before, but didn't get to see the entire zoo. The kids were so excited. We ended up timing it perfectly and got there shortly after they opened. We spent 5 hours there!!!! I was not thinking we would spend that much time, but we saw every single thing there was to see. From there we made a stop at Trader Joe's to stock up on fun snacks for the school year. The kids beg and plead with me to take them there. Not many kids do that at a grocery store, but at this one they get to look for a hidden stuffed animal and then the cashier rewards them with natural suckers and this time, smelly stickers!
From there we had Al's #1 beef sandwiches for dinner, and then off to Ikea. I know, I know, "you take your kids with to Ikea?????" They know that I head up there with my girlfriends often and to them it is a magical land. By the time we got there they were exhausted, so we didn't spend much time. Just long enough to pick up a few things from our list, grab a drink and frozen yogurt cone, and then it was time to head for home.
We got there at the perfect time to see how they train and work with the seals. It was tons of fun to see, and we had front row seats!!!