A Busy Day Downtown – Checklist Update #14

On a recent Saturday, we crammed a lot into one afternoon but in the process we were able to cross off three different items on the checklist.

During that same week, we happened to go downtown Chicago on three separate days (one evening to the Chicago Children’s Museum, one morning at Adler Planetarium, and then again for the day detailed below.) So, I feel that we can definitely cross off “go downtown” from the list. 🙂

We also checked out the splash pads at Maggie Daley Park and then splashed around at Crown Fountain. Both girls seemed to enjoy simply splashing at the fountain more than the splash pads. I think it’s because they had more space to themselves and could easily avoid getting sprayed. And that took care of “go to splash pads.”

After drying off, the girls and I headed to American Girl Place for afternoon tea and we could mark off “Go to American Girl Place.”

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All in all, it was a great day. The girls both had a lot (!!!!!!!) of fun. And, as soon as we got home, they both got in their jammies and fell asleep almost as soon as their heads hit their pillows.

The summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

 

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Space! And Summer Checklist #13

Adler Planetarium is one of the girls’ favorite spots in the city. It’s also a museum that is great for little kids because it has a great little kid area. Big girl’s favorite spots in the museum are the kids area and the “fun hallway.” In this hallway, you can run through stars that are projected onto the floor.

One more to check off of the checklist!

🙂

 

Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

Big plate of noodles – Summer checklist #12

One of big girl’s favorite spots for dinner is Noodles & Company. When she wants to go there, I usually say ok because it’s a big meal for the kids for not much money. Both girls get buttered noodles and applesauce pouches. Then, I get a side of broccoli with one meal and a side of apple splices with another. When the meals arrive at the table, I divide the broccoli and apple slices between the two plates so each girl gets some apples and broccoli. If they don’t finish the whole meal (because it’s a lot of food for little kids), I just stick the unopened applesauce pouches in my bag to take home.

And really, we’ll continue going here for dinner because once I find a kid’s meal that is good and not necessarily a giant plate covered in fries we end up going there frequently. 🙂

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Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

Vacation Preparation – So Many Movies

Our guest room (also known as the grandparent’s room since that’s where they sleep when they stay over), has become the prep room for our upcoming Disney trip. There are suitcases stacked up, piles of clothes waiting to be packed, and toiletries in various piles. But, we’ve been prepping for this trip for the majority of the summer. We watch a lot of Disney films in our house but a lot of times we end of watching and rewatching and rewatching and rewatching the same ones over and over again (Frozen….Tangled….anything with Tinker Bell in it.) One of our Disney prepping activites has been to watch as many movies as we can.

So far…..

  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Brave
  • Brother Bear
  • Brother Bear 2
  • A Bug’s Life
  • Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales
  • Chicken Little
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Dory
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Fox and the Hound 2
  • Frozen
  • Hercules
  • The Incredibles
  • Inside Out
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Legend of the Neverbeast
  • Lero & Stitch
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Lilo & Stitch II: Stitch Has a Glitch
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Kronk’s New Groove
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie-The-Pooh
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mickey and the Beanstalk
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
  • Mickey’s House of Villains
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Mulan
  • Mulan II
  • Muppet Movie
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • Robin Hood
  • Secret of the Wings
  • Short Films Collection
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Stitch! The Movie
  • Tangled
  • Tarzan
  • Tarzan & Jane
  • Tarzan 2
  • Tinker Bell
  • Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Up
  • Wall-E
  • Winnie-The-Pooh

And…..countless episodes of Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Little Einsteins, Octonauts, Sofia the First.

A lot of these are ones that we own, some we watched on Disney Channel and some were on Netflix. (Also, I love Netflix!!!)

I think we’re ready………Now to just get the actual packing finished…..

Renaissance Faire Day – Ye Olde Checklist Update #11

Going to a festival was on big girl’s summer checklist. Thankfully, there are a ton of festivals to go to during the summer months. And we go to many. The weekend of the 4th of July we went to Ribfest in Naperville. If you’ve gone before, you know that the barbeque is delicious and the kid’s area is outstanding (and free!!!!!). However, big girl informed me that her favorite festival is the Renaissance Faire because there are knights. In fact, she informed me after watching the jousting this year that she wants to be a knight when she grows up. 🙂

Corn on the cob, the queen, garlic mushrooms (Ryan’s favorite), horses, knights, princesses, fairies, and lots of thrones to sit on. It’s so much fun! This year, baby girl was able to pick out her own flower crown to wear. Big girl got one when she was 2 1/2 and has worn it each year when we go to the faire. Baby girl was so excited to have one just like her big sister.

 

Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

Summer time concert time

I love seeing concerts in the summer because there is the opportunity to see bands playing outside. Outdoor concert season! Woo-hoo! There is just something wonderful about listening to music and drinking a beer while sitting outside.

The downside? Everyone brings picnic blankets and chairs and get comfortable. Really comfortable. That means that hundreds of your new best friends all take of their shoes at the same time. Yea.

Ryan and I recently saw Flight of the Conchords when they played downtown. Don’t know who they are? Seriously, look them up because I have tried to explain them and I just can’t do it very well. Get the seasons of their HBO show….watch the episodes…..and then you’ll know why seeing them live is just a lot of fun.

In addition to seeing them live, we got to hang out in Millennium Park which really is one of my favorite things about downtown Chicago. The park opened when I moved to Chicago and I remember thinking “Wow, that is a lot (!!!!!!!) of money. I sure hope people use this thing…..” And yes, it was a lot of money. But yes, people are in the park all year long. Even in January, you will see people taking pictures by the Bean. (Guys…January….go inside! It’s cold!).

So yay for concerts outside. Yay for summer nights. And yay for the Bean looking even more beautiful when reflecting the nighttime skyline.

Beach Day – Summer checklist – Update #10

There are few things that make me happier than a day on the beach. The sounds. The smells (except for dead fish smells). The feeling of sand between my toes. *sigh* So happy. My girls have definitely inherited my love of the beach as well. Baby girl’s favorite thing to do is dig in…well…whatever….dirt, rocks, wood chips, sand. So, she loves the beach. Big girl has begun to really love constructing castles with sand and rocks and whatever else she can find while also splashing in the water.

Blues skies that seem to go on forever. Love it!

Added bonus: a day at the beach fulfilled one of the things on big girl’s summer list.

Our summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)