Movie Time!

One of our favorite things to do as a family is see movies. And one of our favorite things to do during the summer is see movies outdoors! The movie series at Oakbrook Center began this week. You can see the entire schedule here. There are many places to see movies outdoors during the summer in Chicago and the suburbs. One of the reasons that I love this one is that you can easily pick up dinner at the food court and then find your spot on the grass (well, artificial grass) and eat your dinner and watch the movie.

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Our summer bucket list thus far:

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Monday at MSI

This week, we also took advantage of the free Illinois resident admission at the Museum of Science and Industry. We knew, when we planned this day, that we were already going to pay extra for tickets to the special exhibit – Science of Pixar. However, you can really take advantage of the resident free admission by just going to the regular exhibits.

I will go ahead and say, I really really really recommend going to the Pixar exhibit. 1) It’s Disney! 2) It’s Pixar! 3) We all learned a lot! It’s astonishing to think about how much work goes into each individual second of an animated movie. Truly it’s astonishing.

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But, if you don’t do the Pixar exhibit, there is still a lot to see at this museum. It’s huge!

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Our summer list thus far:

A Day with the Fishes

This week, we took advantage of the Illinois resident free admission at the Shedd Aquarium. The Aquarium is such a fun way to spend the day! Last summer, the Shedd updated their procedure for the resident free days. It had been that the free day only included the main galleries. I would then purchase the upgrade to do the Polar Play Zone – yes, I’ll pay extra to see my kids wear penguin costumes – and the Wild Reef. Now, however, your resident free day includes everything! You can go to the main galleries, Polar Play Zone, Wild Reef, Stingray Touch (only open during certain months of the year) and see an aquatic presentation! So so fun!

My girls talked me into doing one upgrade. You have to pay extra to see one of the 4D experiences…..and one of the 4D shows was Splash and Bubbles. They (and I) really like the show on PBS…and it was pretty cute. Both girls laughed out loud. Addy was dancing in her seat. So, it was worth it. 🙂

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Our summer list thus far:

Portillo’s Playground Picnic – An Alliteration Dinner

This was our first week of summer vacation. I worked until Wednesday, Lily had school until Tuesday, but we started our summer in a big way by going to Chicago Botanic Garden on Thursday. Check out some pictures from our day at the Garden below.

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Although Chicago Botanic Garden wasn’t on our summer bucket list, it was definitely a great way to kick off our summer! Plus, my mom was able to join us and I was so glad that she was able to experience the Garden with us!

 

Today, we spent a lot of time in our jammies, went for lunch, and we were able to check off one of our summer checklist items – have a picnic – when we ate our dinner at the playground tonight. (It was definitely necessary to try to get to the playground in between the various rainy times today.) Yummmm! Portillos!

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Our summer checklist thus far:

You may notice that our list actually has one more item on it that wasn’t there when we originally made the list. Well, Lily added going to Chinatown (she has really developed a taste for some different foods)….so although we just crossed off one item from the list….we also just added another item. Definitely going to be a busy summer!

Summer Bucket List

This week, Lily and I have been working on the summer bucket list. We’ll begin working our through the list very soon. Summer is almost here!!!!

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Our list thus far:

It’s going to be a busy summer!

Welcome Spring!

Yesterday,  I was able to do some work outdoors when I got home from work. First off? Sweeping the piles of leaves and sticks that have accumulated on the deck and the driveway. Second step? Time to get out the outdoor furniture!

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We have plastic adirondack chairs, a small table and chairs set for the girls, and the outdoor rug. As soon as they come out, it feels like it’s really spring! Pretty soon, it’ll be eating outside weather!

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Big girl looked out the window and squealed “You put out the summer stuff!” It’s amazing what a huge difference bringing out the “summer stuff” makes.

Happy spring!

Bowling – Checklist Update

Summer is over but our summer checklist is still going strong. Saturday, we had our first bowling adventure. It was a lot of fun! We went to Pinstripes and had a lot of fun. It wasn’t very busy at all which was nice. I’m already looking forward to our next bowling adventure.

Check out our shoes!

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We are slowly but surely finishing everything (or as much as possible) on the list. Here’s hoping that we can get a few more things checked off of the list…..

The list thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.