Putzing around in Chicago

The Wassmer crew came up to Chicagoland for a weekend getaway to do some touristy things. We went swimming at Naperville Centennial Beach on Friday. I have swam there many times for the Naperville Triathlon but never went there for fun. The water was a bit colder than our neighborhood pool but the kids still had fun.

On Saturday we all went downtown Chicago. We hit up the Chicago Museum of Illusions, the famous Bean, and did a little shopping. It was a long hot day and we were all pretty wiped. Carter, Emery, and Grandpa all snuck in a quick nap on the way back to the burbs.

Fun Packed Weekend

Each year The Goddard School closes a couple of times for faculty development day. We usually take those days off and have a long family fun weekend doing things in and around Chicago. I think we packed everything there was left to do on our summer bucket list, into one weekend!

We started by visiting Chicago. It was Emery’s first trip in the city. We went to Water Tower Place, did some shopping on Michigan Ave., and had a nice lunch at The Lux Cafe. We visited the Lego store, and Emery seemed in awe of all the people and sites to see.

While downtown Carter asked about the Laurie Children’s Hospital. Julie and I explained what the hospital was for and the kinds of patients the hospital treats.

Fast forward to Carter’s first lemonade stand…We’d been talking about having one for weeks. Carter decided he wanted to donate the proceeds from his lemonade stand to help the kids at the hospital. We are so proud of him for making that decision. The lemonade stand was a hit with the neighbors for the 34 minutes that it lasted, until a storm popped up out of no where. In that short amount of time, he raised over $30.

Then, on Saturday we went to the Brookfield Zoo. This was Emery’s second “first” for the weekend, as she had never been. She absolutely loves animals so we knew she would love the zoo, too. It was a hot day, so we had to cool off with some ice cream at the playground at the zoo.

We finished the weekend with our usually Sunday chores and a trip to the Ashbury fun fest at the pool. This is annual event, where they had a bouncy house, dunk tank, and DJ with fun prizes. Emery loves the water, and Carter is really doing great swimming on his own and holding his breath!






Family Fun Day

Julie, Carter, and I played hooky and went downtown Chicago Monday. We started off at the Museum of Science and Industry and then went to the brand new Maggie Daley Park. The museum had some great exhibits and plenty to look at and interact with. Carter didn’t last very long at the museum but had a blast at the park. The park was amazing! The structures were fantastic, with plenty of climbing spots and obstacles to navigate through. Most of the ground was covered in a soft rubber which made falling down or climbing the steep hills quite fun. I know it was great day because Carter was out cold by the time we made it back to the interstate.






Family Fun Weekend

Carter, Julie, and I decided to take a day off and go hang out downtown Chicago last Friday. We strolled around Millennium Park had a picnic in a nice shady area right next to Crown Fountain. The weather was amazing, so Carter got his swmisuit on and played in the fountains for awhile. Then we strolled on over to Buckingham Fountain and got some ice cream. While Carter has had ice cream many times, he actually experienced his first “brain freeze” that day. The expression on his face was priceless. He was taken by surprise and said “ouch ouch ouch” many times. Later in the week, out of the blue, he smiled and said that he liked getting a brain freeze. Ice cream is that good! Before we head home that day, we stopped at picked up Emery a gift at the Disney store. Carter picked out a Minnie Mouse stuffed animal for her that he brought to school to give to her when we picked her up.

On Sunday, all four of us went to Blackberry Farm, in Aurora. It was a very nice place that we had been talking about going to for two years. There was a lot for Carter to do, including seeing some animals, going on a train, paddle boat rides, a huge play structure with ziplines and more. Carter ran around and had a blast, while Emery was able to stretch out and play in the shade.

Also, Emery is really scooting around, it is time to get out the gates and lock down the house! She also loves to play with door stoppers. Check out the video below.





Hot Chocolate 15K Chicago

Julie and I ran in the Hot Chocolate 15K 2 weekends ago in downtown Chicago. The course took us from Grant Park down Lake Shore Drive 4 miles and then up the lake back to the park. As you can see below Julie beat me pretty good. I knew the day would come that she would be passing me up. It is amazing that just a few years ago Julie could barely run a mile and now she is kicking my butt in a 15K. Good job pookie!

My Time:
1 hr 28 min 09 sec
Pace Overall Age Group Sex
09 min 28 sec 5586 494 of 950 2601 of 4912

Julie’s Time:
1 hr 27 min 08 sec
Pace Overall Age Group Sex
09 min 21 sec 5159 455 of 2014 2665 of 11328

I’m pretty sure no one should be taking pictures of me while I’m running…


Trip to Chicago

For the past few years Julie and I have been doing a winter trip down to Chicago for lunch and to do a little site seeing. This year Carter’s school was closed and he was big enough so we brought him along. The weather was a little cold but we all still had a good time.

I’ve been living in Chicagoland for a long time and have never been downtown to see “The Bean” at Millennium Park. It was pretty cool to finally get close and take some pictures. After a short stay and the chilly Millennium Park we moseyed down to Macys to look at the Christmas themed windows. Then it was off to Pizanos for a good pizza lunch.