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!