Our Chicago adventure began last Wednesday. We made it into the city, checked in to our hotel and then immediately headed to our friends, Adam and Mary Kate's, new apartment. Adam and MK have been out of the country for the last seven months and returned only two weeks earlier. When they came back to Chicago they had a weekend to find an apartment, move in, and start back that their jobs. Then we came into town. So that's why there are boxes in the background. Their new place is much larger and has so much charm and character with hardwood floors and floor to ceiling windows in the guest room. I can't wait until our next trip back to Chicago to see what they do with the place once they get settled. Lakin was a real help, unpacking boxes and breaking things left and right.
Being in Chicago, we ran down the street to pick up a little sushi appetizer and brought it back to the apartment. Rochester is like a Sushi desert. As in, there's little to no sushi to be found. The fact that we could step outside their front door and be at a great sushi place in 5 minutes was magical. Lakin referred to the sushi as as chocolate cake- maybe because the caviar on top made it look like a cupcake? She was begging to try some so we gave her a roll and the kids devoured it, then asked for more as caviar fell from her mouth. So, Lakin loves herself some sushi too.
As part of the conference, we were invited for an evening at the Museum of Science and Industry. There were a few special exhibits open to view and a fancy dinner. The evening was "kid friendly" so we lugged the two tots and our double stroller to the event. Lakin ate about three rolls for dinner and then tried to escape our grasp every chance she got. Made for a real relaxing evening.
One of the exhibits was a tornado. Lindy and I jumped at the chance to stand in the middle.
At this point we were nearing the end of our visit and I was seriously considering purchasing this book. My face says it all. It was a lot of work keeping a toddler happy, safe, contained, well-fed, and rested while on the go. My back was tired from lugging the Dora backpack of magical entertaining toys and my own stuffed to the brim diaper bag as well as pushing two children in my double stroller all around Chicago. More power to you urban mommas that can't just stash a bunch of crap in the back of your car for emergencies and park in front of the store you wish to visit.