The conclusion of Easter Dash always ushers in our Easter festivities and celebrating- so here we are, fresh off the course in our Easter Dash attire, dying eggs. It’s a good tradition. And, for the first time ever, Bastien did not come down with the flu immediately after his race. So even he was in good spirits for the egg dying. A little crabby for the egg hunt the next day if I’m being real though. You’ll notice that no one could steal Hadley’s joy over receiving a “Wreck This Journal” in her basket.
Have we ever talked about how much we love our hiking poles? We all have them now and they make hiking tolerable (says I, the self-professing hike hater). Anywho, we stalked our upcoming retreat house, then drove a half mile up the road to take this, the closest National Park hike. You’ll notice a lot of love for the hiking poles. Some spectacular dune views. And the rain creeping in. Also, we thought the picnic shelters were super weird and straight out of a sci-fi novel.
On one of our hiking days, the first order of business was taking Mazzy for her own walk so she’d feel content for the rest of the day. The beach was just at the end of our road and we had it all to ourselves. This was fun for Hadley as she was very interested in posing on the lifeguard chairs in her lifeguard shirt. Mazzy wanted to take a dip even though it was frigid. We ended up walking about two very pleasant miles.
Here are two things I really didn’t want to do. But the kids did. And I’ll be the first to confess that they were pretty cool. Except for the part on the bikes when I became the enemy for riding ahead of Hadley, even though Jim and Bastien were ahead a half mile more.
PS. Cloud Gate was my #1 favorite thing in Chicago!
With our CityPass in hand, we marched right over to Adler Planetarium, Followed by the Field Museum, and we were barely getting started! Even though I did have to have a stern talking to with Bastien after about our fourth hour of museums. It turns out he was tired and hungry. You would think I would be on to such things after 11 and 1/2 years of parenting. But no worries, we sat down and had a hard boiled egg and some chocolate milk and all was well again. I loved these two places (and the hot dog stand out front). And I also loved our walk along the lakeshore. Even though it was quite brisk.
To inform that Bastien got his first-goal-donut-hole for spring season. First shift, first minute of play. Dang.