I'm back from Indiana (and a side trip to Chicago). The drive is only 4 hours but when you're not used to driving that far it seems to take forever. We had a nice visit, caught up on all the news and I also got to help celebrate Elizabeth's 13th Birthday while I was there. The new puppy is cute, lots of work! They are still getting up with him in the middle of the night and you would hear him cry each night to let them know that nature was calling (just like a baby wanting to be changed)! On Tuesday Claire, Elizabeth and I took the train from Valparaiso into Chicago and got off right at Shedd's Aquarium. It was nice to be able to take a train into the city instead of driving, fighting traffic and then worrying about a place to park. We went right to the Aquarium and surprisingly didn't have to wait in a single line. We had planned to go to Millennium Park for lunch but a huge thunderstorm put the kibosh on those plans. Instead we watched the lightening show going on behind the dolphin show! That storm got as many "oooos" and "ahhhhhhhhs" as the dolphins! We stayed at the Aquarium for over 5 hours!! Then it was time to head back to the train. The rest of the visit was spent doing a little shopping and a lot of visiting. It was good to see Caitlin and Jon as I hadn't seen them in quite a long time (probably 2 years). If you're ever in Chicago you should definitely plan a trip to the Aquarium! It's worth the $24.95 and time!
Mom (Claire) and Dad (Ken) with the Birthday Girl (Elizabeth - Happy 13)!!
Jon, all grown up!
Cool bright green starfish!
Sharks in the dark!
We thought these little things were so cool!
The Beluga's during training.
Hot, hazy, humid Chicago!!
Elizabeth, outside Shedd's Aquarium
Caitlin with the new puppy, Boomer
The old puppy, Jake. Still sweet and handsome, after all these years!! xoxoxoxo Jake