Mike flew off to Arizona for the weekend for his company retreat, so the kids and I had the weekend to ourselves. In an attempt to wear the kids out and maintain everyone’s sanity, I packed the weekend full of fun activities.
Saturday’s lineup started with swim class for Evan and me while Mia hung out at Kids Korner. After swim, we headed to Lyman Woods with D’Arcy, Andrew and Riley for a mini outdoor adventure. What a great new *FREE* find. Very cute visitor center with displays and props for kids to play with plus a nice walking trail.
Then the real excitement happened–D’Arcy spotted a caterpillar. The boys went nuts and sat staring at it for almost 10 minutes.
Riley had his 2 year check-up, so Evan, Mia and I headed home to pick up Sharice and off to Cosley Zoo we went. Cosley is holding it’s fall fest right now, so in addition to the animals, they have pumpkins and a fun play area. Evan’s favorite areas are the duck pond and activity caboose. Fortunately, Mia decided the zoo was a good place to nap. Evan also selected some pumpkins, but pics of those will come in a later post once they’re carved.
We then headed home so I could prep the house for game night. A few of the moms from my Working Moms Meetup group came over and we had fun playing dominos, drinking wine and just enjoying some mom time. The kids hit the sack early as a result of all the earlier activity–love it when my plan works.
Sunday morning started with both kids playing in Kids Korner while I went to my Pilates Circuit class (Pilates on the machines). We then picked up Great Grandma (aka Grammy, aka Belle Gavzer) and headed to the Chicago Botanical Garden to check out the Railroad Garden. Evan was so excited and we spent an hour just in that one area. Thomas the Tank even made an appearance!
Next, we went to Sears Portrait for a photo session. I think that was overly ambitious on my part because the kids were wiped out. I’ll save those photos for another time. It was a whirlwind weekend and lots of fun, but we are VERY glad daddy is home.