Monday, March 18, 2019

Sammy and Michael The Leprechauns Take Chicago


If you're an avid blog reader, you may remember our beloved leprechauns Sammy and Michael, who came to life one St. Patrick's Day as an activity that quickly became a special daycare thing. Who would have guessed that these random Dollar Tree purchases would be the highlight of spring breaks for years??? Anyways, last spring break we went to Florida for 14 days and Sammy and Michael were left at home. There was devastation from the minis and their disappointment has been talked about for the last year. 

This year when we decided to spend St. Patty's Day in Chicago, I made sure to grab those damn leprechauns so they could join us....but if you're my minis, Sammy and Michael surprised us in Chicago! We made sure to take them along on most of our adventures, but they spent Saturday night and evening napping in my purse instead of enjoying the activities (mostly because I didn't want them to be dropped and shattered on the busy Chicago sidewalks).

While Hubs and I were packing up the minivan to leave, the minis went to grab Sammy and Michael out of their sensory bin and noticed they were already missing! Those tricky little leprechauns were already on their way to Chicago. I heard a rumor they were buried in a green hat somewhere among luggage but out of site from little eyes.



When the minis went to sleep, those little stinkers (because we don't call them shits in front of the kids) came to life and got into mischief in the hotel bathroom! By morning they were ready to watch the river dying, eat donuts, and go to Shedd Aquarium with us.






They helped themselves to chips and guacamole and salads for lunch. Good thing they made it out for lunch because they forgot to make an appearance for Chicago style pizza for dinner at Pizano's.


The aquatic show was a favorite.


The last thing Sammy and Michael saw of Chicago was Cloud Gate (also known as The Bean). They then went into my purse for a good nap (quite honestly, it was at this point that we met up with friends and I completely forgot about them, especially as I kept shoving things on top of then in my purse). They did come back out to get into trouble overnight and hide a pot of gold, which the minis promptly found Sunday morning.

We're lucky enough to have awesome friends who indulged in our Sammy and Michael fun. However, our leprechauns didn't stick around for green eggs and ham (and toast and bacon) and got packed into a suitcase so they wouldn't be forgotten.

Sammy and Michael are now tucked back in their sensory bin in storage (in the basement). The minis claim they're getting ready for next year.....when they'll get into even more trouble.

A Rainy Weekend In March

Sure it was a rainy weekend, but at least it wasn't snow! Initially, our weekend was filled with obligations, but somehow, it worked out that nearly all of those obligations were cancelled and we were able to enjoy a very full Family Fun Weekend!

Friday night was the mini's school Fun Night. After daycare kids left, I took a late shower while Hubs started the night with the minis. I showed up for the final hour of Fun Night, which was long enough to bid on silent auction items (and win them, of course).

The minis love that there's blizzards for sale at their fun night.

Our wins: a cookie basket and tickets to a hockey game!



Saturday morning was Harrison's final acting class for the winter session. Each child presented lines from Willy Wonka. I was shocked to see this middle mini fearlessly get up on stage and give it a go. I foresee the theater being a part of this one's life, much like his dad.



So, obviously all activities needed to be indoors since it was rainy. Luckily there was this little movie called Captain Marvel that kept us busy mid-day. We loved going to Flix Brewhouse so we could eat lunch while enjoying the movie.
I loved sitting next this one while watching the movie. I got to hear gasps coming from her, with little quips like, "yes, you CAN do it!" "Get up, get up, get up! You CAN do it!"


From there we went to a car show. I'd love a new vehicle in the next 18 months, but I'm very unsure what we should get. This was a laid back car show that let us check out and ask questions about nearly every vehicle on the market. To be honest, I wasn't thrilled to go to the car show, but it was something to do. We all wound up loving it.
The first thing Elizabeth spied was a convertible Mini Coop and exclaimed, "I found my car!"
Testing minivans and SUV's were at the top of our list.








The rainy streets of Des Moines.


Sunday afternoon we met family at the Botanical Center for Botanical Blues. We like to go at least once throughout the winter. On this particular Sunday, 34 degrees outside made us roasting indoors.








Hubs and I grabbed seats for listening to the music while the minis requested to walk around by themselves. I was fascinated by watching them learn and explore.




When cousin Nora arrived Elizabeth got to walk her around (with the help of Aunt Kris, of course).


This one cracks me up. Nora wasn't walking where Elizabeth wanted her to so she just dragged her along.




Even getting ready for bed can be entertaining in this house.


I know for sure that all of us are very ready for spring to be here so we can spend our weekends outdoors!