Saturday, August 1, 2009

That's A Wrap...We're Heading Home!

Finally, it was time to say good-bye to Chicago.

We walked across the street for breakfast, and then packed up, waved down a taxi, and headed back to Union Station around lunch time.

After getting our bags checked in, we walked down the street to get some lunch. We ate sandwiches at a table outside, and enjoyed our last sights of the great city.

Shortly before getting back on the train, we realized that we could let Carson watch some kid shows on the laptop to help him pass the time while we traveled. (Don't know why we didn't think of that on they way TO Chicago!) The only problem we had, was that we had no kid shows! We had a little bit of time to spare, so Corey and Christian raced down the street to a Walgreen's and found a couple of shows for Carson to watch...and made it back in time!

After boarding, we let Carson break in one of his shows while we all relaxed for a while.

We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening playing games, hanging out in the observation room, and having dinner.

When bedtime arrived, Carson was not feeling much like sleeping, so Christian got him fixed up with a movie, to help him wind down a little bit.

While I was very thankful for a bed to sleep in, we didn't get much sleep that night. Carson was restless, and our train was scheduled to arrive back at home at around 4am. The train was running very late, so we just kept worrying that we were going to sleep through our stop.

It was around 6am when we arrived back at our train station.

We looked like a band of sleepy circus clowns trying to get all of our stuff into a normal sized taxi back to our house! (We realized the next morning that we had forgotten one of our biggest suitcases as we were getting loaded! There was NO WAY that we could have gotten it into the taxi anyway! We got it back later!)

We were thrilled to arrive back at the house, and were even more thrilled that Carson went back to bed, and let US go back to bed for a little while to recover from the trip!

Our trip to Chicago was great! We all had so much fun, and enjoyed getting to experience so many new things, and see so many new sights! Maybe someday we will have the opportunity to go again...

But as they say...there's no place like home! :)

Writing the Waves,


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