August 15, 2011

A Big Day for a Little Sis

This past weekend was a momentous occasion in the life of this little sis. I may be 30, but part of me will always be the kid sister clamoring for her big brother's attention and approval.... and after almost eight years as a Chicagoan, my brother Ben FINALLY came to visit me in the Windy City. With just a few hours on the interstates of Indiana and a few wrong turns on Chicagoland tollways, my brother gave me a precious gift - he allowed me to show him and his whole family what my life is like - the home I own, how I get to work, the crazies on the CTA, all the good and the bad of my little life in the big city. It was a short trip, but a BIG deal.

It was an awesome weekend. The kids had a few meltdowns, there were tears, there was some whining, there were two emergency trips to KMart, but, there was also....

Animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo
2011-08-11 at 22-15-45

Aunt Emmy's Favorite Pizza at Pizano's
2011-08-12 at 04-19-33

The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier (Ben, your secret's safe with me)
2011-08-12 at 05-39-31

Dippin' Dots and Family Fun at Navy Pier
2011-08-12 at 05-54-12

American Girl
2011-08-12 at 22-06-09

The LEGOS store
2011-08-12 at 22-26-17

And... the CTA bus!
2011-08-12 at 22-58-01

P.S. A few great quotes from the kids:

  • Zoe (while walking into my place): "Aunt Emmy, is this a hotel?"
  • AJ (while on the bus): "Aun Em-eh, you are so pretty. I love you."
  • Zoe (as we're leaving my place): "Aunt Emmy, that's your pink pepper spray. You spray the bad guys with that.... in the FACE!!!"
  • Zoe (after being told she can't eat in my bed): "Aunt Emmy, why are there so many special rules at your house?"

THANK YOU Big Brother!!!  I love you! 

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