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Monday, October 13, 2008

A trip to the city...

I finally have weekends off so while the weather is still nice I am trying to squeeze in as much fun as I can. Today we decided to take a train ride into the city. The weather was absolutely perfect. Second week in October and in the 80's. Typical but not so typical for Chicago. The four of us packed up and headed for the train station where we met Kelly and her two.This was the first time riding the train for Alyson and the first time going to the city for her and Andrew. Once we got down there, the first "must stop" place was of course Garrett's Popcorn. You can not go into the city and not stop here. The popcorn is simply the best you can get. After we got our popcorn, we headed over to the "Bean".They have it situated just right and you can see most of the skyline this beautiful city has. This thing that they call the "Bean" is amazing! It has been here for several years and this is the first time I have seen it. It is the oddest thing but also so beautiful at the same time. Reflections everywhere and once you are under it this is the view from the top.
Taking a picture of yourself is hard enough and then add into the equation hundreds of people and one giant mirror. It was a little hard trying to locate us, but once I did, this was the best I could get. The kids had a blast playing with their reflections, it was almost like a human kalidescope. Totally not planned, but don't the three of us look so pretty in pink! Like I have said before, Alyson is a big ham so getting to see herself in this giant mirror like bean, she was in heaven!

Even though he would not admit it, I think Andrew had some fun too. I told you she enjoyed herself.... I think this is the only picture anyone has gotten of the 6 of us so I am sure I am going to be printing out lots of these...
Just the girls again...
See, I told you Andrew was having a good time, he actually felt a little left out here and decided he was gonna join us for this photo.
What would a family trip be without my "famous" close-up shots of us together....


Andrew tries to escape the clicking of my shutter, but I always find him!
What better way to end the trip to the city than a visit to Starbucks!
I think everyone enjoyed their trip, only next time we will make sure we have more time. We only had a couple of hours because Kyle had to be back for a baseball game. We are gonna try and get back next weekend for the Halloween spectacular they are having, but if not, stay tuned for our trip at Christmas time, it will be beautiful!











6 comments:

JeanellePaige said...

Great pictures and story! TFS!

Angela J. Prieto said...

Awesome pictures Carrie!! Looks like a wonderful trip!

rose said...

thanks for visiting my blog!
Wow that "bean" is amazing totally cool,just love the shots you managed here photography awesome!

Jorunn said...

Hi Carrie!
Such fun pictures!! I bet the kids had a blast!

Beautiful blog and beautiful cards you make!

hugs,
Jorunn

Vicki said...

Hi Carrie and welcome to CS. I love your pics of Chicago and the "bean"! We used to live in NW Indiana and I love Chicago!!

Enfys said...

Wonderful pictures Carrie, I really enjoyed looking at them and reading the story. I have been to Chicago a few times, but have never seen this. Looks like a 'must see' next visit.