The Christmas weekend of 2012 was filled with events. Working for a hotel chain means that I can get a small discount here and there, so off we went to stay at one the hotels that I work for. Jack loved everything about staying the night there. He didn't want to leave the next morning and wanted to stay there at least for a week. The boys even slept in til 8 am! Even Charlie. He never does that. I was happy that such a miracle happened.
We were happy to bring Mr. Elf ( yes, that is the name we gave him) along. I am sure he appreciated the lush digs himself. Lucky elf.
Charlie very much liked watching the buses go by and waved to the cars.
Plus we made a stop to Do-Rite Donuts! My dream come true. Jack happily ate the chocolate, and now I regret eating it. Since now I know how extremely delicious it is and how close to my work it is.
We made a stop to the Hancock center to watch the trains go by. Trains. A sure fire way to keep your 5 and 1 year old still for a good 15 -20 minutes. Dinner afterwards was at Mity Nice Grill inside the Water Tower mall. I felt it was a little secret that I knew to take my family there, since the whole world goes to the Cheesecake Factory to eat. No line no wait at Mity Nice. Plus Brian had what was a very tasty chicken pot pie there.
Our next stop was to look at the tree by the Tribune building.It was at this point that Jack was feeling it. Feeling the tiredness that is.
Mama and Papa - happy to take a photo with their son. Jack - done for the night.
Onto the next morning where we went to the madness that is Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier. A day before Christmas? On a Sunday? You bet it was packed.
Look at this crazy photo that Brian took of Jack in the bounce house. Looks like a superimposed photo. But look at that happy face.
He was content to just look at the ice skaters around the ice. He didn't feel like giving it a try this year.
And here is how we ended our day at Navy Pier. With the two boys taking a ride around in the train.