I just dropped off Zak, Maddie and Brooke at the Chicago O'Hare airport from our mini vacation visiting friends and family. I will stay here for three more days for a work conference. It worked out very well for us to make a vacation of it.
We opted to use my dad's airline passes (he's retired, but still has passes) to fly in the family because the cheapest airfare we could find was around $1500 for the three of them (work paid for my ticket). The flights were fairly full, but we were confident we could make it eventually.
On Wednesday, the four of us flew with no problem from San Antonio to O'Hare airport. Just before take off Maddie lost her FOURTH tooth.
I'm not really sure how she can bite anything anymore!
We rented a car and drove to Tinley Park for a weekend of FUN with Shannon & Allen (their kids: Kit, Finn, Maggie) and Jack & Michelle (their kids: Lily and Jack) and their entire family. (Shannon and Jack are siblings). Also, my dad and Susan moved to Chicago last year, so we got to see their new house and spend some time with them too.
Friday we went to Coal City, IL (just Southwest of Chicago) where Shannon's aunt and uncle have a lake house. The kids literally swam from 11:00 to 5:30. We took a boat ride on their pontoon boat, then another ride on their ski boat. Brooke and I went tubing together behind the ski boat. She's an adventurous girl, and I'm bummed that I didn't get any pictures of that!
(Maddie and Lily)
(Finn, Maddie, Brooke)And, just for funzies Zak jumped off the roof of the boat dock.
And, never to be out done by my husband (or perhaps it's just to keep up) I
wanted to do it too.
After five attempts, I decided I couldn't do it. Shannon attempted to motivate me by jumping with me. Okay, we'll go together. One! Two! Three!
I can't do it! I'm too scared!
I can't do it! I'm too scared!
Let's try again...one, two, threeeeee!
I did it!
We took the babies for another boat ride. This time in the ski boat.
Shannon and Jack's family never need an excuse to throw a party, and we had a few thrown in our honor. We spent most of our time outside with drinks in hand, friends all around, full bellies, and very happy children getting to know their new "cousins."
On Saturday night we discovered that the flights to San Antonio were filling up quickly, and as stand bys, we can only travel when there is a seat on the plane. The problem was figuring out how Zak and the girls were going to get home. My dad and Susan (Oz 1 and Oz 2 behind the magic curtian) decided it would be better if they stood by for the first flight to AUSTIN, then Zak's mom (Wendy) could pick them up and drive them one hour to San Antonio. Good plan!
I dropped them off at the airport, and could not go through to security with them. My dad met us there (sent from heaven) and help Zak with the girls. At the very last second, the gate agent told Zak that there were only two seats available. In a flash, they decided that Zak would fly with Brooke to Austin, and my dad would fly Maddie (or keep her overnight) until they could get to San Antonio.
My dad and Maddie stood by for a later flight to San Antonio and made it!
So, as I type, Zak is with Brooke on their way to Austin. My Dad is with Maddie flying to San Antonio. Zak and Brooke (with Wendy's help) will pick up Maddie from the San Antonio airport and my dad will try to catch a quick turnaround back to Chicago!
Hey, just for fun, can you figure out what pictures were taken with my crappy blackberry camera and which ones were taken with Michelle's awesome camera? --thanks Michelle for the pics!! And please visit her blog to read her post and see more pictures of our trip!
Post script: Everyone made their flights, and my dad did fly with Maddie to San Antonio, turned around and caught a plane back to Chicago! Thanks DAD! :)