Katherine and Manon arrived in Rocehster just in time for us to pack a van with seven children and leave for Chicago, Illinois (561 km away). The children wrote messages on the chalk board welcoming the girls back home.
The girls needed to unpack before repacking for our little adventure.
Harrison loves his older sister Katherine.
Erik kickin' back and waiting for breakfast!
Waffles- a crowd favorite!
We needed to rent a very large van to accommodate traveling with all these kids!
Remington and Erik getting ready for the day. Remington was very serious this morning knowing he needs to present his best self!
Hmmm...I am not sure if Remington has enough gel in his hair! 🙂
The train ride into Chicago.
This is the first step in Remington's journey to France!
Katherine is ready for her interview at the Spanish consulate. Having done this before for her trip to France, Katherine wasn't worried in the slightest.
Mommy and Madeline.
The train ride was a novelty for Harrison.
Remington's appointment to the consulate was first!
The hang loose between brothers. They were both so excited to see one another after the consulate visit. Apparently they BOTH had nerves!
I came down from the French consulate to watch the kids while Nick took Katherine to the Spanish consulate.
Success!!! (and now the parents can relax!)
There was a family fun time in a park in Chicago.
It is July 14th and it is Nick's birthday. We took him to Giordano's Pizza, his favorite place for pizza in the US. Erik discovered that the stone near the window sill was chilled and as we were all hot the kids clamored to the stone.
Chicago style pizza is thick crust with the sauce on top. It is absolutely delicious!!
Happy Birthday to dad!
While the parents were relaxing after lunch the children played at the fountain.
Erik was intent on catching a bird.
He almost got it before it flew off!
Buses in America have hand grips for people to hold when the bus gets crowded. Erik loved these holds and thought of the bus as his personal gymnasium.
The Millennium Bean in downtown Chicago is world famous. It was inspired by liquid Mercury and it distorts the skyline and people flock to see their reflection.
Rock, Paper, Scissors. Hmmmm....I wonder who will win! 🙂
After the trip to see the Bean we were off to the Sky Deck. The Sky Deck is located in the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1, 353 feet (412 m) in the air, the glass box (known as the Ledge) extends out 4.3 feet (1.3 m) from the Skydeck.
The Eiffel Tower goes to floor 88 of the Willis Tower.
The children were able to see all of Chicago.
Harrison was too tired to enjoy the Skydeck.
Erik wasn't sure about venturing out on the glass.
Heading back to the hotel on the train with some very happy kids!