Monday, September 12, 2011


Do you ever wonder who wins those ENORMOUS stuffed toy prizes at carnivals, theme parks and county fairs?

Sam and Joe go bananas

Well wonder no more. That's Joey on the right (and his good friend Sam on the left). Three baseballs, 3 throws 3 clowns knocked down. Ding, ding, ding! Winner! And lest you think this is a fluke, he did the same thing last year. Now, he is the proud owner of a Scooby Doo doll that is bigger than he is and this lovely banana. Do I need to explain why I am a little bit excited that we will be in Finland next summer and will probably not have the time to go to Great America?

In many ways, this was a huge summer for Joey. He attended day camp and at the end got to help as a "junior counselor." He loved every minute of camp this year. They even took the kids to a YMCA sleep-away camp for a couple of nights.

sleep camp

These look like pretty posh accomodations compared to what I had at sleep-away camp, by the way. But again, he had a great time.

Joey also completed his first kids' triathalon this summer. I plan to document that in a seperate post.

As I write these blogs post about our summer, it seems as if we managed to cram a lot into our summer eventhough our mission was to save money for our upcoming trip to Finland. We did try to spend more time in our yard, at local parks and playgrounds, at the beach and at other places that don't have an entrance fee.

Millenium Park is always a hit with adults and kids. Honestly, the Bean (Cloudgate) has to be one of the best sculptures in the world...

The Bean web

Rob Dad Bean web

At least it's one of my favorites!

Sam under bean web

And the Crown Fountain? Genius...

Crown Fountain web

Crown Ftn web

Bowling is almost free in the city during the summer....

Lily bowls web

water playgrounds are always free...

Sam Michigan waterpark 2

and bubbles are cheap if you make them from dishsoap you have on hand (but maybe not so cheap if your child uses the Costco gallon of dish soap you had in the basement for filling up the soap bottle on the sink every month or two...) Honestly, Joey spent hours making bubbles with his friends and siblings, but we seriously did go through 1 gallon of soap.

Joey bubble

Sammy blow bubble

Sam with chalk

sidewalk art

We had a great, end-of-year, last minute trip to the Michigan Dunes. Joey had had a fever for 6 days straight (including the day of the triathalon). He woke up the Monday before school started and said "I feel great!" We literally threw bathing suits and one towel into a bag and ran out the door to the dunes. Usually, I pack extra clothes, snacks, water bottles, toys, camera, books, ugh! No wonder why summer outing exhaust me. This time, we ran out the door with our suits and one towel and we had THE BEST TIME! it was a perfect day!

Sam on Dunes 2

1 comment:

the meaklims said...

I really really really want to go to Chicago some day. It seems that everyone I know that is 'cool and hip' lives in Chicago. And I desperately want to see the cloud fountain and the bean in real life. Your photos are simply fabulous.

On the other hand, you are very welcome to the life size Banana!!! ;)