Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Road trip part 3 Chicago

First on our itinerary in Chicago was the The Museum of Science and Technology.  Owen loves the Science Museum in Phoenix so I figured this one would be fun too.  It wasn't as hands on as I thought it would be but there was one room for kids 10 and younger that he loved. 

Driving a tractor is his favorite thing to do.

Pump up the bubbles then look through the tube

Magnets and Tractors!

After the musuem we wandered around looking for the bean.  Owen feel asleep poor kid it looks so uncomfortable.  

The highlight of the trip for Owen was the Children's Museum in Chicago.  A building full of toys what more could a toddler ask for. It was also free for military so we were happy.

That evening we went to the White Soxs game.  There were lots of home runs and fireworks that Owen loved.  They also give the military free seats.  YEA!!!

 Last stop was the Willis Tower.  Owen was kinda bored he needed toys.  After this Ryan had a meeting so Owen and I could go rest and play at the hotel. 

Road trip part 2 Minneapolis

The first thing we did when we got to Minneapolis is go to the mall of America.  I figured Owen would actually eat there since I could get him a slice of pizza and Ryan and I could get whatever we wanted.  Wrong as soon as we got there he saw Nickelodeon World and all he wanted to do was ride the rides.  He settled for going to the Lego store and playing with Lego's then screamed while Ryan and I ate.  Then we took him on one ride and  went to the hotel pool. 

 The next morning we got Owen a day pass to Nickelodeon World.  There were about 10 rides he could do but he required a chaperone because he wasn't tall enough.   So Ryan and I could take turns going with him.  I let Ryan test out the ride first to make sure it wasn't to jerky for a pregnant lady. 

Owens favorite ride!

After a couple of hours we tried to go home and take a nap.  Owen watched TV while Ryan and I slept.  Then we headed to the sculpture gardens.   It was so nice and peaceful a perfect way to end the day after the over stimulation of the Mall. 

Well I checked the Twins schedule and found out their home opener was going to be on our last day in Minneapolis.  We went to the zoo in the morning and came back for nap time.  However Owen does not sleep well unless he is in his own bed so it turned into rest time.  As we got to the baseball stadium Owen fell asleep.  I guess Ryan's prayers were answered since he slept tell the bottom of the first and was happy tell about the 7th inning stretch. 
Just keep sleeping

opening ceremonies
Time for a long drive to Chicago.  Wish us luck!

Road trip part 1 Sioux Falls

Our family vacation this year was to go to Chicago for a meeting Ryan had.  He took the week before off and we stopped in Sioux Falls, and Minneapolis on our way to Chicago.  On our way to Sioux Falls we stopped at the Minute Man site.  We watched the video about the cold war.  Then got to tour the site where they held the missiles during the cold war.  Owen and I just saw where they lived but Ryan got to go down and see where they could of launched the missiles. 

When we made it to Sioux Falls we checked into the hotel and bribed Owen to get back into the car by saying we were going to the park.  He was so excited.  I told him this park didn't have slides but we could play ball.  Unfortunately it was also cold and I didn't have any mittens for him, so he pitched a fit the whole time and by the end was screaming since his hands were cold. 

View from the tower

Time to go home!

The next morning we headed to Sertoma butterfly house.  They have an aquarium and a room full of butterfly's. 

Owen loved going in here and looking at the fishes!

The butterflies were flying around us.

I'm touching a shark!