Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dallas, Chicago, and a Little Surprise Getaway For Sam


Sam and I spent Thanksgiving this year in Dallas with his sister Chloe, her husband Tyler, and their new little baby Kellen.
Is he adorable, or what? This little cutie was even born on my birthday, so I am extra partial to him.
Chloe humored me and dressed him in this little hat I knit for him.

This was the first Thanksgiving dinner Chloe and I ever made, so we were proud of ourselves that EVERYTHING turned out. There was sure a lot of food for the 4 of us.

One afternoon we took a picnic / walk around a local lake. (I don't remember the name, but it was pretty.)

We also visited the place where JFK was shot.

Sam got his Christmas present early this year - he got to go to a Chicago Bears football game LIVE in CHICAGO. This has always been a dream of his, and it was fun to watch him as his dream came true. I don't think I've ever seen him more excited. Just look at him. That big happy smile tells all.

While we were in Chicago we took a day to do some sightseeing too.
We checked out the Navy Pier.

And of course we had to take a walk down Michigan Avenue - Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

(This picture of the Omni Hotel is for my mom, because "Guests of the Oprah Winfrey show stay at the Omni Hotel, in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile!" -I love you, Mom!)

Sam's favorite part of the Magnificent Mile was the Dunkin Donuts.
He LOVES Dunkin Donuts, and they don't have one in KC, so getting a donut was must!

And a trip to Chicago wouldn't be complete without seeing the famous Chicago Bean, or whatever this thing is!

(Our reflection in the bean.)

We also visited the Museum of Science and Industry.

The museum had a special "Christmas Around the World" exhibit. This tree is the tree to signify England.

It's hard to read the plaque, so this is what it says.
"In England Father Christmas fills stockings or pillowcases with gifts for children. Youngsters pop open Chirstmas crackers filled with chocolate golf coins or a trinket to signify good fortune. English tables overflow with dishes including mince pie, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding. The first Christmas card is said to have been sent from England in 1843."
Now I know why Sam's family has some of the Christmas traditions they do. I can't want for the Christmas crackers and mince pies!
This is the only picture I got with my friend Stephanie.
Thanks again Stephanie (and Ben) for letting us come and stay with you and for showing us a good time. We had a BLAST!!!

I LOVE surprises. I love getting surprises, and I love planning surprises.
Sam was getting a bit overwhelmed with everything on his plate, so a couple of weeks ago I planned a surprise night away for us.

I picked him up that night from work and blindfolded him. He was a good sport to stay blindfolded on our way to the.....


The indoor waterpark at the lodge was AWESOME. Whoever said this place was meantfor kids was way wrong.


Marc and Liz Anson said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! The Great Wolf Lodge looks AWESOME, Marc was like "Wow that's cool looking!"

Sam Ransom said...

Wow!! That all looks like so much fun!! James is good with surprises, but I'm not. I do play along for him, but I die with anticipation. And I'm horrible at planning them.

Jenn said...

Looks like you have had a blast! I am jealous I couldn't come party with you.

Nicole and Kevin said...

The indoor pool looks like a blast!!! I love weekend getaways with Kevin - it is one of my favorite things ever!!!

Amber said...

Wow what fun trips and surprises!

Jodi said...

I love it when you post Lacey. Sounds like you guys have had some amazing adventures. How fun to go to all those places. Plan a trip to our place sometime. We would LOVE to have you!

Trinette Hayslip said...

We have a Great Wolf Lodge here in Ohio. I have really wanted to go, but thought we would like like a stupid couple trying to be kids again. Maybe I will reconsider.