with all five children!
Jeremy and I decided to try and take all the kids on into the city. We had to do grocery shopping in the morning, but decided on a family outing for the afternoon. We headed to the train station, happy to find parking where it was free, and took the South Shore line on in. We had first thought of going to Lincoln Park Zoo, but it was a bit chilly and rain was on it’s way, so we went up to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue instead. We made a rule. One adult walks in front and none of the kids are allowed to walk in front of them and the other adult walked a few feet behind and none of the kids were allowed to walk behind them. That way the kids could follow the first adult and the second one could make sure all of them were there. Noelle was in the stroller, so we didn’t have to worry about her. James went ahead a few times and assumed a few turns that we weren’t planning. If we hadn’t caught him in time, one would have caused some trouble. After that, we didn’t have anymore of him trying to lead. We went through the Hershey Store where I resisted buying any chocolate at all. (It helped that I’d already bought some dark chocolate earlier. It’s in my special no-kid spot.) Then we went to the Lego store. The kids had a lot of fun there. AnnaBeth and Noelle got some crowns to wear for the Harvest Festival at our church this next Wednesday while there. Then the older two girls had to look through the Sanrio shop. AnnaBeth got tired after a while and Jeremy carried her a bit there at the end. Once we were done there, it was starting to get dark, so we headed back toward the train station. We got there just a bit late for the 6 pm train and on the weekends, the trains run every other hour, so we got some drinks and snacks and just sat down and rested. The kids talked to one little social five year old who came over. She was just as friendly as any of my kids, so they all got along great. Then they made faces at a baby and laughed when she squealed at them. Finally, the last 15 minutes or so were used up by Jeremy pulling out his laptop that he’d brought along (he always has it) and played games like Connect Four and Othello. We got home a little late, made hot dogs (alas, we’d forgotten to buy bread earlier, so they were eaten without) and sent them off to bed. There wasn’t a single complaint. They all got ready and fell fast asleep. We were ready for fussy-ness since they had so much activity and only Noelle had napped, but they were all so good.
Hmmm, maybe they’ll still be good for us tomorrow morning while getting ready for church. We’ll see.
I maybe singing tomorrow, I may not. I don’t know. I was first asked to sing tomorrow, but then they remembered something else was scheduled for special music, so I was supposed to sing next week, but what was scheduled for tomorrow was pushed back a week, so I practiced in case they need me to sing this week instead. This new church is kind of relaxed in it’s scheduling and stuff which I’m not used to and don’t particularly like, but I’ll put up with it. I’m still not sure why God is wanting us here, but both Jeremy and I know that we’ve been brought to this church for some reason. Anyway, that’s off the topic of this specific post and maybe I’ll elaborate more in another post, but for now I’ll just sign off.