Monday, March 31, 2008

The Windy City

I'm not entirely sure where this last month and a half has gone, but I know that writing new posts on my fledgling blog was NOT at the forefront of my mind. Sean was travelling for a month straight (gone for 5 days, home for 2), so I was doing both Mom and Dad duty, and I was exhausted by the end of each day.

Kate and I did manage to join Sean on one of his trips, though, which was really great. We tagged along on a trip to Chicago for a couple of reasons: 1)to spend some time with Sean and 2)because I had never been to Chicago and I've been wanting to see it for a while now. What a great city! The old buildings downtown were stunning, and the attractions Kate and I managed to get to were well worth the admission fees. We were able to see (some of) the Art Institute of Chicago, the Children's Museum at Navy Pier, and Shedd Aquarium (Sean joined us for that outing).

At the Art Institute, Kate and I saw some Degas ballerinas, Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte , a Jackson Pollock painting (because there is one in the children's book Olivia), and an Edward Hopper exhibit where I saw his famous painting entitled Nighthawks. We saw some other art as well, of course, but really only as we flew by with me in pursuit of a wired toddler on the run. I'm no art aficionado, but I can definitely appreciate some fine art, so I really enjoyed our visit to the Art Institute, and I think Kate did, too. (I think the highlights for her were the two large lion statues that flank the Michigan Avenue entrance.)

I thought the Children's Museum, while good, paled in comparison to the fantastic St Paul Children's Museum, although, in fairness, I have to say that Kate enjoyed herself. Shedd Aquarium was huge and impressive, and was enjoyed by all; Kate still talks about the large green eel we saw, and I was very much enamored with the penguins.

So, it appears as though this post has turned into a little synopsis of our trip to Chicago, which was not the intention, but is fine with me nonetheless. I'm hoping I'll find some time (and some inspiration) to post a little more regularly in the future, but I'm wary of making any promises...