Old friends and a newer friend

By Margo
31 weeks, 5 days

For the July 4th weekend, we got a visit from our old friends the Hargises – Aubrey, Dave, and our newer friend little Henry! (Their blog is called What About the Baby?) Aubrey and I go pretty far back – we were college roomies at the University of North Texas. And since I’m not lying about my age just yet… that was quite a few years ago now! As it happens, Dave and Aubrey started dating during that time, too (Aww…)

We had the great honor of hosting their first vacation! Henry is a little over 13 months old now, and he took his first plane ride from Dallas’s Love Field airport to our very own Midway. We greeted the three of them on July 4th and had a full weekend of fun ahead of us!

On Saturday morning, we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Henry probably knows us as the zoo people… Anytime those three get together with me and Jed, there’s usually a zoo involved. (It could be worse!) It was a beautiful day, not too hot, and we spent a good three hours there. The zoo has undergone quite a few renovations (namely to the Children’s Zoo and the Ape House), and I recommend checking them out.

After the zoo, we took a much-deserved rest back at the homestead. Then, it was off to Millennium Park and Navy Pier for some sightseeing. Plenty of other folks had the same idea on that fine day, and there were quite a few people-watching opportunities. It was especially fun to know that Aubrey, Dave, and Henry were seeing these beautiful sights for the first time.

The next day’s events centered around a visit to the Museum of Science & Industry, where we learned about the U-505, witnessed a large display of fake poo in the Farm Tech exhibit, and walked through the Green + Wired home. Wow. I think we all wanted to live there afterwards. Okay, maybe with a few tweaks (that place was not baby-proofed.) Honestly, I’d settle for an under-cabinet auto-composter. But then again, I’m a special kind of nerd.

On Monday, we set the Hargises free to roam the sites of Chicago as a smaller bunch. They explored the Harold Washington Library (the Winter Gardens are amazing!), went to the top of the Sears Tower, and in general had fun milling about in the city. Chicago is one of the best places for milling about, I say.

One of the funniest things about our weekend was all the eating. Aubrey is breastfeeding and I’m preggo, so the two of us were shoveling it in. Ice cream, veggies, vegan food, Trader Joe’s snacks… You name it, we were munching it! (But not the last handmade terrapin from Margie’s Candies that Dave absconded with! That’s a different funny story…)

Hargises, we hope you had a good Chicago time! Hope you can visit with us zoo people again soon.

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