Well, we arrived will no trouble at the train station in Homewood, IL. Jody picked us up and we drove to his house where the kids rushed to the porch to meet each other. We settled in and had a very relaxing day/evening watching the third season of Big Bang Theory and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in which Summer Glau kicks ass. Today we spent the morning watching a dvd of the Blue Man Group while Elisabeth and Ben made everyone cinnamon rolls, which were very tasty. After everyone had woken up, showered and dressed. Jody, the kids and I trekked to IKEA and I have discovered that IKEA is really awesome. The merchandise is good quality with Wal-Martish prices. It also has a play area for the kids where you can drop them off and staff members will watch them for an hour while you shop and there are play areas spread throughout the store. There is also a restaraunt where they serve decent and cheap lunch items. In the restaurant area they have a kids eating table and a movie that is played while they eat, along with some games that they can play with. They also had a bottle warming station in the restaurant area. It was really great to see this furnishing store to be so family oriented. Ananda didn't want to leave. I, of coa urse, bought me two candles. I just couldn't resist.
I then was treated to a Thai/Sushi dinner at a nearby restaurant. It was amazing. We, Amy, Olive, Amy and Jody's international student, and I, ordered several dishes which we ate family style, along with sushi and miso soup as a starter. It was a heavenly meal and we have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow.
The plan for tomorrow is an inside water park. I, in keeping with tradition, forgot to bring swimsuits for us but we have suits that we can borrow so we are okay this time. We have not told the kids yet, just so they don't drive us crazy with yells about the water park and this way it will be a wonderful surprise for them.
Amy has recently, today, introduced me to the show "Slings and Arrows". It is about the characters in this theater company and the trials and tribulations that they go through. I can so relate. It is hilarious! Especially with the stage manager character, Maria. How many times have felt the way she feels. I so get it. I love it!
That pretty much sums up the trip so far. It's been a lot of fun and looks to be even more fun tomorrow. 'Til later.