Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Visiting LOTS of family and friends!

How did we spend our 10 days in Chicago? We played with our cousins a LOT, visited with friends, had playdates at homes and playdates at McD's, and went on some field trips!

We tried to fit in as many different friends and cousins as we could, and looking back at our calendar, I think we were very successful. What a fun week for the kids, playing with all of their favorite people:).

One day we went out to Annie's house to visit with Sam and Nate. Tonito LOVES his cousins and has a special bond with them that will be there forever. When we left their house that day, Tonito says "I love Sam. He's from China just like me." Me: "Well, he's from Taiwan, but it's close!" Tonito: "Yeah. Taiwan isn't China. But he looks like it. I'm just gonna say he is."
Here the kids are practicing chopsticks with Sam and Nate:

We made scones at Auntie Colleen's house:

And of course loved on Maevie (and Vivi shared her most valuable possession: Lemur!)-

We loved playing with Ewan and Beckett:

And again, loved admiring our precious baby cousin:

Grandma and Grandpa with their 4 grandkids!! It is so fun to see our family expanding:

So sweet:

We spent the morning at the park, hiking through suburban wilderness:)-
It was a little chilly outside, so we had a picnic in the back of Annie's car:

We spent the day at the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago:

Walking through the conservatory with my 2 aunts and mom, we were treated to wonderful memories of when my Grandpa used to work there. He was a gardener in the Chicago Park District for years, and helped to design and maintain the conservatory. My aunt was telling us how he would walk them through the different rooms, and before entering the next section, would tell them exactly which plants were blooming, their Latin names, locations and origins. Grandpa would have been proud to see 5 of his great-grandchildren running through the foliage.

We really enjoyed the brilliant colors of all of the spring blooms:

The morning before we left, we headed to Timo and Colleen's house again:

Sue came with the girls, and so we got to visit them again:

Here is the Wilkin legacy- all 6 of the newest generation:


Anonymous said...

Loved the visit and the pictures of all the cuties! Love, Grandma

Melissa A said...

These pictures of the newest generation are adorable! The moms aren't so bad either. ;)