My oldest doesn’t start school until tomorrow (Sept 8) and the second doesn’t until Sept 10. Then the 3-year-old goes all the way until Sept 16. So while my Facebook feed has been full of back-to-school photos, we’ve been trying to take advantage of some extra summer weeks.
We spent the last week at the Indiana Dunes, which is part of the southern shore of Lake Michigan, about an hour from Chicago. We’d rented a two-house compound, and my parents and little brother were there for part of the time. My mother-in-law came and stayed nearby at her sister’s house (they live on the lake). The “glass house” where I stayed was interesting from an architectural perspective, though a bit strange to actually live in (I had to change in the bathroom!)
On the positive side, I took several wonderful runs through the trails at the dunes, including one with my sister-in-law, and one with my brother. I tried kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. I took the big kids to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and mostly enjoyed that. We had some good meals, enjoyed sunsets, and drank beers overlooking the lake. My husband and I went out for an 11th anniversary dinner.
On the negative side, the baby learned to crawl fast, so he had to be watched constantly in the rental house. He is now pulling himself up on everything. He’s also cutting teeth and did not sleep well in strange settings. Here’s an exhausted 6 a.m. selfie of the two of us. The drives out and back were just…long. Even in a minivan equipped with a DVD player.
So that’s vacation with the kids. Much mixed experiences. Though I guess we’re willing to keep at it, because we’re taking another short vacation on the days the kids have off for Rosh Hashanah!
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