Sunday, October 21, 2007

Weekend in Chicago

I've mentioned before how much I love Chicago. It is a beautiful city with lots of fun things to entertain the whole family. On Friday, we celebrated Sophie's birthday with a trip to the Shedd Aquarium, and a ride to the (almost) top of the Sears Tower. All 4 of the kiddos had fun looking around the city, recognizing various landmarks we have visited over the past few years.

Here are a couple pictures of the amazing views. The pictures really don't do the city justice!

On Saturday, we got to meet Lyle for lunch. He was in Chicago for the weekend taking part in a Moot Court Trial competition. They don't call it the Windy City for nothing... it was really windy! But luckily it wasn't too cold.

He and his law partner were off to the Art Institute of Chicago after lunch, and we decided it sounded like fun, so we got in line behind them.

Andrew is modeling a "bracelet" he made in the kids craft center. Elliott had a lot of fun explaining various styles to the kids, including this cubist work. Ethan was very interested in his Dad's explanations. We bought a museum guidebook, which Ethan looked at quite a bit today also. Andrew liked to go around and read the descriptions of all the paintings.

Ethan was also desperate to visit the African art section of the Museum. 1-He really love his aunt Joojie, and 2-He really likes how animals are depicted in African sculptures. He wasn't disappointed, as evidenced by all the photos he made Elliott take in that section.
This is my personal favorite. Click on it to see a close-up. It was made sometime in the 1800's... I wondered if it was an early voodoo doll or something...


The Queen said...

yIKES! iF IT WAS A VOODOO DOLL i FEEL BAD FOR THE PERSON IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE VOODOOING. Ugh. Sorry, Loi left the caps on . :) Your kids are so gorgeous. I was surprised to see Sophie looking out the window with the other kids after seeing her as a little baby in the previous post.

joojierose said...

haha! ethan is a man after my own heart. :) and fyi, that statue is most likely from central africa, the kongo people - they're called 'nkishi,' and are medicinal power objects, the box on the belly held powerful medicines and each nail represents the time that the medicine was accessed in a spiritual way by some patron. nkishi are super interesting religious objects. i love that you guys went to look at african art, that makes me so happy. :) i can't wait to see all of you over christmas!!

Lyle said...

Hey Ginger, it was so awesome to get to see you guys, and I was so sad when we said goodbye, I wanted to hang out some more!

Thanks again for lunch!