9:30am - My sister, Becky, arrives with her boys and we load up her van
9:37am - Gas, Starbucks (grande latte w/ 3 raw sugars)
9:45am - 57 Northbound to Chicago
9:48am - Nella requests a snack (typical)
10:10am - Silas asleep (praise God)
10:15am - Ilan asleep
10:30am - Nella asleep
10:45am - Silas awake (oh snap!)
10:48am - Ilan awake (double snap!)
11:07am - Nella awake. Resumes snacking
11:10am - All boy screamfest; Marley, Silas, & Ilan
11:15am - Marley asleep, little boys still going strong
11:30am - little boys asleep again (finally!)
11:45am - Scrounging for change on I-355 Illinois Tollway
11:46am - Receiving IOU slip, we were short 54 cents
11:50am - Milo and Otis
12:09pm - FLIPS!!! Our favorite Glen Ellyn eatery
12:49pm - Family photo in front of Flips. 3 generations of Flipsters here. My parents have been going since the 70's
1:15pm - Wheaton Popcorn Shop. Another favorite childhood spot; we had so much fun taking our own kids there!
1:17pm - Nella touches all the candy
1:18pm - It's an alley-turned-popcorn/candy store. It has the BEST ceiling!
1:23pm - Heading back to the car with her loot. We spent $1.19
1:24pm - Nella and Marley are excited about their bags of candy
1:26pm - These cousins are buddies!
1:28pm - "Look at all my lots of candies, Mom!"
1:29pm - Sneaking a bite of a gummy butterfly
1:31pm - Me and Becky with our cousin, Jeff. We used to hit the popcorn shop together as kids
1:45pm - My dad takes us on a driving tour of Wheaton, where he grew up. He loves to tell us stories about and show us places from his childhood as we drive around town. We love Wheaton.
2:36pm - Oberweis Dairy, chocolate malt
2:37pm - Grandpa shares with Ilan
2:40pm - Grandpa shares with Silas
3:00pm - Trader Joes
4:00pm - My youngest cousin Brett's 16th Birthday Party
4:15pm - Nella plays with the ferrets (Gross! I, myself am not a fan, but she loves them!)
4:20pm - Photo time!
4:25pm - Photos with family. Nan & Pop were in from San Antonio. Here they are with all their grandchildren & great-grandchildren (and my parents, who somehow snuck in the photo)
4:45pm- Silas falls and bites his lip. Bleeds on shirt and couch. He must leave his mark of destruction somehow!
5:50pm - Cake
6:00pm - Nella notices the fire pit and freaks out. Not sure what that's about, but it was quite the scene
6:10pm - Hugs & kisses & goodbyes
6:18pm - Load up van
6:25pm - Starbucks, round 2 (grande latte w/ 3 raw sugars. It's my fave. hint hint. If you love me, you'll buy me a latte!)
6:29pm - Silas & Ilan asleep
6:33pm - Nella & Marley asleep
8:38pm - Home!