With the sun shining, the kids and I headed northbound for a few days. They loved getting right outside to soak up some sunshine on Gramma and Grampa's deck, which also serves as a great location for car racing :)
The ultimate Chicago experience - playing outside in short sleeves (67 degrees) while there's still snow melting in the background!
When Grampa got home from work, he wasted no time in getting outside with his grandkids as we walked down to the playground in the neighborhood. We have pics of Troy loving these spinning chairs back in the day too :) Can't find 'em right now though.
Anddd all of a sudden my boy is a big kid. The elementary school had just let out and all the kids were playing after school. Troy jumped right in finding a friend to play with the entire time we were there. I was so proud watching him and realizing how important THIS is to childhood. Playing, on his own, with some new friend, with no agenda.
I don't know why this was so mind-blowing to me but we don't really have neighborhood schools here so we don't get this "school lets out and all the kids go outside to play before walking home/their parents walk them home" thing that they have going on in my parents' NW Chicago neighborhood. Man, if every kid in America could have an hour of time doing this after school I don't think we'd need any "get kids moving" campaigns :)
At the very end of the night, Troy was playing quietly in his room (well past bedtime) and one by one, these dinos came creeping around the corner. It was pretty funny to see it unfold. He was proud of the dinosaur parade that ensued :)