Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A trip to the cold (and snowy) north

Last week here in Tomball, it was about 78 degeres on Wednesday, that would be the day I decided to get on a plane and fly to Milwaukee, where when I landed it was 16 and snowing. Why some people ask, let's just say I'm a little weird and sort of missed the snow. Now the five days that I was there, with the foot and a half of snow, were more than enough. This was a Christmas present, because I had off from work and we didn't have a basketball game. We had been planning on going down to CIT to watch the girls' game, but then my mom got off from work on Friday and the plans just spiraled.
Thursday- Mom worked a half day, picked her up at noon and headed to Chicago. We picked Alan up from the store and got to spend a few hours with him and Kate and home. We were much entertained by Kate who is now walking and speaking perfect jibberish. Before Kate had to have her bath and go to bed, we decided it was a good time to leave and head to Schaumburg for a trip to IKEA. Mom needs track lighting. We went to grab some dinner and to our hotel for the night. Now we just needed the room for one night, so we weren't looking for anything too fancy, so The Red Roof in will do. We got our key, started putting our stuff down and that is when mom discovers, we had an extra animal in our room. I furry mouse, just sitting on top of the tv. So we went to change rooms, they very much understood. We were about to get in the car and mom realizes she forgot her purse in the mouse room. Meanwhile I am talking to Chad on the phone in the parking lot, while she is running back into the room to get her purse. It was a cold night and I was already laughing about it, but it gets better. Just as mom is coming out of the room, the person who is staying next door comes out and I would say they were probably ready to go out to some bar, but it must have been a cross-dressing bar, because here comes this tall man in ladies' clothes. I mean thigh high nylons and a mini-skirt. Now remeber we are in Arlington Heights, I didn't even realize there were bars like that there. We got into our new room and everything was fine, we slept and got up and were ready to go for Friday.

Friday- took us to Woodfield for an H & M shopping trip, which ended up being not that successful. We then headed to Woodstock with a stop at the Huntley outlet mall before. We did find some really good stuff for baby at the Gap Outlet. We went to Woodstock to relieve Grandma and Grandpa Chapman of babysitting and waited for Joel to get home. Joel and mom left and I waited for Amy and then we went to CIT at River Forest. There were a few people there, but the fans weren't too rowdy. We went for some food after the game and Amy, Julie, and I left Jana and Steph at about 10:30 to drive home to Milwaukee.

Saturday- we headed Alex's basketball game where, her team won 32-6. We were entertained by Ben who was enjoying the ring pop and Amy let him have a few licks from. Amy and I headed to the mall, so I could get my Brewers' jersey. The salesman, was thinking I knew nothing about baseball and was trying to get me to buy jerseys of guys who didn't play for us. I think when I told him who they even played for now, he got the idea. Saturday night we just ordered pizza and watched a movie, okay I fell asleep during the movie.

Sunday- was church and then just spend some time at home before I had to leave. Mom made lunch and we actually sat at the table to eat it. Amy and Joel left at about the same time I was leaving and then I headed to the airport to come home. It was a awesome visit and I had a lot of fun, but it is always nice to come home. We think the next time we will be home, might not be until next Christmas, so it was very nice to spend some time there and just do some relaxing.

Things here are good, basketball is just one more week. I am looking forward to it being over, but I know that I will miss it. Some of the girls asked me if I was going to miss it, and it is yes and no, but I just look at it that we can start preparing for next year. Tonight is an away game and the the next two are home. Baseball is going now for Chad, but it has been raining the last few days, so they haven't been having too many practices outside. Their first game is on the 11th, so it is suppose to stop raining by the end to the week and then start warming up again. Well I hope that everyone is doing well and that you are keeping warm whevever you are.