Sunday, March 31, 2013

Christmas in Chicago--Days 7-9

We made the most of our last couple of days here in Chicago.  Our time with family was so much fun!  I'm not sure how it always seems to fly by so quickly!!!

Ben and Rachel made breakfast for us...

...biscuits and gravy--sure was yummy!

Mario practiced with his new air rifle

our family had some down time and snuggle time

while ma, rachel, and i ran to the mall for a quick shopping trip, mario took the kids outside to play in the snow

anthony working diligently on his snowball

"look, everyone!  our snowballs!"  
oops, lucas!  haha!

okay, there it is!  good job, baby!

miniature snowman!!!


nonno gets big hugs before night-night time

while ben and rachel have a date-night, we stay home and play dominos

our last full day here, mario picks up some doughnuts for breakfast

more relax time
(or should i call it electronics time?!?)
notice me in my favorite spot in front of the fire?  hehe

the boys had some down time too--
playing with trains and watching a trains veggie tales

nonna even snagged some time to play a little candyland with the boys.
it's one of their favorite games

big hugs for uncle benny before he leaves for the airport!
these two think he is so much fun!

later in the day, the boys try out lincoln logs, old-school style

hmmmm, looks like mario grew some attachments on his legs!

well, lucas discovered nonna's closet!!!

looks like lucas also discovered a comfy spot to watch some tv

nonna promised these two a special popcorn treat--
they loved watching it pop in the machine

oh yeah...
this is the good life!

BIIIIIIIIIIIIG hugs for nonno since we have to go home in the morning!

silly faces with nonna

oh, there are those handsome smiles!
they sure love their nonna!

EARLY the next morning, we put the kiddos in the car

it's tough getting that early start, but we never regret it on those long car rides home

bye ma and dad!
bye chicago!
hope we see you again really soon!

Thanks so much, Ma and Dad, for making our trip up so wonderful.  The long drive is totally worth it to be able to hang out with you guys for a week!  It made our holiday all the more special.  We love every opportunity we get to spend time with you.  Love you lots!  Now it's your turn to come see us!!!  ;)