Monday, May 5, 2008

Road trip and strep

We headed up to Chicago for a quick weekend trip. Most of Perry's family lives there and my brother and family live in the 'burbs.

The was the only touristy picture we got in (Carson with his Aunt Renee and Aunt Evelyn). As you can tell, the weather was pretty crappy. I was expecting a nice warm weekend and grabbed sweatshirts for everyone at the last minute (neurotic, I thought!) We ended up wearing our sweatshirts all weekend. Perry's sister, Renee, was in town from Seattle and it was nice to catch up with her.

Here we are "talking" to Jennifer via Skype. Jen is doing a semester abroad in Germany. Elise thought it was pretty funny to see and hear Jen talk over the computer! (And I have to admit, that technology is amazing...they get to talk with Jen daily!)

We also got in a quick visit with my brother and sister-in-law. They just bought a house in Batavia (the 'burbs) that is beautiful! We brought up some more gently used toys, including this wagon.

Go faster, Carson!

Tee hee...I always want to giggle when I think of my brother as a father. He'll forever be a goofy 13 year old in my mind (even though he is QUICKLY going to have more grey hair than I do!)!

Oh, the strep part....I woke up in the hotel on Sunday morning feeling like I'd been run over by a truck. There is nothing worse than waking up sick and NOT being in your own house. :( I bailed on the family activities for that morning. Not sure how it went...when I asked Perry, his comment was "Fine, when the kids weren't acting up." When I asked the kids, "Fine, when Dad wasn't being mean." Hmmm...maybe it was better I stayed in bed.

I tried the Walgreens clinic this time. I went yesterday when we got back in town (had I been thinking clearly, I would have tried going to one in Chicago to get some drugs in my system earlier!) They had already closed last night so I hit them at 8:00 this morning. By 8:30, I had tested positive for step and collected my z-pack. All before my regular doctor's office even opened at 9:00! Sweet. The kids keep wanting to look at my's like a train wreck...nasty but you just can't keep from staring.

So...for all those folks we saw this weekend, if your throat starts to tickle, you might want to make a beeline to your doctor. So sorry!!!!


Sandra said...

I LOVE Chicago. Strep throat? Not so much :-)

Tammie said...

The weather may have been crappy but it sounds like a nce visit anyway. Except for the strep that is.

Super Mommy said...

Despite the weather issues and the strep throat, sounds like a nice visit. Glad you are on the road to recovery!

Becki party of 5 said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Of course, the weather turned beautiful Monday and Tuesday! Guess you need to come back!

Jen said...

Gretchen, I love the pics from your Chicago weekend! I feel as if I was there but really I was just talking to you guys online :)