Ahhh…Mr MIP has taken all three little precious souls to the park and I am ALONE! ALONE!! Ah, sweet silence. So I thought I’d catch up on our happenings this week – including finishing up the rest of our last weekend!
My in-laws live down around the bend of Lake Michigan – so you can see the Chicago skyline on a clear day. Pretty cool, right? Here…can you see it?
They live very close to the Indiana Dunes National Park – so we visited the brand new visitor’s center (lovely, but small…good kid’s nature room, though).
And as we walked this lovely new pier, we saw a very cool sight – a loon…who caught a fish while we were looking and gulped it up. I have seen plenty of loons up north at my grandparent’s old house, but never down this far south – and rarely this close up. I know this picture isn’t that exciting, but it does prove we saw it!
My mother-in-law also took me to Molly Bea’s – a small shop in Chesterton, Indiana that specializes in bulk spices, flours, nuts, teas and candies. Wish I lived closer, but my wallet is glad we don’t live closer.
Then, to top off the weekend, we went out to eat with my in-law’s friends. We had such a nice dinner and then watched some videos the man had. Because the man may have been an astronaut, and may have been involved as capcom on the Apollo 13 mission and may have been in town to go to the special celebration they had of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13. And he may have spent lots of time on Skylab and “walked in space”!
And my kids were able to meet him and his wonderful wife. What a treat!
And when I’m around astronauts (which is, um, like, twice), I think of the time my grandmother and I were at the Kennedy Space Center and we all were walking around and touring the place and then my fun, spunk-tacular gramma and I decided to go sit by an astronaut statue and get our picture taken. And we did. And then we just kept sitting there talking. And then we started looking into the helmet – and every once in a while, the statue’s arm would slowly raise and then lower. And we laughed and ha ha everything was so funny. And then we stood up and left. And I turned around and the statue stood up and walked away – he was a real person dressed up!! We never figured it out the whole time we were waving in his helmet and cracking jokes! Ha – we were embarrassed and laughed so hard about that.