Monday, February 25, 2008

Chicago Over Winter Break

Joe and Ned Self Portrait

We took a quick trip to Chicago this past weekend to visit Matt and Sharon and watch the Oscars. While there we visited the Chicago Botanical Garden and stomped around in the snow. There is quite a lot to see even in the winter. The Japanese Garden was a highlight with the arched bridge leading to the first island and the different lanterns along the trails. Afterwards we stopped a Homer's Ice Cream in Wilmette. They serve up a good cone.

Matt, Sharon, Joe and Mary

One the Stone Lanterns in the Japanese Garden

Sunday we went to the Museum of Science and Industry. We toured the U-505 a German U-Boat that was relocated to a new exhibit space in 2004. The museum has done a nice job of creating displays that give you an understanding of how the U-Boats threatened our war effort in World War II. We also enjoyed the farming exhibit where the boys took turns driving a combine to harvest fields.

After we returned to Matt and Sharon's place and had dinner we watched the Oscars. Matt won the Oscar poll by one vote.

Joe and Ned are Train Engineers

The U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry