Having Lena in our family is kind of like having an instant big sister for the boys. This week marked a first for us, in that they willingly and excitedly chose to hang out with Lena instead of coming with me to an appointment (they normally go everywhere with me and have steadfastly refused any offers of playdates or babysitting from the most well-meaning of friends). They had a great time showing Lena around Lincoln Square, one of our favorite neighborhoods—they played board games together at Marbles, they stopped in to see the collectibles at Quake, and they ducked out of the rain for coffee and hot chocolate at Starbucks.
Lena came to see the boys' science class and got to spend time on the floor building with Magna Tiles.
On a particularly nice Friday afternoon, we went to the Cubs/Braves game at Wrigley Field.
We baked gingerbread and sugar cookies to cut out (also in the shape of chickens, there is a theme here).
Katharina came over to help with the cutting out and decorating.
And then we embarked on the Windy City Coop tour, where we visited several houses to see their coops and their chickens.
The most unusual, by far, was this Suburban-turned-chicken-coop.
Saturday night, we met with Katharina and her host family for dinner at Ethiopian Diamond. It was our first time there, although we have truly been wanting to go there for years. Lena did not like the eating-with-her-hands part of the meal, but she liked the tastes, and she enjoyed the new experience. Earlier that afternoon, we had stopped at Hema's Kitchen on Devon for a snack of chicken tikka masala and naan, so in one day, she had Lula for breakfast, Indian food as a snack, Ethiopian food for dinner and topped it off with ice cream at Lickety Split.
We are all learning so much from each other and growing in ways I never expected. And it has only been two weeks.