We took the train downtown to check out the Ledge on the Sears Tower (I refuse to use the new name) which the kids really enjoyed. I didn't think being out on the Ledge would affect me but I have to admit I got back on regular floor as quickly as I could.
I also took them to the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg for a picnic in between errands one day. It's a nature center and a farm set to look til the 1880s when Schaumburg was a German farming community. They have people in period clothing who will show you around. When we were there there was a new calf - Schmidt - who was very cute, and we also saw horses, pigs, chickens and roosters. They kids thought it was fun (but smelly :) There are a few picnic tables and we brought our lunch. There are two parking areas - one close to the farm and one closer to the nature center. We parked by the nature center so had to walk about a half mile to the farm area. It's mostly paved but not really well marked so we took a couple of wrong turns but since it's not a big place never got truly lost.
The only rough part about this past week though is that with all three kids home I haven't been able to run, and as much as I never would have thought it, I miss it. I saw this on my new favorite Facebook group - Favorite Run - and it made me miss it even more.
I got up a couple of times to go before he left for work but lately he's been leaving too early. I am not getting up to run before 6am. Sorry not that dedicated, especially when staying up late to watch multi-OT hockey games. He's taking the day off on Friday so I plan to do one last long run that morning and have already mapped some routes around my parents house so I can go while we're there. I signed up for a 10k 3 days after we get back to make sure I don't slack off completely.