Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Caitlyn's first Easter

We stayed in St. Louis for Caitlyn's first Easter this year. It was a particularly cold Easter, and we even had some snow, so it wasn't the warm Spring-like Easter we had hoped for, but it was still a wonderful day. After church we went to the Weirs' home where we had a wonderful meal and spent the afternoon with many of our friends. Caitlyn was beautiful in her Easter dress that was given to her by her Great-Grandma and Pop-pop.

Caitlyn in her Easter bunny coat...perfect for the cold snowy day.

Our first family Easter photo!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chicago: a Spink family vacation

The Will Spink family rarely takes a vacation. Perhaps I say this because of the discrepancies between our definitions of "vacation." Will's idea of the perfect vacation includes visiting lots of family and friends in various parts of the country, doing as many activities as possible and spending as little money as possible in the process. My ideal vacation would include getting away as a family, relaxing together in a fun new location, and splurging a little bit (you know, since we so rarely go on vacation.) Our vacations tend to represent a blending of these definitions, although considering our current financial situation, they often more closely resemble the Will version.

We recently had the privilege of taking just such a vacation during Will's spring break from Covenant. We traveled to Chicago, a first for all of us. We were blessed to stay with our dear friends Dane and Stacey in Wheaton, IL. We had a great time catching up with them, and they amazed us with their hospitality (much better than any hotel we could have stayed in). They introduced us to Giordano's pizza, helped us navigate around Chicago, and even kept Caitlyn one night so we could go on a date!

We were only there for a few days, so we had to cram as much as possible into that short time. We found this to be a particular challenge with a six-month old. We also had the misfortune of cold, rainy weather during our entire trip, so we weren't able to walk the city as much as we had hoped. We still had a great time, though.

During our two days, we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo (Will-style: free), viewed the outside of Wrigley field and Waveland Avenue (also free), drove down the Magnificent Mile and around the city to see some Chicago landmarks from the car (which just happens to be free!), and finally we met Caitlyn's Uncle Ryan, his friends from UW, and my cousin Andy at the Shedd Aquarium (at last - a splurge for Christy!). We loved the aquarium and spent most of the day there. Of course, everything is more exciting when Uncle Ryan is there.

We loved Chicago and said numerous times that we must go back again soon - hopefully during the summer so that we could enjoy walking around the city more. It was a great vacation. We got away as a family, went to a fun new location, we saw friends and family members, we crammed what we could into two days, we saved money, and we even splurged a couple of times.