Maggie Daley/Millennium Park

People often say that things get easier when the kids get older. Each summer is a chance to reflect on this, to look back and see how things have changed since last summer.

Yesterday Jack had two of his buddies over for a playdate. We headed over to Maggie Daley & Millennium Park for the day. Six kids, Two adults in a huge, open area park with lots of places to lose kids. It was a task that would have been too daunting a year ago.DSC_1017

IMG_2855This year was different. This year, Maggie Daley seemed like just about the only park in Chicago big enough for a bunch of 10 year olds to play at without getting bored. Or without getting dirty looks from parents of younger kids.

Jack and his buddies along with Ben played an epic game of tag. I barely got any pictures of them because I would just catch glimpse of them running.DSC_1008 DSC_1009

Or hiding. DSC_1060

Sometimes they would just pop up over ridges out of nowhere.DSC_1000

Yet they somehow managed to find each other because every time I asked, someone else was ‘it’.

Luckily the twins still needed my company all the time. And I was able to snap away at them enjoying all the park has to offer.DSC_1005 DSC_1010 DSC_1013 DSC_1023 DSC_1029 DSC_1032DSC_1021

My Dad is here helping out so even if the twins split up we still had complete coverage.DSC_1043

We stopped for an ice cream break after 3 hours of non stop running.DSC_1070 DSC_1069

Then across the Serpentine Bridge to Millennium Park to play in the Crown fountain.IMG_2876 DSC_1088 DSC_1074 DSC_0021 DSC_0004 DSC_0007

After hours of hot sweaty play, it was a welcome change.

When we got back to the house, I expected the boys to zone out on electronics, but instead they played another tag game for hours in the house. The amount of energy exerted was incredible. If only I could bottle it and sell it, I’d be worth millions!

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