This summer has been crazy! We didn't do any birthday parties but yet we seemed to be busy a lot! A family of five makes it difficult to do anything on the cheap so we have several passes this year that we did our best to maximize: Six Flags (of course), Brookfield Zoo, MSI and Field Museum. So, almost every weekend, we went to one of those places! We also went to Six Flags St Louis and camping. One of our last (or second to last) outings before school started was our annual Cubs game with the kids. They are getting better and better at tolerating the whole weird atmosphere (sitting in the nosebleed section) and at honing in on their taste for junk food. Gretchen has a list of food she "needed" to eat at the park which included: hot dog, ice cream, cotton candy and peanuts. The boys were not as bad but they did enjoy quite a bit of cotton candy! We have one more day off before school start so we may have one more outing left in us though I am not sure I will survive it!