I've loved these past 4 and a half months in Chicago. It's a great city with really friendly people. Having friends coming over for visits has been good too. Thanks to the Matthews, Penneys, Clarks, Houghams and Olleys.
Looking after Flo has been hard work but it's been a lot of fun too. She's come on a long way these past few months and has really got a distinct personality.
April's got 7 and a half more days of work before we head to Niagara Falls for a week or so (most of that is travelling and stopping off at various places). On the way back we're going to head into Canada and have a day trip to Toronto.
We're finally due to fly back on the 11th of September, landing back in the UK on the 12th. It will be nice to get back and start getting back into a normal routine. However I will first need to find a job.
For the past few days with been getting loads of flybys by the US air force. The sound that these things make is emense, and it bounces off all of the high rise buildings so you can't tell where they're coming from sometimes.
We had some friends come and stay for a week last week. It was great to see everyone. We were very lucky as one of April's colleagues who lives in our building was away so he let us use his apartment for them to stay in.
Last Saturday we went on a brewery tour of Chicago. April wanted to go to a yarn shop and there happened to be 3 breweries fairly close by so we all headed out with her. Chicago has a fair few decent breweries, I think we've been to 4 semi big ones. And a couple of others that are attached to bars too.
Florence likes these little plastic links, they're fairly good at connecting her toys to things like the pram. However she's lost most of the ones she got from Australia. I found them on e-bay so bought her 48 more. They should last us till we get back to the UK.
Now that Florence is crawling all over the place and constantly wanting to stand I get absolutely no peace and quiet (hence not many blog posts recently). I sit down on the sofa for 5 minutes and she wants to get up there too. Urgh, it's bloody hard work.
We both took Florence to her last baby play time at the library on Monday. Flo was the star of the show. Waving and clapping at all the appropriate times. I don't know where she gets the extrovert gene from. It's certainly not from us.