In August we enjoyed the warm weather and did our best to get to know the city better.
One weekend all the residents and their families (or significant others) got together at another resident's place (Olsen). He and his wife live right in the city. Luckily that month Austin had been attending a class in the city with another resident so he already had a parking sticker for one of the garages (parking is one of the MAJOR down sides of the city). We decided to park there and walk to our destination. It wasn't too far and it gave us a chance to see more of the city.
We decided to take Lower Wacker and it took us a little while to figure out how to get back to Upper Wacker. We figured it out soon and met up with everyone. There was an indoor pool that the kids all enjoyed (meaning us and the Johnson's boys) and the adults mingled and barbecued in the outside courtyard.
Caden and I also enjoyed going down to 31st Street Beach a few times.
One night we took a stroll down our street and bought some bread at a bakery.
The Chief Resident in Austin's program (who is basically his boss) told all the residents that they had to grow a beard. Even though Austin was not a fan of having a beard, he followed directions and grew one. This is right before he shaved it off for the first time.
At the end of the month we heard from the neighboring ward about an opportunity to get free tickets to a play. The lead female in the play Shrek (Fiona) previously lived in that ward and informed the moms that, since school had started and they were having low attendance at their plays, they were authorized to give unlimited complementary tickets (the only downside was paying for the parking). My friend Jordan was going with her two youngest and I decided I couldn't pass up an opportunity to let Caden be exposed to some theater.
I wasn't sure how he would behave, but he did AWESOME! It was fun because we were right on the aisle and some of the characters walked right past us. Caden got a little antsy at the very end, but he really seemed to enjoy it.
We also had a ward party at a park in the suburbs at the end of the month. Austin was on-call and couldn't come but Caden loved playing on the playground with the other kids.
We've enjoyed a break from the heat being in Chicago (although I hear it was an unusually pleasant summer). We're getting used to the different weather. We were at the store one day and as we walked out of the store with our groceries it started to sprinkle. By the time we got everyone and everything in the car it was pouring down rain and this is what happened to me:
My pants got completely soaked (thanks to the sideways rain). You can see in the second picture the original color of my pants.
At least it was warm though!
Austin came home one day and said a patient had brought in a huge box of lemon heads. One of the Attendings brought up the fact that lemon heads are a Chicago original and was pretty offended that Austin was unaware of that fact. One thing we are quickly learning is how proud Chicagoans are of their city (as it is most places).
We're adjusting to Austin not being home very much, but we still have plenty of sweet moments like these:
|Trying on Dad's head light.|