Shedd Aquarium visit

So after a lot of dreary weather around the Madison area we haven’t gotten out in what seems like weeks. But, as were waiting for the weather to pick up a bit I’ll fill ya in on our most recent activity, The Shedd Aquarium! We went on a Monday morning foolishly thinking that it would be slow….its Chicago, it’s never “slow”….that being said we kinda set ourselves up badly. The Sunday before my mom & stepdad were nice enough to take to boys so that we could have a day and night off (SRSLY YAY!!) but this meant I had to drive back to Milwaukee at 4am on Monday to get the boys before my parents had to leave for work, yes you read that right 4am! And of course, when we got to Milwaukee Scott accidentally woke the boys, so while he napped I showered got myself and the boys ready and packed up the car. We got on the road to Chicago at about 9 and got to The Shedd at 11ish.

Chicago shoreline
Chicago shoreline
So after waiting in line in the baking sun we got the “pass” rather than doing general admission because it included a Sting Ray touching exhibit! I think I was more excited about this than the boys and Scott combined. Anyway, I talked Scott into doing that before the boys were too tired and cranky. We made our way to the opposite end of the museum and finally saw the sting ray pools a huge kidney bean shaped pool with a trickling three tiered rock waterfall on one end. And with… get this….less than 15 people around it!! So, no getting elbowed out by other peoples kids or pictures with creepy strangers.
B checking things out
B checking things out
B went first…and he LOVED it! Stuck his hand right in and even got to touch a few Rays! Aedon on the other hand was less than amused. He was instantly uncomfortable on his stomach and almost started crying (this coming from the kid who constantly says “go” and loves exploring, he must have been sooooo tired). Scott and I let them nap as we finished touring, he said he liked the penguins best, but I think the Rays were the highlight by far!!
Aedon cautiously watching
Aedon cautiously watching

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