We woke up early, dressed in our sparkly clothes, and headed to Bloomington to catch the bus.
Staley's smile is, unfortunately, her new "cheese" smile.
Here's hoping we can change that soon.
But being on a big, fancy bus up to Chicago gave us a true Staley grin.
Once in Chicago, we had a few hours before the play started. We shopped at the Disney store, looked at the Macy's Christmas window displays, checked out a HUGE outdoor Christmas tree, and ate lunch at the Corner Bakery...complete with a humongous chocolate chip cookie for Staley.
Enjoying her time in the big city.
And lunch at a restaurant is always a treat.
I was excited to share one of my favorite childhood musicals with Staley. And she was excited about being in a big, fancy theater and seeing the actors sing and dance on the stage.
Staley's first big girl play
The play captivated Staley...for the first 45 minutes. After that, she decided that the play was too loud and too long. So after intermission, she and Zach watched the rest of the play on a small TV in the lobby where Staley could talk and move around and not be bothered by the noise level. (I guess almost 4 isn't quite old enough to truly enjoy a full Broadway play.) However, she still insisted that the play was her favorite part of the day.
Following the play, we boarded the bus for home. We hadn't even made it a few blocks from the theater and Staley was already asleep in my lap.
An early morning, a drive up to Chicago, shopping, walking around downtown, lunch at a restaurant, and a 3 hour play. It wore me out too. But in a spending-an-extra-special-day-with-my-daughter kinda way.