Monday, May 01, 2006

Chicago III - Good Uncle/Bad Uncle

My trips to Chicago usually coincide with my parents' drive from Canada to their place in Florida in the fall, and then again when they make the return trip back to the Great White North in the spring. As you can see from these pictures, the folks will be heading back to Canada this spring sporting some nice tans. I actually had my mom put her face next to Sinead's face to emphasize the contrast.
Since my parents staying at my sister's house makes for a total of eight people sleeping under one roof, I end up staying at Jo's - two people sleeping under one roof...much more comfortable for me.
For the most part, my days while in Chicago involve me going to my sister's house first thing in the morning to witness the "going to school" mayhem, then I sit around for an hour or so reading the newspaper and drinking some coffee, then I go to the dentist/shopping/meet friends for lunch, etc., etc. I head back to the house when the kids are coming home from school, hang out for a while, and then either eat dinner there or go out to eat with friends or relatives. Late in the evening, I head back to Jo's house with a bunch of shopping bags, drop them off in my bedroom, and then watch some T.V. with Jo. Pretty exciting stuff, huh?

As I said before, the weather was pretty nice in Chicago this time which meant that I spent some time with the kids out in the yard. My nephew Finn wanted to climb a tree in the front yard, so he brought out a ladder from the garage to help because the first branch was about six feet off the ground. I took a couple of pictures of Fiona and Finn up in the tree, and then Fiona climbed back down leaving Finn up in the tree alone. Not being one to pass a good photo op, I immediately came up with the evil idea of taking away the ladder, which caused Finn to start blubbering while I snapped photo after photo. it was kind of a jerky thing to do, but it was too good an opportunity to pass up in my constant quest for "photographic gold"!


Kirk said...

For some reason your treatment of your nephew reminded me of one of those old Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey:

One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh, no," I said. "Disneyland burned down." He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.

CanadianSwiss said...

Bad, BAD uncle TBF!

Don't tell anyone, but I would have done the same ;-)

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The Big Finn said...

I will delete any comment in which my family or friends are referred to in a negative manner.