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Tiger Time in Chicagoland – a Princeton Friends Reunion

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in The Fam, Travel

Most years since graduating college, a collection of Princeton friends have reunited at each other’s houses for a weekend to play, reminisce, and continue to be inspired by one another.  This year the gathering was in Chicago.  I love these reunions, but with a family of four seat-holders now, we weren’t sure we could swing the ticket prices this year.  Rather than opt out completely we agreed that Dylan and I would go and represent our family this time.  After all, it would be on my birthday weekend.  So off we flew–with Dylan clutching his hot pink bear everywhere we went.

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This was communal living at its best. With Egg McBuffums for breakfast, and extra hands jumping in to help with dishes or carry an extra kid.

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I couldn’t get over how great it was to have 7 adults all working together to keep track of our 7 baby ducklings.  One papa would lead a rousing game of “jump up and down —-now pretend you are sleeping” one minute, and the next it was someone else with Ring Around the Rosy (did you know the verse about the cows eating buttercups?)…

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Then someone else would inspire a round of jumping jacks, and then another would read a story…Dylan had the time of his life with so many fun people to play with and so much going on.

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The two newest additions to this Princeton family were both precious!

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And I couldn’t get over little dude’s premeditated kiss during the classic attempt at the kids’ photo.  Yes, those cheeks are quite an attraction! PU03-2013 Chicago2

We ventured out for fun times in the yard (until it SNOWED!!! Remember – I’m from California, this was a BIG deal.  Snow in early November?!?)

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Dylan’s first snow experience…and snow in his hair (AKA “lord help us with his hair”)

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The hosts found a Groupon for a bouncy house warehouse.  Oh. my. goodness. I think Dylan went up and down this bouncy firetruck 35 times….with every combination of holding hands with and crashing his new friends.

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Pretzels on the Periodic Table….start ’em young.

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The whole group…minus Tyler and Whitney – – we had a lot of fun but we sure did miss them so much!

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