We made it to Chicago, safe and sound. The kids were great on the plane- Adam slept the entire way and Ellie refused to do anything for more than ten minutes at a stint, but she was well behaved, if high maintenance. We got off the plane, used the family restroom and were able to immediately collect our bags, get on the hertz bus and get the hell out of Dodge. We were on the road within an hour of landing.
Ellie has enjoyed chasing the cats, eating frosting and badgering Lisa. She held up well despite no nap, and Adam continued to be a happy sprite. We're enjoying seeing everyone and looking forward to heading to Wisconsin in the morning. Mostly, I am ready to sleep. 4:30 is an early wake up time.