Child Care


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Chris and celebrated our nine year anniversary this week. It doesn’t seem possible that we are fast approaching a decade of married life, but when I reflect on all that has happened in the past nine years I feel proud. Four kids, four moves, new jobs and business endeavors, travel. We’ve done a lot with [...]

A Nice Summer Night


Today was hot. And humid. And it is the tail end of summer so I am fresh outta ideas to keep the kids busy. After a dreadful trip to the park in the morning, I was in no mood to entertain the kids all afternoon. I was short with them. When Chris called at 4:30 [...]

Summer Service Project


Summer is racing by, and we are slowly ticking off all the things on our Summer Bucket List. We have yet to hold a lemonade stand, but we have been to several city beaches and water parks. Last week, we completed perhaps our most impactful task: a summer service project. The kids are still a [...]

For Jen & Rose – 100 Years Later

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This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the SS Eastland disaster. On July 24, 1915 the passenger ship with 2,572 day tourists rolled over into the Chicago River, taking 844 souls with her as she sank 20 feet to the muddy bottom. All on-board were families of Western Electric employees, gathered for a leisurely cruise [...]

Why We’re Still Breastfeeding – At 16 Months.

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Ever since Ben turned 1 nearly four months ago, I am asked – daily – if I am still breastfeeding him. The question doesn’t really bother me – people are curious, after all – but I am tired of having to explain myself. Because, inevitably, when anyone finds out that I am still nursing my [...]

Fancy Nancy in the Windy City

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Sweet Vivian. My little #3 is 3 years old, and like many third children she has to go with the flow. A lot. Her two older siblings are very busy with activities and friends. And her little brother is still little enough to require most of my attention. Fortunately for me, Vivian is a happy [...]

GIVEAWAY: Two Tickets to Blue Man Group!!

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A few weeks ago I wrote about my special date night with Mack to see Blue Man Group. It was such a fun show – 5 year old Mack and 35 year old me LOVED it! Holding hands, we left the theater with smiles on our faces and warmth in our hearts. With all that [...]

Blue Man Group with My Little Man

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Oh Mack. That kid just never gives me a break. Nothing gets past him – nothing! – and he never – never! – stops moving. He has been this way since he was born – speed and action course through his veins. There is literally no stopping him. But with all his hard living comes [...]

Blast Off!


I am always so grateful when Chris plans something fun for the weekend. All week I do my best to keep the kids busy and engaged (without the crutch of TV or screens), and by the time Saturday rolls around I am outta ideas and outta steam. I need his fresh enthusiasm! Back in the [...]

Urban Adventure

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The kids didn’t have school yesterday, a little fact I had forgotten until late Wednesday night. By the time Friday morning rolled around, I still hadn’t come up with a plan. But, the sun was shining and the skies were bright blue and temperatures were in the high 60s. A perfect day for an urban [...]

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