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Summer Strolls

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Oh, sweet Ben. The wee fella doesn’t get much of a routine. I have to wake him from almost every nap so we can fetch an older sibling from ballet or school or a playdate. At six and a half months of age, he isn’t close to sleeping through the night. While I am mind-numbingly [...]


Dining with My Great Great Grandma

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Patricia and her grandmother Elsie   Now that we are no longer renting our home – but the proud owners! – we finally unpacked some boxes that had gone untouched since we moved in more than two years ago. Two dusty boxes in the back of our garage held a sort of time capsule: vintage [...]


Love

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We aren’t halfway into September, but it feels like winter is moving in to Chicago. While we haven’t turned the heat on (yet), we’ve been tempted. Three of the six of us have runny noses, and all of us want tea to drink every morning. Winter is coming. Sigh. This morning was particularly chilly, so [...]


Keeping Busy in the City

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It has been a long month. Earlier this summer, our landlord let us know that she needed to sell the home we were renting.  We didn’t want to move, so we scraped and scrambled to purchase our modest city home.  Many people wouldn’t think it is big enough for a family with four kids, but [...]


Zucchini Pie on a Summer Day

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Ahhhhhhh! This summer has gone by waaaaaay too fast.  After the terribly brutal winter we endured, I hoped for a hot, steamy, slow summer…but what we got turned out to be kinda cool and super fast.  I could use another three months of lazy days and sunshine. Perhaps one of my most favorite days this [...]


Happy Hello Kitty Birthday!

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Sweet Vivian. The little lamb is obsessed – obsessed, I tell you! – with Hello Kitty.  She doesn’t really know what it is (what is it anyway?!), but with all that pink and the bow and the white kitty…what about it would a girly 2 year old not love??  I think her obsession is cute [...]


Mack’s Raspberry Muffins

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My little Mack is such an eager helper in the kitchen. Whenever I catch him on the verge of bothering his sisters, I suggest we prep dinner or bake a treat together in the kitchen. It is a sure-fire way to reign him in – ha! When we went out to my sister’s house last [...]


Birthday Eve(lyn)

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Exactly six years ago to this very moment, I was entering hour 19 of labor with my first baby, my Evelyn, and I had no idea what was going on. I was so tired and overwhelmed, but I knew I had to stay calm and in control. Finally, at 5:31 am the doctor said “It’s [...]


Beach Days

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Here in Chicago, we are so lucky to have Lake Michigan hugging our east side.  While folks from the coasts might scoff at our shores, the beaches along our Lake are downright tropical once summer rolls around. We live a short walk from the Lake, and last weekend we took the kids to the beach [...]


Table for Six

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One of the best things about living in a big city is access to so many completely amazing restaurants. We want to expose our kids to different foods and different cultures, and the easiest way to do that is to take them out to places that don’t serve pizza and PBJs.  While hauling our family [...]


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