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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 [...]


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!

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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 [...]


Robot Revolution on a Wednesday Night

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There are so many reasons I love raising kids in the middle of a big city. Aside from all the cultural experiences and fine restaurants and walking everywhere, city living affords us the chance to do fun things every night of the week. Take tonight, for example: Chris and I took the kids to a [...]


So Little Time

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I haven’t had much time to write lately. Because, frankly, I am just so busy. These days I barely have time to brush my hair, let alone sit quietly at a computer for a few minutes! But, writing this blog means that I am able to carve out time for me, so when I don’t [...]


Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure

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Whoa, that was a busy weekend! Chris’s birthday, Mack’s baseball, Evie’s Father-Daugther Dance, Mack’s birthday party. And on top of it all I have been so congested and sick that all I’ve wanted to do it relax in bed (but that definitely did not happen).  I seriously need a weekend from the weekend. On Saturday [...]


Disney Lite

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I freely admit that I am a bit of a grump when it comes to Disneyworld. I respect that it is a very special place for lots of people, but waiting in long sweaty lines with lots of sweaty people just is not my idea of fun. Layer in anxious and exhausted kids, and I’d [...]


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