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Fun with Mad-Libs

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I recently rediscovered Mad Libs, those goofy fill-in-the-blanks story books that teach kids about nouns, verbs and adjectives.  I remember them fondly from my youth – my friends and I would write in potty words and laugh for hours. When we took the kids on a road trip this summer, I purchased a few Mad [...]


Walk to School!

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One of the best things about living in Chicago is that we walk e v e r y w h e r e.  The grocery store is less than a block away. The library is right around the corner.  Lake Michigan is a mere 10 minute stroll from our front door.  I feel so lucky [...]


Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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Chicago has enjoyed a spectacular September.  Refreshingly cool mornings, sunny afternoons and sneaky 80 degree days scattered throughout.  As someone who laments the end of summer, this slow entry into autumn makes me very happy. Last weekend we decided to take full advantage of the delightful fall weather and spend a morning at the idyllic [...]


While He is Still Little

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This is just a short little post. A commentary, really.  Perhaps, maybe, a question. Before I know it, my little Mack will be big enough to fit in his dad’s pants.  My mom, my grandmothers, my aunts all tell me: they grow up so fast. Too fast. So, for now, I will do my best [...]


New Books for Vivian

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Sweet little Vivian. As the third child, she is the hand-me-down queen in our house.  All of her clothes belonged to Evie four years ago.  Most of her toys are a bit ragged thanks to Mack’s not-so-gentle touch.  She really doesn’t have much to call her own.  It’s time for her to claim ownership of [...]


Game Weekend

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I am exhausted. We spent the weekend in South Bend, Indiana, cheering for our beloved Notre Dame.  Hotels are no fun with kids, so we rented a house with our best friends Laura and Dan (who have three kids the same ages as Evie, Mack and Vivian).  The house was awesome, but none of the [...]


Homemade Polish Chicken Soup

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With my cousin Monika visiting from Poland for the summer, we’ve all had fun reconnecting with our Polish roots. Chris grew up with a Polish father and Polish grandparents, so he’s been practicing speaking his very rusty Polish with Monika, much to her amusement. My Dad asked that I learn how to make a traditional [...]


Road Trip!

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We recently took a big old fashioned family summer road trip.  Chicago to Windsor, Canada…Windsor to Toronto…Toronto to Niagra Falls…Niagra Falls to Connecticut…Connecticut straight through to Chicago. We covered nearly 2,000 miles in a week. Because we live in a big city, we don’t drive very often.  Just about everything we need is within a [...]


Summer’s End…Almost

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Ahhhhh…mid August. The last gasp of summer. The final push to check off all the “to-do’s” we put on our list back in June. It always comes to an end too fast, doesn’t it? We’ve had a wonderful summer, but I still feel a pang of guilt. Kids only get a few summers as children, [...]


No Message Is That Important

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During the past few days, I’ve seen several links to this film by Warner Herzog.  What finally prompted me to click on it was a Facebook post from one of my friends. She implored all of us to watch it, telling us about the mother of one of her daughter’s preschool friends.  The mother was [...]


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