Family Time

Tearful Goodbyes and Joyful Hellos

My sweet Ben. He recently started preschool. Finally, he can join his siblings in the chaotic morning rush and the evening chatter of “what happened at school today?” As the first day of school neared, he talked about being scared – but then two minutes later he’d talk about feeling excited. He’s seen enough pick-ups […]


Party Fun & Party Dip

My parents have 18 grandchildren. Considering how young they are, I’d say that is quite an accomplishment. The only issue with having such a large family is that we can’t easily gather to celebrate all the birthdays. So, my sister Colleen offered to host a big birthday/end-of-summer party at her home in honor of my […]


The Perfect Time to Take a Trip

We recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Europe. 12 days. Six countries. Six kids. It was awesome! Before, during and after the trip people told us we were crazy for embarking on such an adventure. The kids are too young to remember it! Not much of a vacation with all those kids! You guys […]


Living on The Ledge

This summer has kinda sucked for my kids. All my grand plans to take them all over the city basically fizzled when I broke my ankle. I intended to take them on an urban adventure every Friday, checking off our Chicago bucket list every week. Instead, they’ve been shipped off to camp most days while […]


Homemade Strawberry Muffins

A few weeks ago I took the kids strawberry picking. It was on my summer bucket list, and I am so glad we checked it off before I broke my ankle. We stumbled upon the strawberry farm quite unexpectedly. The kids and I were driving home after a weekend at Notre Dame when we (almost) […]


Notre Dame Our Mother, Pray for Us!

We baptized our twins yesterday at what we consider to be heaven on earth: Notre Dame. Chris and I met there at the start of our senior year. The moment I met him I thought he was THE HOTTEST GUY ON THE PLANET – fast forward 16 years and I feel like the luckiest wife […]


Pinocchio at the The Chicago Children’s Theatre

Last weekend I took the two bigs (Evie and Mack) and the two middles (Vivian and Ben) to see “Pinocchio” at The Chicago Children’s Theatre. The company recently opened a beautiful new facility in the West Loop, where parking is plentiful and little shops, bakeries and cafes are all within walking distance. It was a […]


Hygge Heaven

A few months ago I read an article about the Danish tradition of hygge (pronounced HOO-gah). The word roughly translates to a feeling of coziness and warmth, of times spent snugly with those we love. Hard to argue with that on a cold Chicago night, right? I immediately wanted this tradition in my house. With […]


Faith in Humanity Restored Thanks to NORAD

Like many (but certainly not all) homes in America today, Christmas fever is raging at our house. We’ve got the fireplace going, Christmas tunes crankin’, and we’re all still in our jammies while we finish up gift wrapping and cookie baking. I love it. My 8 1/2 year old Evie was on the verge of […]


Finding Our Christmas Spirit

Christmas time. The time of the year when homes are cozy and warm, nights are quiet and peaceful, well-behaved children are wide-eyed and wonderful. Right. Right? Wrong. Earlier this month, as I have every year since Evie was born, I was stressing out with the expectations of what Christmas should be. Why did it seem […]


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