Child Care

Board Games for Bored Days

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With fall’s chilly weather settling upon our fair city, the kids and I are looking for more indoor activities to keep us busy. We’ve spent every free hour outside for the past six months, so the adjustment to indoor playtime can be tenuous. Fortunately, I recently discovered Peaceable Kingdom, a line of board and card [...]


Ben Appetit!

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Now that Ben is eight (eight!) months old, he is happily surviving on more than just breast milk. We started him on smooshed fresh bananas, and those continue to be one of his favorite snacks. However, smooshed foods have not become Ben’s primary source of supplemental calories.  Rather, he gets little nibbles of whatever the [...]


Chicago Children in Chinatown

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Chicago enjoyed some blissfully mild weather this past weekend. On Saturday we took a nice family walk to Lincoln Park along Lake Michigan. No coats, no hats, no problems! Sunday was equally as nice, so I wanted to take the kids on another trek around our city. Unfortunately, Chris had to teach a class, so [...]


Baby Ben’s Baptism

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We recently celebrated Ben’s baptism.  The little man was six months old, and so it was time to celebrate his life with our family. It turned out to be a really lovely day, and I think baby Ben soaked up all the love and peace. Baptism means different things to different people.  I don’t believe [...]


Leo Lionni’s “Frederick” at the Chicago Children’s Theatre

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Now that it is getting cooler here in the city, I am on the look out for fun indoor activities – we don’t want to be cooped up in the house all weekend! This morning I took Evie, Mack and Vivian to see Leo Lionni’s “Frederick,” a new musical at the Chicago Children’s Theatre. It [...]


Cranberry-Spinach-Mango Green Drink

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Now that little Ben is seven months old, we are introducing him to big people food. As far as pureed foods go, he loves bananas, blueberries with oatmeal, and mango. However, just like his big brother did, Ben much prefers real food that hasn’t been smooshed up. So, I dutifully feed him little bits of [...]


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 [...]


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