Child Care

Walk to School!

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 […]


“A Pleasant Shopping Experience”

Ugh. I just returned from a trip to the grocery store with Evie and Mack. As we walked into the store, I told them that I would get them each a chocolate milk if they behaved.  They both were fine as we shopped.  When we got to check out, I realized I forgot the broccoli, […]


Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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 […]


We ALL Can Protect ALL Kids

I spent three hours this weekend in a dank church basement. It was a sunny, beautiful fall morning, and while Chris and the kids enjoyed the farmers’ market and park, I sat in an uncomfortable chair learning about child sexual abuse, not the most comfortable of topics.  But, attending the session is a requirement for […]


An Afternoon Upcycled Craft Project

We’ve finally settled into the new school year routine. Of course, all summer the kids were up at 6:30, and now that we have to get to school in the morning I have to drag them out of bed at 7 – go figure!  But, other than that life is moving along pretty good. Evie […]


While He is Still Little

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

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

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

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!

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 […]


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