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indian summer

10 Oct

chicago doesn’t always get a full fall season.  sometimes our summers last weeks beyond summer’s official end.  but on the flip side, we’ve also skipped right into cold, almost winter like weather.  sometimes we’re lucky to get a good two weeks of fall.

this year?  and i really hope i’m not jinxing anything but writing this.  we getting a full fall season.  for the last 10{ish} days we’ve had mild but warm days.  little to no rainfall and clear blue skies.  it has been wonderful.  an indian summer.

it’s been wonderful that while the color of the leaves have changed, they are lingering on the trees, taking their time falling off to the ground.  the ones that have fallen are perfectly crisp & crunchy.  perfect for the kids to make piles with, jump in and stomp on.

to enjoy all the this season is offering we headed over to the morton arboretum on sunday morning.  we met up with my mom.  i figured we’d hang out for, at most, two hours but i was wrong…i believe we spent upwards of 4.5 hours there.  we walked the trails, ran through the open fields, walked & played in the children’s garden & marveled at the colors.

my mom hoped we would get some good pictures of the kids for a possible christmas card; but wouldn’t you know, ben & emilia weren’t into cooperating but moreso into running & playing.

ben had fun just being his spirited, 5 year old self.  he did what he wanted to do whether it be collecting leaves or running.  i am hoping that by next summer he will have mastered his bike without his training wheels & he and i will be able to ride our bikes around the arboretum on the weekend mornings when the roads are closed off to cars.

emilia enjoyed walking, running, jumping (her new favorite obsession.  she jumps all. the. time.  sometimes what she calls jumping is really stomping), exploring & collecting leaves.  if there was a hill, she was off running down it as fast as she could.  if there was a bench, she climbed up & jumped off.  this one has a real sense of adventure.  not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing for dan & i.

by the time we left the arboretum, in the early afternoon hours, both kids were tired.  we stopped off for lunch at dmk burger bar (so, so, so incredibly happy they have one in the oak brook area/lombard area.  they have another location in the city & it’s delicious!  so happy they’ve spread their wings!  if you’re in chicago or the oak brook area, stop in.  all their burgers are grass-fed & delicious & they have an awesome selection of domestic ales).  it was questionable if emilia was going to be awake by the time we got there but she pulled through.

the rest of our afternoon was spent over at my mom’s with a visit to another park while dan watched some football & then a delicious family dinner.  both kids passed out within 10 minutes of our drive home later that evening and we had a quiet ride home.

sunday funday

9 Oct

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we spent our morning walking and exploring the trails of the morton arboretum. 

it was a beautiful, indian summer type of morning.  80 degrees in chicago, in october. 

the kids walked a lot.  we took a lot of picures.  can’t wait to riffle through them.  my hope is to have a possible holiday card.

for now, there are two very tired kids in the backseat.

it is questionable if her eyes are open under those sunnies

sunday’s are my favorite day of the week

2 Oct

we had a good weekend.  fun & relaxing.

so many pictures.  so many smiles.  so much good food.  surrounded by wonderful company.

i love the weekends.  i am always sad to see them come to end.

off to enjoy the last few hours.

love

4 Sep

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these are the moments that I know I will always remember.

a {small} peek…

21 Aug

…into our weekend…

today was spent on the tracks.

(more pictures to come this week.  choo-choo!)

smile friday // chicago

19 Aug

we spent a day, earlier in the week, down in the city.  personally, i do not believe there is a better skyline than that of chicago.  it’s beautiful.  ask any chicagoan, they’ll agree.  we are proud of our city.

this week has flown by.  summer is {rapidly} coming to a close.

only 5 more days until school starts for benjamin.  this weekend we just need to finish up any & all last minute errands & such.  the two most important on my list, for him: haircut & lunchbox.

we are headed out to the illinois railway museum for the day out with thomas event.  we are meeting up with dan’s parents.  it was their birthday gift to benjamin.  we’ve been one other time & the museum is a really cool place.  so many trains – old & new.  if there is one in your area go check it out!  you won’t be disappointed.

i have no doubt it will be a great weekend.  what are your plans?  enjoy!

smile!  it’s friday!!

sunday mornings…

17 Jul

sunday’s are my favorite day of the week.  it has been for a long time.  there is a just a calm about the day that i love.  some sunday’s are busier than others.

as a family, the mornings are some of my favorite.

here is a peek into our sunday morning:

some sunday morning dancing/playing

reading a book with daddy

playing games on the ipod 

the rest of our morning consists of family breakfast, sipping coffee together (all of us) while talking about the upcoming week and beyond, light cleaning and getting ready for the rest of the day.

i love sundays.

what is your favorite day of the week?

summer is meant for…

10 Jul

…enjoying a cool, fruity popsicle on a hot, summer chicago day.  

we are enjoying our weekend; we hope you are too!

Sunday Funday

7 Jun

sunday we spent the day with some wonderful friends.

it was a beautiful summer day!  the sun was shining & an afternoon outside was just right.

we spent the day swimming, running around the backyard, playing on a play set, water gun fights, snacking, grilling out & cocktails.

it was a day that is quintessential summer in chicago.

our friends have two girls who are on or about the same age as ben & emilia.  it is great to watch them play together & watch their friendship grow.  dan & the dad were busy planning the wedding of ben & their oldest daughter.  so funny!

hanging out with these friends & even their neighbors makes me realize more & more how badly i want a single family home.  our home is great but we don’t have our own private backyard or an overly neighborly neighborhood.  sure a few people talk here & there, but sadly there isn’t entirely too much there that will make for long-lasting friendships.  and that i find to be very sad.  everyone just keeps to themselves.  every summer we meet a few more people and families but there is not an overall community feeling.  i want that so much!  being at our friend’s place, it is very evident of their friendly atmosphere.  impromptu bbq’s, yard sharing, conversations that go way into the night, and really, most importantly and overall feeling of comfort.

ben & emilia were zonked by the end of the day.  i thought they would both pass out in the car on the way home.  em did, ben did not.  ben was busy rehashing the day with us.  monday morning  both kids were busy asking when we were going to play with the girls again!

sleeping in her swimmy dress at the end of a long, but fantastic day!

days like this stick with me forever & when i look back at the pictures i grin from ear to ear remembering the wonderful time that happened

Workin’ at the Car Wash

24 May

sunday was an absolutely perfect day.  perfect for a car wash.

ben has a fear of the car wash.  he will not, under any circumstance, allow us to go to an automated wash.  we can’t figure out why.  so we don’t go with him in the car.  instead of figuring out when one of us can get out of the house, without ben, dan decided to get it done the old fashioned way.  with a little soap, water & elbow grease.  the best part?  he had help from the kids.

the kids had fun.  ben didn’t panic since we did it by hand. (by we, i mean them, i took no part in this.  snapping pictures is more my thing).  dan got some help.  and most importantly, to dan, the car was clean!

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