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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


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.


4 Sep


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?


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