Close Encounters With Santa Claus, Volume 2

I’ve joked before that my annual January tradition here on this blog is to catch up on blogging about Christmas-related things — and so for today’s post, I wanted to share the quick but belated story about Lillian’s second encounter with Santa Claus. Way back on December 18th, Lillian’s daycare threw its annual Christmas party […]

Types Of Live Christmas Trees

In my last post about going to a real Christmas tree farm to pick up this year’s Christmas tree, I mentioned that there were a bunch of different kinds of trees to choose from, and even said, “I could probably fill an entire blog post with the different kinds of trees we looked at.” So […]

Picking This Year’s Christmas Tree

Each Christmas since we moved into this house, we’ve gotten a real live Christmas tree, though so far it’s always just been one of the pre-cut ones from Home Depot or Lowe’s. The results of this have been perfectly cromulent, as previous Christmas-tree related posts on this blog can demonstrate (see 2011’s tree here and […]

Fourth Of July Festivities

Last year for the Fourth of July, we were experiencing a heat wave with temperatures hovering around a hundred degrees, so we ended up staying in and trying to stay cool rather than risk bringing a baby Lillian out into the heat. And the year before that, we were too busy moving in to our […]

My First Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gift

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! This was my second one since becoming a mom, and since Lillian was six months old the first time around, there weren’t any kid-made gifts. But this year, she’s a toddler going to an awesome daycare where they do all kinds of arts and crafts, and on Friday I was pleasantly […]

Easter Egg Hunting

Hard to believe we’re heading into April already! I hope all you Easter-celebrating folks had a wonderful holiday this past weekend, and are not all Easter’d out already, because there are going to be a couple of belated Easter-themed posts coming down the pipeline on this blog. For today’s update, I wanted to share with […]

Toddler Art, Valentine’s Day Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! In honor of this fluffy heart-filled holiday, I want to share a quick post about what Lillian has been up to in art class lately. Last week, toward the end of a work day, I was pleasantly surprised to look at my phone and find this picture from Lillian’s daycare. It […]

Origami Star Christmas Tree Topper

Welcome to 2013, and I hope everyone has had a safe and happy New Year’s Day! Before we get too far into January, I wanted to post one more Christmas-related thing, this time to share a fun little craft project I tried out. Longtime readers of this blog may remember how our budget Christmas tree […]

How We (Mostly) Baby-Proofed Our Christmas Tree

At the start of this year’s Christmas season (aka right after Thanksgiving) I wrote a post looking through some tips and strategies for helping Christmas trees get along with toddlers (or babies or small children), and we ended up taking some of those ideas into consideration when putting together this year’s Christmas tree. So for […]

Holiday Lights In Our Front Windows

Continuing the saga of Christmas decorating hijinks after last week’s post about our simple personalized Christmas stockings, today I want to share the only decorations visible from the outside (aside from the tree, which you can also kind of see) — the colorful lights we put up in our front windows: We didn’t put any […]

First Time Meeting Santa Claus

Earlier this evening, Lillian’s daycare threw a little Christmas party for all the kids and parents, and there was a special guest — Santa Claus! Okay, so technically I’m pretty sure it was actually the owner’s husband (or someone) in a Santa suit. Also, I should apologize for the poor quality of the photos in […]

Simple Personalized Christmas Stockings

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busy decorating the tree, hanging stockings, stringing up lights, taking holiday photos, shopping for gifts, and otherwise being distracted by preparations in the lead-up to Christmas (which is now less than two weeks away!) So in an effort to bring some of this holiday excitement to the blog, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, full of reflection and family togetherness and eating too much turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. This year we had our traditional family Thanksgiving meal at my aunts’ house, involving a big delicious turkey dinner eaten around a table with all the fancy table setting stuff. We […]

Deviled Easter Eggs

Whether scrambled, fried, or boiled, I’ve never cared too much for eggs — except for the deviled kind, which I totally love. Maybe it’s because of the creamy flavorful toppings, or because they’re practically made of cholesterol, but somehow I just can’t get enough of them. For the past year or so, I’ve been making […]

Valentine’s Day Window Decorations

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I know a lot of people can be pretty cynical: it’s just a commercialized holiday invented by the greeting card companies, and all that. It’s admittedly hard to argue with the logic of those arguments, but somehow, I just can’t bring myself to share in the anti-Valentine’s Day sentiment. […]

Chicago’s CTA Christmas Train

Seven weeks after Lillian’s birth, Joe’s still on paid paternity leave from his amazing union job, so he’s been staying home with her while I go into work a few days a week. (I have the kind of job where, in theory, I can work remotely from anywhere with an internet connection, but in practice […]

Personalized Christmas Ornaments

As I mentioned briefly in my post about this year’s budget Christmas tree, we don’t have much of an ornament collection right now, so we decorated our tree with some inexpensive shatter-resistant ones from Home Depot. They don’t have any kind of story behind them (except that we got them cheap), but they do a […]

A Christmas Tree on a Budget

For the past two years, our Christmas tree has been this miniature artificial one. Just a small, simple thing in a plastic pot that we’d decorate with lights and tinsel, and leave to sit all glowy on a bookshelf: I’d gotten it years ago for my bedroom back when I still lived with my parents, […]

First Halloween

Before Lillian arrived, we wondered whether her first Halloween would be this year or next year. It seemed to be about a 50/50 chance either way, based on the possibilities I charted out in my Guess Baby’s Birthday post. But she definitely came along in time for Halloween 2011, and is exactly one week old […]