Our Visit To Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm

Ever since Lillian was a year old, we’ve had a running family tradition where we visit a pumpkin patch in the fall. Last year, we visited County Line Orchard (details in this post), and the year before we visited Stade’s Farm Market (details in this post). And this year, we continued the tradition with a visit to Bengtson’s […]

Neighborhood Block Party #4

This past Saturday was our neighborhood’s annual block party — and since I’ve been blogging about these every year since we moved into our house, I might as well keep up the tradition! (Also, how crazy that this is the fourth year in a row? I’m building up quite a collection here, with editions from 2013, […]

New Glasses

In addition to celebrating the 4th of July (which I’m hoping to blog about soon!) a few other notable things happened this past weekend. Like we took a random day trip down to Springfield IL, stopping at a small children’s museum along the way. And in the mundane barely-blog-worthy category, I got new glasses.My vision […]

A Day At The Carnival, Toddler Style

A few weekends ago, we heard about a carnival in Elk Grove Village, one of the suburbs of Chicago, and decided to go check it out. I was admittedly pretty excited about it — it was the first time I’d been to a carnival in years, and the first time Lillian’s been to a carnival ever, […]

In Which My Two-Year-Old Teaches Me About The Alphabet

For this post, I wanted to share a random little story that happened shortly after Christmas. One of Lillian’s presents this year was an electronic toy, a Fisher-Price “Smart Tablet” — you can see the same one online here. (Even though it’s advertised as being for ages 3-6, and Lillian just turned two in October, we’d […]

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 […]

Snow Day… Minus The Snow

Today, temperatures in Chicago dipped down to ridiculous lows. It was apparently due to something called a Polar Vortex, which I’d never heard of before, but suffice to say that a bunch of cold air came down from the Arctic, temporarily making Chicago and most of the midwest colder than Alaska. The actual temperature got down […]

Some Lovely Pre-Christmas Snow

For the past couple years, Decembers here in Chicago have been fairly mild, without much in the way of substantial snowfall before Christmas. But yesterday, we got around four inches of snow, and it was a lovely sight, sticking to the tree branches and turning our boring residential street into a wintery landscape almost worthy […]

Autumn Adventures

There are a few weeks in autumn that seem to go by in a whirlwind of things to do — Lillian’s birthday, Halloween, gorgeous fall colors to see, pumpkin patches to visit. It was the same feeling last year (which I wrote about here), and this year it was even more chaotic after some problems […]

A Collection Of Random Toddler Stories

Later this week, Lillian will be turning two years old! It’s hard to believe how time has been flying by so fast — and since it’s been so long since I did a “general update” kind of post, for today I thought it would be fun to share a backlog of random toddler stories that has […]

Switching Jobs Again

A little over a year ago, in July of 2012, I started a new job. I don’t think I blogged about this big life change specifically, other than to mention it briefly at the end of this post, but the job was a big step forward for me career-wise. From the salary to the way […]

Neighborhood Block Party #3

This past Saturday was our neighborhood’s block party — the third one since we’ve moved into this house! And since I’ve written blog posts about last year’s block party, and the block party from the year before that, it seemed only fitting to continue the saga with a little recap of this year’s edition. But […]

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 […]

Father’s Day

I didn’t get a chance to do a Father’s Day post yesterday, but couldn’t let the occasion pass by without at least a belated mention for the guy who is (in my biased opinion) the bestest daddy in the whole wide world. From those first sleepless nights pacing the hospital room, singing softly to comfort 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 […]

Flooding In Chicago

Hurricanes, tornados, droughts, blizzards — it seems like there have been so many severe weather events in the news in recent times. And every time there was rough weather going on in some distant part of the country, I’d find myself thinking, “it’s only a matter of time before something hits Chicago.” Starting last night, […]

A Day At The Field Museum

Last Saturday, we packed up the stroller and took a little trip to the Field Museum in downtown Chicago. It’s been a while since we’ve been there — not since before Lillian was born — and now that she’s walking we thought it would be fun to revisit this place. Here’s a fancy shot of […]

When Summer Starts In February

During the course of our weekend errands, we thought it would be a good idea to pick up a couple more pairs of mittens for Lillian — the ones we had were okay, but it seemed like we were always misplacing them and ending up with mismatched pairs, and a few were starting to look […]

Mastering the Shape-Sorting Puzzle

Here’s a quick little story you guys might find amusing. This past weekend, we were over at my aunts’ house, and they have some toys there for when Lillian comes over. One of them is this Fisher-Price “Baby’s First Blocks” set — a plastic bin with five geometric holes in the lid, and ten blocks […]

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! We spent our Christmas Eve observing a couple of annual traditions, like watching A Christmas Carol with Joe’s family, and frantically wrapping presents while vowing not to procrastinate so badly next year. Speaking of procrastination, I know I had a couple other Christmas-related things I wanted to […]