Hanging out with Cousins – Summer Checklist Update #14

The girls and I were able to take a trip to Mimi and Pa’s house for an overnight trip. It was made even better because the girls got to have some great cousin time. We also were able to introduce the cousins to the movie Trolls (which the girls have seen many, many, many times).

The first night, we spent some time at the cousin house before heading to Mimi and Pa’s house. Check out that sunset!

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The list thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.

We’re Finally Grown-ups

Last week, I had one of those moments in which I feel like an actual adult. Because I am married? Because we have kids? Because we have a mortgage?

No.

Because we have nice bedding that actually matches!

It took us a long time for us to get a queen size mattress (I was pregnant with baby girl when we got the mattress). And it took us a long time to get an actual bed frame for that mattress (within the last year – and baby girl is now three……). So, it definitely took a long time for us to get some nice bedding. But this week…this week……we got a bedding set with a bedspread that actually fits across our mattress. And. Decorative pillows!

Finally! A grown-up bed! 🙂

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Decorative pillows!!!!!

Now, the curtains that I love are a bit much with the new bedding….that’s a lot of pattern. But one thing at a time. We might get new curtains……in about ten years.

A fun filled week – Summer Update #10

We’ve had many busy weeks recently but one week a couple weeks ago was especially busy. But, we were also able to take it easy when needed. (And it was needed, too.)

After that week, we were able to cross of several things from the to-do list:

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We saw a movie outdoors. We saw Lego Batman at the Oakbrook Center. Thankfully, the weather cooperated so we were able to do this! So fun!

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We went to the Chicago Children’s Museum. It was a really great night. Normally, when we’ve gone on a Thursday night (free admission on Thursday nights!), we had to wait in a long line to get in. That was not the case when we went last week. We were able to just walk right in! Awesome!

 

And, we went to a new-to-us playground downtown. Check out that view from the playground! The sky doesn’t look too friendly in the pictures but it was actually pretty nice out – although a bit humid so the misting coming from the sculpture was really nice.

The checklist thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.

 

The Library – Not just for books – Summer Checklist Update #9

One of the things that my girls love about going to the library, besides the books of course, is all of the fun other stuff that they can play with at the library. Our library has Legos, puzzles, blocks, other building materials, a light table, and two tablets. Although I do have an iPad at home, it’s nice to use the ones at the library because both girls can be playing games on their own and don’t have to argue about using just one.

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It’s also nice that these tablets only have access to kid-appropriate games. No need to worry about them suddenly downloading something they shouldn’t or getting onto a website because it’s just not an option.

The summer checklist thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.

 

The Best Part of the Doctor Office?

We’ve been to many different doctor offices lately for back-to-school checkups and kindergarten dentist and eye appointments. We’ve also had to take a trip to the vet for Buddy’s checkup. For the most part, every girl (human or cat) has done a great job at these appointments and their reward is a new supply of stickers, suckers, small plastic toys and, for Buddy, a new catnip toy from the vet.

 

All in all, these appointments are definitely much more stressful for mommy than for the girls. And, then the girls only seem to remember the prizes that they got after the actual appointment.

I’m actually really glad that Buddy got a new toy. She really doesn’t have any toys since cat toys stressed me out when the kids were younger (babies putting cat toys in their mouth – ew!). So, now she’s behaving like a kitten once again, rolling around with her toy. 🙂

Swimming in the River – Summer Checklist Update #8

Our final day of our camping adventure, the girls were able to go swimming in the Meramec River. Now, I won’t count this afternoon adventure as “going to the beach” because the beach is basically gone. I have memories of hanging out at the riverside beach for a whole day but the Meramec River and the surrounding area had some immense flooding in the spring. The beach is gone!

But, the girls were able to swim around and wade into the river (which is now much more shallow in the parts that we were at.)

The checklist thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.

 

Take a hike – Summer Checklist Update #7

In the past, when we’ve gone on a hike as a family, it’s been a fairly easy stroll in the woods on a pretty flat surface (so flat, that a stroller could easily go on it.) Well, we went camping this summer and went on a hike – what we thought would be a pretty easy hike.

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.5 mile? Yea. Totally doable!

Except that that .5 mile was on rocky terrain and straight up and then straight down – and we did this right after a lengthy cave tour.

The bigger kids did great but baby girl was the super adventurer that day. She walked the entire time! She had to hold my hand and she slipped, tripped and fell a couple times but she did it. What a trooper!

The list thus far:

  • Make lemonade.
  • Eat at Big Bowl.
  • Go to Millennium Park.
  • Go to Adler Planetarium.
  • Get space ice cream.
  • Go to zoo.
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium.
  • Go bowling.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Play at Maggie Daley playground.
  • Go to Field Museum.
  • Go to Art Institute and do a JourneyMaker tour.
  • Go swimming.
  • Go to the Children’s Museum.
  • Play at playground.
  • Have a pajama day (with daddy.)
  • See a movie at the movie theater.
  • See a movie outside.
  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the Family Festival downtown Chicago.
  • Make cookies.
  • Read books at home.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Draw pictures and cut them out.
  • Play with legos.
  • Make muffins.
  • Make pasta salad.
  • Play with toys.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Try to go to a water park.
  • Go to the Disney store downtown Chicago.
  • Eat at Rainforest Cafe.
  • Eat at Labriola Cafe.
  • Bake an apple pie.
  • Play games on the iPad.
  • Play Mario game with daddy.
  • Go to the Morton Arboretum.
  • Go to Mimi and Pa’s house.
  • Go to Granny and Pa’s house.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to the Museum of Science and Industry.