I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream.

Ice Cream!!!!!

In order to check ice cream off of the summer checklist, I wanted us to actually go to an ice cream shop. So, although we did get ice cream during the summer at our regular spots (McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Culver’s, Sonic) I wanted to do something different.

One of our ice cream adventures was at Kilwins. There are several locations but we had yet to go to any of their locations. It’s a super cute shop with delicious ice cream.Just look at that counter. Doesn’t that just make you want to eat a big pile of ice cream?

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The girls loved their ice cream. (Also, the Superman ice cream and the chocolate peanut butter are both kid sized scoops. ?!?! The kid sized scoops are huge!!)

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Success. Definitely a success.

Summer checklist:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

 

Baking Cookies (the easy way)

One of the last things on the summer checklist is to bake cookies. Now, when we’re not so close to the beginning of the school year, I love flipping through cookbooks and planning and shopping for ingredients and all that. However, when we are close to the beginning of the school year, I basically have no desire to take the time to do anything. I always feel like there is no time to get anything done……so, I knew that we were going to make cookies but I wanted to make it as easy a possible.

So…..I present to you…..super easy cookies!!!!

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Yep. I bought the kind where you just grab the cookie dough cubes and toss them on the cookie sheet. But, actually, the kiddos had a lot of fun with these. Big girl liked to position her cookies in a certain pattern. Little girl liked to lick her hands after placing her cookies. (Ew.)

The chocolate chip ones turned out better than the Reese’s pieces ones but I’m kind of blaming my cookie sheet on that one. The newish cookie sheet had the chocolate chip cookies on it. The much older one had the Reese’s pieces ones…..the older cookie sheet might be close to being removed from the cabinet for good. 😦

One of the strangest things that happened for me was the strong desire to have a glass of milk with the cookies when they came out of the oven. Now, for most people, wanting a glass of milk with cookies is just a given. It is simply assumed that you are going to have a glass of milk with cookies. For me, however, that is something that hasn’t happened in a long time. When I was pregnant with big girl, most dairy foods tasted….well….off….for me and it took awhile for me to like eating them again. But milk, well, milk still tastes kinda off for me.

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But, let me just say, that glass of milk was sooooooooooo delicious with the cookies!

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So, I may have found a way to talk myself into having a glass of milk every day.

I’m just going to have to bake more cookies.

 

Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

Banana pudding – Checklist Update #16

There are some things on the checklist that, honestly, I’m not sure where they came from. Big girl isn’t really a big fan of stuff in pudding. She normally picks it apart. And, although delicious, I have actually not made banana pudding for her so I’m not sure where she got the idea about making banana pudding. But, it’s on the checklist. So, we’re going to do it. 🙂

I wanted a super simple recipe since I was going to have the girls help me as much as possible. I found this one and thought that it would be really easy and simple enough for two little kids to help with.

Big girl helped by cutting all of the bananas. She was really excited because it was the first time that she was in charge of doing the cutting. Thankfully, butter knives cut through bananas really easily.

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Baby girl helped by putting the cookie layers into the bowl. She liked counting out each cookie before she put it in the bowl. Then, when all of the layers were done, all three of us added the Cool Whip to the top. All in all, not bad. Not bad at all. 🙂

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Summer checklist so far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

A Busy Day Downtown – Checklist Update #14

On a recent Saturday, we crammed a lot into one afternoon but in the process we were able to cross off three different items on the checklist.

During that same week, we happened to go downtown Chicago on three separate days (one evening to the Chicago Children’s Museum, one morning at Adler Planetarium, and then again for the day detailed below.) So, I feel that we can definitely cross off “go downtown” from the list. 🙂

We also checked out the splash pads at Maggie Daley Park and then splashed around at Crown Fountain. Both girls seemed to enjoy simply splashing at the fountain more than the splash pads. I think it’s because they had more space to themselves and could easily avoid getting sprayed. And that took care of “go to splash pads.”

After drying off, the girls and I headed to American Girl Place for afternoon tea and we could mark off “Go to American Girl Place.”

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All in all, it was a great day. The girls both had a lot (!!!!!!!) of fun. And, as soon as we got home, they both got in their jammies and fell asleep almost as soon as their heads hit their pillows.

The summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

 

Big plate of noodles – Summer checklist #12

One of big girl’s favorite spots for dinner is Noodles & Company. When she wants to go there, I usually say ok because it’s a big meal for the kids for not much money. Both girls get buttered noodles and applesauce pouches. Then, I get a side of broccoli with one meal and a side of apple splices with another. When the meals arrive at the table, I divide the broccoli and apple slices between the two plates so each girl gets some apples and broccoli. If they don’t finish the whole meal (because it’s a lot of food for little kids), I just stick the unopened applesauce pouches in my bag to take home.

And really, we’ll continue going here for dinner because once I find a kid’s meal that is good and not necessarily a giant plate covered in fries we end up going there frequently. 🙂

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Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

Renaissance Faire Day – Ye Olde Checklist Update #11

Going to a festival was on big girl’s summer checklist. Thankfully, there are a ton of festivals to go to during the summer months. And we go to many. The weekend of the 4th of July we went to Ribfest in Naperville. If you’ve gone before, you know that the barbeque is delicious and the kid’s area is outstanding (and free!!!!!). However, big girl informed me that her favorite festival is the Renaissance Faire because there are knights. In fact, she informed me after watching the jousting this year that she wants to be a knight when she grows up. 🙂

Corn on the cob, the queen, garlic mushrooms (Ryan’s favorite), horses, knights, princesses, fairies, and lots of thrones to sit on. It’s so much fun! This year, baby girl was able to pick out her own flower crown to wear. Big girl got one when she was 2 1/2 and has worn it each year when we go to the faire. Baby girl was so excited to have one just like her big sister.

 

Summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

Summer Checklist – Update #9

We love going to the zoo. One of the best investments that we made after we moved to the suburbs was getting a membership at Brookfield Zoo. Benefits of a membership? We only had to go a couple times before the cost of the membership had already essentially paid for itself. Another benefit? You don’t have to spend the entire day at the zoo when you go. The girls and I can go for an hour or two and it’s ok. If we don’t see everything, the girls know  that we’ll be back another time – maybe even in a couple of days.

One of the fun parts about going to the zoo during the summer is the fact that they have extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. You can go, see some animals, listen to some live music, and not be a sweaty mess.

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The summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)