Archive for July 2013

Buckingham Fountain: The jewel in Chicago's Grant Park

Buckingham Fountain: The jewel in Chicago's Grant Park
We were in downtown Chicago today and thought about taking a walk around Grant Park. It dawned on me that my kids have never been to Buckingham Fountain. We walked through Grant Park, down to Congress Parkway and Colombus Drive where the fountain is located. Lilia and Franky made a break for the fountain and... Read more »

How to empower girls? Let them play sports.

How to empower girls? Let them play sports.
This morning Lilia participated in our local community’s Kid’s Bike & Run. She recently learned how to ride her two-wheel bike and was getting ready to head to the park and ride when like kismet, I got an e-mail for a bike & run. Fast forward four days to this morning and we were in... Read more »

5 classical music pieces to share with your kids

5 classical music pieces to share with your kids
I’m not a classical music connoisseur, but it is something I enjoy and don’t listen to nearly enough. I have old classical music CD mixes laying around my basement and that’s about where my collection resides. I wanted to transfer that music and download some other classical music pieces so we could all enjoy it.... Read more »
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How to make a potato clock: a fun science experiment for kids

How to make a potato clock: a fun science experiment for kids
In keeping with our doing a new science experiment once a week, today we made a potato clock. I kind of felt like MacGyver with the exception that most of the items needed came in a kit given to Lilia for her birthday. The kit we used came with the following: digital clock with wires... Read more »

Keeping kids cool on a hot day and teaching responsbility for pets

Keeping kids cool on a hot day and teaching responsbility for pets
This past week has been steamy in Chicago. Honestly, I’ll take it over our cold, rainy start to summer, but it still means finding a way to get out and about and not melt. We’ve been noticing someone in our house has been a little stinky lately. Yeah, in a family with two young kids... Read more »

Despicable Me 2 at the Keno Drive-In

Despicable Me 2 at the Keno Drive-In
Tonight we saw the movie Despicable Me 2 at the Keno Drive-In in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Apparently not all drive-ins are a remnant of the past. They are few and far between, but I recently disovered there are two more including in West Chicago, IL and McHenry, IL. When I was a kid I used... Read more »
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Easy leaf tracing activity for kids

Easy leaf tracing activity for kids
Lilia and I were trying to see what we could melt in the driveway today like any normal family might do when it’s a hot, sunny day. We tried melting crayons on paper  which didn’t work out so well after some clouds rolled in. Instead, Lilia started to run her crayon over the paper on... Read more »

Meatless grilling: how to make the perfect elote

Meatless grilling: how to make the perfect elote
What’s a mouthwatering follow up to yesterday’s watermelon agua fresca? The perfect grilled elote. I ate my first elote last week and it was delicious. For a re-cap, an elote (pronounced eh-loh-tay) is the Mexican way of saying grilled corn. Sometimes, this grilled corn is coated with a mixture of mayonnaise, cheese, lime and cayenne... Read more »

Cool off this summer with a watermelon agua fresca

Cool off this summer with a watermelon agua fresca
Lilia and I took the dog for a long hike this afternoon and we were dreaming about all of the cold drinks and watermelon we were going to have when we got home. What better way to enjoy watermelon and a cold drink than to make watermelon agua fresca? Aguas frescas are non-alcoholic drinks that... Read more »
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Have you experienced the happiest day of your life?

Have you experienced the happiest day of your life?
We were thinking about how to spend this beautiful July day today when out of the blue, Fran asked me about going to show the kids the place where we got married. That thought never even occurred to me. In fact, we haven’t been back there ourselves since our wedding day. Fran had the day... Read more »