Posts in category "winter"

The 10 best things to do outdoors this winter

The 10 best things to do outdoors this winter
After our excursion to The Orchid Show last week, I decided we really needed to buy a membership to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Today I got our shiny new membership cards and stickers for the car. I can’t wait to head back so we can walk the grounds and get some fresh air. This winter... Read more »

5 places to try cross country skiing in Chicagoland

5 places to try cross country skiing in Chicagoland
We’ve been wanting to try cross country skiing and today was the perfect day. I went cross country skiing once or twice when I was in Girl Scouts so that will tell you how long it’s been for me. Lilia has never strapped on a pair of skis so this was all new to her.... Read more »

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, my winter respite

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, my winter respite
Today was my first experience at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located in Rosemont, Il. Fran has been there several times with the kids, but I’ve never made the trip with them. Did I mention I’m not usually a fan of the mall? However, I do like a good outlet mall so I figured today... Read more »
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Watching the Sochi Olympics and my Nancy Kerrigan connection

Watching the Sochi Olympics and my Nancy Kerrigan connection
Look at us watching the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics! This was the first time the kids actually had any inclination to watch, and by kids, I mean Lilia. Franky still has no clue as to what’s going on. Lilia, however, has been talking about it at school so she was interested in... Read more »

Fun winter activity for kids: have an indoor picnic

Fun winter activity for kids: have an indoor picnic
Guess who came up with an idea for our new thing today? Franky for the win! We usually joke around that all of his suggestions involve making some sort of dessert, but not today. This morning he asked me if we could have a picnic outside. Well, this is what our “outside” looked like this... Read more »

Bundle up Chicago, Groundhog Woodstock Willie sees his shadow

Bundle up Chicago, Groundhog Woodstock Willie sees his shadow
It’s Groundhog Day! Spoiler alert, the groundhog saw his shadow so we’re in for six more weeks of winter. “Well kids, I said, it looks like we need to bundle up for a long winter.” Lilia replied, “No Mommy. That doesn’t really mean it’s going to happen, that’s just what people say.” I’m not sure... Read more »
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If only I could think more like my dog, I'd be okay

If only I could think more like my dog, I'd be okay
Tonight I went to a new park with, my dog Vincent. Did you think I was going to say my kids? Don’t feel too bad for them. They did plenty of playing in the snow today. Nope, it was just Vincent and I walking around in the dark snowy night. We walked over to a... Read more »

Frozen Lake Michigan is otherworldly

Frozen Lake Michigan is otherworldly
This is the second day in a row that school has been canceled due to the cold. So far, I’ve eaten almost all of the apple crumb pie and we’ve had our morning coffee and hot chocolate. Backing up, before we got into the morning dessert, we bundled up and went for a car ride.... Read more »

Baking an apple crumb pie for beginners

Baking an apple crumb pie for beginners
Today’s adventure in pie cooking was all Lilia’s idea. In fairness, Franky has been talking about a spaghetti ice cream pie for months now, but we always kind of glaze over that suggestion. They were asking me the usual question of, “What’s our new thing?” Honestly, I hadn’t planned anything out. This is the millionth... Read more »
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Polar Vortex or not, we're going sledding

Polar Vortex or not, we're going sledding
We made it! This is my final post in my week long series, “Take Back the Weather!” Finally, it will be warm tomorrow and, oh wait, what’s that? School is canceled tomorrow and maybe Tuesday because the Polar Vortex is coming back? Well, that’s interesting. Okay, no rocking myself in the corner. Think warm, happy... Read more »