Archive for April 2011

The No-Parents Zone

When I was a little girl, I used to go up to my mom, hold up both my hands and say “Mami, why don’t you and Papi go out of town for this many days?” It wasn’t that I didn’t love my parents – of course I did. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy spending... Read more »

The Joy of 'Mad Libs' (tm)

Some time ago, I divulged the sheer delight my family takes in poop, fart and/or butt talk in a blog titled “Potty Humor“. I also learned that we are not alone, as several people wrote to tell me their family is the same way. Phew. From personal experience, I know that the humor found in... Read more »

More Free Days At Chicago Museums

More Free Days At Chicago Museums
Ken and I try to take the boys to Chicago‘s fantastic museums at least once a year.  Cooper and Cole seem to have a good time when they are there, but I never really thought these adventures had a real impact on them.    Then one day for ‘show & tell’ at school, Cooper wanted... Read more »

An Easter Surprise

Last week I got a phone call from my Dad asking if they could come over for Easter weekend; as you can imagine, I was thrilled.  Even though we don’t really celebrate Easter for what it really is, we do celebrate the Easter bunny with an egg hunt, candy and Easter bunny baskets.  Actually, the... Read more »

Bilingual discipline

Many studies have shown the benefits of raising a child with more than one language, but this research seldom mention the benefits for that’s child’s parents. I get to discipline my daughter in two languages and that, my friends, is priceless. Actually, I find myself scolding my child in Spanish in a more “colorful” way than in... Read more »

How to Build a Lifelong Passion for Fine Arts and a Real Art Collection for Your Children

Daily-Practice by Molly Dilworth-Untitled by Alexander Ross-Before-Miami by Victoire Cathalan-I AGE by Alison Weld
My Previous Blog > “Chicago Children’s Museum & Pump It Up” My friend, Laurence Lafforgue, a former top-level ad-agency executive in New York left her high powered position to follow her passion: Art. Her goal was to make original, affordable, collectible limited-edition prints accessible to all, so “discerning art lovers could put their money where... Read more »

Honor Flight: A Tribute to Our Veterans - PART II

My Previous Blog > “Honor Flight: A Tribute to Our Veterans” Our first stop was the WWII memorial; a very impressive place. Unfortunately the weather was rainy, windy and cold. But that didn’t stop us.┬áDonning rain apparel and with umbrellas in hand, we forged ahead to see the memorial. It is a true tribute to... Read more »

Honor Flight: A Tribute to Our Veterans

December 1943 - Dad was only 17 years old.
My Previous Blog > “The Children’s Museum and Pump It Up” Some moments in life are so beautiful that it would be a crime not to share them. Today, my mom, Diane Bobek, tells of one such experience; a chance for her to thank her dad – my grandpa – for everything he has given... Read more »

The Chicago Children's Museum and Pump It Up

Atia loves scooting around in this little car - 2 y/o.
Last Week’s Blog > “Security Check: TSA’s 3-1-1 Rule, Broken” When my friend Tiffany visited in June (2010) with her two young children, we were looking for ways to entertain the kids. Since Atia was feeling remarkably well that month and her immune system was somewhat strong, I felt encouraged to check out some of... Read more »

Motherhood and Twitter

I’ve been following a friend on Twitter as she navigates the first weeks of motherhood.  She tweets at all hours because her adorable newborn is up at all hours.  For some reason, I can’t stop reading and many times replying to her tweets.  What’s even more strange is that Erin and I have met in... Read more »