Tag: Chicago

Out for coffee

My parents just left after a wonderful two week visit with us in Chicago. We did so much in two weeks: twice to the movies (who knew my Mom would be more scared of Brave than her granddaughter) , a day trip to New Buffalo, Michigan, dinners out at nice restaurants and experiencing “East Land”... Read more »

The longest week

It’s been one of those weeks that took forever to end. It was one of those viruses which make you want to find the parent that sent the kid sick to school to get your own kid sick, and give him/her a piece of your mind. (Although, you will never know for sure how your... Read more »

NATO summit & the city kid

Amelia made her stage debut "helping" me with the reading of "A Very Quiet Cricket" during a book drive benefiting Open Books. After that, we watched "A Bear, A Moon and A Caterpillar". Great show for toddlers who love Eric Carle books. At Victory Gardens Biograph through May 27th.
“After tomorrow the NATO ends and we can all go back to our places. We can all be happy.” Amelia, 4 yrs old This is what  my daughter told me at bed time last night after three days of seeing her life inconvenienced by the NATO summit taking place in Chicago.  We live in the neighborhood... Read more »

Mom inventions

I had to go to an event a few weeks ago, so my husband was in charge of taking our daughter to swim class all by himself. Amelia has been taking  swimming lessons  for almost a year now and, most of the time, both of us go with her.  Hence my surprise when I told my... Read more »

No children allowed

We are the kind of parents that did not take our daughter to a restaurant, even one that would be considered child friendly with the crayons and kid’s menu, during her terrible two’s. We couldn’t handle the stress of keeping her in check and didn’t think it was fair to impose her behavior upon other... Read more »

A Very Nice Visit

A Very Nice Visit
A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from my Mom saying that she was going to come over to visit us for a month.  Her plan was to visit my dear sister, Lisa, in Chicago and then take the Mega Bus to Indianapolis to spend the other half of her trip with us. ... Read more »

Happy Anniversary Chicago

My family is going through a bit of a rough patch. Mami and Papi are both facing treatable yet no less scary health issues. So you can imagine that when I saw 3 missed calls from my mother on Friday afternoon, I was dreading to call back. “Mami, what happened?” “Do you realize that 15... Read more »


Spring Break 2011 for the boys, Genesis (12) and Noah (9). We’ve known this week was coming since… at least September 2010.  And while we never planned to fulfill Noah’s travel plans: NOAH: “Mom, I think we should go to Asia for Spring Break”  ME: “Little boy, what kind of life do you think we’re... Read more »

Can You MacGiver That?

For some reason I can make an excellent Thai shrimp curry, perfectly grill a salmon, and even host from baby showers to Super Bowl Parties but I have zero mechanical-building skills.  We need to install a new ceiling fan in the kids’ room or Let’s build a new deck!  That is usually me, talking in plural, as... Read more »

Agony of the Feet

A few weeks ago, I blogged about my stress fracture and how cooking suddenly became my only outlet, since cycling was off limits for at least a good month (doctor’s orders).  My home literally became a gourmet restaurant.  The kids were having home made French toasts for breakfast, almond encrusted salmon for lunch and shrimp risotto... Read more »