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Friday, July 22, 2016

Five on Friday: 7/22/16


For my birthday, the hubs got us tickets to see Bob Schneider at Old Town School of Folk.  This is a guy I used to see at frat parties at Texas, then later playing at bars where my friends and I would have too many Bud Lights and scream our favorite songs at him until he played them.  It's quite a different (grown up) experience to see him now, sitting down, quietly listening.  Sometimes being an adult is A-ok.  

We got front row seats, though we didn't realize how front row it was going to be.  Our table was up against the stage, which honestly was a little much.  Staring up someone's nose isn't quite the experience I'm looking for so from now on, we'll be a little less greedy with our seats.  (Speaking of being less greedy- we were one of thousands of people in Chicago watching that dreaded spinning circle on Ticketmaster trying to get tickets to Hamilton.  We finally gave up trying for big Friday night out plans and tried for a Tuesday... success!  So I guess the moral of the story here is um... be less greedy and you, too, can see Hamilton?)

Whenever we have grandparents in town, we go out and do something really hip and fun and cool.  Just kidding, we play pub trivia.  But let me just say that the husband and wife team of Spoiler Alert are on a roll, folks.  

These knuckleheads.

My sister came in town and while I hope to do a little recap post on it, I gotta throw her visit a bone in case that doesn't ever materialize.

Lastly an endorsement for anyone looking for new games to play with your kids.  Miles has always loved playing games but we're always trying to move to the next level because I can only play Chutes and Ladders so many times.  Also, that game is never ending.  Same with Candyland.  And Uno, since he makes us deal out 15 cards each game.  But we have finally found a game that challenges him as well as us old folks: Ticket to Ride.  You can tailor it to make it harder for the adults but easier on the kids all at the same time.  We are also fans of those Peaceable Kingdom games, which are cooperative games, meaning you all work together and you don't end up with a pissed off child who lost and now needs to play just one more game before bed please please please!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Five on Friday: 7/8/16


I find it very important to note that I wrote this on Thursday, 7/7/16, which is why it is all so frivolous.  It seems so silly and trivial to update today but maybe if you perhaps need a few minutes of distraction I can offer that.  

Been keeping super busy ever since school let out for the summer. Checking out new parks, going to splash pads, and hitting up all the free museum days so I can make up for spending $40 to take the kids to see Finding Dory.

Loving all the swag at the Pride Parade.

Miles' first baseball game at Wrigley.  Go Cubs!

Thursday concerts in the plaza (that's Miles in the red on the lamppost).

Take your kid to work day.

Homemade fudgsicles.  The one on the right was happy after the first bite, then quickly realized I'd snuck in "yucky things" like Greek yogurt and bananas and that was the end of that.

Field Museum

Nature Museum

Anytime anyone would come near this tank Atticus would yell, "NO!!!  My turtle!" and shove them away.  Sweetheart.

Checking out the butterfly exhibit.

Donahue Park, which is fantastic and of course opened right by our old condo a few months after we moved.  Luckily it's just a train ride away.

We've had a revolving door of visitors (which is a good thing, I don't like an empty house) including my parents, in-laws, sister-in-law and fam, and today my sister arrives!

World's most poorly configured seesaw ride.  
Those kids were up there a long time.

Polka dancing at Maifest.

We honestly could just ride around town all day on the train and he'd be entertained.

While my sister-in-law was here, we had what I'll call a triumphant beach day. That is not an exaggeration. We had a group of seven kids who played perfectly together for two straight hours.  This is a minor miracle for this group. The genious was that my brother-in-law set each kid up with a separate job for creating and maintaining a giant sand hole and hill so each kid was busy and focused.  Beach hole for the win!

Another great idea if you need the kids to all get along is to just bury them away from each other.

Atticus came down with an ear infection, fever, and cold which meant we watched a lot of tv while Miles was at camp.  I also got a lot of these looks.

Going back a bit, a few pics from the kiddo's final school assembly and last day of school.

Excited for the weekend and my sister and Square Roots fest!