Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If you have had it with the finger paints, glue sticks, and construction paper and are looking for a different type of craft to do with the kids, pick up a copy of this month's Chicago Parent and check out my article about wet felting.
My kids loved this project . . .. but not as much as I did.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I don't want Ellie to go back to school. I don't want to make soup. I am downright depressed to see some of my plants winding down for the season. I wish the temperature wouldn't go down into the sixties at night. I don't know what I am going to do when the pools and beaches close next week. Probably cry a little bit.
I have not had my fill of summer yet.
I still want to eat three meals a day on my porch. I want to lounge in the yard and weed and admire my thriving vegetable garden. I am going to continue to wear flip flops every day and night. I want the baby pool to become a permanent fixture. For the first time in my life, I have a near-perfect tan. Instead of spending dark fall afternoons making muffins, I want to work outside and paint more lovely decorations for the garden (like these masterpieces from my little artists).
Damn you, seasons.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I have to eat at least a tomato a day to keep up. And I am doing so - happily. My favorite preparation is a simple caprese salad for lunch -- eaten on my porch in the sunshine.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I absolutely cannot believe that it is time to start thinking about back-to-school and fall activities already. If you are starting to make your plans for the next few months, check out the Fall issue of Going Places Magazine. Going Places is designed to help families find local, affordable and fun activities. And trust me, the magazine has the most comprehensive events calendar for the Chicago area that you are going to find.
I have two pieces in the fall issue out this week: Throwing the Perfect Fall Party and Make the Most of the Last Days of Summer. Pick a copy up when you see one.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Check out the Chicago Moms Blog where I am voicing my confusion over potty training someone with a penis.
And over at Parenting Squad, I am sharing happy reflections on my summer with my kiddos (and go ahead and leave a comment if you wouldn't mind -- it feels like a ghost town over there).
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
But after two long weeks of missing the box, we were rewarded yesterday! Here is what we got (and my thoughts on how I am going to use everything).
- green peppers
- Diva cucumber
- bottle onions
- sweet corn
- yellow watermelon
- giant kohlrabi
- new potatoes
- lacinato kale
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
This is a photo of Ellie modeling some of the finished projects. Where would I be without my little muse and able assistant? She is the sweetest girl.
Friday, August 1, 2008
August is here already? I feel like I spend nine months dreaming and longing for summer and then it passes me by before I know it. With that in mind, I am focusing my energies this month on soaking up, devouring, and relishing every bit of summer goodness.
At the close of August, I want to feel like I captured all of the sand, sun, splashing and celebrating there was to be had.
Today, I am starting with an ode to my hydrangeas (which I took to be no good this year until a few weeks ago when they finally started their belated, but beautiful blooming).