My birthday was last Saturday. I received many thoughtful and generous gifts. But this is my very favorite gift. Behold the Flower Castle Nuk Box, constructed by Eleanor and Brendan (with some help from their babysitter Nora).
I don't know how I lived life without my Flower Castle Nuk Box. No more searching the house for pacifiers when it is time for Colin to nap -- now I know to simply look in the box.
Wee Windy City is a part of the soon-to-be-officially-launched site called Chicago Now. You probably haven't heard of it yet -- but you will be hearing a ton about it soon. Chicago Now is a being described as "Huffington Post meets Facebook." The site is going to aggregate news headlines, your favorite local blogs and social networking in one place. Sounds pretty cool, right?
made pancakes and bacon extracted splinter played with horses and firefighters kissed Daddy goodbye drank too much coffee nursed baby (repeat eight to ten times) made my daily attempt to combat the laundry onslaught canceled trip to the zoo because of rain talked to mother-in-law on phone took a thirty second shower made three beds wiped marker off the wall with one of those magic sponge things blew up the slide for the backyard kiddie pool told Ellie that I would be happy to watch her babies while she played hockey for the Pittsburgh Penguins when she grows up went to post office got groceries emailed received unexpected freelance check in mail decided to use it to open savings account for Colin made grilled cheese, strawberries and smoothies for lunch wondered what it is about the show Calliou that the kids like provided bathroom assistance vacuumed under couch (yuck) put a Deigo bandaid on someone's face at his request made an appointment to have a massage on my birthday took a thirty minute nap with the baby administered antibiotics to myself and Brendan watched happy children splish and splash coaxed Colin into swallowing a few bites of banana rice cereal grilled (and unfortunately burned) chicken cleaned yogurt smoothie out of crevices in my table and deck let kids have ice cream for dessert clipped the baby's lethal finger nails bathed three monkeys said no, don't, and stop too many times today forcibly brushed Brendan's teeth played janitor by cleaning up a million broken pieces of glass and then played nurse while getting the glass out of one small foot (ouch) read The Jungle Book convinced daughter that it would be uncomfortable to sleep with her butterfly wings on kissed three sleepy heads told the dishwasher to work its magic tried to type a coherent thought gave up took an extra minute to floss closed eyes.
Until a few days ago, I didn't even know that it was the year of the blue lake pole bean -- right here in Chicago. Did you?
You might have heard about the One Book, One Chicago program which encourages Chicagoans to all read the same book and then attend various events and discussion groups about the selection.
Well, One Seed Chicago is the same idea. This year, Chicago is growing blue lake pole beans. Participants can share pictures, growing tips and photos on their website. Every household in Chicago is entitled to a free package of seeds.
I love this idea and I don't like to feel left out. Our seeds came in the mail today. I am a little bit late to the party on this, but I found some room in my already crowded garden and planted our first bean crop.
Click here to order your seed packet and get them in the ground asap.
Last Sunday started out like most of my Sundays (and all days really). I awoke at 6:00 a.m. to adorable little faces demanding breakfast and Calliou. I fed my kids croissants and bacon (it was Sunday, after all). I did two loads of laundry, made three beds, dressed four bodies, and then we went for a walk to the park.
Then things got interesting. Around 10:45 I hopped into a cab and headed down to Michigan Avenue for a moms-only event hosted by the lovely and gracious Cindy Fey and Kim Moldofsky, two fellow bloggers from the Chicago Moms Blog.
While taking in a lake view from the 26th floor or a beautiful building, we sipped mimosas and nibbled on really delicious food. Pastoral provided amazing sandwiches and artisan cheeses (were I not trying to impress people, I wold have stood by the cheese tray the entire time). Jane Addam's Hull House was kind enough to provide pickled and preserved items from their kitchen. And then cheesecake from Eli's on top of it all.
We talked blogs, kids, and new opportunities. A few brave ladies read their work for the group.
The whole thing was utterly delightful. I can't wait to do it again.