Fun with the Family

We’re back from our long weekend in St. Louis. We’ve been home for a couple of days now and I’m finally caught up with the laundry and some emails (both daunting tasks).

We had a blast with the family. I loved staying up all hours chatting (even though I wouldn’t think of staying up past my bedtime at home), running through the sprinkler with the clothes I was wearing in the 112 degree temps (again, wouldn’t normally do this), and having an extra glass of wine after the kids are in bed (okay, I do this one).

With such a short time with the family, we didn’t make it to any major sights plus it was “too hot” outside (I just quoted my mom).  We spent our time visiting and catching up. It was one of the best trips we’ve had in this great city.

We were so involved with everything everyone was doing I completely forgot to take any photos of our time there…except for this one:

I can never pass up a photo op of yummy grilling! Kudos to Chef Uncle M!

This weekend the Cardinals play the Cubs! Is it wrong that I’m hoping the Cardinals win?

Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award

I was so surprised to learn that Travel Lady with Baby gave me the Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award! How excited and honored I was knowing it came from a blogger whom I have great respect for.

The rules for this award are that you must answer the following ten questions and nominate ten blogs that you think deserve the award.

1. Describe yourself in seven words. 

Optimistic, Honest, Obsessive Compulsive, Passionate, Outgoing and Patient

2. What keeps you up at night?

Nothing. Really. I pass out the minute my head hits the pillow.

3. Whom would you like to be?

Coco Chanel

4. What are you wearing now?

All black (my normal wardrobe)

5. What scares you?

Cable News

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?

The best – meeting and learning about others and getting feedback

the worst – sometimes I feel there is not enough time to update

7. What was the last website you looked at?

Le Monde

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

My obsessive compulsiveness. I seriously clean the same kitchen countertop 4 or 5 times a day.

9. Slankets, yes or no?

What!?! No.

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

Travel Lady is a compassionate blogger who shares travel tips, fashion sense, and ideas for your toddler. She is honest and a terrific writer. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting her site take a moment and enjoy your photos. She has so much to offer.

Passing on to:

The Cherbie Life

Emerald Pie

Boomie Bol


When the Kids Go to Bed

Sleeping Should be Easy

From Marian’s Kitchen: Dairy-Free and Spelt Living

The High Heel Gourmet

The High Need Baby Blog


At the Park

Okay, so it’s 78 degrees in the middle of March and I’m at the park.  In Chicago.  The temperature has been this way for the past week and I’ve totally taken advantage of the sun.

Oster has been going to the park this whole week and enjoying the fun that goes along with it.  He has inspected each piece of grass around him, went down the slide (with me) for the first time, and lounged in the swing that now has his name on it.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and there will be no need to wear layers.  It’s shorts and t-shirt, baby!  This is going to be the best St. Patty’s Day EVER!