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an easy summer weekend
We walked to Bar Toma after work.Family Dinner.  Em, Simon, Z + Fee Then we crossed over to the “watertower castle,” sat on the stairs and ate some chocolate for dessert.  The girls had “tired feet” on our stroll home, so we carried them most of the way.  That was my Friday night arm workout.
Saturday morning: Charlotte’s Web @ broadway playhouse with Hazel.  I can’t believe I have a theatre buddy…it is the BEST.Saturday afternoon:  we went to the pool and watched the airshow jets fly right over our heads.  Look up:  the Blue Angles tearing across the sky.  It was cool.  And loud.
Then with wet hair and sneakers - we walked the neighborhood, one final push to exhaust the girls. It worked.Saturday night:  Burgers at home.  Movie night for all.  15 minutes of Bambi before Felix was down for the countAn hour of YouTube clips of Lea Salonga, then Hazel went down too…with uncharacteristic ease. (High Five husband!)
We poured a drink, then Simon & I watched Dead Poets Society.  oh man.
Yesterday we stuck close to home, er apartment.  We took an early walk for Coffee then spent several hours working together on life admin….cleaning out closets, reorganizing drawers, that sort of thing. When Felix went down for her nap, Hazel came with me on a shopping mission.  New dress needed for a big meeting Thursday.  Kate Spade, delivered.
Together, we took a Sunday evening stroll to the bookstore.Then to the triangle park for penny throwing into the fountain & a shared lemonade. 
It was a simple weekend with no major to-do’s.  We didn’t meet up with friends or extended family - it was just the 4 of us, in our neighborhood.  
Goodness.

an easy summer weekend

We walked to Bar Toma after work.
Family Dinner.  Em, Simon, Z + Fee 
Then we crossed over to the “watertower castle,” sat on the stairs and ate some chocolate for dessert.  The girls had “tired feet” on our stroll home, so we carried them most of the way.  That was my Friday night arm workout.

Saturday morning: Charlotte’s Web @ broadway playhouse with Hazel.  I can’t believe I have a theatre buddy…it is the BEST.
Saturday afternoon:  we went to the pool and watched the airshow jets fly right over our heads.  Look up:  the Blue Angles tearing across the sky.  It was cool.  And loud.

Then with wet hair and sneakers - we walked the neighborhood, one final push to exhaust the girls. It worked.
Saturday night:  
Burgers at home.  Movie night for all.  
15 minutes of Bambi before Felix was down for the count
An hour of YouTube clips of Lea Salonga, then Hazel went down too…with uncharacteristic ease. (High Five husband!)

We poured a drink, then Simon & I watched Dead Poets Society.  
oh man.

Yesterday we stuck close to home, er apartment.  
We took an early walk for Coffee then spent several hours working together on life admin….cleaning out closets, reorganizing drawers, that sort of thing. 
When Felix went down for her nap, Hazel came with me on a shopping mission.  New dress needed for a big meeting Thursday.  Kate Spade, delivered.

Together, we took a Sunday evening stroll to the bookstore.
Then to the triangle park for penny throwing into the fountain & a shared lemonade. 

It was a simple weekend with no major to-do’s.  We didn’t meet up with friends or extended family - it was just the 4 of us, in our neighborhood.  

Goodness.

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Yoga+

You guys, it’s no secret I love my sisters to death. But over the last few months I’ve been so impressed with them. They had an idea that began with one’s obsession with yoga (Andrea, of course) and the other’s passion for exploring every last fun thing to do in our favorite town (clearly Natalie), and they turned it into something pretty damn amazing, if I do say so myself. Something called Yoga+ Chicago.

Simple idea, really: a one hour yoga class followed by a new, local activity that changes up every month. Flower arranging, pasta making, wine tasting and the like at interesting spots all over the city… this month it’s punch making at Thalia Hall. Seriously, how fun is that?! If I were local, you better believe this is how I’d be spending my Saturdays.

So here’s to pursuing what you love, getting your sweat on and capping off your summer weekends with a big bowl of punch!

((P.S. Their last few events sold out quickly, so if you’re in town be sure to grab tickets @ yogapluschicago.com — and because we’re all friends here, you can use promo code PUNCH to get the family special ;) Follow along via tumblr or instagram too while you’re at it, and enjoy!))

At a weddingIn the North Woods
A moment candidly captured by a cousin:

We were waiting to be called for the large group family photo and used the moment of downtime to check in on the (first time, for us) baby-sitter.  
Right here, I’d guess we were either talking about how ridiculous it was that we told the sitter if she had any questions she should just ask Hazel. (Oh Hazel has got answers!)
or Taking bets on the likelihood of Felix staying in the trundle bed when the sitter puts her down.   
Our girls are our favorite topic of conversation. But not our only one, obviously. A few minutes before this, or maybe it was after, we talked about our upcoming anniversary - 7 years.  Woah.  I said to Simon:  7 years may not be an eternity…but it’s not nothing. He responded with a smile: Way to go, us!
I think it was when we went to cheers ourselves that I realized I had set my champagne down somewhere (not in arms reach).  Well, that won’t do.  Simon grabbed my hand and we made our way back to the bar to find me some bubbles.  
This tableaux ended. The next one began. The night was bursting with moments of togetherness (silliness, closeness, goodness). 
The vibe was LOVE.

Thank you Nick + Sara for the most magical wedding weekend. You gave your guests the gift of time together and the indelible memories we created as a FAMILY. Sara welcome to ours. We love you!

At a wedding
In the North Woods

A moment candidly captured by a cousin:

We were waiting to be called for the large group family photo and used the moment of downtime to check in on the (first time, for us) baby-sitter.  

Right here, I’d guess we were either talking about how ridiculous it was that we told the sitter if she had any questions she should just ask Hazel. (Oh Hazel has got answers!)

or Taking bets on the likelihood of Felix staying in the trundle bed when the sitter puts her down.   

Our girls are our favorite topic of conversation. But not our only one, obviously. A few minutes before this, or maybe it was after, we talked about our upcoming anniversary - 7 years.  Woah.  
I said to Simon:
 7 years may not be an eternity…but it’s not nothing.
He responded with a smile: Way to go, us!

I think it was when we went to cheers ourselves that I realized I had set my champagne down somewhere (not in arms reach).  Well, that won’t do.  Simon grabbed my hand and we made our way back to the bar to find me some bubbles.  

This tableaux ended. The next one began. The night was bursting with moments of togetherness (silliness, closeness, goodness).

The vibe was LOVE.

Thank you Nick + Sara for the most magical wedding weekend. You gave your guests the gift of time together and the indelible memories we created as a FAMILY. Sara welcome to ours. We love you!

My girl may never have much luck with finding her name printed on vanity key chains or shot glasses….but she does have her very own hotel (or at least a hotel she thinks is named after her)!  We get as much play out of Hotel Felix as we can.
Related: A few blocks from this there is a stately looking mansion with Hazel’s name printed on the plaque that hangs on the front gate (Hazelden). We make a slightly less big deal out of this one as her namesake building is actually a rehab facility and that opens up a line of questioning I am not yet quite ready to explain to my 3 yr old.

My girl may never have much luck with finding her name printed on vanity key chains or shot glasses….but she does have her very own hotel (or at least a hotel she thinks is named after her)!  We get as much play out of Hotel Felix as we can.

Related:
A few blocks from this there is a stately looking mansion with Hazel’s name printed on the plaque that hangs on the front gate (Hazelden). We make a slightly less big deal out of this one as her namesake building is actually a rehab facility and that opens up a line of questioning I am not yet quite ready to explain to my 3 yr old.

With all the weddings we have attended this month, Hazel seems to have picked up a new favorite dramatic play scene: Bride. 
Felix typically gets recruited as her groom but last night Grandpa H agreed to walk her down the aisle (while grandma H & I filled in as wedding photogs).
Gown, hair, heels and flowers all carefully selected and styled by the bride herself. Oh Hazel.
Related:"Playing Bride" might make me cringe if not for the fact the brides Hazel has watched go down the aisle are some of the hardest working, smartest, most independent women in my life.  I would be proud if Hazel emulated any one of them!

With all the weddings we have attended this month, Hazel seems to have picked up a new favorite dramatic play scene: Bride. 

Felix typically gets recruited as her groom but last night Grandpa H agreed to walk her down the aisle (while grandma H & I filled in as wedding photogs).

Gown, hair, heels and flowers all carefully selected and styled by the bride herself. Oh Hazel.

Related:
"Playing Bride" might make me cringe if not for the fact the brides Hazel has watched go down the aisle are some of the hardest working, smartest, most independent women in my life.  I would be proud if Hazel emulated any one of them!