Secret Garden | Water Works
I have 4 days left of Maternity Leave.
As soon as we got home from Miami, the back-to-work countdown began…and all the fears and anxieties I wrestled when returning to work last time came flooding back in.
Only this time, my emotions are x2.
To keep myself from crying my way through these last few days, I have been jam-packing our schedule with all the activities I will wish I could do with my girls once back in the office.
Playing at Little Beans, Basketball in the snow, Coffee Dates, Target Runs
The Greenhouse at Navy Pier
and The Chicago Childrens’ Museum
Just me and my girls
I strapped Fee to my chest and let Hazel explore the vacant greenhouse. It was our Secret Garden.
She chased the water as it jumped from one fountain to the next.
And was delighted that there were birds INSIDE THE HOUSE (as she kept screaming).
We made our way to the museum where Hazel drove a pint-sized city bus, dug out dinosaur bones and climbed through a just-off-the-ground tree house. Her favorite room was definitely “Water Works.” She must have spent 15 minutes collecting water in her cups (while I prayed we wouldn’t leave drenched).
Felix mostly enjoyed the mirrors, of which there were no shortage in the museum.
It wasn’t a great day to forget the mascara.
we got a snack. Milk & Apples.
I only asked for one apple, but the dude behind the counter tossed an extra one in so Haze could have her own. Thank you, sir!
We passed one of those kiddie trains on our walk to the car. Hazel asked to ride. I only had a dollar in cash, but the ride cost $2. The conductor gave Hazel a “chubby cheek discount” and let her hop aboard. Wow, thanks!
A few loops around the track and then we were out.
Pick up dad (Simon) from work.
Instead of heading home, we decided to treat ourselves to family dinner out.
Somewhere that doesn’t have a children’s menu.
Little Market. Opened 2 weeks ago and it was excellent.
Ceviche, Mushrooms on Toast, Short Rib & Brussels Sprouts (Leave those on the menu!)
Hazel ate off our dishes and convinced us to let Fee try the mashed potato.
We had a surprise guest join us for part of our meal. Our friend Ashley (former AGM at NEXT) is now working at Little Market and Hazel explicitly asked her to sit down. I’m so glad she did - t was really great catching up with her.
I like Little Market. A lot.
Outstanding addition to the neighborhood!
At the end of the meal, our server Diego brought Z out a her-sized ice cream (think shot glass of gelato). 4 spoons, thank you!
We got home at 7 and had to rush the bath/book/bed routines.
But we did. And the girls went down. Easily.
They were tired.
So am I.
Kid exhaustion is different than office exhaustion….
And in 5 days, it is this weariness that I will crave
And those girls who I will miss.
Man. I’m not ready to leave them.