Saturday, December 1, 2018

Visit with Santa

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here which can only mean one thing: A visit with the guy in red.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Home Renovation Childhood

Home renovation certainly has moments that look a lot like what you see on TV shows where the couples are picking paint colors, and swinging hammers on demo day.

But more often than this, in the quieter moments you'll find small gems like these. Quiet corners of the local wood store where the girls will bring along homework or drawings while Troy and I pick out and load up individual pieces of wood.

It means back-to-back runs to the hardware store. And stops at the giant gumball machine on the way out.

I can assure you our lives looks very little like those shows on TV. Our house is a mixture of newly renovated rooms and those with exposed beams and missing moldings. We have holes in walls where electrical will someday go. And a basement doubling as a workshop and storage area for things to come.

For all of these moments, and for those yet to come....these are where we live. In between all the chaos and madness, this is our life.

Thursday, November 22, 2018


Thanksgiving didn't go exactly as planned this year. G came home feeling a bit under the weather Tuesday evening, which quickly became a 24 hour bug working it's way through our house.
Lots of sheet washing, lots of Lysol, and lots of sleep for 3 out of the 4 Haighs.
So while everyone was recouping, and with no appetites, I got a head start  on setting up for Christmas which we don't typically get to until later in the month. 

The girls helped a bit while Dada rested. We had biscuits and jam for dinner beside the Christmas tree and took a moment to be thankful for everything we have. Because the reality is, even when we're feeling a bit down, or under the weather, we have each other. And that alone is worth being thankful for.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

WNDR Museum

Living in Chicagoland certainly has its benefits. One of them is the incredible number of museums to visit any given day. Honestly I'm a bit embarrassed that we don't take more advantage of it, but life gets busy, and we're not the best at planning in advance.

This time though, we did. I bought us tickets to a popup museum that was in Chicago for a short time. 
We took the train downtown early Saturday morning so we weren't rushing to meet our reservation time. Trying to get the four of us anywhere on time is truly a monumental task some days. 

We made enough time to to stop for brunch along the way. Enjoying chocolate chip pancakes is always a good way to start an adventure. Belly's full and away we went. 

This place was really cool. With loads of interactive exhibits to enjoy. We ran around for a couple hours exploring before we decided we had seen it all. Fun!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween 2018

Another Halloween in the books. I can't remember a Halloween with more beautiful weather than we had this year! Sunny, and just a slight chill in the air made for perfect conditions to meander up and down streets keeping pace with the girls as they ran from house to house.

They both chose their costumes early this year and stuck with it. I had my doubts but they proved us wrong. Like last year, they are the same thing by choice: Violet from the Incredibles.

Our trick or treating hours start early here so we took advantage of the day light while we had it. We met up with some neighbors so tagged along as a group occasionally stopping for a photo or stopping to examine and show off how full the buckets were.  It didn't take long for the girls to fill their buckets to the brim, with candy spilling over. So we headed home. on the way made a detour to a neighbors where the girls enjoyed pizza while sorting, trading and counting candy.

Lots of candy, lots of energy, and a whole lot of memories. The superhero kind.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Anniversary Celebration

The Mister and I celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary (18 years in all!) by spending a night in the city just the two of us. Oma was willing to hold the fort down and get the girls to school the following day so we took a night for ourselves midweek.

We'd been wanting to see Hamilton for quite some time, and this made the perfect occasion. After a quick dinner, we stopped off for a pre show cocktail across the street form the theater while we waited. And then off to the the show we went.

All the hype? Well deserved. Absolutely brilliant.

A leisurely morning at the hotel then out to breakfast and eventually we made our way back home.

Thank you Oma for making our night away possible!

Monday, October 8, 2018

North Carolina Part 2

The best thing about lifelong friends is the ability to build memories, and spend time connecting while doing absolutely nothing.

We spent the course of the few days we were there chumming around their area making impromptu decisions on what to do. No plans equals no obligations and no schedules which is exactly the kind of low key getaway we needed.

One day we tagged along to one of the kids' soccer games and then stopped by a fall fest event that was going on at their clubhouse. The kids played games, ate cotton candy and ran around enjoying themselves. It was unseasonably hot while we were there so we spent more time inside than out.

In the evenings, and mornings, we wandered around the neighborhood checking out all of new houses under construction. Because when you spend your free time remodeling your house DIY style walking through construction projects is fun. The kids came along, racing up unfinished stairs and squeezing through walls constructed only of 2x4s while we envisioned the various rooms, what they would be and how the layout would look. The Mister and I also went around with Erika for an afternoon checking out all of the model homes and dreaming of what our own finished project would look like while taking inspiration from them. We're nerds.

We also enjoyed the village downtown area where I secretly wished we had something similar. It was filled with cute little antique stores, ice cream shops, natural food eateries, and breweries. Connected by a wooden pedestrian bride that that went above the train tracks and even included a pedestrian walk across the street following where a you would take a small flag out of a holder and carry it across the street with you to alert oncoming traffic. The girls thought this was pretty cool.

We had such a great time. I love this family so much, and although this trip was very short, I'm thankful we could go, and am already looking forward to our next reunion.