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!