mamas day 2014

Since Chris had to work on Sunday, we celebrated Mama’s Day in a few different ways over the past week. We celebrated with a family lunch at Little Goat Diner on Tuesday afternoon. The food was outstanding. I recently read an article about Stephanie Izard is beloved by Chicagoans, and in most opinions, can do no wrong when it comes to food. It is true. Perhaps it’s because we loved her on Top Chef? We ordered way too much, and took home a substantial amount of leftovers. We will be back, Little Goat, to further explore this menu. So good.  Bonus: they have a photo booth, and we took our first family photo booth photo!

The best time to take L with us to restaurants is during that time of day when it’s too late for lunch and too early for dinner where there are few people in the restaurant, so our meals don’t take long to prepare and where we can let L run around a bit after we order and before we eat. This makes it possible for us to still enjoy a meal out as a family, and it prevents an epic meltdown. After lunch, we explored the West Loop neighborhood and found a park with lots of room for running around. It was a great afternoon with my boys.

IMG_5400 IMG_5409{Chris had the ‘goat almighty’}

IMG_5412{I had the blueberry pancakes}

IMG_5435 IMG_5452

On Saturday, my cousin got married in southern Wisconsin. It was a fun day celebrating with family & friends. Also, it was at a camp & conference center, so L had tons of space to run around outside during the ceremony with Chris. Lots of dancing, running around, and outdoor time.

DSC_0323{My sweet sister & I at my cousin’s wedding}

DSC_0328{new favorite family photo ^^^}

On Sunday, we went to church with my parents and sister and brother-in-law in town from Michigan. It was a great service. Our church’s emphasis on families and motherhood is a blessing. After the service, we went back to my parents’ house where L took a THREE hour nap, which allowed me to eat in peace & take a nap. We were back home in time to see Chris before he jetted off to work. Play time, bath time, bed time. It was a good day. With enough time to spare for me to have a little SATC marathon before bed. #happymothersdaytome

photo-2{a realistic photo of motherhood. a toddler with attitude; a toilet paper roll & a bag of random items hanging out over my shoulder.}

I hope that all the mamas — hope-to-be, soon-to-be, and non-traditional mamas were loved and celebrated. Happy Mother’s Day to you.


…and just for fun, Mother’s Day last year. My, how the little dude has changed.


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