Saturday, July 9, 2011


Today's the stuff that summer is made of - right up there with lemonade stands and fireflies. The weather was hot but not humid, and the sun was shining brightly.

All errands were eschewed for a day out in the sun. Jeremy, Jack and I took Jossie to her first concert - a kid's show at one of my favorite places, Ravinia, an outdoor concert venue. It was a mid-morning show, so we packed some banana bread for a snack and the greatest picnic blanket ever.  We sat in the shade of a tree, boogied a little and let Jossie stretch out.

After the concert, we went to another favorite - the Chicago Botanic Garden for a visit with our friends. I've tried to shy away from making every visit with friends about food lately, so I thought the Garden would be a good start. But we were, of course, all hungry for lunch when we go there and ended up having a lovely long lunch in the Garden's cafe - with some wine and beer - before even setting foot on the grounds. 

If you live in Chicago and have kids, here's a little tip I learned from a friend: You can borrow an explorer's bag from the info desk, complete with binoculars, microscope lens and tree and bird identification manuals. Jack had a ball with his geeked-out backpack when we finally hit the Garden's grounds.

(Jeremy thinks Jack was channeling his inner-Floridian senior citizen with his hat, too-large t-shirt and binoculars around his neck...)

We've been to the Garden about - oh a thousand times - but never seem to hit the English walled gardens, one of our friends' favorite. It was nice to discover a new place. And how could you not have fun with these two?

It's 10:30 p.m. now - I have two brown-haired babies who are completely and utterly sacked out in their crib and bed. It's always nice to be tired because of the sun and fresh air...I will be re-reading this post again in January or February!

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