It has been quite the frigid winter here in the Midwest. Record breaking. Between the -15 degree temperatures and the flu that is going around, all of my kids are getting stir crazy and I’m feeling the mommy burnout starting to set in. When it’s too cold to go outside our options for fun are limited to indoor activities which can get pricey really fast when you have 5 kids to pay for.
Over the past 3 years we have explored many of the things to do in Chicago with kids and even tried out a few things that maybe weren’t the best options. . . I’ve never heard “my legs are tired” so many times in my life! By making your plans based on these tried and true suggestions you will rest assured that you are investing in the “better” things and not wasting your time and money on things that are just “good.”
December is almost over, and many of us are thinking what 2018 is going to look like for our families. I’m sure some of you have your entire year all planned out. Your husband is going to win the lottery, you’re going to get pregnant with baby #5 (yikes!), and your 3-year-old is going to potty train himself.
From burning scarecrows to sleeping in cemeteries, dropping colossal peaches to breaking dishes, humans have developed a spectrum of odd rituals to welcome in the New Year. In my early twenties, New Year’s Eve was a late-night celebration at electronic dance parties. As a mother in my thirties, I’m just trying to figure out how to keep my kid up past 9:00, so that we can blow a party horn, fling some glitter in the air, and fall asleep watching Rudolf and Frosty’s Christmas in July.
Family vacations are put on the back burner for numerous reasons. Soccer season leaves very few weekends open, the dishwasher needs to be replaced taking any wiggle room out of the budget, and the thought of doing the loads and loads of laundry afterwards makes you nauseous. Each of us has our own stumbling blocks that we need to get through to make it happen.