Thursday, June 16, 2011

Strawberries mark the beginning of our summer

Strawberry picking marks the unofficial start of summertime!

lily car

madeline and lily straw web

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Buckingham Fountain

One of my favorite childhood memories was always visiting Buckingham Fountain along the lake in "downtown" Chicago. I loved how the water would shoot high up into the sky and gently spray onlookers who were standing in just the right spot.


Now I love to take my own kids to see the fountain.

Kids at fountain

Kids run to fountain starlet

I love the fact that almost all of Chicago's lakeshore is accessible to the public (save 4 miles that preservationists are still trying to acquire...).

Kids at lake

A new tradition that I have begun with my own family is an occassional summer visit to Chicago's Little Italy for a cup of Mario's Italian Lemonade.


This place is really quite a hole in the wall! But they make the most delicious Italian Lemonade and it's always packed!

Marios with family

Lily doesn't like anything that is fruit flavored (nor does she like fruit)! I think she was really bumming that we drove a bit out of our way for a treat and the treat was strawberry flavored!

Lily with ice

Sam with ice

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Enjoying Spring

Girls allure