Dear Ortensia


Dear Ortensia,
I am sorry I am not better caretaker. Although, I follow the instructions that came with you, your once beautiful buds, with so much potential, are now drying out sad looking yellow bulbs. What am I doing wrong? My friends tell me this is normal and to water you very little. Please be patient with me. I am really trying to take good care of you.

Your bud,


Formerly known as the Sears Tower

Today, while having lunch with the family I looked out the window and saw this beautiful scene.


Then I took this fun photo of my little guy on the second floor. He’s so little!


Family Photo Project in the Making

As a photography hobbyist and history teacher, I am obsessed with photo journalism.  Add to the equation being a mom and you have a photo explosion.

An ongoing home project is a family gallery.  I want it perfect and that has kept me from moving forward.  After putting up three photos, I have taken a break from the “gallery”.  I am now ready to take it on again.  I have been re inspired and am excited to work on a new project  for the wall.  It is a while in the making but here is a taste of what is to come.

It involves the following items:


In the meantime, check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration!  Any projects you are currently working on?



Family Photo Gallery

After visiting some dear friends in California, I decided to hang some family photos.  Our apartment currently has a few up on the fridge and a few on display in our bedroom.  Our walls are pretty bare.  I’m not sure why I never put much up before.  After seeing my friends’ homes and how warm the photos displayed made the home feel, I decided it would be one of my (too) many summer projects.  What summer projects do you have on your to do list?

I have been using Pinterest to gather ideas.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Mommy and Me Out and About #5 Chicago Botanical Garden

This post is long overdue, especially since we went to the Chicago Botanical Garden in the Spring and now it is Summer.

For those of you looking for baby friendly environments that will coincide well lulling baby to sleep, the Chicago Botanical Garden is a great destination.  Located north of the city of Chicago, it is a quick car ride, or if you prefer, Metra train ride away.  The garden is peaceful, has plenty to look at and enjoy, stroller friendly, and a nice place to spend an afternoon.

We liked it so much we got an annual pass.  Maybe we will see you there?