Shedd Aquarium with the Cuzzies

I was telling a friend the other day about my blog, and it blew my mind how different my life is since I started it. Now instead of going to see new spots for myself, I want to share the city with my baby, whether I’ve been there before or not!

While our nanny was recently sick, Nate took Ellie to the Art Institute (first museum trip!), and this past weekend we went to the Shedd Aquarium with Nate’s older brother and his family (that includes four fun kiddos).

Ellie can be in the Bjorn face out now, so she really enjoys looking around and observing everything on our outings. At the Shedd, she loved visiting with family, seeing all of the marine life, and even sea horses! Once we went underground to check out the dolphins and whales, she was able to snooze from the peacefulness down there. I hadn’t been in so long, and it was just so relaxing to watch the animals and zone out (just a little).

There are so many activities for the children, too! They felt starfish, played in a submarine, and watched the diver feed the fish and more in the big tank in the lobby.

My advice to you: go early! We went on a free admission day, and it took us maybe 20 minutes to get in using the stroller line (that’s another tip if you have little ones!). When we were leaving around noon, the line was at least three times the size. 

We had such a great time with our family at the Shedd! It was fun to spend time together and take advantage of this great city!

More adventures with Ellie to come soon. Check out my updated to-do list!


It’s Never Too Late for Reflections & Resolutions 

2015. The highs were high, and the lows were pretty low, but it was a transformative year. The best part? We have a happy, healthy 6-month-old baby girl.

Of course, it’s not all sunshine and roses. We lost three grandparents this year and many loved ones, which is always hard, but this year was especially rough. Ellie is named in honor of one of her passed great grandmothers, so, in a way, a piece of her will always live on.

It was a great year at work–I’ve learned more this year than I have in awhile about management, team building, and how to learn from my mistakes. I traveled to Nice and Barcelona, too, which has been such a highlight of my career. I cannot tell you what that trip meant to me, and to share it with my colleagues and “Ellie” (at 14 weeks) is something I’ll never forget. 

I also learned a lot this year personally, too. A short list of things I want to keep building on in 2016 includes:

  • Make time for my spouse. Especially when I have a million things to do and our baby to care for, it’s easy to forget about the one you care about so much. And always appreciate your partner for helping. I don’t do that enough. (Thanks, boo!)
  • Make time for me. I get by with a little help from my friends…and family. It’s amazing what spending time with people you love can do for you mind and your heart. Or taking some time to be alone. Wandering the aisles of Target solo can be quite therapeutic, haha.
  • Don’t get stuck in a digital daze. I am on my phone way too much. My goal is to be present in lives of my family. That means putting down my phone a little more in 2016.
  • Be a healthy role model. It’s time to lose the baby weight. I wasn’t one of the lucky women whose baby weight melts away when they breastfeed. So it’s time to get my act together for myself and my family. I joined Weight Watchers again. This means I’ll be healthier and more creative with my food…with an indulgence here and there. 😉 
  • Sleep more. This is a no brainer, and probably goes with the bullet on being healthy, but I’m sleep deprived!
  • Achieve what I want. Instead of talking the talk, I need to walk the walk more. This is something I struggle with a lot. I’m the queen of excuses. Time to start doing and being more. Hopefully that means more posts on this blog, and more exciting developments to come!

Thanks to all who were a part of my 2015. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year!