Archive for March, 2015

  • Chapter 108- Mitchell Park Domes


    A few weeks ago, my good friend Chai came up to visit us from Chicago.  Chai has two amazing girls, A & V, who have most definitely inherited their mother’s creative bone.  I’ll get to that at the end of this post.  Anyway, we met up on Monday morning at The Domes.  It was an incredibly busy day there, as it’s free for MKE county residents on Monday mornings AND it was a no school day.  So after waiting in a line outside, we made our way in and hit up the Desert Dome first.


    No huge happenings in this dome, other than Baby S (I guess I could stop calling her a baby by now) was ENTHRALLED with the just-her-size railings.  She was interested in pretty much nothing else.


    We showed our friends all the cacti, plants growing in boots (“whaaaaat?!?! that’s so silly!!”), and then headed to the show dome to see the trains.


    After being told not to sit on the ledge, we snapped some pictures at the blue wall.

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    And then danced.


    The kids found their way to the stage and showed Chai and me their best moves.  And as you can see, those moves were amazing.


    Because it had been like 60 whole minutes since my kids had eaten, they were starving and insisted on eating lunch.  We headed to the lobby to find a table, but because of the huge crowd, we settled in on the floor for a makeshift picnic of hummus, veggies, fruit, muffins and cheese.

    Chai and I are friends from high school, who didn’t really spend much time together until I was pregnant with twins and freaking out.  I called her up because she had 2 year old twins at the time, and she seemed to have it together.  Chai was a huge support to ensuring me that we’d all be ok (and look, we are!).  So fast forward a few years to this trip, eating a picnic lunch, and trying to catch up with your friend while managing six kids.  We decided to wrap things up so we could head back to my house to get a little closer to finishing a conversation/thought/sentence.

    But first the kids needed to burn off some energy by leaping and jumping on the vents.  I’m sure the staff at the domes appreciated it.

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    So back at the house, we got out our arts and crafts supplies, and went crazy.  A & V made some amazing 3D structures of houses, lamps and more.  I could tell that my kids hadn’t ever thought to build UP from their paper, and it opened a new facet of art for them!


    Did I mention that Chai is an artist?  She’s got some really unique and interesting  work, here and here!  In Milwaukee!  Bloom has art classes and workshops for kids and adults, and I’ve been meaning to get to one.  Look for that to come…


    Once again, I’m so happy to have Mitchell Park Domes as a resource here, it’s a very laid back and mellow adventure that showed our out of town friends a little of the city.   And thanks to Chai for making the trip!

    A. Storm



  • Chapter 107- Free Ice Cream Today!


    I heard through Metroparent’s Facebook page that Dairy Queen is offering free cones today.  So naturally, we got on our shoes after nap and walked to the closet location!


    It’s a beautiful day, and my poor kids have been cooped up forever, so we thoroughly enjoyed walking in our neighbors’ lawns and finding birds nests.

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    Once we got there, I decided to splurge and spend the $.80 to get the cones dipped in chocolate (something they’ve never experienced before.  As you can tell from Little T’s expression, they liked it.  Well maybe you can’t tell.  But that’s her “oh my GOSH this is SO good!” face).

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    We made huge messes, then walked home and went straight to baths.

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    If you can get to a Dairy Queen tonight, take advantage of this nice offer!

    A. Storm

  • Chapter 106- Washington DC


    Hey there!  It’s been a while, and I have a lot to catch up on.  So I’ll start with my out of town adventure to see my dear friend Nancy, and meet her (then) 9 week old baby girl, Ingrid June.  She’s the cutest.  I was surprised how in love I fell with a baby other than my own!


    I spent four days snuggling and staring into the bright blue eyes of Ingrid, and catching up with Nancy (who is by the way doing a pretty kick ass job at maintaining her sanity through the newborn stage).   For that matter, so is her husband Mark (of ROM, remember my post about his band?  I hear they’ll be on tour again this fall.  Come back to MKE guys!).


    Besides snuggling a baby and catching up with the first friend I ever had, I drank delicious hot buttered rum that Nancy made me.


    And I finally got some basic science worked out in my head, thanks to my BF/at-hand biologist.  Mark and I had been discussing Ingrid’s eye color the night before, and couldn’t remember how it all worked.  Nancy cleared it all up the next morning.


    On my last day, we ventured out of the house to run some errands in Cleveland Park.  We ate lunch at Nam Viet and took turns eating delicious food..


    …and rocking the baby…


    Nancy had an errand to run solo, so I took a walk around the neighborhood, got my kids some souvenirs, grabbed coffee, and enjoyed the sunny sky.



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    Nancy is a biologist at the Smithsonian National Zoo, so I have this silly daydream in my head.  This summer, I pack up my four kids and drive 13 hours to DC.  There, Nancy gives us behind the scenes tours of the zoo and other amazing places like the National Museum of Natural History.  It’ll be seamless and memorable.


    But for now I’ll just look over this blurry picture of The Washington Monument, which I snapped in the car on the way to the airport.  This trip wasn’t for sight-seeing, though.  It was for seeing that amazing baby, making food for new parents, late night chats, early morning coffee and recapping the sleep everyone did or didn’t get, and connecting with people I love.




  • Chapter 105- Fox & Branch at Anodyne Coffee


    Last Sunday, Little T had a special at home date with Theo, and I took the other three kids to see Fox & Branch at Anodyne Coffee in Walker’s Point.  The band plays a free show at 11am about once a month, and I’d been meaning to get to one for a while.  And it was really fun!  If you like a million kids, good coffee, and good music.


    The music is sort of a bluegrass version of kid-friendly favorites.  There’s a lot of silliness and banjo and washboard sounds, audience participation, and dancing of course.  At one point, Little A couldn’t figure out why Mr. Fox was so silly and kept singing the wrong words to the ABCs, which was ridiculously cute.


    J got my camera and wanted to take a picture of me, Little A, Baby S dancing.  If you look closely, you can see our feet on the left side of the pic above.


    Kids needed fuel at some point in the morning, so we munched on Rocket Baby Bakery danishes and fizzy water.  Yum!


    Oh, and Baby S showed me that she can drink out of a regular cup.  Who knew!?


    We danced some more and if I could figure out how to edit the video, I’d show you the partner dancing above that ended in a pile of kids on top of the adults sitting next to us.  Luckily everyone was totally cool with things getting a little crazy.


    The guys of Fox & Branch gave us cool stickers, and we can’t wait to go again.  Thanks for a great show Anodyne and Fox & Branch!

    -A. Storm