Archive for March, 2016

  • Chapter 133 – Half Price Books & The Humane Society


    Somehow, I’d never been to a Half Price Books store until a few weeks ago.  We were on the hunt for cassette tapes because my stupid radio is dead in my car, which is a true test of dealing with uncomfortable emotions.

    To explain, I have to deal with CONSTANT chatter that sounds a lot like this: “MOM?! What’s that?  How many cars are on the road, Mom?  MOM, Was that a sharp turn or a soft turn?  What about that one?  And that?  Mom, why is it raining?  Mom, what does that sign mean?  Mom, can we go to a bouncy house? Mom, can I have snack?  Mom, I poked myself in the eye!  Mom, I dropped my blankie!”

    Needless to say, it would be nice to put on some music and switch up the dialogue in the car.  But I haven’t gotten around to figuring out how to afford/install/coordinate a new radio, so we’re using Little A’s Fisher Price cassette player from my childhood.  It’s working out fairly well.

    Anyway, at Half Price Books, we found some sweet tapes (Greatest Hits of Chopin and The California Raisins are on heavy rotation), comic books, and classic chapter books.  A great haul!


    Then, we went to the Humane Society to donate some dog food and treats.


    After dropping off our donations, we looked around at the animals with very explicit foreshadowing that we aren’t getting any animals at this point.  The kids agreed (Little T said “ok mom, I might be a little sad that we aren’t getting a pet but I won’t cry about it”) and we set off to see the cats first.  We oohed and ahhhed, and S declared “I don’t like cats.  I scared.  I don’t like them” which is true, poor girl is terrified of cats!  Which I can understand, not being a cat person and all.

    IMG_3101 IMG_3106

    We said hi to the bunnies and dogs and eventually hit the road.

    So this illustrates the extreme adventures we’ve been on lately.  I can feel a shift in our schedule and unfortunately, it doesn’t include much adventuring.  With preschool and an afternoon napper, we have such little time to get together with friends and explore the city.  So to all the people in my life, that’s why I haven’t been able to hang out and blog.

    Here’s hoping summer affords us more time to take advantage of the city!

    A. Storm

  • Chapter 132- Schlitz Audubon Nature Center


    On a fairly mild but rainy day a few weeks ago, I took the kids out to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to hike around.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the nature center, it’s 15 min north of the city and worth the short drive.  You can get annual memberships, or pay by the day to hike the trails, climb the observation tower, learn about see animals in the building, walk down to the lake, and more.


    After checking in inside the building, we geared up and took a short trek over to the wigwam.

    sanc5 sanc6 sanc8sanc9

    Even though it was drizzling, the kids didn’t want to stay inside.  They were more excited about boot skating on the frozen puddles!

    IMG_3060  IMG_3061   sanc     sanc10

    We looked for animal tracks and signs of wildlife, and saw a bunch of turkeys hanging out farther away in the woods.

    sanc12 sanc7 sanc21

    We stopped off for a quick play session at one of the Nature School’s play spaces, and had a blast playing peek-a-boo and jumping in more puddles.  If you do use the play spaces, please be considerate and leave it in the same shape you found it, as preschoolers use the space every weekday.

    sanc23 sanc20 sanc30 sanc29

    We got goofy and super wet and had a blast!

    sanc28 sanc2 sanc27 sanc26 sanc25 sanc24

    Some of us also took “a shower” under the gutters.


    We walked through the woods a bit more, and decided to call it a day because we were soaked through.  After some hot chocolate at home, the kids wanted to head back!

    This is totally an annual membership worth getting for our family.  You can hike down to Lake Michigan, up the observation tower to get one of the best views, to any of the ponds to look for snails and turtles, and so much more.  Inside the building, there are lots of interactive learning spaces and a few animals to view.  You can even check out backpacks filled with tools for exploring (magnifying glasses, scavenger hunt items, etc).

    Hope everyone’s enjoying the snow!

    A. Storm