Summer 2013 Review.

So Summer 2013 came and went. Um, ok, that was fast!

Ever since I can remember, I always compare the summer before last and  I put great pressure on myself trying to make the next summer even bigger and better.

Often times I find myself let down. I have to stop this! Each summer has had some great memories that I treasure as I look back every year.

I would have to say this summer I have definitely gotten into the groove of motherhood, somewhat, at least compare to last summer(there I go comparing!).

Last summer I was a ripe new mom, since M was born in May, and I remember it was 95 degrees in Chicago everyday May-August, which made it for horrible conditions for a newborn to take out in. By 10 am no joke, I had to head back indoors with the A/C on full blast before I could go out again with her late in the early evening.

This summer I was able to take M out more since it was much cooler and more comfortable. We did get quite a few warm days that made for great times at the beach. I live super close to the beach and the park so I was able to take full advantage of this considering Chicago summers only last 3 to 4 months.






We also took a road trip to Walled Lake, Michigan to see my cousin’s new baby. Michigan is also a great time during the summer. It was a nice get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We also checked out a great crepe place in the ritzy part of a town called Birmingham. It was a fun time. M did so well in the car for the four hour trip.


How it can go from summer to fall-like weather in a matter of weeks-it is not just Chi Town that has bipolar weather.


We have a brand new library that opened in our neighborhood back in June and the first floor is dedicated to children’s books. We took many trips there this summer because nothing is better than summer reading. I am super excited that this library is now open and will be constantly checking out books well into the fall.

Despite the fact that we had multiple projects going on around the home, it was still a productive summer. I didn’t quite make it to downtown as I had liked, but with summers being so precious around here, I took full advantage of the nearby beaches and parks, a must if you have short summers like in Chicago. I consider it my own “backyard”.

Looking forward to fall and all its perks around here, which I am sure will make for some more great memories with the kiddo. Can’t wait.




  1. I’m stopping by from SITS Girls. I love the design of your blog. I’m a sucker for lots of white space (even though I’m considering a redesign of mine that will result in less … that’s why I’m still considering it versus doing it, I guess.)

    I made a summer bucket list for the first time this year, and I feel like we “accomplished” more fun stuff because of it. We’re near Kansas City and the cooler weather made a huge difference too, as far as what we were able to do and when we were able to do it (all day versus just in the early morning or evening.)
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      Thanks Shana! I figured less is always more in this case,especially since I have absolutely no experience in web design. I figured with the white space it will help my photos stick out more.

      A summer bucket list is a GREAT idea! I’ll need to make one next year for sure!

  2. I love the idea of a summer bucket list! Summers in Chicago do go quickly so miking the most of the days with a list of “entertainment goals” is a great idea!
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