Family, Food, and Fireworks!

We’ve decided to stay an extra couple of days here in Chicago to continue our search for a new place. For those who don’t know (actually I’m not even sure if I’ve mentioned it here before), we’re moving back to the Chicago area to be closer to family. Mommy and I both have lived around Chicago all of our lives, and as much as we LOVE Chicago, it was a relief to experience new surroundings when we moved down to Southern Illinois where we currently reside. But it has become a hassle making the long, 6 hour trips to Chicago to visit family especially with gas prices on the rise (and the ol’ Ford Taurus ain’t exactly excited about it either). In the past, we’d visit our families just on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a couple of times during the summer. But now that Boogie’s in the picture, I’d like for him to be around his family a lot more. So right now we’re on the hunt for the perfect place to call home. Feels like an episode of House Hunters. Pssh yeah I watch House Hunters, so what?

Our 4th of July was wonderful! It started off with a barbecue at Mommy’s mother’s (wow that sounded crazy) house. Boogie was able to meet more of his family, while I worked on getting myself better acquainted with the mounds of burgers and ribs! When it started to get dark out, Mommy, Boogie, and I headed to a local park to watch some fireworks. We had decided that we’d watch the fireworks from inside the car since the explosions can get a bit loud. We didn’t know if Boogie’s little ears could handle it. The only problem was trying to find a spot to park that wasn’t blocked by a house, in front of a fire hydrant or driveway, or taken already. After almost an hour of searching, I had begun to lose hope. And that’s when I found it! The perfect spot… or so I thought. The parking spot was situated in between two houses. No fire hydrants. No driveways. The fireworks had already begun, and we would’ve been able to see them perfectly clear. The only problem was a huge tree in the way that blocked out half the fireworks. If only I had been able to back up just a little bit more, we would’ve had a perfect view of the fireworks… but my rear bumper would’ve ended up a foot deep into the grill of a Buick. We still enjoyed the show, although Boogie slept through the entire thing!

Also while here in Chicago, we were lucky to meet a fellow blogger, and two of her beautiful children, Popeye and The Beast! Usually Boogie would coo his little butt off when he got around new people, but he was a little shy this time around. Maybe next time! Hope to see you again, Jaymi!

So how was everyone else’s 4th of July weekend?

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.
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8 Responses to “Family, Food, and Fireworks!”

  1. Kim says:

    I would be lost without being near my family. I don’t know how others do it .. That is great news for you guys.. Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the US!! !:)

  2. Tina says:

    I hear you on wanting to be near family now. I’m one who will just pick up and leave, but with baby on the way, I’m not going anywhere. My future children must be around family!

    I hope your house hunting goes well – it’s supposed to be a buyer’s market…kinda.

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  3. dara says:

    i know what you mean about wanting to be close to family. i was all set to pack up and move immediately after graduating, then i had my sweetie and wanted to stay close to home. great decision because my family has helped me immensely!

    so glad you all had a wonderful holiday :)

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  4. Quiskaeya says:

    Sounds like a fun-filled holiday! I can totally understand wanting to move back to where family is. Always someone available to help with the baby. lol

    Good luck with your search and I LOVE House Hunters. I love HGTV period.

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  5. Lisa C says:

    Wishing you guys the best in house hunting. It can be stressful and fun at the sametime, go figure. That’s ok, I watch that show too and hubby can’t get enough!

    I stopped by Flip Flop Mamma and I love her site! Thanks for the link. I’ll be (hopefully) meeting my first fellow blogger at the end of this month, can’t wait!

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  6. Sheliza says:

    Glad you all have been enjoying your time in Chicago. I know the feeling of wanting your children to grow up around family. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with House Hunters LOL!!! We had a great 4th. We spent it at home with the family. Lots of food, drinks, and festivities. I can’t wait for the pictures of Boogie’s first 4th!!! Tell him little Will sends a chunky high 5 to him! LOL!

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  7. sara says:

    sounds like you had a great 4th. Family is really important to me as well, good luck with the house hunting :)

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