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Mother’s Day #recap

Nothing like a belated recap to kick off a freezing Thursday (wtf Mother Nature?!)

Mother’s Day, just a few short weeks ago. As you know from this post, we were still making plans extremely last-minute to honor some of the most important women in our lives.

Final decision? Starved Rock State Park

It was awesome. Some hiking followed by a little cookout, the whole time being one with nature. Love! Added bonus was the park is located at the mid-point between my parents in Iowa and the rest of us in Chi.

A more in-depth ode was done to my mom here, or check out this extremely short video from our Starved Rock adventure:

Please note the song is a complete cliché, living out my childhood dreams of someday putting Mama by the Spice Girls to good use.


I’m obsessed with … MY MOM

Confirmed: I’m obsessed with … MY MOM

[Cubs Game – Labor Day Weekend]

Growing up, she reminded me to clean my room, drove me from activity to activity to activity, helped with homework, planned forced family fun and would discipline me when necessary (shocking but I was not the perfect child).

What I didn’t realize was that through all the day-to-day tasks, my mom was giving me the foundation that has turned me into the independent, self-sufficient, and confident woman I am today.

[Yosemite National Park in California]

After graduating college, starting her career at John Deere, starting a family AND getting her MBA, my mom chose her path in educating America’s youth – teaching marketing and running the internship program at Augustana College.

Mom’s drive to establish unbelievable internship opportunities for her students around the globe (Australia, England, Spain, Russia and China!) is remarkable and inspiring. Ask students and alum about KP and you’ll hear great things. Tell them you’re KP’s daughter? I immediately graduate to legend status in their mind.

[Zoo Lights in Chicago]

I could go on and on about how bomb my mom is, but I guess if I had written my own Hallmark card to her it’d be something like this:

You are a great mom. Thank you for everything you’ve done, everything you do and everything you have yet to do. I cherish the time we spend together – just thinking of you puts a smile on my face. You are truly an inspiration and hero in my life and I cannot imagine a better role model. Every day I hope I make you proud. I love you.

[Zip-lining in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico]

Friday Chi Faves: Mother’s Day in Chi

One day a year is reserved to drop everything and hold our Mother’s on a pedestal, a place they deserve to be on a daily basis.

MOTHER’S DAY! Sunday, May 13th

Two years ago, I was lucky enough to get to spend Mother’s Day with my mother, grandmother (Gram!) and my Aunt Gayle. 3-for-1 #winning

We celebrated by spending the day at the Brookfield Zoo – only a hop, skip and a jump from Chi – followed by a family barbecue. It’s also the year I decided to get into the jam business and made strawberry-rhubarb jam for each mother. That was a short-lived hobby…


Last year, we celebrated Mother’s Day at the Cubs Game. It was freezing, but any time is quality time when spent with my Mother.

We’re still in the last-minute planning phases for this year’s Mother’s Day.

Here are some ideas I came up with:

Additional recommendations welcome. I also absolutely love this article on Mother’s Day’s ideas in Chicago.