(Photo by Yossy Arefi.)
Calling this a tradition might be stretching things, but there are few things I care about more than providing my girls with traditions and rituals with which to remember their childhood (which is why I’ve been devouring this book). In fact, I’m probably a tad bit obsessed with this idea. You should have seen me trying to plan Annie’s 3rd birthday, but that’s another story for another day.
Besides the obvious holiday traditions, I want to find other ways to work rituals into our everyday lives.
Part of me thinks this is a ridiculous use of my very in-demand and very limited brain power. Shouldn’t traditions happen when they are meant to? Are they something that can be willingly created?
The other part of me thinks that if I don’t put in the effort, they may never happen and that would obviously be a tragedy big enough to ruin their entire childhoods (insert drama emoticon here).
So I’ve been trying to find ways to add some ritual to our days. I’m not the best at it, but one thing that Ryan and I both love to do is try new restaurants (obviously — who doesn’t enjoy this?) But with a toddler and a baby, it’s been hard to go to the up and coming places.
But then we had an epiphany! Brunch!
Our kids are early risers and while I could complain about it (which I do on a daily basis — but I’ll spare you that particular soapbox here), on weekends when we don’t have any plans we now make a point to take the quick drive into Chicago and find a new place to eat some omelets, pancakes, and *hopefully* sip some coffee. These obviously aren’t the most relaxing brunches, but they are something we all seem to enjoy.
The girls enjoy the people watching, how quickly the food arrives, and how delicious it usually is (have I mentioned breakfast food is my favorite food?) And Ryan and I enjoy feeling like we are hip and cool again (obviously, we are not).
Here are a few more restaurants on my list:
Saved by the Max — the Saved by the Bell pop-up! How cool does this look?
Lark — my brother just moved into a new place in Lakeview and this is right near him. I’d love to try their omelets while letting my brother entertain the girls.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits — just read the name and you’ll understand.
Duck Duck Goat — Stephanie Izard’s new place which serves dim sum, one of my all time favorites that I, for some reason, only eat once every five years.
Bar Marta — they have breakfast tacos. Enough said.