Moments in Motherhood: Train Adventures with Silas

It feels like we've lost a lot of time for fun activities this summer due to all of the rain in Wisconsin this year but today we got to take Silas to a railway museum and we took him on his first train ride. Silas loves trains. He loves them. I think more than food and cupcakes. Okay, maybe not as much as cupcakes, or maybe they're tied

Mid-Continent Railway Museum | North Freedom, WI

Mid-Continent Railway Museum | North Freedom, WI

ANYWAY, there's a great place we heard of in North Freedom, WI, called the Mid-Continent Railway Museum which is not far from Wisconsin Dells. They host train rides and insights into the past. It's a great way to teach your children about trains, culture, and your local history. I highly suggest finding a local railway museum if you're so lucky to have one in your area!

The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. They made us feel right at home and they answered a lot of questions! After the train ride, we walked through the gift shop with Silas and let him pick out a little toy train (as if he didn't have enough already) and then we got to walk around to see the restoration area of boxcars they've acquired dating all the way back to the 1800s! Some of the boxcars we saw were absolutely incredible but we didn't take as many photos as we meant to because we were too enthralled with the history to bother with the cameras. Great job, team!

The museum offers fall and winter rides, dinner rides, and Christmas rides as well. We're thinking of buying a membership considering how much we all love trains, especially Elliott and now Silas!

It was a lovely Saturday, indeed!

Where I Roam: Chicago - The Windy City

So this past weekend, Elliott and I were all set up to go to Chicago to see music. We had it all planned out with a sitter for Silas and we were ready go! Saturday night, however, we wondered - were we making the right decision? Should we bring him? Would he miss us and us him terribly? How would he react to the separation anxiety? I reached out to mamas on Instagram and mamas I knew personally asking for advice on how to get over this separation hump. All the advice I received was well intended and kind but still it didn't make me feel any better about leaving him - especially for something that he loves; to dance. So guess what? We took Silas along with us and we couldn't be any happier with the decision we made! Parenting is so personal and at times so confusing but in the end we make the choices based on our gut. Thank you to all of you for your words of encouragement on leaving Silas. We appreciate it so much! We just aren't there yet.

Chicago River | Chicago, IL | Riverwalk

Chicago River | Chicago, IL | Riverwalk

As for Chicago - well, to be honest I had much higher hopes for the city. We didn't have a bad time but we didn't particularly find the things we love in a city. Maybe you can leave comments on what to do or where to go for our next trip! 

For now, below are some of the highlights or the obligatory touristy photos:

Coffee

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

After much searching for coffee in the city, we finally stumbled upon a little shop called Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea on Michigan Ave nearby Millennium Park. It offered several top name coffee roasters including Stumptown, Colectivo, Rishi, and many others. My coffee itch was finally scratched! (If you've been following me on Instagram long enough, you might know that a breve au lait is my coffee beverage of choice.)

Millennium Park

Millenium Park | Chicago, IL

Millenium Park | Chicago, IL

We were told by many folks that Millennium Park was a must so we went but we only spent about an hour seeing a few of the things that were recommended before it was time to pack up and head home.

General Chicago Photos

Maybe next time, Chicago!