Monday, July 25, 2011

Meet the Nutiles!

We’re Ron, Christine, Cami, Frankie & Maggie.

We live in Oak Lawn, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago. Ron bought his parents’ house before we even met. So he’s had the same address his entire life! But now the house is 40+ years old and needs a lot of work – both mechanical and cosmetic. It’s a money pit, but it’s home. And someday, it’ll be right purty too!

Ron is a Show Electrician at McCormick Place -- the largest convention center in North America. He provides electricity (mainly, motors and lights) to the exhibitors. What does that means to us? When he’s home, he’s home A LOT -- sometimes weeks or even months at a time! When he’s working, he works A LOT – 12-18 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week. He’s a handy guy and likes to keep busy. And is happiest right at Home. He’s a lifelong hockey player and has indoctrinated our children into Blackhawks fandom.

I’m a SAHM, babywearing instructor, moderator of the local AP group, and learning facilitator. In another life (back when I earned actual wages!) – I worked for a few non-profits and spent some time in corporate America. I’m not crafty, but I try. I LOVE to read and research. And have been compiling our families’ histories and genealogy for several years.

We both came from pretty conventional backgrounds. But our own parenting journey is more of the alternative, hippy variety. At first, I had to drag Ron down this rainbow path of midwives, hypnobirthing, tandem breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping and home educating. But over the years, he’s seen the light and will occasionally even preach to his friends and co-workers.

8 year old Cami is a creative dreamer. Fashion designer, restaurateur/chef, Broadway star and motherhood are her plans for the future.

5 year old Frankie is into sports, Toy Story, Cars, and superheroes. He’s his Daddy’s shadow and mimic. He prefers a structured lifestyle.

At almost 3 years old, Maggie is very expressive. She provides her own constant commentary. She loves to make music and dance. And will do anything and everything the big kids are doing.

Our Littles have numerous food and environmental issues – allergies, sensitivies, intolerances -- call them what you will. As a result, we eat more natural, less processed foods. And practice selective, delayed vaccinations.

Although, we live just outside one of the largest cities in America, our area (hello, Southside!) is very mainstream. In my early days of parenting, I found myself very alone in my choices. But I things are definitely changing ‘round here!

We’re happy to have you here in our virtual tribe! And hope you enjoy a peek into our lives.

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