Get to know a local mama: MEET Wendy!!

Interviews with our customers are SO much fun! Getting to know parents + grandparents that shop at Bushbaby helps us create a little community of active, connected families! Thanks so much, Wendy, for sharing your family with us!

Where were you born + raised?

I was born in Oak Lawn, IL and grew up in Alsip, IL which are both on the south side of Chicago. My family moved to Oswego, IL when I started HS and have resided there ever since.

What about your university years?

I attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL during which I earned my B.S. in Nursing and Rush University in Chicago, IL during which I earned my M.S. in Nursing.

Meeting your husband + settling in Central IL?

I met my husband, Bryan, on our coed dorm floor our sophomore year of college at NIU. My roommate and I were placed on that floor after out original room assignment was changed due to a leaky roof. We have lived in several places while completing our college degrees including: Downers Grove, Lombard, Oak Park and Washington--all in IL. We also lived in Omaha, NE for 3 years before coming back to Washington, IL and settling down with our family in Central IL.

Tell us a little about your kids.

Liam is our 7 year old redhead son whom is very playful, full of laughter, loves hockey, creative, and always has a new idea. Matilda is our 4 year strawberry blonde daughter whom is very fun loving, full of life, loves dancing or singing, bright, and always loves to teach.

{Lauren O Photography}

{Lauren O Photography}

What's the best part about being their mom?

I love waking up to see their smiles in the morning. It is great to be so active with each of them in extracurricular activities and to be there to support them during each one--we all love to keep busy and have fun! I love to take them to volunteering opportunities within in the community with me--they are always willing to lend an extra set of helping hands.

What are some of your family's favorite holiday traditions?

We all love to decorate the Christmas tree--everyone helps! We light our advent wreath every night for dinner and say our prayers. We love to bake cookies and eat them too! Honestly, we try to find as many ways to spend more time with each other for the holidays.

How does your family enjoy winter in Central IL? Favorite activities?

Sledding on our back hill, ice skating, playing in the snow especially building a snowman, skiing, playing hockey

{Lauren O Photography}

{Lauren O Photography}

What are your must-haves for your kids from BUSHBABY?

Good gloves and hats -- North face, Patagonia, and Pistil are great! Warm winter boots -- Keen, Uggs, or Merrells. We love the Tea Collection clothing line and Plae shoes. My son loves his Kleen Kanteen water bottle.

Sounds like your family is ready to embrace winter + enjoy the fun that the chilly weather brings! Thanks again for sharing, Wendy! {Photography by Lauren O Photography}

Happy holidays, everyone!