Friday, April 11, 2014

sh*t storm

Our house looks like a violent storm just passed through.  A sh*t storm.  I am having a hard time finding the motivation to clean it.  Instead I am pinning summer hiking spots and Door County ideas.  :)  Nick is outside driving his pink Cadillac SUV and soaking up the sunshine.  The big kids have early release today and we are going hiking with some friends. 

All I want to do this summer is be outside.  seriously.  (until it gets too hot.  ha!)  I love being outside, especially in the woods and near water.  I need to seek more of these spots out and experience some new ones.  We love Devil's Lake & Picnic Point but there is so much more out there and I want this to be a summer we explore Wisconsin.  ;)  (have you heard that somewhere before??)

Here are a few pics from our MKE trip:  We went to Discovery World and the Milwaukee Public Museum.  (Thank you to Teresa for telling me about this all those years ago!!)

 gift shop treasures:
 waited 20 minutes for another rainstorm:
 Ruby loved these graphic scenes: 
 James wondered at a world before minecraft:


Monday, April 07, 2014

back to normal

We did it!  We survived Spring Break at home!  :) 

Both James & Ruby said they had a lot of fun last week and I did, too.  This morning it was back to the grind.  I almost felt bad for them.  :)  Summer is just around the corner, though.  I think they'll survive.

The consignment sale is this weekend so I have been busy getting all of my stuff priced and ready.  It is always such a big job and it always feels so good once it's over.  Our lower level is covered in clothes and I can't wait to get them all out of here!!

Thankfully, we had a beautiful weekend!  Hooray!!  The kids played outside so much and that felt SO good.  (for them and us.)  We also had our first fire on the patio Friday night along with some beer and the Badger game.  (deep sigh of relief)  I think spring might really be here?!

Here are a few pics before I get back to work.

James had a friend over one night and they made us breakfast the next morning.  huh.  Kind of liked that!

 Ruby slept by her hamsters, Dorothy and Penny, the first couple of nights:
 They are tiny and cute and really fun to watch.  We've all gotten nipped but they are young and we were told to just keep handling them and they'll get used to us.  Also, we need to remember to wash our hands so we don't smell like snacks!

 Here are the books I read last week.  I really liked all of them except The Divorce Papers.  nothing special about that one, I didn't think.  Fangirl was my favorite and Lost Lake was a close second. 

How was your weeked??  :)


Thursday, April 03, 2014

guess what? it's spring break!

Yup, my kids are home all week. 

Patrick is still swamped at work and the weather has been mostly crap.  We are having a pretty good week, though.  (Thank God.)  Monday was overcast but warm and we had a great hike to Picnic Point.  I needed that and it was a great way to start our week.  Tuesday was sunny but bitterly cold and we went swimming (at an indoor pool) and out to lunch.  (out to lunch = mcdonald's)  :)  Yesterday we went to the Children's Museum with our friends and then had them over for a couple hours to meet the hamsters.  (Ruby got her hamsters last weekend!)  Today we are having a lazy morning (I am on my 4th book of the week...can you say escape mechanism??  :)  I love reading so it's a good way to take care of myself.)  and going out for a while this afternoon.  Tomorrow we are going to Milwaukee!  Whew!  I have also confirmed a Door County rental for August and started nailing down dates for a camping trip with our friends. 

I have to be honest.  Seeing all the Spring Break trips start popping up on my facebook feed was hard.  I have been struggling with the weather for this past month (with lots of the country, I know) and I just felt JEALOUS.  :(  I stayed away until I was in a better mental place and did what I could to make sure we had a fun week together.  Sleeping in, staying up late, not having has really been a nice break.  We will have quite a few get-aways this summer so I am focusing on that and it's helping.  I also met Wendy at the track last Sunday for my inaugural run of the season.  A little exercise in the sunshine with a friend helped my mood a lot.  I know spring and warm weather will come.  I know we have everything we need + so much more.  I am so thankful for the ways God takes care of me/us.  I also know that comparison is the thief of joy because I read it on pinterest.  ;)  (it's so true, though!)

Anyways, here are some pictures from Picnic Point.  I love that place.

 This was on our way back.  I had a roll of Rolos in my pocket and used them as incentives the whole way.  :)  Worked like a charm but I wish I had had 3 more.

So tell me, have you had spring break yet?  Did you go somewhere awesome or have to create a little awesome yourself?  :)  


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

the little things

Good morning.  How the heck are you?  I am pretty good. Patrick is still working a lot so that has been stressful.  I hope things go back to normal soon. 

The big kids have early release today and we are going to visit a pet store or two after they get home.  (eek!  just looking today, though!)  James and Ruby are walking home, together, by themselves.  Oh boy.  James has walked with friends before but not with Ruby.  I am trusting them to be nice to each other and for him not to ditch her.  I will let you know how it goes.  :)  Nick and I are planning on walking in that general direction later so we might, you know, accidentally meet up with them.  :)

Yesterday Nick and I got groceries, went to Home Depot and then over to Olbrich Gardens for some warmth.  This is not my photo:

I wish that place was 4x as big as it is.  It felt so good to be warm and surrounded by lush greenery.  Nicky had a good time going every which way on the paths and it took him about 45 minutes before he realized he was seeing the same stuff for the 4th time.  :)  He has been watching a lot of Wild Kratts lately and is kind of obsessed with Peregrine Falcons so he kept his eyes open for one.  ;)  After that we went for lunch (McDonald's fish fillets, his choice) and then he fell asleep on the way home.  I carried him in, laid him down, and had an hour and a half all to myself.  What a treat!  He never naps on his own at home anymore but will almost always fall asleep in the car.  I should make a point of taking him someplace every day so that helps so much to have a little quiet. 

I am so excited I get to work the next 2 days!  Yay!  :)  I won't have any work days next week (spring break) but hope to get a few listings done every day.  I want to take lots of pictures the next couple days so I am ready.  I ordered some pink & blue poly mailers and I love them!! 

How fun to get a pink or blue package, right?  It's the little things. 

I was working on making the L sound with Nick last night.  It was pretty cute and he made the connection that the way he says it sounds different.  He said he says it wrong and I said not wrong, just different.  I was happy he was trying and could totally make the sound...he just needed to be shown how.  (and shown again by a pro...I was just messing around.)  Little buddy.

Alright, I gots to go.  Hungry!!


Monday, March 24, 2014

lofty love

Good morning!  It's Monday!  Time to clean dirty houses, wash piles of laundry and stock empty cupboards all while listening to a nearly 4 year old tell you his every thought, plan and desire in between begging for more time on the iPad!  (if you're me, that is.)  :)

How are you?  I am good.  Everything I mentioned above is true.  Our house is trashed and we are low on foodstuffs and Nick is already showing signs of extreme chattiness today.  It's going to be a busy day but hopefully a good one.  It's cold (sigh) but sunny so there is that.  When we can finally have the windows open on a daily basis, that will be such a GOOD day.

How was your weekend?  Mine was good.  Saturday was a lot of fun and it was nice to be reminded that ikea/Chicago is not that far away.  I wasn't planning on any major purchases but I got Nick a new mattress and Ruby a loft bed.  Yay!

Ruby wants a pet more than anything but I am allergic to cats and dogs, her top two picks.  We were considering a rat or mice but two friends filled me in on their life with guinea pigs a couple of weeks ago and they've been on our radar ever since.  We knew Ruby would want them in her room and there just. wasn't. room.  Patrick said he would build her a loft bed but when I saw one on Saturday for a good price, I snatched it up.  (well, slowly, with my sister's was heavy!)  We spent the morning yesterday cleaning rooms and moving beds (Nick has her twin now) and Patrick put the new one together.

I took this early this morning so it's super grainy but you get the idea.  She loves it and I do, too.  I kind of want to loft everything in our house.  :)  Do they make king size lofts?  We could crawl up there at night, pull up the ladder and they couldn't get to us!!  :)  hahahhaa.

Anyways, it was a fun day that resulted in a super messy house.  We barely made it to afternoon church and then had dinner at Old Chicago.  James was bummed because his burger was icky.  I tasted it and the kid was flavor at all.  I like that he has a somewhat discerning palette.  It's very different than Ruby, who is just "picky."   (bless her heart.)

I also have some ebay sales to package up so I should get to it.  I hope you have a happy Monday! 


Friday, March 21, 2014

happy weekend!

Good morning, dear ones.  How's it going?  I can't believe it's Friday already.  Where did the week go???

I was up one pound on my weigh in today.  gah!  :)  I am actually okay with it because I am still down from my dreaded plateau number.  For a whole week!  That is a record.  :)  Fluctuations are normal so I'm not sweating this.  (also, ovulating.)  (sorry, dad.) 

In other weight related news, Ruby found the "before" pictures on my tablet.  Talk about humiliation!!  Oh, how she laughed!  The fully clothed ones aren't too bad but one where I show my stomach in too tight shorts...awful!!!  I think this is payback for all the times I pretended to vomit when I would see my mom in her underwear.  :)

Tomorrow is our big shopping adventure and I can't wait!  A day to answer to know one but myself and my debit card.  :)  I am picking my mom and sister up at 6am and we are heading out onto the open road.  Sigh.  Sounds perfect.

One thing I hope we come across is a Teavana.  We have one at the mall here now but the day I was in there felt too high pressure and I got kind of irritated.  The tea they had me taste was delicious, though, and I haven't been able to get Marshmallow Macaron out of my head.  I need to find some of that and SOON.

When we painted our kitchen we ordered a new cabinet for a spot we had previously had shelves.  Now we keep cereal in the top part and the bottom shelf is for coffee and tea.  I love it!  It is my happy cabinet.

The ones in front are all my current faves.  Sleepytime is, too, but we just ran out.  I would also like to place an order with David's Tea.  Soooooon.  Hey!  I just saw they have some stores in Chicago!  Hmmmmmmm.

I know this post is a snooze.  I'm sorry.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend with amazing weather!  :)  (we can dream, right??)


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

fine motor skills, ftw

Nicky had his 4K evaluation last week and they said they had mild concerns with his speech & fine motor skills. Speech, I kind of figured. (he yoves me a yot) Fine motor skills didn't really surprise me, either. He does play with little things a lot (yot) like (yike) legos (yeg...okay, I'll stop.) but he NEVER wants to do anything involving holding a crayon, marker, or paintbrush.  They didn't tell me to do anything, just that they'd be looking at this again next fall.  But of course I'm going to try and help him now!!  :)  Not so much with speech (not a specialist) but a little fine motor skills wouldn't kill me.

On Monday he said he didn't want to color or paint but he would if he could squeeze glue while he did it.  the hell?  But, SURE KID.  Go for it.

As this was one of his first art sessions, I had to take a lot of pictures.  (also, it might be his last.)  (also, out of glue.)
After art he was happy to practice some more by squeezing melted chocolate. 
We made some coconut macaroons using this recipe (only with just 3 egg whites) and they were easy and very good.  We turned half into thumbprints with my chia seed jam.  YUM.
I unconsciously chose the cookies I drizzled for this last photo.  I wonder what that says about me??
The elliptical was still in the garage yesterday when J&R got home.  Naturally, they had to try it.  It's downstairs now and James just finished using it.  He burned 19 calories.  :)

I worked today and I am pooped.  Patrick has been working lots of extra hours just lately and probably won't be home until late again tonight.  :(  The system he is working on ships to India tomorrow and I am SO glad.  Things will go back to normal for a while and that will be so nice.

On Saturday my mom, sister and I are going to Chicago for a shopping day.




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