Friday, May 18, 2018

Wrapping up the week...it's all I seem to be doing these days.a fish.a song.


Wednesday felt a lot like summer.
We went up to the lake for the afternoon.






For Mother's Day and Father's Day...Alex gave us tickets to see Beta Radio.
Jeff has been listening to them since their first album was released..he's a big fan.

Our boys were with us {along with my little brother and two friends...}
It was a lot of fun. Music was great.

Here's one of my favorite SONGS they sing.
Hmmm...or maybe THIS one if my favorite?




The proudest little fisherman ever!!!
He was SO cute and excited when he caught it.
One of my favorite mom moments for sure.

Also..do you follow us at Savino's Brick Oven?
If not..you really should.

...and if you're not busy tomorrow...
..you need to visit the Kenosha Harbor Market in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
We'll make you a pizza!

Happy Weekend.
XxOo

Friday, May 11, 2018

Wrapping up the week...It once was lost.Mint Tea.Being Tricked...and a song, of course.


I don't think there is a mother in the world that doesn't receive a dandelion...
or two or five hundred each spring.

..and even though I've been given so many from each of my six throughout the years..
...I still love it!  ..because they think of ME!
...when their little eyes see it growing on the ground..
..when their tiny, pudgy fingers pick it and when they hand it over with their heart.
Moms {or anyone given a dandelion for that matter} appreciate it!

...even if you itch and sneeze! {just sayin}


...back last fall..I lost my engagement ring. I know, I know...sigh.
I looked EVERYWHERE!!! I used to keep it on this little ring holder by my sink.
It was a Precious Moments ring holder/dish thing.
{I put the link in for all of you under the age of twenty-nine who are asking..
What is a Precious Moment? Can I find it on Instagram? Is it a new Snapchat filter?}

Perhaps I should link snapchat for those born before ??? .Nineteen Seventy..kidding!
From now on I will only be making fun of the youth..since I'm, well..Nevermind!

Anyway, back to my ring.
Jeff told me I should move it off of the little dish...
"One day it's going to fall down the drain.." he said.
For 20 years it hasn't fallen..but, hmm, maybe he's right?
So I moved it. I put it into this little pitcher thing I keep on my dresser...
...and that is when it went MIA.

It was no where to be found...for months!
I told Jeff I would act surprised if a Tiffany and Co. box showed up in the mail...
....but one never came. Whatever.

Soooo...one Friday afternoon I decided to do a little jewelry purge.
I asked Sophia if she wanted anything out of the pile of jewelry I was getting rid of
before I tossed it all.

GUESS WHAT she found in the pile?!?!? That was GOING INTO THE GARBAGE!!!
Yes! My ring!!! I almost threw it away. Gone. Forever.
How it made it's way into that pile of old jewelry..I have no idea.
To say I was thankful to my daughter is an understatement!







School outside.Walks on the bike path.
Filling empty flower pots.Shorts and sandals and sunshine...
...and then a rainy forty five degree day!
{...that would be today..and tomorrow}

Spring can toss some mean tricks our way..this cold snap is one of them.
...it is turning everything green though..that's nice.


So you should get yourself a little mint plant.
Chocolate mint if possible.
It will grow like crazy and come back year after year
in abundance! ...so keep it in a pot if you want it contained.

Brew a pot of black tea...and toss in a few sprigs of mint!
It is perfection!!! ..especially on a day that you are in your garden.

Let's go back in time for the Precious Moment people
with a little peaceful song.

HaPpy Weekend.
HaPpy Mother's Day.
HaPpy it's Friday and my husband will be home!!!!!!
XxOo

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Finally! ...and another reason I love that we homeschool.


Finally!
Sunny.Seventy-five degrees.

The wind was a little ridiculous...but it is spring,
so it's to be expected.

The beach had us wanting summer...bad.
Soon enough.

Days like this are one of the many, many, MANY reasons I love homeschooling.
We can pick up and go on an adventure whenever we want.
School will be there when we get back home...or we can double up the next day!
Whatever we wish to do. I love the freedom we have.

The older my kids are getting, the more I realize
how important it is to spend time with them..enjoy their company...
work on relationships...because things will be changing around here
in the next few years...and I know I will want what I have now..back.

{..or maybe Jeff and I will be having such an amazing time traveling
and enjoying a quiet, clean house...we won't even miss them..joking.
I think. {wink}}


These guys...they're hilarious. and so much fun.




These two love being together.... #cousins.



Such a good uncle!

How are my girls soooo big?!? {Waaaaahhhhhh}



Tyler wasn't with us...but his girlfriend was.
We love Cyndie!



My sister and dear sister in law were also at the beach with us.
I have a picture of us all..but it was quite windy and well...vanity won.
Sooooo....yeah. You're not going to see it. Ha!

Stole this picture from my sister...I love her little "Beach Box"...
...and the two little cuties in the background.


Happy Spring Days!
XxOo

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Wrapping up the week....the Saturday morning edition...a GORGEOUS home for sale.a song.I maybe laughed too hard.


Monday started off with 3 inches of snow....
...by Friday it was sunny and 63 degrees.
I absolutely love winter, but I am most definitely
ready for fresh air through my windows.

Cute little song ....because it's the weekend.

Jeff did not find THIS as funny as I did...I laughed so hard. Ha!
{..and anyone born after 1995 is like..Who is he? Why is that so funny?}

Anyone looking for a beautiful home?
Our dear friends are moving to Copenhagen! {insert crying emoji}
....and their GORGEOUS house is on the market.
I'm not just saying this because they are our friends..
....their house is AMAZING!!!




Happy Weekend.
XxOo

Thursday, April 19, 2018

We made bagels this morning. That's all.





Half the batch was seasoned with Everything but the Bagel .....  
The other half an oatmeal/cinnamon concoction we created.

Homemade bagels...freshly boiled/baked are absolute perfection.
If you've never made them, you should. You will not be disappointed.
That's all.
XxOo

Monday, April 16, 2018

Where did you get that adorable coat?...a short tale of how I was awesome for three minutes...and then I wasn't.



It was Saturday. It was busy. It was rainy.
He dropped me off at the door and went to find a parking spot.

I walked into Nordstrom.
I looked at scarves only the Queen of England could afford.
I smelled perfumes. I glanced at new lip colors. I waited.

Then a beautiful twenty-something year old employee of Nordstrom started toward me.
"I looooOOOoooove your coat! Where did you get it from?"
...she, with her pretty hair and perfect make-up asked.

Me:
"Ha. I actually bought it ten years ago, wore it for a while,
gave it to my sister and she just gave it back to me..
this coat is on it's third round.."

Beautiful Girl:
"It looks GREAT on you! I love how you paired it with the floral scarf."

Me:
"Thank you."

Beautiful, Lovely Girl:"Wow..your whole outfit, I mean, you look fabulous!"

Me..{feeling pretty good about my clothing ensemble}:
"Oh..thank you"..blush, blush.

Beautiful, Lovely, Very Sweet Girl: "I bet you've been getting compliments all day!"
{I promise she said this!}

Me..{waving hand confidently}: "Well, ha, no."

Beautiful Girl That I Now Really Liked:
"Well, you really do look great. Love your style giiiirl."

Me...{I'm awesome!} {..I mean, c'mon, she called me giiiirl! }: "Haha..Thank you."

My Beautiful Bestie. What a Doll...Holding A Bottle Of ...Something....
What Is My Beautiful Bestie Holding?
"So I am working with an advanced aging skin care line for women your age..{YOUR AGE?}
and I have this cream that will help smooth out your skin, make your fine lines less noticeable.
It will also start to shrink your pores. I would love to have you sit down, I can
help you apply some...See if you like it?"

At that very moment my phone rang...
"Hey babe, I'm still looking for a parking spot...it's crazy out here!"

Me:
"Umm...actually, my husband is waiting for me...
...but thank you anyway. Maybe some other time."

Stupid Nordstom Employee Who Thought She Could Probably Be My Daughter
And Obviously Just Lost A Contact Lens:

"Have a nice day!"

Me:
"Thanks..You too"

...Oh sure...me and my lines and pores and crows feet and and Dr. Scholls
and TEN YEAR OLD COAT! will have a very.nice.day.

What is that sound? ...the crowd asked as I walked out the doors of Nordstrom.
It was the sound of a deflating head and humbled giiiiirl.

It was 3:30pm...Jeff and I decided to skip shopping and eat an EARLY DINNER.
..since we are "advanced agers" now.
...or at least my skin is.

XxOo

"How did they know I like scooters?"...whoever you are...it was the BEST-est mail we ever did see!


My sister called me while I was on my way to the library....
... "a SUPER cute box was just delivered for you."

Dear You who sent the beautiful package....
You have NO idea how much you made Frankie's day.
I wish so badly I would have recorded his reaction upon receiving
the most adorable cheeseboard we have EVER seen!

He was SO EXCITED!!! His very own cheeseboard!

Being a great fan of cheeseboards...this was theeeee MOST perfect
gift you could have given to my little boy.

He has eaten every meal on it since...even his cereal bowl was set up on top. {wink}

He kept on asking..."Who sent this to me?"
I told him I'm not sure, but he thanked God for his board when he prayed that night.

...and I'm thanking you now.
Thank YOU!







My girls were so thrilled to...
1. Get mail! ..because, well...who doesn't love mail?
2. Get a pretty and creative necklace. They both love them and {have been}
and will be wearing them often!

They also loved the verses and the darling envelopes everything came in.


Thank you for all you sent to me.
I love it!!! The necklace, the towel. I love them both so much.
Not just because I really do like them, but the thoughtfulness
you have shown makes the gifts even more special.

The time, consideration and money you put into our afternoon surprise was an awesome blessing!
Your written words were special and encouraging...you made our day!

We prayed for you and thanked God for your kindness and generosity!

Whoever you are...Thank You SO VERY much!!!
XxOo

p.s. I loved all that tissue paper!