Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Why are you back?!?

...she asked the super hot weather forecast on her phone screen as she wiped her brow
with a cool, wet towel and sipped her minty iced tea.
{Okay...maybe the last part was made up...but WHY????!!!!}

I don't know which I dislike more...cold days in May after we've been teased with warm...
...or hot days in September after we've had fall-ish, sweater wearing, apple cinnamon baking,
hot chocolate, blanket using, trees are starting to change color weather dangled before our eyes.

I was just thinking a few days ago...
...it's about time to pack away the summer shorts and swimsuits and
break out all the woolly sweaters.

Have you guys seen the weather forecast for the next week in northern Illinois?!
There are 90's in it.... and lots of sunshine! What?!

Oh well...why not enjoy and take advantage...because really,
we won't see this beautiful weather again until next year!

Early one September morn, since I hadn't all summer,
I decided if the kids finished all of their work, we were going to the lake.

All chores were completed in record time!
We packed food and picked up my sister who happens to live ten minutes from the lake.
Fun was had by all.

{I love this! A go-pro selfie with his little brother...Haha!
 HERE is one of the photos he took...
...I will never swim under the bridge.}

Happy Fall...I mean summer...or do I mean Fall??? Hmmm...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wrapping up the week....so much time has passed for a non-journaler.ridiculous love letters.beautiful Chicago and now I want a doughnut.

"Where did you and mama go?" the littlest guy asked Jeff when we came home.
"We were in Chicago."
"I want to go to the city with you...and see the bean!"

He loooves walking around down there {can you blame him?}...
...and he loves the bean.

Surprise, surprise to him... I had some things to do that week...so I took him along.
Everyone came along actually...and my sister and nephew came with us too!

It was cool, then warm, then sunny, then it rained, then sunny again...welcome to Chicago!
No matter...we had a great day.

{I keep seeing these "You are beautiful" stickers all over the city...
not sure who's leaving them for me, but Thank You! wink}

{...broken strings and an upside down guitar... #streetmusic}

I am horrible at keeping a journal. Horrible!

I have probably started 9,000 notebooks in my lifetime, pretty notebooks!
I start to fill one out, then read back and think...Did I really write that? I sound so stupid!
...then the lovely, flower printed journal gets tossed.

But! I have this blog! and I try to keep up here.
This is pretty much all my children will have of their mother's writings.

Except all the love letters I wrote to Jeff... {and his to me..} all from our pre-marriage years..
...all the mushiness. and corniness...they are so embarrassing to read...even to myself!

If I ever become terminally ill, I will burn each letter I wrote...
"You looked so cute in your gym uniform today, my little handsome love muffin..."
I didn't really write that, but it's about what they all sound like.
{and he was cute in his gym clothes btw!}

..and the letters from when he was away at college? Oh my goodness...
You would have thought we were separated by a war..each in a different country...
..when really, we were only two hours apart and saw one another pretty much every weekend.

If I die suddenly...well then, have fun reading and laughing children.

All this to say..I like keeping up here.
Even if it's just photos of what's going on in life...
..and it's been a while since I posted...for a non-journal-er that wishes she was good, it's bad.

So here's to posting more often! Cheers with my coffee cup.

....and cheers to your weekend.
Hope you have a fabulous one.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

In the lovely month of August we....

...wore sweaters more than bathing suits.
{it's been chilly..and I'm okay with that! cue the wood stove..alright..maybe not yet}

....made a four layer strawberry shortcake cake for our thirteen year old's birthday.
{I had to take shelves out of the fridge to fit that thing in...}

..celebrated birthdays for Granny and Allison.

....watched the eclipse with cousins and friends.

..finally!!!! felt better this month after four and a half months of "miscarrying".
{another post for another time}

....ate doughnuts from the Doughnut Vault, but for the most part stayed away from sugar.
{which is huge for me. Huge!}

.....took the train to the city with my sister Stephanie .
{and in true Liz fashion..we made it back on the train home with about one minute to spare...
and of course out of breath because we ran walked really fast one point four miles.
hey, there is nothing wrong with maximizing your time...
..and yes children, one day we will sit in seats for the first twenty five minutes of our ride home
and you will not have to sit on the stairs by the door...Ha!}

Goodbye August. Goodbye Summer...{for the most part}
Hello September and the start of our school year and apples and cider and bonfires
and....Fall! in just a few short weeks. I am a little excited..just a little.

HaPpY Labor Day weekend!!!

p.s. There is a Balloon Festival in Harvard Illinois this weekend...
...we'll be making pizzas in the brick oven. Come out and see us!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Say cheese...Ahh....



I uploaded photos from the other day and couldn't stop laughing.
I remember her sneezing...I don't remember catching it though.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Down the road...

It's the most requested walk....go visit Jasper.

It's funny....I grew up with sidewalks and back alleys and three parks within walking distance
and airplanes from O'hare flying so low we would try to wave to the people in the windows!

Then we moved to a further suburb when I was in high school.
After high school my parents moved out to the country.

I always envisioned myself living in a cute Chicago neighborhood...
...and here we are, in a small town surrounded by corn fields. Ha!

My kids love it and tell me there is no way they could live in the busy city.
They ask all the time if we can move farther out!

Anyway...all this to say...both have my heart now!

Move me to Lincoln Park and I'd be happy as a clam.
Move me to 40 acres and I'd be happy there too.

I'm such a content person... *cough*