Monday, April 14, 2014

Just a little bit of Sunday and Monday.



It was a rainy, rainy Sunday afternoon yesterday.
We decided to color Easter eggs...something we normally do Easter weekend.
Since next weekend is going to be busy, busy, busy and Jeff's work schedule is cRaZy...
we changed our little tradition.  Turns out it was much more relaxing this way.

Sunday nights at our house are usually set aside to go over the sermon we heard in church that morning.
Jeff preached yesterday on the significance of Palm Sunday, so we went over his sermon. :)





This is the second year we used brown eggs for dying as opposed to white.
(although we did have a few white)
I love the colors so much more! They are darker and richer looking.
Not that you can tell from my picture. Ha!




My sister is now a mommy of three little boys under the age of three!
Meet my new little nephew....Sawyer Burke.
He is the Sweetest! Cutest! I could give him a thousand and one kisses.

Little Sawyer made me want my own baby even more.
Fall seems so much further away than it already is.
Not that I'm willing to give up summer,
but I really hope October gets here soon!


14 1/2 weeks.
Photo by Sam in my Monday morning cleaning/teaching/take a nap skirt.

The sky spent the day snowing here. Bummer after our 79 degree Saturday.
Soon, soon warm weather will be here to stay....for a while at least.

Hope your week was off to a good start.
XxOo

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I can't believe I finally did it.

I've written about my girl's bedroom in the past.
It's probably the most discouraging room in the house.
The girls are good about doing chores in the house,
but when it comes to their bedroom, they just don't keep it clean!
No matter how many times I help them put away and organize,
it always goes back to the same old mess!

Clothes all over the place..mixed with toys and dolls and a collection of priceless artwork from cousins and pieces of jewelry and rainbow loom bracelets and googly eyed stuffed animals and hundreds of glasses of water from the night before and single sock balls and the other shoe we can't ever find....You get the point, right?

It's a combination of laziness and too much stuff with no place to put it all.


Well, last week I was feeling better than I had been in a while. I decided we (the girls and I) were going to tackle their bedroom. So I read an inspirational story from this mom's blog, to get us motivated and in the mood to purge and clean and organize. :)

We started cleaning. I was putting things into piles and sorting...the girls were helping, but not helping.
I had them carry the Lego's out to the hallway where they began to play.
I called them back into the room.
I had them put away clothes. They started playing with stuffed animals.
I told them to stop. They did...until they were distracted by a sticker book found under the bed.

This was about the time I finally lost it.



For so long I dreamed of doing what this mom in the story had done.
After multiple threats over the past two years, I finally did it! I emptied their bedroom.

It made sense. Simplicity and freedom of excess is exactly what my girls needed!

I am NOT a lover of clutter...
it overwhelms me and I could clearly see it was overwhelming my daughters.
They couldn't keep up or manage their own things. It was too much.

So I sent them downstairs for garbage bags and we pulled empty bins out of the attic.
I told them we were doing what the mom in the story did! Everything was going!
I was expecting tears. Or at least a look of shock. They did neither!

They were excited. They told me they wanted a clean and empty room.
They grabbed garbage bags and started filling them. They put the important things into bins.
THEY WERE HELPING ME! No complaining. No distractions...just helping!
Seriously, non-stop working!

Toys, stuffed animals, the thousands of pieces of jewelry...we even got rid of the dresser!
Everything went.




When we were finished, their room consisted of a bed, a small bench that has a bookshelf under it,
a crate with a lamp and a jar of roses they dried from their Granny on it and a small basket of stuffed animals.
That was it. That IS it!

Everything that was in the dresser went into little canvas totes on a shelf in their closet.
Important toys are packed away in the attic. Everything else is gone.

They told me thank you at least ten times that day.
They told me they couldn't wait to go to bed so they could sleep in a super clean room.

The next day their oldest brother painted the room...colors of choice, light pink and white.
They wanted to keep all their horse decor on the walls.
 It feels so bright and airy and simplified. I love it. and so do they. :)



Today they even said they LIKE to make their bed now!
If you're wondering whether or not to take all your kids toys away...the answer is Yes!
Your kids will be so much happier. You will be so much happier.
XxOo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Christmas tree went up in flames.




It feels like I am finally entering back into the land of the living.
I still get sick at night but I feel so much better than I have for the past couple of months.
"Hey Mom, you're awake a lot more"....each of my kids has told me separately.
I'm glad they noticed I was missing...and back again.

I've been catching up on things like deep cleaning and actually cooking normal meals!
I'm not exactly sure what my family ate through the months of February and March...
...but they're all alive and seem pretty healthy. ;)

Today is gorgeous! The nicest day we've had since last fall.
Windows are open. We cancelled school.
Instead of Presidents Day, Columbus Day..etc, we take off beautiful days in spring.

My boys have been outside working all day. We finally burned our Christmas tree. Ha!
We also took our Christmas lights down from the house...I know, I know.
Don't judge....things have been a little disorganized around here.



{My first "flowers handed to me by a child" of the season...}



I don't think I've ever dreamed of summer more than this year.  I can't wait.

I have a roast and carrots and potatoes in the oven.
Biscuits need to be mixed and baked, so here ends my blog for the day.

A song  for your afternoon.
XxOo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We're SUPER famous models now.

Early Saturday morning Jeff and I got to play " the lucky couple".
We were taking advertisement pictures for this lovely resort.

I want to live in the great big old mansion we were shooting in....it was Gorgeous!
They said no. Go figure.



I've never been dolled up by others before.
I've never had my make-up applied by anyone except myself!
I asked the make up artist to come over every morning...she said sure, but I'm thinking it may get costly.

Wedding fashion details can be stressful..but not for this fake bride.
The lovely ladies in charge chose everything....
....my dress, my hairstyle, my jewelry, even my lipstick color.

They took me outside of my always-wear-your-curly-hair-down little box...
I never wear my hair up the way it was styled, and I never wear berry colored lipstick.
I was pampered.

It was a blast and that beautiful cake tasted SOOOO good! The frosting was amazing.
I would like to eat a piece right now!

Here are a few photos I stole off instagram. :)
I enlarged them....sorry about the grainy quality.









The most handsome fake groom ^^^ever!





The picture does not do the table set up justice.
It was a gorgeous brunch spread with so many pretty, pretty details!
I'm sure the professional pictures will be lovely.

Playing wedding for a day was fun. Especially since I had such a great groom to work with. ;)
Happy Evening to you.
XxOo

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday.



I was 12 weeks into my pregnancy yesterday.
I'm officially in my second trimester now. :)

I need to go shopping for new pants. and new shirts.
and a new purse...a purse is very important for pregnancy you know.

We tapped the sugar maple tree in our front yard....I've spent the day boiling sap.
My house is steamy and smells like we're about to eat pancakes.

It was 63 degrees today...but very, very windy.
When it gets warm in northern Illinois....it gets windy. Welcome to March/April.

We've decided to take spring break this week.
It was a rash decision...which is fine because I want to get my house back in order and organized.
I feel like I've spent the past few weeks napping..oh wait, I have!

I don't live in NYC, but I thought this list was fun to read.

I washed blankets today that have been in the laundry pile since February...
...see! I told you I needed to get my house in order!

I've eaten one too many chocolate chip pecan cookies today.

“We fear men so much, because we fear God so little.” 
 William Gurnall
How true this is.  It's so easy to care more about what people think than what God thinks.

Hope your week is off to a good start.
Happy Monday.
XxOo

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Wednesday in March.







We spent the day at The Museum of Science and Industry. (MSI)
If you're ever in Chicago, it's worth a visit. Very hands on, very kid friendly.
It's a great museum. One of our favorites.
FYI : It's free to those who homeschool and also teachers.

It was sunny in the city.
Driving past sparkly Lake Michigan made me wish for summer right Now!
I can't wait to walk through the city, take my kids to the beach and
eat chocolate swirly ice cream cones....soon, soon. (sort of ;)



Finally, I thought I'd share phone numbers with you....
...Should you be in need of a one day divorce at the low cost of $59 {What is the world coming to?}
Or Dirt Cheap Life Insurance...Not cheap, but DIRT cheap.



Happy Wednesday.
XxOo

Monday, March 24, 2014

Little Snapshots.



Everyday moments that have made up life lately:
The mega port wine cheese cracker.
Coffee Beans....why do they smell so, so good?
She's 8 now. Her brother gave her $10 to spend at B&N. Oh the choices to be made!
Italian soda...I found a bottle in my basement pantry I forgot about! Score!
I'm almost NOT going to fit into my jeans pretty soon.
I love teaching my kids at home. I am thankful everyday for the opportunity.
We're ready for all the snow to go away....even the snow that's coming tonight! Ugh.
Last weekend we had 13 kids rotate through our house...almost everyone slept over at some point.
{The kids loved it...they wish every weekend could be like that.}

Happy new week to you.
XxOo