Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We traveled to Iowa to cook and celebrate and stand up in... and a few other little things.


My brother Jake married Molly.

Their wedding was outside on her parent's beautiful property out in Iowa.

Savino's Brick Oven {our family} made all the food for the wedding.
{Click HERE for a little video to see everyone in action}

Sadly none of our grandparents could make it to the wedding.
They are such a big party of our family...
....it was sad and strange for our grandpa and both of our grandmas to be missing.
Grandpa needed surgery two days before...we are thankful all is well.
...and even though Grandma wasn't there, she still baked her sweet table and
sent all the good Italian cookies along!








"Are we finished up here?"....this one was made me laugh..Ha!

All the pretty cookies....










I asked the boys for one picture...just ONE nice picture! {insert eye rolling emoji here}







{It starts young...let me tell you!!!}






Congratulations Jake and Molly!!!
So happy to have a new sister in the family.
XxOo

Thursday, October 12, 2017

This is how I've been feeling lately.....

....lost in a great big schedule with fifty billion things to do every second of everyday.
That's usually how fall goes around here...but this year seems even busier.

At the moment, this is one of my favorite art pieces in the city...
....love all the business men under their umbrellas.



My little brother is getting married this weekend and we are off to Iowa to celebrate the big day.
I have never been to Iowa...which is funny because I live next door to the state!
I've been over, under and around...but never through.

He was the ring bearer at Jeff's and my wedding and now Frankie is his.
It doesn't seem right that he is old enough to be getting married...but that's how life goes.
Fast.

Thank you to everyone who was praying for my grandpa yesterday.
Surgery went well and he is now recovering.

Happy {early} weekend to you.
XxOo

Monday, October 9, 2017

Black then white then color then split then flip then walk then hide in the corn.
















Cartwheels and handstands...it's all she does...and birthday money recently bought a balance beam.
We have one happy little girl...who actually isn't so little anymore. {sigh}

Littlest brother thinks he is one of the big kids....copycat, copycat all day long.
It's the cutest thing.

Everyone was gone catering a wedding this particular day..
....and I only had two of the six home.
We walked and talked and at cheeseburgers for dinner.

What a gorgeous day it was...the leaves, the sun, the crispy cornfields...Fall.
Off to do Monday now.
Hope your's is a good one.
XxOo

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The last hot day...we think.we hope.


Last week was sooo Hot! High 90's...we broke records for temperatures in September.
98 and sunny on the first day of Fall?...who wants to put out pumpkins while sweating?

How do all of you in California? Florida? Texas? do it???
This hot is only fun in June and July..says the full blooded Northerner.

By the time Friday rolled around,
we decided to take one last trip to the beach.

We picked up cousins along the way and
met up with our neighbors who are basically family.











Well...this is it for summer.
From here on out you will only be seeing colored leaves, steaming coffee, pumpkins,
baked things from my kitchen and all things fall-ish.

Happy new season to you!
XxOo

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...
XxOo