Tuesday, February 21, 2017

That time in February...

...when five days in a row we broke warm weather records.
{which will be ending this upcoming weekend}

....when Jeff had a day off and we went to the Field Museum.

...when we walked along Lake Michigan because it was just so sparkly and blue.

......when we had a great day as a family.
{minus Tyler because he is almost all grown up and working and doing that college thing and we just miss him being little and carefree.... but I also love seeing my kids grow up too...bittersweet}

.....when {once again} I told Jeff I NEED to live in the city.

..I came home to my old house, in my small town and remembered I love it right where I'm at!

........when we stopped for hot dogs at the BEST place on the planet!!! and I may
have eaten more than I should have. ...or maybe not. whatever.

I love my family so very much.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forced to live the life of a model... when all you want is your tractor.

I often hear...
"Say cheese..."   click, click, click.

Then I find photos like these of Frankie on my camera.

"Are we finished yet girls?
My tractor and trucks are waiting..."

Model Life. It can be tough.

Sophia baked us M&M cookies....

The kids and I had a candle-lit dinner...we made roast chicken and rice and ceaser salad.

And of course......

{Taken from my insta-story...}

...off to clean up the hearts and sparkles.

Monday, February 13, 2017

13 Things I do for Jeff every single day....

....or at least I WISH I did!
If anyone could attest to my failures as a wife, it would be Jeff.
I'm thankful for the grace he gives and that he loves me anyway.
The man I married puts up with a lot.... remember my tea story? {rolls eyes}

Since it's the week of love, I thought I'd share a list of little things a wife can do to keep marriage fun!
...and vice/versa! A husband can do these things too.

Things A Wife Can Do To Keep Fun In The Marriage

1. Fix UP! Make up, hair..no old sweat pants and hole-y tshirt you painted the living room in.
A husband wants to see his wife pretty.

2. Wear pretty underwear and bras...and yes ladies, lingerie! {if your husband likes it..wink}

3. Wear clothes your husband likes...if he likes that red sweater, wear it.
If he likes you in a skirt..put one on. If he likes your sweat pants, then by all means..wear them!

4. Keep mints/gum next to your bed or under your pillow...
...you never know when you're going to need fresh breath.

5. Surprise your husband with a massage.
I am the worst massage-r in the world, so this one is hard for me.
Are you reading Jeff?  ....this I will work on! {wink}

6. Be spontaneous!
As children get older, spontaneity starts to fly out the window...do your best to hold on.
Seize those little moments... sometimes a quick "chat" while hiding out in the closet is fun and just what you need to keep your marriage exciting. Backseats, garages...etc.
Really, your options are endless. Ha! Be creative.

7. Keep those legs shaved! No man likes stubble.
{or your face if you're a man...unless your wife likes a beard, then don't shave}

8. Send love texts...it's the modern love note.
Send "pictures" to your husband if you're brave enough.
Just double, triple or even quadruple check the number before you hit send.

9. Only say happy things when he walks in the door from work.
This one is hard on a bad day....but do your best to not complain! No one likes to be around a crank.
I promise it pays off...your evening will start out on a positive note and the mood will be lighter.

10. The ten minute pick up. {This idea from my neighbor....we've been doing it forever.}
Ten minutes before your husband gets home, set a timer and have the kids pick up the house for ten.
No husband wants to come home to a pig sty. ...and no wife wants to live in one. Pick up!

11. Pray for your husband! Praying for him will not only encourage him, but you as well.
I can't tell you how much praying for my husband makes me fall in love with him.

12. Surprise your husband with a date..or a night at home with no kids.
Let's be honest, most husbands don't plan dates...instead of being down for him not being romantic,
be the date planner!  You'll both have a great time...in the end, no matter who plans, it's a win, win.

13. Make him breakfast before work. Pack a lunch for him. Make him coffee...do something special
each morning...it will start the day off right.

HaPpY Valentines Day.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wrapping up the week...maps and cookies and the loss of a friend.

1.Sunshine on our map.
2.Whipped cream is so pretty.
3.Making pizza.
5. More sprinkle cookies.
6.English Riding Lessons.
7.Ice fishing.

An old friend I went to school with passed away suddenly this week. He was only 39!
I feel terrible for his family. Just terrible.

He left behind a beautiful wife and three young children.
Please pray for their family as they deal with the shock and loss of a husband and a father.

If you're interested in donating to his memorial fund...you can go HERE.

Life is short...so very short!
It's sad that it takes situations like this to remind us to slow down
and appreciate the people around us.

I told Jeff a thousand times this week he is NOT allowed to die!
I could not live without him....

Happy Weekend.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wrapping up the week....and new songs for you from Ellie.

1. My daughter wants to move to a farm and buy a 100 horses. {or just one}

2. Scrabble Slam ....one of our favorite games. They played with Jeff's mom yesterday.

3. These buttery sprinkle cookies are very, very dangerous...to me. I'm not telling how many I ate.
Swiss Maid is my favorite bakery...It's old school but not? Do you know what I mean?

4. Maybe Jeff and I are behind...but have you guys seen THIS!?!  ....problem solved.

5.  Oh Ellie!!!! Your NeW SoNg !!! and this one !!! How sweet. and THIS ONE !!!
...I think the last is my favorite...but they are all good.
I wish I lived next door to Drew and Ellie...I'd sit under their open windows and just listen.
Until I was arrested for being a stalker...but whatever.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Old coats and muddy puddles and warm-ish days.

....his little face was this serious most of the time.

"We're going on a bear hunt...we're going to catch a big one."
He really thought we would....down the path, behind the trees, under the branches.
Unfortunately we never did. Probably because bears don't roam free in Illinois.

We read the the book often.
He loves it. so do I. If you don't have it...Get it!

It's smelled like spring...and felt like spring earlier this week.
37 degrees...we almost pulled out the sandals!

Today it all changed. We had sunshine, but Brrrrr.....!

I do love winter..but these walks and windows slightly cracked
open in the bedrooms for fresh air are making me long for spring.
{...don't tell Jeff about the cracked windows...something about wasting heat?
but we heat with wood..so no energy lost, right?}

His little brown jacket is from Gymboree ... it's 19 years old and has been worn by all the boys.
I bought it for Tyler when he was a baby.  I'm not a big saver...but I'm glad I have this little coat.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Let's get this week going....slowly.

The above photo pretty much sums up our weekend.
It was quiet. calm. sleepy. ....and as much as I hated most of us being sick,
having a couple days of absolutely nothing except laying around, was kind of nice.
Maybe because Jeff was here too...he always makes being home better.

Three of the boys haven't gotten sick....yet?
Hoping it passes right on over them. 


Today we hop back into real life...slowly.
Like...I've decided to skip school with the younger kids today...slowly.
Now that it's late in the afternoon...I'm happy with the choice I made.
There's always tomorrow to catch up, right?

Happy Monday to you.