Friday, August 18, 2017

Wrapping up the week...Don't mind us while we summer a little longer.

{Sophia}

Most of the kids in this country went back to school this week.
Not us. As I've written herehere and here ....I don't like early school starts.
I know not everyone had a choice...I'm thankful we do!
....and we will start in September.



{Allison}
{Allison}






{Sophia}

Jeff and I are leaving our kids behind for the weekend.
I have work to do in the city and we're getting together with some friends.

I have been sooo excited to have time alone with my favorite person on the planet!!!
{that would be Jeff...wink}

....but now that it's the day of, I get all nervous about leaving my kids.
Even though they'll be in good hands...I turn into worry queen of America.
So now I'm all stressed.

However...come Monday I'll want this weekend back! and my husband here.
Ha! Funny how we let ourselves torture ourselves.

Have a fabulous weekend.
XxOo

p.s. I put the girls names under the photos that they took and edited.
They are very into photography and using my camera. Ha!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hello little blog, ten days later.after the fair.after the birthdays.


Savino's Brick Oven spent last week at the county fair.
The guys made pizzas all week long.
The wives (and nana and grandpa and grandma) made dough during the day and
then walked kids around the fair until way, way, waaaaaaay past their bedtime.
The papa made all the Italian sausage.

The kids thought it was the greatest week ever!

The girls entered a bunch of projects...
Allison won...
First Place for muffins.
Second Place for brownies
Third place for a crotchet project.

Sophia won...
Second Place for a still life drawing {her cousin won first!}
Third Place for black and white drawing.


The tractor tires were one of the highlights..Ha!

The cousins...they are all so blessed to be part of a big family.
It's funny how to them, everyone all the time is part of life.

We went to pick up our fair projects and more than half my family was there picking up their things.
I love it! It's nice to have so many people in my life.



His brothers took him to the truck shoot out one evening...he thinks he's big stuff.




What fair is complete without cotton candy and snow cones?
They are a must....for the kids. ;)



I could eat our pizza everyday and never, EVER tire of it!
It's my favorite...you guys have to try it.

XxOo

Friday, August 4, 2017

Wrapping up the week....with no mom guilt, some really good songs! and God needs our wisdom...oh wait, He actually doesn't.


How was your week? I can't believe it's August already, can you?

Our garden is {almost} in full force. We are watching those heirloom tomatoes closely!
I can't wait to make my summer soups and tomato pie! Soon..Soon!

I wrote THIS a couple of years ago on my blog...I forgot all about it!
....I was reminded this Monday when I read THIS article.
Thought you moms could use a little encouragement as you head into the weekend.
You are loved.


God needs our wisdom ...oh wait, He actually doesn't.
{don't read if you don't understand satire...wink}



Jeff and I are always, always on the hunt for new music.
We have spent many a high school dates scouring Tower Records {remember that store?!}
searching high and low for new artists.

{Is it embarrassing that we had a collection of over 1,000 cd's
on or shelf at one point?}

Anyway...we now have kids that do some finding for us...it's great!
..they know what we like....and I can't get enough of these guys!

I downloaded the album after Alex had me listen. I've been playing it all week.
They are seven siblings ...and they are amazing together!

Song#1
Song#2

...and I think this is my favorite at the moment.
You know what...their whole album great! Haha.

Have a Fabulous weekend!!!
XxOo

Monday, July 31, 2017

It was too late to canoe, I flipped the homemade cheesecake upside down and it's been thirteen years with her.


She was four minutes away from being born in the car.
{Thank you Jeff for breaking speed limit laws that sunny, July evening...
...you are an amazing driver even at 91 miles per hour.}

It took us two days to name her....
...we flipped a coin while filling out the birth certificate.
The nurses were laughing at us. Heads Molly...Tails Allison.
Molly, my choice actually won...but Jeff really, REALLY had his heart set on Allison...
...and since I liked it too, I let him win.
My brother is marrying a Molly in just a few short weeks....
..we'll have the name in the family now. ;)

She loves horses and dogs...and it's really sad her mother hates them.
Not horses...but dogs...at least in the house. ;)

She wanted homemade macaroni and cheese and
burgers on the grill for her birthday dinner.
It was a family effort... we have kids that like to cook...
.....Jeff needs to build me a bigger kitchen!
{Would anyone want to donate to a GoFundMe?
Is that taking advantage? Nooo....I don't think so.}


Her cake was a cheesecake..she helped me make it.
Then I flipped it upside down on the floor right before
we were about to sing Happy Birthday!!!!!!!
{They all called five second rule...I just couldn't. Yuck!}


She wanted to go canoeing at sunset...after dinner we went to rent canoes.
We missed it by twenty minutes....plan b.

Fishing.
We caught nothing.




Sisters and bestest of friends.
I pray they always stay this close.




{^^^The pieced together flipped cake. Ha!}

We now have four "teenagers" in the house.
I absolutely love it!!! They are fun and incredible and make our home happy.

I can't believe...I CANNOT believe!!! my oldest daughter is thirteen.
She is such a blessing to us.
XxOo

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

As those 10,000 maniacs said...these are the days.











Splashing and sunflowers and kale and chickens and sun light and fresh chocolate mint
and naked feet and crisp, line dried beds and steaming sourdough and laughing girls
and easy, early mornings.....

.....the good life.
These are the days to remember.
XxOo

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ten things I learned from the "top drawer" and a devastating earring break.


He was so CUTE in his Structure vest, Fossil watch, 5.0 GPA, driving a gold Ford Escort...
...yes I'll go on a date with you and yes I'll marry you in three years!
...and yes I'll love you even more than I can imagine 20 years later!

The first summer we knew each other he bought me a pair of tiny gold hoop earrings.
I have worn them almost everyday since. That's over 23 years of wearing!

THEN...last Friday night one of my earrings cracked in half
when I was putting it back into my ear. I was so sad because...
1. My favorite pair of earrings were now broken.
2. Sentimental cry here...it was the first "big" present Jeff ever gave to me.

Saturday morning I was on a mission to find another pair of gold earrings I own,
since I can only wear gold in my ears. I can wear other metals only for a short time...
...then they bother me.

Anyway....
I ended up searching through and emptying out my "top drawer".

Do you guys have "top drawers"?
You know...an "important" junk drawer.
One you can't just dump...one that contains super important things as you can see below.


I learned a few things last Saturday morning.

1. My retainer no longer fits..my teeth have shifted.
{Really? I, the queen of tossing away still owns her retainer?
...it's that black polka dot container...
...I decorated it myself using white out when I was a young teenager.}

2. We have 2 free ice cream cones at Culver's.

3. I forgot how good Philosophy perfumes smell..and Jo Malone.
...and Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea.... an oldie but goody...especially during the summer.

4. I still own 10,000 bracelets I haven't worn in 10 years?
Because...you never know. But really..I do know. Just get rid of them Liz!

5. Why, yes Jeff, I do have chapstick you can use.
..Not the answer I gave him the other night, but after my top drawer, well...

6. I have an extra dollar now.

7. I found a few long, lost pens.

8. That little gold square in the top left corner of my dresser...it's a key chain.
Jeff gave it to me for our first Valentines Day.
It's engraved....my name is on one side and I love you on the other.
I forgot all about that sweet gift.

9. The watch I always wear on my wrist is not on my dresser.


Finally....

10. Gulp..I guess the girls aren't the only reason pony holders go missing.
Sorry for all that blaming dear daughters of mine.

P.S. I never found the other gold earrings I was looking for.
XxOo

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wrapping up the week...Monday thru Friday and a couple of little articles for you.


Nothing exciting going on around here.
Just the usual...and the usual is the most peaceful.


Monday:
I had to give the Heimlich for the first time in my life.
...to my 2 year old.
....he was choking on a cracker RIGHT in front of me while I was chopping peppers.
...it was scary to see him turn purple and not breath.
..I was thankful I knew what to do.
...he cried for a little while. I didn't cry...but my hands were pretty shaky.


Tuesday:
We ate tacos...because..well, Taco Tuesday.

Wednesday:
It rained. a LOT.  Hello weeds everywhere. Hello mosquitoes everywhere. Hello humidity.

I'm also very proud of my brother in law .
His job is not an easy one...especially in this day and age.
Thank your local officers!

Thursday:
In this week's episode of God convicting Liz and her sin nature...
After having my very own expectations and taking them out on my dear husband...
I read this article a friend posted on FB  ....Ouch! too bad I didn't read it sooner.
Sorry Jeff.

Friday:
I bought a bottle of geranium oil. and a Larabar  ...big excitement.
I also found a new store that opened close to my house that sells Polish Pottery!
It's eight hundred million dollars a piece ...I'll be doing a lot of browsing. ;)


Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
XxOo