Monday, April 24, 2017

For the people who never see the morning.


I would rather wake up at 4am, than stay up until 4am.
Early mornings are my favorite part of the day.

The way the sun shines.
Breakfast.Coffee.
The quiet. The stillness.
The whole day is ahead of you.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, we were on a mission {more on that another day...}
Tourist-y yes, but Navy Pier is absolutely gorgeous in the morning.
The sun rising over the lake covering the buildings with glittery sunshine.
Everything sparkles.

I love listening to the city in the morning. {whether on the pier or not...}
There is so much to hear when traffic is non-existent and the city is still asleep.






My sister Stephanie and Maggie  ...a friend who is basically family.
Thanks for hanging out with us and showing us your adorable home that I want to live in.


Frankie in his shark shoes eating MY biscoff donut!!!
The one I dreamed of for daaaaays!!!  The one I couldn't replace.
Sigh....The things we sacrifice for our children.




Hope your Monday is off to a great start.
XxOo

Monday, April 10, 2017

This morning at our house...









..
...our front door and windows are open.
......sour dough bread is cooling on the counter to be used for lunch.
....trees and bushes and plants are blooming.
..it was sunny enough to drink coffee on the porch this morning!
.....we've been a little off track with school and our schedule the past two weeks,
it feels good to be productive and organized this Monday morning.
....the pink hyacinths Jeff's mom let me pick from her yard yesterday smell so sweet.
..half of my children are doing school outside..I love these kinds of days.
....Frankie has been protecting us all morning from bad guys using only a squishy Lego sword.
..I am happy and content and thankful to be able to stay home.

Jeff and Alex have been listening to the Gray Havens a lot lately....
...I love this SONG. It's been played a couple times already today. ;)

Happy start to a new week to you.
XxOo

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wrapping up the week...Wow! what happened to all that marriage blogging?


Life...that's what happened.
I started this week with  piano lessons filling my Tuesday afternoon
and nothing else on the schedule....

....I haven't stopped all. week. long!!!
Everyday filled to the brim with busy. All good...but I'm glad it's the weekend.

These photos were all taken last Sunday.
It was opening trout weekend...my boys really look forward to this time.
They usually spend it with my dad and brothers...it's a Savino family tradition.

It was rainy and cold...I was the only one that cared. Ha!










Jeff and I celebrated 20 years this past week.
We ate deep dish pizza and watched a movie on our couch.

We are actually planning a trip together this summer/fall.
....and we're going to breakfast tomorrow.
I love being married to him so very much. He makes life perfect.

Have a wonderful weekend.
It's supposed to be warm and sunny here!
XxOo

Monday, April 3, 2017

Five things you'll need in your life if you plan on having teenagers one day...The twenty year edition.


Wednesday Jeff and I will be married for twenty years...TWENTY YEARS!
{How can it be twenty years already!?}

This week I am devoting my blog to all things marriage.
A little couple to couple advice on things we've learned or experienced thus far.


I thought I'd kick off the week with five things you will NEED in your life if you
plan on remaining somewhat sane while sharing your home with teenagers.


1. You need your own bathroom. My mother has been saying this
to us girls for many years now. I won't go into detail here,
I'll just say... boys are boys no matter how old they get.
...and really, there aren't enough candles in the world when a mom
has to do her hair and a boy has just spent some time in the restroom.

2. Double thick, plush, sound proof carpeting covering your bedroom floor...
..{and maybe even the walls}.

3. A high quality, bed....because no matter how quiet you think you are when you are
...ummmm..."sleeping"...a house can be ferociously silent once night falls.

4. Moms of boys, get a good bra because you will be wearing it twenty four hours,
seven days a week.

5. If possible put four refrigerators in your kitchen and keep them filled with as
much red meat, chicken and eggs as possible.





You're welcome.
XxOo

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today....



...our windows are covered in raindrops.

......the wind sounds like it will blow our house down.

...the girls are at my mom and sister's houses.
{...they live next door to each other.
a plus when you're a kid..bouncing between Nana AND a fun Auntie!}

....I have four boys home with me...well, three. One just left for work.

..Frankie asked if he could keep his pajama bottoms on today....sure, why not?

 ...I really, reeeeeaaaaallly want to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
But! I gave up sugar for Lent..and what fun would it be to bake cookies if I can't eat them?

....has been four weeks and one day since I've eaten sugar.
I am happy to report I feel no different! That means sugar is not bad for my body. {Ha!}
I will also add that me not eating sugar is pretty much a miracle in itself.

......I called a day off so we could all sit and watch a movie together on this dreary day,
but my boring boys wanted to finish up their schoolwork.
They definitely get that diligence from their father.

...I watched a super, corny puppy movie with Frankie.  He loved it.











{See...pajama bottoms with a sweater?}

I am now going to have a cup of sugar-less coffee.
Happy afternoon to you.
XxOo


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The not so boring grilled cheese sandwich...don't be afraid to get crazy!


How does one make a grilled cheese sandwich?
....Let me count the ways.

My favorite way to eat grilled cheese is this...
2 slices of Italian or Sour Dough Bread
Provolone {or American Cheese...my family likes cheddar best}
Caramelized Onions
Slice of Tomato
{if you're feeling really fancy, add a slice or two of salami}

Smother in butter, sprinkle with Italian seasonings...
...fry in pan or bake in oven until golden brown.




There you have it..the not so boring grilled cheese sandwich.

Other things we've done...
Provolone. Avocado. Spinach...Super good!
Bacon and Provolone.
Cheddar Cheese, Slice of Red Onion, Slice of Tomato...the options are endless.

Pair with a bowl of soup or salad for a quick dinner fix.
XxOo

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The littlest.



Everything is a great, big, exciting deal.
The garbage truck.
A popsicle.
The library.
The grocery store.
A spider crawling on the wall.
The firetruck we just watched go by.
Playing outside.
The neighbor's birdhouse.






Two is adorable and innocent and I love it so very much.
I can't tell you how thankful I am that we get to experience a toddler in the house again.
What a blessing he is to our family.
XxOo