Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It was frosty and sparkly and moody and we took pictures of my pretty sister who is having a baby!

{chatting with his sister...<3}

From a distance... the foggy air, the frosty trees and the sparkling grass look so beautiful.
...but the closer and closer you get, the more and more detail there is to see.
God's creation is amazing.

Late fall in this part of the world can be stunning. I have a deep love for November.
The crisp air, the first hard frost, the coziness of a fire inside....
....this all makes my heart skip a beat.

The other morning my sister Stephanie and new sister Molly
went to my sister Dana's house and took pictures of her cute little tummy
at sunrise out on her property. {did I use the word sister enough?}
The air was brisk and chilly and perfect!

Dana is expecting a baby girl in just a couple of weeks...
...their first girl after five little boys!
To say we are all excited is an understatement. {wink}

Is she not the cutest pregnant person ever?


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Star counts are falling...why on EARTH did I suggest sharing an app?

We were away for the weekend. Just the two of us.
I was getting ready for the day.
Jeff of course was dressed...he started and finished before my hair was even dry.
Men are so fast.

Since the hotel coffee was mehhh...he said he'd run for us.
To Starbucks.
My standard.
Where I am a gold member and have accumulated more stars than I would care to admit.

I made, what I thought at the time, was a brilliant suggestion...
"Why don't you log into my account on your phone...then we can both "earn" stars.

{For those of you who don't know, stars are points you get when
you make a purchase at Starbucks}

I downloaded the app onto my dearly beloved's phone and naively logged in.
He returned with our coffees...I finished my hair.

We spent the rest of the morning caffeinated and in love.

This happened on a beautiful, sunny, Sunday morn..., let us fast forward to the following Thursday.

Liz is in the Starbucks drive-thru.
Liz orders a cup of coffee.
Liz pays with her Starbucks app.
Liz receives coffee from barista in window.
Liz begins to drive away.
Liz receives a text from husband.
"How's your coffee?"

I know he's amazing and smart...but also telepathic?
How does he know? ...I wondered in three seconds of awe.

Then suddenly, it all became clear.
Notifications folks!
Those little light up "dings" that take place on your screen when an app
wants to share information with you.

You know..a text message. a phone call. your wife purchasing coffee.
I have a new thing in my life...Coffee Accountability!

Now, I never hide anything financial from Jeff.
I really hate when wives sneak around behind their husband's backs when it comes to finances.
The old..."What they don't know won't hurt them..."
It's rude and selfish in my opinion.
{Unless you are saving for a surprise or a gift...etc. ...well, then it's okay}

You should respect and be able to trust each other in the area of money.

We are very open with our spending...
...however, we do not discuss each purchase we make.
I don't tell him when I buy a bagel and he doesn't inform me when he stops for a bottle of water.

But now..thanks to notifications, he knows about Every.Single.Cup.Of.Coffee!!!
...and lately, I seem to be spending a whole lot less at my nearest Starbucks location.

Funny how accountability and awareness in an area of life changes things.
Especially when you get an "Enjoy your coffee" text each time you grab a mocha.

{Love you Jeff if you happen to read this...{wink}

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wrapping up the week...with the most perfect of perfect songs and my love for November.

{my brother and sister in law's family room^^^..I would move into it if I could}

November is pretty much my favorite.
You can read about it HEREHEREHERE or you can see, I like November. {wink}

For many, many reasons I love November.
Jeff's birthday. Thanksgiving. Fires begin almost daily in our wood stove.
Cinnamon Coffee. Pumpkins are still in full swing. All the baking. Homeschooling.
It's the eve of the Christmas season!!!...etc.

...and now I give you THE PERFECT NOVEMBER SONG!!!!!

My sister Caitlin shared it with us a couple of weeks ago...
...I loved it and couldn't agree more.

Happy November.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday and Applesauce by numbers.

Two bushels...or two laundry baskets chocked full of apples.

Four and a half people.
{not that Frankie isn't a whole person..but as an applesauce helper, we'll count him as half...-ish}

Two pears eaten while making applesauce. {wink}

Eight and a half hours.
{Why every October, do I underestimate the timing of this endeavor in my mind?}

Twenty one quarts sealed and cooling on the kitchen table.

One chicken roasted in the oven all afternoon with carrots and potatoes and onions and garlic.

Two cups of coffee.

Three round trips back and forth to the orchard to drop off and
pick up employees who happen to be my children.

Four loads of laundry washed.
Two loads put away.
Two will wait until tomorrow morning.

One mother happy with all that was accomplished.
The same mother happy to be getting ready for bed.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wrapping up the week.

It's gloomy and windy and thirty nine degrees on this last October Friday.
There is a fire in our wood stove with cinnamon and apple slices boiling in a copper pot.
Hello cozy days...welcome back! We love you.

This week all of the leaves on our Maple tree fell to the ground.
The garden ended for the year.
Hot chocolate happened one morning.
I still and will always love homeschooling my kids.

Happy Weekend.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Listen young moms....It wasn't that long ago....

....I was the schedule maker and the one in charge of our time.

....everyone was in a car seat.

......all of my babies came along to pick up apples every Fall or pick strawberries in Spring.

...we sat together for breakfast each morning and I would read out loud.

......baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies made me the queen of the world.

....Hot Wheels were everything!!!

..everyone wanted to sit next to me. {or on top of me!}

....I had a couch full excited for me to read Dr. Suess.

.......I couldn't wait for nap time.

...playmobiles were set up all over the living room for days.

...we grocery shopped as a group.

.......I used to hear constantly "Are they all your's?".

...everyone was excited to go to the library to pick out books. cream was a HUGE deal. night was the highlight of the week.
{a camp-out on the family room floor took it to the next level!}

All six of our kids still live at home.

Our oldest turned twenty last month and I know it won't be long until
they all start leaving this nest we made.

These days I mostly bring along the girls and Frankie...
...because they're the only ones who want to come with me! Haha!!!
The older boys are more into one on one time while out instead of the whole team.

They will come with me to be nice if I'm going alone...but I tell them it's okay.
I know they don't love the library like the three year old loves the library.

They are onto bigger and better and more manly things...
...going to the gym.
...sleeping outside under the stars in their fancy sleeping bags no matter the temperature. bacon in cast iron pans on open fires.

These things make me happy to see. I love being their mom! and I love seeing them grow up.'s all happening so fast! I had no idea.
When older moms in Target lines tell you time will go fast and enjoy these days...LISTEN!

Listen to them.
You will very soon have time to read that book and take a shower in peace...I promise!
You will one day go to the store alone like you've been wanting to
and you will wish for someone to help pick out a flavor of juice or a type of cereal.

I am happy beyond happy that I have been and
still am able to stay home. I know not every mom can.

Yes..sometimes we sacrifice things or activities and Jeff sacrifices a lot of time
so I can be with the kids all day...but we wouldn't trade it for anything.
{although I would love for Jeff to be home all day with us too!}

I can buy new furniture and fancy jewelry when they are all grown and gone.
I probably won't even care much about it all when the time comes anyway.

Don't wish away your time....I know..I KNOW life can feel crazy and full.
When you feel like running away {which will happen if you're a mom!!!}....
...take a minute. Think about what you have right in front of you.
and be grateful for your crazy life!

Before you know'll be thinking..It wasn't that long ago...

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... 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.