Leaving Home and Girly Things!

Samuel started packing up the shopping cart today and encouraging Zakkai to help. He said, “Mommy, we’re going on a trip! We have to pack up all of our toys to take on our trip. C’mon, Zakkai! Pack up the toys!” I asked where they were headed and he said, “Ohio. We’re going to see Mugga and Pappa and Grandma! And we’ll be back in free (3) weeks!”

How cute are these?!! I’m sorry, I am so darn proud of my latest crafty adventure, I thought I must share! It’s so nice to be back into doing girly things again after my long haiatus (more on that in a sec)! These two onesies are for a friend due in 3 weeks with her second child. She has absolutely nothing for this baby so we’re having an impromptu baby shower for mom’s group tomorrow. Do you think she’ll like these?? I really hope so:) Next, I’m doing 3 more onesies for my friend back in Ohio who just had a baby girl on Friday. Oh, I love girly things!
And, I’m getting back into cooking now that I’m mostly normal! I cooked my first roasted chicken on Saturday surrounded by carrots and red potatoes. Mmmm..it was a big hit! I accidentally got a really….really…large bird, like 7 lbs large. What did they feed that thing! So we had plenty (PLENTY) of extra meat for shredded chicken tacos the next night (so good!) and tonight I’m adding some of the chicken into some Parmesan and Romano Cheese Rice. Delicious! I may even start posting a couple recipes here and there for anyone interested. Recipes are my obsession; my recipe box is so full that I cannot fit another recipe in there…but still I keep on adding more:)
And last but certainly not least…My back has been healed! I was still experiencing a lot of pain in my spine as of last week and asked some very wonderful friends if they would come over and pray for it. The rest of the day I was still in a lot of pain but then on Thursday, after roaming around the zoo for 2 1/2-3 hours, I noticed that I wasn’t hurting. (gasp!) It continued Friday (5 hours downtown), Saturday (trip to Costco), Sunday (church) and after days of being afraid to believe it’s true and expecting the disabling pain to come back….it hasn’t! I picked up and carried Zakkai for awhile today with no pain! Hallelujah! Just had to share my miracle:)
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Spring Break!

Samuel trying to climb on the life-sized tiger

Checking out the seals

Me and my boys!

Holding hands:)

A life-sized, dinosaur complete with movements and roaring that scared a few years off of the boys’ lives….

Playing at the lego store

Little Lego Men!

This week I have answered approximately 1087 questions about: buses, trains, conductors, engineers, tickets, rain, cold weather, dinosaurs, skeletons, legos, airplanes, rabbits, naps, chicken nuggets, books, coats, shoes, people, hippos, bears, tigers, playdoh, the lake, cars, peas, swimming pools, grapes, flowers, music, spoons, kisses, stickers and why, why, why??!!!
I am tired, exhausted and sore but man, am I happy!

I am Creepy…

I started this blog one year ago! It’s intention was for family (ahem, Grandma and Mugga!) and friends far away to read to keep them updated on our life (mostly stories of boys!). Anyhoo….a friend (thanks, Emily!) got me addicted to blogs. It all started with one blog, which led to another…and another…..and….

So I have a list of blogs that I check regularly. For varying reasons, these blogs interest me and I check them every couple of days but rarely comment. I had a realization today that….I. am.creepy. I’m like a creepy blog stalker, reading into the lives of people I don’t even know and will probably never meet! I feel so…dirty. I swear I didn’t mean any harm! I was just so excited to be in the internet world for the first time and there are all of these really interesting people out there with really interesting lives. People I laugh with, cry with and pray for. People I don’t even know. I need to start commenting or never go back to their websites again! I am hiding my head in shame tonight. Who knew I was creepy? sigh….

But wait! I know there are several of you who read this and don’t comment either! So I’m not the only one out there lurking. I feel much better now:)

It’s been a really busy week so far! Ben is on spring break which means…lots of family time! We have been to museums, rode the bus for the first time (I know…only took 3 1/2 years and I definitely wouldn’t recommended it for someone recovering from a serious back injury), have taken walks, rested, and today went to the zoo. Here are a few things I have learned this week:

Zakkai’s new favorite word? NO

Taking the bus/train is a WHOLE lot cheaper than parking in chi-town (unless you get a meter)

I can push a cart for a little bit now! Whoo-hoo! But there can only be one child under 30lbs in it and it can only hold a few groceries. It’s a start!

While the boys may really like dinosaurs, never take them to exhibits with life-like, moving, roaring dinosaurs…

Classical music makes the boy’s bedtime a whole new (and happy) world!

9 children ages 3 1/2 and under can make a huge mess of your home in a very short amount of time! (don’t worry, I love it!)

A piece of banana bread is NOT like a muffin apparently

3 1/2 year olds are REALLY smart and do not forget anything that you promised them

You are never too old to enjoy the zoo but it definitely is more enjoyable with children!

Tomorrow’s outing? Riding downtown on the train and walking down the Magnificant Mile and more importantly, visiting the Lego Store!! Pictures coming soon…

Prayers for Stellan

Please, please pray for this sweet baby boy! I found this blog several months ago and have been praying for him since. He almost died in-utero from a heart condition, was covered in prayer, born healed (they thought) and now has slipped back into his heart condition called SVT. He has really high heart rates of lower 200s to 300 beats per minute and is very sick. Please pray for his healing! You can click on the picture and it will take you to his mama’s blog.

Bugs on the Trees

Spring “sprung” briefly this week! Oh, it lifts your spirits up so much, doesn’t it?! It felt heavenly to get those cooped up-sick-of-seeing-the-inside-of-our-apartment-wall-stir-crazy boys outside!! I think they went down the slide a combined total of..611 times yesterday and today:)

We have been talking a lot about spring for obvious reasons. It’s so fun to explain things to Samuel now that he’s older and can have “real” conversations. We have a bazillion big windows in our living room/dining room area that look out at some huge trees. So at lunch yesterday we were talking about the trees “budding” when the spring comes. Here’s a sample of our conversation:
Samuel: “Why are the trees moving, mommy?”
H: “Because they are SOOO happy that it is warm outside! They are dancing. And pretty soon they will get buds on their branches that will turn into green leaves.”
Samuel with funny expression on his face: “Bugs, mommy? why will they get bugs on their branches?”
H, laughing: “Oh, not “bugs”, “buddddss.” There will be little tiny buds soon. I will show you!”
Samuel: “Will the bugs be there when I wake up from my nap?”
H: “No..it’ll be a few weeks probably but I’ll show you as soon as I see them. And they are called “buDs” with a “D.”
Samuel shakes his head with ornery look on face: “No, mommy, they aren’t buds. I want to call them bugs!”
And so, soon the trees will have bugs on them that will turn into big green leaves:)

And in Z-news: the little boogar is climbing everywhere! In the past 3 days, I have found him on the kitchen table, the deep freezer and most recently today…I came in to get him up from his nap after hearing a particularly suspicious crash. I expected to see his head pop up from the pack n’ play that was on the other side of our bed but instead heard a little voice peep, “Hey, mommy!” from my left. I found Zakkai sitting on our old tv stand-turned-nightstand picking out books to read! He had finally figured out how to climb out of the pack n’ play, onto our bed, across the bed and over to get himself a nice naptime story to read…sigh. It’s a good thing this child is so darn cute!!

And cute he is! His latest adorable two year old ism? He gets nose-to-nose with me or puts his hands on the sides of my face and says in THE sweetest, softest little voice, “Hey, mommy, hey, mommy, I tell you someping?” Oh, he melts my heart! In between causing gray hairs, that is…