D Week!

Done with D Week! D is for:

Dogs for their alphabet notebooks! Pretty cute, eh?

Decorating wall art! (thank you, Michael’s! 40 cents each!)
“You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares, so go DOWNTOWN, where all the lights are bright, DOWNTOWN…!” (you know you’re singin’ it now!)

Done eating lunch in Millenium Park:)


Delighting in a trip to the Lego Store!
Deliriously tired from downtown fun…

D is for Dinosaurs!! Dinos at the zoo, in the park, pretending to be dinos at home until mommy goes crazy…

D is for Daddy!!!


More buildings

Puppet Show
Heading home with the Thomas DUO (check out S’s crazy eyes!)

D is for Donuts!!!

Donuts to roll in Cinnamon-Sugar! Maybe not healthy but fun!


D is also for Drums, books about Dora the Explorer, Dinosaurs, Double Delight Counting, and Daisuke (a girl out of our children around the world book), Digging in the Dirt (too rainy to do ourselves but a movie about it sufficed:), Dogs, Auntie D, Dangerous and the Desert!
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The woman of many names..

This morning at breakfast, Samuel said, “Hey, mommy, you have a lot of names! Mommy..Heidi..Woman..and Ma’am! That’s a lot!” You could also call me “wife, Sweetie, breakfast maker, cleaner-upper, errand-running, giver of hugs and kisses, comforter, nose-wiper, diaper-changer, laundry-doer, chocolate-eater….” and many more:)

I took the boys to the Museum of Science and Industry today just to get out of the house we have been trapped in for the past 2 or 3 rainy days. The boys had such a good time! Samuel had gotten a small space shuttle as a prize before we left (thank you, dollar section!) and he was absolutely ecstatic to see that MSI had a bigger version of his space shuttle! He’s been flying it around all day and as another prize this afternoon, he got to watch some space shuttle videos on the computer with daddy! Talk about making a little boy’s day!

Zakkai has been..well, Zakkai! He is getting so big. He plays really well by himself once he gets involved in something. He’ll play with the train table, color on the walls, cut paper with scissors, play with small legos, squeeze toothpaste all over the sink…All in a day’s work!

Tomorrow we are off to finish our “D” week with a slam-bang finish! I’ll give you a hint…it starts with a “D” and ends with “town.” Have a great Friday night!

Fall

  • A cool, autumn-like wet night
  • Rosy cheeked boys bursting through the door soon after a walk with Daddy
  • Hot soup boiling on the stove
  • Crusty loaves of Asiago Cheese Bread from Panera waiting to be sliced
  • Solo grocery shopping done
  • Dollar section at Michael’s perused
  • Toys picked up
  • Jammies laid out
  • Soreness after a good morning’s workout
  • A hot cup of blueberry tea to be enjoyed, laced with milk and honey
  • Quiet evening of quilting ahead
  • Enjoying fresh chocolate iced cake for dessert
  • My favorite season just around the corner
  • More family to come in the next 2 weeks
  • Much to be thankful for:)

Cheddar Ham Soup

  • 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 chicken bouillion cube
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed or diced fully cooked ham
  • 1 cups frozen peas

Preparation:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, water, carrot, celery, onion and bouillion cube. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let cook for 10-15 min or until tender
  2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 min or until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted
  3. Stir cheese mixture into potato mixture. Add ham and peas; heat through.
  4. Enjoy with crusty bread!!

*Sometimes I like to add 1/2 cup pureed butternut squash. It thickens the soup a little more, adds more nutrients and a slightly sweet taste. Yummy!

Why I Blog

I was totally inspired by this post, written by my eloquent friend, Angela. I totally resinated with many of the things she said about why she started a blog and why others should too. I turned away with the question ringing in my heart, “Why do I blog?”

I, like many other people, started my blog to keep family and friends that don’t live close by up to date on our very exciting life, er, I mean updated on the boys. Yes, that’s it! It started out with pictures and silly little, wonderful stories. But on my end, it quickly escalated into comparisons. I read other blogs, in my newly formed blog addiction, and actually felt pangs of jealously that these other women had huge followings and actually got comments on their posts! They were witty, charming, thoughtful, inspiring…you name it. I would go back to my blank screen and stare at the blinking cursor just waiting for a brilliant brainstorm to hit me. I felt discouraged for awhile and thought about quitting since I didn’t think anyone was reading it anyways.

I needed to find my own writing style. Not copying off of MckMama or Pioneer woman (who makes me laugh outloud). Not forcing coherant (which is tough for me these days!) and beautiful, inspiring thoughts like Angela or coming up with some dramatic story like so many others out there. I am me! I am living life here in a big city, away from family whom I miss, trying to honor God while loving a busy student and raising two crazy, adorable little boys. It may not be dramatic (thankfully!), it may not always be funny but it’s real life. And it’s my life.

And so I write about my silly little boys and the silly little things that they do so I can remember all the little details when they get older and my mind can’t recapture these days quite as easily. I, like my friend above, soak in all of the little colors of my days. How my boys smell after their bath, their bright eyes as they smile at me, their soft little lips as they speak words of innocence and their tears of anguish when they behave badly or are ornery, which rarely happens but still…I am much more observant now to the things they say or do, thinking about the possible story to be recorded and shared here, a sweet memory to remember some day. And sometimes I write a little bit about me.

I love to write. I have always journaled, during the worst of times and during the best of times. I was introduced to the amazing world of creative writing when I was 10 years old by my all-time favorite teacher, Mrs. Fenner. And lately, as I get more and more comfortable expressing myself here, on my own little turf, I find the desire to create and weave stories rising up in my heart again. I feel the longing to create words that evoke laughter, thoughtfulness, and emotion in my readers. I really enjoy it, especially when I forget about what everyone else might think about me or what I write and I am just myself. Just plain old me!

And you know what? It’s much more fun that way…

The letter C

Still Rollin’ with the Alphabet and always open to ideas (hint, hint!)

C is for:


Counting cookies!! So thoughtfully and graciously donated by our favorite neighbor!

Watching the Cars movie with Samuel’s new friend:)

C is for Cat!

Making Cookies for our family!! Think Zakkai needs an apron?

Samuel working hard on his cookies!!

C is also for: books about Caps, Cats and Counting, Carrots, Crafts, Celebrating family, Cousins, Curious George, Cleaning-Up, Cute boys (mine, of course!) and Chocolate (who wouldn’t add that in there?)
Here we come letter D!!

Aftermath

My family left this morning. Even now as I write this, I feel the tears rushing to my eyes again. It was such an exciting and busy week preparing for them, knowing I was about to share my life with them, some of whom haven’t been here yet. And in the middle of Saturday afternoon, surrounded by the familiar beautiful faces of the family that I love, I was struck with a pang of sadness, knowing that it was coming to an end.

In a flurry this morning, they packed up their scattered belongings and loaded the van. We took pictures, shared a round of hugs and tramped down the hallways of our building, just like we had all weekend, with lots of talking and laughter. Ben, the boys and I stood outside and watched them pile in, my beloved grandparents, my sweet mom and stepdad, my sister and nephew, my cousin. We blew kisses, we waved and just as quickly as they had come, they were gone.

We returned to our empty quiet apartment that only moments before had held such love and such life and Ben held me when I broke. Tears of sadness and homesickness trailed down my face that, for a moment, overshadowed the joy of the past 2 days. It always happens this way but more so lately. I miss my mom, my best friend. The quiet strength and love of my stepdad. The teasing laughter and steady love of my grandpa, the sweet loving spirit of my grandma. My ornery lovable nephew, my strong beautiful sister. And my cousin who is my lifelong friend and full of grace.

Ben reading a bedtime story to all the boys:) Zakkai, Samuel and Dylan
Grandpa-Great teasing Dylan and bringing back fond memories of us as children:)
Zakkai and his new best friend, Papa!
This is for you, Grandma!
The boys calling for the Lions: “Yions! Yions! Yiiiiii-ooooonnnss!”
My beautiful mom, my stepdad, my warm and selfless grandparents
Samuel was fascinated by these statues. Before he plopped down for a picture (all his own idea), he stuck his finger up their noses…
My cuz, Charity!
My sister, Chantelle
My beautiful mama and I. She was showing me the next step for my quilting!
2 of the most wonderful people I know! Grandma, don’t say a word, you look BEAUTIFUL!
My loving parents:)
I miss my family.

Family!

Sooooo sorry I have been a blogging bum this week! I have been incredibly busy these past 6 or 7 days to the point where I reached my limit on Wednesday and fell into a sound sleep on the floor during Samuel’s rest time. I think I remember him trying to lift my eyelids up and get me to talk to him….could’ve been a dream…

We have several family members coming into town tomorrow! My grandparents, my parents, a cousin and one of my sisters and her youngest son. It’ll be a fun-filled weekend, probably filled with lots of stories and laughter. My family likes to tell stories. And laugh.

At dinnertime tonight, Samuel leaned forward and his eyes got huge and round like something special was about to explode out of his mouth. His sparkling eyes darted back and forth between Ben and I and he said, “Mommy and Daddy, guess what? I have something e’citing to tell you. (insert brief dramatic pause) Mugga and Papa are coming tomorrow!!” He’s so darn cute! He is thrilled to pieces over his Mugga and Papa (my mom and stepdad) coming to see his home!

So besides preparing for family coming (how long has it been since I’ve dusted this piano??!/ I have to clean behind the toilet and change the shower curtain liner/ clean out the refrigerator/ vacuum under the couches/ oh so much to do!:) and doing a little extra cleaning, I also watched a little boy all day Monday and Tuesday (9 hrs each day!) among regular weekly things. Can we say tiiiii–rrrrred?

And here I am still up at 10:45pm…. So please excuse me if you don’t hear much from me until Sunday. I’m bummin’ around Chi-town with my family!