Lazy Days

I know posts are incredibly boring without pictures….however, I did not bring my computer so I can’t download any of the pictures I have been taking!

I have gotten some great pictures of the boys outside. Today we took another tour of the Villages where we are staying. It’s a retirement community made up of many “villages.” There are town squares, recreation centers, pools, tons of stores, restaurants….everything! The best part (the boys think anyways) is that most people drive around in golf carts! My grandparents own one and we took a spin around the neighborhood last night for the first time. Zakkai was absolutely terrified at first and clutched my arms like a lifeline but soon relaxed slightly and enjoyed it.

Samuel has decided that we need to ride around in a golf cart “forever.” 🙂 We went to go feed ducks this afternoon before dinner. Tomorrow’s agenda includes swimming and watching line dancing in the town square:)

Oh and the best part for me so far? Two words: Vacation Naps.

We’re here!

We sailed across the Florida stateline yesterday…straight into a torrential downpour! Not quite the vacation start we were dreaming of:) We pulled over into the welcome center/rest stop to find many other cars of pale, ghostly people hoping for some sun from the Sunshine State. Thankfully, after a gloomy afternoon and morning this morning, it has finally cleared up.

I am sitting on my grandparent’s lanai with the sun gently touching my own ghostly skin. The breeze is blowing and windchimes are singing softly in the backround. No sounds of traffic or sirens. No screaming children (mine don’t count) or crazy people (well, not that I’ve seen yet…).

Pure peacefulness.

Vacation Driving!

6 o’clock in the morning

2 excited boys
1 car full of luggage
1 1/2 tanks of gas
3 movies
5 states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia)
7 bathroom breaks
12 hours of driving
2 tired parents
6 1/2 hours of driving left
1 hotel with some communication problems
8 hours of sleep tonight (hopefully)

= Vacation!!!

Whew! This is a lot of work! 🙂 Will update when we arrive!

Nicey and Peter Pan

I have a confession to make. You may laugh….but you’d better not! Ahem. I have a blanket. Why, everyone has a blanket, you say! Well, yes. But this blanket is….special. I have had this blanket since I was a baby. It’s my Nicey. It’s old and worn. It has cotton stuffing coming out of the corners and flecks of blue paint. The flowers are faded but it’s mine.

So the thing about my blanket is that I sleep with it under my pillow and have since I can remember. The other day I pulled it out for some reason and it was laying on my bed and Zakkai spotted it. He asked what it was and I told him it was mine when I was little like him. He pulled it towards him and studied it and said, “It was yours when you were a little mommy?”

My Nicey. Don’t judge me.

On to Peter Pan. Samuel loves the Peter Pan story. They read it in school and since then he and a couple of friends have been playing Peter Pan on the playground, which really means they decide who is who and run around:)

Tonight Ben took Samuel to see the play “Peter Pan” at his school! Samuel was so excited and had such a good time!

This is right after they got back:) We read Peter Pan tonight, too. Ben asked the boys if they wanted to be like Peter Pan and never grow up. They agreed enthusiastically.

I may be in trouble.

Baby Day

Wow, did I ever have a busy day yesterday!! It was a day for babies, I guess! I became an auntie for the 7th time yesterday! My newest nephew Jacob Colby Traut was born just after noon!

Isn’t he beautiful?! I can’t wait to meet him! And then my friend who is trying to keep her 32 wker twins baking a little longer went into preterm labor and is in the hospital trying to hold it at bay. I watched her older kiddos from 4:45 til about 1am! You know when anyone heads to the hospital they will be there for hours and hours (and hours)so I came prepared with my glasses, snacks, books and my Snuggie. Have I mentioned how much I love my Snuggie? Great invention!

So I am greeting this morning with more babysitting, friends visiting and hopefully some packing for sunny Florida! I have a LOT to do in the next couple of days. I’d better run but I’ll try to update later!

Mr Cool

We just arrived home 1 1/2 hours ago from 2 1/2 hour eye appointments for the boys! Zakkai was recommended to go by his pediatrician and she said we mine as well take Samuel, too. Great fun!

The boys were really nervous going in and we had to promise them that they weren’t going to get any shots or anything that would hurt them. Little did we know that they would have to get eye drops to dilate their pupils that stung! The optometrists “forgot” to warn us of that minor fact which resulted in some amazing screaming from Z and crying from S. Great fun. Oh did I say that already?

At least their eyes are good. They are both a bit far sighted but nothing that requires glasses. For now they are left with crazy looking eyes that hopefully will fade sometime tomorrow…They have to wear sunglasses in the sunlight and bright lights.

Without further ado, I give you Mr. and Mr. Cool.


I was thinking today about random things, as I usually do, and was thinking about how big the boys are getting and realized that only 3 short (and long) years ago, Zakkai was a teeny tiny baby and Samuel was pretty much baby himself. The boys really like to hear stories about when they were “little” (as if they aren’t now!).

Flow with me here for a minute and take a walk down memory lane….:)

March 2007: The beginning of brotherly love:)

And here is one of our favorite simple recipes! The boys even gobble this up, which rates it an A in my book!

Three Beans and Sausage

1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch slices (sometimes I use turkey kielbasa)

1 can ea (16oz ea) of kidney beans, great northern beans and black beans; rinsed and drained

1/4 cup minced onion

1 cup water

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

1 tsp chicken bouillon granules

1 tsp garlic powder

2-3 cups cooked Rice


1. In a 5-Qt crockpot, combine all ingredients except rice. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until heated through. Serve over rice!

*Sometimes I like to throw broccoli in towards the end to steam. Yum!