Thursday, January 15, 2015

Road Trip!

Let it be known that Collin and I did not, I repeat, DID NOT attend a matinee last weekend.  

No, we partied it up with the cool kids at a 6:45 screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

What?  Why are you snickering?  Oh, 6:45 isn't with the "cool kids?" Mockingjay Part 1 has been out for how long...?

Yeah, I know.  I know. We are hardly "cool."

The movie has been out for so long now that it has been relocated to one of the tiny, closet-like theaters.  We walked in just minutes before it started and I asked the attendant, "is it full?" I'm pretty sure she was snickering on the inside.

It did end up pretty much filling up, but that's not that hard to do when there are like... 30 seats total in the room.  As the screen went black at the end of the show a guy in the front audibly sighed, "awwww, shit! That's it?" and all 30 of us burst out laughing.  

Have you seen it?  The third Hunger Games?  Ugh.  It was a sobering experience for me.  After the numerous events around the world last week I wasn't sure if I should be happy that we don't live in this world or scared as hell that someday we will. 

But! I loved these books and I am loving each and every movie.  However! Help me out here, was President Coin a women in the book?  I didn't remember the character being a woman, am I just losing it?

Saturday was ours to be had and we weren't quite sure what to do with it but ended up sleeping in and then piling in the car for a little road trip to the country.  

The last time I was in Amish Country with the girls  I had dropped off two sets of sheets to be made into rugs for our laundry room.  Back in November I received the first of TWO letters saying those rugs were done and ready to be picked up.  We all know how bad I am at responding to texts/emails/messages so can you imagine how bad I am at responding to actual letters??!!  Very bad. Very, VERY, Bad.

It's a good hour and a half drive out to Amish Country and not something the boys would probably really enjoy yet because it means so much car time (some day I believe they will love it....someday), so I figured this was my perfect opportunity to take Collin along.  

And OMG, what an opportunity it was.  YOU GUYS!!!  We got to go INSIDE her house!  Holy Crap that was like a dream come true.  It was beautiful. Simple and beautiful. A bucket of eggs at my feet, pies on the table, potatoes cooking over a wood stove, a sad iron waiting by the clothes, and a beautiful china cabinet full of gorgeous dishes that I would bet get used every day.  It was basically my Dream Life.

When we got back to the car I looked at Collin in amazement and said: Those bitches are going to be so jealous!

Hahaha!  I mean that in the most enduring way you, girls!

We figured we'd head home after picking up the rugs but as we passed the Barry Road sign the truck took a sharp right. I couldn't be in Amish Country and not show Collin around.  So we headed to the bakery and the woodworking shop and the grocery store.  He loved it as much as I do. And he finally got to taste one of those heavenly cinnamon rolls (that picture doesn't do it justice....that is a large to-go container.  Those things are huge. And amazing. So, so amazing.) We hit an antique store on the way home before making it back into town in time for Saturday night mass and then to pick up the kids.

Here are my rugs.  I love them!!  They add just the pop this drab, gray room needed. This makes me want to finally finish the laundry room! 

Photo of my piles of laundry are just an added bonus - you're welcome!

Unrelated to last weekend's trip, tomorrow we're heading out of town as a family for an overnight get-away.  The boys are all very excited and have been drawing pictures and telling their friends all week long.

Can you tell where we are going??

Thursday, January 8, 2015

This week I turned 35 (and we celebrated Three Kings Day)

The only birthday parties I can recall having as a kid were sledding parties.  I'm sure I had others that were centered around staying indoors, but I don't remember them.  I remember getting all bundled up and trudging over to the golf course, as a group, and sledding for hours.  Then we'd come in and warm up with hot cocoa and eat cake.  

Oh my gosh, that feels like AGES ago.  Probably because it was.  It was AGES ago.  Good Lord, I'm now thirty-five. As in 3.5.

"That's really Biiiiig, Mom." One of the boys said on Tuesday.  

At 35 I assumed our family would be set, we'd be done having children, and I'd be managing a credit department.

Hahaha, oh my how life expectations change.

Maybe we are done having kids, but I hope not. And I have no desire, NO DESIRE, what-so-ever to be managing anything except for myself (and the kids and our home and all that jazz.)

On my birthday I took the time to soak in the tub. I thought I'd do a little self reflection; think about where we've been and where we're going. But instead I just sat with a notebook and pen and unloaded all of the lists from my head: calls to make, appointments to make, upcoming birthdays, things to organize, random to-dos. It wasn't very introspective but damn did it feel good to free up some memory space up there.

My birthday is January 6th, which is also Three Kings Day or the Epiphany of the Lord. We've never celebrated Three Kings Day before but I wanted to this year. Besides, it worked out perfect because I had three cupcakes left from the boys' school parties to save for home (Collin and I had leftovers from Keaton's birthday party last weekend, which meant we didn't get a shot at being "the King" but that's okay.)

One of those three left over cupcakes had an almond baked inside, whoever found it was The King. The King got to pick out the family movie and pick dinner for this coming Sunday.

The boys dug into those cupcakes with gusto.  I couldn't remember which one held the almond so it was just as much fun for Collin and I to watch as it was for them to eat.

After each bite there was an inspection....where is that almond?

 And towards the end the cupcakes started to get crumbled...that almond had to be somewhere.

Ta-da!!!!  Nolan was the winner!!  

He picked Thomas' Muddy Matters, his new cho cho movie.  

The big boys lucked out though because Nolan could care less what we eat for dinner as long as it's food, so they got to be in on the decision making after-all.

So, if anyone is in the mood for some Tomato Soup on Sunday, come on over!

And the best birthday/Three Kings Day news of all is that Papa & Busha have offered to take the boys overnight on Friday!  Can I get a Woo Hoo??!!  We'll be busy partying it up this weekend as 35 year olds do: sleeping in and then catching a matinee screening of the newest Hunger Games movie (A MATINEE - OMG, we are old!)

Friday, October 24, 2014

From the Nature Trails

My mom and I took the boys out on the trails in our back acreage last weekend while she was up visiting; I had grabbed my camera hoping to snap some pictures of the beautiful leaves. There was only one problem....the leaves were all gone.  I breathed a deep sigh of regret for not getting out there sooner and started walking.  

The kids ran and ran and found milk weed just right for blowing and leaves on the ground just right for collecting.  As I watched them I realized (once again) that there is magic and beauty in every stage of every just have to look for it.

Happy weekend, everyone!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Halloween 2011
Keaton, almost 3, was an oriole.
Hutton, 16 mo, was a blue bird.
I was newly pregnant and horribly nauseous during trick-or-treating.
We shared the news with our families that night.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vacation Journaling 2014: Day 3 - Fishing, Ice Cream and a Lumberjack Show

Tuesday, August 19th

The kids woke up with one thing on their mind today, so after breakfast we didn't stop them from getting dressed and grabbing the poles. Fishing was suddenly on the agenda.

Our dock is decent size but putting five kids and four adults into any area suddenly results in cramped quarters. 

That being said, I was so impressed with how well the kids did.  They took turns so nicely and waited patiently and generally just loved being down there watching and reeling and touching (the fish) and taking it all in.

They all got a chance to catch their own fish and, as any good fisherman would do, name them accordingly.

Keaton named his Nice Bluegill, Hutton named his Lumberjack Show, and Nolan named his FEESH!!

(My children may or may not need a bit of help in the naming department....ha!)

The girls, on the other hand, picked out beautiful names for their fish.  Lucy named her fish Lyra and Lily named hers Ellory.

Just as Lucy was getting ready to put her fish back in the water Lrya flipped and wiggled lose, as fish do, and jumped back in.  The kids all stood at the edge of the dock and shouted, Bye Lyra!

It might have been the most adorable thing ever.

That night we headed to Minocqua for dinner and ice cream at Hoogie Doggies....

...and then made our way to the Fred Scheers Lumberjack Show for an evening performance.

I love these shows because they are entertainment for everyone, kids and adults alike! I think it is safe to say we all had a good time.  After the show the kids got to collect some wood chippings to have signed by the lumberjacks.


By the time we got back in the car to head home the kids were ready to crash - it was too late to ask them about their favorite part of the day - but I'll tell you my favorite part: Keaton, after getting his first wood chip signed looked up at me with wide eyes and said, "Mom! This was signed by a REAL lumberjack!" 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Soul in the Season - Autumn 2014: Nourish


Soul in the Season is back and it has found a new, permanent, home over at The Sunlit Path!

It's been exactly three years since I last made a "Soul in the Season" list and five years since I started this segment in the first place.  Just like I needed it five years ago, I really, really need this in my life right now.

Em and I have changed things up a bit, adding a new fun element I hope you love as much as I do. We've also tried to minimize our "list" to avoid it becoming too much of a task can find all the details here: The Sunlit Path - Introducing Soul in the Season - Autumn 2014: Nourish

Come read and then Tell us! 
What are you looking most forward to this fall?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our Week So Far....

Sunday - At church on Sunday Keaton slumped over and look up at me with puppy dog eyes and whined, I'm just soooo tired! And I did as any doting mother would do, I looked down at him and hissed, "sit up straight, that's not how you sit in church!" He came home from mass, ate lunch, and put himself to sleep.  For 3 hours.  You know where this is going, right?  Back to School germs, yup, yup, yup.  And Mother of the Year for me, obviously. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, our first (of the year) school cold! ::throws confetti::

Monday - After hitting the essential oils hard on Sunday Keaton was good enough to go to school on Monday so we got everyone ready, headed to the car, and then our nanny called.  You know where this one is going too, right?  Back to School Colds for everyone!!! She sounded awful. AWFUL.  So we quickly adjusted our plans, Collin took the boys to school and then stayed home with Nolan for the day.

Tuesday - Everyone is feeling much better.  Sarah (not her real name) is back, Keaton is continuing to perk up, the other two are still showing no signs.  Life is Good!  Everyone makes it to there designated locations on time! My phone drops my first conference call but makes it through the second with flying colors!  Yay!  Oh Shit.  Why is Collin calling me 4x in 15 minutes? He threw out his back.  Wait. That does it no justice....He THREW OUT HIS BACK.  That's a little better.  You guys, I've never seen anything like this, he CAN NOT GET OUT OF BED. Apparently all those times I said I "threw out my back" I must have "slightly tweaked my back" because Holy Shit is this bad. The boys brought him dinner in bed though, so that was kind of cute.

Wednesday - Is that today?  I don't even know where were at here....yes, today is Wednesday.  Collin barely slept last night, which of course means I also barely slept last night.  And guess what else happened over night?  The little two started coming down with their colds. Because, of course!  I was going to keep Hutt home but he woke up 10 minutes before Sarah was going to be here and said he wanted to go to school (he doesn't and hasn't had a fever so I let him...I probably shouldn't have, but I did). So, we had 10 minutes for him to eat, brush his teeth and me to make Keaton's lunch.  But then he sat down to eat and said his tummy hurt: poop or eat Hutt, you can only do one! Pick! He went to the bathroom, I shut the door behind him and realized instantly it was locked, because why not? I mean, we're not running late or anything....I find the key, get the boys in their shoes and coats and out the door only to realize that Keaton's car seat is not in the car....and OMG, can we add one more thing to this morning?  Please?!

Anyway, that's our week so are you doing?