Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day Runaway Cincy, Day 1

On Saturday, after Gymnastics and lunch, and a bit of a poopalooza, we hit the road to visit our college friends who live in Cincinnati for the weekend! 

Here's my Top 10 pics from Saturday. 

10.  Jacob was out cold 20 minutes into our journey. 
I love how Gymnastics wears him out.  He thinks he doesn't always need naps, but he does. 

9.  We found a thunderstorm.  We chased it for a while, right behind, as evident by the smoldering street, but then we caught up with it in Cincy, and passed it.  Then it hit us again when we got to our friends Joe and Kate's house. 

8.  They know what's up.   Joe had found this beer, well, tea beer at Jungle Jim's and stocked up because I said I like sweet things.  This was Refreshing after driving on a hot summer day.  Perfect!
And I love sampling Local Fare! 

7.  Lucie's big brother and sister are both on Dance Teams.  She is joining up this fall.  But while the Daddies were out picking up dinner, she gave Kate and I our very own dance recital performance.  

Here's a sample.  
This is the stuff I miss having boys.  My sister and I did performances All The Time. 
Lu slayed me with her mad skills, and she was enchanting.  I loved it.  Amelie tapped barefoot for us too, but I didn't tape any of that.  I think God knows that if I had daughters, they'd be dancing and having tutu drawers, because I just love it all so.  So he sends me boys. 
The closest I get to a Performance is Star Wars: Crazy Wars, episodes created every summer.

6.  Remember that one time, all 6 children sat in one place and ate their dinner so sweetly? 
They ate so sweetly, that we grownups got to actually sit down and talk!
We ordered from a chipotle style mom and pop mexican place called FUEGO!  Eric got the hottest sauce they had, it made him cry, he loved it.  The little hispanic gal behind the counter had been genuinely worried about his health.  Everyone ate.  And Eric was just fine! 

5.  The girls generously offered the bunkbed in their room to the boys.  But the boys wanted to camp out with Jack in his room.  So it ended up being just Jacob on the top bunk.  To keep him company, I took the bottom bunk. He loved the princess canopy, and the kitty and dance art work on the walls.  

4. Flower power nightlights!  We are not used to flower decor like in little girl rooms.  We loved it! 
This green flower made Jacob very happy.  He wanted to leave it on all night long! 

3.  We were being watched.  
Something new for Jacob.  Their cat Gandalf, who was super shy around us, kept sneaking in to check us out while we tried to go to sleep.  
I've forgotten what it's like to live with cats.  I didn't realize how much I missed them. 

2.  Somebody's watching me. 

1.  This child was disinclined to sleep in the new room.  Mr. Peek-a-pook-aHe loved being on the top bunk, and all the decorations that are totally different from things we have.  This first night, he didn't settle down until almost midnight.  If I hadn't been so tired, it would've been really fun and funny.  
As it is, 3 days later, now it's funny.  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Last Day of School

Family Movie Night

School's out for the summer!  

I had planned an Oily bonfire for my team, but  at the last minute no one showed.  
That was ok, I cracked out this new (to me) treat.  I love these shandies. 

And because it was just us, terribly hot outside, and  it being an Ozone Action Day, we opted to move the party indoors, and with no shows, we opted for family movie night indoors instead. 

To end the school year, I had purchased them the Greatest Showman soundtrack and movie. 
So after Daddy did haircuts in the backyard, we popped in the new (to them) movie. 
Chris's friend Z was over for some of it too.  They were all so sweet watching this Circus movie, it brought a moment of calm to the Circus within.  Kind of Awesome.  

Even though it wasn't the bonfire with roasted marshmallows we had planned, it was a great start to Summer Break!

Summer Begins

Each summer, we create a Wish List, a list of things we want to do.  
Last summer, we knocked out a significant majority. 

This year, we are also adding a Responsibility chart.  
They have to knock out these jobs before being allowed to play all day. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Break List

We crossed off the first item on our Spring Break list tonight. 
We're staying home for Spring Break, and it was a crazy busy weekend.  Part of that is our faults.  And that's ok, but it meant that they didn't really have dibs on much of anything we did until this evening.  So it was time for them to choose from their List.  We had discussed things we wanted to do earlier in the week, so we'll see which ones we cross off.   Tonight, the first was...

The boys wanted to have an "Epic Mario Kart Battle". 

We normally don't allow them to play video games on Sunday night, or on any school night really.  
But on the weekends when they are allowed, they have to stop at dinner time.  It tends to suck them in, and they forget things, and get snappish at bedtime.  That was true tonight too.  Jacob forfeited the rest of his race, when he got mad and threw his controller.  Then he cried because we wouldn't give it back.   But the rest of us had a good time playing.  I still stink.  That's ok, it's not the most important for me to be good at the game, I just get a kick out of the kids saying, "Rainbow Road is my downfall." and Jacob saying stuff like, "I want to do Rainbow Smash!"  What's Rainbow Smash?  It's my downfall.  Who am I kidding?!  They are all my downfall. 
I came in 12th twice, and tied Jacob.  He is convinced that coming in 12th place (out of 12) really means he wins.   Well, I guess we all won a bit when we finished by laughing.   

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Time to blog and scrap and do things that I've been putting off.  

The Boys wish you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

They can be pretty sweet when they want. 

Yesterday was a Crazy Day!  
The littles had Gymnastics in the morning, and Jacob had a birthday party for a school friend at noon. 

While I took Jacob to meet Moana at a Birthday Party for his school friend.  
While we were there, the big boys went to a Piano Theory class. 

We learned during the afternoon that our friends the Webers were in town for a Dance Competition, in which 2 of their kids participate.  So we basically hunted them down just to be able to see them.  
We tried to catch Jack dancing, but they were too fast for us, so we just hooked up at the hotel.  After some debate we opted to get pizza and bring it back.  So did half the city, the Keystone Sheraton was Crazy! 

We chose to have a floor Pizza Picnic in the hallway with all the ballrooms, because nothing was going on in that hall. 
We brought the crazy.  

Initially, there was shyness between the kids.  It was our kids and their kids kind of separated.  
But then we started telling them what all their favorite things, they all love Hamilton, and Star Wars, and Legos.  Suddenly, they had things to talk about.  

And they are crazy... just like our kids.  
They ran rampant in that hallway for the better part of 2 hours, and they had a great time.  
We got to chat with our friends, and get to know their kids a bit.  
And it was Awesome.  

They even let me take a few photos. 

They had to do a crazy one first. 

Then they posed sweetly for me.  
Remember when there were only one for each of us? 

Then we had to repeat the awesomesauce photos.  
It's very hard to get 6 kids to keep still.  
They are kind of Awesome. 

And here we are.  Chris took this, and 3 others and all are a little blurry, oh well.
We've been friends since before we all started dating.  Joe was Eric's roomie in college.  And when Joe had a bit more hair, it was red, and he was one of Eric's Groomsmen.  It was kind of Perfect timing to see him this weekend, since it's been 20 years since he stood up for us.  It had been almost 4 years since we'd gotten to see them.  It's been a rough year so far for the Weber family, but they have kept their smiles and humor, and they could continue to use Prayer. It just did so much good for us to find them. It reminded me of old times to sit and laugh with them, and worth every bit of the insanity of chasing them down, driving all over town, and being gone all day.  
They made my day.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

Apparently we are Eagles Fans

As we age, we just don't Party like we used to.  
We used to go to a friend's house, and do the Super Bowl Up!   
Then our kids got older, and we realized it's a School Night.  
Then we realized we actually hate having to wear clothes outside the house past dark.  
Seriously, it's a Lot Of Love for someone that leads me to not be in my jammies at 8 pm.  

So, we've taken to watching the Super Bowl at home.  
We don't traditionally make a bunch of fancy food, we ordered pizza once, but it took like 3 hours to arrive.  This year, I didn't think we cared much about the Super Bowl.  It ended up being the Eagles against the Patriots.  we ordered a Pizza Kit off a friend's son, with a build your own pizza, breadsticks, and cookie dough.  Super Easy!  I'd totally be doing that again.  The only thing we missed most of the first quarter because the TV antenna was being super fritzy.   But after a half an  hour of Eric messing with the Plex channel he created, I gave up, and tried the NBCSports App.  Boom, there it was.  Now, every commercial break, it would fritz out on me for a second, so we only saw about half the cool commercials.  But as it turns out, that was ok.  
It turns out my Kids like football games.  Way to go Opa.  
Sam instantly began rooting for the Eagles, because they wear Green. Of course.
That wasn't surprising at all.  I was rooting against Patriots.  Chris began to root for them too. He asked me why we hate the Patriots.  At first I just said, They Cheat.  But then as the game progressed, they kept giving us reasons to dislike they way they play. All new reasons. 
By halftime, the boys were calling the Eagles, WE.  That's fine, I can be an Eagles fan for a night.  
Usually I root for Colts first, Peyton second (or Eli since Peyton retired).  Everybody else. Meh. 
But yes, I root against Patriots.  They like to push the limits, and not really in a good way. How often when they play did you hear last night, "Well, that's not Technically Illegal"?  I think that's a sign.  
They are like kids.  Actually, a lot like kids.  Tom Brady has Temper Tantrums, and Cries when he doesn't get his way either.  Yes, a lot like the kids.  Frankly, I was impressed by how the Eagles handled themselves at the game, and after.  I love how they Praise God first.  

Chris had to join Justin Timberlake when he started dancing to "Can't Stop the Feeling". 

Are asleep? 
Jacob didn't make it to Halftime.  
He felt a little warm to me, and was curling up, putting his hands under my legs, because I am the "Warmest". 
This morning he woke up with a Fever.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Secret Recipe


A Secret
The Photo of the Day is A Secret.  
While doing my research for my Oil Party next month, I found the Secret Recipe for making the Lavender Lemonade they serve on the Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah. 
I got hit with a whammy of Motivation today. 
I'm wishing of warmer days, planning goals, and plotting schemey schemes for my Oily Career! 
That's my Secret today.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Mysterious Footprints

The Photo of the Day theme is Magic.
What sort of Magical Creature makes this crazy track in the snow? 
I was so confused.

Turns out it was the blowing leaves. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018



It's not looking good.  
Reading Little Women, and Beth is very sick.  
I have to stay up late to read her through it. <3
The theme for today's Photo A Day is Text. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

In the Night


Well Done God!   
A Beautiful sunset to end a Beautiful day. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thank You For....

Thank You Lord, for Quality Time with my Sweetboys. 

This morning was "Muffins with Mom" a breakfast event at Sam's school. 
Of course, I didn't eat a single donut, Sam and I oinked out on donuts.  
Woohoo!  Beautiful carbs. 

Christopher and I had a Lunch Date after his Band Concert.  
Lots of Quality Time, and a Cheeseburger as big as his head.  
That's all he needed to call it a "Wonderful Day".
I think this picture makes me smile and laugh more than any of the ones I took of the Band. 

This face. 
He told me he needed sunglasses to be in the car. It was Amazingly sunny today.  
He and his friends at school had Pajama day, and then got to go outside and play. 
By the time he got home, he was exhausted, and he didn't even mind taking a nap.  
His sleepy snuggles are the best, but he can also rock the Superstar look.  

Thursday, January 25, 2018

My Morning View


Everyday my morning view consists of my nightstand.  I have my: Alarm clock (Yes, that is the same alarm clock I got in the 1980s, my first!) my phone (No, I don't sleep with my cell phone, I have a land line, you wanna reach me in the middle of the night, or naptime in the afternoon, call that), my Diffuser (I keep that thing Loaded, but currently it has Thieves in it, since Jacob keeps crawling in bed with me), my Peace and Calming balm, and my Genesis Lotion.   For Christmas Eric got me a Kindle, with a pretty blue flowery case, and so I'm currently reading Little Women.  Lotions and a Book. Priorities Yo. 

#2 out of 20

It was a snowy and icy day.  When we told the boys to be careful, we meant it.  They literally skated, shuffling on icy shoes down the sidewalk.  For some reason though, even though it was a sheet of ice when we got up, the Schools didn't cancel.  Eric had noticed the Ice, on his morning run.  And thus he turned around, came in, and rode the bike.  But the boys had to skate to the Bus Stop.  Eric wrote in to work, and the crew decided to work from home until the sun was out.  Ha Ha.  There was no sun, there was just some light, so we can see that the roads were icy.  
Meanwhile, I thought he'd get all kinds of time to work, because I had Places to Be.  Jacob had to get to Preschool.  They were having a Puppet show at 10:30 come in to school, and Parents were Welcome.  And I had a Lunch Date.  So I didn't think we'd be able to play.  But my plans fell apart because of the ice after I dropped Jacob off at School.  The Puppeteers were coming from Westfield, and they weren't going to make it out here.  And my Lunch Date is from Greenwood, also not happening.  So, suddenly I find myself with my husband at home, and No Children.  

Keep it PG people.  

We decided to Do Lunch.  

We consulted the List, and chose one of our favorite hangouts to have a date. 


Once upon a time, I had a friend named Eric.  I thought he might like me, but he was dating another girl.  I had many friends, and a few family members tell me I should go out with him.  And he was Nice. Kind of Cute too.  Well, I needn't worry, he was dating another girl.  Then they broke up.  He sat me down on the steps of Ross Hall to tell me that he had broke up with this other girl.  Suddenly, my heart fluttered, and I was nervous.  Then he asked me out, he wanted to know if I'd like to go see Les Mis at the Matinee the following Sunday.  Uh, Yes Please! I'd always wanted to see Les Mis. And it would be even better to go with this nice guy!  So we had a date.  We were going to be crossing over to More Than Friends.  We had a Meeting.  We were joint Parliamentarians for TBS and KKPsi.  So we had to go.  He took my hand, and we walked.   Holding hands.  We were all kinds of sweet and crap.  After our meeting, some of the crew wanted to go to Steak-n-Shake.   We held hands on the way to the dorm so Eric could get his wallet.  I may have even called him Hon.   As soon as Eric stepped away, she turned to me, simply agog, "I didn't know you two were dating!  How long have you been going out?"  
I looked at my watch.  About 2 hours. <3 

So we went to Steak-n-Shake.  
It was the site of our first unofficial date.  

On our wedding night, we got to our hotel room late, and we realized we were starving.
You know what we did for food? 
That's right. Steak-n-Shake. 

Steak-n-Shake has become one of those places that holds much sentimental sway over us.  
We go there for Valentine's Day dinners, with kids or without.  We'd go on Dates. 
And on this snowy day, we went for lunch.  We even drove over to 38th Street to our Original Steak-n-Shake.   

I made him take a cheesy date photo with me.  
I think we're going to do this the entire year.  

I'm really starting to Love these Dates.  
This one REALLY reminded me of the days of old, helped me remember the Love that brought us together. 20 years can seem like a long time.  But with one meal, I'm brought back to the night he first asked me out, just like it was Yesterday.

My favorite beverage from Steak-n-Shake. 
The Chocolate covered strawberry milkshake.  

24/365 Begins with S...  A Strawberry shake from Steak-n-Shake.

I don't think they had this 23 1/2 years ago, but it's my favorite now.  I can't go wrong with strawberry stuffed drizzled in hot fudge.  I don't even want to know what's in it.  It's tasty.  And because it's pink, I usually don't have to share.  I did share with Eric though, because he's Sweet. 

One of our favorites from back in the day was the Patty Melt. 
If you've never had a Patty Melt from Steak-n-Shake, you're missing out.  
I'm also a fan of their chili, and when you dump it on the fries, it's pretty good, but Eric only introduced me to that technique recently.  Back in the day, we used to get cottage cheese. It was simple, they had cottage cheese, with a ring of pineapple.  I loved it, and begged for a bite of Eric's every time.  I ordered it often when I was pregnant with Sam.  But they don't serve it anymore. :( 
Still, it's ok that some things change.  
Some things stay the same.  

I still really like that guy.  So when and if he asks me out for a date, I'll say Yes, again and again. <3

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Happy Birthday Daddy

Happy Birthday Daddy! 
 My Dad turns 69 today!  

To celebrate, we all met at his favorite restaurant, Santorini's downtown. 

We took over the joint, with all the kids and Lisa and her crew, and even my Step Grandmother Meb.  It's a great family place.

I think this is why the kids love it, Saganaki. 
Flaming cheese!
They light it up, and we all yell Opa! 
Jacob got a huge kick out of that this time, because Opa is German for Grandpa which is what we call my Dad.  So, we all yell Opa! Then, to be equal, we all yell Oma for my Stepmom.  For the rest to the evening, any time the staff lit up a Saganaki, my son would scream at the top of his lungs, "OPA! And OMA!"

That's the block of cheese once the fire goes out.  Spitzednwoth Lemonand served with a pile of pita. It brings us all great Joy.  

Happy Birthday to this guy!

We got my Dad the newest Kingsmen movie, Golden Circle, with Colin Firth. 
I also made him a roll-on with my Oils. 
He's been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. 

I whipped up this Oily roll-on for him, specifically for his Feet.
It smells simply divine! 

This was one of the Best Presents. 
My brother in law James is a Talented Artist.  

Sam was playing with his salad and dinner forks, and put them together in this fashion.
Little did he know, that the Photo of the Day theme was Reflection. 
So Sam created it, I just took the photo. 
This was my meal.  Pastisio. 
It's like Amazing Greek Lasagna, made with layers of meat, noodles, and cheese.  
So Good.  
I did get a side of gyro meat, that I wasn't able to finish.  So Much Food.  
It was Amazing.  
Also, I post this today, because the Photo of the Day theme is Yum. 
Yeah, I think so.  
We ate well, and we had a great time.  
The belly dancer wasn't performing this trip, so after dinner, Jacob was running from our end of the table down to my Father's end attempting his own dance, just for Opa's Birthday. 
I couldn't decide which my father loved more, Jacob's incessent screaming OPA! every time the Saganaki got lit, or Jacob's special dance.  But for once, it all worked out: my kids behaved, they all ate well, and we all laughed.  The stars aligned and we had a great time.  

Happy Birthday Daddy!