When will Spring Finally Arrive?

Living in the midwest for pretty much my entire life except for when I spent two and a half years in San Francisco/Bay area for culinary school and enjoying life for a bit after you would think I would be completely used to the weather game we play here…I’M NOT! Every year I struggle with this little season we call winter! I can truly say I can’t wait until I’m old enough to be a snow bird. It seems like the older I get the longer winter seems to last…I guess that’s why people become snow birds! DUH! This year has been a little different as our December had no to very little snow. January came and we started to get dumped on which continued in February and March has been so up and down I don’t know what to think. One week we have temperatures in the sixties and now this past week it went back down to eighteen and had more snow!

The kids are totally over it, they are ready to be able to go outside in their t-shirts and play. I am right there with them. We have tried to take advantage of any nice day we get. Skipping the gym and taking the kids on a bike ride for nap, getting the yard ready for blooming, running, learning to ride bikes, chalking, playing in the mud!

wpid-20150310_171325.jpgwpid-20150313_144535.jpg

I feel like on the colder days I have went back to doing fun stuff indoors. Baking with the kids, they made play-doh, Easter card making, bowling, coloring, and then just good old playing and using their imaginations!  Which thankfully they enjoy creating scenes and playing them out often!

wpid-20150324_115122.jpgwpid-20150320_131413.jpgwpid-20150318_143504.jpg

They set up the living room with about 30 of their trucks, dolls, and stuffed animals to have a birthday party for S’s favorite doll.  K was in charge of gathering the gifts which included anything random from the playroom he could get his hands on; dishes, fake food, cars, tape measures, tools!  After the birthday they had a performance.  Using the toilet paper holder as the mic S did the singing and then Joe had to act out being chased by a monster, I had to fall down and get hurt, K was a Prince who saved me.  It was quite a riot I wish I knew this was all going to take place as I would have set up the video camera.  S is quite the director!  It truly was a fun family experience.

wpid-20150324_165240.jpg

I ran my first 5k of 2015 which ended up being more of a jog as my girlfriend that I did it with is newly pregnant but she definitely held her own!  My uncle who I normally do my runs with couldn’t just jog so he did his normal sprint to the finish line!!  Looking forward to doing another 5K in April and we are signed up for two 10K’s in May!  Excited to get back into running just wish the weather would understand I HATE to wait two miles to have un-numb hands!

wpid-20150314_102645.jpgwpid-20150314_102713.jpg

My picture doesn’t do our Easter cards justice!  They turned out so stinkin’ cute.  I cute up strips of scrapbook paper; only because I couldn’t find my child safe scissors.  Then the kids pasted the strips on to cardstock paper.  Then I cut out the egg!  So simple yet so cute!  Love that these two especially S loves doing crafts as much as I do!

wpid-20150329_161352.jpgwpid-20150329_161410.jpg

The play-doh was a fun experience!  We have done different dough and foams before and K was in need of some messy play!  So out came one of our plastic drop cloths, the box of cookie cutters, rolling pins, and pizza cutters.  The recipe I used I did end up adding more water to but that could have been that the measuring and dumping was being done by S and K so we could have mis-calculated somewhere along the way!  Towers were built, flowers, feet, and letters were cut out.  Then K in his standard obsessed with water fashion thought he needed to bring a cup of that into the mix.  So then it was water dough!

wpid-20150325_103722.jpgwpid-20150325_103748.jpg

We purchased a Groupon to go to the Amazing Mirror Maze with my sister and her two boys!  Another experience that was well two moms that are claustrophobic and clearly directionally challenged should not be with four kids seven and under in a 1800 square foot mirror maze!  When we finally made it out the kids were laughing and wanted to go again…once was enough for my sister and I!

wpid-20150225_104258.jpg

That same sister turned the BIG 40 so for the day I and S and K made her a little birthday cake for the celebration!

wpid-20150321_121239.jpg

I love bike riding but let me tell you pulling seventy pounds behind you can be rough!  But it was so nice getting out for a nice ride!  Both kids fell asleep about two miles in to the ride so it was a great little nap time for them and workout for me!  Just over six miles!  Outside exercise is always better than indoor!

wpid-20150311_142558.jpgwpid-20150325_181633.jpg

We wanted to do something with the kids that wasn’t part of our normal routine.  We decided going bowling at our bowling alley was the perfect thing!  We went on New Year’s Day with my entire family and they enjoyed it.  Who doesn’t love pushing a ball down a ramp in the dark with neon lights everywhere?

wpid-20150228_172920.jpgwpid-20150228_172525.jpg

 

http://www.roundlakeareaparkdistrict.org/programs-childrens-museum.cfm 

http://www.walworthlanes.com

http://www.mirrormazes.com

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/335377503472177387/

If My Kitchen Status Described My Day…

Hello!

Well I don’t even know where to begin…this place has been a mad house plain and simple.  When I use the term mad house I truly mean it in so many ways!  Since my last check in a lot has happened.  Joe has the shop/2nd garage underway, S is reminding us she is three daily going on sixteen, K is trying to give us a heart attack climbing on EVERYTHING, and oh yeah we have become puppy sitters as much as friends and family are willing to share their furry friends with us!  Baking and cooking with our amazing garden fruits and vegetables and lastly, I sadly lost a cousin who was far to young to leave this beautiful world.  So, as said Mad House!wpid-20140824_170455.jpgwpid-20140824_165655.jpg wpid-20140813_165644.jpgwpid-20140813_155217.jpgwpid-20140825_141150.jpgwpid-20140825_132244.jpg

As far as construction goes…it’s well underway!  In three weeks Joe did the footings, block and framed.  This has meant very long days for both of us.  With Joe handling the work himself having sometimes one person here helping his body is exhausted.  With this being said we have decided we are going to complete the shop 100% and begin the home addition in spring!

wpid-20140824_170011.jpgwpid-20140901_153937.jpgwpid-20140901_154038.jpgwpid-20140907_185916.jpgwpid-20140908_192913.jpg

S started pre-k last week at our local Montessori school and she absolutely loves it!  The once little sweet, kind, well-mannered, smart girl of ours is growing up and along with all her wonderful attributes comes one we are struggling to get a grip on…Her Mouth!  Holy Toledo have the past three weeks been rough.  From telling us she is sending us to Georgia to live, to saying she’s going to spank our butts, throw us in the garbage, or utilizing damn it when totally appropriate but it is so NOT appropriate!  I/We are excited to see a little different structure in our little princesses life.

wpid-20140902_080637.jpgwpid-20140902_100934.jpgwpid-20140901_210520.jpgr

 

The he kids and I have taken on a new love for our garden.  As our vegetables came in full force over these past few weeks.  We also had friends drop off about two pounds of blueberries to us.  We have been canning our grape tomatoes adding some fresh basil, oregano and thyme.  These little tastes of heaven have been great on just about everything or just to pop as a snack!  With our zucchini we made chips!  With the blueberries bread and cupcakes!  S and K love helping in the kitchen which always makes me happy!  They get just as passionate as I about what we are creating!

Well I look forward to checking back sooner than later.

One last note as I mentioned my cousin passed.  He was twenty-nine years old.  He passed of a blood clot in his lungs.  I would just ask that those of you following please stay ahead of your health.  Unfortunately, my cousin didn’t as well as being challenged with obesity.  Please take care of yourselves and those you are surrounded by.