Monday, November 30, 2009
Someone had the great idea to play pictionary. No, our kids aren't that short...my grandpa obviously made this easel for a giant, but it works!
Corey's word was "pants". Easy enough. He's a pretty good drawer. But man it was taking him FORever to draw his "pants". He steps back to show us a complete Christmas scene...snowman, Christmas tree, santa's sleigh....but no pants. I asked him where his word was in the picture: I don't want PANTS...I want Christmas! Well, all righty then!
(this is Duane and Crystal busting a gut)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Here's helper #1 (the other 2 were banished upstairs for fighting)...He's winking, not scowling..nice, huh? (and yes, we have a drumset in our kitchen...as soon as the new carpet goes in J's room it's outta here!!!)I was super impressed with Corey's cutting abilities! I mean LOOK at those tiny apple pieces!!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It seems like this whole month has been one battle after another. Then here we are starting the holiday rush and my attitude is in the pooper. The kids fight non stop. All I hear is what they want from the "Toys For ME" catalog (yes, they actually call it that). The house looks like a tornado hits it on the hour, every hour. I'm worried about money...paying bills, buying presents...how in the heck will we ever make it?!? Our furnace went out...the brakes are funky in the Yukon....and will the SUN ever shine again?!?
Thanksgiving was a celebration of all that God had done to provide for the Pilgrims as the harsh winter approached. Instead of feeling full and ready to weather the storms and cold, I feel empty, spent and undone. A heart transplant is definitely needed....so here we go:
~I am thankful for 3 healthy boys, who fight and squabble...who are loud and farty...who turn everything upside down in the blink of an eye.
~I am thankful for a home and a family to fill it.
~Thank you God for providing us with extra money for a furnace and a husband who can fix our vehicles.
~Even though it isn't "the dream" job, I am so thankful for Jim actually having income when there are so many without.
~And Lord, thank you for the rain that washes the bean thingies off my car and makes me appreciate those sun shiny days even more then ever before!
The other day I was thinking about all of this when God reminded me that He is all sufficient. He is all that I need, no matter what the circumstance. Thank You Father for all that you do for this ungrateful child.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
There's beauty in the decay....it's hard to see reality when memories try to cloud your vision. This rickety old shed once housed chickens...and then when the chickens were gone, Kittens. I can't tell you how many afternoons I'd spend sitting in old hay playing with piles and piles of kittens. I wish Tommy would have showed up today....Grandma says there's been at least 3 Tommy's, but amazingly, they all look the same...grey with a white nose and white paws.
We lived in a trailer on this farm, nestled between Grandparents and my great Aunt and Uncle, until I was in 1st grade. Today it feels like there is a hole inside, as big as this clearing where the barn once stood. My childhood was here, a time much simpler yet still so full.
I pray that my grandma enjoys her new abode, but honestly my heart will always be here on this little old farm. Goodbye old friend.
Monday, November 9, 2009
This was Lori and I's first time on the subway!
We met up with Joyce's daughter (who graduated last year from the Art Institute). Isn't she the cutest! It was so fun to catch up with her and hear all about her super cool new job! She was a total sport listening to all of our "old lady" talk! We ate supper at the Weber Grill....and then had to trek back with full bellies on the subway...urp!
The hotel is right across the street from Grant Park and a couple of blocks from the Chicago Art Museum. (the boys saw this picture and said "look, it's Asland!")
On Saturday we hoofed it to CB2...which is AWESOME....and then Crate and Barrely Outlet....and last but not least Trader Joes.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This weekend I was blessed to be invited on a little girls getaway...I know that it will be a good time, full of laughs, shops and hopefully a little rest and renewal :)