Thursday, June 22, 2017

we seriously need to move...

I so need to find a new home for us that is only as large as our top floor. Why? Well, this space and the finished basement directly below are rooms that are truly "untouched".  No one ever, ever ventures down to these two areas which is a sign. Yes, it's a sign that we need to move. Anyone interested? Anyone?

little lady is getting a personality...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

let summer begin...

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Enjoy each day of this beautiful season. Be sure to go to a baseball game, take an early morning walk, get some great summer reads, grill, eat outside and get in some swimming time. Happy Summer!!!

happy birthday, sarah...

Our sweet Sarah is celebrating her birthday today. She is such a wonderful person and an amazing wife and daughter and sister and mother. Sarah lights up a room when she is in it as there is always a smile on her face. She laughs with her heart and her heart is full of kindness; true kindness. Happy, happy birthday, dear Sarah. Wishing you a day and year of joy and peace and happiness.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

destination; geneva...

This summer, Geneva storefronts are decorated with bicycles. It is so fun to walk along Third Street and enjoy all this quaint town has to offer.

Monday, June 19, 2017

please say it's not monday...

I reminded these two that we don't take "selfies" with my Nikon!
It's just not right!!
My husband and I had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, we celebrated my dad's 91st birthday with two of our three children. I missed Nick so much but loved being with my two sweet older ones and their families. Their families and the babies made us so happy. Then, on Sunday, all of our guys golfed while Sarah and Graham and I went to The French Market, shopped on Third Street and then lunched. I so enjoyed our time together and then proceeded to enjoy celebrating my favorite "father"; my kids dad, late in the afternoon. He is such a good and loving father to all,  in fact, this past week, we were talking about Nick and he shared how much he loves and cares and believes in him and in all of our kids. It was beautiful. 
Have a great week, all!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

happy father's day...

This weekend our family will celebrate all of our father's; Brian, Chris and Matt. Although they vary in experience, the love they have for their children is apparent in both their actions and their eyes. I am blessed to have these men in my life and wish them a Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

a new day, a new outlook...

celebrating life

Today began with me wanting to get out of bed at 5:30 which is a good time so that I could go running at 6. I was a little late, but I don't want to think of it as being late because how can you be late at 6 in the morning when you are not working? That being said, I'm starting this new, daily routine because as said earlier, I don't have enough to do during the day and both Sarah and Brian say I need to get out more. True! What do they say about having "too much time to think"? It's dangerous so I need to work on taking care of my whole self; caring for my soul!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

off for one week...

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I'm celebrating one week home and it looks like I am going to have to start a new routine tomorrow. Why? Well I have too much time with little to do! Yep, my days are a bit long and that means I am thinking way too much. Although I have had much on my mind, thinking is dangerous when one is in a delicate state so I need to make a change. Tomorrow, I'm getting back into a workout, cooking, reading, healthy eating and crafting routine. That will be a good thing!


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017


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I had a restless night last night as there is much on my mind today. This morning, I thought of something I sometimes ask my students.
 I often ask middle school students, "Do you think you really know the people you see day in and day out?"             Most say "Yes!" and then I share that I would say no.
I tell them that I think we only know what that person chooses to reveal to us. We do not know if that person is sad or worried or sick or lonely or scared or nervous. We do not know if that person is burdened by something each and every day. We do not know if their heart is hurting.
I then tell these children what that means is that we should never judge people. We are not "walking in their shoes" so we must be helpful and empathetic and respectful to all. I tell them everyone deserves to be treated kindly
I'm going to think of this when I see a stranger today!
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Monday, June 12, 2017

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summer "time"...

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My summer is very different from almost all of my co-workers. Most of the younger ones take classes during break some have a second jobs. The thirty and forty year olds have families so they are busy, busy, busy all year and then there are those who are my age. (And let me just say, there are not many.) We do not have any real responsibilities when we are not working which is both good and bad. If I don't plan, time can easily be wasted so one must "think of things to do" to be productive. I think about what I want to read or make or cook or where I want to go. I make lists and workout plans and keep notes about what I do over the week. This seems a bit crazy; but it is real when your kids are married and gone.  Summer "time" looks different depending on the stage of life one is in, it really does.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A woman reads a book on the grass on a sunny summer day in the gardens at the Place des Vosges square, with landmark architecture of buildings that date from the seventeenth century, in Paris, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE - Tags: CITYSPACE SOCIETY TRAVEL) - RTX12KZJ
A woman reads a book on the grass on a sunny summer day.
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a sunday thought...

words i’m living by.

I am very lucky in many ways and I was thinking this morning how I seem to enjoy life much more now than when I was young. Why is that? I think it's because when I look at my family, I see plain and simple love and joy in all of their eyes. That is a good thing as there is no "second time around" so being kind and loving enjoying each and every moment is important.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

thought of someone when i read this...

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it's a catch...

...and it's Friday. After my days of "inside and out" summer cleaning and list making, I'm ready for the weekend. Today started with an early  morning trip to the H's (I arrived at 5:30 a.m., to be exact) as Sarah needed to get to work early for an early conference call. Graham time was wonderful as I love two year olds and then, we were off to school for the morning drop off so both of us could start our day. My weekend is going to be quiet as my husband is gone every day as work is crazy which is typical. This is how I start all of my summer vacations, in a quiet home, which is fine as I'm use to it. It promises to be beautiful weather which helps as everyone is happy when it's sunny and warm...enjoy, all!!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

starting today...

Festival of the Fox...There is something to do each and every day on the river as the festival begins today. If you have a family, this is a must as the entertainment is free and location more than beautiful. Pack a picnic and blanket and enjoy all the Fox Valley has to offer on this beautiful June weekend.

a reminder...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

the first day of vacation...

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For me, the first day of vacation is always for organizing the house from top to bottom as well as both inside and out. As my home is not really cluttered or dirty, it was a fast task and when it was done, this is what my living space looked like. I still have some herbs to plant and the garage to sweep out;but everything else is finished including grocery shopping. Let my vacation begin.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

ready for monday...

What a weekend! Some interesting news I received late Friday made me more than stressed so I spent Saturday morning cleaning and doing laundry and tidying outside to keep my mind busy. We headed to a 90th celebration later in the day to our old "hood" where we saw both family and friends which was nice. Sunday was for coffee and The French Market and groceries and Reams before settling in at home relaxing.
Let's start this week!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

are you a homebody...

I am. I love being in our home; it is truly my retreat. It is organized and clean and clutter free which has not always been the case. Our home is painted with colors that are peaceful and one room flows into the next. I love being surrounded by the "things" that make me feel happy like pillows and pictures and infusers and soft lighting; it is comforting. I love to cook in our kitchen and set the table with pretty dishes and enjoy my meals with those that I love. I love to look out my windows and see color and life.
Home is where the heart is, as they say!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

welcome june...

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It is finally here; June. I'm so excited as that means I have three more days of school, celebrations to be had, a vacation to Oregon and ten glorious weeks off. I'm going to make my Summer Bucket List soon and plan out some fun days for my guy and me as well as meals and "to do" lists, of course, and work out plans. How lucky am I that that is what I have to look forward to?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

i'm outside again...

Nike Flex

I'm finally running outside again. As I insist on exercising in the morning, the lack of light (not the temperature) delays me in the spring, but no more. It is perfect out a 5 a.m. and I have so enjoyed two consecutive two mile morning runs. This really is the way to start a day!
(Side Note: I love my Nike Flex and I want these in black and white! So cute!)