Monday, April 3, 2017

Sunday Funday Vol 1

We had the most lovely of Sunday's yesterday! After Mass, we went to Yorkshire Diner with Pat's parents (on 28, if you haven't been, go! It is so delicious, inexpensive, and unique. Plus the decor is just fun and so different from pretty much anywhere else!).

Then we headed out to walk through the models in the new neighborhood across from Signal Hill Neighborhood.  

So, after walking through all of them, Pat and I decided we both liked the outside of this house the best:

And the inside of this house the best:

It wasn't furnished when we walked through, but there were MANY touches that are absolutely inspired by Joanna Gaines, so of course we LOVED it. For instance, 

quite a lot of 

Shiplap! Yes, literally the entire entryway as well as a significant part of the great room. 

The study, which is to the right as you walk in. Isn't it gorgeous? The wallpaper looks like birch bark. 

And, downstairs, they are building a playhouse (or a dog house, as another lady thought, eyeroll).

I wish I took some more pictures! But you should go see it if you enjoy this sort of thing at all. This one was just LOVELY!

The third house has the sales office in the garage, is the biggest, and has been staged. 

The mudroom/entryway from the garage has two benches, one on either side, isn't that just ideal for getting kids ready to get out the door?

And, of course, a giant kitchen/dining/living room . . . 

Kateri made herself right at home in the master bedroom . . .

All in all, the kids behaved pretty well, loved every moment, and no one exactly cringed when they saw us coming!

None of the models have staircases that face the front door, which I LOVE. And two of them have a window halfway up the staircase, just awesome.

The downstairs had some super weird horsehead planters lining the wall.

And Pat liked the idea of this bar behind the couch (for watching Cubs games, of course!)

All in all, it was interesting to see. Also, did you notice how they put wallpaper on the ceiling? Definitely the sort of touch you will regret later, ha! 

Afterwards, we went to check out the bluebells at Broad Run. 

We were on the lookout for the fairy house that Laura had spotted, and we found it! 

Did you know a fairy named Cordelia lives here with her friend, a mouse named Parsnip? 

And, soon, we started seeing the lovely cheerful bluebells, heralding the spring!

I do wish I had my camera, because the phone pictures just don't do it justice! But they do give a glimpse, so I will still post far too many!

Of course, some of the biggest highlights involved climbing up muddy slopes.

Kateri got some mud on herself, and Pat told her she could wipe it off when she got to the grass on top. I had to laugh when I saw how she interpreted that remark!

The chorus of frogs, many honebees, and the warm sunlight all made it just perfect!

And we also saw at least ten deer and a wild turkey, which the kids really enjoyed. 

What a lovely spot! I am so thankful to Mom and aunt Betty for first discovering it years ago!! 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hair Saga Continues

My hair has always been a little bit of a monumental challenge. 

I just.could.not. figure it out all through high school, and it was a constant stress. I found myself relating strongly to Cousin It and wished I could just wear my hair in a similar fashion.

Someone I could actually relate to . . .

Once, in a fit of bold daring, I had my hair cut VERY short (2 inches everywhere) in hope that it would look like a cute curly pixie cut. 

Well, it looked absolutely hideous, more like an old middle aged woman with a bad haircut. Not the look you're going for at 14.  I thought it would never grow back, but eventually it did.

And then, finally, sometime during college, I found something that worked! Glory be!! 

BUT, the past few years, the saga has continued.

With each kid, my hair has gotten less and less curly. 

And what I was doing is no longer working. 

So, I realized I needed to try something different! 

So, for the sake of documenting everything, here is a pic from a very good morning:

So I got out the ol' unused curling iron, dusted it, and went to work.

Yes, definitely an improvement.

However, by the end of the day, all the curl is GONE

And it looks more like a bad straightening job! 

So, next up! HAIRSPRAY! If you have any favorites, fill me in, because this is UNCHARTED TERRITORY!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What they said, vol 3

Kateri: It is so nice out! I want to go on a walk. It is so nice outside.
Seabstian (in a contrary mood, not getting his opposite quite right): No it is NOT. It's MEAN outside. It is MEAN. 

Me: Do you hear that?
Kateri: (listening)
Me: That is the sound of geese flying overhead.
Kateri: Actually, that is my friend, Charlotte the goose.

Do you think this would work in my house?

Me: (finally giving up on naptime) Kateri, you may come out from quiet time. Do you want to read a book with me?
K: No, thank you.
Me: Okay. Just be sure to be extra quiet because Sebastian and Kia are still sleeping.
K: (in a soft gentle voice with a sweet albeit mischievous smile) No, thank you.

Kateri took all of my tea towels to fold and organize over here. 

(While making a turn in the car, my precariously placed coffee spilled all over the console)
Me: Grrrrr
Kateri: Offer it up to Jesus!
Me: (silence)
Kateri: and Jesus will say, "What on Heck!"

Kateri helping Pat DJ Anatole and Keturah's wedding
Sebastian (as we go around a bend in the road on our way to Mass): We're going FAST, like Lightning McQueen!

Evidence of blackberries gone wild. If you want some, let me know. Shockingly there is even more to prune. And a full sized sofa came in that box, so there is no strange perspective!

Kateri: (showing Pat a doll) Her is growing really fast. Mama gave me a new outfit because she is SOOOOO big, an INCH. and fifty, fifty, fifty pounds
(she clearly has a grasp on measurement units!!)

Sebastian (running up to me growling): This is the nice lion. He is coming to EAT YOU. But he can lick me on my face!

Clark's winter finery

Which he just started shedding all over and is driving me nuts. 

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Me: See? Doesn't this look cute with the duckling?
Sebastian: HERE! Here is the lion.
Kateri: That does NOT look cute. It looks ANGRY

Kateri (talking on her doctor phone): This summer?? Well, we can't come this summer because Kia is still coughing at night.
(pausing to listen)
Kateri: You didn't see Kia in SOOOO long! She is CRAWLING!
Kateri: Yes, she is crawling, not walking.
Kateri: No, I can't stay at your house because you don't have two beds.
Kateri: No, no, no. I just . . .
Kateri: OK!! (Puts phone down) MOM! Claire said we can go to her house this evening so we better hurry! I talked to her on the phone.

(Playing with the doctor kit)
Kateri: Do you want to call Dr Mimi or Dr Jeanne?
Sebastian: Dr Mimi
Kateri: OK. First, you push the six, see it?
Sebastian: (pushes the six)
Kateri: Now, you push all the numbers. See? That is how to call.
(yep, that is all there is to it!)

Kateri: (to Sebastian): Come on, Pat!
Kateri: (whispering to me as if sharing a great secret) I call him Pat because he is the Daddy.