Homemade is the best made

Oct 06, 2019

Growing up I loved play dough. Let's be real here. I still love play dough. My mom always made me play dough though. We never bought it from the store. I can't even pull a memory of playing with store bought play dough. It's just not something we bought. 

One of Girlfriend's favorite things is play dough. But we usually buy it from the store. Hands up for clearance and Ross! But every once and a while when the store bought play dough is opened and all of it is crusty or getting hard I smile and think of my mom. Out come the ingredients for homemade play dough and a few minutes later we have a huge batch of warm soft dough. 

What are some things from your childhood you want to pass on?

Warm moments

Sep 25, 2019

Tonight I did the dishes. No, that's not the warm moment, but could be considered a miracle in itself. But as I did the chore I hate the most, I starred out the window. What I saw made me small and made my heart a little lighter. Jeremy was running across our yard with our daughter close behind. Then behind her were 4 chickens running along and joining in the fun. Though there was glee from the three year old when the swing set was reached the chickens just stopped and looked around. Obviously disappointed that the running was not because there were treats to be had. I chuckled. Then I watched as Jeremy pushed our daughter on the swing. She laughed, he smiled. Do you want to know something? He's a really good dad. Like, the ones that you hear about, but don't always get to see. The ones who take time off of work to attend every activity. The ones who are at the dance classes and tumbling classes. The ones who listen, have tea parties, wear silly hats and talk in goofy voices. The ones who put the babies to bed and are happy to help with bedtime routines. The ones who give and give. And as I was scrubbing plates and mixing bowls I was reminded how in the every day there are little moments that make life. This was one of them. And I am lucky.

Squash or bestie?

Sep 19, 2019

We went grocery shopping today. I had plans for butternut squash soup for dinner this week. When we got home Jeremy said, "hey! You bought a Sophie's squash!" Which is one of Girlfriend's favorite books. The whole book is about a girl who gets a squash from the farmers market and while her parents want to eat it, she draws a face on it and it becomes her best friend. It's a super cute book. So as soon as Jeremy said that Girlfriend wanted to "draw a face on it, bounce it on her knee and call it Bernice." Just like in the book. How could I say no?

Every day living

Mar 27, 2019

Routines, schedules, calendars. We all live with 'em or by them. I like to think we are somewhere in the middle. We have our schedule and our routine, but we have room for adventure. Yesterday our wonderful neighbors came over to see our new baby chickens. It was on the fly and we had a wonderful visit. When they were starting to walk home S said," mom do you want to go on an adventure?" In my mind I ran through all the reasons why we couldn't walk them home (I hadn't even started thinking about what to cook for dinner, I had been in the middle of taking down Christmas lights outside when they came, it was cold, ect) and in about 1 second I realized those were all dumb. So I threw the excuses out the window and said, "you bet I do!" So adventuring we went. We had just walked our neighbor's home a whole 20 feet when Jeremy pulled in the driveway from work. We waved and kept walking. We ended up only walking them about halfway home before Sabrina was done. That was totally fine. We headed home happy. There are days when we live by the calendar. That's just life. It's sometimes hectic and messy. But sometimes when adventure calls you have you answer. Even if it's just an adventure down the street.

She blinded me with science

Mar 27, 2019

I'm a prepper. I know myself well enough to know that it's easier for me to relax when I am prepared. So every summer I have a summer box in the car. It has sunscreen, towels and maybe a few park toys. That way of we get hit with a wild hair to go on an adventure we have the basics! Winter is the same.  Here in Illinois our winters have a tendency to be long and cold. So before we are confined to the house I take preparations. This winter S is old enough to do some pretty fun things. So we started doing "science" this winter. We made playdough, we played with shaving cream and of course we made slime! The first time we made it we made just a basic slime. The second time we did a fluffy slime. It was fluffy slime for the win! The basic slime separated after you stopped playing with it and the fluffy slime has been going strong for 2 weeks! And it was a lot more fun. Jeremy was working from home the day we made it and so he was even able to get in on the fun! And what made it even better was I could just whip everything out. No need for a store run!

Here gator gator gator!!!

Mar 27, 2019

Who doesn't love vacation to somewhere warm in the winter? We are huge fans! In our area we have experienced record breaking temperatures recently. Can anyone say -55 wind chill? What!? So we were pretty happy to pack up and head to where the sun was still shinning hot. Hello Florida! Jeremy's parents came with us and we had a blast! We stayed in Tampa and it was place we had never visited before so everything was new. We packed the whole trip with the zoo, aquarium, manatee sightings, sting Ray petting, a bit of history and of course the beach!! But you know you can't go to Florida without looking for Gators! So we marked that off the first day out. We headed to a local state park and found 2 of them. They were just little. Maybe 2 and 3 feet long, but it was fun to try and find them sticking out of the water. S is a little obsessed with gators (that's my fault- we look for Gators when we brush her teeth) so when we saw these lovilies laying around there was much excitement. All in all it was the perfect getaway for our family. I'm so glad we were able to do it. Florida, we'll be back. But only in winter. Lol

It's Christmas time again

Mar 27, 2019

For the past several years we have tried to make it to our town's annual lighting of the square. Though try as we might it never worked out. This year it finally did. We live in a small town that has an actual town square in the middle of it. Every year for Christmas they decorate all the trees and pavilions, but leave all the lights off. Then on the evening after Thanksgiving they hold a celebration and light the whole square. It was so much fun and we are definitely going to make it a yearly tradition. 

 

Are these eatible?

Mar 27, 2019

Who doesn't love an ugly Sweater? A good friend of mine gave us a "make your own ugly sweater" cookie kit. It was fabulous and we couldn't wait to open it. Sadly Jeremy ended up missing the fun, but S and I had at it. There was frosting and sprinkles everywhere. It was well worth it. It was so much fun I'm thinking of doing it next year too. My friend said she got it at trader how's if you want to be classy like us. Ha ha!!

Open adoption makes my heart sing

Mar 27, 2019

This past weekend we were able to meet up with our daughter's birth family. They are about an hour away from us so we get to meet up several times a year. It was fantastic. I always find myself a little nervous though. The anticipation of seeing them and wondering how S is going to react can be a little nerve wracking. She is getting old enough that she recognizes them a little, but still needs that reassurance that I am right there. I didn't need to worry though and I know that, I just do anyway. That is one of the truths about adoption. I will always worry. I worry that I send enough photos, that I am sharing enough, that our daughter's birth mom knows how much we love her, that she feels that love and respect we have for her. Want to know the funny thing? She worries too. Before every visit she is nervous too. And as soon as we see each other it's like a breath of fresh air. I know her heart. She knows mine. We fall right back into our circle of motherhood. We both love that little girl something fierce. And we both love and respect each other for the motherhood roles we each play in our daughter's life. We laugh together, we joke together and I can't hug her enough. The moment I see her face my heart sings. It sings with all the love I have for her and all the love I can plainly see in her face for S. Adoption is love. It is hard. It is sometimes a little messy. Everyone is nervous. It is also inspiring, heart warming and amazing. This Mother's Day I reflected on how many miracles come together for each adoption. My heart is full, and it's all because of adoption. 

The songs of summer

Mar 27, 2019

Living in the Midwest means noisy summers. Especially at night. In Utah ,where Jeremy and I both grew up, most of the sounds were crickets. At our house now it is frogs. Like a lot of frogs. Like frogs so loud you can hear them with the windows shut. We have a small area of water out by the road that never really drains and there are frogs and 2 ducks living there. Then a new sound started. It was a weird whirling noise I had never heard before. I wasn't sure if it was a bug or frog. After some research we discovered it was an American toad. It sounded like he was living in our backyard because his call was so loud. This week I got around to cleaning out our pond and lo and behold guess who I found living with the fish? Our frog!! He wasn't too happy about being kicked out for a bit, but I'm sure he will recover. He let me get right up to him and didn't try to jump away. It was pretty fun. S was fascinated. He is pretty cute so how can we not love the song of summer he sings us every night?

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