Sunday, August 19, 2012

Still I Rise

Regardless of what life throws at me, it doesn't matter.

Regardless of what time of day or night the messy life stuff comes, I know that Still I Rise.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Am I a Creeper?

So.....We needed binoculars for a theme luncheon at work. I asked several staffers of they would please bring in their binoculars. Does everyone only have itty bitty binoculars? Am I the only one with huge ones?

J bought me binoculars so I can look in the windows of neighbors across the way and to see into the offices in the Sears Tower. But now, I'm actually feeling like a creeper 'cause now I see how little everyone else's binoculars are. Not gonna stop me from creeping though...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I avoided Pinterest for at least the past year. I ran from it. I bad mouthed it. I foo-fooed it. And now I LOVE it!!!

What did we DO before Pinterest? Seriously? How did we live? Where did we get great ideas? How did we keep them all in one place?

I am oh. so. smitten. with. Pinterest.

Please don't ask me what my Board or name or whatever you call it is on Pinterest. I don't know. I go in through Facebook and hit a button. Or I just hit a button on my iPhone. I'm WidneyWoman on Twitter. I think I'm hooked up that way so maybe try to follow me there. And please don't send me instructions. I've decided I'm over 40 and I can be one of those old people that doesn't understand the new technology thingyies.

Gotta go! Pinterest is calling me....

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Knowing Me, Knowing You - August 2012

This is formerly the monthly getting to know you meme that my dear friend, The Fairy Blogmother used to post, well, monthly. Technically, she posted this May. I'm just getting around to seeing and posting it here. Ooopsy! Fairy Blogmother devises and posts the questions and I post my answers. 

1. For you married folk out there.... Where is your wedding dress?
Repurposed as a dedication/christening gown for Mini Me. J designed it, his aunt sewed it. Mini Me wore it. Now it languishes in her closet. Next to her birth mother's communion dress.

2. Do you or have you played any organized sports?

I used to play volleyball, basketball, ran track, did long jump, and high jump. I actually have some awards for doing well in that stuff. As an adult I did 5K, 10K, and half-marathons plus one biathlon (running and bike 'cause I can't swim) for which I have some lovely t-shirts and a few finisher medals.

3. What is your favourite kind of muffin?

I prefer my muffin top. It's with me all the time.

4. Started Christmas shopping yet?

Heck no!

5. The funniest show on TV right now is.......

Absolutely nothing. It's summer and the getting is not good. Pretty much don't watch TV in the summer.

So, head on over to the Fairy Blog Mother to see her answers!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

13 Years

Yesterday was our 13th wedding anniversary.
Our thoughts on marriage have changed so very much since then. I could write a book about.

The Godfather 2012

A few months ago, the kids' godfather came to town on business. Our kids LOVE their Papa Martian. 

Motor Mouth and Mini Me have really grown in to delightful creatures that can carry on engaging conversations with adults.

Did I tell you how much my kids love their godfather?

It's mutual.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Japanese Jewel

A couple of months back, we visited a city treasure. Modeled after a Japanese garden, the Osaka Gardens are peaceful and tranquil. They are hidden behind the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park. 

Absolutely beautiful. And free.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cool Kids

I love my kids. They are WAY cooler than I could have ever hoped to be at any time during my youth or childhood.

Ready for school.

Playing dress up around the loft.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Freedom Now

My kids are amazing. They are great kid. 
Polite. Friendly. Engaging. Humorous. Smart.

These pics mean so much more to me now.

My children are safe at home with us. 
They are truly free.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Welcome Home!

I was so happy to have my husband and kiddos come home that I made it special for them.

To make sure it all went well, I set it all up (except for the food) two whole days before!

I love my husband and our children. They are the most important and precious people I have the honor of being loved by. Knowing my children are back home, where they belong, and safe is everything to me. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Daniel Burnham

I've been meaning to blog this for months. 
Motor Mouth did an AMAZING job presenting on Daniel Burnham.
Motor Mouth built the display and memorized the details he researched. 

Wacky Wednesday: Mini Me & Mommy

Having fun with my baby girl!!!

And my boy!