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  • Saturday, March 31, 2012

    Where I Relax...

    This is where I relax every night and write on my blog. This is where I wind down from my busy day. Some people watch TV; some people read. I barely watch TV ever, but I like to read. I usually catch up on a lot of reading of online journals regarding child development, autism, and education topics, in general. "Mindless reading" is reserved for my couch only. My computer, however, is where I can

    Friday, March 30, 2012


    This is one of Java's toys.

    She likes to rip up all of her stuffed toys and make what we call "monkey brains" all over the house. It never fails; as soon as she gets a stuffed toy, she becomes hell bent on taking the insides out of it. If she didn't do that anymore, I'd start to worry about her.

    Making monkey brains is her thing.

    Thursday, March 29, 2012


    Not too long ago, I painted Liesl and Leia's toenails for the very first time. They looked so adorable with pink "piggies."

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012


    This is where we put our trash. This garbage can is located in my kitchen. I will admit that we have to take our garbage out more often than I'd like. You can imagine how much trash a family of six can generate daily. I'm not proud of it.

    This is probably the most boring of all the pictures I've posted all month long. Sigh.

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    My Name...

    I had to resort to putting up this photo of my "name." I had intended on putting a photo of my Masters degree certificate because I'm so proud of it, but I didn't feel comfortable putting my whole name on here. Not too many people know my middle name, just family. I can guarantee there is only one of me with that combination of first, middle, and last name, though.

    Monday, March 26, 2012


    This is the key Santa uses when he comes to our house on Christmas Eve night. The kids always look forward to putting the key in the secret place only Santa and we know about.

    Sunday, March 25, 2012


    I've never been a breakfast person. The only time I've ever eaten breakfast was whenever I was pregnant. Other than that, I never eat breakfast and haven't for 25 years (minus during the pregnancies, of course). What you see in the photo IS my and a multivitamin.

    I run better on empty.

    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    An Animal...

    Every summer, we visit a stable in the Northwoods. And every year, Jack takes great delight in feeding the horses. He is not fearful of them at all and puts the hay directly into their mouths. I spend the whole time sneezing because I'm allergic to them, but it's worth it to see my boy silently speaking to them. He's my Horse Whisperer.

    And every year, we visit a certain wildlife park where most of the animals roam freely and the kids can get up close to them. Every year, a goat tries to eat Livie's dress. Whenever we go, she absolutely HAS to wear a dress because the highlight of the trip is always when the goat tries to eat her dress. It's been happening for several years and has become a tradition.

    I suppose I was only supposed to post one picture of an animal for today's theme, but I truly couldn't decide which photo to use. I just had to post both.

    Friday, March 23, 2012


    I would give them all the moon.

    Don't you just think it's absolutely precious that they all love to read?

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Kitchen Sink...

    I decided to take a picture of my kitchen sink from a different perspective. This is actually what my kitchen sink sees. Yes, my kitchen has blue ceramic tiling and oak on the ceiling. I've never seen a kitchen like it.

    Anyway, this is what my kitchen sink would see if it had eyes.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012


    This is my favorite recipe...Eggless Spaghetti Carbonara. The photo was taken after everyone was served. There was plenty left over, as you can see. And I ate it all...for breakfast...for two days straight. I use this recipe because it's easy and requires no eggs, yet it's so creamy. It freaks me out that other recipes that include the eggs barely cook the eggs. The linked recipe on here is the ONLY one I'll use. It's beyond delicious!

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012


    The pictures on the top left and bottom left are of Liesl, before and after her very first haircut.

    The pictures on the top right and bottom right are of Leia, before and after her very first haircut.

    This took place on March 5th. And, yes, I cried.

    They DO look beautiful, though. They have kid hair now.

    No more baby hair.

    It should be no surprise to anyone that I saved the hair from their first separate Ziploc bags...with each of their names...and the date. Sigh...

    Monday, March 19, 2012


    I posted this picture on Facebook last week and My Sister made the funniest comment about it. She asked if Leia was belting out show tunes. I nearly peed when I'd read her comment. After that, each time I look at this picture, I think of Liza Minnelli singing, "Cabaret."

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    A Corner Of My Home...

    This is the corner of my office, behind the door. It is THE place where the MOST dog hair collects. We know this because we tend to inadvertently neglect that area since the door is always open.
    When we notice tumbleweeds of dog hair, we know where it's coming from. Heh.

    Saturday, March 17, 2012


    Liesl's eyes have gone from gray to green. They seem to fluctuate between the two colors. When her eyes are green, they're very green. When they are gray, they are just as striking. And some days, they are both. Her light eyes and her dark hair paired with her amazingly perfect eyebrows make her stand out.

    I find it funny that all four of my children have different eye colors. Jack's are hazel; Liv's are gray; Liesl's are a gray-green; and Leia's are ice blue.

    Liesl's eyes tell a beautifully devilish story whenever she smiles. Heh.

    Friday, March 16, 2012


    This is Leia and Liesl last summer. They LOVE wearing sunglasses. Unfortunately, they love breaking them, too. Sigh.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012


    This was the temperature in Chicago one day in January and I thought that was great. Today, it's still considered winter, but it's going to be 80 degrees. I don't get it.

    This photo was taken inside my husband's car. It's a 2006 Volvo XC70; it's only got 47,000 miles on it. And it drives me nuts. Something's going on with the car, but I seem to be the only one who notices significantly because I drive it every day. The other day, I was sure it was going to break down on my way to work. It left me feeling so anxious and so upset that I had what felt like arrhythmia all day. Seriously. Right now, I'm trying to determine if the feeling in my chest was due to anxiety or a serious heart problem going on. I think what I was experiencing was, in fact, my very first panic attack. There was no crushing chest pain or numbness on my left side, but I did have palpitations and lightheadedness that usually accompany a panic attack. I've never had one before, so I immediately thought I was dying. Periodically, throughout the day, I'd feel the palpitations, but that might've been because I was dreading the next time I'd feel like that again. I'd felt out of it the whole day. All day long, I just kept feeling like I wasn't going to make it home, be it because of the car or my heart giving out. It was not a good day at all.

    So, I'm going to take my car to work instead and see if that feeling comes back. If it does, then I may leave work in an ambulance. If it doesn't come back, then I'll chalk it up to a panic attack and see my doc about it anyway. An EKG and some blood work won't kill me; I'm hoping for peace of mind or a plan. Just making an appointment with the doc about what I'm feeling isn't going to put a rush on tests if I need them because I'll need referrals and probably have to wait for available appointments because of my HMO. Walk into the ER and you'll get what you need right away, especially if you're complaining of a strange feeling in your chest, an irregular heartbeat, and lightheadedness. The ER is where the real work gets done well. I just wonder how many people walk in thinking they're having a heart attack when it's really just a panic attack. Better safe than sorry.

    This car and this fork will be the death of me.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012


    I'm a sucker for a violent thunderstorm. I love 'em. In a way, the clouds in the picture above look like a turbulent sea. I would have no trouble at all living in a place where it rains all the time. To me, the rain is calming.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    A Sign...

    This sign used to hang in the house Up North. It was my father-in-law's gentle reminder for anyone using the house NOT to flush when it wasn't necessary. You may have heard the saying, "When it's yellow, let it mellow. When it's brown, flush it down."

    That's why we love him. He doesn't mince words. Heh.

    Monday, March 12, 2012


    This fork drives me nuts. It belongs to Liv and she MUST eat with it at every meal or we all pay dearly for it. There are days when I want to break my eardrums with it just so I don't have to hear her complain about how unfair her life is every single day. Yeesh.

    She's five going on 15 and this fork is digging my grave, one scoop at a time.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    Someone I Talked To Today...

    Before the morning hustle and bustle begins each day, I always make sure to spend some quality time with my dog Java. Since I'm an early bird, she and I have our bonding time in the wee morning hours before everyone else invades our space. She's much more than a dog to us; she's helping us raise four young children. Our quiet moments in the morning are precious. And, yes, I talk to her and she listens and loves me no matter what. Sometimes she's the glue that keeps me together.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012


    They are the loudest bunch ever, but they are all mine and I love them. Livie is probably the loudest of all of them. These are all of my children and our dog in my car on the way to my Mom's on a Saturday morning.

    My life is never quiet, but that also means it's never dull. My home might be the loudest on the block, but it's also where the most love exists.

    Friday, March 09, 2012


    This is the dress I picked out for my niece's wedding last year. Livie was the flower girl and I was a bridesmaid. I can't believe it's been almost a year since the wedding!

    Thursday, March 08, 2012


    This is the skylight in my kitchen. It's a very peaceful feeling when I look up. The red maple outside that window is long gone, so the view is completely of the sky (until the new tree grows tall enough). All my kids love looking up at the skylight. There's something so serene about it and I can't quite explain the feeling well enough. I just know what I feel when I'm under it and it makes me feel grateful for the house I live in.

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012

    Something I Wore...

    It's one of my favorite rings from one of my favorite places. Brand new, it looks like this. I put my hands through a lot every day and wash them constantly; hence, my dishpan hands. Heh. The ring, however, is one of my favorite pieces for many reasons:

    *Each diamond represents one of my children.

    *The ring is made of silver, which is my preferred precious metal when platinum isn't affordable.
    *It was a complete surprise gift from my husband.

    *Its design reminds me of me for reasons I cannot explain here.

    I should take better care of it. It's so easy for silver to get tarnished when it hold moisture. This ring is like mesh/tight chain link/chain mail. If it even gets the slightest bit wet, it becomes darker and is so hard to clean. I was told by Tiffany that they'd have to send it to New York to clean it. Yeah, that's how bad it is. I can't part with it, though...not for a minute.

    Nevertheless, I wear it everyday and every time I look at it, I think of my four beautiful children .

    Tuesday, March 06, 2012


    This is what 5pm looks like at my house. Dinner is over; everyone has had dessert and we're all stuffed; it's down time around here. Hubby sits down with his Game Boy Color and plays Monopoly; I catch up on my Words With Friends games on my phone; and the kids go crazy while we ignore them. I'm just kidding about that last part...maybe.

    This picture was taken yesterday after dinner and Leia decided to lie down and play with her Leap Frog cell phone between our dog and her Papa. It was a relaxing moment and no one knew I took the picture.

    I like 5pm because it's after the pre-dinner/during dinnertime frenzy and it's the calm before the storm of the bedtime routines.

    Monday, March 05, 2012

    A Smile...

    This is one of my favorite pictures of my kids. They're smiling and laughing and loving each other. Life doesn't get any better than this, folks. One day, however, they'll be at each other's throats when they're fighting over who gets the car that night. For now, though, they love each other and they're building a strong sibling foundation that will last long after I'm gone.

    Love. It brings a smile to my face.

    Sunday, March 04, 2012


    This is my side of the bed. It's not fancy; there's no nightstand; it's the side closest to the wall. When we moved our bedroom to our office and let the kids have the whole upstairs, our king-sized bed fit well in the office, but I had to say goodbye to my nightstand. I'm okay with that, though. I like to sleep in my bed, not read while I'm in it. I like getting sucked into a good book, but I don't like falling asleep while I read because I'm too comfortable.

    So, this is where I sleep. It's plain, but it's home to me.

    Saturday, March 03, 2012

    My Neighborhood...

    This is our street. We live at the corner, but you can't see our house in the photo. This is where a lot of skinned knees have happened and will continue to happen.

    My little corner of the world is a happy place.

    Friday, March 02, 2012


    There is never any shortage of fruit in this house. We mostly buy bananas, oranges, clementines, apples, and pears. We have this extra long basket that we put it all in and we go through it all like it's water.

    We like our fruit. We just don't like when the bananas go bad two days after we buy them. Bananas are always the first to be eaten for that very reason.

    Thursday, March 01, 2012


    I think this is a great idea, if you have time for it. It can't be that hard, can it? Taking a picture a day sounds easy, right?

    I'm guessing it's not as easy as it appears. Finding the right subject, getting the right shot in, choosing which photo to post,... I'm wondering how long I can do it before I fold.

    Maybe I'll try this. Here's my Up photo:

    This was Jack at Day Camp last summer. While I didn't technically take the picture today and post it, I did take the picture. And he is UP in the air. So I'm saying it counts because he is airborne (about to land in 5 feet of water in which he learned how to swim in a little over a week). Heh. So there.