Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fun at the Farm

We packed up for the long weekend and set out for a relaxing few days on the farm with Oma. What isn't relaxing is the trip there and back. A bipolar mix of peaceful quiet bliss and screaming tantrums. There is no in between on Interstate 80. And not for lack of effort. We try sing alongs, funny noises, books, music, snacks and Ipads.

Good thing the farm delivers every time.

Tea time, Grandma's fried chicken, and camp fires - that's how we relax.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Clean Travels

The anticipation is palpable tonight. Piles of clothes are spread out on the bed, a checklist running in my mind and a bag lay on the floor half packed. But before those clothes can be neatly packed and a check made next to the list we have a few pressing things to take care of. 

We have books to read, bikes to ride and bubbles to pop. And, we have a bath. Mostly so that Oma doesn't judge us when we show up tomorrow, but also because dumping water on ourselves and laughing hysterically afterward is the best way to start a long weekend. 

I'm fast approaching a time when naked babies won't be blog material so I'm still sneaking them in where I can....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunshine, Parks and Ketchup

We made the best of a warm sunny Sunday. After a long Chicago winter we take advantage of all the sunshine we can get. This morning we went to the park (with a minor meltdown when it was time to leave) and for a long walk. 

While C napped the Mister and I picked up the pack patio and yard and managed to squeeze in an episode of Mad Men (Why hello Don Draper)

The warm weather begged a trip to the frozen yogurt place around the corner where Charlotte sat in the seat sounding like a monkey (mm, mm, mm, mm, mm) as she waited for each bite. I don't blame her - I still make those sounds in my head. 

We grilled burgers and dined el fresco. A glass of wine in hand and a ketchup covered little girl next to us. 

Good bye weekend - hello new week. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Everything Cure

It never ceases to amaze me the impact that this little person has on me. Not only the way she has changed our lives and will continue to but even how she changes our minutes. Yesterday was a rough day. But at the end of it I got to see this smiling face. It's hard to explain the way it works. Kind of like rose colored glasses I suppose. No matter how bad the day has been, how grueling, how absolutely unbearable...one look at her puts it all into perspective. All the other stuff seems more manageable. It truly is a cure for all.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mama's Day

It's times like tonight that I wish I were a better writer. One who has the ability really get emotions across in my words. The truth is that everything I've typed falls miles short of the truly amazing day I've had.

In short, it was better than I could have imagined. 

Troy and Charlotte fixed me a breakfast of brioche french toast, eggs, bacon, and fresh squeezed juice. I wasn't allowed out of bed until it was done. So, I read. Something I have a hard time finding time for these days. The morning passed much the same. Me relaxing while Troy and C went about their business....playing. 

Charlotte pretty much put herself down for the nap. While playing in her room she just pointed at her crib, Troy put her in there and she went to sleep. Apparently, the no-fussing-on-mama's-day rule was understood. 

The rest of the day was spent outside. Planting gardens, building garden boxes, riding bikes, and coloring with chalk. Dinner was later than usual, but there wasn't any protest - I can't remember the last time that happened. Bedtime was perfect. Stories, cuddles, one-on-one Mama time. Perfect.

And to top it off? The Mister made me a s'more.

I am truly blessed with what I've been given out of life. Not a day goes by that I take what I have for granted. Waking up to this beautiful girl every morning makes me realized how much I love being a Mom - she makes it easy. G'night. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hello perfect start to the weekend.

We went right from crib to stroller this morning and headed to the farmers market. The first outdoor one of the season. We ate a breakfast of blueberry crepes and cremini tomales while we browsed the local stands and stocked up on fresh produce, dairy, and eggs Oh how I've missed you!

A trip to Home Depot and Whole Foods later we were back home in time for a nap. And today marks not only Cinco de Mayo but also the Kentucky Derby. And while we couldn't be there we did our best to cheer from the stands. Which of course involved a big hat, and a bet.
My horse won, Charlotte's was second and Mr. H's was, well, not even close.

Aunt Nicole came over for dinner and the Mister and I ended the night with a super moon. That's right. A super moon. Win.