Category Archives: Random Family Fun

Just checking in <3

We are currently….

That’s right.

Russ had a work thing and I got to tag along.

It has been restful…

for me anyway.

Which is why I never showed up yesterday because I ended up walking outside a lot and napping inside a lot.

I did have lunch and true to my animal magnetism I had a visitor ….

Who apparently thinks “SHOOOOO!!!!! GET AWAY FROM ME!!!” means “Hey little fella…wanna come sit right beside me while I eat?”

So later today I am going to take him for a walk around the premises….

Sure hope nothing happens to him.

Other than that we are missing home…

and our people.

Hope you have a blessed Tuesday <3


Wednesday randomness in the midst of a serious series <3

Glad you stopped by but we are taking a mid-week break in the series because….

life happens….

pc Rachel Maxwell

And this week has been full of time with my people …except for John and Zach…sigh…

so here’s what’s been going on…

we shot hoops…

apparently investigated a crime scene…

finished a sweater I started (ahem…after the reveal party a year ago)…

and just in the nick of time as she may have outgrown it after this picture was taken.

Don’t care.

Would do it all again <3

Went to an Illini game with this guy…

Checked another item off the bucket list with this gem…

and now it’s on to a full day.

Whatever you do today, I hope you find some time to spend with people you love.

It’s good medicine.

I promise we will settle down and finish up what we have started but for now…

it’s back to the rat race for me….

pc Sarah Vie <3



Some randoms because we are all just way too busy…or at least I am today <3

Random #1:

Best laid plans…

Yesterday I made a list, checked it twice.

Prayed over it.

Lifted it up.

And dove in.

And pretty much every errand ended in a dead end or a U-turn.

But along the way I saw soooooooo many people I know.

Caught up here and there and was impressed over and over again with how God is using ordinary people and ordinary lives to do extraordinary things.

Random #2:

A few weeks ago we had Graham and Emmett overnight. One of the activities was making seed and peanut butter feeders for the birds.

This is the only photo I have of that activity since…as I mentioned….Graham…Emmett…knives spreading peanut butter on pine cones…outside…with birdseed…everywhere.

After we got them hung, they stood at the window and watched for what seemed like F.O.R.E.V.E.R. in their time frame and no takers.

Possibly the birds were rather stuffed from the nearby remnants of the cornfield and soy bean harvest.

Well, undeterred, they concocted a plan to advertise.

I am sure the birds were relieved to find out we wouldn’t be charging.

We ended up with about a half dozen of these taped all over the sliding glass door.

I just took them down finally today, although I am saving them in case I get asked where they are next visit.

Random #3:

The cards are almost finished.

The house is trimmed to the extent it will be for 2017 and the boxes are all back in the storage closet.

I took an inventory of the gifts purchased so far and was delighted to find my list is just about finished.


It’s only Tuesday.

So I will just carry on with my bad self and keep chipping away at the last of the list.

How about you?

Are you feeling like it’s coming together?

I hope so.

Have a good day and maybe I will run into you out there, somewhere <3



How it went down <3

So here was the guest list.

And we took multiple pictures to get at least one where everyone was facing in the right direction. Let me just say Rocco, Zach and Rachel never moved from picture to picture but the rest of the cast must have thought I was taking a video.

Clicking through the pictures is like a flip book cartoon…hilarious.

Besides eating our weight in turkey and carbs…

we watched a smidgen of Elmo…

did some crafts…

which some people took to a whole different level…

fell more in love…

took selfies on mom’s camera when she wasn’t looking…

and walked off a little bit of our pumpkin pie…


All in all…

Best. Day. Ever.

Now it’s time to deck the halls so have a blessed weekend and I will see you on Monday




As John Denver would say….hey it’s good to be back home again…

Russ and I took a few days to visit the Windy City and I have to say, for all the hype…Chi town got nothing on the wind coming off the prairie down state.

But we did have fun exploring the city and here are a few pictures and observations before I go switch out the laundry and pack my lunch and such for work…

We took the train which was a fun slice of life and much easier than fighting traffic and finding parking in the city.

We had in-depth conversations with each of our driver’s and loved our Sunday visit with a sweet taxi driver from Ghana who was playing Christian music. I told him I liked his station and he smiled and said Yes…Moody Bible…loved it.

We also were treated like royalty by the young men and women who worked the various areas of the hotel and so many nice waiters and servers and such…but we missed our people and kept up with them through texts and calls and Face Time … because aren’t we blessed to be able to stay in touch with family and friends when we travel?

We fulfilled one of my wishes and found Millennium Park so we could have our picture taken with the bean – which I actually just goggled to make sure that is what it is called since I have a tendency to make names of things up and then convince myself that is what everyone calls it.

Rest assured…I have fact-checked and it is indeed a bean.

It was hilarious to watch all these people (us included) taking selfies. It’s the little things, people…

Since we walked a lot, we were able to take in the wide variety of architecture…from old

to modern…


all mixed in together.

We also ate well…of course…

Yet so odd to wander in and out of luxury stores where we had to stifle shocked looks when we took a gander at the price tags…and then pass oh so many people begging for money.

The contrasts of extreme wealth and extreme poverty were magnified on the busy streets and truly made us realize how much we have been given.

How blessed we are…

in so many ways.

So thankful for the provisions of the Lord and it is humbling to know that all that we have is  a gift from the hand of God.

Thankful for you and the chance to share a little of the journey with you.

Be blessed today wherever you are and I will see you tomorrow