Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday's game night...

Sunday night is our game night, something that Ryan and I have been doing for awhile now. When little guy came, it became a favorite part of the week...even with our crazy busy schedules during the week, Sundays are the one day that we get to do stuff together and play a game in the evening. 
Sometimes we play simple fun games like Uno or cards or Jenga.
Other nights we decide to play video games together, like the Wii or Little Big Planet on the PS3.
And nights like tonight, we play intense strategy games that last a few hours to finish...
we're playing a family favorite...Settlers of Catan with Cities and Knights.
And let me tell you, the little guy caught on fast...he's getting pretty good with strategy games.
I tell ya, we're training up a strategist.

For a 9 year old, he does pretty well...
and he cracks us up throughout the night.
pretty impressive how he's playing.
We have our good friend, Andrew over tonight playing with us, and so far, this game has lasted three's getting more intense as the night's going on...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Snow storms make me think of powdered sugar...

Thursday, we received a pleasant surprise of an early out at school, because weather conditions were on it's way to looking like this:
 Now, I am quite the homebody, i absolutely love being in my home, so you can bet i was overly excited to get to go home from work a few hours early. 
Lil guy worked on writing some letters to teachers, and I had my book follow me around the house as i moved from one thing to another.
After the letters, we danced around the house to loud music on pandora.
Then we baked some cookies. (which are now all gone;))

[now, this little boy is a camera hog and seemed to jump into every shot i's his mouth.]

Friday we got to sleep in and enjoy some pajama dancing time, veggie tales, and for myself and Ryan, some leisure coffee drinking. 
It was wonderful.

After school, i brought out the vacuum and this little guy threw himself at me wanting to vacuum.
He did a good job, too!
After vacuuming the entire house, he asked if he could use the wand to vacuum the couch. 
and well, of course, i said, yes!;) 

I think this kid just loves using his hands and he's so attention to detail that he usually does an AMAZING job at anything he decides to do. 

Oh, and look what God created during the snow storm.
Beautiful, huh? 
This is what we woke up to Friday morning.

everything was so bright and beautiful.
There's a calming peace after a snow storm, when everything is glistening and fresh.
It was such a pleasant way to kick off the weekend.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

little delights

 Lil guy had never had pajamas...he always slept in the clothes he was going to wear the next day. 
When he got to us, we slowly got him started on sweats and athletic shorts, and he started calling them pajamas. 
One night he was frantically going through his drawers and saying, "I have no more pajamas!!!" 
He looked at me real seriously and said,
 "I got used to wearing more comfortable things to bed." 

Well, lo, and behold, we went to JCPenney this weekend and I found a pack of boys pajama pants-two for $9.00! Guess who was hopping up and down with excitement when I told him we were getting pajamas? 
(No, no, stop, it wasn't my husband, Ryan).
 Lil guy was so excited about his pajamas and his face lit up with a, 

When we got home, he showered and came dancing out with his new pajama pants! He was so delighted and couldn't believe how comfortable and soft they were. He kept rubbing his legs and saying,
 "So Sooooooft!!!!"

So, yes, sheer delight from a 9 year old who never had pajamas. 
Sometimes, it's nice to be reminded of the little luxuries we may have taken for granted. 
Who would have ever thought that inexpensive, insignificant, pajama pants could be the absolutely highlight of a child's day? 
I sure didn't. 
Those pajama pant meant the world to this little boy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

He's my Valentine

Ryan took me out to see the movie, The Vow this weekend, and it's probably one of the sweetest movies I've seen. I cried through a lot of it, but tried to quiet down my sobs, because it appeared to me that no one else in that darn theater was crying except for me. 
The movie tugged at my emotions and I was a visible mess when I stepped out of the darkness of that theater. The setting of the movie was in the city of Chicago, the very place that Ryan and I met, dated, and fell in love in.
So many of the Chicago shots in that movie brought back those vivid memories of falling in love with Ryan in that beautiful city. So many similar memories of dates walking in the newly fallen snow with city lights around us, ducking into unique coffee shops to warm up, swimming in lake michigan...Yeah, the movie wasn't the only reason I was crying. Reminiscing through those sweet memories of our love story in Chicago was one of the best parts.

Some of these pics are so old, back when we first met and from some of our first couple of dates. 
I love how magical it was falling in love with Ryan. 
I love how Chicago will always hold that special place in our hearts because our story began there. 
I always think back to when our love story started, because it brought me where we are today.
My parents and other wiser older couples always told me, "You think you love him now? You will love him even more than you do today."
They are very much right.
I can't imagine how much more I will love him in 10, 20, 30 years from now. 
Our love story hasn't ended.
In fact, it's really just begun. 

To the love of my life,
my husband, 
my best friend,
my permanent and life long Valentine,
I love you.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Snow day

Well, we're having the very first snow day of the school year today.
I'm so thankful!
We were all ready to head to school and then it was cancelled. 
So far today, we've done some of lil guy's assigned reading,
watched the snow fall,
fed the squirrels some bread and peanut butter, 
played some wii basketball, 
and now i'm snuggled on the couch with a book, blanket, and coffee, while my husband is reading and lil guy is playing.

Such a lovely way to spend a monday.

After moving from the basement apartment into our house (above ground), i'm still just tickled pink looking outside the window and seeing the bright reflection of the snow through the windows.
It's so cozy in here.

Thankful for these fun surprises God stores for us.
Happy snow day Monday!!!