Baseball season is in full swing, team pictures have been taken and games have started. Such a busy time of the year…..kids are excited and parents are holding their breath that each child connects their bat with that tiny ball coming at them 100 miles per hour. Nothing is worse then driving a little leaguer home from a game when that connection was never made. Ice cream is an absolute in order to heal those wounds.
Poor Patrick started the season with a black eye, playground mishap!
We spent our weekend running kids here and there. Some to pictures and some to games. Meeting in parking lots to trade car loads of kids. While driving with my boys I had a few extra minutes and I decided to pull into a neighborhood I had driven by a million times but never had the chance to drive through. It is one of those neighborhoods that had houses so huge they looked as though Harry Potter could be inside. I love architecture and design so I marveled about the beautiful homes. My oldest son turned to me and said. “Why would anyone need a home this big?” He proceeded to tell me that if he won the lottery he would donate the money to the orphans with Down Syndrome because they needed it more then he did. Then my second oldest chimed in that they learned about giving to charity at school and he too would give his million dollar lottery fund to the children who really needed it. I turned to both of them, held back the tears and commended them on their generosity. This opened a long conversation about how there are children with the same chromosomal make up as their sister in institutions and orphanages in other countries waiting for their forever families. It breaks their heart, at 10 and 8 years old these boys care. I love that about them. I love when I discover things about my children I did not even know. Passions that they have burning inside and finally share. That is good stuff, that makes me proud!
Sunday we took a trip to my husbands brothers house. We were there to celebrate the first communion of our nephew, Andrew. Between the two families we have 13 little ones. If the big kids were there too there would be 15! So needless to say it is a rockin’ cousin party. There are very few places my kids would rather be then with their cousins.
It is too bad we live an hour away because these kids would love nothing more then to spend more time together.
Weekends are missed as soon as they start. We love when Daddy is home, especially when he makes us pancakes. There is nothing better then to wake up to the smell of a hot griddle with a pancake cooking on it. In our house that includes 2 griddles, one with flour and one gluten free. (Helpful hint – you can so make the same recipe you use for typical pancakes and substitute with gluten-free flour, now you have a gluten-free pancake. Add alittle extra liquid, that helps with the thickness of the batter.) He makes weekend breakfasts so special. It is one of my favorite things about him!
Good morning Sunshine!
If you are local check out Blossom Boys at 9911 South Walden Parkway, Chicago, they have a stunning selection of flowers as well as an amazing amount of Fair Trade goods like this beautiful dress from Ecuador they also have jewelry and gifts for your loved ones!
You will be seeing more of their products here because I have the privilege of photographing their products. Owners Steve and Ryan have decided to have their products modeled by beautiful special needs stars in the community! How cool is that! Sooo excited to share these gorgeous models with you! Stay tuned and please check out their shop!
Happy Monday! Make this week great!