This Week in Pictures

It was a week filled with beaches and swimming pools, time spent with family and dear friends, and the laughter of crazy children. This is what summer is all about–I couldn’t ask for anything better!

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TOP ROW: Crazy kids in the pool | Sunday afternoon at the beach | Good friends and sweet kids

MIDDLE ROW: More crazy kids | Road-tripping to Lake Geneva | New Teal is a Big Deal ovarian cancer awareness tank top | Jim with a sweet great niece

BOTTOM ROW: King and Queen of the sand pile | Quiet moments with a sleeping baby…ahhh | A not-so-quiet ride in the golf cart | Jimmy vs. the sand pile…the sand pile won!

Field Trip Friday: Lincoln Marsh

A gorgeous fall afternoon just begs a trip to Sunny Acres Farm and a walk on the walking path at Lincoln Marsh!  What a fun and relaxing morning!  Have you taken a fun field trip this month?  Did you take pictures?  Write a post and link it up to Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips @ The Homeschool Post!

2011 Stormy Lake Vacation Collage

Me & Dad • Lovely Sunset • On the beach • Look Mom, I’m SKIING!

Aren’t they cute? • We ♥ G’ma & G’pa • Perfect mirror image • Sibling ♥

I ♥ the driver • Another evening cruise • Strange children • Looking for food

Yes, another sunset • Inside activities • Five loons • Oh Captain, My Captain♥

A quiet moment • Still looking for food • Cousins & tubing fun • Last sunset

Weddings, Gardens, and Independence Day…

Last weekend, all four of my children were in the wedding of a dear friend.  The girls have been been friends with Emily…more like sisters, really…for more than 20 years.  They’ve share both the blessings and the hardships of growing up “in ministry.”  It’s created a bond that is unbreakable.  It was a wonderful weekend with laughter, tears, and lots of makeup and hairspray!!

Summer has finally arrived in Northern Illinois and our garden is finally looking like a garden!  In fact, we’ve even eaten some peas!  Now, if only the tomatoes would ripen.

And finally, I was asked to write an Independence Day guest post over at The Homeschool Village!  You can hop over HERE.  Happy Independence Day!

Wordless Wednesday: My Best Guys!

Stormy Lake on Memorial Day, 2011, with my two favorite guys!

(Memorize Mondays was postponed for the week due to the holiday and the fact that I was in the middle of nowhere!!  We’ll return next Monday to post and memorize the next portion of Romans 5!)

A Sunday Afternoon at Cantigny

This is one of our very favorite places in the world to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Where else can you stroll through formal gardens, tour a turn-of-the-century mansion, climb on a 1941 M5Stuart Tank, take a walk on a prairie, play frisbee or have a picnic in the park, visit an amazing US Army First Division museum, and stop for lunch or a cup of coffee and an ice cream cone?

All for the cost of a $5 parking pass?

Here are some picture from our visit last weekend…

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Three months later….

Remember this?

Same spot.  Just three months later.

Summer arrived in full force yesterday. I wasn’t thrilled with the 90 degree temperatures, but Jimmy and his friend were!

90 degrees + a sprinkler = FUN!






It’s True…My family is NUTS!

It’s that time of year again.

Well, actually, we’re a little bit crazy ALL the time, but it gets noticeably worse at this time of year.

It’s nothing new. It’s a generational thing. My father-in-law passed it on to my hubby. My daughters inherited the disease from their dad. They came down with it years ago. There is no cure.

And they’ve done their best to infect their sweet baby brother.

The symptoms intensify in the spring. Last year’s outbreak was the worst. It lasted for months. But mercifully, it came to an end on June 10, 2010.

This year’s outbreak of insanity in our home may be shorter lived. Our Chicago Blackhawks aren’t the team they were last year. Last year, they ended their season by hoisting the Stanley Cup. This year they eeked into the playoffs with an 8th place finish. Last year our expectations were through the roof. This year….not so much. The 2011 playoffs didn’t start well for the Blackhawks. After three losses to the Vancouver Canucks, it looked like the season was about to come to a sad end. But then the Hawks won. And then they won again, and then 2 nights ago, they won again. In overtime. To force a Game 7. To say we reacted strongly is a bit of an understatement.

One of my daughters thought it might be fun to record us watching the overtime period. Just in case. The following video provides visible (and very loud) evidence of the insanity that resides here during hockey season.

Enjoy. And please, for your own sake, turn your volume down.

So, our season might end ended tonight. But even if it does, we’ll always have Game 6.

(And you should all be really happy we didn’t record our reaction to the short-handed goal that sent Game 7 into overtime!)