After the snow storm of 2009 we learned to be quite prepared when these things hit. In 2009, we were home with JL who was just a baby and had pneumonia. We were in the process of changing his formula and all meds as well as dealing with his constant respiratory issues. Every year since we have had some snow and bring it inside for him since he has the cold weather trigger asthma. This year he has been so strong and handled the weather changes and cold weather triggers like a champ. He is no longer on prescription allergy meds, just herbs and his special diet. He is doing SO well. SO……we took him out in the snow! He loved it for about 30 seconds. NO really, 30 seconds. He said "can I make a snow angel?". He got up so fast I couldn't even snap a picture. He was DONE and ready to go inside. I did talk him into riding in the sled behind the four wheeler. The icy wind did hurt on your face so I agree it was uncomfortable after about 10 minutes. We had our 20 minutes of fun and headed inside to peel the layers off and make snow ice-cream! Its rare that we have enough clean white snow to make this ice cream so I am excited we made it happen! YUM!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Well…..here is the annual picture with Santa. Today, John Lleyton accompanied me on a visit with my friend Jolee. Jolee is now living / stationed in Las Vegas. She is a true military wife of almost 20 years. She's such a trooper. I kind of like to live vicariously through her :) We have known each other since Junior High and were college roommates for a few years as well. She's just one of those friends where you may not see each other for a year but you pick up right where you left off each time. Love that. She has three kiddos and John Lleyton was pretty smitten with her daughter. She's beautiful….I totally approve if he wants to marry her one day. After our visit/ brunch with Jolee we headed to the mall in Fort Smith to see what sales we could catch. It was busy but not too bad. However, Santa had NO ONE in line. Great opportunities must not be missed, so we snapped the picture and headed home to Fayetteville!
This year mom had to work on Thanksgiving so we spent the weekend before with my parents. Wednesday before with Greg's parens, and Thursday (Thanksgiving) we had just the three of us. The floats were delayed due to wind so we watched a lot of entertainers and bands then some of the floats joined later. Id love to take JL to New York one day. Such a magical city. At my parents I brought butter nut squash bake. SO GOOD. It was a quite the hit. I also brought corn and a turkey for us to fry for our personal Thanksgiving. Mom and dad were already frying a turkey for Saturday (the day we arrived) so we brought ours to do at the same time. IT saves time and reuses the expensive oil! Thank you mom for letting us reuse your oil! This year the boys fried the turkey in an electric fryer and liked the fryer better than the gas one we used to use. It was a nice visit at mom and dad's. The weather was not too bad and Clementine was able to run off some energy in their yard by chasing leaves. She was so good at mom and dad's too. No accidents. I feel like Im reporting a child being potty trained. I kind of am :) We stayed late and headed home driving in the dark and watching out for deer. Thanksgiving at the Brown's was a day full of eating and playing. It was too cold for us to go outside but Clementine played outside off and on all day. Again, no accidents :). OUr family Thanksgiving was so nice. Quiet and quaint. That was my wish and it came true. Its our first year to have our small family Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day and Im glad we were able to make it happen. It was very special to me.
And what is jl thankful for?
At the Brown's we process our own deer meat when Greg gets a deer. Greg usually waits until John Lleyton is always in bed when this happens but this year we decided to let him partake in the process. HE LOVED IT. He kept begging me to take pictures, especially of his hands as they were quite 'dirty'. We got almost 20 pounds of hamburger meat off the deer, 3 pounds of stew meat and a HUGE roast. It was a large deer and took forever to process. Warning: if you do not like to look at raw meat these pictures may not be for you :)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Today I realized John Lleyton's school will be closed for a week and only ONE of those days (out of the 9 we are home together) will we be together as a family of three. Its a shame all of the school breaks (minus spring break)are around holidays. The holidays break up the time between families and really make it hard to have your single family time together. Throw hunting season in the mix and that really puts a damper on it. Greg has been at work or deer camp over this break and that is why we only have one day together. That day would be TODAY. Im soaking up every minute of it and getting off this computer since John Lleytons bathroom break is over! HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
This is our last day in Chicago and my last day to do a full 30 day blog. Although I didnt post daily, I did post about each day of the 30 days individually. I hope to add pictures to them as they come off my phone. Chicago was fun. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Tara. I can't believe we've known each other since 1997. What a good friend to be able to travel with someone and not ONE time did they get on my nerves. For two people that are polar opposites we really get along well. I think its what makes our business thrive as well. OUr balance addresses equal parts of the business as needed according to our personalities. I love it. Our flight left almost 2 hours later than we expected due to wind and rain. I was so ready to get home to some warmer weather. Im just not a cold weather person and I seem to enjoy any type of traveling better when its warm :(
What a great day. Today was not totally filled with classes as I have most of my hours. There was time for shopping and play in between. We ate at Mia Francesca's upon request from a client that had moved a year ago. They moved to Arkansas from Chicago and it was the best suggestion of food we had gotten! GREAT Italian food. Earlier we had eaten at JellyFish and got the best sushi and green tea I have ever had. NO LIE. Check them out online. I highly recommend them if you are ever in Chicago. We ate breakfast one morning (the exact morning is escaping me) at a place called Waffles. This was not our intention to eat here but the place we wanted to go to was PACKED with an hour wait. This sent us looking for something near since a cab had dropped us off. It was bitter cold and we needed something fast as we were "HANGRY"
Today was another day at the convention. We did take a break for lunch and had an early dinner, shopped quickly, then ate a late dinner. I saw so many shops to come back to on our last day here so today was reserved for classes and eating :) We did get to see the exhibit hall again and got more freebies. Thats just so fun to me! We got to have Chicago deep dish pizza today!!