Friday, May 25, 2012


I wanted to share my Grammie's Obituary with you.  She truly is a wonderful woman.  Just click on the link below. 

MAE J. VANDER SCHAAF Obituary: View MAE SCHAAF's Obituary by Chicago Suburban Daily Herald

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Silly Snack!

 The other day the kids were hungry for snacks.  I felt a little creative and thought, lets make a fun snack.  Here it is! 
They thought it was the best!  HA!  Love the smiles!  I love how sometimes the little things they so appreciate!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Building Chicago, Box Style!

My husband has been out of town for the last 5 days!  Yes, I am surviving!  Kelli was also husbandless this weekend and we took the kids to Mitch's for dinner.  Mitch's is a regular hotdog place that we go.  I was placing my order and the cook came up and said hi to me.  He knows Chevy.  Then he proceeded to ask me where my husband was at.  I said he is on a guys golfing trip.  Then he said, "Well it is about time!  He is always here with the kids and without you.  Seems like he always has the kids."  I was quite shocked and thought that it was pretty funny.  Now, to my defensive almost any time that Chevy has the kids he takes them to Mitch's.  :)
We have kept busy and I find that sometimes doing projects is fun and pasts time quickly.  It also helps the 3 of kids not to fight!  HA!
I got this idea from a friend from Michigan, Meeghan, who posted this on Facebook.  We collected boxes, which didn't take long to accumulate and made towers with them.  We recently went to Chicago to visit our friends the Lymans.  My kids absolutely LOVE Chicago and they had so much fun telling me everything they knew about Chicago.    
Before we started the project the kids were outside in the sprinkler.  Yesterday it was super hot and that is why they are in their swim suites!!!!
Avielle made a park

Then we displayed them on our train table. We actually didn't get to all of the boxes! 
Of coarse we needed to put Uncle Jake, Aunt Shari, and Katie Grace's tower!!!!
Then the kids got out all their little figurines to populate the city!  They had a lot of fun with this project and being creative.  Thanks for the idea Meeghan!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!!!!  I know it has been a while since I last posted.  Blogger changed their format and so I'm learning a new way to make a post!  
 I had a wonderful Mother's Day with my family.  I woke up to breakfast in bed from the kiddos and Chevy.  I received a lot of sweet homemade gifts from my little ones.  They have been so excited all week to give them to me!  The kids and Chevy made me a photo album and put lots of pictures in it.  At first it bugged me that there was no order to all the pictures, but then I realized that each picture has its own special memory and it doesn't need any order.  
  We went to church that morning and I was overcome with joy and thankfulness to be a mommy to 3 wonderful children that I so deeply prayed for.   I am also so thankful to have my wonderful husband!  He made the day so special!!!!
 After church we went to my parent's house.  My dad got this yummy cake and all the mom's names on it! 
 Cousins Ellie and Katie Mae
 The day was absolutely beautiful and Kaeden enjoyed running through the lawn. 
       My sister Jenny and her husband Jay with Penelope
                                                            Ellie throwing rocks in the lake.
                                          My sister Jamie!  Doesn't she have beautiful blue eyes!
Okay here is a family picture!  Not the best, but we are all in it together!  Thank you to my 9 year nephew who took the pic.
                                                                             My 2 oldest!

                                                             Cousins Austin and Timmy
 Here are the girls with GG!  I received a sad call today!  GG is in the hospital and they found her unresponsive this morning.  She is at Condell right now and they put a ventilator in.  Could you please pray for my Grammie?  She is 87 years old and she means the world to me.  She has been a spiritual influence to me and my family. 
Baby Jonathan!