Tuesday, July 3, 2012

V and Co: our weekend-ish

my family is in the shadows i'm the tiny little person in the reflection in middle of the bean taking a picture

stop the presses, i'm blogging. i KNOW. seriously i look at how much i'm blogging this year vs how much i was blogging in summers past...and well, the numbers don't lie, for some reason i've not been blogging and yet, we've been busy. not busy doing projects every minute, just busy being us. and while i used to blog about us being us...for some reason, i get nervous to do it.

why? well lets just say this: when you live in a small town in a remote area, all the people pretty much knew you knew your stories, and pretty much were family. i could write about everything we went through and they would laugh/cry with me...but they already knew it because they witnessed it or i had already told them. so when i wrote things the people that would come up to me and say "you're so hilarious!" or "oh my gosh could you BE any funnier?" (cue in chandler emphasis) or my favorite "we can take care of that goat problem of your yours." and of course "can i just tell you, i love your kid, he's going to be okay."
yeah. somehow living in a small town where i was just writing to a computer screen and all my "friend-family" were the only ones coming up to me and saying that they read what i wrote, it seemed okay.
now cue in living in a larger city, (not that large compared to most but still) and not knowing everyone in your town, and cue in the looking over your shoulder and wondering are you reading what i wrote? 
is this weird? i mean my readership has been in the general area in numbers for a few years (a slow incline but nothing too drastic), but all of a sudden because i don't have my hula hoop of wilderness around me, i feel like i'm more on display.
so yeah. thoughts? 
anywho. i'm working on writing about every day mundane things, because honestly, that's when the best things happen, at least when you are in a family. it's the stolen looks between the husband and i of a funny inside joke the kids don't even know anything about. or the HILARIOUS, or the things that our children do and say that drive you insane or teach you life lessons. 

those are the best memories, and the prettiest images around you that should be the threads of our creativity and the wind in our sails.
so here it is: 

we went on a little trip.

 i say little because chicago isn't that far away from where we live. well, compared to where we used to live. it's a mere 4 hours away and we decided we were going to try to see somethings we've never had gotten the opportunity to do before due to living on the other side of the united states all our lives.

 we went to cloud gate or "the bean" we've seen it in pictures, i'd seen it in movies, but never had i ever seen it in real life.
 i tried to get good posed pictures of the kids (emphasis on the tried and you will see why later on in the next few pictures) but due to too many witnesses, i couldn't do my "take a picture and make it look good so i can use this picture to send it out to everyone this year blah de de BLAH iCAN STAND HERE ALL DAY PEOPLE TILL WE GET IT RIGHT...DON'T YOU TEST ME I CAN CALL SANTA, YEAH YOU HEARD ME!" routine i normally do when i try to get a staged all facing the same way smiling only once a year happening because we're using it for christmas pictures that year rant.

don't know what they were contemplating here in this picture...but it would have been cool if all four of them did the same thing, but of course one of them didn't. oh well.

i have to say the millennium park is pretty cool, we didn't look at everything, we were kind of pressed for time, but next time we will return and i'll take pictures (ahem possibly with a camera other than my phone camera because i forgot the real camera)

also this time around we got to go to the Shedd aquarium.
my kids are huge water/fish/turtles/dolphins/penguin/otter lovers, so this was a fun and exciting thing for them seeing that it's been over 5 years now that we lived in monterey and had the membership to the best after school time waster also known as going to the aquarium for a few hours so mommy didn't go cray cray till dad got home.
our kids loved the jelly fish, when we were living in monterey, and they loved it this time around too.

in the jelly fish area it was super pretty, with all the jelly fish flowing movements, and they had nice soothing music and the colors were cool. :) kind of felt like a "happy place" of some sort.
here's another attempt of me taking a posed picture...no go on the christmas card yet again.

 next we headed to the lego and american girl store. i wish i could have gotten the reaction of the girl noisemaker's face when we turned the corner and saw the american girl store.
she was so excited it was really fun to see.
she got a hand me down doll, she's been introduced to these dolls just recently, and well up till i went into the store i didn't get what was so cool.
i was like "a hospital? and hair salon? whaaaaat? thats just stupid." and honestly it is, but man, you walk into that store and all of a sudden you want to set up a hair appointment for your little doll, eat at the restaurant...with your little doll, and buy matching outfits...wait, no, still don't want to do that. because that is just too creepy weird and kind of stupid in my book. but yes, buy the little doll outfits and glasses, and shoes, and all the other stuff that you can buy but wait i have to eat next month so let just slow it down for a minute...
regroup. breathe. get out of the spinning of crazy...and make some rational choices

so this time around we got "calissa" a new outfit (i think the girl noisemaker  named her calista, but her "t's" aren't all that great. :))
a freaking $38 outfit. um. yeah. (but they came with cute little roller-skates!) anywho moving on.
while the girl and i were contemplating what outfit, the boys were building legos.
legos are the go to toy for my boys. they like them, i like that they like them, and the big husband boy likes them too. we dig legos.
um apparently noisemaker #3 was all over the map on emotions. :/ 
after a fun filled few days we came home. 
and we were super happy to see our new normal of the iowa fields and corn. we are getting used to our new surroundings, and it's exciting to see what memories we make here.
we'll talk soon. :)


Patty said...

Cool pics!

mascanlon said...

Road trip! Seriously I loved the photos, we'll be heading to Chicago at Labor Day. I grew up there many, many years ago and although I go back at least once a year for business my husband has never been there. I can't wait to show him my favorite places and food...can you say Italian Beef, pizza, Chicago dogs?

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Olá,sua vida está mesmo divertida e me trouxe doces lembranças.Quando viajávamos para praia com as três pequenas,na hora da foto...Minhas filhas tiveram bonecas com patins,com esqui e uma colegial.(...onde será que estão tais bonecas???...)Lego se multiplica nas caixas,sabe?Minha mais velha tem trinta,a segunda tem 28 e um casal de filhos,a terceira tem 26 e está noiva.Isso para dizer de lego...ainda hoje em dia eu encontro algumas peças em lugares inusitados,como dentro da gaveta de um vídeo-cassete quebrado na garagem...AH!!!que saudade boa.Deus abençoe a você e sua família linda,ser feliz sempre será a máxima da vida,beijos.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

It was fun to see what you are up to! I liked all the picture goodness. How awesome was that Lego store...pretty sure I will never have a need for the American Girl store...I kind of want to buy one for me...totally okay right?

ergillmore said...

Fun! Ok, I can say this since I live in the cornfield state with you (yes, after living in CA, AZ, UT and AK we have come to nest here again until the Lord calls us home). As we have put up with the hot humid weather right now I remind myself that we live here for the beautiful green fields, the wonderful fall and spring weather and, oh yeah, having rush "minute" instead of rush "hour".

Val, your post seriously make me laugh and remember when my kids were young. Those were happy days, they grow up much too quickly.

Ginger Leeman said...

Looks like you had lots of fun!! American Girl will break you. We have done the hospital, hairdresser, gotten the dolls ears pierced, had a birthday party in the restaurant and we even got the matching outfits for each girl.

Annette Deardurff said...

Very fun narrative of your trip - especially liked the comments you added to pics of your little man - too funny!! When I was younger growing up in Michigan we went to Frankenmuth which had among other things, Bronners Christmas Store - we would do our Christmas card picture in front of a huge snowman with all four of us in our EASTER clothes cuz we went up there on Easter! Go figure I know!! Fun memories!

Annette Deardurff said...

You got the doll's ears pierced???!!!!!!!!!

Zuzan said...

Never seen the bean before - I love it. It would be a full-time job keeping it shiny! Just want to fy to Chicago to see that.
Then the doll store or doll heaven - how amazing & congrratulations on your discipline.
Love Lego too. Thanks for the tour.
From Downunder.

trish said...

What a fun trip! :0) My Katie loved her Samantha AG doll and Nathans Legos still have not made their way to the attic and I am so glad.
Sensor in blogging is tricky isnt it? I love reading your day to day events. It is kind of like chatting over lunch, but it must be tough finding that safe place knowing that so many are reading.
Happy 4th of July! Love ya. Trish125 humersd

trish said...

Ps. My name accidentally included the prompt to leave a comment.... oops .... that explains why it wouldnt let me post.

April said...

haha so cute about your kids. In the first picture, one may not be doing like the others, but he is the only one looking at you! Each of the others are looking in three different directions. :) toooo cute! It might be hard to share your life with the world, but I'm glad you do. thanks.

Liz M said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip to my sweet home Chicago! We love being tourists in our own city at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Foster Avenue Beach, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Anna said...

your trip looks so fun. I know what you mean about blogging about personal stuff. It's hard for me to do now for whatever reason. Maybe I don't feel like the stuff we do qualifies for a blog post or whatever. Glad you had fun, I haven't been to chicago in years, :)

bdaiss said...

Oh, I miss Chi-town. I grew up a short train ride out in what is now the burbs. I've loved introducing my kids to all the fun things I did as a kid plus all the new cool stuff. Next time you're ready for a road trip over there give us a shout out and we'll point you to some of the best awesome-est kid-friendly stuff!

Glad you guys had fun! I only have two kids to wrangle for photos and it's a challenge. I think you did pretty darn good working with what you have. : )

Donna said...

Love summer trips! Yours looks like it was a blast. And my kids never cooperate for pics on vacation cuz someone is always emotional/tired/hungry/cranky/teenagerish or trying to ruin the picture! Glad you're learning to love the corn fields, I still miss them 20 years later, the mountains just aren't the same. (I know that's blasphemous but whatever, I'm a Midwestern gal)

Carolyn said...

I've got to get myself to Chicago. It has been so long. Taking a blog break is no biggie. We're still here waiting for you when you return!

Jenn said...

Write whatever you want, people are either gonna say something if they know who you are, or not. Don't worry about it.

Awesome bean thing, and cute kids! Cornfields are awesome, but I'm midwestern.

Lori said...

Vaness, I loved seeing your kids. They all look so grown up! Ooh, and I want to give Little Miss a Squeeze!

Just so you know, this little person in this little town misses visiting/laughing/sharing your posts and life while being happy that you all are so happy!

Love ya!

cakegirl said...

Chicago is a fabulous city! Tha American Girl Store may be a bit over the top, but I was always relieved that my daughter preferred Addy and Molly over Barbie and Ken.

Aimee said...

Vanessa - did you know the doll clothes for the Target version of the AG doll actually fit the real AG doll? And much better prices too!

Your kids are adorable and your stories are great. I hope you can find a happy medium and share more stories with us!

Mhoos said...

I live in France, I love your pics and Chicago is my favorite town ... Realy Love Chicago :)

Bev said...

Love all those photos, espcially the family gurning shots (been there) and love the serenity of the windmill at the end. Where did all the blades go? We got one of them on our farm, suddenly I am interested in repairs...

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