taking back roads



At a park in Mt. Vernon, IL. Daddy helped me map out some great stops along the way. Grandma treated older kids to snow cones. Lu is sticking with water but seems to be fine.


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Speed bump


Somewhere outside of Nashville. Little girl puked. Big sister next to her HATES puke. Little girl seems to be fine but the big sister is not.
Making Memories.

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SD here we come!!


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Summer: Week 2

Ice cream
Ice cream

That pretty much sums up week two.
We swam all but two days last week, ate ice cream all but 4 days. 😉

First day of Summer we had tball, swam, made hot dogs and root beer floats – can’t be anymore Summer-y or American, ha!








Friday night we went to a minor league baseball game. Greenville Drive vs Savannah Sand Gnats – what kind of name is that?! I don’t even want to visit Savannah if they’re known for sand gnats! Drive won 21-1, *kinda* a blow out..It was HOT HOT HOT, lots of whining going on, kids whined a little too 😉






Luckily some dark clouds rolled in pretty fast, blocking the Sun but never produced any rain. After the game there was fireworks. Lydia slept straight through them last year but this time they really freaked her out! She said, “Bright, fire, hurt eyes, scary!” and cried. It’s a good thing Fourth of July isn’t right around the corner…
And speaking of right around the corner- my mom, the kids and I leave for SD in FIVE days!!!!! The majority of our SD family have only met Abby – almost 7 years since our last trip up there! It’s a looooong drive, pray for our safety and especially our sanity being trapped in car that long with 4 kids!

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Summer: Week One

What a week its been!

Monday: I went and had my hair done. It was the calm before the storm. I needed the 2.5 hours to prepare myself for the rest of the week!

Tuesday:  Cupcakes with friends (at 10 in the morning, thankyouverymuch) and swimming.

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I’ve already developed a love/hate with swimming. For one, only Abby truly  swims.. the other three like to cling to me. And when they aren’t clinging, they’re sliding and I’m catching them. We do this about 500 times. So of course they’re exhausted and on the way home fall asleep – but this is really more of a Power Nap.. and when we get home I’m WORN out and they are ready to go go go!

Wednesday: Free summer movies at theater began and pool again.

image (12)  Abby was brave and went for the top slide. She squealed all the way down, every time and it was hilarious! That bottom slide is my post. Plus side – I may not be swimming but I’m getting a killer upper body workout 🙂 We swam for almost 3 hours that day! I came home with a major burn – even though I applied sunscreen twice.

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Lydia did way better than I expected at the movies. She stayed quiet almost the entire time. My plan is to take them weekly but I have a feeling she won’t be as well behaved as time goes on.

Thursday: Fourth day  into vacation and I’m dragging. Horrible thunderstorm Wednesday night so I was up most of the night with scared kids and dog.  Weeks prior I had organized a dairy farm tour for this day with our friends, so we were out the door by 8:30. The smell was quite nauseating but the kids really enjoyed learning about the farm and a baby calf was born earlier in the morning so we got to see its first steps!

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(That’s Jaeden, he’s Josh’s BFF)

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Here is a link to Happy Cow, its a pretty interesting story and the best milk I’ve ever had!! I brought home all sorts of goodies 🙂


We also had Tball last night.

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(Josh batting, picture from YMCA)


Ben finally played in a game!  The first two scheduled were cancelled due to rain and then he  missed two more due to strep. He was a little nervous but had fun!

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Benny “The Jet” Zagar 🙂


Today: BARK (books and reading kids)

I love, love this program. I have Abby and Ben signed up all summer! Today Ben read “Go, Dog, Go”. SO proud of him.

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I had planned to take them swimming after BARK but decided my skin needed one more day to heal from the burn. There is also Tball game tonight so I was afraid it would be too much.


Sadly, I’ve still heard the words “I’m bored”.  This year I have a plan though.. When they say the “B” word they have to pick out 2 chores from a basket. They’re either going to learn real quick to find something to do or I’m going to have a super clean house this summer. 🙂

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benny boy

I am so proud of Ben’s accomplishments. He has grown by leaps and bounds these last 10 months! He is so close to reading, whereas at the start of the school year he didn’t even want to open up a book. We still have a couple hiccups with speech/pronunciation but that is tied more to his jaw and later this year he’ll see an orthodontist. Math is his strongest area. Art is also a favorite. He has become more coordinated and is doing really well in T-ball, he has quite an arm!  Best word to describe Ben is “Sweet”. All teachers adore him. Girls call him cute. He always wants to do/look his best. He has informed me that he needs some hair gel. Since he is more reserved than A&J, it’s fun to hear his full belly laugh. However, he can burp on command and is very proud about that. He’s not sure what he wants to be when he grows up. His favorite color is black. He is still the picky eater. And he is growing up way too fast.

Here are some pictures from this mornings graduation.

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Mrs. Corontzes and Ben

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Proud Mom!

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