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Easter Scavenger Hunt {Spin Cycle}

I started a new Easter tradition a couple of years ago with Lily and Emmy. I wanted to do something special at home; my sister-in-law would have an egg hunt at her house, and I always give the girls Easter baskets. *Ahem* I meant to say that the Easter bunny brings Easter baskets for the girls.

I decided to put clues inside plastic eggs instead of candy. The clues would lead the girls to an Easter present. The first year, I gave them roller blades. I had wanted to buy them and needed a good excuse, so they became Easter gifts. Last year, my gifts weren’t as extravagant as you can see in the video below. You will also get to see my messy house…ignore that part, please! Since Emmy couldn’t read yet, she handed the eggs to Lily and Lily read the clue.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

Preparations for this annual Easter scavenger hunt are on underway. I still need to think up some new clues and wrap the new presents! This year, Lily and Emmy will be getting (SHHH!) My Little Ponies.

Other preparations are underway, too. I have the ham in the fridge. Last night, the choir rehearsed our Alleluias in preparation for Easter morning. And loyal church volunteers worked in the dark to set up the tomb, which Roman guards will watch over this weekend. On Easter morning, the guards will be gone and the tomb will be empty! He is Risen!

guarded tomb

Share your Easter, Passover or Spring traditions in the Linky below, and be sure to visit my co-host, Gretchen! Please use #SpinCycle when you promote your posts. Stop by on Monday to see what next week’s prompt will be!

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Once, I Loved a Dog {Spin Cycle}

Once, I had a dog.

Wait…that wasn’t me.

That was my old boyfriend. He had a dog, a dog named Josie.

Josie was a black and white medium sized dog. She couldn’t live with Boyfriend, because his apartment didn’t allow pets. She lived behind the shed of a friend’s house. Every day, Boyfriend visited Josie and made sure she had enough food and water. Sometimes he would hide some cash wrapped in foil in the bag of dog food for his friend. The friend didn’t want his wife to know he was borrowing money from Boyfriend.

On the weekends, Boyfriend would take Josie to an open field. There, he would throw a frisbee for her to catch. When I was with Boyfriend, I would tag along. I gave Josie lots of pats, belly rubs and kisses. She was a good dog.

About a year into our relationship, Boyfriend was able to buy a small house. Now Josie could live with him. Sometimes, I waited for Boyfriend at the house when he was working. Then Josie and I would play together. I would throw a tennis ball from the bedroom to the living room and she would chase the ball and bring it back. She sat next to me and kept me company while I watched TV on the old couch as I waited for Boyfriend.

Josie was a great dog.

After Boyfriend and I broke up, I missed him, and I missed Josie. I missed petting her long fur and looking into her dark eyes. I missed playing catch with her. I missed her warm and open companionship. Her faithfulness. Her loyalty.

I wondered if she missed me, too.

I never wondered if Josie loved me. I never wondered if I said the wrong thing to her, or if I did something to make her mad. In Josie’s eyes, I could do no wrong. She was such a sweet dog.

I used to joke that I missed Josie more than I missed Boyfriend, but in the end, that might have been true. Boyfriend and I broke up over 15 years ago and I never saw Josie again. Maybe it was better this way. Even though Josie is probably no longer around, at least I have good memories of her jumping up to catch that frisbee.

She caught it almost every single time.

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Staycation! {Spin Cycle}

Our family is lucky that we live close to a big city with a lot to offer. However, we rarely go into Chicago. During our Spring Break, I wanted to take my daughters downtown on the train, but I didn’t feel like braving the Spring Break crowds at the various museums. So instead, we did something I haven’t done since I was a child. When you live by the city that has the world’s tallest skyscraper, you go to the top. Of course, the Sears Tower has been surpassed since I was little, but it’s still pretty darn tall. And it’s not called the Sears Tower any more; it is now Willis Tower, which is a shame. I used to love it when my second grade students called it the “Serious Tower.”

Sears Tower

So on a Wednesday morning at 9:51, my sister, the girls and me boarded the Metra heading to Union Station. The train station is only a block away from Willis Tower, which was fortunate for us because the wind was whipping off the Chicago River and it was COLD!

We had to wait in line to go through security first, just like at the airport. I wasn’t expecting that, but it makes sense. After we bought our tickets, we took the minute ride elevator to the 103rd floor. It may have been cold outside, but the sun was shining and we had a beautiful view! A new feature of the 103rd floor are the ledges; four glass platforms that extend out of the west side of the building.




Lily was enthralled with looking by looking out at the Chicago skyline, and she didn’t want to take the elevator ride down to ground level. But eventually, we had to leave. By that time, we were all starving. Just down the street from Willis Tower is Giordano’s. When you are in Chicago, you have to have a Chicago stuffed pizza! My sister lives in California, so we made sure to feed her a lot of Chicago-style food during her visit.

deep dish pizza

Where would you go or what would you do if you had a “stay-cation?” Link up your blog post below or tell us in the comments! Please visit my co-host, Gretchen, and see where she would go on a stay-cation. She live in a much warmer place, so I’m sure it’s going to be good!

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Bathroom Fixer Upper {Spin Cycle}

Last Spring, I decided I needed to do something about the ugly wallpaper in our main bathroom. Whoever decided to wallpaper our bathroom had no idea what they were doing. Instead of using a straight edge and a sharp razor to trim the wallpaper, it seemed like the applier had used a scissors. It was jagged and torn in some places. As I tackled the walls, some of it was easy to take off, and other parts held on for dear life. Taking down wallpaper is a horrible job, but this wallpaper NEEDED to come off!

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I even made a vlog for Mama Kat’s Vlogging Prompts, showing how to remove wallpaper! Watching this made me remember how hard I worked in that bathroom…

I made some discoveries as I was removing the wallpaper; there had been two other wallpapers before this one, and there was dark pink paint under this layer of wallpaper.

Right in the middle of my project, the April floods hit Chicago. My basement was flooded and my sewer wouldn’t drain, so my project was on hold.

Fortunately, the bathroom was still useable, it was just gosh-darn ugly.


After I finished patching the walls


Ugly paint, toilet and floor!

At the end of May, I finally put my bathroom project back on the calendar. I patched and painted, and bought new towel racks and outlet covers.

But the floor! The floor was still ugly shiny pink stick-on tiles. This was a project we wanted a professional to do. However, it was harder than I thought to find a floor guy for a bathroom. After we finally found someone to do the floor, a funny thing happened. The roof to the floor company’s building collapsed (fortunately no one was hurt) and the work was postponed.

By November, we finally had a new floor in all our bathrooms.


New paint on ceiling and walls


I still want a new light fixture! And ignore the mess, please.


New floor!

I’m not done yet; I still need to put a frame around the mirror and redo the vanity. I’d also love a new light fixture! It’s not the dream bathroom I’d love; the bathtub, toilet and vanity are still old. But for now, it’s much better than it was!

Up next…my laundry room…the washer and dryer are down where the spiders live and it floods every Spring…

What needs fixing upping at your place? Link up your blog post and visit other people’s stories! Then come back on Monday for a new Spin Cycle prompt.

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Is It Really Spring? {Spin Cycle}

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Spring Break, 2013

Spring! After a total of 80 inches of snow this winter, we are ready! Lily and Emmy have been begging to play outside every day, even though we haven’t seen warm temperatures…yet. Today we are expecting 60 degrees, which will feel like heaven. We’re also starting our Spring Break! We have a whole week to sleep late and stay up late watching movies. I pre-ordered Frozen for the girls, and it should be here by tomorrow! (Shh…it’s a surprise!) My sister is arriving from California via New York (it’s complicated) but it seems she is not bringing California weather with her. Our spring break will feel like winter, so says the weather forecast. I just read the dreaded “p” word again. And by “p” word, I mean “polar.”

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Spring Break, 2014

Look at how big my girls have grown in just one year! They were determined to have a picnic outside on the first day of Spring, so they spread out a blanket and had a snack of Cheez-Its. They are not going to let the “p” word interfere with their plans!

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What are your plans for Spring? Link up your post about Spring; spring break, spring training, a spring in your step, anything to do with Spring!

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