Nov 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

Time for another Friday Favorites, I'm not even sure the last time I did a Friday Favorites post, clearly time is going way too fast.

This week has been awful, I'm not going to lie.  Just lots of sadness and tragedies this week.  We're ready to be done...

So today I am showing some of my fave pics from the last few weeks!

Two weeks ago the Vikings played in London on Sunday morning.  We decided to invite people over for football, bloody marys and breakfast!

Brad made 2 egg bakes, I made homemade cinnamon rolls (which are seriously the BEST rolls you will ever make!!) and everyone else brought goodies.  I made a bloody mary bar and we also had mimosas.  It was such a fun change from the normal soups/chilis that we do on Sunday.



On Halloween I made, Shay's Witch's Brew.  Emma of course loved it, but the rest of us thought it was a little too sweet.  I will make it again, but cut back on the sweetness.  Such a fun little treat though!  Alayna and I also made mummy dogs with is just crescent rolls cut into strips and wrapped around the dog.

Witch's Brew Hot Chocolate

I'm still so impressed with her makeup work!


Three weeks ago Brad brought our tv out onto the patio and we watched the Vikings play out there, it was amazing!!  



Tonight it won't get above 5 degrees.  Hello Minnesota.

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And my favorite pic.  Love this girl.


And finally, I'm asking for prayers.  Brad has a high school friend who lost their 15 year old son to suicide, a good friend of ours who will find out tomorrow if she has an aggressive form of bone cancer, and my brother in law who lost his father this morning from cancer.

Please pray for healing for each of these families.  My heart has been so heavy this week.  Literally every single day has been more bad news.  I just pray that these families can feel our love and prayers...

Nov 7, 2017

What We've Been Up To

Happy Tuesday friends!  It's been quite the week around here and I wanted to jump on quick to update with all the happenings.  

Last Monday night my sweet Grandpa Beepa passed away.  He was 90 years old and although we are so sad for us, we are overjoyed for him.  My Grandma Omi passed away 7 years ago, and he has missed her so much.  I love thinking about how happy those two are right now!
He was a wonderful grandpa, lots of memories fishing with him.  He was an avid hunter/fisherman, so to see him in a wheelchair was tough.  His funeral was wonderful, and really captured who he was.
We will miss him!


Tuesday, of course, was Halloween.  Rachel had another volleyball playoff game and Emma went with some friends to a haunted house, so it was just the mouse this year.  Kind of sad to not have all my girls here, but that's life.

Emma did her own makeup here, didn't she do awesome??!!


We ended up going to my sister and brother in laws for supper and Alayna and Will handed out candy for awhile, then the dads took them out to trick or treat for a bit while the moms enjoyed wine!


Thursday Rachel's team had another playoff game, this was to win subsections.  They played amazing and we won it!


She was so excited!  Unfortunately the next game they played to go to state was on Saturday, and she had to miss because we had Grandpa's funeral.  The did not win that game, sadly, so their season is done.  They had an amazing season though and we are so proud of them!


Friday night was full of packing for the weekend and making sure everyone had proper clothes, since it SNOWED!!  The temp didn't get much above 35 degrees.  Ouch.  I have to say though, that I still love snow.  It's so beautiful and peaceful.  Brad went out deer hunting Saturday morning for a few hours before we had to leave.  No luck though.


So this is the first week of NO SPORTS!  Of course last night we had a drivers ed information class for Emma (gulp), so spent the evening at school anyway, haha!

Have a great week!













Oct 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Almost didn't make this link up, but I love looking back at these posts and what we were up to!  It's still crazy around here, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!


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What We're Eating This Week:

Monday:  We actually had leftovers, I had make a lasagna Saturday night and then we had take out pizza on Sunday night.  With needing to be out the door by 5:30, we typically do leftovers!

Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Soup and sandwiches

Thursday:  Chicken Pasta in a creamy white wine Parmesan sauce, found on Pinterest!

Friday-  We have a Halloween party, and the girls will most likely be at the farm.

What I'm Reminiscing About:

The holidays.  All of them.





I love this time of year.  How in tarnation do they grow up so fast?  This year I will only have one trick or treater, so sad.  I'm glad Alayna still loves to get dressed up, haha!

What I'm Loving:

All the fall things.  The weather has pretty nice this fall, the weekends have been cooler and rainy, which I love.  Nothing better than being home and having the time to bake some fall goodies!  They are even calling for some snow on Friday!

Here are some of my fave fall goodies:

Butternut Squash Bread



Pumpkin Cookies


Best Ever Pumpkin Scones


Glazed Apple Pie Squares


What We've Been Up To:

Ummmmm, sports.  The end.

What I'm Dreading:

Nothing, I have nothing but good things to look forward to!  Sports is winding down which means we will have suppers together again!  Fall is here, Halloween is coming up, and don't even get me started about Thanksgiving and Christmas!!

What I'm Working On:

Uh, staying sane?  This might have been me, once or twice.

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What I'm Excited About:

I know that my dad will probably disown me for this, but.....

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We've been listening to Christmas music for a couple weeks too...

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I just love this time of year!

What I'm Watching/Reading:

Right now I'm into:
This Is Us, Survivor, Will and Grace and while I'm on the treadmill I watch Grace and Frankie.  OH.MY.WORD.  If you haven't watched Grace and Frankie, you have to!  So, so funny!!

Reading:
Ruth Reichl's "Delicious".  I'm really trying to read more and phone less, lol.

What I'm  Listening To:

See above..."What I'm Excited About"

What I'm Wearing:

Ugh, can I please get a stylist??  I seriously wish I could hire someone to pick my clothes.  LOVE the idea of Stitch Fix, but I am too damn cheap to spend $60 on a cute shirt...

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

Friday night we have a Halloween party at some friend's house.  Typically we rent a bus and go to different local bars.  We always have SO much fun.  This year they aren't doing the bus, we're just staying at their house.  I'm totally ok with that.  Not sure what we are dressing up as, we have so many costumes from years past!










What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:

Yep, we literally CANNOT wait for Friday, as the Hallmark Christmas movies begin!!

This is one of my faves.  Yes they are completely unrealistic and cheesy.  But you know what?  In this world where everything is negative and scary, I love watching these happy ending shows.  And so do my girls.  :)
This is one of my faves!

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So that's a bit of what we've been up to.  Hope you ll have a fantastic week!!














Oct 16, 2017

Fall 2017

We have had the MOST beautiful weather here in Minnesota!  I sometimes will complain about how cold it gets here in the winter, but truly, I could never live anywhere else.  I absolutely love every season!

Every fall we try to get one last boat ride on the lake.  This year it was impossible to find a day where everyone was home.  Insert sad face.  However last Saturday Brad and I found ourselves without any kids for the day and decided to take advantage of it!
We cruised the lake for a couple hours and the weather was perfect.


It was so nice to just hang out together, we don't get that too often!  Saturday night we had a bonfire and just chilled, it was glorious.

Sunday Brad and Alayna went duck hunting bright and early.  They didn't have much luck with the ducks, but they had a blast!  I know it was tough for Brad, as this was the first time in 9 years hunting without Jazzy.  Duck hunting is Brad's favorite, and seeing him not excited to hunt this year was hard.


Despite missing our sweet girl, Alayna had a ton of fun, her fave part is eating swiss cake rolls, haha!


This might be the coolest picture ever, Brad took it that morning.  Stunning!


Sunday afternoon we hit up the local apple orchards.  The weather was incredible, and the orchards were PACKED.  Holy cats.

Alayna's obligatory pic.






On our way to the next orchard, we stopped down the road at a little church in the woods and decided to get some photos.  These are by far some of my faves!!







We have been loving fall, the cooler weather, all the pumpkin breads/scones/muffins, the yummy fall  candles and the cozy nights.  Rachel had her volleyball team over for supper last week and several of the girls made comments on how cozy our house is, I LOVED that!  I just want people to feel at home when they walk in the door.




Oct 12, 2017

Well Hey There!

It appears it's been a wee bit since I've been on here.  Holy carp.  Life got a little busy peeps.  School started and shit hit the fan, let's be real.

Here's my beauties on the first day of school.  This was the first time in a loooong time that I was a nervous wreck.  Emma and Alayna both switched schools this year, Rachel made the switch last year and it was the BEST decision ever!  We just weren't happy with our school district, so we made the switch this year for the other two.  It couldn't have gone better, all three love it!


So basically our lives have consisted of this:


And this:


Rachel and Alayna play volleyball and Emma swims.  We pretty much have one night a week that everyone is home.  I'm not gonna lie, it's been really hard this fall.  I am really, truly a homebody and I miss my house.  And I miss my people...aka, my kids.  Everyone says it's just a phase, but in my neurotic mind, I feel like it's the beginning of them leaving me.  Am I crazy?

Anyway, like I said, it's been crazy around here., we typically rush home after work, eat and head out the door.  Thankfully, my meal planning has been rocking!  They are definitely easy, quick meals, but I feel good knowing that we are all still eating homemade food even if it's not all at the same time.

We are now on the home stretch with sports.  Emma is done next week and Rach and Alayna still have a few weeks left.

So between the craziness of sports and work, my incredible hubs decided to plan a surprise trip up north.  I got up Saturday morning and he had our bags packed and ready to go.  It was an absolutely gorgeous fall weekend up there and we just completely relaxed all weekend.  It was glorious! 




We found this beach called Iona's beach that when the waves crash against the rocks, it sounds like bells, it was so neat!


We stayed at the resort we honeymooned in, this is our 4th time staying there, it's right on Lake Superior, and the views are amazing!


I had already taken Monday off, and Brad had gotten tickets for the Vikings Monday night game.  We went with Brad's brother and his wife.  The new stadium was so cool!



It was such a perfect weekend, lots of relaxing going on and lots of fun!  

Tuesday morning I felt like this...


Hoping to be back to a more "regular" blogging schedule!

Sep 6, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Time for another Whats Up Wednesday post!  Seriously, I feel like I just wrote one and it's already been a month...


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What We're Eating This Week:

School started on Tuesday, and with having stuff every night this week, we've had to improvise a bit

Monday: Roast beef sandwiches

Monday:  Cheeseburger Biscuit Bake

Tuesday: Rachel had a game and told us it started at 5, it didn't actually start until 5:45, so concession stand popcorn and pretzels it was!  The girls ate leftover hotdish.

Wednesday: Girls ate leftovers again as Brad and I had to driver an hour away to pick up Rachel's car we bought her. Since sports started the beginning of August, I've made sure to have a big pasta casserole or pasta soup of some kind so they can eat before and after they're done.  Makes me feel a little better if I didn't supper on the table.  :)

Thursday-  Beef Vegetable soup

Friday- most likely homemade pizza!

What I'm Reminiscing About:

I love Facebook Timehop pics.  The last week they've been full of first day and daycare pics.  I do miss those days, loved being able to stay home with my girls and doing the fun crafts/ snacks!

What I'm  Loving:

The cooler weather!!  It's been really cool, in the 60's and I'm  LOVING this!  I'm so ready for sweaters and scarfs.

What We've Been Up To:

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This is literally me right now.  Life is crazy busy with school, 3 different sports all at once, work and life in general.  I'm just trying not to lose my shit.  If I make it through November, it'll be a miracle!!

What I'm Dreading:

I don't know that I'm dreading anything, but I'm feeling very overwhelmed right now which makes all the little things seem huge.  I know this is just a phase, but I want to feel like a normal human being again and not like this...

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What I'm Working On:

See above.  Trying to stay sane, haha!!!

What I'm Excited About:

FALL!!!!  I am so excited to get my fall decor out and eat all the apple/pumpkin things.

What I'm Watching/Reading:




This book sucked me in by page 2!  Hoping to finish it this weekend.

As far as tv goes, I got nuthin.  By the time I sit down on the couch at 9, I fall asleep reading.

What I'm Listening To:

Right now I am listening to Indigo Girls on Pandora, SO good!

What I'm Wearing:

I did find some cute fall clothes at Old Navy, this is my fave, I bought it in cream, sooooo comfy!




What I'm Doing This Weekend:

We really have no concrete plans which is glorious.  I think we'll try and get on the lake one of those days, the weather is supposed to be gorgeous!  I took Monday off and I'm so freaking excited!  I have nothing going on, I just need a mental health day.

What I'm  Looking Forward to Next Month:

All the fall activities....pumpkin patch, apple orchards, football...

Bonus Question: Your Best Lunchbox Ideas and Tips:

Since we're only a couple days in, we haven't yet packed lunches.  The girls are at a new school and they all commented on how good it is!  Last year Emma and Alayna took a lunch most days.  Here's what worked for us:

I have a "lunchbox" drawer where I keep these Ziploc lunch containers.  I've had these for a couple years, but I don't think they sell them anymore, boo.

Costway 4 x Quick Lunch Boxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers Classic Set of 4

I also have water bottles, mini containers, and fun little lunch picks and accessories.

In the pantry I make sure to keep the snacks organized and stocked.  I have a large plastic shoebox that I keep snack bags and applesauce packets in.  I also make sure one drawer in the fridge has washed fruit/cut up veggies for easy grabbing.

That's what's up with us!