May 2, 2018

Alayna #12

Today our little mousey turns 12.  I feel like I could sum up Alayna's personality perfectly by this picture!!

This girl keeps us on our toes 24/7!  She is honestly one of the funniest kids I know, I don't know where she comes up with half the shit she does, but she has us rolling with laughter!

She is my helper, whether it's helping me in the kitchen (she LOVES sauteeing things!), or cleaning the house.  Seriously, this kid is a better cleaner than I am!  And she looooves to organize things.  Many times I have come home from work to a clean house and mousey organizing the pantry, haha!!!

Her big sisters are her idols, I love watching the relationship they have.

Mousey we LOVE you so much and are so proud of you, happy birthday!!

Apr 23, 2018

Emma #15

Today our beautiful Emma Jo turns 15.  Ugh.  Why do they have to keep getting older???

Emma has always been our sensitive one, when she was little, she was the one crying when Rachel got in trouble (and lets be real, that happened a LOT!!)
Now, she's the one that can sense when someone is "off", she'll be the first to ask if something is wrong, it's crazy!

This girl is CRAZY talented!  Calligraphy is her specialty and man, is it ever!  She loves to make holiday pics for me, and these were the cards she made for her friends....amazing!

She is very outgoing, has a quirky sense of humor, and just loves people.  She was always the shy one when she was little, so I love how outgoing she has become!

Emma is an amazing babysitter and truly loves kids.  She's the one bringing crafts to do with the kids she's watching.

She started swimming in 8th grade and loves it.  It has been so fun to watch her grow and improve each year!

Emma Jo, we love you SO incredibly much and are so proud of you, happy birthday sweet girl!!

Apr 16, 2018

Confirmation 2018

Another craaaaazy busy weekend is in the books!  With Rachel's confirmation on Sunday, we were supposed to have my family coming in on Saturday to stay the weekend.  Alayna had a volleyball tournament on Saturday so it worked great for everyone to come down and watch her play.  Of course mother nature had other plans...
Snowmageddon started Friday afternoon and snowed all.weekend.long.  It was ridiculous.  Saturdays tournament ended up getting switched to a different location, thankfully still local and these little chicks ended up placing first in the tournament!!

They played AMAZING and were so excited to win every single game!  This was their last tournament, so even though there was a blizzard outside, we all trekked to Marnanteli's for supper and drinks, it was a lot of fun getting to know the parents more.  We didn't get home until 8:30 and we crashed hard.

Sunday was not only Rachel's confirmation, but my birthday!  Brad made homemade caramel rolls and they all spoiled me with presents.  I finally got my Urban Southern bag and am in LOVE!

We didn't have to be to church until 1:15 or so, and we worried about the roads since it was still snowmageddon.  Thankfully they weren't too horrible.  The mass was really nice and it was a great afternoon!

I ordered my dress from Nordstrom (find it here) and got so many compliments!


We were all bummed that no one could come over for supper after, but again, the stupid weather.  Our good friends the Rothsteins came over and enjoyed tacos and cupcakes with us (and maybe a couple beverages). 

This is the picture that Emma made for Rachel, so beautiful!

What a wonderful, crazy fun-filled weekend we had, but PLEASE mother nature, make the snow go away...

Apr 2, 2018

Easter 2018

Another wonderful Easter is in the books!  Brad had taken off Thursday and Friday off so he could tile Rachel's shower and the girls had Friday off.  As much as I wanted to, I couldn't take off since it was month end for us.  Brad and the girls went to Good Friday Mass and Friday night was just a low key night which was glorious!
Saturday was catch up day for me, I got some deep spring cleaning done and the usual laundry.  We were going to my moms for Easter so Will and Alayna helped me make the strawberry pretzel dessert.
Saturday night we did our normal routine of dyeing eggs.  Brad had to make sure to get his pose in, lol!

We always make fun of the girls and all their damn poses, so Rachel made Brad pose with her!

All I asked was for ONE normal pic.

Love this pic.

Sunday morning everyone was up early to search for their Easter baskets.  Apparently the bunny did a good job this year, everyone was happy!
After mass we headed over to my mom and her husbands for dinner, SO yummy!  It was such a nice relaxing afternoon...We left my moms around 3:30 and headed to the farm for round two.  I was so freaking full last night!

Of course we had to get some obligatory pics in!

And now I sit here staring at ANOTHER snow storm.  Seriously, we didn't get hardly any snow in Dec/Jan/Feb, and now we're getting pummeled.  Ridiculous.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Mar 31, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

I finally have some time to actually sit down and write a post!  I love to read my previous What's Up Wednesday posts, so I figured I would get one in quick before April shows up!

What We're Eating This Week:
Monday:  Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole- New recipe that we all enjoyed!
Tuesday: Goose Sausage- Don't judge it till you try it, this was amazing!  Brad and a couple of his friends spent all day last Saturday making sausage with the goose they shot in Canada.  We make it and smoke it ourselves, it is SO good!
Wednesday- I had a hair appt, so Brad made burgers on the grill.
Thursday: Frozen pizza- It had to be something quick since Alayna had vball practice right away at 6.
Friday: I found these packages of  lobster ravioli at Aldi, and they were amazing!  I made my own garlic cream sauce to pour over them.  We will definately be buying these again!
Specially Selected Lobster Ravioli

What I'm Reminiscing About:

Easter week has always been right up there with Christmas as far as my favorite holidays.  I really love the whole meaning of Easter and what it represents.  However, since I've been working outside the home, I've felt a disconnect.  I miss the family devotionals/crafts we use to do.  With the girls getting older, it's harder to get everyone together.  Tonight we will color our eggs and have our egg hunt (while watching the Final Four, GO KANSAS!!!), so we still have our traditions!

What I'm Loving:
I wish I could say the weather, ugh.  We got about 6 inches of snow last night and today it is so windy, yuck.  Spring doesn't appear to be showing up anytime soon.  I am ready for porch sittin and bon fires!

What We've Been Up To:
Alayna still has volleyball, she has one more tournament left.  She also signed up for track this year and I'm excited to see if she'll like it!  Rachel has confirmation coming u on the 15th, so lots of things to get ready for that too, along with about a bazillion April birthdays!

What I'm Dreading:
I know this seems silly, but I'm dreading school ending.  Because that means Rachel will be a senior.  Folks, I am NOT ready to have a senior.  I'm not ready for this at all.  I started getting pictures together and it's just SO HARD!!  So any advice you have, please share, haha!

What I'm Working On:
Nothing in particular.  Keeping us all fed and house/clothes clean seem to be enough!

What I'm Excited About:
Alayna decided not to be in softball this summer, which means this will be the first summer in about 8 years that no one will be in sports!  I can't wait to have evenings/weekends available!!

What I'm Watching/Reading:
TV?  What's that??  By the time I sit down, I try to read a little and typically fall asleep.  I would love nothing more than an evening to just watch some TV!
I haven't read a whole lot this month, but I am 3/4 of the way through the book, "Sunburn", by Laura Lippman.  A couple of my girlfriends and I decided to start a book club, and this is the first book.  Can't wait to have our first meeting!

Sunburn: A Novel

What I'm Listening To:
Lots of Boomer Radio.  We started listening to it at work and I downloaded the app on my phone so we can listen to it at home, I love the eclectic 80's channel, so many great songs!  I also bought Sirius XM for my Acadia and LOVE it!  I listen to the Joel Osteen channel, I love his messages, Bluegrass, The Message,  the 80's, 40's and the Frank Sinatra channel are a couple of my faves.

What I'm Wearing:
I made a haul at Old Navy last week, so I'm enjoying some new springy clothes!

What I'm  Doing This Weekend:
Tomorrow morning we will head to church, then to my moms for lunch and the farm for supper.  Busy but fun day!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
Lots of fun stuff happening in April!  Rachel gets confirmed, my birthday, Emma's birthday, prom, it's going to be a busy one!

  We watched a little bit of "The Passion of the Christ" last night and I am always in awe of what Jesus went through just to save us.  To know that torture and ridicule he had to endure, I just can't imagine.  I pray that each of you has a wonderful, family filled day!

Mar 14, 2018

Life Lately

Life lately has consisted of lots of bleacher butt watching these girls play volleyball!
They had a rough start to the season, but now they are finally getting things figured out and are fun to watch!!

Rachel has improved her hitting SO much!

I had to giggle at this pic of Maci on Valentines Day morning, apparently she thought she was part of their gift...

The girls made us a delicious Valentines supper, shrimp alfredo, homemade biscuits and chocolate lave cake (from scratch!), it was all so good!

So, ya, that pretty much sums up our life right now, work, volleyball, repeat!  In April we'll be done with both girls' seasons and I will admit that I am looking forward to things slowing down.
Plus Maci is really missing her lap time these days, HA!!

Rachel #17

Today this beautiful girl turns 17.  I literally want to cry just typing that.  I have one more year, ONE, until she is officially an adult.  Please tell me how that happened?
I feel like last week she was the sassy little threenager that would steal bananas and hide to eat them.

Now she's this outgoing, funny, loving (don't ask her sisters), beautiful young woman that we are SO proud of.
She loves her family something fierce, and I love that she still wants to hang out with us!

As terrified as I am of her going out into the "real" world in a few years, I am so excited to see her blossom.  She is so independent and once she gets her mind on something, don't bother trying to change it.

Even though she's had a year of some disappointments, she's taken it all in stride.  It's been a great reminder that things happen on God's time, not ours.

Rachel, we are so incredibly proud of the young woman you are, and can't wait to see what your future holds.  Watch out world, this girl is going places!!  We love you!!