Sep 20, 2016

Well Hello There!

Long time no hear, huh?  Yowsa, I can't believe the 4th of July was my last post.  Sad.
This summer was absolute CRAZY!!!  I'm not kidding.  It was great, we did a lot of fun stuff, but, I was seriously ready for fall by the end of July!  This summer was just a lot of planning on how to get to kids to activities and such.  Honestly, if it wasn't for my mom and Brad's mom, our kids would have been home bound all summer.  THANK YOU!!!

So here's a recap of our summer...

Alayna played softball again this year and had such a great season... They ended up coming in 2nd in house and won the championship!  She struggled the first half hitting, but found her groove!


My BFF's and I did a painting party at a brewery in our town and had such a blast!  And I clearly forgot to take a picture of our paintings, haha!  This is also the same day that I had a second interview for a different job and was offered the job!  I started in August and absolutely LOVE it!  It's 10 minutes from our house (compared to 30) and love the variety and the people I work with!


Some more fun evenings with friends...


We were able to take the boat out a couple times for some fishing.


Mousey did a Blazer volleyball camp and had a blast and made her big sister proud!


We had a weekend up at my dads with all the siblings and cousins and had a ton of fun!


Of course the best part was seeing this sweet little nugget!  Love him so much!


Lots and lots of evenings sitting on the porch watching these two bump the volleyball.


These two really enjoyed watching them, haha!


August started school sports.  This year Rachel transferred to a different school, and I am SO glad we made the change!  She absolutely loves it and has made some great friends already.


Emma has decided this year to try swimming, and we are SO proud of this girl!  She has learned so much in a short amount of time and has really enjoyed it!


We celebrated Brad's oldest brother Mike's 50th birthday over Labor Day weekend.  We had a lot of fun and lots of laughs!  


I love this picture of Rachel and her cousin Madalyn, and especially because of the two yahoos on the hay bales behind them!!


Mousey and William, two peas in a pod!



So I completely failed in the 1st day of school pics.  Rachel started the day before the other two, so I was able to get one of her, but have yet to take one of all three.  Oops!


This is probably my all time favorite picture.  Our group of friends went to a local winery for their fall festival.  It was a gorgeous day and was so fun to hang with some of our favorite peeps!


So unfortunately this post is going to end on a down note.  The last 6 weeks has been very hard on our community.  The end of August a sweet, beautiful little 6 year old girl, Alayna was kidnapped and murdered by a family friend of her parents.  It has shaken us all to the core.  Roughly 2 weeks later Jacob Wetterlings body was found 27 years after he was kidnapped.  He was kidnapped from the sweet little town we live in now, and his body was found in the town I graduated from high school.  
It has honestly been surreal that after all these years, we now know what happened.
My hometown has been shaken to the core.  When I was in middle school, we all knew that you
didn't stay out past 9 at night because "Chester the Molester" might come and get you.  I had no idea this was actually a real person that had been terrorizing young boys in my town.  This monster is the one who kidnapped and murdered Jacob.

Last week my brother in laws sweet little 8 year old nephew passed away suddenly from a blood clot to the brain.  His parents have not just buried one child, but three, as they had two stillborn daughters.  Friends of ours also lost their 20 year old nephew a few days later from a motorcycle accident.  Where is the fairness in any of these deaths?  I will never know that answer.

Last Friday our local mall was terrorized by a young man with a knife, stabbing people.  This is the mall that I have  dropped my girls off to shop with their friends.  No more.  I hate to live in a bubble, but I could not be ok with them being alone there anymore. 

I'm not gonna lie.  I am SO ANGRY with all these horrific tragedies happening way too often around us.  Why so much horror in the deaths of these sweet children?  I could keep asking why until I'm blue in the face, but it is not for me to know why.  I will say that my faith has become SO much stronger lately.  I have had daily reminders of God's love for me and my family.  Are we immune to these horrors?  Nope, but I know my faith and relationship with God will always be there no matter what.

Hug your sweet babies tonight and every night.  Give in a little, say yes more.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow...


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Jul 6, 2016

4th of July

We had an absolutely amazing 4th of July weekend!  if you know anything about me, then you know that Christmas is my favorite holiday, but the 4th comes in a very close second.  I love the colors, looks, foods, everything!  I especially love decorating our home...










 Our church has always had their festival over the 4th and it has now grown into a 20,000+ people festival!
And of course the 4th is extra special to me because Brad proposed to me at the parade 19 years ago!  My how time flies....
When we lived in town, we had our group of 4 couples and their kids come over for a big fish fry on the 3rd and then we would walk up to the grounds.  Everyone would spend the night and we would make a huge breakfast the next morning and then walk up for the parade.  Sometimes I wonder how we did it with small kids, haha!

I came home on Friday and Rachel and Emma had made their cakes to take down to the church for the cake stand.  They have tons of food, beer tents, kids games and concerts.


Saturday we (and by "we" I mean Brad:) finished up the landscaping around the pool.  Brad laid down landscape timbers and pea rock.  I forgot the after picture..
Saturday we were all exhausted and in bed by 10.  Sunday morning I was busy in the kitchen.  I made corn and black bean salsa, cut up a big watermelon, made a hotdish, and cinnamon rolls.



Sunday after lunch we all got in the pool, it was glorious!!  I think we were in for about 3 hours.  Definitely got some sun!


We all got showered up and ready and headed into our sister and brother-in-law's to eat some supper and hang out for a bit before heading uptown.

There were a TON of people up there, holy cow.  We enjoyed some mini donuts and the girls played some games and we listened to the band they had.  At 10:00 they have fireworks.  Love our little town!



Monday morning I was up by 4:30 (we get a random call about once a month at 4:30 in the morning) and couldn't fall back asleep, so I figured I might as well get up and get some stuff done!

We decided on Sunday that we were going to have a pool party after the parade with Brad's family.  I was so glad I had made some appetizers on Sunday.  Emma and I also made some rice krispy treats and pretzel rods.


The parade is always fun, I love that my girls still like to dress up for the 4th!


These two are best friends!


People started coming around 1:30 and it was a great afternoon!  Although the sun went away completely, it didn't stop the kiddos from having fun in the pool!






After everyone left we headed over to the farm for a bonfire and fireworks.  It's so nice because even though we are about 10-15 miles from where they shoot off the fireworks, we can still see them!  We were exhausted by the end of the night, and all crashed hard.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!








Jun 9, 2016

Life Lately- April

I have had this post saved for awhile but for got to finish it, ha!
Here's a little look into our life lately in April...

Sisterly love....somedays they do like each other!  They are watching Grey's Anatomy and bonding.  So nice to see them together and quiet.  Not screaming.  Or eye rolling.  Or name calling.


Emma's bff's making mini pizzas for her birthday.


Our nephew got married the middle of April, loved how this pic turned out!


I hit a turkey on my way into work.  Who knew they could cause so much damage??


For National Administrative Day, our salesman stopped by Nadia Cakes to pick up a dozen cupcakes.  Oh.my.word.  SO good!!


Rachel and Emma went through gun training and had their field day, so Brad did some practicing with them.  Emma finally got over her fear of shooting a gun and did awesome.  Brad said she was Annie Oakley!


We poured a concrete slab last fall for a fire pit and finally got to use it, we love it!

Oh Hey June!


So apparently it's June already.  Where the heck did May go??  I don't like the fact that time flies by in warped speed.  Sheesh.
Here's what we were up to in May!

We drove down to see my Grandpa who is in a nursing home.  It was so good to see him and chat, he could talk for HOURS about when he was in the war, and I love every second of it!


We had a finch that flew into our patio doors and died, so William and Alayna had a funeral.  Alayna even sang the Hallelujah song, haha!


The end of May I got to go with Brad to a work convention in Chicago!  I had never been and absolutely LOVED it!


So much to see and do and eat!


I was able to go on a field trip with Alayna's class to the Ojibwa museum.  It is a really cool museum all about the Ojibwa Indians and their culture.


Alayna was gifted some roller blades and has been rollerblading non.stop.


Over Memorial Weekend Emma and I were very busy making food.  We made this homemade strawberry lemonade that was AMAZING!!


We had our annual Memorial Weekend campfire at the farm.  Emma enjoyed hanging with this sweet thing.


All the dads and kids had a wiffle ball tournament.  Most of the dads couldn't walk the next day.


Finally mousey had her dance show!  She is in a hip hop class and she danced SO well!  I wish she would stick with it, but I don't think she wants to.


She vowed she will never wear that outfit again, haha!


This summer is already crazy with all the girls' activities and running around, very thankful to have help (thanks mom!) to get them to their destinations.
Now I just need a secretary.  And a drink.