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.

May 2, 2016

Alayna #10

Today is our sweet mouseys birthday!  Grandpa Jerry gave Alayna the nickname "mouse" when she was about 2, because she was such a peanut, it has stuck with her ever since!

Alayna has been SUCH a joy to have in our lives!  Now, I may not have felt this joyful back when she was 3 & 4, she may have been a slight (or major) pain in my behind.  However, thankfully she grew out of that!

When I say our lives would be boring without her, that's a major understatement!  Alayna is SO funny and has the best sense of humor, honestly, this kid cracks us up on a daily basis.

She loves her cousins to pieces and you will mostly find her with the babies.  She is becoming quite the little volleyball player, and also plays softball and is in a hip hop class!  She loves to be busy, some days I would love for her to want to lay down and nap with me, but she too busy for that, haha.

She loves to be outside whether it's shooting hoops, throwing the volleyball around or biking.  Her and her cousin William are very close and love hanging out together playing legos or making Ninja Warrior courses outside.

Alayna, we love you SO much and hope that you have an amazing birthday!!

Apr 21, 2016

Wedding Weekend

This past weekend our nephew Brian got married.  It was such a fun wedding and the girls still talk about how they wish they could go back!

The wedding and reception was in Hutchinson, about 45 minutes away.

Road trip selfie!

Thankfully my niece Andi didn't have to do much with her kids because between Emma and Alayna, they took care of the girls, haha!

This is Madalyn and Rachel, Maddie's mom and I have been best friends since 7th grade AND she is my sister in law!  She married Brad's brother 10 years ago, how cool is that?!
And how beautiful are these two?????

Dancing the night away!

Ellie pretty much stuck by Emma during the dance.  Madalyn caught the bouquet and gave it to Ellie who proceeded to throw the bouquet to anyone who was paying attention, haha!

Emma and Isabel

Rachel and her cousins Sam and Isaac.

I LOVE this pic!  Brad's dad isn't paying attention in the least...

Rachel and her godmother and aunt, Barb.

Rachel with the groom.  It's funny because when Rach was little we always thought she looked like Brian!

The crazy sister in laws!

Me and my love...

It was such a fun night hanging out with Brad's family!

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