Feb 15, 2018

Life Lately

Ya'll, this month has been a month.  It's been so crazy busy and I literally feel like I haven't been home hardly at all.  

First off, we sadly watched our Vikes lose to go to the Superbowl.  Ugh.  Such a disappointing loss for us, but hey, there's always next year!
We decided to have people over for the game and what started out as 5 people coming over ended with about 20!  We had fun and enjoyed some yummy food!



This is how we all felt on Monday...


Volleyball tourneys have started up for us this month also.  Rachel's team took first in their division, they started out rough but had a great comeback!

                           

Alayna's team took second in their division, they are so fun to watch and really good already!  Alayna even served 5 points overhand to win one of the games!


I had to laugh at Emma, I came home from work and found her here.  Mind you it was about 2 degrees outside!


Enjoying some drinks with our besties.  This has been a really hard month for them as Melissa lost her dad tragically on the 6th.  The last week and a half has been all about what we can do for them.  I'm pretty sure they're tired of food, haha.  We love them and will be there to support/help in any way we can.


This quote came up on Facebook and I sent it to her.  So fitting right now.


And finally, Valentines Day.  Brad was in Vegas this week, so it was just the girls and I.  I had to laugh at Maci, I guess she was feeling left out...



Of course, heart shape pancakes for breakfast!  I made homemade pizza for supper and I'm pretty sure I was sleeping on the couch by 8:30.  Sad.


Today I head to the cities for HR training.  I've been going every Thursday this month and have one class left.  As much as I love going, and breaking up my week, I'm so behind at work! Oh, well, I'll eventually get caught up!!
Have a great rest of your week!!

Jan 31, 2018

What's Up Wednesday!

It's time for the first What's Up Wednesday for 2018!!  I love these posts to look back on to see what we were up to!

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What We're Eating This Week:
Monday: Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes- So this was an initial fail on my part turned good, lol.  You place your chopped potatoes on the bottom of your instant pot, then add chicken broth.  You place your meatloaf wrapped in foil on the rack on top of the potatoes.  I forgot to add the chicken broth, so it never pressure cooked.  The meatloaf was half done, so I popped it in the oven for about 20 minutes.  Everything still turned out delicious!

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Tator Tot Hotdish

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Homemade Pizza

What I'm Reminiscing About:
I'm starting to go through pics of the girls since I will have a senior in high school next year (sob).  Seeing how little they were and cute, and naughty, and snuggly.  *sigh*

What I'm  Loving:
I just signed up for Beachbody On Demand and I LOOOOVE IT!!  It costs $100/year and you have on demand access to hundred's of the Beachbody videos.  I've been using Beachbody videos for years, and I'm so excited to be able to choose a new one everyday.  Most of the programs come with meal plans and tips and tricks, it's like having a personal trainer in your home at all times.  Love it!

What We've Been Up  To:

I have to say that January has actually been pretty quiet, it's been so nice!  February will bring lots of volleyball.

What I'm Dreading:

Nothing I can think of.

What I'm Working On:

Myself, haha!  I have lots of goals in 2018 and am excited to see where it takes me.  One of the things I'm enjoying is taking some HR classes for work.  My goal is to be in HR fulltime in a couple of years.  I am really enjoying these classes!

What I'm Watching/Reading:

So, I've always loved reading.  But let's be real, with 3 kids and working outside the home, my time to read had been non existent.  So one of  my goals this year is to read 40 books.  Last year I started to get back into reading, but I'm really making this a priority.
You guys, in January I ready 8 books!!!  8!!!  2 of them I was about a quarter of the way done, but still!  Here's what I read, and I am horrible at describing books, so I linked them all to Amazon so you can read the reviews, haha!

Lies You Wanted To Hear


This was a  good easy read, even though it took me a few months to get through, only because I had 3 books going a the same time.  This one is about a dad who decides to take his kids and create a new life with new names as he feel their mom is not fit.

The Leaving


I didn't really care for this book.  It's about 6 kids who disappear after getting on a school bus in kindergarten.  16 years later they show up but have no memory of what happened. It got a little too sci weirdy for me.

As Good As True


I loved this book! It was about the life of a woman in the south who is the daughter of Syrian immigrants.  Her husband is very abusive and a choice she makes, changes everything.  This one I got free through my Kindle and I would absolutely recommend this one!

Coming Clean
Coming Clean: A Memoir by [Miller, Kimberly Rae]

Oh my word you guys, this book was incredible!!!  It's the true story of Kimberly's life living with parents who are hoarders, it's funny and  it's SO sad.

The Couple Next Door


This was another win!  I think everyone and their mother has read this one.  Lots of twists and turns, quick read!

Susannah's Garden


This was a great chick lit book.   Susannah goes back to her childhood home to help her mother settle into a nursing home.  She decided to try to find her high school boyfriend that she lost contact with and always wondered what happened to him.  The ending was really good!

Behind Closed Doors


This one I didn't care for.  It was so dark.  Jack and Grace appear to have the perfect marriage, but what you see is definitely not what it is like for Grace.  It's really quite depressing and I was glad when it ended!

Longing For Paris


After reading the previous book, I needed some uplifting and this book did just that!  I loved how she really gets you to think about making the most of even the smallest things and incorporating God into your everyday life.   Loved this book!

Whew!  That was quite the month!  I was down and out with pneumonia for a couple days, so when my head was pounding, I was laying on the couch reading.  I also installed the Kindle app on my phone so now I read instead of scrolling social media when I am waiting for the girls for pickup.  I have also implemented the no social media after supper rule.  So far so good!

We also went and saw, "The Greatest Showman", and we loved it!  All 5 of us!  Plus we have been listening to the soundtrack non stop.  SO SO GOOD!!

What I'm  Listening To:

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Yep, on repeat.

What I'm Wearing:

Clothes.  I seriously think I should skip this one. lol

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

Saturday is free, so most likely grocery shopping and meal prepping.  Sunday Alayna has a volleyball tournament and then when we get home we will go to Brad's sisters to watch the Super Bowl.  So sad that our Vikes didn't make it...

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:

Hopefully warmer weather??  It's been SO COLD here.  And very little snow which sucks.  I just want t big ole snowstorm!

So that's a bit of what we've been up to!


Happy New Years!

Yes, I know, I'm a bit behind here...this month has flooooooown by!  I can't believe tomorrow is February already!

We had a wonderful New Years, the whole weekend was honestly perfection.  Friday night we stayed home and just chilled which was so nice with the craziness of Christmas.  Saturday I started taking all the Christmas decorations down (insert sobbing face).  I literally started at 9 am and didn't finish until about 6:00.  I cleaned every nook and cranny of this house and it felt SO good to have everything put away and clean!
Sunday was a super chill day, Brad and I did our grocery shopping and meal prepping so we were set for the week.  We are heading back into doing The Fast Metabolism Diet again.  We first did it in 2016 and had success with it.  We did it last year too.  I have continued following the program loosely and feel like it has really helped me control my weight.  The thing I love most is that Brad helps out a ton with meal prep, I love having us in the kitchen!
Later in the afternoon we headed over to Brad and Trisha's for New Years Eve festivities.
Love these kiddos!!


New Years Day was another chill day.  We literally laid around most of the day binge watching Cheers!  Alayna LOVES that show!

The next weekend Alayna had her first volleyball tournament and we were seriously blown away at what a good little player she is!  They were fun to watch and ended up coming in second place!


We love this time of year watching volleyball, especially with two of them now!

Dec 31, 2017

Christmas 2017

I can't even believe the holiday season is over...December seemed to fly by!
We had a WONDERFUL Christmas and am already sad to see my favorite holiday gone.  Here's a little recap of what we were up to!


Emma made a snack mix to give to her friends for Christmas...


Her cards she made were amazing!!!


On Saturday we had my mom and her husband over for supper.  I made chili and it was just such a nice relaxing evening!

Christmas Eve we got the most beautiful snow...we didn't get much, but it was beautiful and exactly what I was hoping for Christmas!



Emma made us a special breakfast...


We headed to Brad's sisters in the afternoon to celebrate.  Everyone brings appetizers and we just munch all afternoon.  


Our Christmas Cheer drink that we made was a huge hit!  We bought large square ice cube trays to use for the drink


We were home by 6:30 and enjoyed our evening opening gifts with the girls ( mom and dad got SPOILED!!!) and grazing on more appetizers.  We finished the night watching "Christmas Vacation" for the last time this year.  I thought Emma was going to cry, haha!!  The girls always sleep in Rachel's room on Christmas Eve, they watch movies and I love this tradition they have!


Even Maci was wiped...


Christmas morning was more gifts, mass and then to the farm to spend the day. My favorite part of the day was when we all sat down to go over our goals for 2018.  I found a fun printable that had you fill out your favorite memories from 2017, and different things you want to accomplish in 2018.  It was so fun to hear what everyone's goals are.  I must say that everyone put a lot of thought into it and we look forward to doing this every Christmas!

Brad and I both had Tuesday off which so nice to just relax after a few busy days.  Emma attempted to teach us how to do calligraphy.  Lets just say it didn't go well.  Brad's paper says "Emma sucks", but it looks like "Emma ducks", lol!!!


Brad and Rick took the two little to see the latest Star Wars movie, she loved it!


This weekend has been glorious, yesterday I took all the Christmas decor down and cleaned the house from top to bottom.  Today is just a relax kind of day.  The house is clean, laundry is done, meals are planned and groceries are bought.
I will say that 2017 has not been my favorite year, but I know that it can only get better from here.  I am excited to see what is in store for our family!

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Dec 20, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Linking up for the LAST What's Up Wednesday.  How sad is that?  This year FLEW by!


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WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEK:

Monday:  We had some friends over for supper and had pulled pork sandwiches (Brad had smoked some pork on Sunday, YUM!) and homemade mac-n-cheese.
Tuesday: Beef Pot Pie: Brad had also smoked a steak we had in the freezer that we needed to eat up, turned out awesome!
Wednesday: Tacos
Thursday: We are heading out for supper with friends
Friday: Girls will be at my moms overnight so not sure yet what we'll do!

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT:

Last year at this time I was in full on stress mode as I had my trial in January (I was in a car accident several years ago and decided to sue the insurance company to pay my bills).  We didn't "win" per se, and we are still fighting it, ugh.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO:

Fitting in all the last minute Christmas stuff.

Sunday my mom and I met for lunch and decided we needed to make that an annual thing, just to get together before the holidays!  Later that day we went to our local brewery for a Christmas show.  Rach had to work and Alayna was at volleyball practice.  It was fun to see all the Christmas outfits (and drink the beer!)


Tuesday night we did our annual drive around town looking at Christmas lights.  We whip up some hot chocolate and tea (for mom) and drive around.


So beautiful!




WHAT I'M LOVING:

Emma had her girlfriends over last Friday night for a Christmas party.  They are such sweet friends and they had a blast!  I made them a hot chocolate bar for breakfast.





WHAT I'M DREADING:

Taking down Christmas decorations??

WHAT I'M WORKING ON:

Getting my goal sheet done for 2018.  I like to write everything down and then look at my progress throughout the year.

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT:

Need I say more?

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WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING:

We're still watching allllll the Christmas movies!  And of course listening to all the Christmas music.  As far as reading goes, this month I read "Still Alice", oh my goodness, SO good, but also so heartbreaking.  It's about a woman who finds out she has early onset dementia.  I also read "Delicious" which is about a young woman who moves to New York to work for a food magazine.  I liked it, but got somewhat bored in the middle.  
I had to include a pic of this little scheister.  She seems to think my book light is a play toy...


WHAT I'M WEARING:

The same, nothing too exciting!  I did find a really cute reindeer Christmas to wear on Christmas Eve!

WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Christmas!  Saturday my mom and her husband are coming over for supper, then Christmas Eve we go to Brad's sisters in the afternoon. We come home around 7, and enjoy appetizers and our family Christmas.  Christmas Day we go to church in the morning and then to Brad's parents.  It will be busy!  I took off the 26th and am excited to just relax!


WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Nothing specific, it's actually going to be crazy with Rachel and Alayna being in club volleyball.

I hope and pray that each of you has a wonderful Christmas and that you are able to spend time with those you love...
Merry Christmas!!











Dec 13, 2017

Life Lately

We are in full on Christmas mode around here, I can't even believe that Christmas is only a week and a half away?!?!?!?!  Seriously, this month has flown by.
Here's a little of what we've been up to...

Billy the elf has been up to his shenanigans again...


St.Nick came and left the girls some pretty cute Christmas jammies and candy.


Emma has been busy doing more calligraphy.   I might be biased, but this girl has TALENT!!!  The detail on the Grinch's hand is crazy!!


Brad and I decided we needed a signature cocktail to bring to Christmas Eve, a few years ago we made candy cane martinis that were a huge hit, this year we found a drink to make a week in advance so the flavors can blend, I'll let you know how it turns out!


Emma had her swimming banquet last weekend, so fun!


Monday night we had a Christmas party at a local brewery that friends of ours hosted, we had a blast!  They had yummy food, games and the BEST cranberry beer!



Tuesday Alayna decided to make her gingerbread house.  Lets just say we ended up hot gluing  the damn thing... We also made our first batch of Grandma Omi's molasses cookies.  They are THE best cookies.  And they're almost gone....



My mom and her husband were asked to be Santa and Mrs.Claus at our local health care center (they both volunteer at our local hospital).  How adorable do they look??!!  And what a wonderful memory they made not only for themselves, but for everyone else who got to visit with them!


Tonight we got around to making some cut out cookies.  Honestly, this is my least favorite Christmas tradition.  I'm not a big sugar cookie fan, plus they never ever turn out for me.  I have tried a bazillion recipes and they just never seem to work.  Plus no one eats them, lol.  And my kitchen is a holy disaster after.


And lastly, a few pics of our home during the holidays.  I loooooooove our house this time of year, it's so cozy!



And my sweet angel, how cute is she??!!