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!

Linking up with Momfessionals!

Emma Jo #13

Emma Jo turns 13 today and I can't hardly believe it.  Where is my oh so sweet and sensitive squeaky voice girl?  This picture seems like it was last year...Rachel reading oh so nicely to her sister.  What you didn't see was me asking Rachel to give some food to Emma and Rachel throwing the food AT Emma.  *sigh*

Emma has turned into an amazing young woman!  We are so proud and blessed to have her, she has a heart of gold and truly loves her family and friends.  (except in the mornings, please don't talk to her or ask too many questions)

Emma is spunky and so full of life, her favorite thing to do is plan and throw parties (she gets that from me!), read and hang out.  Her sense of humor cracks us up all.the.time.

She loves clothes, shopping and playing piano and violin.  She has that trait where she can hear a song and start playing it on the piano, it's crazy!

She especially loves her baby cousins Ellie, Issy and Noah.  If she can hang with them all day she would!  In fact at Grandmas the other day, Ellie (who is 2), ate lunch quickly and got her blankie to take a nap so that when she woke up Emma would be there!!

Emma Jo we love you SO much and are so blessed to call you ours!!!

Apr 15, 2016

Friday Favorites: Birthday Edition!!

Happy Friday everyone!  It is sunny and 75 here in the great state of Minnesota, AND it's my birthday!!!  I don't think it could get better...

I have been spoiled all day and I'm not gonna lie, I'm lovin it!  Brad and the girls made a big breakfast, along with gifts and these are the gorgeous flowers I got from my co workers, along with an Applebee's gift card, so sweet!

Tonight we are having friends over to barbecue and sit on the patio, can't wait!

Last weekend I had my annual girls weekend and we had a blast!  The last couple years we've gone to Stillwater, I love that place.  Such character and history.  We stay at the Lowell Inn in their penthouse (it's an old historical hotel and while the penthouse is nice, it's quite outdated) and it's nice to have room to play cards or nap if we want.

We pretty much shopped, ate and had cocktails.  My favorite part is finding a fun bar and playing cards, so relaxing!  However one of these gals who shall remain nameless (wasn't me), may have had a leeeetle too much the first night and paid for it, haha!

Love these girls!

Tomorrow we have Brad's nephews wedding in Hutchinson, that will be a ton of fun!  Another busy weekend, but lots of fun too!

Have a great weekend!

Apr 6, 2016

Life Lately

Tomorrow I leave for a GLOOOORIOUS 3 days with my 3 best friends and I can't even begin to tell you how FREAKIN EXCITED I AM!  Seriously.  It's been a long few months and I cannot wait to just relax and gossip, eat and drink.  Just sayin.

Here's a bit of what our life has looked like in the past week....

Rachel made the A honor roll, woot woot!!

Emma Jo had her middle school dance, sigh.

How in the world can she be so old already?  Isn't she gorgeous??!!  I made have shed a tear when I dropped her off, simply because time is truly going to fast.

Fun fact you maybe didn't know...I attended (and graduated) beauty school right out of high school.  I did hair for about 4 years and hated every bit of it, lol!  However, Emma wanted this fancy updo and I was super stoked that I still had skillz.

Saturday we took off to the cities with our friends Jim and Melissa to see "An Evening with Janis Joplin".  We had such a blast!  First we went to Kincaid's and had supper and drinks.  The food was AMAZING (however throwing it up later on was not joyful...)

The concert was absolutely amazing!  I would highly recommend seeing it if you can, I would go back and see it again!

(what's up with my Gilly smile anyway???)

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We got home around 12:30 and were exhausted!  Unfortunately I woke up with the stomach flu in the middle of the night.  Sunday I literally stayed in bed until 3:00, I was miserable.  It's been at least 5-6 years since I've had that, hopefully it will be that long before I get it again, yuck.

Mar 29, 2016

Easter 2016

Happy belated Easter, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that you were able to focus on the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us.  It really gets me every year when you think of all the suffering he went through, just to save us...

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We had a wonderful weekend!  Friday Brad and I both worked (he was coming home from a long week of travel) and just had a low key evening.  We played Carbels with the girls and I think we were all in bed by 9!

Saturday morning was so nice and relaxing, it was rainy and cool and we were completely lazy.  I got some laundry and cleaning done and Brad worked on the basement (we are in the process of finishing our lower levels).  We watched parts of the movie "Killing Jesus" that was on the History channel, it was a very good not-so-violent depiction of the Crucifixion. I liked that the girls got a better idea of why we celebrate Easter and especially why Jesus died on the cross.  

Around 2 we headed over to friends of ours to watch some St. Cloud State hockey and MN Wild hockey.  We ate lots of good food and enjoyed a few cocktails.

We got home around 6 and started coloring Easter eggs.

Typically we do an outside egg hunt in the dark.  I put battery operated tea lights in the eggs and they find them, it is so fun!  There have been a few Easters that I hide them in the snow, haha!  This year was rainy so we had to do an indoor one.

I fill the eggs with change and they make a haul!

Easter morning Brad woke up at 4 because he remembered that we forgot to make our jello dessert we make every year.  So, he and I were cooking in the kitchen at 4:15 am!  We went to church at 9:30 and the headed over to the farm for the day.

It was a very relaxing weekend filled with family, just the way we like it!

Linking up with Momfessionals for Friday Favorites!

Mar 25, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope each of you is able to spend some time with family this weekend and are able to reflect on the real reason for Easter.  Tonight we have nothing going on (Brad is just getting back from being out of town all week) and we plan on doing family devotions and playing cards.  I want to make sure our girls grow up knowing why Good Friday is so special...


Like I said above, Brad has been out of town all week so it's been a bit crazy!  Last Saturday we had the benefit for our friend Aaron who is battling stage 4 colon cancer.  The benefit was AMAZING!!  It is so cool to see how many people come out to support others.  Truly was an eye opening and humbling experience for so many of us.  We worked from 8 am until 12:30 that night, we were exhausted!!  But so, so worth it.

Sunday Rachel had a volleyball tournament and Emma had her school play.  Rachel's team has really been struggling this year.  She (and her friend Sarah) were placed on a 17's team, but the girls on her team have struggled to get along on the court, and couple that with college coaches that don't know how to deal with attitudes, it's been super frustrating.  Especially since last year her team rarely lost.  It's definitely been a learning experience!


Emma's play was AWESOME!!  The play was a fairytale based mystery and all the kids were amazing!  Emma was a pig who was the assistant to the chief detective.  She nailed her part!  Pig was always frazzled and in a hurry, I laughed SO hard!


We left Rachel's game early on Sunday (it was an in town tournament thank goodness) to go watch Emma's play.  We picked her up at Haley's house and they invited us to stay for supper, ummm yes!!
I think the girls were a wee bit exhausted, haha!!


Monday night brought dance for mouse and picture day.  I didn't get a pic because I forgot but I think she would have killed me anyway.  She is in a hip hop class which she kind of likes, but the costumes are crazy!  She gets so embarrassed wearing it!

Tuesday mousey had her class concert and it was so good!  The theme was "Fit", so every song was about eating healthy/exercising.  She's been singing the songs for a couple months and I totally did the side eye thinking it would be a lame concert, but it wasn't.  The teachers did an amazing job and we laughed out loud several times!


Wednesday I let Rachel drive since she now has her permit (yikes!).  She has only driven back roads, but this time I made her drive in town.  I'm pretty sure she's never been this quiet in her life!


I had Thursday off and decided to dive into some spring cleaning.  I laughed out loud at Maci's little stash of balls and pom pom's under the couch!

I had to laugh last night because Rachel was at a friend's house and Emma had a friend over.  Alayna watched a show with them and then came upstairs complaining of how bored she was.  I offered to play cards or a game and she didn't want to.  She also insisted she was not tired.  This was her 5 minutes later.  Silly mouse.

I pray that each of you has an amazing Easter weekend and can spend it with the ones you love!!