Nov 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Linking up with Shay for:

What We're Eating This Week

I posted our "menu" for this week here, it's pretty drab, but that's ok with Thanksgiving coming up!

What I'm Reminiscing About

This past weekend we were busy cleaning and organizing our 4th level which is our storage area.  The girls and I were going through toys and getting rid of a TON!  Some of the toys they wanted to keep for when the grandkids come over.  That just kind of made me stop dead in my tracks that we were even having that conversation, haha!

What I'm Loving

Duh.  The holidays!

What We've Been Up To

Cleaning and organizing!  It feels SO good to have the house in order and get rid of things.

What I'm Dreading

Nothing much!  I just want tomorrow to get here because it has been such a busy week@

What I'm Working On

See above about cleaning/organizing!

What I'm Excited About

I don't talk about it on my blog, but I have an older brother who lives a couple hours away.  we've had some rough patches that last several years and I am SO excited to say that their family is spending Thanksgiving with us!  This is something I have prayed about for 5 years, God is good!

What I'm watching/Reading

The new season of Nightwatch started (on A&E) and I absolutely love every single person on that show!  If you haven't seen it, you need to!  I haven't been doing much reading, but need to get caught up!

What I'm Listening To

One guess......Christmas music!

What I'm Wearing

These pj bottoms from Gap.  SO comfy!  I need more...

Printed cotton leggings

What I'm Doing This Weekend

We will be putting up the rest of our Christmas stuff on Friday, and then Saturday we are celebrating Christmas with friends of ours.  We eat crab legs, have cocktails and the have ping pong and pool tournaments with the kids and end it with a spelling bee.  it's so fun!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

Our favorite time of the year!

What Else is New

Not a whole lot...I have been having some pretty horrible headaches, so hoping that my chiropractor can fix me, ugh.

I hope and pray that each and every one of you have an amazing Thanksgiving!  With everything going on in our world, I pray that everyone can enjoy a peaceful holiday...

Nov 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Week

I can't believe Thanksgiving week is already upon us!  We are having my family over on Thanksgiving (provided that the weather cooperates...) and I am so excited!  We also have a new baby in the family, my niece Andrea had another baby girl on Saturday.  Nothing better than getting to snuggle a sweet little one...

We had a fantastic weekend!  Despite my horrific headaches I've been having, we got SO much stuff done around the house.  We are planning on finishing our 3rd and 4th levels (right now we have the family room on the 3rd floor finished but that's all) this winter, so even though the extra rooms are not finished, we still use them.  The girls have a toy room and a craft room right now in those rooms.

This is about what it looked like on Friday.

Seriously.  I should have taken a picture.  We got rid of SO much stuff.  We were able to completely clean out one room and organize the others, it just feels good to have things organized and in their place.

And yes, this happened most of the weekend.  Emma spent most of her time on her bed complaining about how much she hates cleaning...and Alayna spent ALL afternoon playing in the toy room, it was like Christmas for her! 

Tonight I have a La Leche League meeting that I am leading so I will be gone, tomorrow Alayna has conferences and then it's Wednesday already!  I am off Thursday-Sunday and can't wait!

Here is what's on our menu this week!

Tonight since I am not home its sausage for the fam!  We eat this at least once a month, we all love it and bonus, we make it ourselves.  :)

Tuesday is good ole tator tot hotdish, Alayna's favorite!

Wednesday will probably be a hodge podge of whatever we have.  I will be busy prepping for Thursday.

Thanksgiving Day Menu

Martha Stewart's roasted Turkey
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Butternut Squash, Mushroom and Ricotta Tart (a new recipe, looks so good!)
Sausage and Thyme Stuffing
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Orange Jello Salad with Carrots and Celery
Sweet Milk Rolls
Pumpkin Pie

I also want to try this new cocktail recipe, looks so refreshing!


I am thankful for so much this year.  I hate when people are always saying "I am SOOOOOO blessed!!"  I dunno, pet peave of mine, I guess.  Aren't we all blessed??  I am thankful for mine and my families health, for reconciliation and most of all, thankful that no matter what I do, God's got me.  I really don't know where my life would be without Him.  I do not pretend to have it all together.  We don't go to church as often as I would like, but I am teaching my girls about God's love on a daily basis.  I don't know if it's my stubbornness that makes me not want to go to church every Sunday because someone "tells" me I should.   I feel that how we live our day to day lives is more important than showing up to church every Sunday.   Just my 2 cents.

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Linking up with:  Biana with B Loved Boston and Meghan

Nov 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

You know what today is!!!!

FRIDAY!  Linking up with Erika...

Ok first off, Blogger is making me crazy.  I got the new (to me) iPhone 6s and when I upload my pics on my Blogger app, it doesn't allow me to center them when I edit on my computer.  Ugh.  So that is why my layouts are wonky.  Any thoughts??

So first of all...

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I am soooooo excited that Thanksgiving is almost here.  It is truly my favorite eating holiday!  We are hosting this year, and I am really excited.  I have my menu all planned, most of the food bought and this weekend I am looking forward to finishing some house projects.  I have a loooooooong list of stuff for the whole family...They are super excited.

This week has been busy, but good.  I stayed home with mousey on Monday, she wasn't feeling good.  I think she just needed a down day.  While she vegged, I got started on cleaning out our basement.  After living here for almost 10 years, it is finally starting to look half ways decent!  I hauled in 10 bags of clothes and household stuff to Goodwill, and have more to bring in, yowsa.

Tuesday is my normal day off, and I got started bright and early doing this.. Yippee!  I got our family room all decorated for Christmas, but still have the main floor all Fall'd up.  :)

I volunteered at school in the morning and then brought mousey home again with me.  She's been having stomach pains, so she vegged again all afternoon (she is feeling better!). 

Last Saturday Rachel had her volleyball banquet.  Look at these beauties!!!

We love these girls so much!

Then on Sunday she had club volleyball tryouts.  I was really nervous because it is a new club and I was hoping that Rachel would play on a team with at least one of her girlfriends.  She ended up getting on the 17's team with her friend Sarah!  Haley is on the other 17's team and Taylor is transferring schools (enter sobbing....:() so will not be playing with them.  We are SO proud of these girls and how well they play!  Very glad to have that stress gone!

And lastly, this was my view at work yesterday.  Holy snow!  It melted right away, but still fun to see (but not to drive in, ugh....)

Happy Friday everyone!!!

Nov 12, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's that time again, to link up with Erika for Friday Favorites!

It's been a busy few weeks, so this might be a long one...

First off, I am in FULL ON HOLIDAY MODE!!!!  Seriously, I just don't get all you bah-humbugers (I'm talking to you, Dad....) of the world!  I looooooove the holidays, love, love, love.  Even though I'd have my house decorated yesterday if my husband would be on board, this doesn't mean I love Thanksgiving any less.  I just love the magic of October/November/December.  I am about half done with my shopping, and I have my Christmas cards done, just need to order them.

So in the spirit of the holidays, I went to Target last Friday to buy 2 things and ended up bringing the store home with me, ugh...
These plates are some of my faves, they were in the dollar section (but were actually $3 for 4 plates).  They are so cute, and I can't wait to use them for appetizers this holiday season!

I also bought three of these cute plates for the girls (St.Nick will bring them the beginning of December).  How adorable are these?

Threshold Dinner Plate - Melamine Decal (Set of 4)

Friday was a great day as I found out I won not one, but two blog giveaways!  The first one was these gorgeous Kate Spade earrings from Christina over at "The New Mrs. Blog".  I love them, and plan on coordinating my Christmas outfit with them, haha!  The other giveaway was from Kath Eats Real Food.  It was a giveaway sponsored by Quaker Oatmeal, cannot wait to see what's in that one!

Saturday morning the troops and I were off to my sister's house about 3.5 hours north of us.  I love the ages the girls are at, it's so fun to travel with them now!  And of course I make sure to pack enough food to last us through winter because you know, Alayna is with!

We got to my sister's around 11 and stayed until 3:30.  We got to snuggle, feed and love on this sweet face.  There is NOTHING better than this!

We wished we lived closer, but for now we'll take what we can get!

Tracy made the BEST chicken tortilla soup from Trisha Yearwood that was to die for!  It is on our menu already...

We left my sisters and headed over to my dad's house about 2 hours away.  It normally would be a super nice peaceful drive, but with it being opening deer hunting and the fact that I forgot about the time change, it was a white knuckle drive.  Ugh.  I was so stressed we'd hit a deer (or a hunter) and you're literally in the middle of nowhere.  We saw about 4 deer (pretty sure they were laughing), but thankfully did not hit one.

Sunday we hit up the shops in Walker and I picked up these Christmas mugs, LOVE them!  The shops there are always decorated so nice for the holidays.  


On our way home the girls kept laughing at all the dead deer.  We were on the lookout for legs!

I bet I was behind this truck for about 15 minutes before I even noticed the deer!
You know you live in Minnesota when....


Have a fantastic Friday!  Blogger is giving me some issues, so if the layout is wonky, you know why!

Oct 29, 2015

Friday Favorites- Halloween Edition!

It's that time again to link up with Erika for Friday Favorites!

This week FLEW by.  Brad has been gone since Wednesday and comes home today.  We haven't really been gone at night, which has been wonderful!

Tonight we have the Halloween bus which will be a lot of fun, it's a Disney theme this year, so I am going as Belle and Brad is Dopey.  We couldn't find a Beast costume...oh well, there will be other dwarfs, so he'll fit right in!

Here are some Halloween favorites for this week...

Alayna and I made some treats for her dance class.  She is in a hip hop dance on Monday nights and LOVES it!  

Here is her class, she didn't want to dress up though...

Tuesday night Rachel and Brad went to watch varsity volleyball play the first play off game so the younger two and I carved pumpkins and watched, "The Family Stone", LOVE that movie!

Alayna's pumpkin was feeling a little ill...

Finished products!

She also made a Frankenstein card and wrote a little note for Grandpa Beepa.

I checked the Hallmark movie channel website and got excited to see that their new "season" of Christmas movies starts on Halloween!!  I'm thinking Sunday might be a movie day for us, haha!

We got some more pics back from our photo shoot on Saturday and although this one isn't my favorite, I still love it.  Love this man!

Love my girls!

Oct 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Linking up with Shay for What's Up Wednesday!!

What We're Eating This Week:

Monday we had bone in pork chops on the grill, and they were DIVINE!
Tuesday we went easy and had sausage and waffle fries, haha!
Wednesday we are having Cheeseburger Quiche.
Thursday we are going to have Shay's Sausage and Tortellini soup, yum!
Friday we are going to a Halloween party, so it will be apps.

What I'm Reminiscing About:

I know I probably write the same thing for this every time, but it's true.  They are growing SO fast, and I am just trying to soak up all this time!

What I'm Loving:

These pics.  We got our family pictures done this weekend, and I am in LOVE!

What We've Been Up To:

Getting back to normal!  Volleyball is over, so no more running 5 days a week, it's glorious!

What I'm Dreading:

Absolutely nothing!  I love, love, love this time of the year and am soaking in every little bit.

What I'm Working On:

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Christmas shopping!  I've gotten a few gifts already, and have a pretty good idea of what I need to get.

What I'm Excited About:

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Need I say more?

What I'm Watching/Reading:

Right now we're in total Christmas movie mode.  Last night Emma, Alayna and myself carved their pumpkins and watched, "The Family Stone" which is my FAVORITE movie!

This is what I am currently reading, it is SO good and I highly recommend it!

What I'm Listening To:

Pandora's Thanksgiving Day Radio, it's a mix of Michael Buble, Etta James and Frank Sinatra, LOVE this kind of music!

What I'm Wearing:

I am in total scarf mode and LOVE this one from Vanity!  I need to get a couple more colors...

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

Every year our friends rent a bus and we get all costumed up and head out to the bars, it's a ton of fun!  This was us last year:

And this one is my all time fave costume:

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:

Even though I am Christmas obsessed doesn't mean that I love Thanksgiving any less.  This year we are headed up to my brothers and we are all excited to hang with them!