May 25, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday peeps!!!  I am SO happy it's Friday, AND a holiday weekend!  I need 3 days off!

It's been so freaking crazy around here....we're in the final stages (finally) of the basement finishing.

We had friends over last Friday and enjoyed a couple cocktails at the bar since our granite top got installed that day.


We are in LOVE with the bar!  It turned out so well, now we're just waiting for the carpet to go in. It was supposed to go in today, but the salesman ordered the wrong trim.  Insert eye roll.  I could go on and on and on about all the things that have gone wrong during this process, but I'll spare you those details.  We're just so happy to almost be done!!


This is Rachel's room, FINISHED!!!!!  We will move her in this weekend, and then Alayna into Rachel's old room.  My craft room is a hot mess right now, so I will try and post pics next week.


The carpet downstairs will go in in a week and a half.  Can't.wait.

Saturday we went over to my sister in laws to get pics with my niece who had prom.  Isn't she absolutely stunning??!!


This week has been the last of orchestra concerts.  Alayna's was on Tuesday, here she is with her cousin Will.  These two are TROUBLE!!


Emma's concert was tonight.  Very bittersweet, this is her last concert ever in orchestra.  The school she will attend next year does not have orchestra, which makes me so sad.  She loves playing violin, and is so good at it.


Our weekend will be busy.  We hope to get the pool up, flowers planted and kids moved.  I'm not promising anything, I also want this weekend to be a little relaxing.  Brad has been traveling a lot and we haven't had a lot of time to just chill with him working on basement stuff.

We plan on smoking some ribs on Saturday and making some yummy sides like cheesy potatoes and BLT Pasta Salad.  Cheesy potatoes we make on special occasions and the BLT Pasta Salad I made on Mother Day and it was a huge hit!  Emma has breakfasts all planned out, so I think we're all set for food!

I always put a few decor items out for Memorial Day, like this picture of my Grandpa Arlo.  He was in the Navy, and I absolutely love this picture of him.  He was an an amazing grandpa and I miss him dearly!  Emma also made me a Memorial Day sign.


My last thing for Friday Favorites is this little gem.  It's an under the desk bike.  My co worker bought this and an elliptical to use at her desk, but the bike didn't work so well for her.  I tried it and loved it and bought it from her.  People, this thing is LIFE changing for me!!  I sit at my desk and peddle away.  Today I biked for a total of 3 hours which translates into almost 9 miles of biking!!!!  Now, I am not peddling so hard that I'm breaking a sweat, but for me who struggles with sitting all day, it makes my day so much better!  I'm anxious to see if it will tone up my legs.  I am definitely noticing that I am hungry more often haha!


So there's a little bit of what we've been up to this week.  I hope you all have an amazing Memorial Weekend and are able to remember all of your loved ones and all of those who have bravely fought for our freedom....

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Linking up with Erika,  Andrea and Narci







May 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

Ohhhhh Friday.  Sweet, sweet Friday.  I have been waiting for you since Monday morning.  This week I felt like this.every.single.day.
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It's been a super rainy/stormy week, so I will blame the weather for my sheer exhaustion.  

After a busy few weeks, I'm really looking forward to just chilling this weekend.  And by chilling, I really mean cleaning and organizing.  I want to get the laundry room decorated and organized and start working on the bar area in the basement.  Our granite table top comes in tomorrow, and then I am free to decorate and fill the cupboards, cannot wait!!

Here are some of my favorites from this week...

I found this note that Alayna wrote for Emma's lunch, is there anything sweeter than this??!  And I love that she writes her last name!


After a super stormy day, this was the view from the porch, beautiful!!


Alayna had track and field day at school today.  Brad and I both went for the morning and we FROZE!!  Seriously, it was cloudy, windy and about 45 degrees, brrrrr!  We only got to watch her do the long jump.


She ended up coming in first place!!  She was so excited!  It was all the 5th graders from her school and 3 other surrounding schools.  We were pretty proud!


I forgot to post a pic of the pics that Emma made for me for Mothers Day, aren't these amazing??!!



And lastly, summer ball has begun!  Alayna loves playing softball, her team is really good and lots of fun to watch.



Happy Friday friends!!  Linking up with Andrea,  Erika and Narci

Kicking Off Summer!

This is my first time linking up with these ladies, this month it's all about Kicking Off Summer!



Oh summer.  When I think of summer, I think of lazy days by the pool, sleeping in, reading and just relaxing.  However, the older the girls get I feel like it's the busiest time of the year!!
This meme is what summer is like for me, lol!

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This year we actually don't have much planned and I'm super happy about that!  I want the girls to enjoy summer and relax.  I'm really excited about having my house cleaners back, haha!!  The last couple summers, the girls have done all the cleaning and most of the laundry.  WIN!

So what do we have planned??

Making these ice cream sandwiches.



To go along with this strawberry lemonade...



After swimming for hours....



We cannot wait to celebrate the 4th of July , it's our second favorite holiday!



And enjoy campfires.  Can't wait!



I'm really going to work on getting Alayna excited about reading.  Reading isn't her favorite, so I am hoping to get her signed up for a book club at Barnes and Noble.  She will be so excited to get some new books.

So, that's what we're going to be up to this summer!!!

May 16, 2017

Mothers Day 2017

I had a WONDERFUL Mothers Day weekend!  It was busy, but full of family and fun...those weekends are the best!

Friday night we had Alayna's birthday party and Brad and I enjoyed a campfire while the girls giggled and watched movies.  Surprisingly the girls weren't too loud and actually were all sleeping by 11.
 Saturday was a gorgeous day out, I ran some errands in the morning and then we had the rest of the day open which was wonderful!  Brad and his brother were hanging doors, so the girls and I headed out for a walk in our woods.

We have 6 acres attached to Brad's parents farm.  It's so peaceful back there!



The dandelions were in full swing, and so beautiful.


We have a small pond that we like to go check out.  I would love to get a canoe to keep out there, it's so quiet.  We love coming back here, but with all the hunting going on, we don't get back there too often.





We had another bonfire that night, it was a glorious day enjoying the beautiful weather.

Sunday morning we relaxed and got ready for my mom and her husband to come over for brunch.  Brad always makes an egg bake and sausages and my mom brings Great Harvest bread.  So yummy!

After they left, the girls and I headed outside to soak up the sun.



Later in the day we headed to the farm to celebrate with Brad's family.  It was such a great weekend, I'm a very lucky momma to have such a wonderful family!




Rachel is all about the poses, so sometimes its fun to ham it up a bit.  :)

Alayna's 11th Birthday Party

We survived the last birthday party for 2017!!!  (My girls' birthdays are March-April-May) By the time May rolls around, my planning skills start to wane, ha!

We talked Alayna into an overnight party this year instead of a roller skating rink party.  The skating place in town is rough, and smelly and has CARPET on the walls.  Yuck.  She decided to have a movie theme, which worked perfect because I still had a lot of decor from Emma's Hollywood party a few years ago!


She had 5 of her little girlfriends over and they whooped it up!


They made mini pizzas for supper, went in the hot tub, sat by a fire (for all of 5 minutes and then were done, Brad and I enjoyed a nice night by the fire!!), had an ice cream sundae bar and then watched movies before being out like a light!


Of course I didn't get a single pic of her and her friends....Also, note the wine in the back, lol!!  Brad had picked up some of my faves on sale.

Happy birthday Mousey!!!


May 11, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  Oh my, what a week it's been!  Just one of those craaaaazy busy weeks.  Alayna started softball twice a week, her birthday party is tomorrow (6 little 11 year olds are coming overnight, pray for me, ya'll.), mothers day is coming and I'm plum running out of time!  It'll all be good, and we'll have an amazing weekend, but this chick is tired!

So here's what we've been up to....

Last Friday we had some friends over for Cinco De Mayo...I made a big batch of taco meat with all the fixins, and we made potato ole's.


Emma's sign she made, this girl is OBSESSED with making signs!


And, she made fried ice cream, it was SO good!


Sweet Brielle made cupcakes for mouses birthday (which was on the 2nd).


Saturday morning we cleaned up the house, did some laundry and then headed out to southern Mn for my Grandpa's 90th birthday party.  I laughed so hard at this pic of Alayna in the back!!


It was a GORGEOUS day and it was so nice to hang out with my aunts/uncles and cousins that we don't see very often.  Grandpa had what we think was a mini stroke on Friday, so he wasn't quite himself, but I know he enjoyed watching all the kiddos!


I absolutely love this pic of all the grandkids, the older kids are like "really right now"?" with trying to get the younger ones in the pic, haha!


My sweet mom (on the left) and her sisters with grandpa


 

This is my pain in the ass older brother.  I love him to pieces, but would like to beat him on a daily basis, if that makes sense.  Trying to call or text him is impossible, and making him commit to anything is but hilarious.  *sigh*.  However, he is probably the funniest guy I know, and just so fun to be around. 

We loved getting to spend some quality time with Grandpa, he is one special man!  So many wonderful memories with him and Grandma...



Happy Mothers Day to all you moms reading!  I am so grateful for this amazing little blogging community and friends I've found!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Linking up with Andrea and Narci