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??!!

Dec 2, 2017

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

If you know anything about me, then you know how much I love Christmas!  I love it all, the meaning, sights, sounds, smells, the food, everything.  We start listening to Christmas music the beginning of October, the girls love it just as much as I do!

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 Now, being that I am working full time outside of the home, our Christmas tree has been going up earlier and earlier, haha.  This year we put up the family room tree and decorations a couple weeks before Thanksgiving.  I still keep up all my fall decor on the main floor because I still love all things fall!

The Friday after Thanksgiving we put up the rest of the decorations and the living room tree.  This is Brad's favorite activity.  He especially loves stringing lights on an already pre-lit tree.  #wheredidthelightsgo.

Alayna's favorite thing, putting the angel on top of the tree.  I bought this angel on our first Christmas together 21 years ago!

Poor Maci always gets roped into wearing the santa hat.  #spoiledcatprobs


Saturday night we had our annual Christmas with the Rothsteins.  This year I came up with some fun minute to win it games that we played with the kids.  Oh my word, did we LAUGH!  This one you had to suck the skittle with a straw and place them next to the plate.

And that was while wearing a pantyhose on your head with a baseball at the bottom.  So.freaking.funny!  We also played beanboozled which was NASTY!  

Tuesday we finally got the ornaments on the tree!

Thursday Alayna had her holiday concert, which was so good!  They actually sang real Christmas music which was really fun.  Our previous school did not allow any sort of holiday music, or decorations.  

December 1 brought back Billy the elf.  He brought a new book and a family ornament.  It's really fun for about 2 days, then I get pissy about where in the sam hell he should go.  We don't go all out, that's far too much work.

Last night Brad brought out a tv out on the patio and got it hooked up so we could watch "Christmas Vacation" and "Elf" while soaking in the hot tub!  It was GLORIOUS!  The weather was gorgeous too.  We decided this will be a yearly tradition.

So that's a little bit of what we've been up to.  We don't have a ton of stuff planned this month which I love, we're just trying to soak in all the Christmas music, movies and family time!

Thanksgiving 2017

We had an absolutely amazing Thanksgiving this year!  For the past couple years my brother and his family have come down for Thanksgiving, along with my mom and her husband.  We always have such a blast!

Thursday morning Brad and I were up early to prep the turkey.  I had gotten the mashed potatoes made the night before and had the stuffing ingredients already prepped and ready to go.  I also tried Mels crescent rolls this year, while they were super tasty, they didn't rise the best (nothing to do with the recipe, just human error) and it was a little more work than I was thinking.  I will absolutely make them again, just not on a holiday maybe. 

There was an uninvited guest at the table, apparently she thought she could sit with the adults, haha!!

We had SO much fun, everything was wonderful.  I love nothing more than seeing my family together enjoying food and laughing!

My sweet mama and her husband.  Thanksgiving was also her birthday!!!  It was so fun to be able to celebrate with her!

After we gorged on dinner and pie, we decided to take a hike back into our woods.  The weather was gorgeous!


My fun and crazy sister-in-law.  We laugh waaaaaay to much at ourselves!!

We did do some black Friday shopping.  We went out around 5:30, so not crazy early.  The crowds were all gone by then and we still got some pretty great deals.  I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the day!  We started watching "Christmas Vacation" at 8, and I think I was sleeping by 8:05, ha!

Nov 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

Time for another Friday Favorites, I'm not even sure the last time I did a Friday Favorites post, clearly time is going way too fast.

This week has been awful, I'm not going to lie.  Just lots of sadness and tragedies this week.  We're ready to be done...

So today I am showing some of my fave pics from the last few weeks!

Two weeks ago the Vikings played in London on Sunday morning.  We decided to invite people over for football, bloody marys and breakfast!

Brad made 2 egg bakes, I made homemade cinnamon rolls (which are seriously the BEST rolls you will ever make!!) and everyone else brought goodies.  I made a bloody mary bar and we also had mimosas.  It was such a fun change from the normal soups/chilis that we do on Sunday.

On Halloween I made, Shay's Witch's Brew.  Emma of course loved it, but the rest of us thought it was a little too sweet.  I will make it again, but cut back on the sweetness.  Such a fun little treat though!  Alayna and I also made mummy dogs with is just crescent rolls cut into strips and wrapped around the dog.

Witch's Brew Hot Chocolate

I'm still so impressed with her makeup work!

Three weeks ago Brad brought our tv out onto the patio and we watched the Vikings play out there, it was amazing!!  

Tonight it won't get above 5 degrees.  Hello Minnesota.

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And my favorite pic.  Love this girl.

And finally, I'm asking for prayers.  Brad has a high school friend who lost their 15 year old son to suicide, a good friend of ours who will find out tomorrow if she has an aggressive form of bone cancer, and my brother in law who lost his father this morning from cancer.

Please pray for healing for each of these families.  My heart has been so heavy this week.  Literally every single day has been more bad news.  I just pray that these families can feel our love and prayers...

Nov 7, 2017

What We've Been Up To

Happy Tuesday friends!  It's been quite the week around here and I wanted to jump on quick to update with all the happenings.  

Last Monday night my sweet Grandpa Beepa passed away.  He was 90 years old and although we are so sad for us, we are overjoyed for him.  My Grandma Omi passed away 7 years ago, and he has missed her so much.  I love thinking about how happy those two are right now!
He was a wonderful grandpa, lots of memories fishing with him.  He was an avid hunter/fisherman, so to see him in a wheelchair was tough.  His funeral was wonderful, and really captured who he was.
We will miss him!

Tuesday, of course, was Halloween.  Rachel had another volleyball playoff game and Emma went with some friends to a haunted house, so it was just the mouse this year.  Kind of sad to not have all my girls here, but that's life.

Emma did her own makeup here, didn't she do awesome??!!

We ended up going to my sister and brother in laws for supper and Alayna and Will handed out candy for awhile, then the dads took them out to trick or treat for a bit while the moms enjoyed wine!

Thursday Rachel's team had another playoff game, this was to win subsections.  They played amazing and we won it!

She was so excited!  Unfortunately the next game they played to go to state was on Saturday, and she had to miss because we had Grandpa's funeral.  The did not win that game, sadly, so their season is done.  They had an amazing season though and we are so proud of them!

Friday night was full of packing for the weekend and making sure everyone had proper clothes, since it SNOWED!!  The temp didn't get much above 35 degrees.  Ouch.  I have to say though, that I still love snow.  It's so beautiful and peaceful.  Brad went out deer hunting Saturday morning for a few hours before we had to leave.  No luck though.

So this is the first week of NO SPORTS!  Of course last night we had a drivers ed information class for Emma (gulp), so spent the evening at school anyway, haha!

Have a great week!

Oct 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Almost didn't make this link up, but I love looking back at these posts and what we were up to!  It's still crazy around here, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!


What We're Eating This Week:

Monday:  We actually had leftovers, I had make a lasagna Saturday night and then we had take out pizza on Sunday night.  With needing to be out the door by 5:30, we typically do leftovers!

Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Soup and sandwiches

Thursday:  Chicken Pasta in a creamy white wine Parmesan sauce, found on Pinterest!

Friday-  We have a Halloween party, and the girls will most likely be at the farm.

What I'm Reminiscing About:

The holidays.  All of them.

I love this time of year.  How in tarnation do they grow up so fast?  This year I will only have one trick or treater, so sad.  I'm glad Alayna still loves to get dressed up, haha!

What I'm Loving:

All the fall things.  The weather has pretty nice this fall, the weekends have been cooler and rainy, which I love.  Nothing better than being home and having the time to bake some fall goodies!  They are even calling for some snow on Friday!

Here are some of my fave fall goodies:

Butternut Squash Bread

Pumpkin Cookies

Best Ever Pumpkin Scones

Glazed Apple Pie Squares

What We've Been Up To:

Ummmmm, sports.  The end.

What I'm Dreading:

Nothing, I have nothing but good things to look forward to!  Sports is winding down which means we will have suppers together again!  Fall is here, Halloween is coming up, and don't even get me started about Thanksgiving and Christmas!!

What I'm Working On:

Uh, staying sane?  This might have been me, once or twice.

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What I'm Excited About:

I know that my dad will probably disown me for this, but.....

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We've been listening to Christmas music for a couple weeks too...

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I just love this time of year!

What I'm Watching/Reading:

Right now I'm into:
This Is Us, Survivor, Will and Grace and while I'm on the treadmill I watch Grace and Frankie.  OH.MY.WORD.  If you haven't watched Grace and Frankie, you have to!  So, so funny!!

Ruth Reichl's "Delicious".  I'm really trying to read more and phone less, lol.

What I'm  Listening To:

See above..."What I'm Excited About"

What I'm Wearing:

Ugh, can I please get a stylist??  I seriously wish I could hire someone to pick my clothes.  LOVE the idea of Stitch Fix, but I am too damn cheap to spend $60 on a cute shirt...

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

Friday night we have a Halloween party at some friend's house.  Typically we rent a bus and go to different local bars.  We always have SO much fun.  This year they aren't doing the bus, we're just staying at their house.  I'm totally ok with that.  Not sure what we are dressing up as, we have so many costumes from years past!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:

Yep, we literally CANNOT wait for Friday, as the Hallmark Christmas movies begin!!

This is one of my faves.  Yes they are completely unrealistic and cheesy.  But you know what?  In this world where everything is negative and scary, I love watching these happy ending shows.  And so do my girls.  :)
This is one of my faves!

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So that's a bit of what we've been up to.  Hope you ll have a fantastic week!!