Apr 30, 2019

Emma #16

My sweet, sweet Emma turned 16 on the 23rd. If I've learned anything with having 3 girls, it's that it doesn't get any easier the older they get.  It's truly such a blessing and yet so hard to watch them grow up.  I feel privileged every single day that I get to be their mama.

I can't even believe that Emma is 16.  I still look at her and see her at 3 years old with that sweet little high pitched voice.  She has always been my sensitive one, but don't let that fool you, she can turn that around real quick! 

For her birthday breakfast I stopped at The Local Blend to get Emma her favorite almond crescent.  She's obsessed with them!  We also had donuts of course, the only thing missing was an iced coffee...
Alayna wrote a "16 things we love about you" note.

The nice thing at this age is that they are so easy to buy for, haha!  We got her a sweatshirt from Bemidji State when we were there in March and then gave her cash.

Emma has the funniest sense of humor and can always make us laugh!  But then she also has the sweetest spirit about her.  Even at 16, she still loves to snuggle with me on the couch.

And don't even get me started about her love for Josie.  She is obsessed!

She has a love of lettering and is crazy talented!  You can follow her on Instagram @

But most of all, Emma is truly just an amazing person to be around.  She can sense when you're down and is the first one to give you a hug and get you to laugh.  She's always been that glass half full kind of girl.

It has truly been amazing watching her grow and I cannot wait to see the amazing things God has in store for her!

Apr 18, 2019

2019 So far

I can't believe we are half way through April already.  It has seriously been the LONGEST.WINTER.EVER.  We have had more snow than I can ever remember.  Just last week we had a major blizzard, but thankfully it is almost gone.  Thank you Jesus.

So I wanted to do a check in of how my goal setting is going so far.  You can read my post about it here.

Here were my goals:

1.  Get back into working out.  Like I said in My New Years post, my treadmill quit working last spring.  Since getting our new one I was working out about 3-4 days a week, either walking at an incline or running (very, very slooooowly).  One of my goals for March was to walk/run a mile every single day.  Well, I made that goal, and have continued it on.  I get up at 5 am, get on the treadmill and do a quick 1/2 mile run or walk (when I walk I walk at a 7% incline) and then after supper I either do another 1/2 mile if time is short, or I usually end up running another mile-2 miles.  I feel better physically and emotionally, and I'm starting to get the itch to run a race again.
Half marathon post here

2.  Planning.  I literally have become obsessed with using my planner.  I used to be huge into scrapbooking, but since working outside the home, I just don't have the time for it.  Now I am the crazy planner lady getting my sticker books out and planning my week.  I also bought a budget planner and love that too.

3.  Give up Diet Coke:  Yep, still haven't had one since December 24. 

4.  Take and pass my aPHR test:  Yep, passed that the beginning of January, SO happy!

5.  Read 45 books:  I am well on my way, so far I have ready 23 books!  I have taken a step back from social media (I'm looking at you Facebook...) to read more and I also read a lot when I'm on the treadmill.

A few of my faves (click on the image to go to Amazon):

6.  Take More Time:

I have really done well with this. I seriously hate the term #self care.  I just don't know why if I'm reading or taking a bath it needs to be called "self care".  Can't I just take a bath cuz I wanna??  Either way I am taking the time to do the things I love and it feels amazing.

One of my other goals is to write more.  I bought a journal associated with the "Girl Stop Apologizing" book.  It has an area for 3 Things I'm Thankful For, 7 Dreams I Made Happen Today and The Goal I am Going to Achieve Today.  I really am enjoying filling that out everyday.  I also want to blog more.  I have a lot on my mind that I want to blog about.

I'm excited to use this little space more.  I've been blogging since 2008 and it's SO fun to look back at how my blogging has morphed.  I love this space of mine and hope you will enjoy it too.

Coming up soon:
My Morning Routine
Book Review
How to Survive the Teenage Years with girls
Guest Post by Emma

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Apr 16, 2019

Prom 2019

Rachel’s last prom ever happened yesterday.  Sigh.  It was kind of a strange feeling, knowing that she is closing another chapter on her senior year book.  I have all the feels this year.  Her last volleyball game, her last Christmas season at home full time, her last prom.  Ugh.

Despite all the feels, we had an amazing day!  Her cousin and BFF Madalyn came over at 7:30 to start hair and makeup for Rachel and her best friend Hailey.  I love that they can stay home and get all dolled up, plus we make the most of it!  We had about 12 people here for muffins and mimosas while we watched the girls get ready, it really is one of my favorite days!

Isn’t she a beauty?  Madalyn does such an amazing job of bringing out her features without making her look to done up.

I also loved her dress, fit her like a glove.

We all drove to another classmates house to have pictures taken outside.  The also had a family friend who does photography take pics of them.

The girls were all so gorgeous!

After pics were done there, we headed to the Catholic Church in Cold Spring to get a huge group picture taken.  I didn’t get a good pic of that, but they line them up according to dress color, so fun!
We came back home, changed clothes and headed to the side bar in Cold Spring to meet a bunch of the parents for drinks and a quick supper before the grand march.  We really are so lucky that we love the parents, just a fun group of people!

After the grand march a bunch of the parents came over for drinks and snacks.  Lots of laughs! 
Such a fun but super exhausting day, and I didn't even go to prom!

Mar 15, 2019

Rachel #18

Today this beautiful girl turned 18. I still don't think that has set in.  I have a child who is an ADULT.   It's weird ya'll.  

I don't:
                                 A.  Feel like I'm old enough to have an 18 year old
                                 B.  Feel mature enough to have an 18 year old, HA!
                                 C.  Believe 18 years has flown by this fast.  
I literally remember all the feels bringing her home from the hospital.  For some reason, growing up I always thought I would never be able to have kids.  It was something I wanted SO bad, but just though it would never happen to me.
Brad and I started trying to have a baby the summer of 1999.  In the 3 months we were trying, 4 of my close friends got pregnant.  It was devastating.  In September I told Brad I wanted to quit trying.  Mentally I was so overwhelmed and borderline depressed.  Now I know that MANY people try for much longer than that without success, but having that many close friends succeed and us not, it was too much for me.

We decided to take a break from trying and waited until the next summer to start up again.  I remember being a day late and decided to take a test.  It was positive.  I thought I was going to pass out.  I went and bought 2 more tests, they were both positive.  I decided to call the doctor and go in for a blood test which was (obviously) positive!  I was elated.  I called Brad at work to tell him, ha!  He came home with a dozen roses and we promptly told our parents.  This girl was NOT waiting, even if something happened, I just wanted everyone to know.

Nine months later this beauty joined our family.

Life has never been the same.  She is the sassiest, spunkiest, most outspoken loyal girl.  She perfected the eye roll and will fight for what she wants (I know this will be useful in the future, but hot damn!).  But she is also a very caring, loving person who would give the shirt off her back for you.

I love her spirit, and I pray everyday that God will use her for His glory.  I know that big things are coming for her and I'm so excited to watch that happen.

She loves her sisters fiercely.  It has been so fun to watch their relationship develop over the years. 

I know everyone said having a child is like ripping your heart out and watching it walk away.  I get that now.  I have learned to let go some, and let her make her own decisions (and mistakes).  Every morning I pray over my girls.  I pray for health, safety, and that the Holy Spirit will guide them through their day. That's all I can do.

Happy, happy birthday, my sweet first baby.  I cannot wait to see the amazing life that awaits you!

Feb 9, 2019

What We're Up To

Can't believe we're already coming to the MIDDLE of February!!  Sad to say I haven't even gotten my Valentines Day decor out yet.  Maybe this weekend...
January was actually a super relaxing month!  Typically volleyball tourneys haven't started yet, so it's just a super slow month for us and I love that after the hustle of the holidays.

Brad and I were able to get away the end of January for a quick 4 day trip to Orlando.  He had some fly miles to use up and we got a great deal on a Hilton Resort, so off we went!
Now I can't complain too much about the weather, because while we were gone it was in the minus digits for highs here in Mn.  However, in Florida the nicest day we had was 68, otherwise is was maybe 60, cloudy and windy most of the time which was a big bummer.

Our resort was beautiful, the food was great and the staff was amazing!  We literally did nothing for 4 days, haha!  This resort rooms were all mini apartments with a balcony, so the first day we went and got some groceries so we weren't eating out all the time.  

We were only able to sit by the pool one day with sun, and it was glorious!

We met some super cute young couples and enjoyed hanging out with them.  The hot tubs were perfect because they were SO hot, which felt great with how cool it was out.

Our favorite night was having supper at Christini's.  It's funny because it's located in a strip mall, but once you walk it it's a super fancy place.  All the waiters wear tuxes.  The service was amazing and the food, oh my word!  SO good!  Worth every penny!

We had told them that this trip was a belated happy 20th anniversary for us, so they brought out a dessert for us and gave me a rose.  The owner came over and talked with us for about 15 minutes.  We will definitely be back!

Unfortunately we came home to the same frigid temps and thankfully made it home before a major storm dumped snow on us.

Alayna had her first tournament and the girls came in first place in their division!!  They started out pretty rough but ended up playing so much better, she was pretty pumped!

And lastly, this has been the girls the last couple weeks.  They missed 2 days of school last week because of the cold, 1 early out for the snow, and another day this week for the cold again.  They have been laaaaaaazy!  Josie however, is loving having them home!

Jan 7, 2019

New Year 2019

If you read my post here then you saw that I got blessed with the stomach flu over Christmas.  While I was miserable for 3 days straight, the one good thing it did was give me a jump start on my New Year goals!  So after enjoying this yummy New Years Day breakfast Brad made (he made the caramel rolls again since I couldn't eat them on Christmas Day, he's so sweet), I got right to goal making!

I pretty much have the same goals every year, get into better shape, eat better and give up Diet Coke.  Every.Single.Year.

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This past fall/holiday season I was not very good about exercising.  My beloved treadmill that I have used consistently  for 19 years died in the spring.  Not having that treadmill was SO hard!  I did use the Beachbody On Demand which I loved and all summer was very consistent with working out,  ]and loved how I looked. Then school fall sports started and it all went to hell.  With 3 girls in sports we were at swim meets/volleyball games 2-3 nights a week from 4-8:30.  My suppers consisted of popcorn.  Not the best way to eat.  Plus the workouts were non existent.

And then December was a free for all, because, well, it's the holidays!!  So needless to say my clothes were feeling tight, and I just felt gross.  

It was way easier to start eating better once I could eat again because it really took awhile to get my appetite back (even coffee, so sad!).  All in all I lost 5 pounds and have kept it off so far, haha.

I am lucky that I truly enjoy eating healthy foods.  Of course I enjoy indulging also, but I know what I need to do to keep my weight down and feel good.  

One of my favorite soups that I recently found was this Detox Soup.  The first time I made it I laughed because I knew I would have to choke it down, it's not the most appetizing looking soup.  However, it knocked my socks off!!  It is so delicious and refreshing, I've made it twice.  

I also spent most of New Years Day getting my planner all filled out.  I meal planned through April and made my daily workouts.  I do SO much better when  I have a plan.  I use the Erin Condren planner, and is my 5th year using it and I still love it.  I like to put a weekly quote/scripture and then fill in with inspirational quote stickers. 

As far as workouts go, I bought a cheap mini treadmill that I get on and jump for 10 minutes in the morning, it's so good for your joints and a great way to get my sweat on early in the morning.  I also FINALLY got a new treadmill!!  It feels amazing to get back on it again.  I am just walking for now, but will work my way back into running.  My goal is to run a 5k by the end of this month.  I am also doing weights daily, nothing super heavy, just easing my way into it.  

Since I tend to have a more sensitive stomach, I bought more probiotics to start taking again since being sick as I had gotten out of the habit of taking them.  Along with that I take vitamin d, biotin and Young Living Daily Greens. 

It's been 2 weeks since I've had a Diet Coke and so far I don't crave one.  That has always been my hardest thing to give up, why I don't know.  I've been drinking a lot of Kombucha (lemon ginger is my fave!) and La Croix.  I still like fizz!

We also bought a new bed which I honestly think has made the biggest difference.  We both are sleeping so much better and actually wake up feeling refreshed!  My energy has been through the roof and I'm loving it!

So, besides getting my health back on track, I've got a few more goals for this year:

*Read 45 books: This was my goal last year also, but I only made it to 33.
*Take and pass my aPHR test:  This is my first goal I have accomplished!!  I took the test last Friday and passed, SO excited about that!  It was a test to become certified in HR.
*Take more time:  I tend to become so focused on all that needs to be done around the house that I miss out on just taking time to enjoy the little things.  This is a hard one for me because I just feel like I should be busy at all times taking care  of my family, but I need to focus on me time and time with Brad.

So there's a little look into my goals for 2019!

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Christmas 2018

I had such good intentions of getting a couple posts done in December, and you can see that did NOT happen!  It was a busy month obviously, but in all honesty, it wasn't overly nutty which was so nice.
I see all these blog posts of Christmas bucket lists packed full of (super fun!) activities and I have just never been one to do "all" the things.  I just want to the simple cozy nights enjoying our home and that's exactly what we did!

The weekend before Christmas my mom came over and helped us make cookies.  We made cut outs and molasses.  The molasses cookies are my fave and remind me of my Grandma Omi who's cookies were the BEST and I will never be able to make them like she did.

Rachel's boyfriend Dalton joined us to, it was such a fun afternoon!

Our masterpieces!  And I'll have you know that I threw out the majority of these because NO ONE EATS THEM!  They insist on making them, but then they go moldy, haha.

We also made sure to get our annual holidays lights drive in!  We found a couple really great places that had the music with the lights.  We always play Christmas Vacation while we look at lights.

Christmas Eve morning Emma always makes breakfast.  This year she did reindeer donuts, so cute!

And she also was in charge of the elf, haha!

Christmas Eve day we go to Brad's sisters house around 2.  Everyone brings an appetizer (we always bring sweet and sour meatballs) and we just munch and play cards and open gifts, so fun!

We left there around 6:30 and headed home for our little family Christmas.  We had more appetizers and then opened some gifts.  It was a very relaxing, fun night.  We watched Home Alone and then the girls all set up shop in Rachel's room for their annual sleep over.


That's where the fun ended for me.  I was up at 2 am throwing up and was sick all day on Christmas.  I spent the day in bed miserable!  So needless to say, I got nary a photo on Christmas Day.  So sad.  Thankfully Brad and the girls were only next door at his parents so he came home to check up on me and make me eat.  I honestly didn't feel better until Friday, it was a doozy!
Despite that, it was still a wonderful holiday!