Jun 6, 2018

End of the School Year

I can't even believe the 2017-2018 school year is over with.  This year has gone lightening fast, and it's terrifying.  Somehow I now have a senior, sophomore and a 7th grader.  Let that sink in.  Let it also sink in those ages, 3 teenagers.  Three girls.  Help me...

Emma and Alayna the morning of their last day.  I made them an apple strudel for breakfast (no I didn't get up at the butt crack of dawn, this was one of those yummy fundraiser frozen breads) and off they went.

Rachel's friend Sam always has their big group of friends stay overnight the night before the last day so she wasn't there.  Alayna represented.

Rachel really has a great group of girlfriends right now, they are constantly busy!

Alayna's chalk art she made after school!  Emma made them chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches for snack, I love that she's taking on some of my traditions!

Friday night my niece and goddaughter Madalyn graduated from high school.  So incredibly proud of her!  And yes,  as soon as she came up the stairs in her cap and gown, her mom and I were crying!

Saturday afternoon Rachel surprised me with a pedicure date!  So fun to hang out with her one on one!

Sunday my mom and I drove to Fargo to see my other niece graduate from high school.  So proud of this girl and cannot wait to see what her future holds!

Absolutely LOVE this pic of my mama and I!!

And on Monday, this sweet girl passed her permit test!  YIKES!!!  Notice her short hair and NO BRACES!!!  She was so excited, she had those braces for over 3 years!  So proud of her!

May 30, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!  I can't even remember the last time I did a What's Up Wednesday...

Linking up with Shay this week!

What We're Eating This Week:
With being on the lake all weekend, it was a lot of sandwiches, chips and fruit!  Last night we had burgers and fries and I made a yummy strawberry shortcake for dessert!

What I'm Reminiscing About:

So this girl is going to be a senior.  Ugh.  Enough said.

What I'm Loving:
This weekend was one of the best Memorial weekends we've had in a long time!  The weather was sunny and HOT, so lots of this happened!

What We've Been Up To:

Rachel had her junior prom on April 21st and she had an amazing time!

Alayna decided to try track this year and LOVED it! 

Emma and I put together this hat for the Kentucky Derby, haha!!

Brad and I got to get away for a fun night of Hall and Oates with one of his reps through work, SO fun!!

What I'm Dreading:

Um, did I mention that Rach is going to be a senior???

What I'm Working On:

Making a list of all the things I need to do for graduation next year.  There is a lot of updating I would like to do.  Better to start early!!

What I'm Excited About:

SUMMER!  It felt so good to be on the lake all weekend.  Also, we booked a cabin up north with 2 other families, it will be a blast!

What I'm Watching/Reading:

I've been bad with reading.  Still trying to finish "what She Knew".  It started out good, but the middle has been a little slow...

What I'm Listening To:

Alison Krause and Hall and Oates radio on Pandora.

What I'm Wearing:

Nothing special, haha!!

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

Sunday my niece graduates, so mom and I will head up for that, otherwise nothing big.  Saturday is supposed to rain, so probably getting caught up in the house.

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:

Lots and lots of this!!  Right now it looks like a sewage plant, lol!!

Have a wonderful week!!

May 2, 2018

Alayna #12

Today our little mousey turns 12.  I feel like I could sum up Alayna's personality perfectly by this picture!!

This girl keeps us on our toes 24/7!  She is honestly one of the funniest kids I know, I don't know where she comes up with half the shit she does, but she has us rolling with laughter!

She is my helper, whether it's helping me in the kitchen (she LOVES sauteeing things!), or cleaning the house.  Seriously, this kid is a better cleaner than I am!  And she looooves to organize things.  Many times I have come home from work to a clean house and mousey organizing the pantry, haha!!!

Her big sisters are her idols, I love watching the relationship they have.

Mousey we LOVE you so much and are so proud of you, happy birthday!!

Apr 23, 2018

Emma #15

Today our beautiful Emma Jo turns 15.  Ugh.  Why do they have to keep getting older???

Emma has always been our sensitive one, when she was little, she was the one crying when Rachel got in trouble (and lets be real, that happened a LOT!!)
Now, she's the one that can sense when someone is "off", she'll be the first to ask if something is wrong, it's crazy!

This girl is CRAZY talented!  Calligraphy is her specialty and man, is it ever!  She loves to make holiday pics for me, and these were the cards she made for her friends....amazing!

She is very outgoing, has a quirky sense of humor, and just loves people.  She was always the shy one when she was little, so I love how outgoing she has become!

Emma is an amazing babysitter and truly loves kids.  She's the one bringing crafts to do with the kids she's watching.

She started swimming in 8th grade and loves it.  It has been so fun to watch her grow and improve each year!

Emma Jo, we love you SO incredibly much and are so proud of you, happy birthday sweet girl!!

Apr 16, 2018

Confirmation 2018

Another craaaaazy busy weekend is in the books!  With Rachel's confirmation on Sunday, we were supposed to have my family coming in on Saturday to stay the weekend.  Alayna had a volleyball tournament on Saturday so it worked great for everyone to come down and watch her play.  Of course mother nature had other plans...
Snowmageddon started Friday afternoon and snowed all.weekend.long.  It was ridiculous.  Saturdays tournament ended up getting switched to a different location, thankfully still local and these little chicks ended up placing first in the tournament!!

They played AMAZING and were so excited to win every single game!  This was their last tournament, so even though there was a blizzard outside, we all trekked to Marnanteli's for supper and drinks, it was a lot of fun getting to know the parents more.  We didn't get home until 8:30 and we crashed hard.

Sunday was not only Rachel's confirmation, but my birthday!  Brad made homemade caramel rolls and they all spoiled me with presents.  I finally got my Urban Southern bag and am in LOVE!

We didn't have to be to church until 1:15 or so, and we worried about the roads since it was still snowmageddon.  Thankfully they weren't too horrible.  The mass was really nice and it was a great afternoon!

I ordered my dress from Nordstrom (find it here) and got so many compliments!


We were all bummed that no one could come over for supper after, but again, the stupid weather.  Our good friends the Rothsteins came over and enjoyed tacos and cupcakes with us (and maybe a couple beverages). 

This is the picture that Emma made for Rachel, so beautiful!

What a wonderful, crazy fun-filled weekend we had, but PLEASE mother nature, make the snow go away...

Apr 2, 2018

Easter 2018

Another wonderful Easter is in the books!  Brad had taken off Thursday and Friday off so he could tile Rachel's shower and the girls had Friday off.  As much as I wanted to, I couldn't take off since it was month end for us.  Brad and the girls went to Good Friday Mass and Friday night was just a low key night which was glorious!
Saturday was catch up day for me, I got some deep spring cleaning done and the usual laundry.  We were going to my moms for Easter so Will and Alayna helped me make the strawberry pretzel dessert.
Saturday night we did our normal routine of dyeing eggs.  Brad had to make sure to get his pose in, lol!

We always make fun of the girls and all their damn poses, so Rachel made Brad pose with her!

All I asked was for ONE normal pic.

Love this pic.

Sunday morning everyone was up early to search for their Easter baskets.  Apparently the bunny did a good job this year, everyone was happy!
After mass we headed over to my mom and her husbands for dinner, SO yummy!  It was such a nice relaxing afternoon...We left my moms around 3:30 and headed to the farm for round two.  I was so freaking full last night!

Of course we had to get some obligatory pics in!

And now I sit here staring at ANOTHER snow storm.  Seriously, we didn't get hardly any snow in Dec/Jan/Feb, and now we're getting pummeled.  Ridiculous.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!