Sep 21, 2022

Lobsterfest 2022

Every year in September we have Lobsterfest at Cory and Christi's lake home.  We (5 couples) all head there on Friday and this year we met at a local winery close by them.  It was a gorgeous day, and just a perfect way to start the weekend!

I adore this pic of Brad and I, although just like our kids, it took awhile to get him to cooperate...
See below.

All I wanted was a cute kiss pic.  He came in like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber...

Pain in the ass.

So grateful we have these peeps, we've been together for more than 25 years, and can't imagine our lives without them!

Sep 13, 2022

Back to School 2022

September seemed to come way too fast this year.  While summer was fun, it was SO busy that I didn't feel like I had a chance to think about back to school, haha!

This little lady started her junior year (WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT??) of high school.
Seriously, I am going to blink and she'll be graduating, ugh...

She was seriously peeved with me that I wanted a pic.

I told her I would post this. :)

Now, the other two behaved perfectly and sent their mama "first day" pics for them!
Rachel's Senior year of college, she will have 2 semesters left of nursing school and she will be DONE!!!  #bless

Emma started her Sophomore year of college and also moved into a townhome with two of her besties from college last year.
She will be applying for the nursing program in the fall.  #fingerscrossed

Every.single.morning I pray for God's protection over them and that God will lead them HIS way, not their way, or my way.  Boy is that a humbling prayer sometimes.  As their mama, I just want everything to work out perfectly and fix every problem they encounter.  Apparently that can't happen, I feel like I was not told about that haha!!
I know they will have an amazing year!!

Aug 21, 2022

Summer 2022 Part 2

Rachel and I got to see One Republic in August, and holy hell do they know how to put on a show!  I'm actually not a huge fan of theirs, but Need To Breathe was opening for them, and I originally bought the tickets for Emma and I, as "Into the Mystery" is one of our favorite songs.  Ended up that she had a wedding that day so Rachel and I went and had an absolute blast, even though I thought were seeing One Direction, it was still an amazing concert, haha!

August also brought our annual cabin weekend with Brad's sister and her family.  We stayed for 4 days and relaxed and enjoyed the sauna and the lake!

We look forward to this cabin weekend every year, the lake home is beautiful!

Love watching the cousins have fun (and get too much sun, Rachel Zimmer!).

Alayna and Brielle at the Clearwater Rodeo, both Jackson (Rachel's boyfriend) and William (our nephew) were riding.  It was the same weekend we go up to my dad's, so I drove up to dad's on Friday and they all came Saturday.  No way in hell could I watch them ride a bull.  No thank you.  They both rode, and survived, thank you Jesus!

Brad's niece made everyone t-shirts that say Faith Family Farming which is in memory of Jerry.  Most everyone was able to be there for pics, and I'm so glad all our girls (and boyfriends) were able to be there.
Grandma with all of her grandkids and great grandkids.

Our little family.  There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for these peeps.  Brad and I are so blessed to have them and we are just so excited for what's a head for them!

Aug 15, 2022

Summer 2022 Part 1

Summer 2022 was a busy, different, but fun summer.  With losing Brad's dad the end of May, it was a bittersweet summer.  We navigated Father's Day and the 4th of July, which was tough.  Even though we know Jerry lived his life to the fullest, it will always be a void in our lives...

We enjoyed lot's of sitting on the patio, enjoying the fire.  I really feel like I took the time to sit outside and just enjoy the weather.  Losing a loved one really does put everything into perspective.

Crazy sister selfies.

A random Friday afternoon where everyone was free and we decided to check out some news shops in town and stop for a beer!  I absolutely treasure these random moments, because getting everyone together is HARD!

4th of July concert in our town.

4th of July parade.  So happy to finally have things back to normal!  Everyone came out to our house in the afternoon and we played yard games and hung out.

"Ritzmas" weekend on the lake in Paynesville, we get together with two other families every summer and have an absolute blast hanging out and being on the lake.

Firefest 2022, we hung out with friends at their campsite but didn't get tickets to watch the concerts.  This is Rachel's group of girls she graduated with, such beauties!

My neice Madalyn is getting married in October, so her bachelorette party was at her parents cabin.  I got to go hang out with them for a few hours, oh to be young again!  Rachel is a bridesmaid, we cannot wait for the wedding!

The next weekend was her bridal shower.  I just don't even know how she's old enough to get married...

Part 2 of summer coming up!

Jun 18, 2022

In Memory

May 27th, 2022 will forever be etched in our hearts, it's the day we lost Brad's dad Jerry.
He passed away very suddenly, and very peacefully at home.  While it was a shock to us all, we are so very grateful he did not suffer.
This picture below was on Easter, a month before he passed.  We are so happy we were able to have everyone at our house as it was a last minute plan!

Jerry farmed his whole life, and was born on the farm they lived on.  Some of my best memories growing up, were on my Grandma and Grandpa Malherek's farm and I am so grateful our girls have those same type of memories living next door to Brad's homeplace.

Jerry loved his family so much, and the way he loved Kitty is something we will always cherish.  And I tell you what, those grandkids were his world!

And they loved him just as much.

Even Josie loved her Papa Jerry!

While celebrating the holidays this year won't be the same, we know he is always near, looking down with his shit ass grin on his face!

May 2, 2022

Alayna’s 16!

I feel like I say the same thing every year, but if you know Alayna, then you know what fun, pure joy and happiness is!  Well, except when she's home with us, then it's a lot of eye rolls and "I KNOW dad"s.
This kid was born with 1000% spunk, and fire!

She will talk your ear off and truly loves being around people.  Everyone that knows her has been hugged by her, this kid exudes spunkiness! 

She was super stoked to get her drivers license, and of the 3 girls, I didn't worry as much about her driving.  She is super responsible, fun-loving and looooooooves her friends.

She is constantly on the go (like seriously) and I thank God for Life 360, as I literally track her to see where she is.  

Apparently she started the eye roll early...

Like I said, NEVER a dull moment!

We love you so much, Mousey!

Apr 23, 2022

Emma’s 19!

Our sweet Emma Jo is 19... While I loved when my girls were little, they sure are a lot of fun right now!  For Emma's birthday we went out to eat and then headed out for some fun.  
She smooth talked some of her aunts, uncles and cousins to come hang out and we had a blast!

Not sure how this sweet, sweet baby is now 19, ugh!

She makes us proud everyday, we love you Emma Lemma!