Jul 8, 2018

4th Of July 2018

Another perfect July 4th is in the books!  Although, I still can't wrap my head around the fact it's July already, ugh...

I think we're all a little messed up with having the 4th on a Wednesday!  Brad and I both took Thursday off so going back to work on Friday felt like a Monday, haha.

Our town always has a huuuuuge July 4th celebration.  It's starts on the 3rd with a concert, food, games and beer.  We always go to my sister and brother in laws for supper then head up to the grounds.  Unfortunately the festival on the 3rd has gotten so big it's almost not fun anymore.  There was 20,000 people there this year (our town is 7,000)!!

If you've read my blog at all, then you know why I love the 4th so much.  22 years ago Brad proposed to me at the parade on the 4th!  He had my dad make the sign which they attached to the side of the firetruck.

I was completely taken off guard by this, he did so good!!

Our church puts on the festival and always asks for donations.  
Emma always bakes a cake and this year she baked this awesome red, white and blue tie dye cake!

We did walk up to the grounds around 9 so that we could watch the fireworks with the kids.

We were all wiped when we got home.  We were closely watching the weather and it wasn't looking so good for the parade.  We were up bright and early to check the radar and there was a huge line of storms coming.  We thought for sure the parade would be canceled and Alayna was devastated.  We decided to go anyway and it ended up being a PERFECT morning with no rain!  The sun only came out for a bit which was perfect because it was warm and muggy.

After the parade we played a few games, got some food and watched one of our favorite bands play.  The rain finally came around 1:00, so we headed home.
Brad's family was coming over in the afternoon to swim and hangout.  It rained for about an hour and then the sun ended up coming out for the rest of the day.  We couldn't have planned it better!

Emma and I made some patriotic snacks!

It was a  perfect (hot) afternoon/evening.  Typically we head to the farm for a campfire since they have such a huge bonfire area, but with all the rain it was too soggy.  We ended up staying here for a fire and it worked out perfect!

Brad lit off some fire works and the kids did some sparklers.

Such a perfect day, I'm always sad to see the 4th go.  Hope you all had an amazing week!!

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...