Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly Recap {9.26.16}

Ah Monday, we meet again. I could have really used another day for the weekend but that's clearly not happening.

I'm still fighting a sickness and really hope it goes away so I don't have to go to the dr. 

Anyway - onto our weekly recap!

We've been reading LOTS of Halloween books, the kids are loving them and so am I :)

We picked Brayden up from school last week when he had a half day and when we were parked in the pick up lane, this girl came and sat up front. She was pretty happy. 

We had more fun in our backyard with the kids roller coaster!

And of course playing bubbles! Avery loves for me make them and her to chase them :)

Brayden's school did a fun night hike and I was so happy we went! It was just me and him but next year I think all of us will go, Avery is just too little for this kind of stuff.

We showed up to his school at 7 and they let us in the gym where they had craft stations set up. Brayden made a pair of glow stick glasses that would help us later on our outside scavenger hunt!

We headed outside after doing all the inside stuff for the scavenger hunt. We were suppose to go to each cone that was set up and look at the constellation picture on it and try and find it in the sky and then write the name down (we had a key with all the names) but it was so cloudy out you couldn't see any stars.  Pretty much this part of the night turned into kids running everywhere with glow sticks and it was awesome. 

Part of our morning routine - get Brayden on the bus then the 4 of us go on a walk/scooter ride

Friday I was lucky enough to go volunteer at Brayden's school! My Mom watched the girls and I went and helped with Hot Lunch.  I was so excited to do Brayden's room (along with several others) and sneak a picture with my boy! Gotta love that he has a mouthful of food!

I took a picture of the milk cart because I just still can't believe my baby is big enough to go to grade school and come out in the hall and get his own milk.  I know it's not a big thing, but I want to remember it!

Friday after school, we all went on another walk/scooter ride and ended up at the park 

We spent Friday eating pizza and watching Hocus Pocus!

Saturday was a busy day - I took Ella to dance then dropped her and Miss A off at Brayden's soccer game with Rick. Then I headed to my cousins wedding venue to check it out for the big day - I am going early with some of my family to help set some stuff up. The place is gorgeous and I'm getting so excited for her!

Later in the day we had Brayden's friend (and our neighbor)'s birthday party. It was a pool party and originally I had no plans to get in but realized I had my bathing suit and the kids wanted me. Thankfully I think no one noticed I didn't shave my legs! Ha

Brayden was obsessed with going down the water slide - he must have done it 20 times!


Later that night me and my neighbor put our kids to bed and met up for a drink - I was home by 9:30 and sleeping by 10.

Sunday was my cousins wedding shower! It was so fun and my aunt and cousin (her sister) did such a great job with all the little details! 

I pretty much relaxed the rest of the night since my sickness would seem to get worse, then better then worse then better. As much as I love Fall, I am NOT looking forward to all the sickness that is heading our way. 

I hope you all have a great day!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites {9.23.16}

Happy Friday, Friends!

Wow this week has been crazy/busy! I've been fighting off another sickness as well and really hoping this time it's gone so I can enjoy our weekend.

{ONE} - Fall Bucket List

What better way to kick off the start of Fall than with a Fall Bucket List?! I shared mine yesterday - in case you missed it, here it is again :)

{TWO}- Fall Shows

I'm so excited to have good TV starting again! I dvr'd This is Us Tuesday and finally got around to watching it - I am hooked! 

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Last night started the new season of How to Get Away with Murder and I have yet to watch but I hear it's so good! Does anyone else watch this show??

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{THREE} - This Article

I read this the other day and it was a really good read. If you have boys, I encourage you to read it!

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Of course number one on my list (and now my kids) is Hocus Pocus. How can it be Fall/Halloween time without this movie?! And of course The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a must!

 This is one of my favorite shops - I just saw this new top and I so want! How cute?!

{FIVE} - Favorite Pins

Halloween Bingo

Free printable Halloween Bingo cards | Fun family Halloween activity! {}:

Perfect Pumpkin Seeds:

Gotta run - today I'm volunteering at Brayden's school for a few hours - I can't wait!

Happy Weekend!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Bucket List - 2016

Happy First day of Fall!! The weather is still pretty summer around here and I would so love it if we can stick to the 70's - 80's I'm over you.

What kind of blogger would I be if I didn't share my Fall bucket list?

 Pumpkin Patch

Oh how we love this tradition! We typically go every year with my husbands side and the kids have a ball.  We walk around, let them run and play, eat some yummy lunch, then visit the petting zoo side. Brayden and Ella have attempted the Haunted House in the past, but have always come out crying so I wonder if they'll want to try again this year?


Jumping in leaves

The kids always have so much fun with this! Except Avery, she did not care for this last year. I have a feeling things will be different this year!

Halloween - Trick or Treating

How could it be Fall without Halloween! I have never been a huge fan of Halloween in my adult life, but once I had my own kids, my inner child who loved it came back. The costumes, the trick or treating, the class parties, it's all SO fun now!

Have a Bonfire 

We haven't done this in so long, mainly because it's been so hot.  Looking forward to enjoying one in our backyard soon.

Make S'mores

This will hopefully happen the same time as said bonefire!

 Halloween movies

Of course number one on my list (and now my kids) is Hocus Pocus. How can it be Fall/Halloween time without this movie?! And of course The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a must!

Make Pumpkin Bread

I have yet to make pumpkin bread, ever, so this is more than overdue

 Carve Pumpkins

I just picked up our pumpkins this week because they were an amazing price and figured I should grab some good ones before they're gone.  We love hanging out in our garage or even our driveway with a folding table doing this.  I usually gut them and make seeds and the hubby helps the kiddos out.

Thankful Pumpkin

Last year, I introduced my family to a Thankful Pumpkin.  Starting November 1st, we wrote down on the pumpkin something we were thankful for.  We usually did this during dinner.

Nature Walk/Hike 

We live so close to one of the best nature centers and I'm sure we will make our way there. I would also love to go check out Starved Rock.

I don't think this list is to unattainable :)

What's on your Fall Bucket List?

*linking up with Annie

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Special Dates ~ Penny Art

I finally did something crafty and thought I would share with blogland :)

A while ago, I saw this pin and knew this was something I had to make! I am working on a gallery wall for our master bedroom and this is going to go perfectly.

This was super easy to make - and literally cost me only the frame, so about $10 from Hobby Lobby. I could have used a frame I already had but I wanted a rustic looking one. For the pennies, it didn't take as long as I thought it would to find the years I needed, but I did spend some time looking for pennies of different shades.  I just wrote up everything else on word and printed on white cardstock. I used super glue to attach the pennies to the paper. Like I said, super easy.

So here it is - our new penny art highlighting some special dates in our lives

It's kind of hard to see the writing so here is a close up

This was something I put together in less than an hour on a Friday night. I can't wait to hang it up with everything else!

*linking up with Jessi

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A little about me

I thought it would be fun to do a little random about me post -it's been a while since I've shared some of my quirks :)

I am 32 (yikes that sounds kind of old)

I live in the suburbs of Chicago

I have 3 small children; Brayden (6) Ella (4) Avery (2)

I have been married 8 years

My husband I dated in high school when I was 14 and he was 16

We broke up when I became a senior because I wanted to have fun with my friends (so selfish but that was a good thing!)

We reconnected when I was 20 through a very random/crazy way (I'll spare the details) and we knew right away we were in this for the long haul

I worked full time until my youngest was born. Now I stay home and LOVE it so much

I love to do anything craft related

Planning parties is a favorite too

I am obsessed with watching Dateline and I don't think I'll ever let my kids leave the house alone

I love funny/romantic movies the best but scary ones are right up there, I just usually don't watch those because my husband won't and I don't like to watch them alone

I can eat like a (large) man if I let myself

I am a terrible housewife - I do the laundry and let it sit in the baskets for days, I don't clean as much as I probably should

There you go, a few more fun facts about me!

*linking up with Our Pretty Little Girls

Monday, September 19, 2016

Weekly Recap {9.19.16}

Happy Monday!

I need to first say Happy Anniversary to my hubby! 8 years ago today we got married and it was the absolute best day! We are going to show the kids our wedding video tonight since the older ones might actually be into it :)

We had such a great week - here's what we were up to

We had some awesome weather which meant park time! These girls love to swing!

Ella and I flew a kite in our backyard and girlfriend had a blast! We need to do this more often

Ella looks so darn adorable on school days (well, every day duh) I just have to snap a pic!

We went on a playdate with my SIL, nephew and new niece and the kids had a blast! This place is awesome, it's an indoor play area for kids all based around firefighters - so fun!

After our playdate we headed to the mall to pick up my wedding band that was fixed and we stopped at the Garrets stand to get popcorn for 67 cents! Their popcorn is AMAZING and we were happy girls

Ella got this guitar from my in laws for her birthday and she loves to play and sing - be still my heart

Friday after school we got outside for a walk - well the bigs scooted around the neighborhood

I love this view

At night we went to our local sports center for Family Fun Night.  Our park district puts it on about twice a year and it's free for residents. They have the soccer fields open, baseball going on, football, basketball, tons of little ride on toys for smaller kids, dodgeball, bingo and an obstacle course set up in the gymnastics area.  The kids had a freaking blast and were so wore out when we left


Saturday during our garage sale, these 3 had their first lemonade stand. Brayden and Ella were so cute asking everyone "would you like some lemonade?" I thought they would be sad when people said no but they weren't and thankfully not too many people did. I mean how could you not buy lemonade from these cuties!!

Saturday night was date night for the hubby and me to celebrate our annivesary. We started with dinner, then hopped over to another restaurant for a drink then went to a comedy club that is in our mall (sounds lame but it's so fun and you enter and exit outside of the mall which helps LOL)

should not have drank this, ha!

We ubered home around midnight and I hit the bed hard and didn't wake up until 2:30am when I heard Ella throwing up.  Again we think it was because she was having a bad coughing fit. We cleaned her up and put new sheets/pillowcases on and she passed right back out and woke up fine.  So weird!

Sunday we relaxed most of the day and stopped by my MIL's house where she was having a garage sale too.

Later in the day I headed to the city to meet up with my friends for dinner.  My friends Mom got us reservations at this pop up diner that is an exact replica of The Max (if you don't know what show this is from, I'm sorry but we can't be friends) and it was AWESOME.

The place looked identical to the show and we were totally living our childhood dreams right there!

I got home around 8 just in time to give kisses to Brayden & Ella before they went to bed and I pretty much collapsed on the couch.

Have a great day, I'll see you tomorrow!