Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Holidays 2020 Recap

Phew, somehow we are already in the middle of February 2021 and I honeslty cannot believe it's almost been a year of this pandemic. In a way, time has FLOWN by which is crazy since this has been the most trying year. But here we are, surviving and learning to deal with the world as it stands now. I am trying to remain hopeful for 2021 but I'm not going to lie, it's pretty hard sometimes. I am praying the only way to go from here, is up (or hopefully somewhat back to the normal we once knew)

Anyway, I wanted to make sure I documented our 2020 holidays before it gets to 2021 holidays šŸ˜œ

Thanksgiving was really nice, and very low-key. We hosted for the first time ever and it was a success. My Mom, my in laws and ricks sister and her family joined us.

We were still able to continue the tradition of chopping our tree down which was a success! we were so sad to miss our towns annual tree lighting celebration though :( hoping for this year!

Our elf Twinkles showed up on December 1st! 

We decorated a gingerbread house (thank you Costco for the pre-made house!)

Christmas looked different as well but we still managed to have a great time together!! 


We went on a little ski trip in between Christmas and New Years and wow did we have fun!! our kids have become quite the little skiers! I am so happy I took the leap to learn to ski a few years ago!




New Years was low key as well - we celebrated with my sister in law/brother in laws family and our close friends - but it was a fun night!!

We were excited to say goodbye to 2020! Here's to really hoping & praying these holidays look a lot different this year!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

coronavirus life update

well, here we are - 8 months into this global pandemic and even as I type that it almost doesn't seem real. numerous times I have woken up and thought, is this all some crazy dream?! but sadly, it's not. some days I think "this isn't so bad, we can do this" and other days I'm all like "OMG we are not going to make it" the roller coaster of emotions is so real.

Throw in v-learning with 3 elementary school kids and most days I feel like I'm drowning. I know this won't last forever, but sometimes, it actually seems like it will.

Anyway, we've been finding other things to do to keep busy!

Lots and lots of bike rides

We put a ninja course in the backyard and the kids are having a blast with it!

We got a new patio installed and have had many nights roasting marshmallows with our new fire table

We also put a huge slab of concrete in the back of yard for a basketball court and a spot to ride scooters/bikes - the kids are loving this!

We had our pool this summer which was awesome! lots and lots of swim dates!

We've gone on a couple getaways which I will document separately but they were so good for our souls!

We celebrated a few holidays on a much smaller scale (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day & Halloween) and look forward to Thanksgiving & Christmas

We went strawberry & apple picking

We celebrated all 3 kids birthdays and were able to still have small parties for each!

The kids have been involved in activities which has saved their sanity as well

We have a weekly park date with school friends and the kids literally look forward to this all week. We joke that we will soon be showing up in our parkas and snow pants!

I really can't believe we've made it this far but in a weird way, it's getting easier the longer it goes on. Plus with the new talks of the vaccine hopefully coming soon, it really helps me see a light at the end of this dark, dark tunnel.  Now, if only my kids could actually go to school, I think that is the worst part of this.

Monday, May 11, 2020

the picture I almost didn't post

**this post has been sitting in my draft for waaaaaaay too long 

last week was St. Patrick's Day and while us, just like most of the world, we were hunkered down at home. It was decent weather so we may our way outside for a shamrock scavenger hunt around our neighborhood.

things have been tense, things have been crazy. I've never seen anything like this before where schools are closed, restaurants are closed, churches are closed, all professional and recreational sports are on hold - you all know what I'm talking about. We have had some really good days and there have been days I lost my temper

St Patrick's Day happened to be a really good day and it ended with a really yummy dinner where no one fought, not even for a second. It was so pleasant and fun and we took a picture to document.

I of course wanted to share something other than the coronavirus on social media so I went to post, but then I paused. I looked less than perfect, our kids had some food in bowls some food on napkins, our plates are just plastic blue ones from Target, we didn't have a Pinterest-worthy tablescape setup and I felt like that is what people would focus on if I posted.

Then I told myself that was literally insane and who the f*ck cares what other people think! We were having a great night and I love my family more than anything, and especially in these times I am proud of that and will always focus on that. Turns out people liked the photo and I really could care less about the ones that didn't.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Yuuuummm! today I'm sharing with you a favorite dessert of ours that is SO easy to make! all you need are 2 ingredients! 2!!

you'll need:
šŸŖtoll house chocolate chip cookie dough 24ct
šŸŖminiature reese cups 24ct

To Make:

put 1pc of cookie dough in each muffin mold, bake as directed on cookie package, as soon as they come out, push a reese cup down in each one - THAT'S IT! I love using my silicone mold to make these, they pop right out and cleaning is a cinch!

these are great to bring to a party - they will be gone before you know it!

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I would love to know if you've made these or do!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Life Update 3.27.20

Happy Friday! I haven't been around this space in a while, not purposely, just life has been busy. That is until 2 weeks ago exactly to the day we were told our kids would not be returning to school until further notice due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic that has hit the entire world.

Since then, our state has been put essentially on a lockdown - if you aren't an essential worker, you need to be at home so we can help slow the spread of this terrible virus.

I have had so many emotions since this has all happened - angry, grateful, sad, happy, frustrated, you name it. I am a roller coaster most days. The unknown is terrifying and I am really praying this all ends sooner rather than later.

Until then, we are staying home, going on more walks/bike rides than before (doesn't matter the temp!) playing tons of games, doing crafts, spending way too much time on electronics and doing V-Learning - we got this!

I hope everyone is staying safe!!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ice Castles & Monster Trucks

How's that for a title? With all the sickness we've had around here, I never got around to recapping our super fun filled weekend! (a couple weekends back)

On Saturday we headed to Lake Geneva, WI to see the Ice Castles - these just started coming around here last year and we didn't make it then so we knew we wanted to see them this year! They were delayed in opening because we were having an unseasonably warm-ish winter but finally dates opened up. My mom, sister, brother in law, niece & nephew joined and it was a good old fashioned family fun day!

Now I'm not going to lie, my inner 10yr old self was totally thinking these would be some kind of Elsa-like ice castles and they weren't (wahhh) but, they were still sooooooo pretty and unique and something I've never seen before. Totally worth the experience! We stayed for over 2 hours exploring them, if that tells you anything!

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Once we were done, we went into town for dinner and then drove home - we all went straight to bed as we were exhausted!

The next day was Monster Trucks with Ricks side of the family - I had never been, neither have the girls and some other family members, so we decided to all go together.  It was surprisingly really fun and enjoyable! and also really LOUD!!

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ha Avery's face!

Monday the kids were off and we just relaxed after such a busy, fun weekend!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Spring Break Needs with Social Threads

Who is packing up and going somewhere warm for Spring Break?? I wish I could raise my hand to that, but unfortunately we will be here. We rarely travel over spring break because 1. it is insanely expensive to fly and 2. it is always super crowded

However, we are heading to the beach just the month after Spring Break - and I cannot wait!! I also cannot wait to sport my new items from Social Threads! my hat and these beach pants are going to be my favorite, I just know it!

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The thing I love about this sun hat is that the brim in the back is smaller so you can lay down and relax in a beach chair comfortably!

Social Threads also has the cutest dresses that would be perfect for a beach vaca!

Z Supply Camo Split Neck Dress
Love Stitch Watercolor Floral Button Front Tea Dress

Love Stitch Hand Stamped Button Front Maxi Dress

Social Threads also some really cute accessories! I am loving this bracelet!! So fun and colorful!

Spring Break Rectangle Stretch Block Tile Bracelet

If you're heading out into town, this top would be darling paired with jeans and heels!!

Jack Force of Nature Leopard Cami

You can shop all Social Threads collections here

Social Threads is a great company to follow, it is owned by 2 moms (who happen to be sister in laws) who are juggling life just like the rest of us! They wanted to give us gals a place to shop and find an affordable selection of clothes that we feel great in. How awesome is that?!

What's also awesome is that I have team up with them to give one you a $100 gift card!!!!!! 

Here's how to enter:

Join my FB group if you haven't already, there will be a post later today for the giveaway

Like the FB page - Social Threads 

Bonus entry for commenting below with what you would buy if you won the gift card

Giveaway will run through Saturday, 2/22/2020. Winner will be announced after giveaway closes - GOOD LUCK!!