Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Life Lately {4.3.19}

Woohoo, look at that, I'm back again! I'm hoping this can be a reoccurring thing because I really have missed the blog world so much!!

Sooo let's take a look at what's been going on in our lives - these days are so busy but also so memorable. I'm fully aware that these are the best days and I try and remember that when my crazy Mom moments come into the picture haha

  • I have been leading Ella's girl scout troop all year and I am having so much fun with it! Originally I was hesitant to be the leader because it is a lot of work, but it's been so worth it! I am making some awesome memories with Ella and our troop of girls is just the cutest!


  • I have been volunteering at the big kids' school alot! I go to any party I can and try and help out with other events as needed (hot lunch, birthday books, fun fair) it's been a super fun year so far! I also help out whenever I can at Avery's preschool. It's so bittersweet knowing she is my last kid in preschool

  • I am still running my FB group and having so much fun with it!! If you aren't a member, you should join here!
  • Rick & Brayden have been practicing baseball on their new travel team for a couple months now. Games start at the end of this month and I'm so excited!!!
  • Ella & Avery also just started softball and had their first practice this week. They are so close in age in school that they are able to be on the same team which is so nice for us since there are 3 kids and 2 parents LOL. I cannot wait to see my girls in action!!!

  • we took the kid skiing for the first time in February. We were so proud of them for giving it a try because it is hard! they took a lesson then we went down the bunny hill a few times. Rick of course was going down the bigger hills, which I'm still too scared to do haha

  • I fell and slipped on ice in January and ended up with a concussion - it was NOT fun
  • the girls went to the Daddy/Daughter Dance and had a BLAST!

  • Ella lost her first tooth a couple months ago and her second one last week! she is getting so big and seeing her with missing teeth really shows it! 

  • Avery had emergency surgery last month to remove her appendix! so scary but we were so glad she was OK and all is good now!! this one will always keep us on our toes, I swear!

  • I took Brayden on a Mom/Son game night and we had so much fun! I have always wanted to do this through the park district but we always have plans. We met up with friends and it was just a great night - hearing Brayden say how much fun he had only confirmed that!

  • we just enjoyed a super fun Spring Break - we didn't go anywhere but I made sure to keep the kids busy each day with hunting trolls, the arcade, parks, movies, trampoline places & more! I was exhausted by the weekend! 

and that brings us up to speed!!

**linking up with Lindsays Sweet World

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

December Recap {2018}

Testing, testing.... so yeah, I totally didn't mean to take a 4 month blogging break but yep, it happened! No real reason other than I am just busy with life and blogging was obviously last on the list. But,  I still need to recap our December!!  It's my favorite time of the year and I always tell myself to soak up the moments and even though I do, it still flies by.

We went downtown to see Santa and have lunch at the Walnut Room. I was a little bummed because the Santa was clearly younger than the previous year and Brayden noticed.  He obviously knows there are plenty of helper Santas but we were all convinced the last year Santa was the REAL Santa.



We had our annual cookie/pierogi day and made a bunch of yummy stuff!!!



We went and saw the zoo lights and had perfect weather!


I hosted another family craft day and love what we made!

We drove around to look at lights in our jammies, drinking hot chocolate - the kids LOVE this so much

We built our annual gingerbread house and managed to only get a small headache LOL


Avery had her last preschool winter performance and I was so present knowing this. I may have shed a few tears too

We celebrated a few Christmas's

and our elf sent us off with a North Pole breakfast!!


Christmas Eve night we celebrated first at our house with my family then headed to my aunts

Christmas morning we were woke VERY EARLY with excited kiddos! We got a few more minutes of sleep then it was downstairs to see all the goodies! The kids were all so excited and thankful for what they got which always makes us so happy.



Later in the day we went to church, then my in laws to celebrate some more.  It was a great day!

NYE we went to my BIL & SIL's house and feasted on delicious food and yummy drinks and actually made it to midnight!! woohoo!


 and that's how our 2019 concluded!! I cannot even believe how far we are into 2019 that this all seems like a distant memory already! but we had an amazing 2018 and I truly hope for the same in 2019!!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Girl Chat {December 2018}

Happy Thursday!! It's the last month of our Girl Chat linkup! It's crazy it's been an entire year, just another way to see how fast time goes.

This month is all about your favorite ornaments - so grab our graphic and link up below!

I have many favorite ornaments (even more than I listed below!)

Brayden & Ella both made this in 4yr old preschool so of course I love  them!


I have a Santa & Rudolph handprint for each of the kids, these are some of my favorite because I love their little hands!


Brayden made this one in 2nd grade, so sweet

This was from our first Disney trip where we had the BEST time

My best friend gave this one to me the year Rick and I got married and I still love it

These wooden shoes are from a cute store in Mi during one of our family vacas

This one is from the cutest store in Anna Maria

The kids and I made these snowman handprints a couple of years ago, I just love cute kid ornaments!

This is from our 2nd family vaca to Disney (I can't wait to get back!!)

And lastly, this one is of my Grandma who passed in 2014. I was very close to her and so was Brayden (Ella was only 2 and only vaguely remembers her, and Avery was only a couple months old when she passed) - it's very sweet every year when we take this out of the box, Brayden always wants to hang it and he always sheds a few tears and we have a special moment where we talk about her and I give him the biggest hug.

I love ornaments so today is going to be fun reading through all the posts!

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