Thursday, March 31, 2016

Liebster Award {Discover new bloggers}

Last week my girl Lindsay who blogs over at Lindsay's Sweet World, nominated me for the Liebster Award.  I'm honored to be one of her nominees and will gladly oblige :)

Here are my answers to her questions:

-Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging to create a diary of our lives.  I have a terrible memory and want to remember as much as I can when I'm older and I thought this was a great way to do just that.  I hope my kids will look at this one day and know just how much I love them and how much fun we had!

-What are your goals for your blog?

Mainly my goals are just to keep up to date on our lives. It's also nice to meet fellow bloggers who share the same passion, it's a fun outlet for me.  Of course it would also be nice if this little old blog of mine made me some side money someday :)

-If you could have one wish what would it be?

My wish would be that myself, husband and kids all live long, healthy lives.  I want to be here as long as possible to see as much as I can and watch my little family grow. (cheesy answer, I know!)

-If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?

First, I would pay off our house, then I would give some to family.  I would take all our loved ones on an awesome vacation and make sure to donate some to reputable charities.  The rest would stay put for a rainy day :)

-What is your biggest insecurity?

My body. It's not even that bad, but it's hard for me to grasp this whole "Mom bod" I'm rocking.

-What is your favorite travel destination?

I have 2 - Aruba & Disney World.  We went to Aruba for our honeymoon and my goodness was it GORGEOUS! Beautiful white sand, amazing food and drink and great atmosphere.  I can't wait to go back one day.  We went to Disney World last year with the kids and we all had the best time ever! We are counting down until we go back!

-Have you ever met anyone famous?  If so, who?

Ha ha, Joey Gladstone (aka Dave Coulier)! It was at the airport and only for a second when I was so little. 

I also knew most of the members of Fall Out Boy before they were huge and famous.  I dated a guy in who was in a band and he was friends with them.  I hung out with them quite a few times, then me and the boy broke up and the band got huge.

I also came sooooooooooo close to meeting Guilianna & Bill.  The hubs and I went to dinner at RPM Italian in the city (Chicago) and I kept saying, I know we are going to see Gulianna & Bill! He of course thought I was crazy.  Well, we had our dinner and the waiter asked if we wanted dessert and I said no. We got up and started walking out when we saw them walking in.  Lo and behold they sat down at the table right next to us...ahhh if only I would have had that damn dessert.

-What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

My favorite thing to do is anything craft or DIY related.  I love to make things.  I also love scrapbooking. You can usually find me doing something crafty during nap times while watching Dateline reruns

-What is your favorite meal?

I'm a steak and potato girl

-What is your favorite holiday and why?

I have a couple but Christmas hands down wins.  I just love the whole spirit of the holiday.  It's the one time of year I always look back on and get all warm and fuzzy thinking about all the fun we have.  I love watching Christmas movies, making Christmas cookies, going to see the lights, chopping down our tree, visiting the mall during the craziness, seeing the Big Guy.  It's all so great and it's become 1000 times better with kids.

-What are three items that you couldn’t live without?

Dark chocolate 

Here's 11 random facts about me:

  • I'm short, like 5'2" short
  • I can fit into kid size shoes (big score!)
  • I'm a working Mom turned Stay at Home Mom
  • I totally regret not buying a minivan when we purchased our new car 2 years ago
  • I LOVE sweets, but what's weird is I never use to. After my 1st pregnancy it's all I craved
  • I have 3 sweet kiddos who are my life
  • My husband and I are high school sweethearts (there was a break in there after HS but still, I started dating him when I was 14!)
  • I use to love white wine but now it's all about the red
  • I have 1 sister who is older
  • My favorite animal is a capuchin monkey and when I was younger I was obsessed with trying to get my Mom to buy me one...yeah I was crazy obsessed

Now, I nominate the following blogs to partake in this fun award!

Here are your 11 questions ladies!

  • What's the story behind the name of your blog?
  • How long have you been blogging and what makes you keep it up?
  • Are you married? If so, how and when did you meet your spouse?
  • What is your favorite type of music?
  • If you could wake up tomorrow in someone elses body, whose would it be and what would you do?
  • What is your perfect pizza?
  • What is your favorite tv show(s)
  • Are you a night owl or a morning person?
  • Who is your celebrity crush?
  • How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
  • Are you superstitious? If so, what are you most superstitious about?

The Official Rules of the Liebster Award

Thank the blogger that nominated you in your post and link back to their site.
Display the Liebster Award logo on your blog.
Answer the 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.
Tell your readers 11 random facts about you.
Nominate 5-11 blggers with less than 1000 followers for the Liebster Awards.
Ask your nominees to answer 11 questions.

Thanks again to Lindsay for the nomination, this was so fun :) 

*linking up with Annie @ Home of Malones for Thoughts for Thursday

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekly Recap - Spring Break Edition (3.29.16}

Wow what a week we had! My little guy was off school all last week through yesterday so we packed our days with lots of fun activities!

Brayden's Spring Break Bucket list consisted of all of his favorite things to do that he doesn't get to do that much anymore now that he is in school full time.  Poor guy has to listen to the rest of us talk about our days and the fun stuff we do.

On Monday, we headed to the library for a play of Rumpelstiltskin.  The kids really enjoyed it! Brayden's in the tie dye shirt in case you didn't already know that (one of his favorite shirts)

After the play, we checked out some books and movies and walked over to get some frozen yogurt from one of our favorite spots.

My 3 favorites marching through the library! Avery thinks shes such a big girl now while I just want her to stay a baby forever!

Hey kids, smile and say Spring Break!! And this is what I get.....

Miss A was hilarious the way she devoured her frozen yogurt :)

After the library, Brayden, Ella and I headed outside while Avery napped.  We were playing zombies and guess who had to be the zombie!?? Yours truly :)

Monday night Brayden had his last floor hockey class.  I took the girls with me because the hubs had to go to a parent/coaches meeting for Brayden's Tball.

My girls being extra cute!!

Tuesday we headed to the Carousel Room - another one of Brayden's choices.  He had SO much fun! He met some boys and they became instant friends.  They all made Ella be the zombie and chase them. Oh boys!

Avery was so cute! She would try so hard to follow Brayden and Ella but of course she can't do everything they can.  One day she'll be right there with them :)

Before we were leaving, Brayden wanted to ride the carousel one more time....but another kid was on his favorite horse.  After that turn ended and the boy hopped off, I told Brayden to ride again and get on his favorite.  He did exactly that so I'm not sure why he had so much attitude about it!

After the carousel room we decided to go surprise Daddy at work! Bonus is we got to see Grandma Pam and Papa since they work there too :) 

Brayden loved seeing his work and already asked when we can go back :)

Wednesday we had a playdate at our house with Brayden's school buddy.  He happens to have a younger sister Ella's age so it works out perfectly! Brayden built this right before they came over.

I had to take Avery to the dr for a follow up from the ER/hospital stay.  While waiting my cuties were being just too cute! And Avery really knows how to ham it up!

Thursday Daddy was home from work so we headed to the mall! We had lunch first then went to this awesome new arcade they opened.  Again, Brayden's choice :)

She was throwing a fit because I pulled a chair up for her to see better at air hockey.... Oh to be 3!

Friday Dad was off work again, woohoo!! We went bowling and all had so much fun!!

Ella was so cute when she would bowl.  She would push her ball down and then jump up and down until it got to the end.

When did this kid get so big!?!

Saturday we had a little party at our house for my Mom's 60th.  

The amazing cake my Aunt made!!!

Sunday was Easter, and you can read about that here

Monday was Brayden's last day off school so we headed to the zoo! My sister and nephew joined us and it was such a fun day.

Brayden loves seeing the peacocks.  Whenever he does, he asks for my phone to take some pictures :)

Phew! That's a wrap on Spring Break 2016.  It was so much fun and I know Brayden LOVED being home with us.  He was crying so hard before bed last night because he said he didn't want to go back to school, he wants to be home with us playing.  I know he just got used to being with us non stop and he will be just fine when he walks into school :)