Sunday, September 29, 2019

Testing Testing - A life lately recap

Well, I guess me coming back from a blogging break didn't stick as here we are months later😞😞 Life just seems to get busier and blogging has taken a back seat to everything else. That's just how it has to be right now, but I do want to pop in at least sometimes to keep documenting our lives - that is the reason I started this blog in the first place!

Anyway, let's see, I guess we should start with summer - the kids all ended school and we were ready to have a super fun summer! Avery would be off to Kindergarten in the fall (which of course has already happened) and I wanted to make the most of it!




Probably the biggest thing that happened this summer was we got a pool!!!!!! It was an excited/stressful/pain in the butt process but in the end, totally worth it! Our June was pretty crummy so having the pool finished in early July was perfect timing! The weather turned gorgeous and we swam so so much!! We had friends over constantly and made some fabulous summer memories!


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Brayden's first year with travel baseball came to an end and it was such an awesome experience!! we cannot wait for next season already!

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We enjoyed the 4th of July over at Ricks brothers house - it ended up being a really nice day!

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Brayden turned 9 and we had a fun party at the house with his friends - they played kickball, swam, ate tons of pizza and had gaterade chugging contests, boys!!

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All 3 went to vacation bible camp this summer and had alot of fun! they had a cute little performance at the end of the week

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We went to tons of shows at the library and hit up the local splash pads with friends!

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Avery turned 5 and I still can't believe my BABY is 5!!! She is so darn cute and spunky, I could eat her up

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We went on our annual family vacation to Traverse City, MI and had the best time! some great memories were made

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When we got home, Avery had her friend birthday party - Little Mermaid theme of course because she is obsessed :)

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and before you knew it, school was starting again!! first was for the bigs (kinder starts a week later at our school) - I was so emotional with them on their first day! I always offer to drive on the first day and they said yes, so off to school it was

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Avery was so sad to see her siblings leave her!! 
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and then it was Miss A's turn! I asked her if she wanted me to drive her like I always do for the others and she said nope, I want to ride the bus!!! she was so excited for that bus! As soon as she got on and left, I started bawling! It didn't last too long because I had a mom date with my other friends whose babies were also starting kinder!

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We went to our towns Labor Day fest and parade and it was a great way to end Summer!

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and then it was time for Ella to turn 7!!! crazy having all their birthdays in a row but also lots of fun! We had the cutest painting party which I hope to do a separate blog post on!

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I will end it there before this post becomes way too long!! Our summer was pretty low key but also so fun and memorable at the same time. I really do consider myself so lucky that I get to be home. Of course it has it's challenges but I would not trade it for anything!!



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!!



 
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