Apr 17, 2015

Friday Favorites!

It's that time again to link up with these ladies, and boy do I have a lot to share today!

I had SUCH a great week!  It started last Sunday with Rachel's last volleyball tournament...

These girls played SO hard all day and went undefeated, and placed 1st in the gold division!!!

They played an amazing season, 2 first place medals, 3 second place medals, 3 third place medals, and 1 fourth place.  We are so proud!

Tuesday was my 40th birthday, and boy did I feel the love!  I came to work to find my desk decorated and I got a basket of all my favorite things, boy does she know me well!

They also bought me a cake and I received some gorgeous flowers from good friends of ours.  We went out to eat with a bunch of our friends and then went to our local bar for a few drinks.

I had a blast, and paid for it on Thursday, haha!

Thursday evening there was a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble for our school, and Alayna was asked to read.  They had kids from each grade read in front out loud for about a minute.  The funniest thing was she didn't realize she would be reading in front of people out loud.  She got a little panicky and said, "hey that's no fair!" and laughed.  She did awesome, so proud of her!

Tonight Brad is going to the Twins game with a bunch of guys from work and Emma is having a friend overnight.  I am having supper with a friend, and then plan on having a super low key night.  Tomorrow we are going dress shopping with Rachel's BFF's and their moms, should be a blast!

Happy Friday!

Apr 15, 2015

It's My Day!

So today is my birthday.  Not just any birthday though, today I am 40.

Funny Birthday Ecard: Like a fine wine we get better with age... or rather, we feel better about our age with lots of wine! Happy Birthday!

Age has never bothered me, and 40 really doesn't bother me either.  It does freak me out to remember my parents being 40 and thinking that 40 is SO far away for me...sigh.  I had a wonderful morning with my family, I got completely spoiled with clothes and jewelry (and I'll have you note that the shoes they got me, my 14 year old wore to school today.  Crazy how they fit her perfectly!!).

I want to take a few minutes to really be in the moment though....I absolutely hate how people will say, "I'm so blessed!" all the time.  Drives me freakin nuts.  But I will say that I am sure glad that God brought me down the path he did.  I did not make very good choices in my past, and I am SO thankful to Him for where I am.  I have these, amazing, beautiful, full of personality and sass girls to call my own.

I pray every.single.day that God would direct Brad and I in how we are to raise them.  So far so good, only a lifetime left...:)

And this guy?  Seriously don't know how I got him.  He is the most loving, supportive amazing man.  I love spending time with him, he makes me laugh like no one else!  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God for him.

The last year I have really learned a lot about myself.  I learned that I can push my body to a place I never thought it could, and I have learned that life doesn't need to be perfect.  My house doesn't need to look like Pinterest, my kids don't need to be involved in every activity under the sun and it's ok for me to take some time for myself.  There are definitely days when I feel like I'm not doing enough, or I should be up all night making the perfect crafts or homemade treats for school, but then I stop and remember.  Life is not about that, it's about playing volleyball outside with your kids and laughing hysterically.  It's about cranking Pitbull in the van and dancing which completely embarrasses your 14 year old.  Life is about the laughter.

I can say that I feel like I am much more in the moment these days...sitting back and watching my girls do life.  Last night we were outside and Rachel was trying to teach me to serve overhand, finally after the 50th time and still not getting it right I said, "I quit!".  Rachel looked at me and said, "giving up is not an option, you keep trying until you get it."  Whoah, she DOES listen to me!

So anyway, raise your glasses, and cheer the life God gave you!

Apr 6, 2015

Easter Weekend

We had an absolutely beautiful, fun, busy Easter weekend!  Friday both Brad and I were done at noon, so we were all able to go to Good Friday service which was really nice.  Friday night Brad had a Ducks Unlimited meeting and Rachel and Emma were both gone.  My sister in law and nephew were coming over, and we ended up meeting up with friends. 
Saturday was a fantastic day!  Brad and I got up early and sat in the hot tub for about an hour.  Miss mouse didn't get up until 10:30!  We ran errands, picked Rachel up, came home and made food for Easter.
Rachel and I made these pretzel chicks.

Alayna and I made her a bunny mask..

We had roast beef sandwiches for supper, while watching basketball.  My Kentucky lost...boo.  After supper we did our Easter egg hunt outside.  We wait until it's dusk, and then I put lighted tealights in the eggs and hide them.  So fun!

Easter morning we made our "resurrection rolls" and then went to church at 9:30.  It was a nice relaxing morning. 

After church we went to the farm and spent the day, lost of fun!  Brad and I were wiped though, we were both sleeping on the couch at 7, whoops!

I really, really wish I could stop time right here.  These girls are SO much fun right now.  They have amazing personalities and are so different from each other, but yet so the same.  
This will probably be my absolute favorite picture of all time.  It captures all four of us so well!

Apr 2, 2015

April Fools Day!

I have no pictures to show for this post, but wanted to record a couple funny things that the mouse did on April 1st!
She taped down my phone and the tv remote, she thought she was the damned funniest person on earth.  However the funniest part is you knew she was up to something because she would follow you and ask if you needed your phone, haha!!  She also placed tape on the faucets in our bathroom.  I found mine before getting prayed, but unfortunately Brad did not...
Since she was being such a scheister, I played a good one on her...we have an UGLY fake rat from Halloween that I pull out every year to scare the girls (no Donna, I promise to never do that to you!), so I grabbed that out of the box and placed it in Alayna's bed.  She came down all huffy..."mom, that was NOT funny!"  Umm, yes it was my dear!  Of course then Emma Jo thought it would be super funny to place said rat in MY bed, which made me jump when I was taking pillows off...kids.
It was a BEAUTIFUL day, 75 and sunny.  We went for a walk (Rachel and I, Emma's foot was hurting) and Alayna biked.  It's so funny how much your kids talk when you don't ask questions!  We came home and played volleyball in the back yard for about an hour, it was glorious!  I am so, so excited for warm weather...
Another exciting thing that happened this week, we saw Suzy and Marta!  If you don't know who they are, you can read about it here .  They are 2 sand hill cranes that nest out in the fields in front of our house.  Alayna named them Suzy and Marta about 4 years ago and has been obsessed with seeing them every year.  Last year was the first year we didn't see them and she was so upset.  We were coming home on Sunday and I yelled "Suzy and Marta!" and mouse rolled down her window and yelled "I LOVE YOU!!"  It was probably the cutest damn thing...

That's all I got, just wanted to record some funny Alayna-isms...

Mar 30, 2015

Another Weekend...

Another busy weekend has come and gone.  Lots of fun stuff went on though!  Starting with Alayna's choir concert on Thursday, how frickin cute is this mouse??  The concert's theme was "Peace" and they actually sang a song about bullies.  Not gonna lie, it was odd.  But despite some odd songs, it was cute!

Friday night both Rachel and Emma had their school dances.  Aww, look at them so sweet!  I think they were actually pinching each others backs...

My sweet and sassy mini me!

This weekend was the Granite City tournament.  Saturday we worked concessions for a few hours and then Sunday they played.  They ended up placing 2nd overall!  So, so proud of how hard they worked!  (and really glad Gramma Donna wasn't there, she would have collapsed from exhaustion, hehe...)

Sunday night we were all exhausted, except for the mouse.  She was plum full of energy from sitting all day.  At my age sitting all day makes you tired.  Not at her age.  

One of my favorite things from the weekend was this canvas Emma and I did.  She did all the painting and the cursive, and I did the other letters.  Turned out SO cute!  Now I just need to get her gallery wall finished...

Mar 26, 2015

Nuts About Nuts!

Today I have a different type of blog post to share with you...Today it's all about almonds!  When I heard that Nuts.com was looking to share information on the health benefits of almonds, I was ready to jump on board!
This is the third time I've been contacted to write a specific post, and this is the first one I've done.  I will only write posts that I can personally agree with/relate too.

Now, onto almonds!  I love, love, love almonds.  I eat them every single day and cannot imagine life without them, haha!  In all seriousness though, I keep them with me at all times.  I have a can of them at work, a baggie of them in my purse, and more at home.  

For me this is the easiest, healthiest snack that will keep me satisfied the longest.  The older I get, the more I find myself grabbing things that are not only healthy, but foods that will give me energy.


Having a child with a severe peanut allergy has made us look at all packaging and change some things we  used to eat.  Instead of peanut butter, we eat sunbutter or almond butter.  Thankfully my girls love almonds too and you will often find Alayna digging into a can of almonds!

I love this almonds infographic Nuts.com shared... So many great reasons to eat almonds!  My top two reasons for eating them would be: 

1.  Protein:  I am always looking for ways to add more protein, and almonds give me that, just a small handful is all I need!  Protein gives you energy and keeps the cravings away!

2. They help control blood sugar.  I have hypoglycemia, which means I deal with low blood sugars.  It took me a long time to figure out what foods don't make my blood sugar crash by 9 am.  This is the exact reason why I keep almonds with me at all times.

 I haven't tried baking with almond flour yet, but it is one thing I would love to delve into.  You really need to check out their website nuts.com, I couldn't believe all the goodies they have!  Everything from gummy bears to dark chocolate to chia seeds (and of course all the nuts!).  They also have a great blog with tons of info and yummy recipes.


 These Blueberry Chia Jam Bars are on my list to make soon, how good does that look?

Go check em out!  The only thing you won't find is the kitchen sink...

Mar 20, 2015

Friday Favorites!

It's that time again, Friday Favorites!  Linking up here.

1.  My sweet gramps...he's back in the nursing home again, and everyone was SO happy to see him back, it was adorable!  He's doing ok, very tired.  I am still so happy I was able to have another great visit with hm.

2.  We did our basketball brackets Wednesday night.  Let's just say that my teams have NOT cooperated, ugh...Emma is in first so far.

3.  The girls had dodgeball tournaments at school yesterday, and it was so fun to watch!  Emma's team got beat out in the first round (they played an 8th grade team) and Rachel's team ended up being champions!  Rachel's team was the "Liquid Gold Diggers".

It made me a little sad to think that this year is Rachel's last year at Kennedy, kinda scary to think of her moving on to high school next year, ugh..

Emma's team was "The Pineapples" and her friends mom made the shirts, SO cool!  Those four are just too damn cute...

4.  Alayna's note to the tooth (or toot, as she wrote) fairy was the bomb.  Seriously so freaken funny!

5.  Rachel is having her bday party this weekend, except at 14 you don't call it a "party", it's just a cool get together I guess....anyway, I am taking them to the outlet mall, Lord help me...All silliness aside, it will be fun, I love her group of girls!

Happy Friday everyone!