Fun Fest Weekend 2018

We had a really great weekend at our town’s carnival. We also were able to spend some of our time with family so that was a bonus too!

I was able to leave work early so I could hustle home. It was the first time in a long time I got home before Joe and Liam greeted me at the door to tell me Bailey was over and that Owen was sleeping. So cute!

Owen has been teething so he was off the last few days and sleeping a lot. When he got up and Joe got home we packed up and headed to town. Liam wanted to play a game right away so we let him “fish” and he caught one and picked out an inflatable sword.

My mom, dad and Blake met us there. Liam went on the train with Joe, then the helicopters with Blake. Next was the roller coaster with me (which he said “I do not like this ride” every lap around the never ending roller coaster ride), and then he went on the merry-go-round with my mom.

His cousins Kameryn and Luke met us there too so Liam went on the firetruck with Kameryn while Luke “drove” his own car.

We then went to get some food and after eating Liam threw a few balls at the dunk tank and he actually hit it! Of course his throw wasn’t hard enough to push the button so he got to push it with his hands.

Owen seemed like he wasn’t doing well and seemed to be burning up so we went home. Turns out he had a fever of 101.4. Poor kid. I gave him some Tylenol and put him to bed. I check his temperature a little later and it went up to 102.0. We called the phone nurse just to see if there was anything else we should be doing. She just said to keep an eye on it and that he probably fighting of some sort of virus.

Owen still seemed pretty sick in the morning so I cancelled Sweat Circuit. All he wanted to do was snuggle.

His fever finally broke in the morning and seemed to start feeling a little better.


Liam went outside to play with Joe while I stayed inside with Owen. Owen went down for a nap and I ended up doing some laundry and cleaning. When Liam came back inside for breakfast he told me he wanted a haircut. He has been asking all week so finally we decided to cut it later in the morning.

Joe had to run to the store so I tried to convince Liam not to get his hair cut but he told me he didn’t want his curls anymore.

When Joe got back he brought me a sparkling green tea lemonade! I was wanting one for weeks so I was super excited. Then Joe’s mom stopped over with some northface jackets from the Nordstrom’s anniversary sale. How cute!

When Grandma left it was haircut time. Liam gave me a final curly headed smile and then Joe started buzzing them away.

Liam sat still the whole haircut and was so happy with his hair when it was all done. Seriously how can a haircut make my little boy look so old?


We went inside for some lunch and then back outside for a little more playtime before nap. Liam did not want my take his picture.

When Liam went down, Owen woke up. He seemed to be feeling a lot better but still sick. We went outside to watch Joe mow the lawn for a little bit and then played inside.

He went back down for his second nap while Liam was still sleeping. Once both boys were up we thought Owen seemed well enough to go to the carnival one more time. We all went on the merry-go-round. Owen wasn’t too sure about it and I ended up holding onto him instead of him riding a horse.

Then Liam wanted to ride the motorcycle. Owen enjoyed watching. When the ride was over Liam wanted to ride again so he switched motorcycles.

Then Liam and I went on the helicopters. He enjoyed being in control of it going up and down.

We went and got some food and played the dunk tank again where Liam hit the red button twice and got to dunk the guy twice.


Then we had just enough tickets for Liam to ride the motorcycle one more time. Seriously that smile makes it so worth it to be sweating in the sunshine watching him go round in circles. He had so much fun.

And again Owen enjoyed watching him.


After rides we got some mini donuts and let Liam play one more game. He picked the darts game where he threw the dart at some balloons. He missed twice but on his third throw he hit 2 balloons with one dart. Impressive!


When we got home Liam wanted to play outside….so we did! Then it was bed time for the boys.

Owen had a little bit of a rough night so he was in our bed all morning. We “slept in” a little bit. When we did get up he was in a pretty good mood. Both boys enjoyed wrestling Joe.

Joe took Liam to the store with him to get a few things, I put Owen down for nap, and then I started doing some more cleaning.

Joe got me another sparkling green tea lemonade that I drank while I watched Liam shoot his bow.

When Owen woke up we went outside to ride bikes. Liam is getting really good at pedaling and turning.


After Liam’s nap we just waited for Owen to wake up so we could go to the pool.

We went to Joe’s parent’s for pool and pizza time. Everyone enjoyed swimming because it was so hot out. I stayed out with Owen because his skin was really bad again so I didn’t want to irritate it more with pool chemicals.

We made pizzas and swam and then headed home for bed time.

It was a really fun weekend filled with lots of smiles! Enjoy your week!

So. Much. Sunshine.

We spent a majority of our weekend outside and it was amazing! I love the abundance of activities summer brings!

Tyler and Chelby and family were in town from Oregon so we met up with them out bowling. We got the boys a lane and then the adults a separate lane.


It was so great to see everyone again. We missed them!

We had dinner at the bowling alley.


The boys wanted to play all the games there. They had so much fun. It was pretty empty since it was so nice outside so the kids were able to run around and have fun. Alena was happy to see Joe again and snuggled right into him.

After bowling we headed out to Annie’s house to hang out for a little bit. Liam and DJ ran around and played while Alena snuggled into Joe. She just loves him.

We headed home to put the boys to bed and relaxed.

Saturday mornings always start with snuggle time! Liam has been interested in holding Owen lately (which has it’s challenges since Owen is interested in moving).

Then it was off to teach Sweat Circuit.


When I returned home we all went outside to play.

It then was Owen’s nap time so I put him to bed and got to cleaning a little bit around the house. Then I went outside and started cleaning up the deck and the siding on the house. Liam and Joe played outside while I cleaned.

When Owen woke up we went back outside to play in the pool.

Then it was Liam’s nap time. Owen watched Joe shoot his bow for a little bit. Then we played inside and then it was Owen’s nap time again.


After nap we headed over to Tyler’s mom’s house to visit with them some more. He had a lot of family over so we didn’t stay too long and DJ slept the whole time we were there.

The kids had fun playing outside with the bubbles. Ty even showed Liam how to roll down the hill but he didn’t want to. So fun to see all the kiddos together.

We went home to have dinner and then put two tired boys to bed.


We watched Accepted and went to bed ourselves.

We started Sunday morning with some wrestling and then story time. Boys… haha!

Joe had to run to an archery store so while him and Liam were gone I took Owen for a short run. Then it was his nap time and I got to cleaning the house a little bit more (a never ending task with kids).


Just as Joe and Liam returned home, Owen woke up, so….we went outside! We even had lunch outside.

Then it was Liam’s nap time and shortly after that Owen’s nap time. We both decided that nap time meant lazy time for us and we watched a CrossFit documentary.

Once both boys were up we headed to my parent’s house to swim.

Everyone was in the pool and loving it!


Liam even decided to try swimming on his own for the first time. He did great and was so proud!


We had dinner at my parent’s and then went to my grandparent’s to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday.

After that both boys were exhausted. I put Owen to bed and then we let Liam stay up to watch a little of Evel Live to watch Travis Pastrana break some of Evel Knievel’s records. He was sad we made him go to bed after the first jump but he was so tired and didn’t put up a fight.


Joe and I watched the rest of Evel Live and then went to bed too.

This was one of the best weekends so far this summer! We had a great time enjoying family, friends, and the great outdoors! I hope you had a great weekend too!

Fourth of July 2018

This post is going to be a ton of pictures and that’s all. We had an amazing 4th of July at my parent’s house. Joe smoked us some ribs and between the bits of rain we  enjoyed our time outside! Happy 4th everyone!


Look at how are family has grown over the years!


And look at the difference from last year to this year!


Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holiday!

It’s a hot one out there!

It was a hot summer weekend and we tried to be outside to enjoy it!

It was so hot! I checked my weather during the day and it said it felt like 109 degrees outside. Whoa!


When I got home we played inside for a little bit while Joe prepped dinner. I couldn’t help but admire my two little ones digging in the toy bench for toys. Seriously they are growing so fast!

Then after dinner we headed outside. Liam and Joe had some fun playing with squirt guns while Owen cooled off in the pool.

Owen ended up pooping in the pool (those swim diapers are not effective for keeping the poop in the diaper). It made for a hilarious end to the evening as Joe was gagging because he was sitting in the poopy water and wasn’t sure how long it had been contaminated. So gross but so funny!

Owen woke up and when I walked in he was standing up! Such a big boy!

After snuggling the boys in the morning I headed to the gym to run a Sweat Circuit. Then I hustled home where it was time to head outside because it was already so hot out! Liam helped fill up the pool (that we didn’t end up using).

Owen went down for his nap and I started tackling some cleaning projects I had on my weekend to-do list. In the process of cleaning I found a kite Liam got a while ago. Joe took Liam out to fly his kite. So cute watching them hold it up and Joe running around to try to keep it in the air.

Then it was lunch time and after lunch we headed right back outside.


Both boys napped in the afternoon which allowed for me to continue cleaning and Joe cleaned up the garage.

Also during nap we had a friend from the dealership bring over a vehicle for us to look at since my lease is coming to an end quickly. We haven’t made any decisions but just wanted to look.

After nap we went outside for a little bit and then lounged inside as we debated eating out or staying home. In the end we landed on eating out because it would be so much easier. We headed to Rusty’s. Dinner was great as always and we came home with a slice of Cinnamon Roll Apple Crumble Pie. YUM!


We played and lounged inside and then put the kids to bed.

Joe’s parent’s AC wasn’t working at the cabin so he ended up driving up there to check it out and I ended up going to bed.

I hung out with the boys in the morning while Joe slept in since he got home late. I got some good snuggles on the couch while we watched a movie. Owen is getting super tricky now and standing up all the time.

Once Joe was up we decided early morning outside time was necessary.

Then it was breakfast time and time for Owen to take a nap. I was cleaning out a closet when Liam found the bag of Barbies I had in there. He asked if we could play with them and I told him sure. So we sat down and played Barbies. A little ways into playing he asked me “mama, do boys play with these?” I said, “they sure do bud!” and we went on playing.


Liam went down for nap and Owen ended up waking up. So I took him to go visit Annie and bring her the housewarming gift we got her (finally) and a few other things I found while cleaning out our closets that I thought she might like. It was fun visiting and chatting with her.

Owen fell asleep on the way home and ended up taking a really long nap. This kid loves chugging his water. It’s so funny how he tips his head all the way back.

We got both boys dressed and ready for the day so we could go to dinner with two of Joe’s good friends from High School Ben and Cole. Cole’s wife Maggie is also a friend of Joe’s from school. We went to Ben’s house and Ben’s girlfriend Courtney cooked a delicious meal of enchiladas and sides.

Then we went to the farm to check out all the farm animals. The pigs sure are growing.

Then it was time to go home and put the boys to bed.

We had a great weekend. It’s always nice to be productive but also have some fun too. Have a great week!


Liam’s first visit to the dentist

I decided it was time to finally bring Liam to the dentist. I had always been told unless something was wrong there is not reason to bring them before the age of 2 however I learn that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by the age of 12 months, or when the first tooth appears, so we were a little behind since Liam will be 3 in September. But, better late than never!

I asked around for a few recommendations and landed on St Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry in Hudson. I was told really good things about it and was hopeful we would have a good experience.

Liam was excited to go. Joe had a dentist appt that day too so Liam thought it was pretty neat that him and Dad were both going to the dentist on the same day.

We have had many discussions about the dentist and that she is really nice and that she will look at his teeth and clean his teeth. He seemed to understand.


When we got inside the waiting area was perfect. There were all kinds of toys and movies playing. Liam had fun “fishing.”

Then it was our turn to go back. Liam suddenly wasn’t so sure but was taking it all in. We put him in the chair and the dental assistant laid it down. Liam was reluctant to lay down with the chair but still did it. However, he refused to open his mouth and let her look.

We decided to wait for our dentist, Dr. Darcy. While waiting the dental assistant gave Liam a new tooth brush and some toys to play with.

When the dentist came she had Liam sit on my lap. She then sat across from me and put a board on her lap for Liam to lay back on but still be in my lap. He laid down and let her look at all his teeth. He didn’t seem like he wanted her to but he didn’t resist or get upset. He was perfect.

She said his teeth looked great and no cavities. Yay! She did say he looked a little tongue-tied and that we would keep an eye on that. She asked if it seemed to interfere with anything at this time and I didn’t believe it did because his speech is great and he seems fine with eating. She stated sometimes it doesn’t interfere right away but later in life causes problems so we will just keep an eye on it.

After Liam was done he got to pick out a toy and put his name in a drawing for the “no cavity club.” They also gave him a color changing cup and a goodie bag.

Overall it was a really great experience and I am so glad we chose St. Croix Kidds!

Owen is 9 months old!

How is Owen 9 months already? Where has the time gone!?! His personality is coming out in so many ways and he is just the happiest baby! He is a snuggler and mover all in one. He is one curious little guy taking in everything everywhere we go!


Owen is continuing to grow and still is skinny and long. I don’t have his exact measurements at this time though. He will get measured again at his 9 month appt next week.

Owen’s skin still occasionally flares up and we once again are struggling with a remedy for this.

Owen is still drinking breast milk. He is eating 4 times a day now.

Owen is still having 3 “meals” a day and he LOVES food. He has breakfast in the later morning, lunch in the afternoon, and dinner with us when we eat. He has tried pretty much all baby foods and enjoys them all. He is more interested in finger foods now and has tried all kinds of foods including avocado, banana, watermelon, sauteed peppers, cooked asparagus, cauliflower rice, and more. He has loved them all.

Owen has gotten really good at drinking his sippy cup so he has water with his meals and occasionally throughout the day if it’s hot out or he seems like he wants it.

Owen has been sleeping through the night. We are also at about 2-3 naps a day. We have a general nap pattern now that consists of a morning nap around 8-9 for about an hour and an afternoon nap usually around 12-1 ish for about 2 hours, and then if needed he takes a 3rd short nap in the evening.

Owen only has the two teeth still although I swear 4 more are on their way any day!

Owen is crawling everywhere! He is quick too. He is also pulling himself up to his knees on items. He hasn’t pulled himself to standing yet. He occasionally will go up on his feet while he is crawling.

He babbles “ma-ma” and “da-da” now.

Owen has learned to clap his hands, do “so big,” and give unlimited open mouth kisses.

Owen still adores Liam and crawls as quickly as he can to see what his brother is doing. Liam can make Owen giggle by doing the simplest things. It is adorable!

Owen is still pretty obsessed with me. He regularly prefers me but does do okay with other people or if I am not around he is fine too.


  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Mama milk
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Crawling
  • Being “scared”
  • Being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • Bath time


  • Being cold
  • Waiting for milk (especially in the morning)
  • Waiting to be spoon fed —he is bossy!
  • Getting dressed/undressed
  • When mom leaves a room/walks away

Somsen/Stalker wedding 6/23/18

First of all, congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Stalker!

We had a wonderful time celebrating the wedding of Joe’s cousin Suzy and her husband Jason on Saturday evening. They had the wedding at Suzy’s parent’s house and it was beautiful.

We got there a little early so Joe, his brother, his dad, and I played a game of bean bag toss. Joe’s brother Patrick and I won (even though I didn’t score a single point)!

It was an outdoor wedding and it was a little hot in the sun but so beautiful. Suzy’s grandpa (he is also Joe’s grandpa) didn’t like the sun in his eyes so he grabbed the hat from the chair in front of him, which belonged to the mother of the bride, and put it on. A moment that had to be captured. He then was given a visor but stated “I think I looked better in the hat.” So funny!

When Suzy walked down the aisle with her father she looked stunning. She made a beautiful bride and looked so happy.

The ceremony was short and sweet. It was perfect in so many ways and Suzy and Jason gazed into each other’s eyes the whole time. Their love for one another was radiating for all to see. So cute!

After the ceremony we took a quick Hailey family picture and then it was social time. The tables were cute and they had appetizers of chips and salsa and bread and oil. The salsa was so good and such a great idea!

I quick snagged the bride to take a picture with that show stopper! I knew she would be busy most of the night so I was glad to get a minute with her.


My friend Breanna was there with little Raelynn. We soaked up some baby snuggles since we were without kids.

Then it was dinner time. They had food catered in and it was so good. The desserts were really good as well.

Then it was first dance time.


After dancing we continued to catch up with family and friends.

Once it got dark they did some fireworks.

I did some dancing (Joe rarely dances) and then it was time to head home.

It was a beautiful day to witness to people so in love tie the knot! Congrats again newlyweds!

Soaking up the sunshine!

I decided to take off a couple days or work and had a nice long weekend! We spent lots of time outside and had no plans! It was great!

Owen decided to sleep in which made for a really easy morning. When he woke up Liam wanted to see him right away.

After having breakfast we went for a walk. It was already beautiful outside.

Owen was ready for a nap after we got back from our walk. I put him down and me and Liam headed back outside to play.


Then Liam had lunch and went down for nap also.

I did a little bit of cleaning around the house and was expecting Owen to wake up shortly after Liam went down, however he ended up taking over a 3 hour nap. I couldn’t believe it.


We had plans to go to my parent’s pool and swim after Liam’s nap. He ended up taking a 3 hour nap as well. I had some tired boys.

It was hot out so Owen and I went straight to the pool. Liam had to play with a few toys before joining us.

Liam was so excited to “push” Uncle Blake in the pool. He had been talking about it all day.

Liam and Blake played some “baseball” as well. Liam was really good!


Then we headed home for bath time outside. It didn’t go very well and ended with both boys in tears so that will probably never happen again.


Both boys were up at their normal time. Owen joined us for morning coffee too. I had sweat circuit so I was off to that.

When I got home I showered quick and then me and Liam went outside to play while Owen was napping.


We had lunch and put Liam down for nap. I spent most of the afternoon getting ready for the day because we had a wedding to go to.

We brought the boys to my parent’s for a sleepover and then we were off to Clear Lake to celebrate the marriage of Joe’s cousin Suzy and her husband-to-be Jason (more on the wedding in a separate post).


On the way to the wedding we stopped at a wake for the father of one of Joe’s parent’s friends.

The boys had a good time at Grandma and Grandpa’s and spent some time playing outside.

We got home pretty late so we were thinking we would sleep in with both boys gone. We were up by 7:30. We did our regular morning routine and relaxed for a little bit but then decided it was time to get the boys.

They were both excited to see us. We hung out for a little bit with my parent’s and then went home. Owen needed a nap so he fell asleep on the way.

Liam wanted to play outside again and I had no complaints. It was so nice out again.

When Owen woke up from nap we had lunch and then headed out to play in the pool. Then it was Liam’s nap time and actually Owen was ready for his second nap.

I took advantage of nap time by taking a nap myself. The lack of sleep the night before had me very sleepy.

When both kids were up from nap we went to Joe’s parent’s house for a pool day and dinner.

The boys had fun swimming!

Owen took a little snooze while everyone was prepping dinner. He woke up to eat and was in a great mood.

When we got home Liam wanted to try one of the freeze pops we made earlier in the day. He loved it!


Owen fell asleep on the car ride home….tuckered out little boy.


We did baths for both boys and to bed they went.

Such a fun weekend filled with so much time outside. Summer is the best! Have a great week!


Sunshine, pool time, diaper party, and Father’s Day

We had a busy and fun weekend with lots of time spent outside. We enjoyed all the time we got with family and friends.

After work we went to my parent’s house to see my aunt Sherrie. It was so hot out that we went straight into the pool. Liam wasn’t so sure about swimming yet but Owen loved it!

Liam wanted to play with all the toys before going swimming. Finally he was so hot I just told him it was time to cool off in the pool.

Liam enjoyed being on the bird float. He went back and forth to my dad and Sherrie across the pool. He was loving it.

Owen was so curious about what was going on. He was so focused!


We headed inside for dinner and Liam serenaded us.


Then it was home time and bed time.

I had early morning sweat circuit and it was hot!


After class I quick went home to pick up Owen and off to the grocery store we went. Joe took Liam to go pick up a gift card. We met at my parent’s house after both our errands. Liam went straight for the microphone again. He loves that thing.

Then he gave Sherrie a guitar and got a guitar for himself. Seriously so cute!


After visiting for a little bit we headed home for lunch and nap time. While the boys napped Joe and I got things ready for the diaper party we were attending later.

I was helping host the diaper party for my bestie Jordan and her husband Jesse and their little one on the way. So we headed to their house after nap to help get things set up. The decorations were super cute and I am pretty proud of how my diaper cake and sock bouquets turned out!

My other bestie Breanna had her little girl there who is just a little bit younger than Owen. It’s hard to get them to sit still for a picture but they are so darn cute!

Mama-to-be played with Owen for a little bit before it got to busy. So cute how he is looking at her.

My other besties Katrina and Shawna gave some baby love to the little ones too.

It was a great time celebrating mom and dad-to-be and little baby S. We can’t wait to meet baby!


Happy Father’s Day! Huge shout out to my amazing husband and father. My life is better because they are in it!

Joe decided he want to head out to his buddy Ben’s farm to check out the pigs (or as he and Liam call them -Bacon Seeds) and other animals. Liam wasn’t so sure about it all so he stuck to mine or Joe’s hips the whole time.

We went to Aldi after to pick up a few things and Joe ended up getting a new smaller pool for the boys. Owen loved it and Liam was happy to jump in too.

Both boys went down for nap in the afternoon and Joe and I watched a movie to relax. After nap we were off to my aunt and uncle’s house to celebrate Father’s Day. We were poolside there and it was hot.

Joe spent some time pushing the boys around in a little car. Owen was over-the-moon about it. I mean, his face says it all!

We had to spend some time inside to cool off every now and then. Liam had fun with the toys and little baby Henry was there too. Look at those cheeks!

Joe was just holding him and talking to him and he fell asleep. So cute!


We had to go on to the next place so I took a quick pick with my dad and then we were off!


We went to Joe’s parent’s house for more swimming. Owen fell asleep and needed a rest so we let him rest while Liam swam. The kids had fun. Then it started to rain so we ran inside and played for a little while before heading home.

We did bath time, cuddle time, and bed time.

It was a great weekend and wishing a Happy Father’s day to all those who celebrate! Happy Monday everyone!


Pool. Grad party. Wedding. Deer. Pizza. FUN!

Summer weekends are the best! Even though there was some rain, we had a great weekend!

After work we went to my parent’s house to grill out and hang. My dad took Liam in the pool. He wasn’t entirely thrilled but hopefully he warms up to it the more we go.

Owen on the other hand had a blast in the water! I just put his toes in and he about lunged out of my arms to go in. I took off his clothes and plopped him on the stairs. He LOVED it!

We played with some of the toys. I fed Owen, put  him in his jammies, and then we headed home for bed time.

I got some early morning snuggles from Liam. Then I was off to sweat circuit.

When I got home the boys were playing and having fun. Since Owen has started crawling he is all over the place.

At nap time I got ready for the day. After nap we headed to a grad party for my dad’s goddaughter Emma. It was a lot of fun and Liam and Owen got to see all their animals.

After the graduation party we were on our way to my cousin’s wedding. Owen was a trooper on the drive. He liked that I was sitting in view.


We were invited to the reception so we found a table and let the kiddos play while we waited for food.

The bride looked beautiful and I got a picture with the little flower girl (her daughter). We didn’t stay too long because we had to get home and get the boys to bed. Liam and Judah had fun playing in the puddles outside.

Once we got home it was bedtime for all!

The boys got up around the same time and Liam has been wanting to hold Owen all the time lately. Sometimes Owen thinks it is funny and other times not so much.

Joe had to bring a person he works with to the airport so the boys and I headed outside for some play time.

Owen went down for a nap and Liam and I had some snapchat fun.

Joe made it home for lunch time. We put the boys down for nap and then did some house cleaning.

After nap we packed up the boys and headed to Fawn-doe-rosa. We met Joe’s sister and her family there. Liam was super excited.


We bought a pony ride because Liam wanted to ride the pony. We went over there, I walked him up to the horse, and as soon as I tried to take him off my body he tightened his squeeze and started crying. Poor kiddo! Kam and Luke had fun!

Liam was pretty scared of all the animals but started to warm up a little bit by the end. Luke was upset that the goats took his bag of food.

There were cute baby fawns too!

After Fawn-doe-rosa we headed to Sawmill Pizza for dinner. We love their unique pizzas and the atmosphere.

Then it was home for bedtime for the boys.

We had a busy but great weekend! Enjoy your week!