Thanksgiving 2018 and Thanksgiving weekend

We had a wonderful 4 day weekend full of family time, holiday celebrations, and traditions.

Happy Thanksgiving! We started our morning with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Liam loved the huge balloons.


Liam picked out his shirt he wanted to wear and both boys looked super cute.


We all got ready and packed up the boys to put Liam down for nap at my parent’s house. We were the first to arrive but others came soon after and Liam wasn’t falling asleep. So we let him get up.

My mom and grandma prepped the turkey to serve and my cousin brought this cute turkey veggie tray.

The littlest ones were hungry before all the food was ready so they got to eat early.


We all sat down for a wonderful and delicious meal. So fun getting all the families and cousins together.

After our meal all the kids went downstairs to watch a movie. Owen was tired but also fussy so Joe laid with him for nap. My brother Blake and I hung out with all the kids and watched The Lion King. It was a great way to relax after our big meal.

After too much pie and lots of laughs we headed to Joe’s parent’s house to see his family and relatives. The boys were both tired (especially Liam who skipped his nap altogether). I had more pie and conversation before we went home.

Both boys were ready for bed when we got home. We relaxed on the couch for a little bit and then both boys went to bed.

Joe and I were both tired after a long day as well and went to bed early.

I was able to go to go to hot yoga in the morning with my friend Amanda who lives in DC but was visiting for the holidays. It felt so great to sweat off some of that pie at ate! It was a great class.


Then it was home to shower quick and Joe was off to hunt for a little bit. We discovered Owen got two new front teeth which explained his fussiness.

While Owen took his morning nap Liam helped me clean a little bit. We made room in the toy room for our Christmas tree.


We had a pretty uneventful day, just cleaning and relaxing. Owen was still off from teething so I got to soak up some extra snuggles from him.

We spent the remainder of the evening playing and hanging out. Owen ended up going to bed at 6:30pm.

I started the morning with a sweat circuit. It was great! Owen wasn’t awake when I left but ended up sleeping until almost 7:30am.


I showered quick when I got home and then we were off to get our Christmas tree with my parents.

It usually doesn’t take us long to pick a tree it’s usually just finding the right size. We found one after looking at a few.

Liam brought his toy chainsaw to help cut down the tree.

It was so muddy out. We got stuck several times and I was about to lose my mind with anxiety. However, we made it out after many different routes and were able to go home.


We had lunch quick and then I brought Owen to my mom’s for nap and a few hours so we could take Liam to a movie.

While Liam napped and before the movie I put the Christmas tree up. It is a perfect fit.

We brought Liam to his first movie at the movie theater. We saw The Grinch. It’s a good movie and it was a Christmas movie so that was fun. He was super excited about the big screen and the snacks.


After the movie we went to my parent’s for dinner. We made turkey squares with the leftover turkey and they were delicious.

The boys played for a bit and then it was time to head home. We put the boys to bed and again after a busy day Joe and I were both exhausted. We watched some TV and then went to bed.

Joe went out hunting and the boys and I played. When Joe got home Owen went down for nap and Liam and I got to decorating the tree. Joe found my old work hat from my freshman year of college. For some reason I have 3 of them. So funny!


I put the lights on the tree and then Liam helped decorate it. Owen really liked the decorations too when he woke up.

I ended up cleaning and decorating more of the house too.

The finished tree looks so pretty!

I ran some errands during nap time but for the most part we spent the day decorating and relaxing at home.

Liam and Joe made a fort to play in until Liam got hurt and decided he didn’t want to play anymore.


I gave Owen his first haircut by snipping the long hairs in the back of his head. So cute!


Then it was bedtime for the boys.

Joe and I watched some of the Packer vs Viking game before going to bed.

It was such a fun and relaxing weekend. I love all our traditions as the holiday season kicks off. I hope you had a great weekend too and Happy Thanksgiving!

Hunting, crafts, family, and friends!

We had a busy but fun weekend!

Joe headed north for gun season opener for deer in WI. I made Liam some “hot chocolate” aka chocolate protein powder. He wasn’t really interested. I think he thought hot chocolate meant something else.


The boys and I had a quiet evening and all was smooth until bedtime. Liam was very upset his dad wasn’t there to put him to bed and cried and cried. Eventually he calmed down and went to sleep.

I was up early to get ready for a day of “does-on-the-go” looking at crafts. I got Owen dressed in one of my favorite shirts. Liam decided he wanted to stay in his pajamas for the day. We had a babysitter come over.


My mom, aunt, cousin, and I all met at my grandma’s house to ride to Baldwin together. Annie met us in Baldwin to look at a few things for her new house. We stopped at 2 stores and then Annie had other plans she needed to attend.

The rest of us went to the high school where there are maybe 100+ vendors. It was a zoo but always fun to look.


We ran into Molly and baby Ruthie at the high school. What a trooper little Ruthie was (and brave mama!).


After seeing so many crafts we decided to go to lunch at the Barn Board in Roberts. It was pretty good food. Then it was home to see the boys.

Then Jordan and baby Hayden came over to visit. She is so cute! Liam and Owen both spent most of their visit showing all their cool tricks to Jordan. It was adorable.

Joe came home Saturday evening and the boys and I were happy to see him. He had a successful hunt and had lots of fun too.

We put the kids to bed and headed to bed early ourselves as we both were exhausted.

I decided to get up early and try to get a workout in before the boys woke up. I started with legs and everyone was still sleeping so then I did arms. They all were still a sleep so I decided to end with some yoga. I got started when Liam woke up. He watched and climbed all over me while I finished and we ended with snuggles on the couch while we waited for Owen and Joe to wake up.


Owen finally woke up a little before 7am. We went in and he was happy to see us. Then we went and woke Joe up too.


Liam and I ran some early morning errands to the store. It was great because no one was there and no lines. When we got home Joe took Liam to go see his friend’s bucks that they got.

Owen went down for nap and I relaxed in a quiet house. Then Owen woke up and Joe and Liam got home for lunch. After lunch Liam showed me his “exer-stretch.” He is so funny.


Liam had to go down for nap so just Owen and I went to Jordan’s to see baby Hayden again. Then Breanna and Raelynn showed up too. Owen was loving hanging with the ladies. It was great to see everyone.

Owen went down for his second nap when we got home. We did some power cleaning of the house and then my parents came over for chili.

After dinner we spent time with my parents and when they left it was bedtime for the boys.

We had a really great weekend and hope you all have a great (and hopefully short) holiday week!

A birthday party and family time

We had a great weekend that wasn’t too busy.

We spent the evening at home relaxing after a week of work and daycare.

Joe went hunting in the morning so it was just me and the boys. Then my mom came over to watch the boys while I went to sweat circuit class. It was a killer workout!


When I got home I made the boys breakfast, my mom left, and Owen went down for nap. While he was napping Liam watched cartoons while I showered. It is wild trying to get ready with 2 kids!

Joe came home from hunting and we all got ready to go to Raelynn’s birthday party. Her party was at Chaos Water Park in Eau Claire.


We all got our swim suits on. Both boys were super cautious but curious. I took Owen up to go down a small side and just as we reached the top a big bucket of water dumped right on us. He freaked out and did not want to swim any more.

Joe took Liam around the lazy river while Owen and I dried off.

We then had pizza and chicken strips followed by cupcakes and ice cream.

Then we watched Raelynn eat her cake. What a cute birthday girl!


It was way past nap time and the boys were ready so we had to leave before gifts got opened. Both boys fell asleep on the car ride home and took naps once we got home too.

We all were exhausted after a fun time at the water park. We spent the remainder of the evening relaxing and playing.

We had an early morning dance party, play time, cartoons, and fun. Liam has been taking care of his “baby” lately and it is so cute. He feeds her and cuddles her.


When Owen went down for nap Joe went out to the woods for a little bit. Liam decided he wanted his nails painted. So we painted them. He things they are awesome and so do I!

Owen is our climbing child. He climbs and stands on everything.


Both boys took afternoon naps and then we went to my parents for the Packer game and dinner.  It was fun hanging out there.

Then it was home to put the boys to bed and relax after a fun weekend.

Hope you had a great weekend and enjoy your week!

A weekend of being sick and just trying to get by

This weekend was a rough one for me. I came down with some kind of terrible cold. I also ended up losing my voice so that creates a lot of challenges when trying to talk to children.

I ended up staying home from work after a rough night that included coughing, chills, nausea, and a headache. Thankfully the chills and nausea were just in the middle of the night and went away quickly but the cough lingered.

I got up at 5:30, helped get the boys ready and out the door, and went back to bed a little before 7am. I ended up sleeping until 10:30! I tried to get some food in me and rest. I ended up going back to bed at 1pm and slept until 2pm.

Once the boys got home I had to be on my toes a little bit more but was still able to rest quite a bit.

Once the boys went to bed, I took a nice hot epsom salt bath and went to bed too.

I still wasn’t feeling the greatest but was able to get some good sleep. Joe went out hunting in the morning so it was me and the boys for a while. They did good playing together and individually while I laid low. Liam even did some “hunting” of his own.


When the boys went down for nap, so did I. I ended up sleeping for over 2 hours.

Then Joe was heading back out to the woods. The boys weren’t as well behaved in the evening as they were in the morning. Honestly, they both got away with more things than usual since my voice just wasn’t working and the energy wasn’t there. But we survived!

We tried to keep the boys up a little later because of daylight savings, but not matter my plan it never works. Owen was exhausted and only was up about 30 minutes longer and same with Liam.

I was off to bed shortly after them.

Joe stayed home from hunting and got up with the boys bright and early. Liam was up at 5 and Owen 5:30 (thanks a lot daylight savings!). I was able to sleep until 6:30am which was super nice.

I was going stir crazy so I ended up cleaning the house quite a bit during Owen’s first nap.

I also needed a refill on my asthma medicine. I ended up going to urgent care to get a prescription. It took FOREVER but I was able to get my medications and will hopefully kick this cough soon!

Liam went down for nap early so he was up shortly after I returned home. Joe was going to take him hunting for the first time at the hunting land in Cumberland. Liam was so excited. His cousin Luke and Uncle Joel were going too.

They left and Owen was still napping. I did some laundry and then sat down and watch The Holiday Calendar on Netflix (typical Christmas movie). Owen continued napping the entire movie! Tired boy!

When he got up he was confused about where everyone was but quickly adjusted to having free-reign of all the toys. He and I had a lot of fun hanging out together one-on-one.

Joe and Liam got home and Liam told me about all the fun they had hunting.

It was a very restful weekend for me and although I am not 100% I am on my way to feeling better! Have a great week!

Temporary leave from Facebook

I have decided to take a leave from Facebook and see how I feel about it. I may only leave for a week or maybe forever but I want to try and see what happens. I have already deleted the app from my phone and that will be a permanent decision.

If you want to continue seeing my blog posts you can follow my blog at and subscribe to get emails or just check in every once in a while.

I will continue to be on Instagram as alisha.hailey and can be followed there as well.

I’m excited to see how this goes. I’m looking forward to stopping the mindless scrolling and to step away from my phone for a little while.

Halloween 2018

This year Liam decided he wanted to be a pirate (after changing his mind many times). Owen was going to be a monster (costume from Liam at his age) but I couldn’t resist the idea of dressing the boys up together. I knew it would be only a few years that I may be able to do this so I decided to go for it and made Owen the parrot to Liam’s pirate.

Joe and I decided to dress up too!

We got the boys dressed at daycare where both my friends Molly and Katrina were hanging out (Molly’s mom is our daycare provider). We got to see sweet Ruthie dressed up as a Baby Ruth candy bar. So cute!

We started at my grandparents. They were very excited to see us. We stayed there for a little while before heading to our next stop.

We went to Joe’s parents. The boys were in great moods by the time we got there. We hung out for a little while and helped hand out some candy to other trick-or-treaters.

We stopped at Joe’s sister’s house quick as well. We were going to walk from his parent’s to their house and stop along they way (they only live a few blocks apart) but the boys weren’t up to it so we didn’t.


Then we went to my parent’s house for dinner. The boys almost immediately got out of costume and started playing with toys and relaxing.


We had a fun Halloween and hope you did too! Happy Halloween all!