A weekend full of little ones

Another weekend in the books! We spent most of our weekend at home and enjoyed every minute of it!

FRIDAY

Friday morning I agreed to help out at Liam’s daycare for a few hours. I don’t know how Kelly does it but watching all those kids is a lot of work! We had fun though and the kids are all so well behaved!

Then Liam, Owen and I headed home for lunch and nap time.

After nap Joe got home and we had a relaxing evening together. Owen got some tummy time while Liam read him Brown Bear Brown Bear. Seriously one of the cutest things I have ever seen!

We had a movie night after that and then put the boys to bed.

SATURDAY

Joe went off hunting early in the morning. I got the boys dressed and then let them lounge in my bed while I got ready to teach Sweat Circuit.

Since it was Badger game day I had to get a cute picture of the boys in their matching Badger gear. Go Bucky!!

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Then I took the boys to their babysitter Brogan for a little over an hour while I taught class. Owen slept the whole time and Liam played. I am so glad it went well seeing it was Owen’s first time with a babysitter.

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After class I picked up the boys and we went home. Shortly after we got home Joe came home too. We all had lunch and then it was nap time. While the boys napped Joe and I did some major cleaning around the house.

Then it was time for the football game.

After Liam got up from nap him and Joe headed to Aldi to get some ingredients for fajitas for dinner. They also picked up Marley’s sister Macy for a sleepover.

We had venison fajitas for dinner and they were delicious!

We had a lazy Saturday night and went to bed early.

SUNDAY

Sunday mornings are made for cuddles and smiles.

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Owen was giving some really good smiles. He smiles a lot now and is cooing so much. He is so fun to interact with.

Joe and Liam brought Macy home while I made breakfast; blueberry banana baked oatmeal. It was really good, easy, and pretty healthy as well! I want to try the apple cinnamon flavor and will likely try that at some point this week.

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We did some last minute cleaning and then we had our realtors over to discuss a few things. We are talking about moving/selling so we had some things to discuss and we have lots of work to do on the house in the next few weeks.

After they left it was lunch time and then nap time. We did some reading with Owen. He really liked the black and white pictures.

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After nap time we had some more play time. We are trying to get Owen on the floor more for play time but that has it’s challenges with a toddler around.

Then we had some visitors. Libby asked if we could watch the kids for a couple hours in the evening. She brought dinner and the kids had a blast!

Cousins make the best friends that is for sure!

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After they went home it was close to bed time for Liam and Owen. Joe went to go see his friend’s buck he shot after Liam went to bed and I got Owen ready for bed.

We were all really tired and headed to bed early again.

We had a great weekend even if it was spent mostly at home. Sometimes those are the best weekends!

Hope you have a great week ahead! 

 

 

 

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Play date, family time, dinner out, and an anniversary dinner

We had yet another fun and busy weekend. I would have never thought that with baby #2 we would be busier than ever! I remember with Liam things slowing down but with Owen we are on the go quite a bit!

FRIDAY

We we lucky enough to have a play date with my friend Laura and her two girls Aria and Isla. We met at The Wishing Tree Cafe in White Bear Lake. It was so neat in there. I definitely plan to return.

There was a neat foam pit that Liam enjoyed playing in.

Liam had so much fun running around. He took off as soon as we got there and didn’t come to sit with me for about an hour. He was having so much fun.

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Laura and I took turns soaking up cuddles from each of our babies.

 

Then it was time for lunch. The kids definitely worked up an appetite. They have kid friendly meal options at the cafe. It was perfect for Liam.

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Then it was time to hurry home for nap. Liam did stay awake during the drive which surprised me. He ended up taking a solid 3 hour nap once we did get home. He definitely played hard.

After nap we headed to my parent’s house for dinner and Liam was staying for a sleepover.

It ended up snowing Friday evening and it was so pretty. The picture doesn’t show much because it was dark out but it was a really beautiful snowy night.

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Joe and I watched a movie after Owen went down for bed and then went to bed ourselves.

SATURDAY

Liam was at my parent’s house, Joe went out hunting, and Owen decided to sleep in on a morning I had to get up and get ready for Sweat Circuit. I quick woke him, fed him, and then dropped him off with my mom. Then I went and kicked butt at Sweat Circuit. It was my first real, sweaty workout since Owen and it felt great although it was super tough.

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Then I went to my parent’s to pick up the boys. Liam had a lot of fun playing with Grandma and Blake.

I had a fun little photo shoot with Owen. He is beginning to show so many different expressions. So cute!

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Liam insisted on holding his little brother, that was also so cute!

We decided to go out for dinner with Joe’s parents at Ready Randys. It was really nice because Liam was able to run around rather than be stuck at the table. We also got to meet baby Olivia. Adorable!

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Then it was home to put on pajamas and watch a little bit of the Blackhawks hockey game. Liam decided to put on my heels and walk around. Such a goofball.

It was daylight savings but I did not want to stay up too late. I went to bed pretty early and ended up getting a lot of rest. We kept Liam up a little later in the hopes that would help him…and it did a little. Owen had a great night of sleep as well. I am thankful this years daylight savings didn’t impact our routine much.

SUNDAY

Joe went out hunting again in the morning so it was me and the boys. We had a really good morning of play time and brother bonding. Liam just loves Owen. Now that Owen is starting to coo and smile Liam feels like he is interacting with him and loves it!

When Joe got home he wanted to go to breakfast so we went out to eat. We came home for a little more play time and then it was nap time.

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After nap we headed to my parent’s house for their 30th Anniversary dinner. We had tacos and they were super good.

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The whole family was there and it was fun to hang out and watch the kids play.

We had brownies for dessert and Liam made sure he was up close on the action. He sure has gotten quite the sweet tooth.

It was a super fun evening and we were all exhausted by the time we got home.

It was off to bed early again for me.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

 

 

Halloween 2017

We had a very cold but very fun Halloween this year!

We started our day off with Judah coming over to play for the day. The boys had me laughing all day long and were so well behaved. It was so much fun watching them play and communicate with one another.

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After Judah left the boys got ready and dressed for Halloween. My little Fireman and Puppy are so cute!

Our first stop was at Liam’s daycare since it was on our way into town. They were excited to see him and he was excited to say “trick or treat!” Then we went to my grandparents house to visit for a while.

While we were there some more of Liam’s cousins came too. Always good to get the kids together. So cute!

Then we were off to the Rowden’s for a Halloween party. There was pizza and other snacks and then after eating all the kids went out trick or treating. Joe took Liam to a few houses while I nursed Owen.

We even had Maui and Moana visit (Uncle Patrick and Kat)! So funny!

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When they got back from getting candy we were off to my parent’s house.

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Liam was excited to show Uncle Blake his costume and of course to get more candy and treats.

We had one more stop on the way home. We stopped at the Greer’s to see Pam and “Fire fighter” Frank.

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Then it was finally home time and unwind time. Liam was all buzzed up on sugar but was also exhausted and went to bed pretty easily.

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We were all tired after a fun day!

Happy Halloween all! Or as Liam says “Happy Birthday-Ween!” I hope you all had a great day and get to steal some of your kids’ candy! 🙂

 

 

Owen is 1 month old!

Everyone always says how quickly time goes by but I truly can’t believe my newest baby is 1 month old already! He truly has been a wonderful addition to our family and we all love him so much!

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EAT
I have been breastfeeding Owen. He typically eats every 2-3 hours during the day. He goes longer stretches at night.

SLEEP
Owen has been a surprisingly good sleeper since we brought him home. In the past month he has slept through the night once (which was so amazing). He gets up 1-2 times in the night.

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DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen has started smiling. He makes you work for it but he does smile. He also really likes smiling and cooing at the ceiling fan.

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He loves kicking his feet and moving his arms. He loves being upright. He is getting better at holding his head up too.

Favorites:

  • Mom
  • Being rocked
  • Mama milk
  • Layettes for easy changing (a favorite of mom’s)
  • Being held upright

Dislikes:

  • Being naked
  • Being cold
  • Bath time
  • Waiting for milk
  • When mom eats ice cream sandwiches (so sad)
  • Dad’s cologne

A chilly weekend with family and friends

We had a pretty good weekend! For the most part it was low key and just what we wanted.

FRIDAY

After hanging out in the morning and being silly we got to have a little visitor stay with us for lunch, nap, and a little bit of play time.

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Judah came for a few hours because his daycare was closed. The boys were so cute playing together.

The boys even posed so nicely for a picture!

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Friday evening after Judah left we had spaghetti squash spaghetti for dinner. It was really good!

Then we relaxed and watched a movie before calling it a night.

SATURDAY

Owen is 1 month old! WOW!

I went to teach Saturday morning sweat circuit and had a great crew there with me. I actually participated more than last week and it felt good but know I still need to be careful.

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Joel shot a big buck in the morning so when I got home from exercising the boys were all ready to go look in the woods for the buck. Joel, Joe, Grandpa, Luke, and Liam took the double stroller out to the woods and started looking for the buck. They found it and it was a nice big one! The boys loved the bumpy stroller ride.

Liam loved the experience and talks about when he is bigger he going hunting.

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Joe’s sister Erin and Kameryn visited with me while the boys were in the woods.

Then it was time for lunch and nap time for Liam. During nap I showered and got a little bit ready for the day.

A couple of my friends were going out for Halloween so I decided I wanted to join for a few hours. I waited for both boys to go down for bed and then met up with Molly and Katrina.

It was fun to get out of the house and have some adult time. Even if it meant being a little more tired the next day.

SUNDAY

Well as I expected Owen was ready to be up bright and early but that was okay. We ended up having a relaxing morning and then going out to breakfast.

After breakfast we relaxed more and then it was nap time for every one.

After nap Joe took Liam to Cabelas and I had intentions of cleaning since Owen was napping however, he decided to get up just as they left. After feeding and playing/holding him he went down for another nap and I was able to clean the kitchen a little bit.

Liam has a terrible cough so we really spent the evening just relaxing and trying to help him feel better.

We all called it a night pretty early.

Weekends are for family and friends and I am so thankful to have had time with both this weekend. Hope you are having a great week and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

A fun filled fall weekend with a lazy Sunday

We had a really fun weekend with so many different people!

FRIDAY

I spent the day home with the boys but after nap we headed to Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater to meet my mom. Liam was quite reserved when we got there and spent some time checking everything out.

Eventually he warmed up and loved it! He went down all the different slides and ran all over the place.

After the park we headed to Country Sun Farms to see the animals and the pumpkins. We met Joe’s aunt Susan and cousin Grace there. Liam wouldn’t get too close to the animals but enjoyed watching Grace feed them. He also enjoyed getting the corn from the machines….probably his favorite part haha!

We went inside to check out the pumpkins and Liam was able to go on a little tractor ride and a small merry-go-round. He definitely enjoyed that too.

Then aunt Susan decided to spoil him a little bit more with some mini donuts. He loved them of course! I mean….who doesn’t love mini donuts?!?

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We checked out some of the tractors outside before calling it a day.

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We hustled to my parent’s house where we ordered pizza and hung out for the evening.

SATURDAY

I went back to sweat circuit for the first time since having Owen. I just taught for the most part. I did work out a little but not too much. I am still trying to take it easy and let my body heal before getting back to full on exercise mode again.

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Badger game day! So of course we all dressed to impress in our Bucky gear.

We had some visitors in the morning. The Greers came to meet Owen and see Liam of course! They were so nice and brought coffee and gifts for both the boys.

Joe’s brother Patrick and girlfriend Kat came over to meet Owen after the Greers left. They watched some of the game with us and hung out for a while.

By the afternoon we were all feeling a little under the weather. I had a stuffy nose, Joe had a cough and didn’t feel well, and Liam had a cough. We decided to have a relaxing evening at home and just rest.

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SUNDAY

I felt much better Sunday morning besides being super tired from a rough night with Owen. Joe and Liam still had their coughs but seemed to be doing okay too.

We found out we didn’t get the Packer game at our house so Joe headed to his parent’s to watch the game while I stayed home with the boys for Liam’s nap time. After nap we went there too but the game had just ended. Joe made elk sloppy joe sliders so we had an early dinner there and then headed back home.

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We spent the remainder of the evening relaxing and hanging out again. I was super tired so I called it a night pretty early.

Hope your week is off to a great start and hope you were able to enjoy some of the nice weather we had over the weekend!

 

 

The day I met Owen

My due date was September 28th, 2017 and everyone told me I would go early since Liam was 2 weeks early. Well I thought so too so I waited and waited and waited. I reached 38 weeks pregnant, then 39 weeks, and then it was the day before my due date when I finally broke down. I couldn’t believe I was going to still be pregnant on my due date and possibly go over. I was so ready to be done being pregnant and meet our baby.

Well, apparently Owen is a planner just like his mama and decided he would arrive on his due date. But before I get to that let’s start from the beginning.

I started having some real contractions on Monday the 25th. They continued for about 2 hours and I was pretty sure I was going to have to leave work and head to the hospital. However, after lunch the contractions seemed to stop and there were no more signs of labor. The same thing happened on Tuesday. I again so so sure I was going to have a baby but then it all stopped.

Then Wednesday the 27th (mine and Joe’s anniversary) I was having even stronger contractions in the morning. I thought okay this baby is coming today. I actually had my 40 week doctor appt so I went to that and Joe met me there. I told my midwife “I am pretty sure this baby is coming today.” She didn’t confirm that but we did decide to strip my membranes to get things moving. I wasn’t sure I was going to have her do it but I decided to just go for it and see what happens. She did say I was only dilated to a 1 at that point. She encouraged Joe and I to go out somewhere close for lunch to celebrate our anniversary and come back when things picked up.

Well we went out to lunch and then…..nothing. The contractions stopped and that was that. I couldn’t believe it. The contractions I was having were so strong that even Joe making me laugh during one was painful. I was at a complete loss. I broke down and started crying. I just couldn’t understand it. I felt like I couldn’t understand my own body and I literally felt like this baby was going to stay inside of me forever.

I cried all evening off and on. I just could not get a grip on my emotions. Joe was encouraging and supportive which was really nice. My mom even stopped over and I cried to her. She just encouraged me to be patient and I was really trying.

During the night I kept waking up from inconsistent contractions. Then when I would wake up I would have to use the bathroom and then I would start thinking again about how upset I am and then have trouble falling back asleep.

Around 4am another contraction came and I just couldn’t sleep so I decided to take a bath. I did this and that helped me to relax. The contractions seemed to keep coming at that point although I wasn’t getting too excited at this point.

As 5am approached the contractions continued so I texted my mom (she was going to watch Liam while we went to the hospital). I told her we may be going to the hospital but to not get too excited yet because we were still figuring out if this was real or not.

I felt like my contractions were about 10 minutes apart but thought I should time to be sure. Well 3 minutes went by between contractions…I told Joe “that can’t be right….let’s see what it says again.” Well sure enough my contractions were 3 minutes apart. I asked my mom if she wanted to come over or if she wanted us to bring Liam to daycare. We thought we could wait until daycare opened to head to hospital.

Then the contractions got stronger and there was no more waiting. I told my mom she needed to come over now so we could go. So she cruised over to watch Liam.

We got to the hospital around 6:30am. My midwife was there so I was super happy! My water hadn’t broken yet but my contractions were getting stronger. She checked me once we settled in and said I was at a 6 already. I was thankful to hear that because I had told Joe on our way there that if she said I was at a 3 or less I would just die.

My contractions were more painful then I remember with Liam. His were pretty easy until just before birth, these ones were strong and painful.

I sat on a yoga ball so I could rock back and forth and rest my head on the bed with each contraction. It helped me to focus on my breathing and not tense up by body too much. My midwife Elizabeth Barry-Jensen sat on the bed in front of me and encouraged me and helped distract me with stories. It really was a calm and relaxing environment.

I also brought my essential oils and diffuser that we had going in the room as well.

After many challenging contractions I asked what the next steps were because it was getting really hard. My midwife said she could break my water if I wanted and that would speed things up a little bit. I wasn’t sure I should do this or not so I asked her for guidance.

She said let’s do a few more contractions and then check where things were at and then she would break my water. I agreed with that plan. I went through about 2 more really painful contractions and said, let’s move on.

So I got up on the bed. She checked and I was at a 9 and was very close. She then broke my water which was a super strange experience (my water broke on it’s own with Liam). It was just a gush of warm fluid coming out.

At that point it was time to start pushing. I was ready for that part because I remember it being such a relief to start pushing with Liam. Well it was maybe a total of 5-6 pushes because baby was out however they were very painful. Baby sat crowning for about 3 pushes and that was the hardest moment of my life. After the 2nd push of him crowning I said I can’t do this anymore. I was in so much pain I just wanted to cry. My midwife encouraged me that he was almost here that it was just 1 more push and his head would be out.

So I muster up another push and sure enough that did it. And then 1 more push to get the body out.

Then Joe told me “It’s another boy!” They place him on my chest and I was just in shock, and over-joyed, and just happy to have this little baby with me.

We had narrowed down the exact name so we already knew our baby boy would be named Owen Pacifique Hailey. His middle name is after my grandpa and we thought it was very unique and a wonderful way to honor my grandpa who has instilled so many family values in me.

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I knew Owen was bigger than Liam and I just had to know how much. Owen weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 21 inches long compared to Liam who was 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches long.

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Top: Liam, Bottom: Owen

Liam was so happy to meet his little brother. We had been talking about the baby coming out of mom’s tummy for a while now and he was ready to meet him! What a proud big brother!

I am so happy to be able to give Liam a little brother and I am so excited to watch them grow up together.

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Another fall weekend

Well we had a really great weekend filled with family, friends, and football again. We had intentions of going to the harvest festival in Stillwater Saturday afternoon but had to cancel our plans due the it raining. So for the most part it was a low key weekend.

FRIDAY

I was home all day with the boys. Joe and Liam had picked me some apples earlier in the week so at nap time I made some apple crisp. It turned out really good! Plus it has apples and oats so it is healthy right?!? haha!

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My little snuggle bug Owen is learning he really likes his wubba-nub. He is holding onto that monkey so tight. How adorable!

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Liam was begging to spend some time outside. It was a little chilly out but warm enough to go outside for a little while. Joe and Liam stayed out much longer than Owen and I did.

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and having a movie night (who am I kidding, every night is movie night at our house lol).

SATURDAY

Saturday morning snuggles are always great.

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Joe took Liam to Farm and Home to get some time out of the house. When they got home our friend Jordan came over with her nephews to meet Owen. Liam had fun playing with the boys and showing them his toys.

Uncle Joel stopped by to see the boys and talk to Joe about hanging a deer stand. We all had some apple crisp and hung out for a little while.

After nap time the Badgers played. We all relaxed and watch the Badgers kick butt. Fun to spend time with all my boys.

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My mom stopped by to watch a little of the Badger game with us. She then headed home and we ate dinner.

After dinner we played, relaxed and headed to bed. I went to bed early because I was tired and also because I had to get up early the next morning.

SUNDAY

Joe went out hunting in the morning so it was just me and the boys. Liam woke up in quite the mood but settled down eventually. It was interesting going about the morning with the two boys on my own but we managed and no one got hurt so thats a win!

Uncle Joel stopped in when Joe got home from hunting.

We went out to Not Justa Cafe for breakfast. They have the best and biggest pancakes. So good!

Joe’s parents stopped by for a quick visit after breakfast. They got Liam a cute new Badger hat and it is adorable!

Then it was home to watch the Packer vs Vikings game. Sadly Aaron Rodgers got injured and the Packer lost but we still love them!

After the game we went to my parent’s house for tacos. My mom also made a delicious spaghetti squash dish. It was a really great meal.

My grandparents soaked up some Owen snuggles and so did cousin Judah. It was a fun evening with family.

Then it was home to start bedtime routine.

Overall it was a really great weekend. I hope you have a great week and happy Monday! The weather is supposed to be so nice this week so we are looking forward to some time outside!

 

 

Another fall weekend

Well we had a really great weekend filled with family, friends, and football again. We had intentions of going to the harvest festival in Stillwater Saturday afternoon but had to cancel our plans due the it raining. So for the most part it was a low key weekend.

FRIDAY

I was home all day with the boys. Joe and Liam had picked me some apples earlier in the week so at nap time I made some apple crisp. It turned out really good! Plus it has apples and oats so it is healthy right?!? haha!

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My little snuggle bug Owen is learning he really likes his wubba-nub. He is holding onto that monkey so tight. How adorable!

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Liam was begging to spend some time outside. It was a little chilly out but warm enough to go outside for a little while. Joe and Liam stayed out much longer than Owen and I did.

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and having a movie night (who am I kidding, every night is movie night at our house lol).

SATURDAY

Saturday morning snuggles are always great.

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Joe took Liam to Farm and Home to get some time out of the house. When they got home our friend Jordan came over with her nephews to meet Owen. Liam had fun playing with the boys and showing them his toys.

Uncle Joel stopped by to see the boys and talk to Joe about hanging a deer stand. We all had some apple crisp and hung out for a little while.

After nap time the Badgers played. We all relaxed and watch the Badgers kick butt. Fun to spend time with all my boys.

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My mom stopped by to watch a little of the Badger game with us. She then headed home and we ate dinner.

After dinner we played, relaxed and headed to bed. I went to bed early because I was tired and also because I had to get up early the next morning.

SUNDAY

Joe went out hunting in the morning so it was just me and the boys. Liam woke up in quite the mood but settled down eventually. It was interesting going about the morning with the two boys on my own but we managed and no one got hurt so thats a win!

Uncle Joel stopped in when Joe got home from hunting.

We went out to Not Justa Cafe for breakfast. They have the best and biggest pancakes. So good!

Joe’s parents stopped by for a quick visit after breakfast. They got Liam a cute new Badger hat and it is adorable!

Then it was home to watch the Packer vs Vikings game. Sadly Aaron Rodgers got injured and the Packer lost but we still love them!

After the game we went to my parent’s house for tacos. My mom also made a delicious spaghetti squash dish. It was a really great meal.

My grandparents soaked up some Owen snuggles and so did cousin Judah. It was a fun evening with family.

Then it was home to start bedtime routine.

Overall it was a really great weekend. I hope you have a great week and happy Monday! The weather is supposed to be so nice this week so we are looking forward to some time outside!

 

 

Family, friends, and football

Well I missed last weekends post but for good reason…we had our second little baby last week (birth story to come) and we were busy with family and adjusting to our life with 2 boys!

We had a great weekend this weekend though!

FRIDAY

During the day my cousin Kara stopped by with her nieces Etta and Miki. Liam loved the cousin time and having some friends to play with. This filled most of our morning which I was thankful for since it was my first day flying solo with the 2 boys.

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After they left it was lunch time and then nap time.

After nap Joe was home and took Liam to Farm and Home to look at the animals. While they were gone I gave Owen his first bath at home. He enjoyed some of it and didn’t like other parts. He just really hates being cold so I did my best to keep him warm.

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Once Joe and Liam got home it was about dinner time. Joe wanted to go out for dinner so we went to the Old Saloon since our friend Molly was working there. We had dinner and then headed home to start winding down for the evening.

SATURDAY

Joe wanted to shampoo/clean the carpet in the living room so Liam, Owen and I headed to my parent’s house in the morning. Liam was happy to see his “bumpa” and play with grandma’s toys. We had some visitors there as too. My aunt and uncle stopped by to see Owen and brought Etta and Miki with them. The kids had fun playing together again.

Once they left Liam went down for nap and we watched a movie. Once the movie was over Liam woke up and we had another visitor, my cousin Mitchell, to see Owen.

Then we went home finally. The carpet was a little wet still but not terrible. We decided to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I was finally feeling up for a walk so we took a short walk outside. It felt great to be outside and moving again.

When we got home from our walk Liam wanted to play outside more. So Liam, Owen, and I stayed outside while Joe went inside to make dinner.

After dinner our friend Breanna stopped by to meet Owen. She was super thoughtful and brought a gift and dinner. So nice!

She left and then Liam went to bed and we watched some of the Badger football game. Then it was off to bed for me. I’ve been trying to get as much rest as possible whenever I can….which usually means early bed time.

SUNDAY

Sunday started off with everyone sleeping until 7am. It was amazing! For some this is still early but for us this is sleeping in!

We spent our morning relaxing and playing. Then we had more visitors to meet Owen, our friends Cole and Maggie. They stayed and visited for a while which was nice!

Then it was nap time for Liam and Owen. We watched a movie during nap and relaxed ourselves.

After nap time it was Packer football time. The boys looked so cute in their matching jerseys.

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During half time we headed outside to enjoy the sunshine and take a short walk.

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Then we finished the game, had dinner, and had a movie night.

We had a really wonderful weekend and are slowly adjusting to life with 2 kiddos. It will be quite the adventure but I am looking forward to it!