A weekend outdoors and Mother’s day 2017

We had a really great weekend. Majority of it was spent outside because the weather was beautiful!

FRIDAY

Joe got home early from work so when I got home from work we all headed out for a family walk. We stopped at the neighbors on our way by to say hi and catch up. It was nice to see them.

We made cauliflower fried rice for dinner with chicken and it was super good! Such a healthy alternative and so many veggies in 1 meal!

We spent the remainder of the evening playing with Liam and watching him be silly. His little personality develops more and more each day.

SATURDAY

Before heading to work out Liam got some early morning play-doh time.

Then it was off to the gym for me. Not sure what got into me but I decided to make the sweat circuit extra tough and it felt so good! The ladies who came kicked butt and it’s always nice when my bestie Molly joins us!

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When I got home Joe’s sister Erin and niece Kameryn were at the house. It was great to see them and Kam just loves Liam.

We had to do some grocery shopping so when I got home Joe, Liam and I headed into town to go to Aldi. This has become a normal Saturday event for us and it is great. We do it as a family which makes it so much more enjoyable and Liam loves going with.

After Aldi, we headed home and I took Liam straight outside to enjoy some sunshine. Then it was time for lunch and nap.

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During Liam’s nap Joe and I worked on power cleaning the house. We tried to put things away and get a little more organized. I also decided to transition Liam into a booster seat and put his high chair away. I scrubbed the high chair and washed what I could to put away until baby 2 needs it.

Liam decided to take a super short nap. So our cleaning was cut short. He wanted to go outside right away so we headed back outside to play some more.

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We decided since Liam was up so early and it was so nice out that we should go do something. After some thinking we decided to go to Willow River State Park in Hudson to hike and see the water falls.

Well it has been a while since either of us has done this and so we probably didn’t park in the best spot. We had quite the hike to get to the falls but we did eventually make it.

We took a different path back and at one point we just weren’t exactly sure where to go but we did find our way back. My phone said we went about 3 miles!

We went out to dinner after our hike at Big Guys BBQ. We had been there once before. I remembered it being really amazing the first time we went but this time it was just so-so.

We were all so exhausted after our long eventful day. We headed home and put Liam to bed and then shortly after that I decided to go to bed too.

SUNDAY

Happy Mother’s day to all the mom’s out there! Especially my mom! 🙂

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I started my morning by sleeping in a little longer than I normally do. It felt nice to not have to rush out of bed for any reason.

Liam made me an adorable flower pot at day care on Friday. So cute!

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Joe offered to pick up Caribou Coffee so I sent him on his way to get me a yummy drink. Liam and I played and had breakfast while he was gone.

Joe took Liam for the morning so I could take my time getting ready. I even was able to paint my toe nails and finger nails (something I haven’t been able to do in a while). Then I had to make a dessert to bring to my mom’s house. I decided to make Strawberry Cheesecake Dip (it doesn’t look very pretty but it sure tasted delicious).

Once I was ready we went outside to take some pictures of me and Liam. He looked so darn cute!

I also had to get a bump picture with baby 2! 🙂

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My mom was hosting Mother’s day at her house at 1:30. Since this is right during Liam’s nap we decided to head over there early and let Liam nap there. He ended up taking a really great nap. I knew we had to leave that party early to go to the next so I ended up waking Liam up. He woke up super tired and shy but warmed up after a little while.

Liam really didn’t want anyone talking to him so he went over to a table by himself and covered his eyes with his hat. He is so funny!

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I was thankful he was able to play with his cousins before they left as well.

My mom was in her glory with all her grandbabies! 🙂

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Then we headed over to Joe’s aunt’s house to celebrate Mother’s day with his mom and grandma and family.

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Liam got some more cousin time there as well. He definitely warmed up a little quicker at this party.

After eating there we went to the park across the street. “Bumpa” carried Liam on his shoulders there.

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Liam had fun playing at the park. He mostly liked throwing the wood chips.

After the park we headed back to the house, said our goodbyes, and headed home. We gave Liam a bath and then it was bed time for him.

We relaxed for a little while and then I headed to bed early. I get so tired by the end of the day lately, especially if we are busy.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and all the mom’s were able to enjoy their day! Have a great week!

 

Another sunny weekend

This weekend the weather was beautiful once again and we took advantage of it!

FRIDAY

After work I picked up Liam and met Joe at our house and then headed over to my parents for dinner. Liam’s cousin Judah was staying at my parent’s house so the boys were able to play together outside.

We had a wonderful dinner and a great time just hanging out. The little boys are so funny together.

Then it was time to go home, put Liam to bed, and relax.

SATURDAY

We had our Saturday morning family time and then off to Sweat Circuit for me! I had a great work out with some wonderful ladies. I had missed last week due to vacation so I knew this one was going to be tough (I was sore by the end of the evening).

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Then I hustled home to hang out with my guys before heading off to my hair appt with my bestie Annie. It is always fun to catch up with her while getting my hair done. She is really the best! And I love my hair!

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When I got home Liam was down for nap so I decided to do a grocery run. We needed groceries really bad after vacation and just didn’t get a chance to take the time to go and get a bunch so that is what I did.

Then I had planned to get home and maybe relax a little after running all morning/afternoon but Liam decided he didn’t want to nap for very long and woke up once I got home.

We decided to go to the park with my parents and Judah. The boys had fun running around but both did their own thing.

When we got home we went for a family walk. I was exhausted so we took a nice slow walk.

We had a delicious summer meal of grilled BBQ chicken and a cold greek pasta salad (gluten free). It was so good.

We went outside a little more and then put Liam in the bath and to bed. We relaxed and watched some Parks and Recreation. I ended up falling asleep on the couch so I headed to bed early.

SUNDAY

Liam was up and ready to go outside right away in the morning, however, we were not. So I set up a coloring station at his high chair and we colored for a little while. Liam had fun with that and loved when I drew a sunshine (my best artwork haha). He thought it was great.

After coloring we had to head to the store to get a few things I couldn’t get at the grocery store the day before. One of those things included a helmet for Liam. He loved it! We also got Liam a potty chair because he has shown some interest in going potty so we figured it wouldn’t hurt (he did end up using it one time during the day!)

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Joe wasn’t feeling the greatest so Liam and I headed outside after errands to burn some energy. It was nice out already but the breeze was a little chilly. Liam got tired quickly so he went down for nap.

I had intentions of cleaning during nap but just got lazy and decided to relax and watch a movie. Joe did too. However, we didn’t even get to finish the movie because Liam decided a 1 hour nap was plenty.

He got up and of course wanted to get outside and play right away. We made our yummy blueberry, banana, and spinach smoothies and headed outside.

We went for a walk and just soaked up the sun the rest of the day. We really love being outside, Liam especially!

Liam got another bath because playing outside makes him extra dirty! And went down for bed. Joe still wasn’t feeling well with some sinus stuff. We relaxed and got ready for Monday and then headed to bed.

Our weekend was pretty basic but the outdoor time and sunshine was amazing. Hope you had a great weekend and enjoy the week!

 

Our vacation to Oregon part 2

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were all amazing days on our vacation but we also had the best days Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!

SATURDAY

Liam woke up pretty early in the morning again but did go back to sleep in bed with us. Joe captured Liam and I dreaming and snuggling.

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The kiddos were ready to play right away in the morning again. Joe read them stories and played more ring around the rosie with them.

Chelby had school from about 10-2:30. It really was good timing for her class because basically it was lunch and then nap time that she missed. It was a beautiful day so we took the kids outside for some play time before lunch.

The guys tended to the boys while I snuggled up with Alena. She enjoyed the fresh air as well.

Then we went inside to put the boys down and Alena. I was able to get some really great sleep snuggles with her.

All the littles woke up so happy and ready to play. We decided to go for a walk to a park nearby.

Liam and DJ loved the park. I took Liam down the slide before I realized it wasn’t super fast and he could do it on his own.

There was so much to do at the park. It was also very clean and not too busy. Liam was able to “run free” for the most part and explore.

We sent Liam and DJ down the slide together. They thought it was pretty great.

They were both exhausted on the walk home. I couldn’t even get a good picture of them.

We let them play outside a little longer once we got home. Tyler was cooking dinner so we figured the kids would be better entertained outside. Liam loved their trampoline.

We had dinner, played a little longer, and then put the tired little ones to bed. Tyler picked me up some local cookies and cream ice cream for dessert. It was super yummy!

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Then it was bed time for me as well.

SUNDAY

Liam finally slept through the night in the pack and play and didn’t get up until about 6. Thank goodness!

We decided to head to Voodoo Doughnuts in the morning. We picked up a bunch of different kinds and brought them home to try. They were crazy combos and all were pretty good! My favorite was the Homer -a plain doughnut with strawberry frosting.

Liam wanted some Alena snuggles when we got back so that is what he got! So cute!

Chelby was then holding Alena and Liam really wanted to be by her, and then DJ wanted to be there too so she got surrounded by the kids.

I decided I needed to get outside and exercise after trying all those doughnuts. I went for maybe a 2-2.5 mile walk/run. It felt so good. Then I made Chelby and me a yummy smoothie that she showed me how to make. So good! (Coconut milk, plain greek yogurt, banana, spinach, and frozen blueberries —yum!)

After the kids were done napping we decided to head to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Seriously the tulip fields are so pretty however we all felt the tulip fields in Washington were better, but this tulip field offered more for the children to do.

We got some really great pictures with the tulips.

Honestly I took way to many but it was so pretty!

Liam wasn’t really into the tulips much and wanted to play on the tractors but we still were able to snap some cute pics of him.

They had pony rides which we thought Liam might like however he had no interest at all. DJ loved the pony ride though and did so good. Liam watched with much concern.

The boys also went into a bounce house. Liam liked that for a few minutes but then he was done. DJ ran all over the place and loved the bounce house too. There was a slide and some wooden shoes they could sit in.

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After, we went home and ordered some pizzas for dinner. We played outside a little longer because it was so nice out.

After pizza Chelby, Joe, Liam, and DJ all went back outside to paint a project for DJ’s gymboree teacher.

Liam was exhausted by bed time which was good. He went down pretty easily. I was also exhausted and again ended up in bed pretty early. I had to tell Ty bye before heading to bed because he had to leave early in the morning. It’s always sad saying good-bye but on the bright side I get to see him in a month (for a wedding)!

MONDAY

Liam slept until 5 in the pack and play and then slept until almost 7am in bed with me and Joe. It was so nice to get some extra rest.

This was our final morning in Oregon. We had to be to the airport by 11:30am. Chelby dressed Alena in one the outfits we got her so that we could see how cute she was in it in person. She definitely was/is adorable!

We tried to get a good picture of the 3 kids and I think we got a pretty good one! They are just so darn cute!

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I soaked up a few more Alena snuggles before we had to head out the door. Chelby brought us to the airport where we said our good-byes. Liam even gave her a hug and a kiss.

Liam was good on the flight again however he only slept for about an hour of the flight this time.

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My mom picked us up at the airport and we headed home. We ended up getting home around 8pm. We put Liam to bed, unpacked a little, threw a load of laundry in, looked at some pictures, and then also headed to bed.

We really had such a wonderful vacation. It was so hard to leave Tyler, Chelby, DJ, and Alena but we are so thankful we get to see them again soon. We truly can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and friendship.

Our vacation to Oregon part 1

We had the most wonderful time in Oregon visiting our friends Tyler and Chelby and their two little ones DJ and Alena. We honestly cannot say thank you enough. They were wonderful hosts and took such good care of us while we invaded their home. Below I will include Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of our vacation. I will post part 2 soon after on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the vacation.

WEDNESDAY

We got up early and got ready to head to the airport. Liam insisted on having his morning smoothie.

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My brother Blake dropped us off for our 9:55 flight to Portland. Liam did such a good job on the plane and ended up sleeping for almost 2 hours of the flight. He really is a good traveler.

We arrived in Portland around 11:30. Tyler and DJ picked us up and we decided to head to a few waterfalls right away.

First we went to Multnomah waterfall. It was a little chilly and very misty from the water but it was so cool!

Then we went to Wahkeena waterfall. This waterfall was also really amazing to look at.

After the waterfalls we headed to Tyler and Chelby’s home in Wilsonville. When we got there we finally got to meet the adorable Alena Grace. Chelby dressed her so cute for our arrival. Liam was super excited to see the baby as well. He wanted to hold her. As you can see in the picture he wasn’t exactly sure how to hold her but he loved it!

They had made us yummy chicken tacos in the crockpot for dinner. They were super delicious!

Chelby had school in the evening but that was okay because we spent the remainder of the evening letting the kids play, snuggling Alena, and hanging out. We ended up in bed pretty early because of the time change but it was the perfect day and beginning to our vacation.

THURSDAY

Liam had a super rough night of sleep. We shared a room and he just wasn’t used to the new space so he ended up in bed with me and Joe. He woke up just about every hour to see if it was time to get up yet. Then at 4 he decided it was time. He stayed quiet and snuggled but wasn’t going back to bed. Little stinker!

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Since Liam was up so early Joe took him for a walk to go get coffee so that he was quiet while everyone else slept. I took that time to get ready for the day so that I could spend time with everyone else once they were awake.

Once DJ was awake we let the little ones play all morning. Liam was excited to see DJ and Alena in the morning.

Tyler had to go to work for the day which was okay and we knew would happen part of the vacation. He didn’t have to leave very early though and got home early too. I got to spend some quality time reading to little Alena throughout the hustle and bustle of the morning.

DJ goes to Gymboree on Thursday mornings so we were able to join them. Liam wasn’t too sure about the experience but did love bits and pieces of it. He would take breaks to go say hi to baby Alena which was sooo cute! He really loved doing Humpty Dumpty, Ring around the Rosie, and pretending to be a train.

After Gymboree Chelby took us to Dutch Bros to get some coffee. Oh my gosh….it was so good. Then we went home for lunch.

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I soaked up a bunch of baby snuggles after lunch and Liam snuck in some baby kisses before he went down for his nap.

After nap Tyler, Joe, DJ, Liam, and I went for a bike ride to the park. It was a beautiful afternoon and it was nice to get outside and enjoy it.

Chelby had school again in the evening but before she left we all had cauliflower fried rice for dinner. It was so good. I can’t wait to make it at home.

We again spent the evening just hanging out and relaxing. Joe went to give Liam a bath and DJ decided he want one too and crawled right in with Liam. It was so cute!

Then it was bed time for the little guys and shortly after it was bed time for me. Travelling and baby growing took a lot out of me (plus being up at 4am….)!

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Liam was up early again but slept much better than the night before. We again tried to keep him quiet so he didn’t wake anyone else up. He relaxed in the baby’s rock and play with his milk and watched cartoons. So funny!

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We decided to go for a morning walk while everyone slept. We also wanted to get some exercise in so it was perfect. We went for a nice long walk before heading back to the house. The trees are beautiful and huge and everything is so green and pretty. It was a really nice walk.

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Then, of course, it was morning play time again. Could these kids be any cuter?!?

Joe played ring around the rosie with the boys which they loved! I loved watching too. Alena got dressed super cute for the day and was just the most adorable little sleeper!

We decided to head to the coast after lunch. It was super windy and chilly but it was fun. Liam loved playing with the sticks and rocks on the beach. The ocean was so pretty and the waves were huge. It was so cool to see it and I am so glad we made the trip.

After the ocean we went to the casino for all you can eat seafood. We had a little bit of a wait so of course we tried to get some pics of the boys. The sun was too bright so the pictures are kind of dark but they were smiling and cooperating so well!

Once we sat down everyone hustled to fill their plates. I am not into seafood so I had to eat some of the other items but everyone else really enjoyed it!

Then it was back home to relax and let the boys burn some energy and go to bed.

Our first few days of vacation were amazing! Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were great too and that post will be coming soon!

 

Soaking up the sunshine this weekend!

We had a wonderful weekend. The weather was amazing and we were able to get outside and soak up the sunshine but also be productive too.

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After work Liam and I went straight outside to play. I filled up his new no spill bubbles he got for Easter and we had a lot of fun outside.

SATURDAY

It was our normal Saturday morning routine. Wake up, drink smoothies, and I head to sweat circuit while Joe and Liam hang out. We had a great class!

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Then I had to rush home, shower, and get ready. We had our niece Kameryn’s dance recital. We brought Liam to my mom’s to play and nap while we went to the recital.

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The recital was so cute and Kameryn did so good. She really looked like she was having fun up on stage. Our brother-in-law Joel was also in the Dads dance group. He did great too! So fun to watch!

Liam of course had a blast with my mom and brother Blake. He even took a short nap because he was too excited to play outside with all the toys.

Then we went to Aldi quick to grab some fresh fruit and veggies. Then it was home to play outside some more. I had a delicious yogurt and fruit snack while Liam had fun in the swing.

We went for a family walk in the evening and then had burgers on the grill.

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We were all exhausted by the end of the day! What a great day!

SUNDAY

We had a lazy early Sunday morning. Then I started cleaning up the house a bit and Liam played with play-doh. It kept him entertained for a while which was nice because I was able to get the kitchen cleaned up.

Then Liam and I headed to the store to get a few groceries and renew my tabs for my vehicle.

We had brunch plans with the Greer’s at 10:30 so we headed out to Rusty’s after the store. So fun to catch up with them and eat delicious food.

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We got home to put Liam down for nap. I cleaned more while Joe mowed the lawn.

Molly came over to pick up a few things at my house that belonged to her. We chatted and it was great to catch up. I also made her a delicious fruit smoothie to satisfy her desire for the Starbucks Unicorn drink (puke! lol).

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After Molly left we went for a family walk. It is so nice to get outside and get some exercise by walking around the neighborhood.

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Joe decided he wanted to smoke our chicken for dinner so he worked on that while Liam and I played in the yard. He loves running around outside and playing in the dirt.

My dad stopped by before dinner on his motorcycle. He took Liam for a few rides up and down the driveway (ahhhh!) and Liam of course loved it!

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We had dinner and played a little more before giving Liam a bath and putting him to bed.

I had to finish up some laundry and then Joe and I kicked back and watched Parks and Recreation on Netflix.

We really had such and enjoyable weekend and are looking forward to warm weather and more weekends like this!

 

Easter weekend and Joe’s birthday

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Ours was great with a few interruptions from the flu! Aside from that it was a wonderful Easter weekend!

FRIDAY

Joe and I were both supposed to work however just about as soon as I got to work I got the call from daycare that Liam had the flu. Poor little buddy. I headed back home and spent the day snuggling him. He didn’t have much for an appetite so I just kept trying to get him to drink some water and hydrate his little body. By the end of the evening he was eating a little bit but not much.

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SATURDAY

It’s Joe’s birthday!! He and Liam spent some of the morning snuggling. Liam seemed much better in the morning and had his appetite back which was good.

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I headed off to Sweat Circuit to get my weekend workout in. I love this workout and feel so good about getting it done on a Saturday morning. The ladies who come do it with me ROCK!

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After workout I had to go to my mom’s to pick up 2 dozen eggs. She boiled them for me and I was going to make deviled eggs for Easter (I have never done this before).

Then I headed home to hang with my boys. We had breakfast once I got home and played a little before Liam’s nap. It was a rainy day so play time was done inside. While Liam napped I showered and got ready for the evening.

After Liam’s nap we headed to church. We went to Eagle Brook Church in Woodbury for the first time. We knew we wouldn’t be able to get to church Sunday morning and our church doesn’t offer a Saturday evening mass so we decided to try something new. My mom came with us. It was a really nice service. I liked the way they really broke things down and made it easy to understand. We would go back at some time in the future.

Then after church we headed to Pier 500 in Hudson for Joe’s birthday dinner. We met Joe’s parents, his brother Patrick, and my dad there (my mom was already with us). We had great appetizers and food and even got dessert. It was a great meal. Liam did pretty good too!

Then we headed home to watch the Blackhawks game and put Liam to bed. I had a major stomachache but needed to get those hard boiled eggs peeled for the deviled eggs. I did that quick and then relaxed with Joe before heading to bed early. I was so tired from the busy day and my stomach did not feel right.

SUNDAY

The flu. It hit me in the middle of the night and it was terrible. I couldn’t keep anything down all morning, even water. I spent the morning on the couch while Liam found his Easter basket from the Easter bunny. He was thrilled to get bubbles and play-doh (we don’t do candy).

I was finally able to start keeping some water down but it didn’t matter. I had the flu and was going to have to stay home for the day.

Joe and Liam got dressed and ready to go to Easter. They looked so handsome!

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They headed to Joe’s parent’s first. Liam ended up taking his nap there. Then they went to my aunt and uncle’s for my family’s celebration.

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It was such a nice day. The kids were able to go outside and do an Easter egg hunt.

Then Joe and Liam came home. I literally spent the whole day on the couch just trying to pump fluids into my body. They had a great time though which was good.

I ended up going to bed early hoping that the extra rest would make me feel better.

Although the we had the flu, the weekend overall was really wonderful and I am so glad that Liam was able to enjoy Easter with family. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

A beautiful busy weekend

We had a busy and fun weekend enjoying the amazing weather. I hope you had a chance to get outside and soak up some sunshine.

FRIDAY

After Joe and I got home from work we decided to have out last spaghetti Friday of the season as grilling season is approaching.

We played with Liam and gave him a bath. Liam went down for bed and Joe headed to a friends house to hang out. I had a relaxing evening watching One Tree Hill on Netflix.

SATURDAY

The morning started off with all of us having our strawberry protein shakes. Yum! Then I was off to teach sweat circuit. I was still not feeling 100% so I decided not to participate and just cheer my class on. They did great!

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Then it was home to join my boys as we headed out the door to run our errands for the day. We did a quick run to the bank and then grocery shopping at Aldi and then got the remainder of our list at Walmart.

We then hustled home to give Liam his lunch and then spend a little time outside before nap time.

While Liam was napping Joe and I had some outdoor chores to get done. He cleaned up the garage and his truck. I did some flower bed grooming and cleaned out my vehicle as well.

We were going to make Hawaiian chicken kabobs for dinner but decided to head to the fire hall for their annual chili feed. Liam was so entertained by all the people and the fire trucks. He was beyond excited when he got to sit in the fire truck. His face expressions were pure joy and shock that he was doing it.

It was still so nice out so we decided to make a quick trip to the park before heading home.

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Once home we all were exhausted. We put Liam to bed and then I could barely keep my eyes open. I ended up going to bed at 8! The busy day just drained all my energy.

SUNDAY

We had a relaxing morning and then decided to go out for breakfast before going to church. It was delicious as always. Church was good too. Joe and I took turns chasing Liam around but it was great to be there and soak up what we could.

Then it was home for Liam’s nap. During nap Joe and I did some prep work for our dinner so that it was ready to go and we didn’t need to prep once Liam was awake.

The weather ended up being really beautiful so once Liam was awake we went for a walk around the neighborhood. We met up with the neighbors halfway into our walk and were able to catch up with them.

Then we went home and played outside a little longer. It was too nice out and we knew rain was coming and the weather for the upcoming week wasn’t looking promising. We needed to soak up the warmth while we could!

Then it started to sprinkle so we went inside to play and prep for dinner. We made Hawaiian chicken kabobs (chicken, pineapple, green peppers, and red onion) minus the kabobs since we didn’t have any. We just put the ingedients in tin foil and threw it on the grill. It was really good and we will definitely make it again some time.

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The evening passed quickly and before we knew it, it was time for Liam to head to bed. We spent the remainder of our evening relaxing on the couch and watch Netflix.

After a full week of work it was great to have such a fun, busy, beautiful, and relaxing weekend. Hope you had an enjoyable weekend and happy Monday!!

First week back to full time employment

After over a year and half of working part time and being home part time with Liam I have decided to return to work full time. I accepted another part time job in addition to my current part time job bringing me to 40 hours a week. I now work part time in the Connection program at Hazelden Betty Ford in Center City and part time as the Vocational Counselor at Hazelden Betty Ford in St. Paul.

Now of course I have been miserably sick with some respiratory stuff this whole week however I powered through and was able to learn and enjoy my new role while still working in my other role as well.

This was my first full week and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed meeting my new coworkers and learning the new job. I feel pretty confident that I will be good at my new job and really like it.

Emotionally and mentally I was totally ready to return to full time employment. Liam is such a busy boy that there is just not much I can do to keep him entertained throughout the day at home with his “same old toys.” Warm weather would have definitely made it easier but he loves going to daycare and being with other kids. I also think Liam just needs me less as he is getting older so returning to work will help me feel more fulfilled and also to appreciate all the time that I do get to spend with Liam even more than I was.

I loved my full time job before having Liam but being a first time mom I just felt I could not return to work full time.. I had anxiety about daycare and him feeling abandoned and not being able to watch him grow. I now realize that he is okay and he loves it there. I am confident in the care provided to him at daycare. He has a wonderful daycare provider who loves him. I also tried to keep in mind that both my parents worked full time when I was little and it never bothered me.

I know that I will miss the extra days and time I was able to spend loving on him but I also know it will force me to be more present and appreciative of the time I am able to spend with him. I am looking forward to this new journey and just really thankful that I have been able to try different things to find what works for me.

I give major credit to all the mom’s out there just trying to make their situation work. Stay at home full time, stay at home/work part time, and full time working moms….All are really tough and rewarding in their own way. We are all just trying to do the best we can and love our babies.

I love productive weekends

Well although Liam and I were sick all weekend, I was extremely productive! Liam and I both have really bad coughs but we are slowly getting better.

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Liam and I spent the day cuddling because we both didn’t feel well. I was hoping to do something fun but it didn’t make sense to go anywhere with how we were feeling. A friend of mine gave me this neat water color page that you can use q-tips to paint with so for a fun activity Liam did that for a little bit. He thought it was pretty cool!

I snuck in and took an adorable picture of Liam during his nap. He just looked so relax and adorable that I couldn’t resist!

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During Liam’s nap I went through my entire closet to organize and get rid of clothes I don’t wear. I had a ton of clothes to donate! It was a lot of work but it was worth it.

Once Joe was home he was able to help me with Liam while I rested a little bit. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and hanging out since we were under the weather.

SATURDAY

In the morning was my sweat circuit class. I tried to take it pretty easy since I am not feeling well but still got a good sweat in. After workout I hurried home and then we all ran some errands. We went to the bank, signed our taxes, and then went to the grocery store. We decided we would benefit from some meal planning for the upcoming week so we picked up some items for the meals we planned.

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During Liam’s nap Saturday and cleaned the house. Time for some Spring cleaning and no better time than nap time! There was a ton of decluttering and organizing to be done and I wanted to get a bunch done this weekend! I was able to get a majority of my tasks done for the day. Our laundry/mud room was a disaster so that was a big project I got done and so glad I did. It is nice to walk into a clean space when I get home.

After Liam’s nap it was so nice outside. We all went outside to run around and soak up some sun. Liam loves it outside and he ran around all over the place. Then we went for a family walk. We met up with the neighbors and we all walked together. Always fun to catch up with them.

We then went home for dinner which was grilled steaks, grilled potatoes, and asparagus. Super delicious!

We finished up the evening just relaxing inside and playing with Liam. I decided to take a bath after Liam went down to see if that would help me feel better. I am hopeful it helped but nonetheless it was relaxing.

SUNDAY

Liam and I were still feeling under the weather and now Joe was starting to not feel well also. So we spent the morning being lazy.

Eventually I was able to get myself motivated and worked on cleaning and organizing the kitchen while Joe played with Liam.

During Liam’s nap I had to run to the store quick for a few more things and then back home to do a little more cleaning.

After nap we had my nephews 3rd birthday party. She got Nadia’s cupcakes and they were sooooo good!

Liam really enjoyed his cupcake as well!

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After the party we went home to make dinner. We had chicken with smashed sweet potatoes (recipe to come). It was a really good meal. We again spent the evening relaxing and hanging out.

Weekends are truly my favorite. I hope you had a great weekend and happy Spring!!

Zoo, date, baby shower, birthday!

This weekend was a busy and fun one. However, Liam and I both ended up sick by the end of it. Hoping it passes quickly!

FRIDAY

Since I was off work we met up with my friend Laura and her two girls at the MN zoo. Liam enjoyed seeing all the animals. He especially loved the monkeys and the wolves.

Laura and the girls had to leave but Liam just wasn’t ready to go so I braved the cold and took him to see the baby farm animals. They were adorable! He was okay with the baby animals but he did not like the big farm animals at all. He kept saying “all done.”

Friday evening Joe and I had a date night planned so we dropped Liam off at my parent’s house for a sleepover.

Joe and I went to dinner at Pier 500 where they have the best gouda cheese nachos. They were so good! We order our dinner and we were both so full after however we heard the banana cream pie is a must so we ordered it to go.

We had a little time to kill so we drove into this park that had a beautiful view of the river. It was a gloomy evening and everything is quite brown, but still a pretty view.

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Then we headed to the movies. I so badly wanted to see Beauty and the Beast so Joe sucked it up and went with me. I am so glad he did. The movie was amazing.

Then we headed home. Once home we both tried a little of the pie which was delicious! Then it was off to bed.

SATURDAY

I was up early to head off to the gym for Sweat Circuit. I got to the gym a little early to warm up on the treadmill. My class was really tough this week but it was really good. Felt good to get a good sweat on a Saturday morning.

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I hustled home after to shower and then Joe and I went to pick up Liam. My Aunt Sherrie came to town to visit for the weekend so we hung out there for a little bit and chatted before heading back home. We all had to finished getting ready and then head off to Joe’s cousin’s baby shower.

The baby shower was a ladies and gentleman shower so we all went together. It was during Liam’s nap so we brought the pack and play in the hopes that Liam would take a little nap while we were there.

Joe went to the shed with the guys and Liam and I went inside with the ladies. We had lunch and I let Liam explore a little before putting him down for nap. It took him a while to fall asleep but eventually he gave in.

Pat and Heidi got a bunch of really amazing gifts and the shower was so nice. It was nice to spend time with Joe’s family since we missed Christmas this year due to getting so sick. We haven’t seen many of them for a while.

We then headed home for a relaxing evening. We all were exhausted from the busy day and so we just lounged.

SUNDAY

Liam woke up feeling really sick. He was so sad and had a bad cough. We ended up doing our best to take turns trying to make him feel better and snuggle him.

We had our niece Ayla’s birthday party in the afternoon. With Liam being sick, Joe and Liam stayed home and I went to the party.

Ayla is such a happy and loving little girl. She was so excited about every gift she got and she was just so happy her family was there to celebrate her.

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Then I headed home. Liam was still not feeling well after his nap. We took his temperature and he had a fever. Poor little buddy.

Once home I really started to not feels so well myself.

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and cuddling.

We had a busy but fun weekend. Now we are just praying for healing over our house and that Joe doesn’t get sick so he can take care of us! Have a great week!