Finally a weekend at home

Well the weekend was pretty uneventful which was nice after all our super busy summer weekends.

FRIDAY

I had a dental appointment for a routine cleaning in the morning so Liam went to daycare for about an hour while I did that. Then he and I went to the store to get some fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks.

Aside from that we really didn’t do much all day. Liam was feeling a little under the weather still so it was good to have him home and allow him to get some rest.

In the evening I decided to make some protein balls for more snacking options. They are pumpkin spice protein balls and they are delicious!

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We had a relaxing and uneventful evening. 

SATURDAY

Joe was off to work on the heater at the cabin so it was just me and Liam. I brought Liam to my parent’s house for the morning because I had my Saturday morning sweat circuit. I have to modify a lot but it works still. Always feels good to get a little sweat on!

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I picked Liam up and we headed home. I got him dressed in his Badger gear because the Badger football game was at 2:30.

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I decided last minute to go check out this garage sale with Liam. I ended up getting a wooden rocking chair for in the toy room we have (which will be so nice for baby and me while watching Liam play) and Liam found a vacuum he wanted. I wish it really worked because he cleaned the whole house….even under the tables!

We didn’t do anything crazy in the afternoon and I was starting to feel a little sick so we all relaxed. We did make a grocery store run to get some ingredients for chili we were going to make Sunday.

After dinner Liam gave me some really great snuggles. He has become quite the love bug lately.

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We had an uneventful evening again which was okay by me.

SUNDAY

We all got dressed in our Packer gear to cheer on our favorite team! This will probably be our Sunday apparel moving forward haha!

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I was really not feeling well but had to go to the store to get a few more things we needed for meals for the week. I also got myself some tea in the hopes it would help me get better faster.

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Liam has been really interested in snuggling his puppy lately and I got some cute pictures. He is so funny.

During nap time I prepped the chili and got it cooking for dinner time. The weather was nice and cool so it was the perfect day!

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Liam has been very interested in the baby in my tummy lately. He likes to feel it move (sometimes I just flex my stomach to make him think it’s the baby because his patience is limited haha). He also hates when he is trying to snuggle me and baby kicks him. He decided to use my belly as a chair and it was so cute!

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Joe headed out hunting so me and Liam were solo for chili however we both loved it! So good and the perfect cool evening meal.

After dinner we had movie night. I have been having Braxton hicks for a while but had some this evening and it got me just so ready to have this baby. Anxiously waiting! Liam gave some more great snuggles. He pulled my head into his. So dang cute!

 After putting Liam down I did some clean up in the kitchen and turned the Packer game on. It was a late game and since I wasn’t feeling well, and I’m pregnant and tired all the time, I called it a night at half time.

Overall we had a great weekend. Aside from being ill of course. It was nice to have a weekend at home for sure.

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A birthday and 3 weddings!

We had a very busy weekend!

FRIDAY

Liam’s 2nd birthday! Joe and I both stayed home from work to spend the day with our little man. He woke up to a bunch of balloons in his room and was super excited about it.

After he was awake for a little while we decided he could open his present from us….a new bow and arrow “just like dad’s.” He couldn’t wait to go outside and shoot it. Of course, he was a natural at it.

We then had some lunch and dessert. We sang happy birthday to Liam and let him have his birthday cupcake.

After nap Liam was off to my parent’s for a sleepover while Joe and I went to his cousin Natalie’s wedding. More on the wedding in a separate post!

After the wedding we headed home and got some much needed rest!

SATURDAY

Joe and I slept in and then headed to the gym to get our workout on. I ran sweat circuit class and Joe did his own thing. It was fun to be there at the same time since we never are!

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Then we went to “visit” Liam. We had another busy day ahead with 2 more weddings but wanted to see our little guy. He was excited to see us.

Then it was back home to do some “nesting” and prepping. I got the baby room all cleaned up and ready for baby’s arrival. It felt really good to get that done and organized.

Then I hustled to get ready and it was off to our weddings for the day.

The first wedding we went to was on of my friends Jenna. She looked stunning! The golf course they got married at was so pretty and she looks so happy. I am so happy for her and wish her and her husband Matt all the best.

The next wedding we went to is a family friend of Joe’s family. We went to the reception which was decorated so nice. The bride and groom looked so happy too. Congratulations to Nate and Jess!

We hustled to pick up Liam before his bedtime. We didn’t want to spend another night away from him. We like him too much haha!

We were all exhausted after a busy day and went to bed early.

SUNDAY

I woke up just exhausted. I didn’t sleep well and was so tired when Liam got up. I ended up taking a little nap on the couch right away in the morning. Then I took Liam to the store to get some helium balloons for his birthday party. He picked out the colors he wanted.

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After lunch I needed a nap with Liam. I was so tired still. So when he went down so did I for a little bit. Then I showered and got ready for his party and put on some Packer gear for the Packer game.

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When Liam woke up his Bumpa Hailey came over to drop off his present for us to bring to the party. He stayed a little while to watch some of the game and Liam gave him some great snuggles.

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Then it was off to Sawmill Pizza and Brew for Liam’s birthday party! We just wanted something casual since we had a busy weekend but also something special for Liam and I think we got both.

Liam had all his family there and his friend Keaton and his parents. It was perfect! The pizza was pretty great too!

Liam was so excited when everyone sang “happy birthday” to him. His face says it all.

And he of course enjoyed another cupcake!

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He also had fun opening his presents. After each one he went up to the person the gift was from and gave them a hug and said thank you. It was adorable!

We were able to get some really good pictures of all the kids.

Such a special picture of Liam with my grandparents.

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We are so thankful to those who came to celebrate Liam with us. He means so much to us and we are so appreciative of our family and friends who love him too!

We had a really great but busy weekend! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Wedding season is now over for us so we are looking forward to some weekends at home! Have a great week!

Liam turns 2!

I can’t even believe my baby is 2 years old today! I have loved every minute of watching him grow and learn but I have a feeling year number 2 is going to be lots of fun.

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GROWTH/HEALTH
Liam had his 2 year doctor appt on the 6th. He now weighs 26.4 lbs (45%) and is 34.25 inches tall (40%). He continues to grow and be a happy little guy. He hasn’t had any illnesses aside from a cold recently. Thankful for a healthy little man!

Liam did get his second haircut ever on the 6th as well. He was a wreck. He cried and cried and cried. Poor Annie did the best she could to give him a good haircut. Afterwards he acted like it went great though and told Joe his haircut was good. Toddlers! haha!

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SLEEP
With the new baby coming we decided to move Liam to a new “big boy” room with a “big boy” bed. I was a little worried about this transition because I wasn’t sure he would stay in his bed but he did great! He loves his new room. His bedtime is around 7:30 pretty regularly now and he will sleep until about 6:30-7am normally. He still takes a 2-3 hour nap.

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LANGUAGE
Liam is quite the talker. He says pretty much everything now. Some of his most recent common sayings are “help me” “I do that” “what’s that noise?” “what’s that?” He can sing happy birthday and likes to sing other songs as well. He is a good story teller too. He will say “big buck, my daddy shoot ’em, bow and arrow.” He will also say “Dr. Liz get the baby out” (we told him our midwife is Dr. Liz). Overall Liam is a talker!

MOVEMENT
Liam is a busy boy! He runs, climbs, and goes up and down stairs. He likes to spin and dance too. He likes to draw/scribble, build towers, throw a ball, play hockey, golf, and baseball, and has been “reading” books on his own.

FOOD
Liam is typically a great eater. With his increasing independence he is becoming more selective of what he eats. Basically we give him his options and he chooses what he eats. He typically gets a main dish, veggie, and fruit at meal time and he will usually eat all of it but he has his days.

TEETH
To be completely honest I haven’t checked his teeth in a long time (bad mom). So I have no clue how many he has at this point. I do know that we brush his teeth every night before bed and will be seeing the dentist hopefully in the next 6 months once Liam is a little less shy of strangers.

PERSONALITY
Liam is just bursting with personality now. Liam is a fun, loving, happy-go-lucky, silly, and stubborn little man. He is still extremely curious and asks questions all the time now. If I make a noise (because I am huge pregnant and this baby moves a lot) he will say “what mama?” Then I have to tell him what happened. He loves learning and catches onto things so quickly. He is definitely all boy but has a snuggly side to him every now and then too.

POTTY TRAINING
We decided to start potty training in June. Liam had expressed an interest since our trip to Oregon in April and we had been “casually” potty training since then with putting him on the toilet morning and night. He would go pee most times we set him on there. So in June we decided to make the transition to underwear and see how he does. He ended up learning really quickly how to use the potty. We had plenty of accidents and still do but overall Liam is doing really well! He doesn’t always tell us when he has to pee so we are still really diligent about putting him on the potty throughout the day. He has however started telling us when he needs to poop which is awesome! He does still wear a diaper at nap and bedtime.

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Loves:

  • being outside
  • Marley
  • Spending time with his dad (always)
  • Spending time with either of his grandpas
  • being around other kids
  • babies
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • Netflix -Sing, Moana, and Trolls (on repeat…)
  • running all over the place
  • hiding
  • reading books
  • saying “no”
  • shooting bow and arrow
  • riding 4-wheeler

Dislikes:

  • mom picking his nose or ears
  • being told “no”
  • sitting still
  • strangers
  • getting his hair cut
  • doctor checking his ears
  • waiting for his food when he is hungry
  • when its bedtime/nap time
  • carbonated drinks (sparkling water)
  • when mom and/or dad sing in the car
  • when mom and dad go to work

 

 

 

Labor Day weekend 2017

We had a great, fun, and relaxing weekend at Joe’s parent’s cabin. There was great food and even better company all weekend long. Joe’s parent’s had their friends (the Hubmers) and their kids up for the weekend as well. It was a weekend of laughs and memories for sure.

FRIDAY

I was home for the day so I soaked up some Liam snuggles. He insisted on touching my bare belly to “feel” the baby. I am hopeful he is starting to understand a little more about the baby in my belly but I am not sure he really gets it. Either way it was cute!

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Then of course Liam wanted to play hockey. He told me he was going “nigh-nigh” on his hockey stick. What a goof-ball!

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Then he found his stacking cups and played with those. He stacked them over and over again and then stacked them all up and put them away when he was done. What a big boy!

After nap Joe was home so we finished up packing and headed up to the cabin. As soon as we arrived Liam was ready to play.

We had to get a family picture in our Badger gear since there was a Badger football game that evening.

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Kameryn and Luke wanted in on the picture too!

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Uncle Patrick and his girlfriend Kat brought a bunch of nerf guns and even a nerf bow. Liam loved the bow!

Then it was time for Liam to go down for the night. We watched the Badger game and had dinner and then called it a night too.

SATURDAY

Liam had a rough night. He was up most of the morning ready to play. So we were up earlier than normal. It was a gloomy and wet morning.

Joe was running in the 5K race they have every Labor Day weekend. His sister, Erin, his dad, Kat, and Reece (youngest boy of the Humber’s) all ran the race also. Everyone ran a really great race and Joe set a personal record for himself.

After the race we headed back to the cabin for breakfast and then over to the municipal airport to check out some airplanes. It was the “fly in” for the weekend so there were a few planes there and they also had a pancake breakfast (we skipped since we already ate).

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The weather started to clear up a little later in the morning and the humidity had Liam’s hair in the cutest curls!

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Marley had the right idea when the sun came out. Such a funny dog!

Then Joe, Liam and I took Kameryn to the fastest kid in town race. She wanted to run and has done it every year. She was excited! I stood with her at the starting line to get her started and Joe and Liam stood at the finish. She ran her little heart out and ended up taking 5th out of 15 in her age group.

After the race we celebrated with coffee and smoothies at the coffee shop.

Then it was back to the cabin to get Liam some lunch and down for a much needed nap (for all of us!). I took a short nap but it was just what I needed after that rough night.

Patrick and Kat had ran into town to get a puzzle and some books for themselves. They started working on that and I helped when I could.

Once Liam woke up from nap Joe, Liam, Marley and I went for a little walk with Liam’s bike. He loves that bike and helmet but it is not made for long walks.

We had yummy tacos/burritos for dinner. After Liam went down I helped more with the puzzle.

It was a relaxing evening again which was nice.

SUNDAY

There was a beautiful sunrise on the lake Sunday morning. Liam had slept much better which was so nice. The weather was supposed to be beautiful for the day too so we were looking forward to that.

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Joe and his mom went for a bike ride in the morning. Joe wanted to do the bike ride and run after. While he was gone I gave Liam breakfast and got him ready for the day. We decided to go for a walk to get our exercise in as well. On our walk we saw Joe bike in and then take off on his run. He decided to only do a mile so he caught up with us towards the halfway of our walk and walked with us back to the cabin.

When we got back Liam was ready to play outside. He loves swinging on a big swing now.

He joined his dad to relax in the hammock, but if you know Liam at all….relaxing is brief and we were on to the next thing!

Liam went down for nap and Joe and I were both able to enjoy some time outside in the sunshine. It was great to just relax. I also spent a little time working on the puzzle again. We were making progress but it was a lot of work.

Once Liam was up it was time to go back outside. We went to go throw rocks in the water. He liked that. There were also some shovels for digging and he really liked that.

He decided he wanted to get in the water with “Bumpa.” He liked it at first but once he went a little deeper he was done.

Then everyone except me, Liam, and Luke played a nylon bowling game where you put the nylons on your head with a softball in them and try to knock over the water bottles. I didn’t have my phone on me to take pictures but it was quite the site!

We gave Liam dinner after that and let him play just a little more before putting him to bed. We all had a late dinner that evening. Patrick, Kat and I spent more time working on the puzzle also. We were getting close but couldn’t quite get it done that night before heading to bed.

MONDAY

Liam slept in and I was even able to sneak out of the room without him waking up. Score! I started working more on the puzzle while it was quiet.

It was a pretty uneventful morning. Liam and Joe watched a movie while Patrick, Kat, Joe’s dad, and I finished up the puzzle. We actually got it done! 1000 piece puzzle complete!

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We decided we want to head home before lunch so we got all packed up and hit the road. Liam ended up falling asleep for the drive so nap time was postponed for the day. We did lay him down for a later nap but he never fell asleep.

We decided to go get some sweet corn for dinner and stop by my parent’s house on the way. My nephew Judah was there so the boys played for a little while.

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Then it was home for a relaxing evening of dinner, play time with Liam, bath time, and movie time.

We had a wonderful long weekend. It was nice to get away from the house and just relax instead continuing with my super crazy nesting! Hope you had a great weekend too and enjoy your short work week ahead!

 

Cleaning and a baby shower!

Well nesting has officially begun! I am in super baby prep mode. With one month to the due date I just can’t seem to sit still anymore. So I spent a lot of my weekend cleaning!

FRIDAY

Joe and I both worked. When we got home we were all pretty exhausted and had a relaxing evening. I didn’t even take any pictures!

SATURDAY

Joe was off on an all day elk hunt with his dad and brother bright and early. It was a mommy and Liam day!

I always start my Saturday with my sweat circuit. This meant Liam was off to Grandma Terri and Grandpa Mike’s for a few hours in the morning. I was exhausted after exercising but it felt great to get it in and done!

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After picking Liam up and getting home we were both ready for our morning smoothies. He just loves his and I am so thankful to know he is getting super good nutrition in the morning.  Liam was all about the snuggles and a movie so that is exactly what we did. The weather was gloomy so it was the perfect day to curl up on the couch.

After lunch it was nap time for Liam and power clean/baby prep time for me. I hustled and bustled around the house like a crazy person. I cleaned the kitchen and dining room quite thoroughly. I did lots of laundry for Liam and baby. I packed my hospital bag with almost everything I want to bring to the hospital. I found these adorable hats for the baby that I will be bringing to the hospital. They are so tiny!

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Liam ended up taking a 3 hour nap which means I got a lot done around the house and for baby and it felt really good. I am getting so anxious about having things ready so having that time to myself to just power clean/prep was so helpful!

After Liam woke up Grandma Mary came over to play for a little while. Liam had fun alternating between coloring and playing hockey.

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Once Grandma Mary left we headed back to Grandma Terri and Grandpa Mike’s for dinner.  Liam was so happy to see Uncle Blake was home. He also enjoyed watching some dirt bike racing with “Bumpa Mite.”

After dinner we hustled home and into the bath. Shortly after we got home Joe got home too. Liam was excited to see his daddy.

After a busy day for the both of us we had no energy to do much of anything after Liam went to sleep and ended up going to bed shortly after.

SUNDAY

We all slept in and actually Liam is the one who was up first. We had a lazy morning and Liam and I had some snapchat fun.

Then we ended up going to breakfast with Grandma Mary and Grandpa Jon. I had a huge pancake and it was delicious!

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As soon as we got home it was time for me to make the drive to my bestie Breanna’s baby shower. The decorations were super cute!

I just love baby showers! It so fun to catch up with other people. The games are usually fun and the gifts are all so cute!

She got some pretty adorable clothes for her baby girl.

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I’m so excited to be doing pregnancy with this sweet friend of mine and can’t wait for her to join me in motherhood and share tips, advice, and frustrations with one another (and possibly 2am nursing/can’t sleep texts).

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After the shower I went home to see my boys! Liam was so happy I brought him home a cupcake. What a cutie!

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We spent the rest of the evening playing and relaxing.

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Look at Liam kicked back watching his movie with two of his favorite blankies. He is so funny!

After Liam went to bed I wrapped up the evening reviewing my new pump I got through my insurance. It looks awesome! I sanitized all the parts and am all ready to start pumping once baby is here!

Then it was off to bed for me and Joe to get some rest for the work week ahead.

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Our weekends as a family of 3 are getting less and less and soon we will be a family of 4 and I am so excited! Make it a great week!

Friends and family weekend!

We got to spend our weekend with so many of my favorite people! Such a fun weekend!

FRIDAY

I had the day off Friday so I started my morning with a nice workout. Things are getting more challenging but I always feel good doing something and taking care of my body.

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Then the rest of the morning was filled with snuggles from my little man and play time. We also went to the store to get groceries and some other odds and ends we needed.

I had to take advantage of nap time and actually be productive. I made cupcakes, rice krispy treats, and painted Liam’s table with chalk paint. After all of that I still had some time to take a little nap.

When Joe got home we decided to make the trip to Fawn-Doe-Rose wildlife park. Liam had so much fun! He was able to feed a cute little fawn.

Liam also fed a little goat and got to see a bunch of big goats. When they starting making noises at him he said “I no like that.”

He also fed a few “big bucks” and helped mommy feed  a doe. It was so fun watching Liam run around and get excited to see all the animals.

After we decided to go to my parent’s house for pizza and corn on the cob. It was a relaxing evening there and Liam loves playing with all grandma and grandpa’s toys.

Then we headed home to put Liam to bed and go to bed early ourselves. We were both tired.

SATURDAY

I got to wake up and get some Liam snuggles while Joe was at the gym. Then it was my turn to head to sweat circuit and get a good workout in. While I was gone Joe took Liam to Cabela’s.

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When I got home from workout the boys were still gone so it gave me some time to shower and get ready for the day.

Once they returned home it was lunch time and then nap time. I had to get to work over nap again. I had to make the frosting for the cupcakes I made Friday and then frost and decorate them for a Diaper party later. They turned out really great (and delicious too)!

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Then we picked up our friend’s Shawna and Rudy and headed to Breanna and TJ’s diaper party for their little baby girl. It was Liam’s first trip being forward facing. I know a lot of people have a lot of opinions on the correct age/weight to flip your child around but after reading our carseat instructions it stated we were OVERDUE to flip him! So we did it right away. He is still rear-facing in my vehicle as it is a different carseat.

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It was fun to get together with everyone and just hang out. Liam had fun hanging with the boys. Breanna and I had to take a bump picture together. Can’t wait for our babies to play and grow together.

Then we brought Shawna and Rudy home and headed home ourselves. It was a little later than Liam normally goes to bed so he was tired and fell asleep very quickly.

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Joe and I were exhausted as well. So again off to bed we went.

SUNDAY

Liam slept in and so did I. Joe went off to do a 3D hunt with his friend Cole. When we woke up we had some cuddle time but then Liam was ready to play.

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We colored with chalk on his “new” table and he loved it!

We also played outside since it was nice out. Liam loves riding his bike.

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Once Joe got home I was off to meet my friend Jenna in Stillwater for pedicures and lunch. We went to nacho mama’s and had some virgin margaritas, guacamole, and tacos. It was super yummy!

It was so good to catch up with this mama to be and can’t wait to meet her little one.

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Once I got home I was able to take a quick nap while Liam was still napping. I was so tired from a busy morning. It doesn’t take much these days to get me feeling tired.

Once Liam was up we had some playtime outside and splashed in the water. It ended up being super hot out!

Joe’s mom stopped by to play with Liam for a little bit. Marley got a little jealous and had to get in on the action.

I suddenly got the urge to deep clean one of our bathrooms (nesting?). I power cleaned that while Joe worked on dinner. It felt good to get that done.

After dinner it was snuggle and movie time and then bedtime for Liam. Aren’t my boys so cute?!?

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We hung out for a little while after Liam went down but then called it a night ourselves.

It was such a fun weekend with our family and friends. I hope you all have a great week ahead!

 

 

10 year class reunion and Peterson wedding

Another great weekend in the books. We weren’t extremely productive but it was nice to have a little down time.

Friday

Joe and I both worked during the day. After work Joe, Liam, and I met up with my friends Breanna and Jordan and Jordan’s husband Jesse. We went to Rusty’s for dinner. We ended up waiting a really long time to get a table and by the time we got our table we had already ordered our food and began eating at the bar. We ordered Liam’s food even earlier because he was getting really hungry. They ended up giving us free drinks/desserts for the inconvenience.

After dinner I said goodbye to Joe and Liam and headed off to my 10 year class reunion. 10 years?!? Where has the time gone??? It was fun to see people I haven’t seen in a while and chat and hang out. It was super low key. We didn’t have the best attendance for a class of just over 200 people but it was still fun. Hopefully more people will come to 15 years!

Saturday

I started my morning off with a sweat circuit. It was a tough one but it was good. I love my Saturday morning workouts!

When I got home we spent some time outside. It was a beautiful morning. Liam loves watching Joe shoot his bow and arrow so he did that while I lounged.

Then Liam decided he wanted to swing. He likes that I have a swing right next to his and makes me sit and swing next to him. He kept yelling “Daddy! See me daddy?!” until Joe came over and sat with us.

During Liam’s nap it was crunch time to get ready for a wedding we had to attend that evening. My dress options are limited these days but I found this black maternity one that looked really nice!

Once Liam was awake (we had to wake him up) we brought him to our neighbor’s house to play until my mom could pick him up later. They played outside and looked like they had a lot of fun together.

Then we were off to the wedding of Joe’s friend Rod and his soon to be wife Katie. The wedding ceremony was short, sweet, and HOT! We were in the direct sunlight and it was toasty. However the bride was absolutely beautiful and you could really see the love they shared with each other. So cute! Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Peterson!

They had a break in between the ceremony and the reception so we went to get some appetizers with Joe’s friends and recently newlyweds Colin and Emily. It was so nice to catch up with them and spend some time with them. Then we returned to the reception for dinner and dessert. They had these yummy caramel filled cupcakes. We hung out for a little while longer but decided to call it a night early. We hustled home before Liam went to bed and chatted with my mom a little while too.

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It was nice to be home a little earlier and I was really tired so I was glad to just kick back and relax.

Sunday

The morning started off super lazy but then we decided to go for a family walk. It was so nice to get outside and get moving because I could tell it was going to be a lazy day. After our walk we played outside for a while. Liam wanted to ride his bike so Joe and I took turns pushing. Then he wanted to draw with chalk. He always makes me draw him a bunny and lately I’ve been drawing boats. He is now scribbling and calling his pictures certain things also. It’s super cute. He gets so excited to show us.

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Then it was play time inside, lunch, and then nap time for Liam. It also was nap time for me because I didn’t sleep well the night prior and also stopped drinking coffee (baby was disagreeing with it). I took a much needed nap and then got up when Liam did. He woke up super sad and wanted snuggles so that’s what we all did.

Then we did play time inside and outside again. Liam found his golf club so we had to practice golfing.

It was a lazy evening again which we all were okay with.

We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Congrats again to the newlyweds, Rod and Katie!

A bridal shower and a big boy room!

We had a good but busy weekend! It ended up flying by but we accomplished a lot which is great!

FRIDAY

Joe and I both worked during the day and then we all spent the evening together. Our evening wasn’t too eventful but we did spend some time playing and relaxing after the work week.

SATURDAY

I started my morning with a my sweat circuit at Snap. It always feels good to get it done in the morning and on the weekend! Another member and I took a “happy we are done” selfie post workout. So sweaty!

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Then it was to Farm and Home to get some paint for Liam’s big boy room we were going to work on this weekend. I got all the supplies and then headed home.

Once I got home I had to hustle and shower and get ready for Joe’s cousin Natalie’s bridal shower brunch.

There was a bridal veil competition. My group went all out with our design. We didn’t end up winning but it was fun!

While I was at the shower Joe cleaned and taped Liam’s new room while Liam napped.

After the shower I picked Liam up so Joe could go for a run. We went back to Joe’s parent’s house to hang by the pool for a little bit.

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Then it was back home for dinner and some rest after a busy day.

After Liam went to bed my mom and I did a first coat of paint in Liam’s room. His room was already a shade of brown and I decided I wanted it a different shade. It didn’t seem necessary but after the first coat I was really pleased with the change.

Then it was off to bed. I was exhausted.

SUNDAY

We had family time in the morning and just relaxed. Joe then ran to the store so Liam and I watched some cartoons and snuggled. He was a snuggle bug and I loved it.

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It was a fairly uneventful morning. At Liam’s nap time my mom came over to finish the second coat of paint in Liam’s room. Joe put Liam’s bed together during that time as well. We had a short amount of time to get a lot done but we got most of it done before Liam woke up.

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Once Liam woke up he knew there was a “secret” in that room that he could see later. We went to the store to get a few groceries and when we got back I did some of the final touches in his room and we let him see it.

He loved it! He gave his version of thumbs up. So cute!

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We spent the remainder of the evening playing and finishing up a few things in his room. He was excited to go to bed in his new room and new bed and we were hopeful things would go well.

He went down fairly easily and did not try to get out of his bed at all.

We watched some Netflix and then went to bed to get some rest before the work week.

It was a great and busy weekend! Hard to believe my little baby is in a toddler bed now! Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Wisconsin Dells 2017

We had a wonderful family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells to visit my Aunt Sherrie. My parents, brother Blake, and brother Sean and his family all went to spend the weekend together.

FRIDAY

I started Friday bright and early with a morning workout. I wasn’t sure how much exercising I would be doing over the weekend so I wanted to get a workout in before vacation started. It felt so good to get it done and out of the way.

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I had an oil change scheduled for the morning so Liam and I went to do that. While we waited we headed next door to our local Farm and Home to look at the animals. Liam loved the fish and the birds. He liked the puppies too but cringed when he saw the mice. He did not like them at all.

Then we went back to the dealership to wait for my car to get done. Liam convinced me to give him half a cookie while we waited (who am I kidding, I wanted a cookie and he made me share lol).

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Then it was home to finish packing up and wait for Joe to get home so we could hit the road.

My parents, Blake, and Sean and his family all left Thursday night and spent Friday at the water park with Sherrie. Once we arrived at the Dells we quick dropped our things off at Sherrie’s and went to Noah’s Ark water park.

My mom and Sherrie met us at the kiddie pool when we arrived. We let Liam adjust to where we were and warm up to the excitement. It didn’t take him long.

Then we went to find the others. We found my dad and Blake lounging in the shade. Liam was excited to see them.

Then we found the others. We headed to another kiddie pool to hang out and let the little one’s play.

Liam had a blast playing with Uncle Blake. He had fun splashing and running in the water. He loves his “Uncle Bait.”

Sean and his family decided to close down the water park and the rest of us headed downtown to MACS for some mac-and-cheese. I had the Memphis Mac and Joe had the Chipotle Mac. Both were soooo good!

Then we went to get Liam a Packer hat. Joe and I also got some Wisconsin gear.

There was live music so we watched that for a little while. Liam did some dancing in the street. He was having so much fun.

It was starting to get late so we headed back to Sherrie’s to put Liam to bed. We stayed up and chatted for a little while before calling it a night ourselves.

SATURDAY

Joe was up early and went for a 4 mile run. He is crazy but he got his exercise in bright and early before most people were awake. Liam was up pretty early too but I left him for a little while because I knew he would wake everyone up if I got him right away. Once I did get him he was ready to play.

He wanted to go outside so Sherrie got some toys out and he played outside for a while.

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Then I wanted to go for a walk so me, Liam, Joe, my mom, Sherrie, and Ayla all went for a walk. It was a quick one but it was good to get moving.

After our walk it was time for a little watermelon snack.

Liam played outside more and then everyone was ready for some lunch. He found a cute headband he wanted to wear. So adorable!

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Sean and his family decided to spend the day downtown. Joe, my dad, Blake, and my cousin Andrew went mini golfing and on the go-carts. That left a really quiet house for me, Sherrie, my mom, and Liam. It was perfect for Liam to take a nap. I decided to shower and get ready while he was down and my mom and Sherrie spent some time in the pool.

Liam woke up tired and snuggly after nap. I did not mind the extra snuggles. Once he woke up we all finished getting ready and headed in to mini golf.

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There was a park at mini golf that we had Liam play at while we waited for Sean and his family to meet us there.

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We also took a family picture while we waited for everyone to be ready to golf.

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We ended up splitting up for mini golf because we were a pretty large group and some of us just moved ahead a little quicker. Joe, Blake, Liam and I ended up moving ahead and letting Liam hit a bunch of balls into the holes. He was loving hitting the balls and he LOVED his little putter.

Liam and Blake had to take a rest on the greens because it was so hot outside.

After mini golf we went back to Sherrie’s for a burger cook off between Sean and Joe. Both burgers were very different and most people said they liked both. It was really a great summer meal.

After dinner Liam wanted to swim so Sherrie took him swimming. He had so much fun even though he only wanted to swim for about 10 minutes.

Then it was Liam’s bed time. We put him down and my mom and Sherrie were so kind and offered to watch him while Joe and I had a little date night.  I wanted to do some “competitive” mini golf so we did that. We chose a different course then earlier in the day and had a lot of fun. It was so nice to be able to relax and just enjoy some time together.

When we got back to Sherrie’s my dad picked up Joe and they went off for a boy’s night of Zombie combat and go-karts. I checked on Liam before heading to bed for the night. He looked adorable and so big all stretched out in his bed. I was exhausted after the busy day so I was glad to stay home and crawl into bed.

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SUNDAY

Liam was up pretty early again and ready to take on the day. He wanted to see everyone who was sleeping, he wanted watermelon for breakfast, and he wanted to play outside. He is so funny!

Liam and my dad watched some dirt bike videos in the morning to keep him entertained for a little while. Liam was totally into it.

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Then we all had a big family breakfast together. It was really good. After breakfast we packed up our things and got ready for the drive home. We left around nap time in the hopes that Liam would take a good nap. He slept almost the whole ride home which was perfect.

We ended up going straight to my parent’s house and ended up being lazy with them. It was super hot outside so my dad took Liam swimming while Joe picked up pizzas and sweet corn on the cob for dinner.

After dinner we headed back home to unpack a little, give Liam a bath, and relax. Joe and Liam were very relaxed during movie time. We all ended up in bed before 8pm.

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We had a wonderful weekend in the Dells and we are so thankful to Sherrie for letting us visit her. We can’t wait to visit again.

Not the man I married

I have been married for almost 3 years now. I know that isn’t very long but also it really is. I’ve known my husband for more than 10 years now. We dated in high school and then dated again for 3 years before he asked me to marry him.

Things were not always perfect or easy while we were dating but we always made it through them together. We always found a way to love each other through the hard times.

When we got married on that beautiful September day I knew I was marrying the man of my dreams. My one true love. He always knew how to make me laugh, he always kissed me goodnight, he always told me he loved me, he supported me, and most importantly he made me happy. I was welcomed into his family with open arms and he mine. There was no hesitation, no second thoughts, no looking back. God made this man to be my husband and made me to be his wife.

We are now quickly approaching having our second child and as I look back on our (almost) 3 years of marriage I have realized something….this is not the man I married. There are pieces of him that are the same but so much is different.

The man I married has matured, developed, and grown into an even better version of himself. I never imagined this happening but he has found a way to surprise me and has continued to make me love him more and more with each passing day.

He takes care of me in a way that is so far from expected. He doesn’t complain about the day to day tasks he has taken on. He has such a special bond with our little one that I can’t even explain. He has taken his role as husband and father to a level that continues to amaze me daily.

He respects me. He understands me. He puts me first. Although I like to believe I am pretty carefree and relaxed, he puts up with my occasional stubbornness and rigidness. He supports me in everything I do from being a mom, group fitness instructor, addiction counselor, part time worker, wife, health and fitness enthusiast, weekend napper, and so much more. He is right next to me, supporting me, encouraging me, inspiring me.

He still knows how to make me laugh, he still always kisses me goodnight, he still always tells me he loves me, he supports me every day, and most importantly he makes me happy. I love this man so much and although I never thought I could love him more than the day before he finds a way with each passing day to make me love him more and more. I am so proud of him, I am so happy with him, and I am so in love with him.

Thank you for being that husband I couldn’t have even dreamed about….you are so much more!