Rest and recovery weekend

We had another fairly uneventful weekend.

I went to work, Owen went to daycare, and Liam and Joe stayed home to give Liam one more day of recovery from a nasty stomach bug he got mid-week.

We had a relaxing evening before everyone went to bed early to catch up on rest.

I had sweat circuit but had to take it easy because I was also recovering from a cold/asthma flare up.

When I got home both boys were low energy so we watched a movie while Joe went to cut wood with some friends.


When Joe got home we packed up the boys and headed to my parents. Joe wanted to go look at a house so we had them watch the boys during nap time.

When we returned they were both up from nap. Liam didn’t want me to take a picture of him but I had to capture his amazing outfit he picked out.

We stayed for dinner and then went home to put the boys down for bed a little “early” to accommodate losing an hour of sleep.

I got up early and did morning yoga for the first time in a week due to being sick. It felt great!


Both boys “slept in” due to the time change and allowed me time to do my morning routine without interruption (never happens!).

Both boys were sleepy all morning. Church was cancelled due to bad roads so we were able to just lounge and relax all morning.

After nap Liam and Joe went to pick up our groceries. Then Owen woke up and he seemed like he might have pink eye so I brought him to the minute clinic. Of course, they couldn’t take him since he is under 18 months so we scheduled an appt for Monday.

When we got home we all went outside to get some fresh air  while the weather was decent.

We had a pretty routine rest of the day. We had tacos for dinner and then both boys took baths.


Overall it was a good weekend to recovery and now just hoping Owen isn’t sick and gets better fast! Have a great week!

A weekend of rest and snow

This weekend we laid-low for the most part.

I left work early to go to the chiropractor and get a 90-minute massage which both were amazing and much needed!

When I got home, Joe had to leave for a work call so the boys and I snuggled up on the couch and watched a movie.


Joe got home after the boys were done with dinner and baths. Then it was their bed time and shortly after mine as well as I was beginning to not feel well.

Saturday morning was beautiful outside with the fresh snow. So pretty and everything was sparkling in the sun.


I headed to sweat circuit but didn’t participate as I was still not feeling well. The ladies who came did great work! And my friend Amanda joined us which was super awesome!


When I got home, Joe took Liam to go get new cell phones for him and I. Owen was acting tired and sick so he went down for an early nap. I took an epsom salt bath to try to help me feel better as well.

After hours at the phone store, Joe and Liam came home with lunch. Liam just loves Owen so much.


Then it was nap time for Liam and then second nap time for Owen who was still tired and clearly not feeling well.

I had a girls dinner night so I was feeling well enough to still go to that. I got ready and we took some fun family photos before I left.

We went to Pier 500 which is always delicious. Then Molly and I went home while the others stayed out a little longer.


I was home before Liam went to bed (my kind of night haha). I went to bed early again to try to get some rest.

Owen and I were still not feeling well in the morning. We decided it would be best to skip church.

We literally spent the entire day just lounging and resting.

Hopefully you had a great weekend and have a great week ahead! Send healing vibes our way!

Casual weekend with family

Another weekend in the books and it was a snowy one!

After a crazy week at work I left a little early to get home to Joe and the boys (who were home for a half day). It was so good to be home and just relax with my family.


I had sweat circuit in the morning. When I got home Joe went out to shovel off the deck. There was so much snow! The boys enjoyed watching.

Liam dumped out all the coloring supplies and while we all cleaned them up, Owen got his hands on a marker, opened it, and colored his ear/face.

Then we were off to Joe’s parent’s house to have lunch before Joe’s brother Patrick moves out to San Diego. The boys played and had a good time. Owen was tired after and fell asleep on the way home.


The boys went down for nap when we got home and Joe and I had a lazy afternoon.

After the boys woke up we went sledding at Joe’s sister’s house. Kameryn joined us and Patrick came over too. It was fun but the snow was so deep! It was exhausting coming back up the hill.

After sledding we went home for dinner and then hung out the rest of the evening.

Church was cancelled due to the weather being so terrible. We had our own worship at home and then Liam played this bible app on my phone. It was pretty cool. I don’t think he fully understood the stories but that’s okay.

We went out to brunch with Joe’s parent’s and Patrick. It was delicious. Then we all went home and napped!

After nap the boys snuggled Joe on the couch watching hockey on his phone.


We then went to my parent’s for dinner. Liam “played” video games with Uncle Blake. He thinks it’s so awesome to play.

We enjoyed dinner and Oreo ice cream shakes for dessert. The boys played and ran around. Then we went home, put the boys to bed, watched Parks and Recreation and then went to bed too.

It was a fun weekend filled with family! Have a great week and stay warm!

Birthday, Zoo, and lots of family time!

We were able to spend the weekend with family and cousins.

After work we had dinner quick and then headed to my Grandma’s house for her birthday.

All the cousins had fun playing together and Grandma enjoyed time with everyone. We had cake and ice cream and then called it a night.

We brought the kids home for bed and the relaxed the rest of the evening.

The boys started their morning with some hockey. I had morning sweat circuit. Then I hustled home to rinse off quick and get ready for the zoo.

We met my parent’s at the zoo. They had my niece and nephew for the weekend so we thought it would be fun to get out of the house.


The kids had a blast. It’s always fun to go to the zoo and see all the awesome animals.

The fish tanks are one of my favorite things to see.

We even got to see the mama sloth with her baby. I’ve never seen her move when we go to the zoo so it was so cool to watch her slowly try to climb up with baby clinging on tight.

When we got home the boys went down for nap and Joe and I were both exhausted.

After nap we had dinner. Grandpa stopped by to take Marley for a walk and then visited with the boys for a little bit.


Then it was bed time and relax time for mom and dad!

We had a concert at home and then headed off to church. After church we hustled home for lunch and nap time.


After nap I got some snuggles from Owen.


We spent the rest of the afternoon playing and watching TV. Then we decided to go to Rusty’s for dinner. It was delicious and the bonus was no clean up at home!

We went home after for bath time and the movie time.

It was a great weekend! Have a wonderful week!

Weekend at home

We had a pretty low-key weekend with lots of play time at home.

We started the evening with Liam not listening and losing TV privileges, which actually was great. We were able to read and play all night and it was a lot of fun. Liam even decided to dress up like a parrot!

Seriously how cute is it that Liam and Joe are reading a Blackhawks book? Liam had so many questions and just loves learning.


I had sweat circuit in the morning and it was great!


I returned home to a worship concert in the toy room. Liam was rocking out with his headset and guitar and then drums as well.

Owen was doing his own thing, which he normally does. He has such a fun personality.


At nap time I went to every store in town to get groceries.

When I got home the boys were still napping so I read a little bit and relaxed.

We had a relaxing evening. After dinner the boys played hockey, Liam put on another concert, and then it was bedtime.

Liam woke up ready to jam again.


Owen will copy most of the things Liam does. It’s so cute watching them lay on the floor together.

Owen loves wearing hats and sunglasses.

I can’t believe how big Owen is getting. He sits at the table and eats his cereal like a big boy and then kicks back in the big rocking chair with his morning snack.

Then we were off to church. I was on nursery duty this week so I stayed with the boys in there. I was able to catch Liam watching the service at the end.

After church I was so tired, so I put the boys to nap and decided to hit the gym! It felt great!


We decided to go to my parent’s when the boys woke up to watch the rest of the Blackhawks game and then have dinner.


Then it was home to put the boys to bed and relax.

It was so nice to have a weekend home and just nothing really planned. Hope you have a great week!


Time with friends, a birthday, and a date day

We had a nice long weekend since Joe and I were both home for MLK day.

We spent the evening playing. The boys love wrestling Joe.


I had sweat circuit in the morning and it was a great turn out and a killer workout. So fun!


Then I rushed home to shower and get ready for the busy day ahead. I met my college friend Ashli and we went to our college friend Jeremiah’s baby shower. It was so fun to see friends from college.

Then we rushed home and went to my niece’s 1st birthday party. Ashli came with since she stayed at our house rather than making a 5 hour drive home. Brynn enjoyed her cupcake and it was a fun birthday party.

Then we went home, put the boys to bed, and watched a movie. Then we all went to bed too.

The boys were up early since they shared a room so we did what we could to keep them busy and quiet so Ashli could sleep in. Liam was so sweet petting Marley and then rubbing Owen’s head.

We started getting ready for church and Ashli started getting ready to head home. At church the boys were running around being silly before it started. Owen thought he needed to copy the big boys.

Then it was home for lunch and nap time. Joe and I played some bananagrams during nap (he hates it but plays anyway).

We had my parents over for dinner and to hang out. When they left it was bedtime for the boys. Joe and I decided since we had Monday off to watch another movie.

As much as we discussed keeping the boys home since we were home we decided it’s a rare opportunity that we have a day off and daycare is open so we decided to have a date day. We kept the boys home a little longer in the morning since we could.


Then we dropped the boys off. I went to the gym and Joe went home. When I got home I showered and got ready for the day. We did some quick errands at Target and then went to lunch at Pier 500. The smoked gouda nachos are my favorite thing there so we order them every time. We both also go dessert. I, of course, ate way too much food.

We went home after and inflated the air mattress and watched some Netflix, which ultimately lead to us both taking a short nap.

Then I picked up the boys early and we had a fun evening at home.


Hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful week ahead! Stay warm!

Bowling, bounce house, birthday! Oh and SUNSHINE!

This weekend was very busy and filled with lots of fun!

Our friends from Oregon are still in town so we decided to go bowling. Annie met us out and it was just a crazy evening of the kids running all over. First they wanted to bowl, then then didn’t and only wanted to pretend to play the games they have there, then suddenly they wanted to bowl again. All of this while trying to order and eat dinner. It was chaos and FUN! I love watch our kids play and have fun together.

I had sweat circuit in the morning and when I got home I started to clean the house a little bit and decided it was time to get rid of the high chair and switch to a booster seat. Oh my goodness doesn’t he look so big?


It was a very abnormal temperature day for early January so we decided to go play outside. I put Owen in the swing for a little bit and then we walked out to our frozen pond and let the kids run around. It was so great to be outside and feeling the sunshine on our faces.

Then we went back inside for early lunch and early nap times due to an afternoon birthday party.

We got the boys up and headed to Alena’s 2nd birthday party at the Centre. We started in the bounce house. Owen went right in but Liam wasn’t too sure. Eventually he came around and the kids (and maybe the parent’s too) had a blast jumping and wrestling.

After a fun time jumping we moved to a new party room for pizza and cake. Alena is so sweet.

Then it was time to head home and relax the rest of the evening because we were all exhausted! Both boys ended up going to bed before 7pm because they were so tired.


I got up with both boys while Joe got a little extra sleep. We snuggled on the couch until Owen decided it was time to play (which was shortly after the snuggles).

When Joe got up Liam wanted to use the cordless vacuum to clean a little so he did that and then he wanted a fake tattoo and I needed to have one too. He wanted us to match but my tattoo needed to go on my muscle (according to him).


Then we got ready and headed to church. It was a great service and both boys actually wanted to play in the nursery this time so that was great too.


After church it was nap time for the boys and time for me to get some cleaning done. I didn’t actually get as much done as I wanted but I got the remaining Christmas items put away and some small things cleaned up.

Joe went hunting before Liam woke up from nap and just as Owen was waking up. Owen got some one on one play time before Liam woke up which he enjoyed.


When both boys were up we had snacks and waited for Joe to get home.

Once Joe was home we had a bubble party in the toy room, dinner, and then an evening of playing “chase” (where we run around the couch) and ring-around-the-rosie.

We had a great first weekend of the New Year. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Friends, Family, and a Celebration

We had a really great weekend. It was one of those weekends where we had tentative plans but everything ended up changing. We still did everything we had planned but at different days and times. It was great!

After work we had a lazy evening watching movies and playing with new toys.

I had sweat circuit and got a good workout in to start my day. Then I quick took a shower and got ready. We headed over to my parents to pick up the items that were  “left behind” on Christmas day. Then we quick swung into my grandparents to drop off their gift.

Then we went home for lunch. Owen was too tired and just went straight to nap. Then Tyler and DJ came over to play. I love how DJ and Liam are now old enough to play together.

Owen ended up taking a short nap so he was able to play for a while too. It was so nice to have them visit.

Liam ended up skipping his nap since we had visitors and Owen took a short nap so by the time evening rolled around they were both pretty tired.

Both boys ended up going to bed early without a fuss about it. Joe and I watched Equalizer 2 and then went to bed.

Liam was up at normal time but Owen slept until 7:30! I caught a rare moment of the boys snuggling too.


Then we were off to church. My brother Sean and sister-in-law Libby were being ordained as the senior leaders of the church.

It was really a special day and such an honor to witness Sean and Libby taking on the responsibility of the church and ready to lead with all they have. As well as the support of the members of the church.

After the celebration we went home and Liam, Owen, and I all took afternoon naps. After nap we visited my grandparents for a little while.


We then went home for dinner and had a relaxing evening playing and hanging out.

We had a wonderful weekend and I hope you did too! Enjoy your final day of 2018 and Happy New Year!

The weekend before Christmas

It was so nice to have the weekend leading up to all the holiday celebrations. I allowed us time to prepare for Christmas and relax before all the busy.

We relaxed at home after a week of work. We had some Christmas music dance parties and play time.

I skipped sweat circuit and spend the morning at home with the family. My brother called later in the morning and asked to drop the kids off while they went shopping.


We had a fun day with all the kids playing. Owen and Brynn had fun together.


And so did Liam and Judah. They even dressed up and played pirates and firefighters. So funny!


Judah and Owen decided not to nap so they got to snuggle and watch a movie. Liam and Brynn both took good naps and snuggled after their nap. These kids melt my heart!

Owen and Brynn are just too cute together too. They are so close in age (just under 4 months apart).


My mom stopped by to say hi and all the kids had to have her attention.

As we were approaching bed time we made a “cozy spot” and the big boys laid down to watch. Owen wanted to hang with the boys so he joined right in the middle.


We put Owen to bed and then Sean and Libby picked up the kids. We watched a little more movie with Liam and then put him to bed too.

We were exhausted after playing all day.

Joe and Liam went to get donuts for breakfast from our local bakery. Liam was very excited.

We spent the whole day hanging out and playing at home other than me running some last minute Christmas errands and going to the gym to exercise over nap time.


After dinner we put the boys in the bath, Christmas pajamas, and headed out the door to drive around looking at Christmas lights.


We saw some of the best lights and Liam loved it.

When we got home we put Owen to bed and watch Christmas movies with Liam.

Christmas time is so much fun! I hope you had a relaxing weekend before Christmas!

Bell ringing, cookie baking, birthday celebrating, ice skating, FUN WINTER WEEKEND!

We had a wonderful weekend doing all kinds of fun things including our annual cookie bake at my mom’s house. Seriously the holiday season is so much fun!

Joe cleaned up the basement so we got to go downstairs and play hockey and ride bikes and have all kids of fun.


Then we had dinner and after dinner I took Liam to go visit my mom who was ringing the salvation army bell at our local grocery store. Liam didn’t want to ring the bell but had no problem calling out people who didn’t give money (asking about a woman walking in “how come she didn’t give her money??”).

We then went home and watched a little TV before bed time.

I had sweat circuit in the morning and then hustled home to rinse off before heading to my mom’s house for our annual cookie bake.

Liam was very excited to help make cookies and started by helping my grandma make fudge. He enjoyed stirring it and adding ingredients.

Then it was time to start rolling out the gingerbread dough and cutting out gingerbread men. Liam enjoyed doing that too. Honestly, he stayed focused on the task longer than I thought he would.

Owen checked in every now and then too but for the most part just played with toys. Liam joined him after a while. The boys then had lunch. After lunch Owen went to nap and Liam played “Santa” with my mom. He was giving out toys. So cute. Then he went down for nap time too.

I was exhausted and tried to take a rest but ended up just lounging on the couch. Joe showed up during nap time too. When Owen woke up from nap he snuggled up with Joe on the couch.

Then Liam woke up and it was time to start frosting and decorating the cookies. He had a lot of fun decorating and tasting the cookies.

We then had to hustle to my friend Breanna’s surprise 30th birthday party. It was fun to catch up with everyone and hang out for a little bit.

Then it was time to go home and play in the basement a little more (our new favorite spot to play). Then lounge time upstairs and bed time.

Owen woke up a little early so I cuddled him in bed and we both slept until 7:30. It felt good to sleep in a little.

Then it was time to play in the basement again. Joe took out the toy kitchen and Owen enjoyed “cooking.”


We had a relaxing morning home and then during nap I was off to get groceries.

When Liam got up from nap I took him to get Owen’s Christmas present (which he really didn’t understand why he couldn’t get a present too) and then check out the ice to see if we could go ice skating.

We got home and picked up Joe and Owen and went to the ice to skate.

Liam was nervous at first but then once he realized Joe was going to help him he had lots of fun.

He kept his skates on for a while and then decided he wanted to wear his boots. We let him “skate” in his boots for a while. He had so much fun.

Owen had fun too. He really liked skating with Joe.


When we got home the boys cuddled up on the couch together to relax.

We had spaghetti for dinner and it was delicious and then did bath time. Liam slipped getting into the tub and gave himself a black eye. So sad!


We took the rest of the night easy. Owen wanted to go to bed early so then Joe and I decided to do some ear candling. Joe swears by it and I had never done it before. It was an interesting experience and Liam enjoyed watching.

Then it was Liam’s bed time and shortly after ours.

Once again I love the activities the holidays bring! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoy the week ahead!