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.

FRIDAY

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!

 

Ready for warmer weather

We had another really good weekend. We were able to spend time with friends and family which is always great.

FRIDAY

It was St. Patrick’s day and I made it’s own post here. It was a fun day!

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SATURDAY

I didn’t have workout Saturday morning so I slept in a little bit. Liam had his morning smoothie and insisted he use a can koozie so I let him use our new Hair Company “Irish I got my hair done at…Hair company” koozie. He loved it!

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Joe had an oil change in the morning so we dropped his truck off and visited my grandparents while we waited for his truck to get done. Liam is all over the place exploring at their house.

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Then we went home and had lunch and Liam’s nap time. We were also able to catch the end of the Badgers basketball game which was awesome!

After nap we had plans to go outside but it ended up being chillier than we expected so we spent the evening playing inside. We made tater tot hot dish for dinner which was tasty.

The Blackhawks played in the evening so we watched that before heading to bed.

SUNDAY

Sunday was Joe’s day to sleep in and Liam and I got up together and snuggled on the couch. Once Joe woke up Liam insisted it be story time which is always so cute.

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Then we head to Liam’s Uncle Patrick’s hockey game. Liam loves watching hockey and he got to spend time with his grandparents.

After the game we went to breakfast at Rusty’s with Joe’s parents, Patrick, and his girlfriend Kat.

Then it was nap time for Liam. After nap it was pretty nice outside so we decided to go for a family walk. It was a little chilly but felt good to get outside.

Joe cooked a delicious dinner and then took Liam outside again to play. Liam loves being outside and we just can’t wait for warmer weather.

Liam was dirty after playing outside so it was bath night and then bed time for him.

The Blackhawks played again so we watched them win before calling it a night.

Another great weekend in the books. Enjoy your week!

St Patrick’s Day 2017

St. Patrick’s day is always a fun holiday for me. I have some Irish in my blood but one of my besties is 100% Irish. She always makes lots of fun plans for the day. Of course this year the holiday was more mellow with Liam but we were still able to have lots of fun.

I started off my morning with an early trip to the store to get Liam some milk. I found some yummy donuts at the store and couldn’t resist. Liam even got to have a little bit.

Then we headed to breakfast at Rusty’s with Molly, her parents, Annie, and Katrina.

Then we went to the Bean Bag Coffeehouse for a hot drink. I got a chai latte which was yummy! My chai latte had a little mustache sticker to keep it from spilling. Of course I had to put it on Liam!

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Then it was home for Liam’s nap time.

After nap Joe got home and we headed to his sister’s to watch the parade. The parade goes right in front of her house. Liam was in a trance over the fire trucks in the parade. I think he enjoyed watching.

Then Joe’s sister had pizza and tacos for the kids and adults to have for dinner. The tacos were super good.

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Then we headed home for the rest of the evening. We put Liam to bed and relaxed and finished Friday Night Lights on Netflix. What a great show!

I really wouldn’t have wanted to spend my St. Patrick’s Day any other way. Such a fun day! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday as well!

Mommy and Liam weekend

Joe was away at his hockey state championship this weekend (he coaches Pee Wee A). It was in Milwaukee so Liam and I stayed home and spent the weekend together. The weekend felt pretty long flying solo with the little guy but it was a good weekend.

FRIDAY

Joe left around 3 in the afternoon. Liam was still napping which was nice for me. Once Liam woke up we ran a few errands and I actually bought him a potty chair. I know, I know he is still so little but he expresses interest in us going to the bathroom so I figured it wouldn’t be bad to have on hand. He actually wanted to try sitting on it. It was adorable!

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We spent our evening playing, and reading, and having fun until Liam’s bed time.

SATURDAY

Liam of course needed his morning “smoothie.” I’m so glad he loves the shakes and that I can know he is getting great nutrition.

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I had sweat circuit in the morning so Liam spent the morning at my parent’s house. After my workout I hung out there for a little bit too before heading home for Liam’s lunch.

Liam had lunch and then a nap. I relaxed during Liam’s nap. There is so much to be done around the house but I just didn’t have the motivation to do it. Relaxing sounded way better!

After nap we played some more. I really spend the majority of the evening trying to entertain Liam. He was pretty good though other than a few naughty spells here and there. He can be a stinker sometimes.

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It was bath night so Liam took a bath and then headed to bed. I forgot about daylight savings and thought maybe I should have put him to bed a little sooner than I did to make up for the lost hour. It was too late to take back time so I was just hoping it would all work out.

I ended up relaxing in the bath after Liam went to sleep. I used Epsom salts and essential oils for a relaxing bath. It was nice to have some me time. I then decided to head to bed early because I was tired and wasn’t sure what time I would need to get up with Liam in the morning.

**Joe’s team won both their games and were heading to the championship Sunday!

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Liam ended up sleeping until after 7 which surprised me at first but then I realized it shouldn’t surprise me at all with the lost hour. He of course needed his morning “smoothie” again. It is adorable how he asks for it and how excited he is to get it.

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The morning consisted of lots of snuggles for me and then lots of snuggles for Marley too.

We had some playtime on the couch which included some static. He thought it was so funny when he would shock me.

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Joe’s mom stopped over to play with Liam for a little while before his nap. Then it was nap time for Liam and lounge time for mama.

Then my parents invited us over for dinner so we headed over there for some playtime before dinner. Liam had a blast building towers with his Bumpa.

He also loved playing ring around the rosie with his grandma and bumpa. Every time they finished he would say more. It was so cute.

Then we rushed home for bed time. I put Liam to bed and spent some time watching a movie on TV before heading to bed.

*Joe’s team lost in the championship game. He got home late Sunday night after I went to bed.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I hope you have a great week ahead and have a great St. Patrick’s day!

Liam is 18 months old!

I can’t believe my little boy is already a year and a half old! Where has the time gone?? He has had many new experiences since my last post; vacation in Mexico, time outside in the snow, visit to the ice castles, running around outside when the snow melted and the weather was warm, he got his first haircut, and so much more!

We had his 18 month pictures taken and he did really great. He is growing and learning so much.

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Growth/Health
Liam had his 18 month well baby check at the end of February. He has stayed consistent with weight gain and head growth but he shot up these last few months. He is now in the 75th percentile for height (25th at his 15 month) and measures at 33 inches. For his weight he is now 23.8 lbs which is the 48th percentile. His head size is 47 cm which is 41st percentile.

Overall Liam has remained fairly healthy other than a cold/cough here and there. He also remained healthy over mine and Joe’s battle with the flu at Christmas time. Thank goodness for that!

Sleep
Liam continues to be a good sleeper for us. There are some mornings that he gets up a little earlier than we would like and there are some naps that are shorter than we would like but overall he is a great sleeper. We have kept his routine of bedtime between 7-7:30 at night and he gets up between 5:30-6:30 usually. We still don’t let him get out of bed before 6am and he will lay and/or entertain himself until we get him. He truly is such a good little guy.

Language
Liam is repeating everything! Liam’s vocabulary continues to expand on a daily basis. Lately we have been working on numbers and colors. He knows “two” and “blue.” So we have some work to do still-haha! Some of the phrases Liam will say are “all done” and “I don’t know.” He also says “love you” and “see ya later.”

Movement
Liam is all over the place. There is no stopping him now. He is running, climbing, and standing on things he shouldn’t be. He is also quite the dancer.

Food
Well Liam has been a good eater from the start and continues to be a good eater. He has his days where he can be picky but for the most part he can eat. He loves eating anything Joe or I am eating. The one thing that stands out that he doesn’t like is leafy greens-however he will eat spinach if it is cooked with something.

Teeth
Liam now has 12 teeth! He has his four top and bottom and then 4 molars as well. He enjoys brushing his teeth which make the task pretty easy for us to accomplish -thank goodness.

Personality
Liam has become very silly. He knows when he is being funny. He also knows when he is being naughty. Liam has also become really shy lately. He is very curious and has been since day 1. He takes in everything around him and checks everything out. This kid seriously misses nothing! It is adorable watching my learn and grow.

Loves:

  • being outside
  • Marley
  • Spending time with his dad
  • Spending time with either of his grandpas
  • being around other kids
  • babies
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • Mickey Mouse
  • running all over the place
  • hiding
  • reading books
  • saying “no”

Dislikes:

  • mom picking his nose or ears
  • waiting for his food
  • being told “no”
  • sitting still
  • strangers

Another weekend indoors

We had a pretty busy and good weekend. It is so great when we get to spend the weekend together as a family.

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I agreed to watch our neighbor for the day so Liam had a little play date. The two boys are so cute together. They are sure to cause some trouble down the road…and break a few hearts too.

We invited my parents over for spaghetti Friday. It was nice to have them over for dinner. We haven’t cooked for them in a while. My mom brought a delicious chocolate cake as well. It was so good!

Liam loved the extra attention before his bed time. He sure does love his “bumpa.”

Then we watched some of the Blackhawks hockey game before my parents headed home. Joe and I watched a little more of the game and then I headed to bed while he stayed up to watch the rest.

SATURDAY

I had my morning shake and Liam now insists that he has a “smoothie” as well. It’s adorable and he loves them! I’m happy to give him the good nutrition.

There was no sweat circuit so I walked at an incline on the treadmill for a little while before heading home.

Joe made some last minute plans to have breakfast with a friend so he headed to do that while I made my post workout breakfast of scrambled eggs. Liam and I had some fun while dad was gone. We played and danced and made lots of messes.

Once Joe got home it was time for Liam’s nap. We were hoping for it to warm up outside so we could spend some time outside after nap but it didn’t really get very warm and was super windy.

We spent the rest of the evening chasing Liam around, making tater tot hot dish, and relaxing.

The Blackhawks played again so we watched the game again before heading to bed.

SUNDAY

Joe tried to let me sleep in but I couldn’t. Plus Liam is quite loud in the morning. So we were all up early and ready to play.

We headed to breakfast at our favorite place -Rusty’s. Then it was off to church.

After church we were all wiped out and super full so we all took naps.

My friend Molly stopped by for a quick visit. She was supposed to pick something up that I didn’t have but it gave us a chance to chat.

Once Liam was up he had snack and then it was off to Joe’s hockey game. Liam loves watching hockey. He sat still most of the time but by the end he was running all over.

Then it was home for dinner, play time, bath time, Liam’s bed time, and then some Friday Night Lights.

Overall we had a really great weekend with the perfect combination of busy and lazy. Hope you have a great week ahead!

 

Back to the cold

Well the weather turned cold again which was no surprise. However we were able to have another really great weekend.

FRIDAY

I had a girls night planned so Joe and Liam spent the evening together while I headed to Stillwater with my friends.

First we went to Osaka for dinner. Then after that we had a private party booked at the Pole Barn Studio for a pole dancing party. Now I know it sounds risque however it was a lot of fun and a lot of work too. It was a great workout and a fun evening with the ladies.

We were able to warm up on the silks which were a ton a fun. Then we made up a routine on the poles and learned a few spin moves.

After our routine we were able to hang out and play around on the silks and poles as much as we wanted. We all really liked the silks so we spent our remaining time practicing some of the moves we learned.

After we headed back to town for apps and drinks at Champs. It was a successful ladies night!

SATURDAY

I woke up sore from the evening before! I was surprised how sore my muscles were. Then I had to go teach a sweat circuit at Snap and knew it was going to be tough.

After class Liam and I had some fun with snap chat. He is so cute!

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Joe and I decided to have a date night in so after we put Liam down for bed we had a steak dinner with asparagus and smashed potatoes. It was so delicious. Then we relaxed and watched Netflix.

SUNDAY

We spent the morning cleaning a little and getting ready for Liam’s 18 month pictures. Signe Shores does our pictures and she is amazing. She came to our house and took some really great pictures of Liam even though he was being shy.

I’m so excited to see the final proofs!

We decided to let Liam have a no pants Sunday since we had no plans for the rest of the day. He was adorable with his high socks and he insisted on wearing his shoes.

Joe’s parents stop by to visit for a little bit and then while they were there my parents made a surprise stop as well. It was fun to have everyone over and Liam loved having all his grandparents at his house.

We forgot to plan dinner so we ended up having Jimmy John’s and then a lazy rest of the evening.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It’s almost March now!! Time is flying!