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.


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!


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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.


  • 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”


  • 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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!

50 in February!

The weather this weekend was amazing and we spent a lot of our time soaking it up!


Liam and I played outside a little bit and then went to a walk with Marley. It was so nice outside!


After Liam’s nap we decided to go for a second walk because it was just too nice out. It felt so good to get some fresh air.

It was spaghetti Friday so we had spaghetti for dinner which we all love. We spent the remainder of the evening playing and relaxing.



I switched my Saturday morning Zumba class to a sweat circuit and it was killer. I had a good sized class and we busted our butts.


When I got home I took Liam outside to swing. He insisted he wear his sunglasses. So funny! It was still a little chilly so we didn’t stay out long.

After Liam’s nap Joe took Liam outside to play some more. He just loves being outside and I can’t wait for the warm weather to stay so we can be outside more.

Then we went for a family walk and ended up meeting up with our friends/neighbors and walking with them. The guys pulled a little prank so it was an interesting walk to say the least.

Joe had a hockey game in the evening so he headed off to that while I tackled bedtime and watched One Tree Hill.



We spent the morning relaxing and cleaning a little bit. Liam woke up with his cranky pants on so we did what we could to keep him happy.

After Liam’s nap it was nice outside so we went for a walk. After our first lap the neighbors were going for a walk as well so we went for a second lap with them. Seriously loving the warm weather!

After our walk we played outside a little longer.

Joe had hockey again so Liam and I spent the evening hanging out. We had bath time and then it was time for bed.

Joe got home and we spent the evening relaxing and headed to bed early.

We are so thankful for the warm weather this weekend and are thankful to have been able to enjoy it! I hope you had a great weekend and I hope you enjoy your week!

A beautiful winter weekend

We had a really great weekend. The weather was wonderful and we were able to spend time together as a family.


We made spaghetti for dinner once Joe got home from work. It was delicious and messy! We spent our evening playing with Liam and relaxing. No other way I would want to spend my Friday night!

Joe and I are hooked on Friday Night Lights! It’s a really great show on Netflix!


Zumba was cancelled so Joe, Liam, and I all slept in until 7:30! It felt good to get some extra rest.


The weather was so beautiful on Saturday so we went for a family walk. It was so nice to get outside and enjoy the weather! Can’t wait to be able to go on walks outside all the time.


After Liam’s nap we went to my parent’s house to pick them up and my brother Blake. Then we headed to Stillwater to see the Ice Castles. They were really cool! Since the weather was warmer they were melting and dripping a lot but it was still really fun.

We met my brother Sean and his family there. It was a fun family outing!


After the ice castles we went back to my parents for taco night. My mom makes the best tacos.

Then it was Liam’s bed time so we headed home to put him to bed and watch some Netflix.


Joe had his mind set on going out for breakfast so we headed to our favorite place, Rusty’s, and had a delicious breakfast. I was super naughty and got the strawberry french toast which was so yummy!


Then we went to church. My brother preached and it was great!

We spent the rest of the day relaxing at home. I love a lazy Sunday!


I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy some time outside. Have a great week!

Fun meeting baby Isla and then an uneventful weekend

Well it was a really unproductive and uneventful weekend for me. Other than Friday we pretty much did nothing which was fine.


I had the day off so Liam and I packed up and went to visit my coworker/friend Laura and her daughter Aria and new baby girl Isla. Liam and Aria had so much fun playing together and Liam loved the baby. Our friend Jenna came to visit a little while after Liam and I got there so that was fun too!

It was so nice to catch up with Laura and see her sweet little family.

Once we got him we had a relaxing afternoon and evening. Pretty uneventful.


I was supposed to teach Zumba but class was cancelled so I went to the gym to run instead. I ran 2 miles at what I’m pretty sure is the fastest I have ever ran. It felt really good to get a good workout in.


Joe had hockey in the afternoon and I was starting to feel a little off. During Liam’s nap I took a nap too. After that I was really not feeling well. I had a stuffy nose and was sneezing a lot.

We spent the rest of the evening be lazy and resting because Joe was recovering from being sick and I was just beginning to get sick.



I still wasn’t feeling well at all. Lots of sneezing and stuffy nose action. We spent the morning watching Liam run around and play.

Joe had hockey again in the afternoon. I did my best to play with Liam and keep him entertained. Then again at this nap time I napped hoping to help me feel better. It did seem to help a little.

We made chili for the Superbowl and that was really good.

We spent the evening watching the game, the commercials, and hanging with Liam until his bed time. Then we finished watching the game and headed to bed.

It was a pretty uneventful weekend for us. I am still not feeling well but hoping to recovery soon! Have a great week!

Packing for a week in Mexico with a toddler

Honestly the thought of this was so overwhelming to me. I made sure to make a list and do a lot of research before packing for Liam.

I knew regardless of the research I would over pack just because I would rather be prepared. I decided to make a list of all the things we packed for Liam and whether it was necessary or not. I’m hopeful that this list helps others who are planning a vacation with a little one.


This post will show what we packed in black and my feedback once we returned in red.

To the airport (going):

  • Pajamas-we had an early flight so we kept Liam in his pajamas.
  • Sweatshirt -to keep warm but also have as spare for chilly evenings and for the return to the frigid cold.
  • Socks-it is the dead of winter and cold so socks are a must; plus they will be nice to have as spares if the room is cold or we have a chillier evening –so thankful we had these because Liam ended up getting blisters and needed to wear socks with his shoes.
  • Keens -these are the shoes he will be wearing in Mexico as they are durable and breathable; plus since he will be carried into and out of the airport quickly we don’t have to worry about snow
  • Jacket -again it’s the dead of winter but we will be leaving this in the vehicle

Carry-On (diaper backpack):

  • changing pad
  • wipes
  • 6 diapers –3 or 4 would have been fine but it was nice to have extra
  • 2 spare outfits in a ziploc bag-Our flight was early in the morning so we left Liam in his pajamas. One of these outfits was for him to change into once we landed and the other was a spare just in case; the ziploc bag was for the dirty clothes if an accident did occur. The spare outfit is pants/tshirt combo so he can wear the pants home at the end of vacation. –this seemed like the right amount to me; better safe than sorry.
  • water cup
  • toys/books-I brought 2 small books with only pictures that he enjoys flipping through, 1 larger book lift-the-flap book, and his buckle turtle (he likes buckles) –he really did not play with any of these; not sure what my recommendation would be but he was way more into the people and things on the plane.
  • security item -Liam’s is a blanket –beyond necessary!
  • snacks-I brought 3 different snack items since he is a toddler and we flew during his breakfast time –he ate one of the snacks (an applesauce pouch) and we ended up buying him a fruit cup and banana at the airport
  • Ipad -Liam has never played games on our phones or on the iPad but we downloaded some apps for him to use at the airport and on the plane if necessary – entertained him for maybe 2 minutes. Should have given him a little exposure prior to the trip but not sure that would have helped either.
  • Soft blanket – this was nice to have on the plane
  • kids neck pillow –really helped support his head and my arm once he fell asleep. I would bring it again


  • just under 60 diapers -I know this sounds like a lot but when we were planning for 7 days away we decided to bring extra due to the number of changes from swim diaper to regular diaper that may occur as well as the possibility of a reaction to some of his dietary options. –this was twice as many as we actually used and he had quite a few #2 diapers so use your best judgement but I would say 40 is plenty for 7 days.
  • 7 sleep diapers -we use pampers baby dry diapers at night time and pampers cruisers during the day –perfect amount.
  • around 40 swim diapers -again I know this sounds like a lot but thinking about the number of times he may be going in and out of the water I wanted to play it on the safe side. –Liam only went swimming a few times as he didn’t really enjoy it (water was a little chilly in the pools. The ocean was warmer but it scared him). I would recommend bringing 1 pack not 2 like we did and that would be plenty if your toddler does enjoy swimming.
  • Wipes – We ended up using all our diaper bag/travel wipes and so one full pack of wipes was great to have in addition to the travel/diaper bag wipes.
  • Security item -we have multiple of Liam’s favorite blankets so we packed a large one in the suitcase and a small on in the carry on
  • Clothes
    • 4 pairs of pajamas -I wasn’t sure on room temperature so I brought 2 shorts/t shirt pajamas, 1 tshirt/pants pajama, and 1 long sleeve/pant pajama –we did not use the long sleeve/pant combo but all other pairs were worn.
    • 3 swim shirts/3 swim trunks -again with being in and out of the water I wanted to have dry options for Liam – I would recommend at least 2 swim suits for sure and 3 if your child enjoys swimming. It is always nice to have a dry set.
    • 2 sun hats and 1 ball cap –the variety of options allowed Liam to wear the hat he wanted.
    • 3 bodysuits -one tank top/short and two tshirt/short – he wore all of these.
    • 3 dressy tshirt/short outfits -for pictures or nice dinners –he wore all of these.
    • 1 shorts/tshirt combos – he wore both.
    • 3 shorts/tank top combos – he wore all 3
    • 2 extra t-shirts –he wore these
    • 2 extra tank tops – he did not wear these
    • 1 light long sleeve zip up – wore this every day. Maybe would pack 2 next time.
    • 1 pair of socks –he did wear these and could have used an additional pair.
  • Thermometer/nail clipper/Tylenol/Ibuprofen/nose aspirator (nose Frida) –I used all but the thermometer but was glad to have packed it just in case.
  • 2 different diaper rash creams-Liam has not had a lot of experience with diaper rash so I brought 2 different kinds just to be sure -I read that humid temperatures can cause more diaper rash. Plus with being in and out of the water I figured all that moisture could lead to more rashes as well. – Liam did really good with rashes until the final few days. All the fruit he was eating loosened things up so I was glad to have these.
  • Sunscreen -one spray bottle and one lotion both 50 SPF – used every day; the lotion was good for his face and the spray made for quick and easy application
  • Milk cup –used every day
  • Snacks -some extras to have in the room if necessary and for the flight home –these were great to have in the room.
  • Toys -bedtime books, 1 toy car for the room, 1 toy car for the beach/pool, 2 plastic bath books for the pool or bath, plush Mickey Mouse –he was not interested in any of the toys except the bedtime books and the truck for outside
  • Portable crib sheet -crib provided by hotel –it did not fit for some reason.
  • Bubble bath/shampoo –yes!
  • toothbrush/toothpaste –yes!
  • forks and spoons –glad we brought these as Liam now requests to have a spoon or fork with his meals.
  • disposable bibs –These were very convenient for meals and could just toss them after.
  • 2 chair floats-one with canopy and other for spare if first one pops –I would recommend bringing only one. They have places to buy one if you need it.
  • outlet protectors –This made so much sense to me but we did not use these.
  • monitor –so amazing to have this.
  • sleep owl noise maker and night light –so glad we packed this.

To the airport (home):

  • Tshirt and pants
  • keens
  • sweatshirt and socks packed to add on once out of the warm temperatures

We also had to bring:

  • Liam’s car seat – this ended up being unnecessary as our transfer vehicle to the resort did not have buckles to strap the car seat in. –We had a transport to the resort from the airport and to the airport from the resort. Our transport vehicle did not have seatbelts therefore making the carseat completely pointless. Had we known this we would not have brought it.
  • Car seat transporter –very helpful for rolling the car seat around the airport and would work as a stroller if your toddler would sit in it -Liam would not.
  • Ergo baby carrier -we weren’t bringing a stroller so if Liam was not comfortable in his car seat/transporter we wanted a spare that would give hands free options – we did use this and not the car seat.

I truly hope this list is helpful as you are planning your vacation. I know packing can be hard but hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and successes on this trip and pack lighter/smarter than I did. 

A mix of busy and lazy

This weekend was a mix of both busy and lazy. All in all it was a good weekend.


I worked a half day on Friday and had intentions of being productive during Liam’s nap however I was lazy and watched One Tree Hill. Eventually I got to working on the kitchen a little.

My mom hosted a Wildtree party in the evening so I headed to that while Joe and Liam had a daddy and toddler evening. The party was fun and the food was really tasty.


In the morning I had my Zumba class. It really felt good getting my workout in knowing how busy the day ahead was going to be. Joe had hockey in the morning also so Liam spent the morning at my parent’s house.

Then it was home for me to play with Liam and shower for the day after a sweaty workout. Shortly after Liam went down for nap Joe got home and I was off to the high school. I volunteered to work concessions at the high school dance team competition. It was great because my sister in law Erin and best friend Annie were also volunteering at the same time. I made a lot of walking tacos!

I was able to stay and watch a few of the dances after my time slot was up. It was fun to watch.

Then it was home for a mommy and Liam evening because Joe had to go to a hunting banquet. We decided to go to the pool in town and meet Liam’s cousins Kam and Luke. Liam really didn’t enjoy the pool much but warmed up to it a little eventually. The exposure was good but probably not something we will do again very soon.


After Liam went down for the night I watched some more One Tree Hill and headed to bed.


After a busy Saturday we had a super lazy Sunday. We spent pretty much the whole day lounging and playing with Liam.

We did have a protein pancake and egg brunch at home which was really good. Then we all took a family nap. Joe was not feeling well and Liam always naps so they both have excuses but I was just tired and wanted a nap.


The rest of the afternoon and evening was super lazy. Joe had a hockey game in the evening so he headed to that while I put Liam down for bed and watched the Miss Universe pageant (congrats France!).

It was nice to have a lazy Sunday and a busy weekend otherwise. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Fun and warm winter weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a fun weekend that was pretty busy. The weather was actually really nice for January so we were able to spend some time outside.


I was home Friday during the day with Liam and had a pretty lazy day. I did do some food prep and a little cleaning but other than that Liam and I just hung out.

In the evening before Joe got home I decided to take Liam outside. I took him in his swings and he had so much fun. He was giggling which made me giggle. So cute!

We had burrito bowls for dinner and then spent the evening relaxing and watching This is Us which is my new favorite show. We are finally caught up now so that is exciting.


We spent our morning together and then it was off to Zumba for me. It’s nice to get a morning workout in on Saturdays.

Once home we did some cleaning and organizing. Then my friend Breanna and her husband TJ came over. Breanna wanted to show me the Rainbow Cleaning System and demonstrate how it works. I agree to do this and honestly it was amazing but out of our price range. However, it was fun to spend the afternoon with them and hang out for a little bit after the demonstration.

Then I met some friends out for dinner. Joe stayed with Liam for the evening. After dinner we all went to our best friend Jordan’s golden birthday celebration. It was decorated super cute and was fun to get together with friends. Happy Birthday Jordan!


We went to church in the morning which was really nice. We really fell out of routine after Liam was born and so it was nice to be back. Plus Judah and Liam are so cute!

Then we headed to Joe’s parents for the Packer football game. We went early so Liam could go down for his nap there.

The game started at 2 and it was almost like Liam knew that because he woke up from a very short nap at around 1:30.

Joe’s parents were having a big party for the game and set up the “Lambeau experience” with a TV outside. It was super awesome! Liam and I spent some time enjoying the experience before we headed inside to watch the rest of the game. It was too cold to have Liam outside the whole game.

He had some fun playing with the balloons. He liked that they were floating so he enjoyed pulling them up and down.

Although the outcome of the game was not in our favor, the food and the company were great.

It was a lot of action and chaos at the party so we were all exhausted and spent the rest of the evening lounging and chasing Liam.

Weekends are so great and so short so I hope you enjoyed yours and have a happy Monday!