Monthly Archives: January 2016


I recently read a book by elisabeth egan where they described January and February perfectly, “January and February are just frozen appetizers for the fillet of the year, which arrives in March, when you can finally wear a down vest to walk the dog. That’s when I commit to my annual resolutions: become more flexible in all senses of the word, stop snapping at my family, start feeding the parking meter, take wet laundry out of the machine before it mildews…”  Isn’t that the truth though? I mean the idea of starting the new year’s resolutions in March is genius! Because January and February are pretty much washes in my book and all we need to do is SURVIVE. And whatever that means for you I don’t judge or what I am really saying is I don’t judge me at this time. I have also decided that as long as we are living in the Midwest, going forward we are going somewhere warm in this sad sad period.

But this isn’t all about complaining about the weather. In fact I have recently discovered that with someone like myself, who doesn’t shower regularly, may or may not wear the same thing two days in a row, forget to comb my hair, you get the idea…I can be an absolute slob. And I don’t say this because I’m proud, it’s just sometimes survival with the littles. Ok, ok, so back to the upside of cold weather, friends, if you have a longer coat with a belt (need a little form fitting), stocking hat, sunglasses and lipstick you can actually look put together with pretty much just falling out of bed, which I of course love! So winter I give you that, thanks for letting me fool everyone when I have to get out, I really do appreciate that!

And of course my sweet boy was born in January which makes this month truly special and always something we can look forward to as well. I have posts to write about that boy and his birthday sometime in the future.

I don’t remember if I mentioned this before but I read this fascinating article about the Norwegians. They have a pretty tough winter and after doing a study on the Norwegian locals it came by surprising that the resident’s depression was much lower than one might think. The reason? ATTITUDE. So I am trying to have a better mindset on this winter. In fact today I had to quick shovel the drive way and while I was doing it I was surprised how much I enjoyed doing it! I may have to take that chore up in the future!

I hope you all are treating yourself to something special during this trying season and if it means, taking some vitamin D, getting a massage, getting your hair done, eating lots of soup, buying a new lipstick, shoveling, taking a vacation (if you have a palatable checkbook) do what you got to do!! And maybe we can all encourage each other on along the way until we get to March and April.

My Friday…

Today was a weird one. I had a lot of unfortunate things happen, like my comforter not being pushed down far enough in the washer and having water flood the floor. The rug I had in this room and after getting wet it started bleeding red (insert crying emoji x100) and while cleaning this up just vision a baby sliding head first onto home plate only it was our laundry room. That said comforter also got wound so tightly in the washer we could not pull it out (we have an old school washer). Not to mention another incident occurred with poop getting all over the place and our little guy pulling a plate of food off the table, man oh man.

Thankfully I wasn’t emotional, so all these occurrences were more just frustrating. But at the end of the day I realized I had a choice of either dwelling on these bad events and feeling sorry for myself or looking at the bigger picture. And truly I didn’t have just a ‘bad day’ there was some good too. My parents stopped by and it’s always good to see them. My mom got that damn comforter out of the washer, don’t care how old I am, I will always need and appreciate my mom. CJ picked up some dinner and got me a coke (I am trying to limit this, but crave it always). I also am pretty sure I got in my 100 daily kisses that I give my kiddos. Those kids keep me busy and drive me insane, but 99% of the time I can not get enough of them.

Our 2015 Christmas

Depending on my schedule and mood sometimes I really don’t have the desire to blog, but there are some events I will force myself to do so that when I’m 60 and my babies are traveling the world and can’t be home for Christmas I can read each one of them and then cry myself to sleep. Just kidding, kind of, let’s just hope if and when that happens CJ and are somewhere warm sipping margaritas.

This year along with the last few with having kids it has been us trying to iron out and establish what we want to make as our little family traditions and what works with our kids being so little. We always used to visit our families since we lived out of state, but now especially with two kiddos we are staying home for Christmas. What I’ve realized along with most things it’s a lot of give and take with the kids and it seemed like the food preparation and dishes was endless, but you can’t have a celebration without good food, am I right?!?

We went to church on Christmas Eve Eve and then we were able to just hang out and relax on Christmas Eve. We decorated Christmas cookies that day (the third time!) so we had some fresh ones for Santa and for ourselves of course. One of our traditions is doing fondue on Christmas Eve along with having each of the kids open their Christmas pajamas and a book. I got them non Christmas books and we read them before bed, but it just felt weird that they weren’t Christmas related so from now on I’m reading them a Christmas book.

I felt horrible on Christmas morning because any kid should be able to wake up extra early and see what Santa brought them, but that night Jonas wasn’t feeling well and was coughing up a storm and as a result hardly slept. So I told CJ to make Nola stay in her room until he woke up. Kind of terrible I know, but I wasn’t going to miss Nola seeing her gifts. And I wasn’t going to wake up a sick 11 month baby who finally was sleeping. Don’t feel too bad, he was up by 7:30 and all was well. And truth be told I still don’t think Nola fully got that once we got downstairs there was going to be presents, she just wanted to watch a movie, ha! It was a fun morning opening and playing with their new toys and eating yummy food. Later in the afternoon we went to my parents and I was pretty excited because Nola had no idea there was going to be more presents for her. Let’s just put it this way, Santa was put to shame by all the gifts she got later on. And to top it off they got to open some more the next day from CJ’s parents.

Though we all know gifts are far from the true meaning of Christmas it is my greatest hope we always teach and remind our kids what the true meaning of Christmas is. On Christmas I made a box cake and Nola decorated it and later that day we lit candles and sang ‘happy birthday to Jesus’. I am so thankful for the birth of Jesus!

Here’s some photos of our December and Christmas if you care to see: DSC_0240 love getting out the little people nativity set out to help talk about christmas with the kids. this advent book by ann voskamp is also great to read leading up to christmas, however i think this is better suited for kids a little older.  DSC_0003 copy this sums up my life currently with jonas. love that boy! DSC_0007 nola was such a great helper decorating the tree this year!  DSC_0012 love this sweet spot of ornaments! but lets be real here i eventually spread those babies out.  DSC_0038 nola before her school christmas program DSC_0013 highly recommend doing a hot chocolate bar during the holiday season! DSC_0046 our christmas eve fondue tradition with sparkling grape juice
DSC_0072 how it normally is taking a picture with these two…so ridiculous DSC_0066 best one we could do!  DSC_0061 DSC_0076 DSC_0098 the next morning jonas with his guitar…this kid loves music!! DSC_0078 nola’s new playhouse!! DSC_0209 i love this photo, nola and her goofy face and jonas feeling so proud he’s included with all the cousins DSC_0180 my handsome men DSC_0163 DSC_0131

Random Thoughts And The Milwaukee Public Museum

One goal I have this year is to write more and being transparent on how life truly is. I don’t consider myself a strong writer so it’s something I really want to challenge myself to work on. I also think it will be fun to try experiment with different styles of writing and hopefully I will learn something along the way. I’ve mentioned this numerous time already, but mainly this blog is for my 70 year old self and as an online archive for our family memories, but maybe this year it can also be a journal with more personal thoughts as well. We will see…

Starting 2016 I’m sad to report that the best way to describe how I’m feeling is ‘dragging‘. This whole sahm thing is wearing on me. I can definitely tell you what’s changed and it’s my nearly one year old, bless his sweet heart. It behooves us to always keep our eyes on the guy since he loves to find trouble and danger consistently. Vision turning around one second and seeing your sweet baby climbing the kitchen chairs, going up the stairs, trying to take off the outlet covers, on top of the step stool, swishing his hand in the toilet, eating leaves off the floor...halp!! This is all very tiring and I don’t get much done these days. But what really is the biggest problem is he’s the worst sleeper of man kind. Something that we plan on working on here on out. You know what’s weird though, even when I’m in bed and tallying my hours of sleep I will get that night, ‘maybe 4 tonight?’ I am always excited for the next day and seeing what’s in store for my crazy crew.

During the Holiday break we took the kiddos to the Milwaukee Public Museum. For some reason we don’t go to Milwaukee very often because it just seems so far away, but in reality it’s only 1hr 15min away!! It’s such a doable day trip and going forward I plan on going there more often. Before hitting the museum we stopped at the Milwaukee Public Market to grab something to eat. We love that place so much and it reminded us a lot of Napa’s Oxbow Public Market. And that realization made us love that place that much more.

It didn’t come as a surprise that Nola loved the Museum. She loves doing new things, or what we call them, ‘Family Adventures’. In fact that evening Nola’s prayer was as follows, “thank you for Jesus, thank you for mama, thank you for dada, thank you for jonas and nola, thank you for family adventures, going to the museum to see dinosaurs, thank you for my toys amen”. Toddler prayers are pretty great, aren’t they?! But what pleasantly surprised me was that Jonas loved the exhibits as well. He recently has started walking and it’s also a great place for him to waddle around. We can’t wait to take our kiddos to the Chicago Field Museum next! But in the mean time here are photos of the day if you care to see.

DSC_0249 DSC_0251 DSC_0255 DSC_0261 that girl is such a character! and that outfit!! we let her choose her outfits and long socks pulled over her pants is her jam. sometimes it’s hard for me to not have control of her outfits, but i know this little battle of clothes is one thing that doesn’t hurt anything other than my little ego and so i will continue to let her pick them out.

Hello 2016


Sunrise over Cappadocia

About that long break in 2015….

To the friends and family who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, I’m sure you haven’t missed me thanks to the photos I frequently post. You know that we are madly in love with our growing girl and that 2015 was a big year for the Wegners. You know that we enjoyed our time exploring beautiful Utah and were even able to travel to Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey and Hambug, Germany in the fall. You know that Nick accepted a foot/ankle surgery position at a private practice in his home city of Omaha, Nebraska and that following his fellowship graduation we returned to the Midwest to begin putting down roots.

What you may not know was that while it was easy to document our life in photos and in pithy captions, it was challenging to go more in depth in writing. I can give you a myriad reasons why: there were computer troubles, exhaustion from chasing a toddler (parents of more than one, I commend you!), big moves, travel, and struggles finding new friends, a new routine and a new normal in a new city, again. All this aside, in truth the writing wasn’t coming naturally. 2015 kicked my butt and I just wasn’t in the mood to share myself until I found a way up and through it.

Here we are in 2016 and last year is officially behind us. HUGE RELIEF. Happy New Year! I try to avoid making hard-line resolutions but today a friend asked me what mine are for the year and it got me thinking. Here’s my informal list. Maybe by writing them down in public, these goals might actually be met this year.


1) Blogging. (sorry Missy!! Thanks for being so patient.)

2) Hydrating. I was seriously so thirsty last year. Thanks to the water bottle Annie got me in Xmas 2015 Cousin Exchange, I’m now set.

3) Vietnamese food. Ara needs to know how seriously good the motherland cuisine is. Now that we’re living in Omaha, I’m going to have to recreate my mom’s dishes because paying for bad Vietnamese food is just depressing.

4) Moving. I’m so much happier when I do.

5) Date nights. Self explanatory.


1) Complaining. This is a big one,

Then there are the others, like less screen time when she’s around, more charity work, more tea, more vegetables and less crap, but really it’s all about small steps and I think the point of the New Year is to start fresh. These will keep me busy for now.

Happy NY to all! May 2016 be your year.