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March Ramblings

This month has been the month of getting stuff done. We were able to do a quick getaway to FL to give us a taste of summer, which I am not going to lie, is killing me now. We been getting a couple of nice days, and cold weather again, it just isn’t cutting it anymore and I’m sick of it!! We also got our taxes done, had dentist apts, parent teacher conferences and CJ even fit a work trip in.

I still struggle coming up with dinner ideas but I did make the following recipes which were a success: Spring roll bowls, this steak with the most amazing sauce and panzanella salads, which truly is summer on a plate.

CJ and I finally went on a date and ate at Craftsman Table and it was good. The cheese curds live up to the hype and I also liked all the food I ordered.

My goals for next month are getting some photo albums done. I don’t know why, but it’s a task I dread. But I do know I will be so glad I did them later on in life. Plus I don’t know about your kiddos, but my kids love looking at photos of themselves, it’s so sweet.

Hands down I bought my most favorite Craigslist find ever, I vintage daybed and I am soooo happy with it. Currently it’s in our playroom and I love having a place to sit down and snuggle with the kids while reading books. However, this did not fit in our car and it was such a hassle coordinating someone to help pick it up. I promised CJ I would never buy anything from Craigslist that doesn’t fit in our car. I literally was stressed out about the whole situation, but thanks to my dad it all worked out, thanks again dad!!

Watching: This month I watched season 3 of Frankie & Grace (goodness I love that show) and The Great British Baking Show.

Reading: Everything I Never Told You. I’d recommend it, I’m not saying it was the best book I ever read, but it held my interest and I fell into the characters and their relationships.

IMG_2411 I love my time with Jonas while Nola’s in school. Here we are watching the digger out the window.

Happy New Year!

Guys I am happy to leave 2016 behind and start fresh with the New Year. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond thankful for this past year and all that we were able to do, but on a personal and health level I feel a little disappointed with how things may have turned out. Like maybe I could have done more, accomplished more… And so I’m hopeful I can do that this year.

Highlights from this year:
– Going to France (here are the posts from paris (posts here, here, here, here & here and I didn’t even do the countryside portion of it!!!)
– Being able to build and move into our new home (post here)
– Meeting new wonderful neighbor friends
– Nola adjusting to school and us parents getting used to her being in school 5 days a week! (post here)
– So much about my kids, my heart. How they have grown and continue to be my favorite people in all the land
– CJ and I starting to go on a few more dates. It wasn’t a ton, but more than before!!
– And really it’s all those everyday moments that really count, our dance sessions at night, during the summer our nightly walks, cuddling with my kids before they fall asleep, when CJ makes me laugh.

All in all it’s been a good…nevermind it’s really been a great year. With building the house I feel we were so busy and exhausted with all that entails emotionally, physically and financially we didn’t do as much as we normally do, but honestly I’m ok with that, I mean it’s pretty nice to have our home. But 2017 I’m looking at you and ready for ya!! Thanks 2016 for all the great memories!

Here are some goals I want to try doing this upcoming year:

– Working out & eating healthy…this isn’t something that is a suggestion, I want to be here for my kiddos and I want to feel better than I have been
– Finish or actually start decorating the house. Since moving in this summer everything is unpacked and kind of found a place, but nothing is really styled.
– Maybe blog more? Maybe not, we’ll see…
– More adventures with the family. Last year Nola was begging to go camping and fishing and we never did. I want to be more spontaneous and do as many big and small adventures as we can.


Hey guys!  Hope you all are having a good start of the week!  I started my Monday with getting some cavities getting filled, so it started off a little shaky (I mean can they please not have the drill sound so horrible, engineers can we invent something that’s silent I mean we got to Pluto to take photos but this can’t be done?!!), but hey I have two cute kids and a handsome hubby so things can turn around very quickly.

This past weekend we took the kids to a splash pad.  Shortly after we got there the water got shut off.  We were told it would be turned back on in 15 minutes so we decided to wait around.  Nola and some other kids played in the outdoor shower meant for people to clean off before and afterwards.  They never got the water to go back on, but Nola and her newfound friends didn’t mind.  They were having fun in this little bitty shower.  Aren’t kids the best?  They continue to teach us valuable lessons all the time!  They didn’t need all the fancy splash pad features, they only needed water and were even willing to share!!  I need to do that more often in my life.  I struggle sometimes with being happy with my life or just being content with where we are at.  If only I had this, or I wish I had that job, or why can’t we go on that amazing vacation?!  But typically shortly after I have these thoughts I am reminded that this life I’m living is not only ok, but pretty damn wonderful actually.

TO3_3206 2 copy love this little crew of mine!  photo by twig & olive photography.

Friday Ramblings

Hey Friends!  Hope you all had a great week!  We are looking forward to the weekend and things are starting off pretty good around here!  For one, this week flew by, we started working out again (crossing our fingers we can keep it up), I did my hair AND we went out for breakfast this morning and found an awesome new place Crema Cafe (thanks to a friend’s referral) that we loved!

– We are planning and scheming ideas for Nola’s birthday.  We can’t wait to celebrate and spoil our little girl!

– My good friend told me that someone she knows who also blogs prints out all her posts at the end of each year.  I love that idea and plan to do that as well.  I think what’s the most fun about blogging is seeing how much the kiddos changed from each year.

– I would love some good summer recipes.  If you have any please share with me!  This super easy tomato sandwich is something I have eaten numerous times this week, so good!

– Most of you know may know this already, but I’m also a contributor to Madison Moms Blog.  My last post I created a scavenger hunt for the kiddos.  Check if out if you are looking for something new to entertain your kids with and bonus it’s something to do outside!

– The greatest thing we have discovered recently is evening swims at the local community pool.  This way I don’t have to worry about Jonas being out in the sun and we can wear Nola out right before bed.  I have been loving this summer here in WI so far!!

– I plan on doing a post all about Jonas because, tears, he is almost 6 months!  But I just have to tell ya, that baby is the best.  He wakes up every morning with the biggest smile and so we all get to start each day with Jonas joy.  Don’t think I don’t count my blessings everyday for my little family because I really do.

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Friday Ramblings

Hey friends and happy Friday!  How’s everyone doing?!?  This week was our first week back from Florida and I think I finally feel like I’m kind of in a groove and schedule again?  I was legitimately worried how I was going to entertain my toddler and baby for 2 weeks without Nola’s toys and to be real here Jonas’ swing in a small condo.  I’m happy to report our time was pretty awesome and I realize toys can be overrated.  Granted the weather was great and we had lots of things to do and see outside!  I told CJ that this beach vacation got me in shape for a next beach vacation, ha!  Mama’s of more than one, the workout you get, that’s no joke!  Most days included us walking miles with Jonas in my wrap and Nola in the stroller.  I will post more about our trip in the near future, but in the mean time here’s what we have been up to lately and what’s been on my mind.

– I love Smitten Kitchen and this recent recipe I will eat all summer long and you probably should too, I’ve eaten for the past two days.

– I read the book The Girl on the Train on our trip.  Guys, this book scared the crap out of me!  It’s not necessarily a scary book, it’s more suspenseful, but it just freaked me out.  I wanted to hug my babies after reading it.  I’m a total wuss.

– Our place we stayed at in Florida had the smallest kitchenette area and so we virtually ate out most of our meals.  The thing I missed the most was having a kitchen and making food!  I love making food and it’s my way of taking care and loving on my family.

– Today I put all of our photos from our camera, CJ’s phone and my phone onto the computer.  People please do not let it get out of hand like I do.  The editing, deleting, sorting and organizing is ridiculous.  And make sure to back all your photos up!!

– I’m so excited to set up our tiny deck to grill and eat outside.  Right now I have nothing, but if we make some sort of outdoor space please come over and eat and drink with us.

– This week I finally got my hair done!  What a treat!  I have light brown hair, eeck!  Not all over, but I now feel ready for summer.

– Guys I have an almost 3 month baby and I have baby fever.  Does that even make sense?  We most likely are done with our two kiddos, but in another life I’d probably have 12 kids.  Also don’t think if you come by me and you have a little baby and that I won’t want to hold, hug and kiss your sweet thing.  I promise to use hand sanitizer.

– Every night, probably since Jonas has been born, CJ and I agree to watch a movie early evening and by the kids are asleep we change our minds…every single night.  Last night we toughed it out and decided to watch the longest most confusing movie, Interstellar, which I don’t recommend if you lack sleep.  We really liked it though, it didn’t go without some google explanations for me to completely wrap my brain around it though.

Thank you for letting me vent my guts out to you!  Hope you all have a great weekend, the weather here in WI looks awesome!

IMG_6025 copy photo from rosemary beach