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2016 Pope Farms


We made sure to see the sunflowers at Pope Farms while they were at it’s peak this summer. It’s a great local adventure to take in the Madison and since it’s a little ways to get to the fields it’s also a great place to let the kiddos run around and use up some of their energy.

Here’s some photos if you care to see:

dsc_0239 dsc_0243 dsc_0224 dsc_0252 dsc_0312 dsc_0335 dsc_0349 img_0637  love my little squad!

Beginning of the End

Guys this summer has kind of been a bust. Don’t get me wrong, we accomplished a lot, and we are grateful, but all those summer activities you write done on your summer bucket list, well we hardly scratched the surface, except for eating tons of ice cream of course. And the only reason why this bums me out is because Nola starts school in September, which is REALLY really soon.

I hadn’t really thought much about 4k, I mean she went to 3k last year so what would be the big deal? UNTIL, I found out her 4k, unlike Madison’s, is 5 days a week!! I don’t know why that extra day just put me over the edge, but it did. I think it’s because it felt like with 4 days a week it just didn’t seem like real school yet. And then I started thinking how this year of school is really the start of letting go of our little girl until she goes to college. I want my kids to grow, flourish and leave the house eventually, but going through all of this is so emotional. I mean I get parents who home school or never stop having babies because this is so freakin hard!!

So the next couple of weeks we are trying to fit in as much as we can. And summer of 2017, be ready because we plan on kicking your ass, as far as fun is concerned.

DSCN1194 isn’t this photo the greatest?! Uncle Ben took it when we were swimming at his place.

DSCN1220 and I can assure you I try eating those bubble toes everyday! can we all agree baby toes are the best?!

Things I Don’t Want To Forget

Sometimes things just work out where our weekend ends up being just the amount of everything: activities, friends, sleep, etc. We had a good one guys! And it wasn’t like we did anything grand or elaborate, which in some ways made it that much better. Because the memories you make during the regular schedule really can make the biggest lasting impression, to me anyways.

Lots is going on lately, but I just want to take a second a write down things I want to put in the internet vault:

– We got Nola a bike, it’s an early birthday present. We thought why wait till mid July when she’s been dying for a new one and then she can use it for most of the summer. Guys, she is doing sooooo good with the thing! She rode to the ‘far park’ from our house and rocked it! So proud and can’t believe I have a kid who can ride a bike with training wheels. It mine was well be a car as far as I’m concerned.

– I was manning Jonas while CJ was teaching Nola the ropes of riding a bike and in the midst of it all Nola asked CJ how his day ways. It was so cute!! It was right in the middle of her being nervous breaking and out of the blue she asked this, we were both laughing in an enduring way. We are trying to teach her to inquire other’s about their day and just being interested in other people in general and guys it melts my heart because in the midst of being a typical 3 year old she has a compassionate heart. Once she asked CJ, ‘dad why you not smiling? what’s wrong?’ She’s intuitive to people’s feelings and I can only imagine and so thankful on how she will encourage and love others when she is older.

– Nola bikes pretty slow, but she wants CJ to run along next to her, which pretty much means he needs to run in place. I died laughing, he’s a good dad guys!

– Jonas is at such a fun age and continues to make my ovaries explode because he’s so freakin adorable!! He walks and laughs with such a stagger, swinging his arm with such intention and doing this run where he probably walks faster because he does these little small steps. I die.

– We are at the point, I knew this day was coming, where Jonas loves wrestling Nola and can take her down. If they aren’t upset at each other about a toy, they really are the sweetest to each other. The daily kisses and hugs I really can’t get enough of.

– Yesterday our kids took a late nap due to running around for the first half of the day. Whenever this happens we know our kids will go to bed late. And when I say late, this means later than their normal late summer bedtime. Like 9:30…we have a 1 year old, that’s probably parent fail right there, I know. But the great thing was we took them to the park like we normally do and CJ and I were having fun too. Let me explain myself, sometimes doing the same thing over and over again can get old for us parents, but we do them because the kids like it and it’s good for them. But last night the weather was perfect, we were swinging, I don’t know, we didn’t feel like we had to dig deep to stay at the park for awhile. I guess what I’m trying to say was sometimes our kids make us feel like kids and those moments are pretty awesome.

IMG_0772_2 We met friends at the Terrace on Saturday and it ended up being a really good night. Love our friends! And love Madison from spring to fall, haha!


It’s been almost a month since we have been to France and I can honestly say I want to go back!! I LOVED Paris and in a different life could see myself living there. We joke that my Asian-Adopted-Dutch-Self was a European in another lifetime. I just love the European culture and history! The US is practically a baby compared to Europe! I also realized I just miss being in a city. I lived in Chicago for 5 years and miss it a lot.

I figured I’d break up these posts up so I don’t overload you with photos.

IMG_9218 I feel that if you lived in a city sometime in your life where you used public transportation regularly it’s fairly easy to pick things up at any city. The metro was pretty easy to use, BUT there’s a huge caveat… it was not easy to use with a stroller, NOT EASY. But we were out and about all day so there was no getting around it. This stroller is where our kids could rest, take naps, etc. Though we ate our way in carbs delight we shed those pounds by lifting that stroller up stairs all day, everyday. By the end of the trip we easily wanted to throw that stroller out of the window of some moving vehicle, but we didn’t because I’m too practical and didn’t want to toss a couple hundred dollars away.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset Notre Dame!

IMG_9125 IMG_9133 This was inside Notre Dame. I prayed for my kiddos at this exact spot and want to remember that. I should add our kids were maniacs for the entire time we were inside. IMG_9205 Isn’t this tree amazing!

IMG_9150 I’m sorry but this kid is the cutest thing in all the land! Plus add a crepe into those adorable chubby hands and forget about it! I love that kid silly!

IMG_9160 Best quote of the day, “look dad that monkey is tickling that guy”  IMG_9197 Here we are at Museum of Natural History of Paris.  I fell in love with the historic building of this museum! I want those exact wood floors in our new house.

When we travel we usually assume the first day is a wash since we are trying to figure things out and get the lay of the land. But surprisingly we jam packed a ton of stuff and had a really great day!

The Day My Hat was Lost (and also briefly my sanity)

I told Nola, “just use my hat if you have to puke and don’t worry if it gets on your dress, mama can wash it and it will be back to new.” When I got home that baseball hat of mine was full (along with the majority of the backseat). I was living in a dream…a scary dream for the past few days, but I’m hoping that things are on the upswing. I say that, but since coming back from France I also have said I see the light at the end of the tunnel 3 different times now. We literally have now dealt with sinus infections, sore throats, coughs that kept you up all night, migraines, eye infection, loss of smell and taste (this is big for me guys you know my love for food) and since the flu was feeling left out we decided why the heck not, let’s just do you too.

We are onto week three of being sick and though we were pretty down in the dumps emotionally we have hit a turning point to now it’s almost comical???  But truthfully I’m excited to do life again. Maybe check on the new house? make some decisions on some of the 100’s of outstanding items? maybe go on a date? watch tv after the kids are in bed? I’m excited!!!

Guys I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am that these sicknesses will eventually go away. For those families with illnesses, disease, cancer and deal with this day in and day out you are my hero’s and I want to do something for you. Seeing my kids sick like that was heartbreaking. Jonas didn’t even cry and he was vomiting for a good 7 hours straight. Nola also was so brave. She had a terrible night last night (thirsty, drink and puke on repeat) and this morning she told CJ, “thanks for helping me out last night dad”. She’s a good egg you guys. CJ and I joked the kids handled it better than we did. Right before the rest of the family got the flu (I got it first) I was pretty upset and getting down and the dumps and just texted a few friends to pray for me and my family. Prayers do work. My family wasn’t spared from the flu, but I felt the love, I started feeling better, my attitude was turning around and I was able to do my best in trying to help nurture the rest of the gang. So thanks you guys!!

So moving onward to my daunting task of laundry. And I need to mention that there are a few perks to all this sickness. I finally was forced to wash my couch slipcovers. I drink so much more water now (and hope to continue with that). That for 3 weeks of sickness we were able to keep the kids alive!! And lastly I really appreciate my hubs so much…he’s been awesome through all of this.

IMG_0388 In case you are wondering this is how i care for my kids recovering from the flu