Monday, October 20, 2014

twin cities marathon 2014

We had the privilege of cheering on Brad and Michelle (Chantel's younger sister) in this year's TC marathon.  Mom and Steve joined us and we made a morning out of it.  James (and the girls) saw a glimpse of what their obnoxious mother will be like at their future sporting events.  I love a good competition.   

Jamesey loves Mabey!  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

the apple orchard.

Monday was the first cool, crisp fall day and we headed to an apple orchard/working farm with so many wonderful friends in our church family.  Reagan and James were in heaven with the animals and big kids.  Elle hung out in the ergo but eventually warmed up to the big crowd and had a grand time!  So thankful for the amazing families my littles are growing up with.
This picture makes me laugh.  Reagan and her dear friend, Abi, couldn't believe how funny this was!  Reagan adores Abi and follows her around everywhere she goes. Couldn't think of a better little girl for her to emulate!

Monday, September 1, 2014

a sweet summer.

I can't believe it's September.  This summer was so satisfying.  We did a lot and then sometimes didn't do much at all.  Many days my babes were independent, easy and sweet. Sometimes they tugged at my legs all day or we lived on the living room floor with all 3 fighting over my lap amidst piles of books.   

We spent tons of time outside.  We beached, parked, pooled or playdated 4 days a week.  JD and I got addicted to "LOST."  He made me lots of amazing cocktails and we stayed up way too late laughing, chatting and just being next to eachother.  James became our chatterbox, learning words left and right.  Elle has become more quiet, more fearless and REALLY into anything that buckles.  Reagan went from long naps to rests in her room and just said goodbye to her nighttime pull up.  JD worked hard and experienced great success in the office.  We worked hard at home and got a hold on more of our kids' hearts.  God is teaching me to keep my eyes on Him more and myself less.  That's all I want.  

Now onward to football, baby z and p, trips to the orchard (aka donuts), BSF, and lots of soup on my meal plan!  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

summer vacation continued.

took a zillion pictures per usual as we traveled from MN to MI to NY and back again, with a pit stop at Gwynnie's beautiful Linwood.  Here are some of my favorites.  Best parts of vacation: introducing my extended family to my sweet twinnies, being served by my amazing mama, and laying out in the sun one afternoon uninterrupted with my man for more than three hours!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I got it from my mama.

so thankful for the beautiful lady who taught me how to choose joy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

summer vacation.

11 days.  34 hours in the car.  2 countries (1 being Canada-don't get too excited).  Stops (some just for some Wendy's) in MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, NY, PA, OH and a ferry trip across beautiful Lake Michigan.  Tons of sweet time with family and friends.  Three littles that WIN WIN WIN at sleeping in unfamiliar places, meeting tons of new people, and driving with little conplaint/crying.  
My heart is a little heavy leaving my beautiful home state. I enjoy my life in MN more than I could have ever dreamed of 6 years ago but I will forever miss my family SO much.  Thankful that I don't live in the age where a newlywed girl boarded a train out west and never returned home.  Until we meet again, Michigan...