Weekend Recap~ Easter Edition!

I’m a little late to the game as far as my weekend recap goes, it’s Wednesday already! Better late than never though right?!

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We had a long Easter weekend, as the kids had Good Friday off from school. The weather here in Minnesota has been just beautiful and the kids and I spent the entire day outside on Friday. Parker loves all things hockey and spent HOURS rollerblading and playing street hockey. The girls played on the swing set, drew pictures on the driveway with chalk and blew bubbles. We also hit up the park with a bunch of neighborhood kids. On Friday night, we went to Parker’s indoor flag football game and then went back home to greet my parents and Grandma who stayed with us for the weekend.

On Saturday, my mom, sister, grandma, Delaney and I treated ourselves to mani/pedis before heading out to Marx Fusion Bistro in Stillwater for lunch.

 

If you’re ever in the Stillwater, MN area you have to have lunch or dinner at this restaurant, I’ve never had a meal there that wasn’t delicious!  One of my favorite things on the menu is their warm goat cheese salad. #givemeallthegoatcheese

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After lunch we checked out some cute shops along main street. I found these dishcloths at Scandinavian North . These are seriously the best dishcloths EVER! (you know you’re getting old when dishcloths are exciting)  Prior to my discovery of these clothes, I mostly used handknit clothes that my grandmother makes. My sweet grandma has been able to replenish my stock over the years but she’s winding down from making them. I love how absorbent and malleable these Swedish cloths are. I feel like other ones I’ve gotten from the store are too stiff. (I guess I’m particular about my dishcloths, Ha!)

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On Saturday night, we went back to my brother and sister-in-laws house for my mom’s 60th birthday celebration! We had so much fun having everyone together. Last minute, I decided to grab Chicken Street Taco Platters from Costco. I wasn’t sure how they’d taste but I’m so glad we gave them a try, they were delish and so easy to serve a crowd!

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On Sunday morning, the kids awoke to find their Easter baskets hidden by the Easter bunny. Of course, Parker and Laney’s baskets were harder to find than the year before. The bunny doesn’t like the hunt to be too easy for them! After they searched for their baskets they hunted for eggs inside the house.

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The BEST part of the weekend was attending our church’s Easter service. We are very blessed to have a wonderful church and pastor. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

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Following the church service my family all came back to our house for Easter dinner. I didn’t take any picture of our feast and I wish I had so I could share the recipes along with pictures. #nexttime Surprisingly enough, I did take pictures of my Easter themed Oreo Truffles and I’ll share the recipe below.

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Oreo Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz package of original Oreos
  • 8 oz cream cheese-softened
  • white melting chocolate
  • Easter/holiday themed sprinkles

Directions

  • Crush Oreos into fine pieces, I used my food processor.
  • Mix cream cheese and Oreo pieces well using mixer.
  • Shape the mixture into approximately 30 balls
  • Refrigerate cookie balls for an hour or freeze for 20 minutes to allow the cookie balls to firm up
  • Dip the cookie balls into melted chocolate, I used food coloring to create pastel colors. Sprinkle with holiday sprinkles before chocolate sets!

 

I hope you all had a very blessed Easter!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Hello Monday~Weekend Recap!

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Happy Monday everyone, I’m linking up with Lindsay, Heather, Johannah and Tanya today and recapping our weekend!  We kicked off the weekend with a hockey game Friday night, #ofcourse and while Parker and Jared were away at the game Delaney was having a playdate at our house! I didn’t take any pics of Friday evening but here’s one of Camryn snoozing away before the big kids got home from school. #bestillmyheart

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On Saturday morning we went to see the Easter Bunny. We always visit the bunny at the community center within our housing association. They always do a great job with photos and also have crafts, a petting zoo and refreshments for everyone to enjoy.   The photos of the kids with the Easter Bunny were too funny. Even before it was our turn, Camryn caught a glimpse of the bunny behind the sheer curtain. The moment she saw him, she began clinging onto Jared for dear life and she absolutely WOULD NOT let go. Ha!  Her smile says it all, her teeth are clenched and she’s doing a funny half smile…poor girl.   The girl’s dresses are from Matilda Jane and their bows are from One Stop Bow Shop. If you have little girls and haven’t tried their bows yet, you’re missing out! They are very well made and come in every color under the sun as well as a zillion different patterns.

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After we had our picture taken, the kids enjoyed petting the baby chicks and coloring pictures for the coloring contest.

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On Sunday morning  we went to church and then went to the pet store. Parker started asking for a pet lizard a few months ago. My answer had been a consistent “no” for a long time but then he started asking for one again. I explained to him that he would have to save up for and purchase the lizard himself. Well, he was able to pull together enough money and we ended up with a new family pet. Ha! I’m actually not really thrilled about having a reptile in our house but I remember my own parents being willing to allow me to have a pet hamster as a child and because of this I was willing to allow Parker a pet I didn’t really want as well. Parker is very excited to have his new pet 🙂

 

We spent the rest of the day watching football and enjoying the nice weather! It’s supposed to get really cold again this week in Minnesota, ugh! Have a wonderful week!

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XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

 

Hello Monday!

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It’s Monday and I’m kicking off another week by  linking up with Lindsay, Heather, Johannah and Tanya  to recap our weekend!

On Friday, Jared and I met up for lunch at Keg and Case Market. Niether of us had ever been to this marketplace before and I’m so glad we checked it out. Keg and Case Market hosts a variety of vendors, including Bogarts’s Doughnut Co , Studio Emme, Evla Pottery and Clutch Brewing Co. There are two sit-down restaurants within the building, In Bloom and Revival.   We ate at In Bloom and it was SO! GOOD!  Jared had the French onion soup and I had the Venison Mortadella Sandwich. Those of you who know  me well know that I almost NEVER eat red meat so this was definitely a leap of faith for me. I originally requested to have the sandwich without the venison, however the waiter was able to persuade me to give it a whirl and I’m so glad he did!  In Bloom uses a woodfire grill to cook most of their foods, through our conversation with one of their top chefs we learned that the restaurant gets 3-5 venison per week from a local farmer. Their menu was designed to incorporate venison into many of the dishes and they get their fruits and vegetables from local farmers.   Our entrees were so good, we decided to split desert at In Bloom too. We shared the Burnt Marshmallow and it was AMAZING! #nopicsbecause…yummm

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After lunch, we browsed the market a bit more and stopped at Spinning Wylde Cotton Candy to bring some home for the kids. I got the Strawberry Fields flavor for them and they ate it up!  They have over 50 flavors to choose from, definitely worth a stop!

 

While dining at a more traditional sit-down restaurant is an option at Keg and Case Market, you can also choose to just grab a bite from any of the other vendors and take a seat at one of the many tables and chairs located on both the main floor and upper level of the market place.

Beginning May 16 thru October 19,2019 they will also be opening their outdoor farmers market. In addition to the farmers market, they will play host to musical events, kids activities and other events!

On Friday night, we pulled out the Pie in the Face game. Always one of the kid’s favs because they would love nothing more than to see us get pied in the face. Ha! Parker actually really liked it when he ended up getting pied, it was so funny! He kept asking for another turn or to turn the dial just one more time!

 

 

On Saturday morning we all enjoyed a little time outdoors. The weather here in Minnesota is finally getting warmer! Just when we thought we couldn’t survive another week of frigid temps, we’ve started to turn a corner.

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Despite the warmer weather we were experiencing on Saturday, that afternoon we headed back down to St. Paul for our son’s hockey event.  Parker’s Mite hockey team had the opportunity to play during one of the Frozen Four Championship games so we met up with several other hockey families at New Bohemia in St. Paul before heading to the Xcel center for the game.   New Bohemia is an “American beir hall”, they serve craft beers, sausage, burgers and giant pretzels. I did not see schnitzel on the menu, that must be the “American” part of the bier hall. You have to go to a German bier hall if you want the schnitzel. Ha!

If that fare isn’t really striking your fancy you can walk over to Truck Park, which is an indoor food truck park and bar. They have street tacos, fried chicken, ice cream, grilled cheese and cocktails. The seating style in both restaurants is cafeteria style which worked out really well for our large group.

 

After lunch we headed over to the Xcel Center to watch the Frozen Face off game, Colorado College against Denver college. The more exciting game was played later that night, University of Minnesota Bulldogs vs. the St. Cloud State Huskies.

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On Sunday morning we went to church. I really loved the sermon this week on forgiving. Certainly a message we all need and can relate too!  

 

We spent the day enjoying the nice weather and getting ready for the week!  On Sunday’s I usually plan the week’s meals and order groceries online from Hy-Vee. I find that when we have a dinner plan for each night, the evenings roll much more smoothly than when I don’t have a plan! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

 

 

Hello Monday!

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Today I’m linking up with Lindsay, Heather, Johannah, and Tanya for the first time!  I actually ran across Lindsay’s blog, Lindsay’s Sweet World, a couple of years ago when I was on Pinterest looking for 1st birthday party ideas for Camryn. I ended up going with a gold and light pink pumpkin theme and it was SO. CUTE! (Am I allowed to say that about a party that I put together? HA!)  You can check it out here!

Anyway, this past weekend we spent most of our time relaxing at home and getting back into our normal routine after being gone for an extended period of time over spring break. I recapped our trip to San Francisco  last week and plan on recapping our trip to Cabo San Lucas later this week!

It was so nice being home, without any evening activities, for a few days. Last Thursday, I took all 3 kiddos to the American Girl store at the Mall of America. Our store here in Minnesota is closing this week, so I wanted to take Laney to get her first full size doll.  After browsing the store for awhile she settled on Nanea. We’ve been reading a little bit of the book the doll came with each night and she’s loving her new doll!

 

After taking one for the team on Thursday, I told Parker he could bring a buddy to  see the How to Train Your Dragon 3 movie on Friday afternoon and it was sooooo good! I would totally recommend it!

 

On Sunday morning I made Lucky Charm Marshmallow bars to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We’re not Irish so I don’t go too crazy with the celebrating, this little treat was the perfect way to start our day. Just ask my little Leprechauns. Ha!  The super difficult recipe is listed below.

 

Lucky Charm Marshmallow Bars

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5-6 cups Lucky Charms cereal
  • 5 cups mini-marshmallows

Directions

Melt butter in large saucepan. Once butter is melted, stir in marshmallows and continue to stir until marshmallows have completely melted. Take pan off of burner. Stir in Lucky Charms cereal and then spread in a greased 9×9 pan. Voila!

That concludes my very relaxing weekend recap! I’ll be back later this week with the details on our Cabo trip and Friday Favorites! Have a great week everyone!

XOXO,

Finding My Mojo

Mojo Travel~ Palm Springs!

I had visions of putting this post together on Monday, the day after we got back from a much needed girl’s weekend, however, jet-lag is real my friends! I’m just now KIND OF getting back into the groove of things but then again, lets be honest mommin’ ain’t easy and I rarely feel like I’m on top of my game. Ha!

This past weekend, I took a 4 day trip with a couple of my best friends from high school to Palm Springs, CA. This trip was YEARS in the making and we were so glad to finally be boarding our plane last Thursday evening with visions of late mornings drinking HOT coffee, uninterrupted dinners and endless time to catch up on ALL THE THINGS.

When we were contemplating where to go for this vacation, we had certain criteria that we wanted to fulfill. We wanted warmth, relaxation, the ability to do some outdoor exercise, shops and affordable to get to within the US. Even though the weather was 10 degrees colder than average, coming from MN we were more than happy to take in that 50 degree weather the locals were referring to as their “Polar Vortex”. I’ll show them Polar Vortex, just hop on a flight to Minneapolis and then your 50 degrees won’t look so bad!! HaHa!

Day 1:

When we got into the airport on Thursday night, we were all pleasantly surprised to see how small and easy to navigate the airport was. We rented a Mustang convertible, #weresofancy, and drove less than 10 minutes to get to our hotel.  Seriously, how awesome is that!!  We stayed at the Kimpton Rowan, which was absolutely stunning. I already had a love for this boutique hotel brand going into our stay. They’re known for their excellent hospitality and their attention to detail in all areas from the common spaces to the individual rooms. I love that they always have robes for you to use and this particular hotel had delicious orange infused water in the lobby.

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After we settled into our room for a bit, we went to dinner at Las Casuelas right in downtown Palm Springs. It was less than a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Even though it was Valentine’s Day they were able to find us a seat on their outdoor patio. Apparently, those locals just can’t hang in the cooler temps. 😉 They had outdoor heaters and we managed just fine! No pics of my dinner, #sorrytoohungry #storyofmylife.  If you ever find yourself in Palm Springs, the Enchiladas Suizas are to die for!

Day 2:

We woke up Friday morning ready to tackle the day. We got dressed for the day and figured we’d head down to the lobby and grab a cup of coffee. We were surprised when the concierge informed us that it was only 6:30am, oops, and they weren’t quite serving coffee  yet. Fortunately for us, we were right next to a Starbucks! #givemeyourcoffee  We also got coffee and a pastry at Koffi before setting out for the day. I love trying new coffee places, especially ones that are local.  This little place was really nice because there was a courtyard in the back of the coffee shop when you could sit and enjoy your beverages.

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In the days leading up to our arrival, Palm Springs had experienced significant flooding and the National Parks and many surrounding trails were closed. As we meandered around the city, we found a trail and took a hike up the mountain. It was so beautiful!

By the time we finished our hike it was late afternoon and we were STARVING!!  At the recommendation of our concierge, we hit up the Kaiser Grill and it was so good! We were still so full by dinnertime that we ended up just having desert. We ended up stumbling upon an amazing toffee shop called Brandini. The toffee was out of this world and was actually founded by two really good friends who have a knack for making amazing toffee. When they were in high school and trying to fundraise money for a school trip, their sales were such a huge success they ended up opening their own shop…and we’re super glad they did. YUMM!!  You only get a pic of the case, haha, because we devoured  (and split) the toffee ice cream sundae!

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Day 3:

This time, we started our day off with Coffee Bean coffee. I got a mocha, parting with my routine medium roast with a splash of cream, and it was excellent!

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We had plans to hit up Joshua Tree National Park, so before we headed out for the day we had breakfast at one of the Rowan’s restuarants called Juniper Table . I got the Chilaqiles and I’ve never had any better than the ones I had at this restaurant.

Joshua Tree was magnificent!

After we got home we were exhausted from a long day but pulled it together to head out for a nice dinner that evening. Well, we hadn’t planned on all of the resturants being filled due to Modernism week but as luck would have it we ended up at an amazing Italian restaurant. I had a super delish lobster pasta dish that was so good…I’m only sorry that at this point I can’t remember the name of the restaurant.

Day 4:

One of the locals had told us Palm Desert was a MUST SEE while we were in Palm Springs so we figured since we were so close we’d check it out. Honestly, we didn’t love Palm Desert. It was much more commercialized and a lot like home, minus the freezing temps with the added beauty of palm trees. We ate lunch, shopped a bit and then headed back to our hotel. Each of us ladies wanted to bring our kiddos back a little something from the trip so we ended up stopping at Balboa Candy Store. Balboa was such a cute, old-time candy store and the kids very much loved the little treats I brought back for them.

Us girls had the time of our lives on the trip. As childhood friends, this trip was probably the longest period of time we had ever gotten the chance to spend together in our adult lives and I think it meant the world to each of us to have this time. We hope to make this a recurrent event and heaven knows I love to get travel plans on the books so I’m betting we can make it happen again!

I’d love to hear from anyone else that’s been to Palm Springs, what did we miss?! And where should we go on our next trip??

P.S. We were gone over Valentine’s Day, when I got home at 2am on Monday morning this was waiting for me on the counter. Gotta say, it was good to be back home!

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XOXO,

Finding My Mojo

Weekend Recap!

I blinked and now it’s Monday. Anyone else feel that way?! I hope you all had a great weekend, ours was filled with A LOT of Halloween and baby celebrations!

On Friday night, we headed up to Parker’s school for the Fall Festival.  The kids dressed up in their costumes. Camryn was a kitty and ended up falling asleep in the stroller as the DJ blared Halloween tunes! Laney dressed up as a (good) witch and Parker threw on a Wild jersey and called himself a hockey player. He has an Ash costume from the show Pokémon but he was afraid to wear it because he thought other kids would make fun of him. Jared and I both encouraged him to wear it because he LOVES Pokémon and also because we want him to know that it doesn’t matter what other people think (as long as he’s being kind and following the rules). I pray that our kids have the confidence to be who they are, even if it’s not the “cool” thing. Ultimately, we let him make the choice though…no big deal!  While we were at the festival, we saw another Ash…this Ash is in 3rd grade so I’m thinking that since the 3rd grader thought it was cool enough Parker will soon be wearing his Ash costume too!


On Saturday morning, I took Parker and Laney to a little Halloween bash at our local grocery store. They enjoyed throwing their costumes on again and obviously they were super happy to be filling their candy buckets!

Later Saturday afternoon we headed over to my friend Tonya’s house. Tonya is one of my good friends from high school.  She and her family just build a beautiful house, which is a good thing they have all that extra space because they’ll be welcoming their 4th and 5th babies in a couple of months. They already have 3 kids (one set of twins) and come December they will have 5 kids 4 and under. I mean, she is the epitome of super mom!  Tonya’s parents threw her and her sister, who is also expecting, a Little Pumpkin baby shower and we had so much fun showering them with love!  We can’t wait to meet their newest little bundles. Here’s a picture of some of my high school girlfriends that were also able to attend.

On Sunday night, we went over to my friend Alek’s house to bring her and her sweet family dinner. They just had a new baby girl at the beginning of September. She is such a sweetie!  I brought them one of my favorite chili recipes from Take Back the Kitchen and it was a hit!


Have a great week and a very Happy Halloween everyone!!

XO,

FMM

Weekend Recap~Chicago Trip!

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you but I LOVE a long weekend, especially once the school year starts because it’s a break from the normal routine for ALL of us! In Minnesota, we have what’s called MEA break in the fall. I’m not exactly sure what the acronym MEA stands for but truth be told I know what I need to know…MEA equals a 4 day weekend for me and that’s all that matters! 😉   Jared and I decided we wanted to do something over the short break but we wanted to keep it pretty low key since we have a big trip with the kids planned in the spring. Neither of our parents live near us so we decided we’d take the kids to his parent’s house in Wisconsin and then we’d make the short drive to Chicago for the rest of the weekend. I’ve been to Chicago many times before but most of those visits were in my youth, I think I can say that now that I’m 35 right?!?!, so typically we weren’t doing as much sightseeing as we were checking out the best places to go dancing! That being said, I haven’t done too many touristy thing in Chicago.img_8554

Prior to our arrival, I made reservations at our hotel. I’m not sure why, but it was so hard for me to commit to which hotel we would stay at. When you don’t get away that often you want to be well taken care of! I was torn between spending a lot of money on a small boutique hotel because it was really pretty and had nice, soft robes and saving some cash and choosing a more economical option without sacrificing location and the comforts of a mid-range hotel The recommendations I was given were The Gray, The Athletic Club, The Langton, The Hard Rock Hotel and The Peninsula Hotel.  We ended up choosing the least expensive of the options and went with the Hard Rock Hotel. We had a few friends that actually stayed at the property and they said that although it wasn’t anything fancy it was a prime location, service was good and the value was great. We decided since we wouldn’t be spending much time at all in the hotel then this would be the best option for this trip. If I were to go again on a girl’s trip, I’d definitely choose the The Gray or The Peninsula, they are gorgeous properties!img_8572

The day we arrived, we dropped off our bags and walked to the Skydeck at Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower. Chicago is a very walkable city and I feel like you get to experience and see so much more when you’re walking as opposed to driving, taking a cab, or riding a bus!  Once you take an elevator to the top floor of the Willis Tower, you can step out onto what’s called The Ledge which is a glass box that hangs out over the edge of the building allowing you to see the space directly below you! So Fun!

After we went up to the Skydeck we walked back along Michigan Avenue towards Navy Pier to meet one of my best friends at the W Hotel.   I had a Champagne Mojito, I mean what’s not to love about this cocktail…truly the best of both worlds!img_8570

From there, we continued to walk around the city stopping at The Beacon Tavern for a quick appetizer. We shared the Peekytoe Crab dip and it was delish, sorry no pics I was too hungry to bother with that. 😉 After much deliberation, we ended the evening at The Frontera Grill. The margs and tacos were on point!

After spending one day in the Windy City, my hair was a total wreck. Not in the mood to do my own hair, #iaintgottimeforthatonvacation, I made an appointment to have my hair blown out at the Dry Bar. I seriously wish I could do this everyday, it is such a treat to have someone else do your hair! #amiright  As far as I know, there are not any blowout bars in Minnesota. When I saw Jared after my appointment I was telling him I need to open a blowdry bar, stat!!  Anyone else love getting their hair blown out and do it regularly?

We had bought tickets to the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour for later that morning, on the way to the pier we stopped at the Rosebud on Rush for a quick bite. I got the crab cakes eggs benedict and it was divine. I wish I knew how to make a good eggs benedict, I actually have never tried! If you have any recipes or tips, comment below!!img_8573

There are a lot of different companies that offer the architectural boat tour but we were told that the one through the Architectural Foundation is of the highest quality and can’t be beat. Apparently, this is one of the best tours to take while in Chicago. We really lucked out this past weekend with fantastic weather. We took the morning architectural tour and it was beautiful to go up and down the river learning about the history of the city!

After we finished the boat tour, we checked out Navy Pier and shopped along Michigan Aveunue. I would totally recommend visiting this city as a couple, with friends or taking your family. If we were to   When we go back with the kids, I’d take them to the Skydeck, Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Shedd Aquarium and to one of the many parks in the area. There is SO MUCH to see and do, I can’t wait to go back.img_8596

Here’s a pic of the Smores’ cupcake at Molly’s cupcakes, one of the pit stops we made as we walked around the city.

On our way out of the city, we stopped by my friend Kristen’s house for dinner. We loved spending time with her little family before heading back to ours!

Getting ready to head out of town with the kids was a little a lot hectic and returning to suitcases full of dirty laundry and a van that looked like a tornado had gone through it were not the highlights of the trip but having some time away with the hubs makes it so worth it!

Comment below if you have recommendations for a quick weekend getaway!

I’ll see you back here Wednesday for my “What’s Up Wednesday” link-up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Mix and Match Mama.

XO,

FMM

Weekend Recap!

 

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend.  I’m super excited for this week because it’s going to be a short one. It’s MEA week here in Minnesota, which means the kids don’t have school on Thursday and Friday. We are going to take a little weekend getaway to Chicago and I’m beyond thrilled!

Here’s what we were up to this past weekend.

On Friday night, we went up to the high school for Youth Night. Youth Night is a pre-game event that the football association hosts for all of the younger players. It was a great time! There were games, bounce houses, food and lots of friends to run around and play with. Friday afternoon the weather was beautiful so we thought it would be a great event for the whole family to attend. It ended up being A LOT chillier and I didn’t get any pics!  #gottagetbetteraboutthat

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Parker taking Camryn for her first spin in Laney’s Jeep before we headed off to the football game.

 

On Saturday morning we all watched Parker’s last flag football game. It’s been a fun season and Parker really enjoyed playing on The Silver Bulls team.  I tried to watch as much of the game as I could but Camryn didn’t make it too easy since she was crawling ALL over the place!

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Delaney and Jared went to a Daddy/Daughter Dance on Saturday night and had such a great time. It’s really hard sometimes to carve out time to spend with each of the kids individually, this dance is really special to them both because it’s something just for the two of them!  My sweet little Laney Pie! Love them!

While they were dancing the night away I was off celebrating the birthday of one of my very best friends.  We’ve know each other for more than 20 years and have THE BEST TIME when we’re together. It’s just a small group of us that gets together for birthdays and we each have a birthday in a different quarter of the year so it’s nice to know that at least we’ll have birthday celebrations to get together every couple months. Life has a way of getting in the way of getting together too often.  We didn’t take any pics of ourselves, darnit, but all I can say is that the Karaoke machine did make it’s way up from my friend’s basement and we had a grand time dancing and “rapping” (I use that term very loosely) to Bone Thugs and Snoop Dog!  Too! Much! Fun!

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#soorynotsorry #itwasworthit #titosmademedoitandnowimpayingforit

 

I spent the day Sunday recovering from Saturday night’s shenanigans, oops!, and getting ready for this week! Monday, I’m comin’ for ya!!

P.S. I did manage to pull off an awesome dinner on Sunday night, I made Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and they were delish!img_8452

Have a great week and thank you so much for stopping by!

XO,

FMM

Weekend Recap

 

This past weekend was filled with a lot of fun and a little work.

On Friday night, we had plans to attend our Community Association’s Oktoberfest but it was rainy and the event was moved indoors so we weren’t sure how much the kids would enjoy it. We gave them the option to meet up with friends at Big Thrill Factory or have a family night and go to Pinz (a bowling alley/arcade), they chose  family night. I love how much our kids enjoy spending time together as a family!

So off to Pinz we went! This was Laney’s first time, so she had the bumpers up and this gator thing ( looks like a slide for your bowling ball) to help her out a bit. Looking at the score at the end you’d see I probably needed bumpers too! Ha!

 

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Laney’s pouting that she’s not doing too well, I joked that she was still doing better than me! I was definitely NOT on my A game!  Parker was so sweet and encouraging to her the whole time:)

After bowling we let the kids play a few arcade games and then headed home. I worked on Saturday so Jared manned the fort at home.

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I was looking around for Jared and here’s where I found him…of course he’s playing games too!

Grammy took Parker to see the Abominables at the Children’s Theatre while I was at work. It’s a children’s musical about hockey and Parker loved it! Wish I could have been there!

On Sunday morning, it was time to divide and conquer. The girls and I headed to church while the boys went to Parker’s hockey practice. Afterwards, Laney, Camryn and I did some shopping at Home Goods. I need to find some decor to finish off the mudroom project.img_8333Aren’t my helpers cute!;)

Here’s where we’re at with the coat hanger project that started it all!

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Getting closer!!

 

While the girls were shopping, the boys were at church since they missed the earlier service. We all met back up at church later in the afternoon for their 50th Birthday Jubilee! The kids had so much fun! Among other things, there were bounce houses, a cake walk, face paint and even a fire truck. Somewhere along the way Laney lost her shoes. #whyaminotsurprised

That’s a wrap for our weekend recap!

Have a great week everyone!

XO,

FMM

Weekend Recap!

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This pretty much sums up our CRAZY weekend!  We had so much fun this past weekend but things were moving at such a quick pace the whole time that I didn’t have time to stop and take very many pictures 😦  However, I’m happy to say that I enlisted my sister to take pictures of Camryn’s Birthday Party on Sunday so I’m hoping she came through. I’ll be sharing those on Thursday!

On Friday, I volunteerd in Parker’s classroom and came home for a bit before heading back up to school for The Fun Run (which is his annual school fundraiser). About a half an hour before the run I got a call from the school nurse saying Parker was sick and I needed to come pick him up. He was so bummed to miss the run but good news is he won a pedometer, he was pretty happy about this!:)

Later Friday afternoon, my mom, Grandma and sister arrived at our house.  As I mentioned in a previous post, my sister lives in San Fransisco so the kids and I were SUPER excited for her to arrive.  My Grandma came up from Arkansas to celebrate Camryn’s birthday too! #blessed  Friday night, my sister, brother and sister-in-law met up for drinks. It was so good to have us all together. #ineedtogetbetterattakingpicsstat Jared was a trooper and stayed back with the kiddos.

Bright and early Saturday morning, Jared and Cami headed to Menards for some more supplies for the “home project”. #FTL  #isitdoneyet  I thought he deserved a special shout out for doing this on a crazy busy weekend! Also, I’m thinking that since this was the one and only time either of us had a quite moment to ourselves with one of the kids…that is why this picture even exists. I’ll take it!

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Jared’s family arrived Saturday afternoon and met us at the hockey rink to see Parker skate. He was really excited to show off his skills! Afterwards, he kids headed to the hotel where Jared’s family stayed and swam for a bit before heading back to our house for pizza and family time. This is the where the CRAZY, LOUD, LOVE part came in!

Sunday morning,  Jared made the traditional Sunday morning breakfast of French Toast and bacon and we got the kids ready for church. He and the older two headed off to church while myself, my sissy, mom and Grandma made the final party preparations. After church, we all gathered to celebrate our sweet Camryn’s first birthday. I cannot believe how quickly this past year has flow by.  This little girl is perfection, can’t wait to share with you her party details on Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by!

XO,

FMM