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