Thursday, August 14, 2014

Walk around the clock

My family and I participated in Relay For Life two weeks ago.

Our team, Team Joe, set up a campsite around the track at Badger Middle School in West Bend and someone from our team was on the track at all times from 6:00pm until 7:00am. My brother's fiancé gets the unofficial 'most miles walked award' for walking 14 miles.

I just wanted to share with everyone that the West Bend Relay For Life event alone raised $103,326.71. Wow, hey? Proof that even a small event in a small town has the ability to do great things. The $103,000 is going directly to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and support for those dealing with cancer right now.

Our team (our family) raised $2,125. My mom raised the most on our team, coming in at $545. Great job Mom :)

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported our team this year. Some of you donated items to our rummage sale. Some of you bought items at our rummage sale. Some of you donated money online or via check.  Others visited us at the Relay event. You know who you all are, and we're sincerely thankful for your help.

I know my dad was smiling down on all of us that night. I felt his presence when Matt, Caroline, Liam and I were sitting in front of the music stage listening to an amazing 14-year old girl sing the most beautiful songs. The stars were out, a cool breeze was blowing and I was surrounded by people that I love most. In that moment I felt proud to be involved in an event that remembers those who have died from cancer (such as my dad), acknowledges those who are fighting the fight right now, and also celebrates those who have won the fight (my brother's fiancé).

I was so busy at the event, talking to everyone & watching our kids & running around, that I barely took any photos. So here are the very few taken on my iPhone:

We were late to the event. We got stuck in a crazy hailstorm.

My niece Isabella selling her do-dads for a donation.
Quite the little entrepreneur she is.

Decorating the campsite. This year's theme was 'celebrate more birthdays.'

Hanging out.

I personalized a little shirt for Chloe.

A couple of the luminary bags I dedicated to my dad:

The bag that my niece Caroline made in memory of my dad. Melts my heart :)

And a link to my blog post from last year's Relay For Life: Relaying

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Almost 4 months old

Chloe was born almost four months ago already! Where did the time go? Seriously.

She has changed so much already. She's rolling from back to tummy, and from tummy to back. She'll giggle and even laugh if you tickle her in just the right spots. She has this cute little smile where her mouth turns up more to the right side. She definitely has Matt's chin and my eyebrows. She loves staring at her brother and he can get her to smile more than Matt or I. She sleeps really good (I nurse her only once throughout the night now, usually between 3:00 and 5:00am). And she farts and poops like a grown man. She keeps us on our toes and her unique little personality is really starting to shine. We love her so much.

I meant to post some of the photos my friend Sarah ( took sooner than this. But I guess later is better than never, right? She took these photos when Chloe was just two weeks old:

 She caught her smiling in this photo :)

 She looks so much like Liam when he was 2-weeks old

And here is the birth announcement I made, in case you didn't see it:

Thank you, Sarah, for taking such memorable photos of our little peanut :)

To see more of Sarah's photography, visit her website:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pots de basil

A friend of mine recently moved into a new home with her hubby and two kids. And last week she hosted July Crafty Club in her new digs :) 

One of the Crafty Club ladies came up with a great idea a few weeks ago --- to shower our friend with housewarming gifts when we showed up at her house for Crafty Club last week!

We all started brainstorming (and Pinteresting) ideas for cool homemade housewarming gifts. Each of us created something totally unique and brought it along with us the night of Crafty Club.

I'll share all of the homemade gifts the ladies made in another post, but for the time being I'll just share with you what I made for my friend.

I went the 'simple' route because the only time I had to make this was the day before Crafty Club & while the kids were napping (I procrastinated...big surprise).

I used painters tape to create a simple design on a cute little pot and then plopped a plant into it. Easy and inexpensive.

I found a cute 6" clay pot at Menards on sale for $1.50.

And picked up an organic, locally grown Basil plant at our farmers market for $2.50.

I used painters tape to create a simple design on the pot.

And taped around the inside of the pot so the paint didn't drip inside.

I used indoor wall paint (from a sample pot of the wall color in our kitchen - Mountain Haze).

The painting took no longer than 2 minutes to do & it covered really well.

I made copies of two of my favorite Basil-induced recipes to attach to the plant:

Here's the finished pot.

With recipes attached.

The plant was welcomed with open arms, as I found out she loves Basil!

And it only cost me $4.00 because I already had the painters' tape, paint, soil and recipe cards :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bustling around

Just a few things that made me smile over the last week and a half...

Both kids napping at the same time!!
That's Chloe's monitor on the left and Liam's video monitor on the right.

My niece playing softball. She made it to first base on this hit, 
then scored a run later on.

My nephew playing in a jazz concert at Fountain Park
And Liam dancing to the tunes.

Chloe's first trip to the Farmers Market.

These beauties at the market.

A polka band consisting of high school boys.
(I wonder if they'd play in our backyard for cheap?)

Liam playing outside in some dinosaur underwear. 
Attempting to potty train.

Out for a family walk. A quadruple selfie. Sorry Chloe, can't really see you.

A few love notes from my hubbie left around the house :)


Monday, July 21, 2014

Seven years in Duet

Matt and I were married seven years ago today. 
Every day I'm thankful to have him by my side.
I look forward to seven more years. 
And seven more after that...

A few photos from the day we vowed to each other "hey, I want to wake up next
to you every day for the rest of my life!" :

Sweet Caroline, you were only seven years old in this photo!




Matt wrote me a sweet little letter, which I read before the ceremony.

Both my mom and Matt's mom had daisies in their wedding bouquets,
so I thought it'd be cool to have some daisies in mine too :)


My mom walked me down the aisle (since my dad was gone already).
I love you mom.

Together. Forever.

Our wedding party.

We gave all of our guests a tree sapling as a gift. 
Many people still have these trees growing in their yards to this day!

This is a good photo to post to represent the 'end' of the reception...

It feels like this was just yesterday...
I love you Matt!

All photos were taken by Lindsey Van Roy Photography