Sunday, January 31, 2016


Yesterday the weather was pleasant enough that we spent the morning outside :)

We took a long walk along the bluff with the kids in the stroller, then let them run around in the yard and driveway.

Eventually the kids got cold and wet from splashing in the puddles and throwing snowballs at each other so Matt built an impromptu bonfire in our back yard...

Which immediately led to roasting ginormous marshmallows...

Chloe got a taste...

Liam nibbled on his for a long time...

And then I roasted my own. I'm patient with my marshmallows.

And we finished our outdoor adventure with some shoveling (for fun).

Have a nice week!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cheers to a new year

It's hard to believe that we celebrated Christmas almost a month ago already! Time sure flies by when life is busy.

I haven't blogged much because the month of December was a whole lot of BUSY. But now that things have settled back to normal I'm hoping to be on here a lot more :)

I don't have any new year resolutions to share right now. But I do have some photos from the month of December. As usual I took way too many photos, so I did my best to put together a quick little recap of our holidays.

This is the first year we went to a tree farm to cut our own Christmas tree. We attempted going to tree farms in years past but the weather was always cold and windy so we turned around and headed back home. But this year the weather was just right! Crisp but sunny. Liam ran around for a good 1/2 an hour before we found our perfect tree.

My nephew performed in Sheboygan's holiday parade again this year (it's his last year in the South High band before he heads off to college...tears...) so we waited to see him trombone by.

Two weeks before Christmas we spent three nights/three days at Great Wolf Lodge and had a really fun time! We stayed at the Lodge once when the kids were younger & not as mobile.  So this time around they were able to go on a lot more of the water slides, which made it more enjoyable for Matt and I too!

                        Chloe taking a break at the water park                    A photo in front of the Clock Tower

                             Chloe in her little wolf ears                                              Resting in our room

They also got to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Liam loved them. Chloe, not so much.

We spent Christmas with Matt's family the weekend before 'actual' Christmas Eve/Day. We spent the evening at Matt's aunt and uncle's house, where the kids got to visit with Santa AGAIN (he landed at their neighbors house with reindeer, sleigh and all!) and spent the next day with Matt's immediate family and grandma.

         All bundled up and waiting for Santa to arrive        Matt's sister, future cousin-in-law and cousin

                    Matt's cousin & Chloe with a new baby doll                                Liam and Santa

                   Breakfast at Nana & Grandpa's house                           Hanging out with his auntie

Opening many gifts. Lucky little kids :)

On Liam's last day of 3K before Christmas break he performed some songs with his little friends. Oh my goodness, it was so cute!

We spent Christmas Eve & Christmas Day morning at my mom's house. My brothers were their with their families as well.

                        Rylan and Liam. Best cousins.                                       Chloe and her cousins

                 My mom has a tiny stocking for each 
                                of her 7 grand kids                             My mom & my nieces, Isabella and Caroline

                                  Hottie hubby                                      Looking out the window for signs of Santa

                     My brother Nate and his family                                        My mom + grand kids

In the afternoon on Christmas Day we traveled to Sun Prairie to celebrate Christmas with my mom's side of the family, with her 6 brothers & sisters and all of my cousins. I believe their were 41 people at dinner that night. I love my big, huge family and the crazy Christmas's we share together :)

                       My brother Jason and his wife                                     Chatting. Mingling.

                           One of the dinner tables                              My beautiful grandma, mom and aunts

And the infamous COUSINS PHOTO (my grandma is in there too).
Oh how I love all of my first cousins!!

We drove home on Christmas Day Eve and awoke at our home to celebrate Christmas with our own little family.

         Chloe and her new (refurbished by mom & dad)
                                    pink doll cradle                                  Lots of books and dolls for this little girl

                        Marble Run. Two thumbs up!                                  A few little gifts for Matt

Since Christmas we've kept pretty busy.
Playing in the snow.

             Haircuts for everyone. Except for Chloe - lol                Trips to the Childrens' Museum

               Chloe tending to her baby sweet!                             A trip to the bowling alley

And ringing in the New Year with with my favorite guy!

Happy New Year to you all (a few weeks late)!

May your year be filled with peace, good health and happy surprises!