Sunday, September 14, 2014

School Days

Is that a baby or a doll? 

Science Nerd Alert

Not too cool for school 

Everett is officially a preschooler! My baby is a big boy now and I just have to learn to deal. So far I think he likes school. But it's hard to tell because he won't give me a strait answer. He likes his quiet time when he comes home and if I ask him too many questions he says, MOM! Stop that behavior!!!
We enrolled him in one program two days a week in the morning for two hours. At the same time we applied for another school not thinking we would get in... and we did. So he goes to two schools. And one of them he gets to ride the bus! Which is huge for Everett! We are trying both schools for a month and if it seems too overwhelming, we'll scale back to one school. But I think, he is having fun, learning to play with other kids, and getting the structure he needs that I just can't give him at this time with a 20 month old and a newborn at home.

Because this is what happens when I'm too busy to play with him...

Thursday, August 21, 2014


 I never thought I would take such a long break from blogging. I stopped posting right after January of this year and never got back to it. Mostly because I was pregnant, tired, busy, and chasing around two toddlers. I'm not even sure if I'll continue to blog regularly from now on, but I wanted to share a few things going on before I signed off again.

On August 1, we welcomed out newest addition to the family...

  Finnley Parker! 

He is such a sweet, easy going baby so far. A great eater and sleeper too! We are slowly adjusting to having another baby in the family. The big boys are too busy to really care a whole lot, and they are pretty good about playing together.  One more week and Tim goes back to work. He's had the whole summer off, so I think him going back to work will be the biggest adjustment of all.  Everett starts preschool in a few weeks and we are trying to shape up a calender of toddler\baby classes and mom groups to keep us all busy. 

Deacon  the sweetie pie

Everett the wild man

Summer is coming to an end and even with a new baby, we are trying to stay as busy and have as much fun as possible. I'll try to be better about blogging in the future. But for now we are off another adventure. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Birthday Girl

My birthday came and went on January 17th... 

via Sprinkles Bakes
(not my actual cake)

cupcakes from Nadia Cakes

Anthropologie Earrings

Pad Thai at Sawatdee




Baby 3 will be here August 2014

Obviously, we are so excited! It's going to be crazy, but we are already Living La Vida Loca, so why not?!
We are planning on finding out the gender, but not until mid - March.
Girl? Boy?  Hmmm....

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cold Days\Snow Days

It's been so cold here! Actually, the Twin Cities just ranked #1 in Cities that were allowed to complain about the cold. School was shut down Monday and Tuesday (great for us because then daddy can stay home) but if you want to do anything outside you are out of luck. 
Thankfully, we've had a heat wave today! 30 degrees ABOVE zero! On Monday it was 30 degrees BELOW zero! 
We took advantage of this day by spending some time outside as a family, sledding and hanging out in the snow. You may notice a new furry pet in our family... Say hello to Sprinkles our Shih tzu puppy! 


Fur Hoodie Club

Family Selfie

Want to Race? 

Friday, January 10, 2014

One Year of Deacon

When Everett turned one, I made a video for him, so of course I had to make one for my sweet little Deacon! I definitely had time to do this, since we were stuck inside due to the ridiculous cold! But hey, my husband got two extra days of break because all schools were closed. 


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Books in Review

My goal was to read 52 books this year... so far I have read 37. I don't think it's possible to reach my goal at this point, so I'll be happy with the amount I did read. I highlighted the ones in RED that i really loved, and I'll say a few words about why.

So in the order that i read them...

Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? By Mindy Kaling

Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler

If You Lived Here by Dana Sachs - Beautiful insight into relationships, the past, the things we carry, and adoption.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos - Another relationship book with all the ugly and the good of friendships

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker -  This book really made me think about my life, my choices and my stuff... and how it's okay to get rid of things and less is more!

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

Bossypants by Tina Fey

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann - Interesting story  with a murder mystery thrown in... and lots of messed up characters. 

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld - Twin sisters are able to predict the future, one embraces their gift the other runs from it. Will their big earthquake prediction come true??? It's a page turner! 

If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother by Julia Sweeney

The Sinners and The Sea: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife by Rebecca Kanner - I have never really thought much about the story of Noah, let alone his wife, but this fictional account is really great! 

Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala - This is a memoir of a woman who lost her whole family in the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. We are talking her parents, husband and two boys. How she picks herself up after this and fights to live is beyond me? It is a heartbreaking, beautiful story.

Rescue by Anita Shreve

Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

Still Points North: Surviving The World's Greatest Alaskan Childhood by Leigh Newman

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

Someone by Alice McDermott

At the Bottom of Everything by Ben Dolnick

Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan - The author intertwines 4 different stories set around love, engagements and the diamond industry. Well written and lots of great characters. 

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple - I loved how quirky the character Bernadette was, she is crazy and weird and neurotic. My kind of gal. 

Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood by Kate Hopper - This book hit home for me because I also had a preemie. And not only that, but the author had her baby at the same hospital I did. Reading it was hard and very cathartic. It's good to read something that someone else has been through. But even if you don't have a preemie in your life, Kate Hopper is just a great writer!

No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill 

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes - This book was definitely my favorite this year. A quadriplegic and his caregiver develop an unlikely friendship. But what they learn from each other is what makes it so beautiful. Heartbreaking and funny... it's a winner! 

Desperate: Hope for the Mom who Needs to Breath by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison by Piper Kerman- I actually first saw the Netflix original show Orange is the New Black before I read the book. So of course I was expecting the book to be just like the show. It's not. But it's just as good and definitely gives more real insight into life in a woman's prison. Full of triumphs, heartbreaks, and laughs. 

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult - I've never read a Jodi Picoult book because I assumed they were all Life Time Original movies in the making. This book was far from it. A young girl strikes up a friendship with an old man who asks her for a favor. But what happens when she discovers the man is not who she thinks she is? Set partially during the Holocaust  this book has some real sad and disturbing moments. But the story is phenomenal and worth reading! 

Little Bee by Chris Cleave 

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton - I Loved this book and I love Glennon Melton! She writes so beautifully and delicately about life, addiction, motherhood, love, and forgiveness. I read it in one sitting! 

My book picks of the year would have to be: Me Before You, Orange is the New Black, and Carry On, Warrior. 

What are some of your favorite books you've read this year? 

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