Friday, July 18, 2014

Date night

Awhile back we went out with our good friends Mike & Jessica and Dave & Kristi. I think we had dinner and then went bowling and joked that the loser had to plan the next date the next month. Somehow it evolved into a monthly date and each couple rotates planning it. It was been so much fun! We’ve done so many different things, things I never would have done on my own. We’ve played laser tag, gone to a comedy club, went to a cooking class, shot shotguns, had golf lessons, and gone to a Brewers game. Of course dinner is always involved. :) We’ve had a great time, and done things that have taken us outside our comfort circle. I love our little group and can’t wait to see what else our dates have in store for us!IMG_4041IMG_1415 IMG_1417 photo

March Madness

I am not what you would consider an avid sports fan, but if there’s one thing I love, it’s March Madness. Probably because there’s usually some sort of gambling involved, ha. Before the days of bracket apps, I would print out every bracket we had entered and methodically circle or cross out the winners and losers after each game, calculating points and wondering if I had a shot year. Of course, now we have phones for that. A lot more convenient, not as much fun. Oh well. ANYWAY…BYU made it to the tournament and rounds 1 & 2 were in Milwaukee! So of course we had to go! We went with the Chaplins and had such a great time, amid all the Cougar faithful. Unfortunately we lost, but it was still really fun, and especially fun to root for our hometown player Luke Worthington who was in our ward. It’s always somewhat of a little Mormon reunion when you got to BYU games, and this was no different. Very fun. Always fun leaving your wallet in the arena and not noticing until the next morning too…IMG_3972 IMG_3987 IMG_3989 IMG_3990 IMG_3997 IMG_4005


I spent my birthday in MN this year, watching my nephews and niece (not that they needed watching!) while my SIL Daneise and her husband Brad spent a few days of the worst part of Midwest winters in a warm sunny location. I drove up with the girls during the week and Derrick joined us for the weekend. We decided to head up to Minneapolis and the Mall of America. I mean, is there a better place to spend one’s birthday?! The kids rode some rides, and I got Pinkberry and Red Robin. A win all around! We had a great time together, and of course the girls always love when we can see cousins!



I woke up to sweet signs all over the kitchen. So fun and thoughtful!

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For my actual birthday, my niece babysat and Derrick and I went out to eat in downtown Rochester at this amazing restaurant. There was an ice festival that weekend so we got to walk around and check out some sweet ice sculptures and ice bars while we waited for our table. Temps were in the 20s…it was indeed a perfect weekend for an ice festival!




Let’s be honest, birthdays as a grown up just aren’t what they used to be. But this birthday was pretty sweet, and I’ll tell you why. Because I wasn’t at home! I didn’t feel like I had to do my normal cleaning and routine and blah blah blah. Being at Daneise’s house was like being on vacation, and I could just sit and relax and do nothing. It was amazing. It makes me want to go away for my birthday every year. And living in WI with a February birthday, I think we should really make this happen. Like, really.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tessa turns 1!


5 days after Summer’s birthday was Tessa’s birthday. We like to cram in as many celebrations in the shortest amount of time around here apparently. Tessa was pretty open to how she wanted to spend her day, so we decided to head to Kids in Motion for a little play time. She loved it, as did her sisters and grandparents. We had some friends over for cake and ice cream, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She is the happiest, cutest kid ever, and we just love love love her.

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And here she is in her first year. I can’t believe she’s 1!!!

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Summer turns 5!

Summer turned 5 before I knew what was happening. She requested donuts for her birthday breakfast and Noodles & Co. for lunch. For dinner we went just as a family to Chuck E. Cheese for pizza and games. Since it was a Thursday night, the place was practically empty. Perfect. aIMG_2920aIMG_2939aDSC_5416 aDSC_5432 aDSC_5483aIMG_2968 She wanted a mermaid birthday party, so a mermaid party she got. I made her a mermaid cupcake cake, which was huuuuge, but turned out pretty cute. I made and frosted white mermaid sugar cookies, which the girls at her party decorated with edible markers. Then we had them step into trash bags and duct taped their waist and ankles and had them “swim” on the floor towards the buried treasure. It was hilarious. No party is complete without a pinata, and Derrick braved his knuckles and the family jewels by holding it up on the sofa. Some of those girls can swing pretty hard! It was a fun little party, and it was a fun week of celebrating our sweet and sassy Summer.   aDSC_5507 aDSC_5510 aDSC_5516 aDSC_5526 aDSC_5536 aDSC_5538

Here are her 5 year old survey questions:

1. What is your favorite color? Pink and purple
2. What is your favorite toy? Ariel bath stuff
3. What is your favorite fruit? Blueberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? Bubble guppies
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mac n cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? Purple pants and purple shirt from Ann
7. What is your favorite game? Wheel of Fortune light game for tickets
8. What is your favorite snack? Goldfish
9. What is your favorite animal? Flamingo and zebras
10. What is your favorite song? Frozen songs
11. What is your favorite book? Photo albums
12. Who is your best friend? Jocelyn and Whitney
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms and Frosted Flakes
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Build snowmen and snow paint
15. What is your favorite drink? Root beer
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter and birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Monkey
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Broccoli cheese soup
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor

Saturday, May 17, 2014

New Years

We usually go to the Chaplin’s for New Year’s Eve and do fondue and play games, but it’s getting a little tricky now that our kids are getting older. So we decided to just do our own thing at home, and it was great! We had fondue with my parents and the girls (the chocolate being the big favorite) and then watched last year’s ball drop on YouTube at 9 pm and put the girls to bed. They were none the wiser, and probably the last year we could get away with doing that now that Summer can read. Ha.  IMG_2910We made prime rib on New Year’s day and it was to die for. We used the Lawry’s Steakhouse recipe and it was amazing. We also made their creamed spinach—also delicious. I’m getting hungry just talking about it! 


Of course, part of New Year’s Day now always includes some prepping from Summer’s birthday, and this year was no different. Here’s hoping 2014 is as good as 2013!