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Life update–10 months, 13 years and Pumpkin everything!

Man, life is crazy these days! Two kids is no joke!!

I’ve been meaning to check in for a while. . . but life kept happening.

So, here is a quick picture post of our life lately. . .

Finally a haircut after 10 months!

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Pumpkin Everything season. + a fun package from Krusteaz.

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Fun (?) at the Pumpkin Patch

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#momlife

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Current favorite thing

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Oh the cuteness. . . I cannot wait until Halloween!

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Abby turned 13!

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Do me a favor and buy these muffins. They are so yummy! Seriously, a batch in our house lasts less than 24 hours. . . 5 year old, husband and baby approved!   Thanks again to Krusteaz for sending them!

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Just a typical night. . .

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Halloween trick or treat event

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Spectating the Mankato Marathon

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And 10 months old!!

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Still soaking in all the baby snuggles I can!

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Now, off to fold a load of laundry and get Luke over to swim lessons. Smile 

Hope you have a great night!!

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MN State Fair–2017

On Monday, we went to the Great MN get-together!

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Luke has been every year and this was Jake’s first year.

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We had perfect weather and a great day hanging out as a family.

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But. . . the real reason we go, is the food!

Here are the highlights. . .

#1. Pie in the Sky sundae. From the Dairy Building.

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A sweet and tart mix of crunchy, spiced “airplane” cookies and lemon curd, topped with dark chocolate drizzle and served with vanilla ice cream as a sundae or malt.

#2. Mini Sconuts

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Buttermilk scone holes filled with chocolate, marshmallow and Nutella®, deep-fried and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar

#3. Cashew salted nut roll

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#4. Mini cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

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#5. Cheese curds #fairstaple

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#6. Luke’s ice cream cone

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#7. Scott’s vanilla and mint milk shake from the dairy barn #yum

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And if you go to the fair, do me a favor and take a pass on these. . .

#1. corn dog – just meh.

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#2. Honey puffs <-new fair food this year, but not worth it.

Deep-fried dough balls crispy outside and sweet inside, tossed in a sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

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And we had fun wandering around. . .

riding in style. . .

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Sharing his ice cream cone with Babe the Blue Ox.

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Giant slide. . . Luke and I are on the far right. . .

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Baby nap time

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Building at the Home Depot barn

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My boys. . .

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Already looking forward to next year! And having another Pie in the Sky Sundae! Smile

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Living Life!

Hey!!

Happy Friday. Smile 

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I am pumped up o endorphins from teaching PUMP/CX this morning at the YMCA! And I have the day off work. And we are busy packing up to head to the Lake for the weekend. It’s a good day!

I didn’t mean to disappear for the last month. . . as you can imagine, two kids + full time job + summer running + teaching BODYPUMP + life = busy!!

And honestly, it’s been the same things over here. . .

Jake is getting bigger. 6 months old already!

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I’m still teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX twice per week at the YMCA.

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Summer trips to the Lake.

Family runs. We bought another BOB running stroller. .. Scott pushes Jake and I push our 50 pound 5 year old. *We are working on Luke riding his bike with us instead of riding in the stroller!

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Scott and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary!

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Luke is still an amazing big brother.

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And Abby’s a pretty good big sister. Winking smile 

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So, if you need me, you know where you can find me. Smile 

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Have a great weekend!!

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Our Trip to Disney World–Magic Kingdom

Wow.

What a trip!

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A friend told me that when you have kids, if you take them with, you call it a “family trip.” If you go alone, it is a vacation. Winking smile 

No, seriously, we had a great time. Luke had such a fun time, Jake was a trooper and Scott and I had some fun too.

I wanted to share a few recaps from our trips. . . because holy pictures. And I also plan to share a recap of some tips and tricks from our first time for anyone planning to go with young kids.

So, today, I’ll share pictures from traveling and our first day at Magic Kingdom.

Excited to hit the road. . . best decision ever, spending a bit more for a early afternoon flight. Everyone was in a much better mood than when we try to do an early morning flight!

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Jake did great on the flight. . . slept most of the way there.

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How we roll thru the airport. Winking smile 

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We stayed at a Disney resort, so the transportation from the airport couldn’t have been easier. <—more details in my tips post.

I booked dinner at a Character Buffet dinner at the hotel. It kicked off our trip perfectly. Luke got to meet some characters and eat some dinner.

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Prince Charming.

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Cinderella.

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The evil stepmother <—she was awesome!

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Here she is trying to convince Luke to come work for her in the castle.

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Those faces.

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And we didn’t have to travel very far and were able to get the kids in bed at a decent hour so we were ready for our big day at Magic Kingdom. And again, I cannot say enough how easy transportation was from the Disney Resort.

We hit Magic Kingdom right when it opened at 9am. . .

We started the day at Beast’s Castle with breakfast.

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And then we went to meet Ariel.

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Jake pretty much fell asleep after breakfast and took a great nap in the Baby Bjorn.

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So, Scott and Luke checked out Dumbo.

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And then we popped over to meet Donald and Pluto.

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Had to check out the Mad Hatter spinning cups.

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well. . . they did. Jake and I don’t do spinning rides. Winking smile 

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It was on my Disney bucket list to meet Gaston.

Jake started crying immediately when we got to our turn. Gaston said to him, “It’s ok, I know I can be overwhelming!”

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Ahhhh I cannot believe I forgot to show my guns. Winking smile 

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Family selfie with the castle.

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And then probably my favorite thing of the whole day..  . meeting Belle. She. was. awesome.

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One more ride. . . the magic carpets.

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We finished the day with dinner at the park and then picking up treats from the candy store. We didn’t stay for the fireworks the first day . .. a quick boat ride and we were back to our hotel room to shower, put on PJs and collapse into bed.

It. was. wonderful.

Day 2 coming up!

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Life with 2 kids!

Craziness.

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The end. Winking smile

No, for real, it’s been really good so far. #boymom

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Luke is old enough to do a lot of things on his own – get dressed, use the bathroom, play Legos, etc. which makes it a lot easier when I have both hands full feeding/changing Jake. Luke is also very thoughtful and caring, which makes him a great big brother.

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He hasn’t seem to mind that Jake is taking some of Mom and Dad’s attention away from him. He’s full of hugs and kisses for baby brother.

He LOVES including Jake in any activities we can. . . putting him on the table in his bouncer during family dinner, having him in bed with us while we read books before bedtime. I’ve also caught him checking on Jake or he will go and get a few books from Jake’s room and then “read” them to him.

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Heart melting.

It’s not all roses. There have been some melt downs and we’ve been extra attentive to Luke to make sure the transition goes well for all, but overall, (knock on wood), it’s going well.

It also helps that Jake is (so far) a pretty laid back baby. He hasn’t been a big crier yet. . . only when hungry or with diaper changes. He’s a decent sleeper, 3-4 hours at a time at nighttime.

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And the biggest help of all, the fact that Scott is home with me for a month.

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I’ll definitely do an updated post when Scott goes back to work and then when I go back to work after three months.

It’s all about adjusting to a new normal. . . Jake has only been here for a little over three weeks, but I already can’t imagine life without him in our family.

We are so blessed and thankful for our family.

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Weekending. . .

Hey! Happy Monday!!

I’m extra happy today after a big Packer win last night. Smile

And I cannot believe it has been so long since I’ve done a weekend post!

Nothing super exciting happened this weekend, but I actually took pictures to share a snapshot of current life. . .

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Pink sparkle pedicure.. .

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Spark was #necessary on Saturday morning

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Just a little “light” reading about Al Capone.

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Super excited to get back into running after 6+ months without it! A little run/walk to start getting back into it.

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Using afternoon nap time to research Disney World. . . planning a trip for the end of March. . . any suggestions or tips appreciated! There are so many options and things to do, it’s hard to know where to start or what to do!!

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Luke thought Pie Face was hilarious. . . and I did too. Winking smile

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Solo trip to the grocery store on Saturday night. #adulting

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Chipotle!

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Scott’s Mom made peppermint bon bon dessert for Christmas and let us keep the leftovers. .. omg SO good!

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Sunday morning = finally taking down the Christmas decorations.

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You should have seen how excited Luke was to vacuum his own bedroom.

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Afternoon play time.

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Floor play time while watching the Packers. . .

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Brother bath time success. Super adorable.

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It was a great weekend with no plans. . . just life and hanging out. #perfection

What were you up to??

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