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Weekend vibes at the Lake

Oh what a weekend!

We were back at the Lake this weekend. And I want to go back! I cannot believe that the next time we will be at the Lake, it will be the end of summer for Labor Day ..  . seriously, where did summer go?

Speaking of time going way too fast, how is this baby 8 months old?! Somebody hold me.

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Anyway.. .  back to the Lake weekend.

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Playing cards with Aunt Jenny.

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Boat time.

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Doing “kung fu” in the new PJs Aunt Jenny and Aunt Laura brought from China.

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Hanging on the dock.

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On Saturday, we headed to Camp Manitou (the YMCA camp that I attended when I was younger). . . we got to do crafts (make bracelets)

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Check out the camp.

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Go on a war canoe

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And make s’mores!

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There were sink baths. . .

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And more boat time

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and nap time.

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and ice cream cones

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And when I downloaded my pictures form the weekend. . . I found a nice montage from Luke. Winking smile 

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Happy Monday friends!

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Weekend at the Lake with Magic Cookie bars {recipe}

*This post is sponsored by Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

This past weekend, we headed to the Lake for some time with friends.

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We had lots of talking, laughing, swimming, and time in the boat.

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I was recently sent some Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk to try in a recipe and share on the blog.

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I knew this was the perfect weekend to try my Mother in law’s recipe for magic cookie bars.

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And you guys, they are SO good!

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Magic Cookie Bars {recipe inspired by my MIL – Way}

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup each: white, milk and semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 can (14oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In 9×13 pan, sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over melted butter, combine and pat into bottom of pan
3. Pour Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk evenly over crust
4. Top with chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans
5. Press down gently
6. Bake for ~25 minutes until lightly browned.
7. Cool completely and serve.
8. Accept compliments. Smile 

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And I already cannot wait for our Lake weekend next year!

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I’m still alive! Alternatively titled: Life as a #boymom. . . nothing gets done

Hey! How are you?? How’s the summer going? Can you believe that it is already the second week of August? Time. slow. down.

Also, you know what else I can’t believe? That I have an almost 8 month old and an almost kindergartener. someone hold me.

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Life has been life. and it’s been pretty wonderful. and busy. these days if I’m not doing something for Jake, I’m doing something with Luke and in between going to work, doing laundry, making dinner, teaching BODYPUMP, running, etc. Oh, and occasionally sleeping. Winking smile 

But it’s nice to check back in on the blog and reflect on life recently. . .

We’ve been soaking up family runs.

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Ice cream cones.

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Time at the Lake.

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And this boy and his smiles. heart. melting.

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And please send help. . . he is already crawling, pulling to stand and furniture surfing!

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I’m still teaching BODYPUMP 3x per week and CXWORX on Fridays. Working on getting my guns back. Winking smile 

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And soaking in the last days of summer before Luke starts kindergarten in September!

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While I can’t promise anything. . . I am hoping to start to get back to posting regularly again. So, with that, I’m off to pick up Luke from day camp at the YMCA. I took vacation time last week and this week to spend with the boys while daycare is closed, so this afternoon we are headed to the park and maybe for some fro yo!

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Memorial Day Weekend & turning 35!

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. .. we were at the Lake – it. was. wonderful.

Just thought I’d pop in and share a little life update and weekend recap.

We’ve been enjoying the spring sunshine.

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And this stuff is amazing. I love it on avocado toast or hard boiled eggs.

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Loving that we live just a few blocks from the boys’ school.

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My new favorite flavor!

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Luke and Mom movie date.

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sometimes you just have to nap. . . in the middle of the house.

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Making cookies with my boys.

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Luke is such a great big brother.

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5 months old!

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Feeling the love with a birthday cupcake.

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And a Caribou gift card from my favorite girls.

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My 35th birthday started out with birthday BODYPUMP.

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And dinner with my family and sisters at Red Robin. Yum! Smile

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Followed by ice cream!

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And then we headed to the Lake for the weekend.

Doughnuts!

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First boat ride.

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Time on the dock.

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And <love> with #gopackgo

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Time to get ready for work! Hope you had a great one. Smile

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Labor Day Weekend: Photo Recap

How on Earth is it Thursday already?

With Labor Day on Monday, I’ve been off a day all. week. long. But even though it was a short week, I am still looking forward to the weekend and no plans!

Here’s a quick photo recap of our Labor Day weekend at the Lake. . .

Packer colors always make doughnuts taste better.

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Fun at the Children’s Museum.

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And lots of boat time.

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Hope you’re having a great week! Smile

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Weekending. . . in pictures

Hey! Happy Tuesday. . . I am still smiling from a great weekend at the Lake with friends. I thought I’d pop in today and share some pics from the weekend!

All good weekends start with ice cream. . .

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And a trip to the splash pad. . .

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It was overcast Saturday morning. . . but then the sun came out for a beautiful afternoon on the water. . .

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Sunset boat cruise with best friends.

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Sunday morning fishing. . .

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I’m already looking forward to next year’s weekend! Smile 

What did you do this weekend??

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Weekending. . . at the lake

Happy Monday!!

I’m popping in this morning for a quick weekend recap before heading back out on the Lake. Luke just figured out how to jump in by himself off the dock and it is the best and cutest thing ever. Smile 

Started the weekend with BODYPUMP! I am loving 98. Full review coming soon.

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Then, we headed to the lake and Luke participated in his first demolition derby. . . for kids. Winking smile 

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He drove around for about 3 minutes before deciding that the big kids were being a little rough, so he came and sat on the side with Mom and Dad. . . which was just fine by me!

Besides, he thought the best part of the whole thing was his new dinosaur helmet, holding the finish flag and his cool trophy.

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Saturday = doughnuts.

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And time at the Bloomer Fair.

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Sunday was parade day. . .

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And Luke killing time by taking pictures before the parade started. . .

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The rest of the day was jumping off the dock

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and cruising in the boat.

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It was a really great weekend.. .  and I’m super excited because Luke’s school is closed for the next 2 weeks and I took off work to hang out with him! I’ll check in again later this week with some of our adventures!

Hope you are having a great Monday!!

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Weekending. . . at the Lake with our Colorado Friends!

Whew. What a long weekend. It was truly a weekend of highs and lows.

High. Getting Luke a haircut on Friday on the way to the Lake.

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Low. Our friends having car trouble with their rental car on Friday afternoon on the way to the Lake. Thankfully, they were able to get the car swapped out, but such a pain!

High. Friday night Fish Fry with our friends and my Mom and sisters.

High. Doughnuts on Saturday morning.

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High. Trying out the new tube.

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And spending time on the Lake.

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High. Luke taking his first tube ride!

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High. Peggy making her amazing guacamole.

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Low. Clouds and rain. . . but we didn’t let that stop us too much. . .

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High. watching these boys hang together.

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Low. This was the worst one. . . we were headed to dinner out on Monday night while Mom watched the kids and the four of us ended up getting into a car accident. It was pretty scary, we went off the road and then crashed. The airbags deployed and everything. Thankfully, we are all ok, just pretty banged up and sore from the crash. Just a reminder to be safe out there and always wear your seatbelt <—we all were wearing our seatbelts!

High. Even though the car was totaled, with the help of my Mom, we were able to get everyone back to the airport without having to drive 3+ hours to pick up a new rental car. And bonus with good conversation + Caribou Coffee on the way!

Low. No group picture this year.

High. Plans are already in the works for our next family get together.

And despite all the highs and lows, I couldn’t think of better people to spend time with and I’m so thankful for their friendship. Smile

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Weekending. .. 10th annual Country Fest!

Hey there! Happy Tuesday!

I am extra happy today because I finally figured out my picture situation. . . well . . .unfortunately, I really don’t know what the problem was, all I know, is that it’s working now! Winking smile 

I almost had a heart attack last week when I realized that was scheduled to work this last weekend – Country Fest weekend! In the past 9 years, Fest has always been the last weekend in June. . . and this year, they switched it. .  . but I never double checked the dates! Laura randomly texted me about getting ready for the weekend, and then I realized, OMG, I am scheduled to work all weekend. Thank goodness, I have some amazing co-workers and it just happened that one gal wanted an couple extra shifts, so I was able to have the weekend off.

And it was awesome. Beautiful weather. Great times with my sister. And Carrie Underwood!

Here’s a look at the weekend.. .

Sprinkle doughnuts.

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Special K bars. .. means Abby gets to lick a peanut butter jar.

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Driving the tractor.

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Picnic lunch on the boat.

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Squirt gun fights.

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All tuckered out.

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Park time.

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Country Fest time!

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Dierks.

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Craft time. . .. just wait until you see the wreaths we made – SO cute!!

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And the total highlight of Fest this year – Carrie Underwood!!

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And Sam Hunt.

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Whew. Such a good weekend. . . and now back to work!

How was your weekend?? Highlight??

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Friday: Things I’m Loving. . .

Friday. Yeeeessss. 

Only a 12 hour shift between me and heading to the Lake this weekend for 90+ degree weather. If you need me, you can find me floating in the lake. Winking smile 

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Since it’s Friday, it’s time for some of my recent favorites.  . .

Another day, another container of watermelon. #cantstopwontstop

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This kid. Plus, I am always amazed by how long he can be entertained with playing in the sink. 

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Jennie-O turkey burgers.

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As a member of their Switch Circle team, they send me products every once in a while, and recently, I got some turkey burgers. The perfect quick summer night meal. Plus, you can’t go wrong with sweet potato fries.

26 pictures that every parent will relate to – yes to #4 and #5

Funny animal voice over – All I have to say is AL! ALAN! AL! Hilarious. 

This beautiful watch that Scott gave me for our 8th anniversary.

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Luke playing soccer. .. what is it about little kids playing sports? Equal parts funny and adorable.

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What about you – what have you been loving this weekend?

And plans for the weekend? Favorites from the week?

Looking for my linkup? I’ve decided to take a break from Friday link ups, but I’m still going to link up Friday fun with Heather!

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