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Life Favorites–Jumping into the BIG pool!

Happy Wednesday! I am a busy bee today trying to get ready for the family to head to Disney World! This will be my first time at Disney World and I could not be more excited. . . full recap next week when we get home! If you have any suggestions for our first time, please share!! Smile 

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I have lots of favorites.  ..

One of the biggest ones was Luke jumping into the BIG pool at swimming lessons all by himself {to a noodle}. He was so excited and proud of himself. . . and I’ll be honest, this Mom was too!

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Nice weather! It appears that spring has finally made an appearance in MN. I am loving the 50s and 60s and running outside!

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Baby smiles and coos. Heart melting every day.

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He is getting too big too fast!

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And he looks just a little bit like his brother. . .
Luke on the left, Jake on the right!

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Aunt Jenny came to visit!

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Mom and Dad selfies with Jake.

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A little too much fun with snap chat filters.

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Luke continues to be the best big brother. It is amazing how much he thinks of his baby brother and how he wants to make sure that all activities include him!

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Back to teaching at the YMCA. Both BP and CXWORX.

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Aunt Laura came to visit!

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Cupcakes from the new place in town – Bluebird Cakery. Delicious! The cookie dough one was amazing.

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Sunday morning coffee run in PJs.

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Framing the newborn pictures of Jake {print from Shutterfly} . . it already seems so long ago that he was that little and new. It seems like he has been part of our family for a long time already! <—that might be part of the sleep deprivation. Winking smile And I am loving my new Easter bunny sign. ..

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I am looking forward to the weekend at Disney. . . and hoping that I don’t melt in the 90+ degree heat!!

Hope you are having a great week – any highlights to share? Plans for the weekend? Have you ever been to Disney? Advice for us??

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Spring Break with the boys

Happy Monday!

I just dropped Luke off at school. Jake is snoozing in his car seat. And I am soaking in my last two days of maternity leave before going back to work on Wednesday.

We had a great week over Luke’s spring break. . .

Lots of brother time.

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My favorite cheap activity. Water play time in the sink! He played for over an hour! #parentingwin

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Trips to the library. We recently started reading chapter books together before bed and I LOVE it!

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Perler beads for hours of entertainment.

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Smiles.

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milk coma.

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Abby!

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Getting so big! And why are animals on feet so adorable?

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Fun at the Children’s Museum.

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And fro yo.

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The bummer of the week. . . everyone getting colds. Sad smile 

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Living off of these balls. And I added shredded unsweetened coconut. Life changing.

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Celebrating Scott’s birthday on Saturday.

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Sunday morning.

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And if you need me over the next two days. . .you can find me right here. Smile 

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Hope you had a great weekend! Anything super fun??

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Life lately–update!

Hey there! Happy Tuesday. . .

I am enjoying my last full week of maternity leave. I know all Moms will agree with me on how fast the time flies! I am happy that I won’t have to deal with daycare drop off for a few more weeks. . . my Mom is coming down to watch Jake for the first day I’m back at work plus Scott has more paternity leave to use! Much easier to leave a baby at home with Grandma or Dad vs. daycare drop off!!

And it is spring break for Luke. So, I have both boys home with me all week! We’ve already played “house” more times than I can count. <—Luke’s favorite right now. . . Thank goodness for Legos, Perler beads (kid is obsessed with these), and the occasional episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Smile Also, looking forward to some play dates at the Children’s Museum, the library, and a movie!

Anyway, I thought I’d pop in quick this morning. . . Jake is chilling in his swing and Luke is finishing up breakfast. . . and share a picture update of life lately.

Reading books. . .

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Swim lessons.

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Teaching early morning CX class. . .

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Smiles!

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Hanging out at the YMCA.

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Seriously. My favorite.

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Treadmill miles.

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Legos.

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Big boy napping in his crib!

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Because I just can’t get enough. . . <love>

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And that’s my time. . . Luke is done with breakfast and Jake is telling me he is done with the swing. Smile

Oh, one more thing. Make this meal. We had it again last night for dinner. SO good!!

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I’m hoping to check in with some of our spring break adventures later this week, and I’ll for sure check in after going back to work with an update!

Hope you are doing great! Anything new??

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Friday Favorites–2 months + sunshine

Happy Friday! It has been a crazy weather week here in MN. 66 degrees on Tuesday and 20 degrees and snowing right now. . . we are supposed to get 10+ inches!

Jake and I have been enjoying the last few weeks of my maternity leave together.

This is my current favorite photo.

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2 months old!

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First stroller ride outside in the sunshine!

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Life.

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Family run.

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And this photo from Luke’s school Valentine’s Day. Adorable, right?!

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And I could not resist when an adorable girl scout stopped by the house this week to sell cookies. I’m most excited about the s’mores cookies!

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It’s going to be a low key weekend around here. . .  Dinner with friends tomorrow night. I’m making this amazing Chipotle corn dip that my friend, Leah, made when she brought dinner shortly after Jake was born. I’ve made it three times already because it is SO good. I’ll be sure to snap some pics to share the recipe with you next week! Otherwise, planning for some play time in the snow and baking something yummy – any suggestions? I am thinking cookies. Maybe these??

What are you up to this weekend? Favorite thing from the week??

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Friday Favorites – first smiles + Pinterest

Hey there. . . happy Friday!! Smile

Super excited for the weekend. . . well, as soon as we are finished with getting our taxes done this morning. meh.

But then, we are celebrating with a trip to Trader Joe’s. Winking smile

And my sister is coming tomorrow!

And now, because of Friday, here are my favorites from this week . . .

My treadmill. And baby nap time. I am so thankful that running just feels good right now and I’m slowly starting to build my distance back up.

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Luke 3 months vs almost 5 years old in the same bouncer.  . .

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And this boy. Jake giving me some serious looks before. . .

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giving me his first smiles. heart melting.

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Daydreaming about building our next house. . . thank you Pinterest for stealing hours of my life. ..

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Including a 2 story great room.

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an amazing kitchen with a huge island.

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and keeping track of all good ideas. an extra storage area for garbage bags right next to the garbage bins?! = genius.

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random favorite, but super important for my dry, cracked winter skin. darn Minnesota winters.

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and spark. helping mothers function every day. Smile

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and now off to the tax guy. . .

and then Trader Joe’s! –> any favorites I should make sure and pick up???

Plans for the weekend? Favs from the week??

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Friday Favorites–Twizzlers and Treadmill

Friday?!?

Time is just flying by. . . but life is good. Smile

Looking forward to another low key weekend around here. The benefit to having a newborn in the winter is that you can stay home and snuggle and not miss out on anything. . .  or at least that is what I am telling myself!

Here are some of my recent favorites. . .

This mug that I got my sister for Christmas. . . and yes “aisle” is spelled wrong. Thankfully the lady that I ordered it from on Etsy sent me a new one. But #truth, right?!

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Movie date.

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The fact that he calls Twizzlers “radishes” for some reason just makes me laugh.

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Playing in the snow.

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How is my boy old enough for chapter books?? I have heard good things about the Magic Tree House books, any other suggestions for a almost 5 year old??

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This.

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Treadmill for the win during baby and puppy nap time.

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Having extra time with Luke in the mornings to play with him at school.

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6 weeks old. SO big!

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Valentine’s Day decorations. It’s no secret that pink is my favorite color so it’s totally my favorite holiday to decorate for. . . my favorite is the hurricane glass filled with candy hearts! So simple and so cute!!

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Alright I’m off to kick off the weekend with coffee Friday (#necessary) and baby snuggles. #momlife

Hope you have a great one! Any plans? Favorites from the week?

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Friday Favorites – One month, snow and return to bodypump!

Happy Friday!! I’m typing this from the living room floor.  .. baby on one side, caramel latte on the other. #necessary

I’ll start by saying that watching Jake kick his little legs is one of my favorite things right now. Smile

I survived my first week at home with two kids. Keeping it real by saying that Luke goes to preschool during the day, so it’s mostly just Jake and I, but getting two kids fed, dressed and out the door is a new experience!

I finally took Jake’s one month pictures. . . a few days late #secondkidproblems

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Isn’t his Wisconsin onsie adorable? Thanks Aunt Laura!

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I made it to a BODYPUMP class at the YMCA. It felt good to be back! Now, I just have to build my strength back up. . . it’s amazing how quickly you lose your strength!!

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<love>

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Couch sharing.

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Date at the Mermaid store (Starbucks). Winking smile

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Snow day + coffee = winning

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Trying to shovel while wearing a baby = not winning.

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Yesterday my friend Leah came over to visit. She was amazing and brought dinner + this “kitchen sink” cookie from Panera. Let’s just say it didn’t survive the afternoon. Smile

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Now. . . on to the weekend! I’m not sure what’s on tap yet. . . maybe a movie, some baking, running, and of course, baby snuggles. Smile

What was your favorite from the week? Plans for the weekend??

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Friday Favorites–Newborn Photos

Happy Friday!

This week flew by! Jake is officially one month old tomorrow. Time. slow. down.

The highlight of my week was getting Jake’s newborn photos back. . .

I am totally biased but I am in love with these boys.

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And how adorable are sleeping babies? heart melting.

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almost makes me consider having another one. almost. Winking smile 

I am super excited for the game on Sunday. My Mom made sure to dress Jake appropriately for the game last weekend. . . go Pack!

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First post-baby date night and margarita.

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And when did my first baby get so big??

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And it feels so good to be back to running. Man, I missed it!

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Looking forward to another weekend with very little plans. . . date with friends tomorrow night with the kids, baby snuggles, and playing Legos with Luke. . . and some couch time with Scott. Smile 

What are you up to this weekend? Best thing about your week??

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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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