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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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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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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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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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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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Weekending. . .

Happy Monday!

Guess who actually remembered to take pictures of the weekend? Smile

Kicked off the weekend teaching BODYPUMP at the YMCA and taking 25 week bump pictures with my favorite little man. . .

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Followed by half caf latte + real clothes.

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and a trip to the Farmer’s Market.

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And cookies.

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waiting is hard work.

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snacks.

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nap time.

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furniture shopping. . . need a new nightstand for Luke’s room. He thought we should totally get the bunk beds.

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Trip to the park.

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Sunday morning = cinnamon rolls + puppy snuggles.

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Followed by CXWORX class at the YMCA x 3 . . . Some of my fellow instructors were videotaping their assessment videos, so we did the class three times in a row! I was t.o.a.s.t. afterwards!

And promptly came home and spent the next 4 hours on the couch watching football. It. was. glorious. Winking smile

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Finished off the weekend with crockpot pot roast + apple cheesecake bars.

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Hope you are having a great Monday!! What were you up to this weekend??

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

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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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MN State Fair – 2016

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On Sunday, we went to the MN State Fair. Fun fact – Luke as been there every year, even when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with him! 

We did a ton of walking and exploring. . . 

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Food highlights: 

Milkshakes. 

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Corn on the cob.

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Cookies!

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Strawberry smoothie. +baby

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Adventure highlights: 

A trip to the Oink booth in the pig barn and petting a baby pig. 

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Checking out tractors with Dad. 

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Getting free sunglasses at the Kare11 booth. 

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Doing the Little Farmhands experience. 

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And getting to pick out one treat. BATMAN!

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It was a HOT day and after about 5 hours at the fair.. . we were done. 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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Fri-YAY. . . Summer Vacay: 2

Hey! It’s been way to long!! I know, I know. . . it’s all my fault. Winking smile

Anyway, I’m here today to share a little recap of our second week of vacation. Spoiler alert, we’ve gotten really good at just hanging out and not actually doing much of anything. . . #staycation

We had a play date . . . complete with ice cream.

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I attended CXWORX training.

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And passed!!

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Now..  .just working on quickly learning the rest of the release so I can videotape while I can still lie on my growing belly!

I finally framed our family photos and had Scott hang up a picture ledge.

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Lots of park play time.

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And puppy walks + a baby belly. Winking smile

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We are headed to the Lake this weekend with some friends. Looking forward to sunshine, boat rides and lots of laughing. Smile

Your plans for the weekend?? Favorites from the week?

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

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