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11.26.17 – Thanksgiving Recap

26 Nov

We had a nice visit to Indiana over the Thanksgiving holiday. We had several birthdays to celebrate – including a 33rd, a 30th, and a 21st. Plus, we enjoyed a trip to the Purdue/IU game and had some fun dressing up for breakfast club. And of course a tasty feast with our family to top it all off. We came home with stuffed bellies, tired eyes, and full hearts.

I also included a few pics from Laney’s feast at school. Their little performance was the cutest. She was thankful for Greyson, Oliver, God and her family. ❤

10.7.17 – Fair Oaks Farms

7 Oct

We met my side of the family at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana for the Cowtober festival. It was another unseasonably warm fall day, which was great for being outside with the kiddos. The boys did so awesome with being off schedule and all of the driving. We had a blast touring the farm and eating yummy food. Here are a few pics and videos from our adventure.

 

8.18.17 – Summer Reflections

18 Aug

There are so many pros and cons to social media. It can make us feel more connected, but it can also make us feel less than. Comparison is the thief of joy, as they say, and it’s easy to start comparing ourselves to others. We tend to put our best out on the interwebs, and it’s easy to forget that those moments are just a snapshot of a person’s day. Everyone has struggles just like you.

I caught myself in one of these comparison spirals this summer. As I saw everyone marking items off of their summer bucket lists full of fun, I was struggling to get myself showered and dressed before 3:00 PM. It was mid July, and I started feeling bad that Laney hadn’t been to the pool or to the library for the summer reading program or to any parks or to the lake…

But I stopped myself. There were lots of things we had done! I hosted and arranged one million play dates to keep Laney busy and give her some social time. We went on an airplane to the beach for a week, made road trips to visit family, attended summer music class, walked on the new trail by our house, and played on the slip-and-slide. She went fishing with Daddy and attended circus camp and VBS. We had dinners with friends. I even took all three kids to the library and to Target the other day, and we all survived!

Then Mimi and Annie came to visit and we finally made it to the pool and even went to the county fair! Laney declared that was the best day!

Last week we made a final summer road trip to Indiana for a swim and a trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

And I reminded myself…it’s OK for her to be bored once in awhile. I tried my best to create a few fun memories while also doing what was best for the boys. She’s learning about being a big sister (and she’s an amazing one!). That sometimes we have to do what is best for someone else in the family for awhile. It’s a short phase, and this is one summer of many. And it was a pretty darn good one!

 

5.30.17 – Memorial Day Weekend

30 May

We had a really fun Memorial Day weekend at Grandpa and Mimi’s house. The weather wasn’t as warm as we had hoped, but we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying some time together poolside.

By the end of the weekend, Laney was swimming like a little fish – jumping off the diving board, going under water, and swimming without her floaties. Huge strides from last year! We were so proud of her! The boys had their first dip as well but weren’t quite sure what to think of the experience. 🙂 And no Memorial Day weekend is complete without some intense pool volleyball matches and some diving board stunts.

The boys also got to meet Great Grandma and Grandpa Minion on race day!

As the weekend came to an end, we felt refreshed but were missing our fun family time already! Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer!

10.15.16 – Indiana Baby Shower

15 Oct

I had an awesome Saturday in Indiana visiting with my friends and family at my baby shower. My awesome sister-in-law and besties planned a delicious brunch, and I loved catching up with those who were able to attend. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such generous, loving family and friends! Can’t thank everyone enough! A few phone snaps from the day:

5.31.16 – Baby Logan and Memorial Weekend

31 May

We had a pretty fabulous extended Memorial Weekend. We swam and swam and swam some more. We celebrated my birthday. And my sweet, new nephew arrived on my birthday eve. It doesn’t get much better than that!

First weekend snaps:

Now welcome to the world, baby Logan! You are so loved!

5.14.16 – Kyla’s Baby Shower

14 May

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby Wagner around here, and we were super excited to celebrate the mama-to-be this past weekend. It was a rainy, cold day in May, but we didn’t let that stop us from showering Kyla with gifts and so.much.food! We went with the color scheme of the nursery (navy, teal, and gray) with a few bow tie touches. It’s always hard for me to decorate a space I’ve never seen before the day-of, but I still love the planning – especially when it is for someone as special as Kyla. We can’t wait to snuggle our newest nephew in a few short weeks!