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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!

2.25.17 – These Days

25 Feb

Sometimes it feels like all we are doing is feeding babies and changing diapers these days.

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But there are lots of snuggles to go around.

And there is plenty of fun too.

Saturday morning dance parties in the kitchen.


Tea time and bath time.

And of course coordinating outfits.

We get through colds and visits to the doctor.

Have lunch dates with friends.

Get all dressed up for church.


And have Mama + Mini dates to see Daniel Tiger with our best girlfriends.

And Laney and I work hard at capturing smiles on camera – plus all of the other moments I don’t want to forget!

We are starting to settle into life as a family of five – there have been a few tears and lots of tired eyes…but mostly lots of smiles and snuggles…and a whole bunch of joy and love!

Happy weekend, y’all! We’re just chillin.


12.3.16 – Weekend wrap-up

3 Dec

It was a busy week of firsts at our house this week.

Laney had her first “basketball game.”

We are really blessed to live in a town with a great parks & rec program. She loves basketball nights!

Saturday (after our Santa visit) was her big dance recital – The Littlest Nutcracker. She was so excited and looked adorable, and we were so proud of how hard she tried during her performance. I’m not going to lie – I got a little emotional as I saw her running up to the stage with her “big kid dancer.” Between the basketball game, the recital, and my pregnancy hormones…my heart just couldn’t take the cuteness this week. These are some of the moments I have dreamed about since finding out she was a girl. And that little smile and pose at the end when her classmates walked off stage? heart.melted. I couldn’t be more proud to be her mama!

She may have had the biggest and best fan club there. We love our family so!

It was her first recital and it may be her last. She’s already decided she wants to go back to gymnastics next year, which surprised me a little…but we really just want to give her the opportunity to try different things. I really can’t say enough good about the dance school she went to – if you are local and looking for a place for your little dancer, let me know!

We also had our first snow of the season! Had to break out a couple of Christmas gifts early, but it was worth it…Laney, Annie, and Kyle made a huge snowman and had a blast in the winter wonderland!

It was a super fun weekend! Can’t believe our next family visit will include our new additions!! Better go rest up now. 🙂


12.3.16 – Santa Visit

3 Dec

We went to visit Santa at Daddy’s work this morning. Laney was excited to go but kept asking me to tell Santa what she wanted. When it was our turn, she kept the tradition of not wanting to get close to him. We basically had to threaten her to get up there with Kyle (parents of the year – pressure of a long line behind us!).

Santa: Would you like a doll?

L: (shakes head no)

Santa: Would you like a truck?

L: (shakes head no)

Santa: Would you like a rock and two sticks?

L: (shakes head no)

OK, smile!

And we called it a day and checked this year’s visit off the to-do list. I guess she better write a letter to Santa or he isn’t going to know what to get her. 😉 I am really thankful Kyle’s office puts on such a nice event for the employees’ families. Sure beats spending a lot of money at the mall for a terrible picture!

Here’s the yearly comparison:


Hard to believe we will have two more little babes to add to the picture next year!

10.8.16 – Apple Picking

8 Oct

We had an awesome day full of fall fun! We headed to the apple orchard to pick some apples and pumpkins, and the weather could not have been more perfect! After apple picking, Laney enjoyed the pony rides and inflatables before we headed to get some lunch. We headed to Kyle’s favorite pizza place from college and decided to walk over to the football game. We enjoyed the halftime show and some mediocre Purdue/Illini football before calling it a day and heading home. We had full hearts, full bellies, and tired feet!

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!

5.22.16 – May happenings

22 May

Laney and I went up to Nana and Papa’s house over the weekend. Laney had too much fun visiting with her cousins, playing in the pond for hours, and meeting Papa’s friend “Buddy” the squirrel.

It was a beautiful weekend!