Life Lately!

I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and then before we know it, (let’s hope!!!) it will be Easter! I’m beyond ready for some WARM weather since today’s high is literally 1 degree. Can’t wait to be able to go outside with Magnolia to play and for walks.

Since we can’t do that for the next 4 months (yep, most likely 4 more months of this glorious weather….), I thought I’d share a little of what we’ve been up to lately!

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We did venture outside one day for a little sledding in our driveway action. Not to be redneck or anything but it was a whole lot easier than trudging through the feet of snow in the backyard without snow pants!

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Just as we figured… she LOVED it and didn’t mind the cold. She kept saying “more” and after about 5 times in a circle around the driveway (got my cardio in, that’s for sure!), we decided we’d be done!

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We’ve been playing a lot in the basement since we finished her little play area (for the most part) with the insane amount of toys she got with having her birthday and Christmas about the same time!

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She’s a lover of all things cheerio πŸ™‚

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I feel the same way about pretzels, girl.

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In case you were wondering, this blog has completely turned into Magnolia’s world and I’m just living in it! I remember the days I used to post about cute fashion and now i’m a total “Mom” in every sense of the word and wear all the leggings and top knots that I can!

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I did wear a super cute and comfy top for coffee with a girlfriend the other week. I’m also trying the Isle of Paradise drops in my moisturizer so that helps me with a little glow!

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And then we attended Magnolia’s first friend birthday party! She sure wasn’t shy at all…

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Crazy for balloons!

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These girls are technically only a little over a month apart and I hope they grow up being best friends!

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We’ve also been celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long!

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We started by making a plate with her feet on it so we have it to pull out every year for decorations (and I can look back and remember those little things!).

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We decorated for the holiday and added some of these gel window clings!

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Magnolia made Valentine’s for our families to send!

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We also made Valentine heart-shaped brownies and Magnolia is a HUGE fan of these!

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My helper being silly!

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Magnolia hasn’t been feeling well (thankfully this week she’s doing great – but it’s a day by day thing with daycare these days!) and had Influenza A last week.

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Grabbed her purse so she could go shopping πŸ™‚

While she was CRAZY fussy – I don’t blame her at all but man it was rough with Logan traveling for work – she had moments of her silly self come out too πŸ™‚

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I shared this picture on Instastories and a good friend said “Wow, she is your daughter!” and no truer words have been spoken! HA!

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I’m alllllll about the pretzels (I could live off them, no joke!) and sunglasses!

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I absolutely love watching their relationship! She is just wild about her daddy and it’s the sweetest thing to see!

 

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I had a much needed brunch with girlfriends this past weekend to celebrate a big birthday (not mine!) and we ALWAYS say it’s going to happen more often but I feel like I need to make a standing date because life just gets too busy for all of us!

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We also had an almost 40 degree day one Sunday so we went outside for a little sledding in the backyard again (AKA workout of pulling a 20 lb baby on a sled through thick snow!).Β  Good thing her smile is so sweet.

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In case you’re also wondering about makeup… Magnolia is still obsessed with her Mama’s makeup and this will keep her busy for quite some time! She loves trying the brushes on her face and looking at every piece of makeup! You can also notice her little snaggletooth on the top πŸ™‚ Of course our sweet little one wouldn’t get in any front teeth first!

Magnolia’s worn something Valentinesque every day this week and today is no different πŸ™‚ How cute was she yesterday for school?!

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That’s life lately around here! Thankfully it’s been pretty relaxing, just like we like it!

Come back tomorrow for some Friday Favorites and let me know… Do you guys do anything fun for Valentine’s Day? Date night or with kids?!

aKristi

 

Friday Favorites – TV Show Edition!

It’s finally Friday – this week has been insane! Logan was gone in Denver all week for work so I was solo-momming it again, Magnolia came home sick Wednesday afternoon with a fever and stayed home Thursday (anything worse than a sick teething baby?!) and now I’m ready for a big glass of wine and a relaxing weekend!

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I’m changing directions for this Friday Favorites post and because I’m always interested in new shows/movies to watch, I’m sharing a few of my favorites (and hoping you’ll share some too for me!):

  1. Virgin River – I just binge watched this show while Logan was out of town this week and while I didn’t think I’d be interested… I am hooked! I can’t wait for the next season! It’s not the rom-com type like I thought it would be though and it left me crying in some episodes (shocker, I know!).Β  The show is about starting over under mysterious circumstances in a small town as a Nurse Practitioner in a grumpy doctor’s office – it definitely leaves you hanging!
  2. Bless this Mess – I love this show!! It’s so cute and funny with Dax Shepherd. This show is about a newly married couple who leave their home in NY to move to a farm in NE for a simpler life. They have no idea how to run a farm or anything with this rural life.Β  It’s light-hearted and one I look forward to every week (this is on Hulu – not the Live version, just regular Hulu).
  3. American Housewife – This is one of my favorite shows! It’s hilarious – it revolves around a family who moved to a very wealthy town in Westport, Connecticut and Katie Otto, the Mama of the family, tries to teach her children about real life among the prestigious and arrogant families.Β  It’s only 30 minutes and it’s just so funny. If you’re looking for an easy show – this is it! I watch this on Hulu as well (not the Live TV version either)
  4. Good Girls – I started this show on Maternity Leave as a recommendation from my good friend and I was surprised with how quickly I was sucked in! It follows 3 Mom’s who are trying to navigate life with money problems – that get into some sticky situations (I don’t want to give anything away!).Β  This is on Netflix and they just came out with the second season!
  5. You – I think everyone has already seen this show but it’s a favorite ofΒ  mine! I started it back when it was on Lifetime (the first season before it moved to Netflix) while I was on maternity leave and I was immediately hooked! If you haven’t heard, it’s about a guy who starts stalking his girlfriend and becomes obsessed.
  6. Merry Happy Whatever – this might just be a seasonal show, but I thought it was cute. A girl brings her boyfriend home to the East Coast from LA to meet her crazy family and strict father (Dennis Quaid). It had funny moments and I’m definitely hoping they bring it back for another season – and preferably for the holidays again too!
  7. Hart of Dixie – This is my all-time favorite show and I’m currently watching it AGAIN.Β  It’s such a sweet show and makes me want to move to Bluebell, Alabama (if only it were real!). It’s about a NYer (Rachel Bilson) fresh out of med school who moves to small town Bluebell to take over part of a medical practice and has to figure out life in this different life! It’s all around cute and happy! I truly wish there was a small town we could move to that was similar! If you know of one, let me know πŸ™‚
  8. 2020 Dateline – Need I say more?
  9. Lost in Space – I mentioned this in my last week’s post and it’s still a current favorite! We have 2 more episodes left and i’m just waiting to watch those!

Are you watching any of these shows? What are your favorites that I’m missing- I’m always looking for new shows to watch at night! πŸ™‚

aKristi

 

Toddler/Kids Valentine Craft!

I am such a sucker for bottling up as much of Magnolia Kate at this age as I can! I wish I could bottle up her sneaky smile when we tell her “no” – don’t worry, she keeps doing it even worse then- the way she runs at me so excited, her hugs and cuddles, her baby smell and the way she perks up her eyebrows when she’s interested in something.. She’s growing up SO fast and I can’t believe that we no longer have a “baby” and she’s more of a toddler these days!

I am able to take a million pictures and videos which I will look at forever and miss so many of those days.  I’m also able to bottle up her little hand prints and feet prints and love anything with those on them! I can tell you, I have about a million crafts with them on it from daycare that I just can’t part with already! Magnolia LOVES doing crafts at daycare and does one just about everyday πŸ™‚ Most are ones she paints, versus her prints but I still love them nonetheless.

My first Mommy & Me date with Magnolia was to a pottery shop where I had an Easter plate made with her feet on it and it’s such a fun memory (and also the best take home gift!).  Ever since then, I want a plate for every holiday! She made one at daycare for Christmas as a gift to Logan and myself with her hand prints on it! I loved having the Easter plate out with her Easter Bunny picture – and her Christmas one out with her Santa picture. I can’t wait to put out her Easter one in a few months again and just see those tiny feet (she was just shy of 3 months).

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Ahh, Baby Magnolia is so sweet! Look at those little feet prints!

Long story short… I want one for every holiday but at $40 a plate at the pottery shop, isn’t quite what I want to spend for so many holidays so I decided to make my own starting with Valentines Day (and it was roughly $6!)!  I posted this on Instagram the other day and so many of you had questions on “how do you do this?!” so I thought i’d share in case a few of you wanted to give it a try!

Supplies:

  • a plain plate; I bought mine at the Dollar Store so legit $1
  • acrylic paint in red and pink (I bought mine at Walmart for $.50 a piece but you can get it at Michaels too!)
  • a Painter’s Pen in red – same aisle as the acrylic paint at Walmart ($2.49)
  • a sponge dobber – you don’t necessarily need this but they sell them in a pack at Walmart ($2)

 

Instructions:

  • Color your sweet little one’s feet (or hands) in paint – I did one foot at a time and then cleaned it immediately with a wet wipe since Magnolia tends to cross her feet right after (this time, she kept saying “more” with her hands when I was done with painting her toes, sweet girl!) – and pressed her foot onto the plate (truthfully, I did it on 3 different plates since sometimes her prints don’t turn out so good! So I wanted to be sure I got one good one). Repeat with the next foot – you could even put them in the shape of a heart!
  • Then, you are going to use your painter’s pen to write on the plate – whatever you would like it to say! You could do “first Valentines Day” or “Happy Valentine’s Day”. I also put her name and year (in case we have another baby in the future!
  • Next, I used my sponge dobber and alternated the colors around the trim of the plate – if you don’t have a dobber, you could just use a smaller paint brush and paint circles instead
  • Lastly, once your plate has dried – you will put it in a cold oven and preheat to 300 degrees. Once it’s preheated, set your timer for 35 minutes.  Turn off your oven with the plate still in the oven and once it’s cooled down, you’ll take the plate out and you’re all set!

It’s just so sweet to see the plate out on our counter with her tiny toes! Are you crazy like me and have all the things hand/feet print from your kids?!

aKristi

Give me all the hearts!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved Valentines Day! I didn’t have a boyfriend often during this holiday so it certainly wasn’t because of that – like legit, before Logan, maybe 1-2 years total of having a boyfriend for Valentines Day?! I just have always loved celebrating LOVE! I get it, we could and should celebrate that all the time but let’s be real, that just doesn’t happen!

Im allllll about that pink and red too. I mean, can you get more girly?! I just love it all! I’m always looking for cute heart things to wear for the week of Valentines Day and anything with free shipping, is the only way to go!

Here’s a few super cute options, if you’re looking! I’m debating which to order for myself!

Women’s heart pullover

Love a good plain top like this – and it has great reviews (which I hear now a days, doesn’t necessarily mean much but still, makes me feel better!) and it seems so comfy!

Heart Sleeve Pullover

This is one of my favorites! It’s subtle so you can wear it all the time (which, for me, is wear hearts all year either way but in case you’re questioning it!). Great reviews again – with actual peoples pictures which is what I always look for!

Heart long sleeve top

I love this option since it’s lighter and is just so darn cute!

So I was going to order this last one I’m sharing… however…

β€œOff the shoulder” heart sweater

I was just telling logan (as if he really cares 🀣) that it’s so weird to me when bloggers continuously show tops that really are vneck – and not wide neck vnecks as off the shoulder tops! Like clearly it stays for a picture but when you’re out and about.. it’s not an actual off the shoulder top! Something that tends to annoy me – clearly! Ha! So I’m refraining from ordering this one for that reason. It’s so cute and it is a wider neck so if you’re not moving much, it might stay off your shoulder.. but as a Mama who’s constantly moving and picking Magnolia up, this is a no go for me!

I thought I’d share a few options for your littles to match you – or at least be decked out for Valentines Day!

Baby Heart Outfit

This outfit is $13.99 and totally matches the top sweater you could get for yourself!

Heart Pants outfit

Obsessing over these pants?! 😍😍

The next one is a total match for a Mommy + Me outfit with the top above!

Heart Onesie Outfit

Magnolia is wearing this sweet romper for her Valentine party at “school”.

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It’s not Amazon, but it’s pretty darn sweet! I’m pretty excited! 😍

She has a Valentines Day party next Friday so she’ll be decked out with some treats in tow!

Do you guys do big things for the holiday or just lay low as if it’s any old day?! We won’t be doing anything crazy but I love celebrating even the littlest holidays with our sweet girl!

Kristi

Friday Favorites

, Friday Favorites!

Woah Woah Woah – I haven’t shared favorites since I can’t even remember BUT I am sharing a few favorites from the last few weeks:

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These pretzels.

Totally random but I’m obsessed. It all started after I had Magnolia and Logan made a run by himself to Costco (like 2 days after we got home from the hospital). He bought me so many sweet goodies and this was one of them! I’m obsessed with pretzels – like if I could only have 3 things for the rest of my life, this would be on the list. So these were an extra treat for me! They’re seasonal (so odd) at Costco but if you have a membership, go get yourself a tub… or three! πŸ™‚

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The Smocked Swap.

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Magnolia Kate is going to be a rep for this fun, southern clothing company! They have such cute pieces and I’m excited to see Magnolia dressed in them πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, she won’t be able to wear them for a little bit since we live in Antartica basically but one day she’ll be dressed SO cute! And I’ll have a discount code for you if you have littles you want to buy for! Stay tuned…

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Old Navy. Clearance. In store!

Floral-Print Jersey Swing Top for Toddler Girls

Legit $1.47 in store!

I shared this over on Instastories but lately I’m loving Old Navy! I stopped by there randomly, this week and literally, clothes for Magnolia were marked down to $1.47! We need 18 month clothing for her (we legit had like 4 items!) so I made sure to stock up on tops and pants! She doesn’t wear super cute things to daycare anymore because she’s literally a MESS after she gets home from eating – I’m pretty sure they don’t use bibs – so I didn’t mind the plainer tops.  They do have super cute things though that were marked down to $4-$5 so I got some of those too!

V- Neck Tunic Sweater for Women

They also have TONS of women’s clothes too! I got the sweater above (one of my favorites) for only $7.99!

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Lost in Space – on Netflix!

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Have you watched this show yet?! We’re almost done with Season 2 and it’s so good! Absolutely loved You, Good Girls and my all time favorite, Hart of Dixie – what other shows should we watch?!

That’s it for my weekly favorites! Feels good to be back!

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?!

aKristi

 

 

Hello Hello!

Oh my goodness – here I finally get you all caught up and then ghost you until now?! Aye aye aye! Just when I think I’m ready to dive back into this blogging world πŸ™‚

Well, let me sum up the last 5 months around this part…. family, birthday party, holiday traveling, sickness and that about sums it up! Ha! I won’t bore you with those long catch ups but figured i’d start anew!

Magnolia is officially a ONE year old somehow! We celebrated in true fashion with a rainbow balloon arch and all the fixins – it was a fun fun day and now we’re left with a ONE year old!  I’d like to say it seems like just yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital (like everyone says) but in all honesty, I don’t even remember her that little anymore! She’s been on the move since she was 6 months old so I don’t remember that little little infant!

Any who, I’m back and “plan” to share more about life as a Mama (my favorite, most of the time), bring back some of those fashion days (and not just “mama” fashion, aka yoga pants and a topknot! Although that is the wardrobe most days since I work from home most of the time) and whatever else you guys want to see! This little space is for me but I’m always open to suggestions πŸ™‚

If you follow me over on Instagram, I gave you a look at what our play area looks like #trainwreck and said I was planning to “make it over” this last weekend.  Clearly, that didn’t happen but I do plan to take some action this weekend and share all about it! So be on the look out for that next week!

Long story short, I’m back, hopefully and am excited to chat with y’all again! What do you want to see on this space?! I’m open for anything!

Also, can we just talk about all my !! and πŸ™‚ Ugh, I need to work on that… One day at least! πŸ™‚ Ha!

aKristi

July Happenings!

This is a long one again… but I’m happy I’m all caught up now πŸ™‚

July, July, July… where did you go?! I have never had time move so fast since having Magnolia!

July was busy for us (as usual!).

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I mean… precious angel on the 4th of July!

We started off the month with the big 3M Open PGA tournament down the road from us (I’m talking less than a mile!). Logan volunteered all week and was SO excited to be so close to the players and even got to chat up Phil Mickelson πŸ™‚

We did a little day date for a practice round while Magnolia was at daycare.

Her little arm kept going up instead of on the sides!

And then went with my Mom and Dennis on a weekend with Magnolia!

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Logan was a bit nervous bringing her… and we kinda thought she’d only last an hour but she lasted for 7 and was a rockstar!

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Magnolia enjoyed starting baby led weaning at daycare and sitting with all the “big” babies at the table!

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She enjoyed her little pool more outside this month while we had some warmer temps!

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We went to the farmer’s market downtown Minneapolis with my brother and his family and just about melted πŸ™‚

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We headed down to Oshkosh to my inlaws for my SIL’s high school graduation party…

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We stopped in Eau Claire for the night to break up the drive and Logan worked from there…

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then onto Oshkosh for a long weekend!

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We enjoyed queso while sitting with Mimi..

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and seeing her Aunties and Uncle Tanner.

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If you’re new around here, Logan and I met at UWEC so we were stoked to all represent and see our little girl wearing it too! πŸ™‚

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And then we celebrated Auntie Cam’s graduation!

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We played outside some more…

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and mastered the art of crawling!

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We went on just a few walks…

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and really liked eating some strawberries and foods again!

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Magnolia turned 7 months already somehow!!

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Then we headed back to EC for a weekend to spend time with Grandma (my Mom) while Logan was in a golf tournament!

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We went to one of my favorite wineries and they had a small animal area and Magnolia was in heaven!

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I’ve never seen her giggle so hard at just the llama eating (y’all, that was it! It didn’t move otherwise and she couldn’t stop laughing!) and everyone around was looking and smiling/laughing at how sweet she was!

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Always Sophie!

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She really has the BEST smile around πŸ™‚

She was REALLY excited to see Daddy after golf (as usual!).

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And Logan and I snuck away for a quick dinner featuring margaritas and queso! It was our first time without Magnolia (since the hockey game at 3 months) and even though she was with my Mom and in great hands, I still checked in and we were only gone about 40 minutes max….

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Poor Logan was ready to stay for a bit but I was ready to get back to Magnolia and bath time πŸ™‚

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Logan finished up his golf tournament and we spent time at the park before heading to Great Grandmas for a little bit!

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We saw Uncle Alex a little bit more this month.

And I worked on my photography and editing skills πŸ™‚

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And Magnolia made Logan a late “Daddy’s Day” present so we could have more than 1 hole πŸ™‚

img_4645-2And that sums up the busy month!

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If you’re still reading then props to you!! This was a long one but I think we’re finally caught up in the lives of us!

Now let’s do some more fun posts πŸ™‚

What fun thing did you do in July?!

aKristi

Weekend Whereabouts!

It’s already Monday, y’all!

But thankfully, I have a short work week this week since we have the State Fair on Friday with my in-laws for our annual tradition!

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My weekend recap starts back on Thursday! I had originally asked off work for a trip with Logan’s family that didn’t end up working out; but I kept it off anyway because it’s basically the last week of summer and I only have so many with Magnolia Kate!

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We started our weekend off with our first trip to the zoo…

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She thought the orangutan was just so silly!Β 

Magnolia LOVED seeing the llama and pony at the winery last month (you’ll see that recap Wednesday!) so I thought she’d be ALLLL about the animals at the zoo!

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Trying one of Mama’s favorite snacks – a giant pretzel! I’m a sucker for any concession areas! πŸ™‚

Mom fail because it was SO busy with “kid groups” (it’s the end of summer so I’m sure?!) so it was hard to get Magnolia close enough to see the animals!

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But she sure was excited about seeing all the kids πŸ™‚ Ha! Ever since daycare, she LOVES seeing kids!! She lets out squeals and giggles with kicks when she sees any!

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Lots of selfies today since Daddy had to work!

We ended the night with Magnolia Kate’s first Packer game (she was asleep the last preseason game!).

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She recently started wanting to touch the dogs especially their tails…. here she is testing their patience (thankfully they’re SO good with her!!)…

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And giggling SO hard when I tell her “No”… before she went back for Destin’s tail.. we may be in trouble! Ha!

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She looked so sweet with her Packers onesie!

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Our little Packer fan πŸ™‚

If you can remember, Logan finished the basement back in January and hung the tv in February (the one he bought on Black Friday)Β  but we FINALLY just decided on and got our couch about a week ago so we’ve been enjoying the area!

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She LOVES having a sectional to crawl all over!

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Friday was a little bit more laid back with Magnolia’s first lunch date to Olive Garden with Jess!

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She is sure her Mama’s girl…. loving on those breadsticks!

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Then we met Daddy for a quick margarita before he headed to the golf course!

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Saturday was a big day for us – we headed to Chetek, WI for a day on the lake with my family!

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Gah she’s just the cutest thing!

We weren’t sure that Magnolia would enjoy the boat or even last an hour so we were a bit worried that the longer drive wouldn’t be worth it but guys…

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I’m pretty sure she tried every snack she could while on there! Ha!

she did SO well and loved the boat! The more waves the better for her!

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My little niece!

We were missing two of my nieces (Trinity and Sydney) and it makes me so sad when we get together without them! 😦

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We all just hung out on the boat and rode around a few hours…

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before docking at the sandbar! Surprisingly, Logan was the first to jump in!

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And again… we weren’t sure Magnolia would like the water much but she was such a fishy! She loved being in this floaty and would kick her feet with excitement (especially if she went over a wave!).

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She kept laying in her head on it too and we all thought she might actually fall asleep!

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No such luck… she was also on a no bottle strike as usual….

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She loved being able to crawl ALL over the pontoon and get into everyone’s snacks πŸ™‚

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Nora was also VERY into trying everyone’s snacks πŸ™‚

She’s the only baby I know that is happiest when she doesn’t eat!?! Ugh, it’ll be nice to be done with those in a few months!

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Goodness, my niece is OBSESSED with Grandma but thankfully she was such a good little sharer with Magnolia!

Before we headed out, Logan and my sister did some water skiing on my Uncle’s boat and shockingly enough, both were able to get up after 10+ years!

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Magnolia zonked out almost immediately when we got in the car!

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Enjoying ALL the strawberries – Ha ha!

Yesterday, we just ran a few errands (Costco, Target) and enjoyed a quick lunch at Dino’s Greek Mediterranean.

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Magnolia sure enjoyed the fries and all the seasonings!

Every day is something new with Magnolia and I’m loving all of it! I’m so excited for her to do the fair with us this year – I think she’ll love the people watching and trying some foods!

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I’m sharing what our July looked like on Wednesday and then we’ll be all caught up finally!

aKristi

 

 

My birthday + June happenings!

Like I said on Monday… I want to document Magnolia’s life for ourselves (I can’t tell you how fun it is when I look back at blog posts and see what we were doing random weekends!) so I’m going back a little bit… grab some coffee or wine – there’s a lot of pictures!

It was my golden birthday this year so we decided to both take off work and spend the day together with Ms. Magnolia Kate!

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We headed to the arboretum with a picnic and looked at all the gorgeous flowers!

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It was the first day that was almost 90 degrees (and we had a barely 5 month old!) so we tried to do our best to keep her cool and keep her on nap schedule!

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It was such a simple day but so perfect too because we finally had our little girl and I was with the people who matter most!

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The next day, I headed on over to my brother’s to celebrate a little bit with my Mom and my brother’s family.

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We went on a longer walk and just hung out (and grilled out).Β  It was nice to be able to relax outside a bit.

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We finished the night with the park (Magnolia’s first time on the swings!) and ice cream at Selmas!

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Magnolia and I both got sick with the flu this month… at the same time! ugh! Talk about rough!

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Magnolia enjoyed her first time in her little “splash pad pool”.

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And we took our first official walk to the park as a family!

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Logan’s not a big walker (I mean he doesnt quite enjoy going on walks a lot around the neighborhood) so don’t let this fool you in thinking we go all the time! Ha!

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Logan went on his first work trip to Denver so we were solo girls for a few days!

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My brother, SIL and niece came over to keep us company one night!

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She was definitely ready to see Daddy after those three days!

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She learned how to crawl backwards in June and was getting ready to move forward!

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Donuts with Dad at daycare!

We celebrated Logan’s first Father’s Day with a trip to the outlet mall…

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and play time outside!

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Did I mention she likes to be outside?! πŸ™‚

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We had our first girl’s brunch out and she did GREAT!

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We went to our first Strawberry Festival and Magnolia LOVED the strawberries!

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First time she tried them and she was hooked!

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She wore some cute outfits…

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And even decided she might want to be Daddy’s Caddy!

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We made a road trip to Eau Claire for a night to be with the girls!

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How is my first niece going to be 17 next month?!?!

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And this niece be in high school?!

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It’s so special to me that we have these memories for Magnolia with her great grandparents! Even if she won’t remember them all, I hope she has TONS in the many years to come!

Magnolia sat in a “public” high chair for the first time at the mall!

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And rode in her first cart as a big girl!

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She was obsessed!! I mean, literally squealing with excitement that people kept staring and smiling!

Magnolia turned SIX months in June and i’m amazed at everything she has learned to do!

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Goodness, this was a good month! I wasn’t thinking we did a ton when I thought back but wow, we were busy!

Onto the next month…. πŸ˜‰

aKristi

 

6th Annual Crawfish Boil

My goodness.. I haven’t written a blog post since May?! I thought I was starting back out but apparently not!

Logan asked me why I hadn’t posted one in so long on Friday (I didn’t realize it had been THAT long!) and I said “what do I have to write about?! I’m in a slump and my life is Magnolia Kate right now” but then he reminded me that the reason I started this blog was to document our lives through pregnancy and a baby – even if that came a bit later!

So I think I’m back… and ready to document for ourselves things we’ve been doing with Magnolia and her growth! She’s beyond amazing (can I say that enough?!) and I want to remember it all!

Now onto our weekend.. we hosted our annual crawfish boil and it was Magnolias first!

Last year, we celebrated “Baby G” with a crawlfish boil/diaper party and this year, she was the “Belle of the Boil” of course!

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We lucked out this year and had rain all day (I think it was the first year it actually rained) so most people hung in the garage and driveway.

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Magnolia’s first boil! Y’all she WANTED to eat the shrimp and crawfish! She kept opening her mouth when I’d eat it πŸ™‚ Sweet girl, maybe next year!

We have had the same group of people at our crawfish boil’s and it’s just funny to see things change over the year!

Our very first boil, Logan proposed and there were only 2 kids there and now, there were 7 babies ages 1 and under alone!

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Magnolia’s a huge fan of babies and kids ever since she started daycare so she was totally content just watching them all (and trying to crawl into their carseats with them and hold their hands :)).

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Sweet baby Coco – Magnolia kept trying to hold her hand! Be still my heart ❀

I’ve had questions how we do it and this is how…. Logan! Ha! He orders the crawfish from Louisiana and it’s delivered a day before the boil and he mans everything and boils it while we all mingle/eat apps/have drinks!

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This is our sweet Godson, Sully who just turned a year old! They were so cute together!

Everyone joked that we’ll need a bounce house next year with all the kids!

I’m not gonna lie though… it was our first “big event” with just us two and Magnolia and it was a lot of work! We had all of our families at the boil last year and this year, no one was able to make it so it was a little bit of work! It also was a little harder since Logan was busy with the boil so i’d have to remind myself “oh shoot, when did she eat last?!!?” We definitely learned that we’ll need more help this year!

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Magnolia just loves her some Gayle time πŸ™‚

I was shocked though – Magnolia was awake for almost 6 hours by the time she fell asleep for the night and she was SO good!! She really went to anyone, as long as she could see Mama or Daddy and we had NO meltdowns! That’s a huge win!

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And she loves Jess πŸ™‚

Logan does 2 batches every time and it’s enough to make sure everyone is good and full!

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Everyone hung around for a bit and it’s a little different as the years go… everyone was gone by 7:30 and the boil started around 4.Β  Gone are the days that we stay up and have drinks for days with everyone! But honestly, it was my favorite year so far!

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This month, marked 9 years of living in Minnesota and we really love our tribe! None of us live by each other unfortunately (meaning we’re all about 30 mins apart so not too far), but it’s always so great when we get together!

And look at this…. at my cookie exchange in December…

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We thought only 4 of us were pregnant…

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But turns out there were over half of us pregnant! It’s fun to see so many little ones (missing Katie and her little guy who came a little later!).Β  See why we might be needing a bounce house next year?!

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And it’s funny to think that all three of us were pregnant in this picture from last year (they were in very early stages and hadn’t quite made the announcements yet) and now this year…

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Our good friends stayed theΒ  night since they were from out of town and it’s so sweet to see these two “playing” together!

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Best we could do with them always on the move! πŸ™‚

Yesterday, we just relaxed, cleaned and relaxed! Sweet Magnolia Kate was very happy to not be held and to be able to crawl allllll over all her toys!

We’ve been so busy on weekends lately and it’s not slowing down until end of September so we’re trying to soak in the “stay home” days and just relax!

Have a fabulous Monday!

aKristi