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

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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