Monday, July 13, 2015

Visit From the Dolan's

My good friend Andrea recently moved from Oregon to Wisconsin, and on their long drive to their new home her family made a pit stop at our house for the night. It was so good to meet her youngest son Ben, who last time I saw Andrea was in utero. We are so thrilled to have them only 5 hours away verses 25 like they have been the last fest years!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


A couple weeks ago I had the joy (and exhausting) pleasure of having all 4 boy cousins for most of the day. We played baseball and promptly lost the ball in the tree, pretended to drive my car (I can't even tell you how many times the horn was honked, I apologize neighbors), ate lots of chicken nuggets and ended with a good old fashion water fight. To say I slept well that night was an understatement, but it was fun to have all 4 rowdy boys at once!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Weekend Up North

Earlier in June we took a long weekend away and made it up to my parents house for a few days. It was a great time full of boating, relaxing, Brian getting on a horse for his first time ever, eating delicous food including ice cream, making cookies with grandma, Harry catching his first fish, and spending quality time together. If only ever weekend of the summer could be this good!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Brief Spring Update: Harry (3 years) Ollie (15 months)

Today I had Ollie's 15 month appointment, and while sitting in the pediatrician's office chatting it up with the doctor, it gently hit me that we are at such a sweet spot with our boys right now.
Harry is old enough to have conversations with and he understands he can't runaway in parking lots. He is always wanting to be a helper, and instead of just being a "helper" he actually is help most of the time. He can open doors, shut doors, put on his shoes and clothes, retrieve items from other rooms, and be left alone in the next room without the fear of him completely destroying things. He is constantly looking out for his little brother. And is observant of all things. He asks a million questions a day, constantly wanting to learn more. He knows the days of the week, and wants to know whose birthday is in each month. My little 3 year old is growing up and I could just nuzzle my head in his dirty sweaty neck all day, taking in the smells of this little boy.

And Ollie. Sweetie pie Ollie. Still content as ever, only just learning how to walk in the last couple of weeks. He is busy watching the world go by aka his brother running to and fro. If Harry is busy, Ollie is right at his side trying to do all things big brother does. He is just learning that he too has a voice but usually it only comes out when he is hungry, or when he is trying to take a toy away from Harry. If it were up to him he would live off of bread and milk, but is just starting to slowly venture out to new foods. He is a momma's boy and loves to sit on my lap, but never longer then a few seconds at a time. The only time he is really still, is when I feed him a bottle before bed, almost always dozing off in my arms just a few ounces in. He continues to be my redeeming child. The one who silently encourages me that I'm not doing so bad as a mom, and that we've got things under control, for at least the time being.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Solo Trip to Colorado

In the past month I have managed to finish two books. Two! Now that's quite a feat. And both happen to be by the same author Shauna Nyquist. The first of the two being Bittersweet. Oh I couldn't put this book down. I brought it to the gym, I read it before bed, I read it during nap time. It was that good. And  my big take aways from the book were 1. Make a point to spend time with the people you love and 2. Write down your stories. So taking to heart the chapter I had just read, I messaged by friend Abby who lives in Colorado Springs and told her I was coming! One month later and I was stepping off the plane in the great state of Colorado.
Abby picked me up from the airport, we had dinner at Euclid Hall in Denver, and we made the hour drive down to the Springs with not a single lull in conversation the whole way. Considering we both had just finished long work stretches, it was an early night in, but so wonderful to be in Colorado.

The next morning I was up at 6:00am, unable to sleep in thanks to being a mom and on Minnesota time, so Abs and I made our way to Starbucks to down a few cups of coffee. 

Our other good friend from high school, Ashley, lives in the Springs too, we met up with her and her two girls for gymnastics and brunch.
That night Abby's sister (and roommate), Abby and I went out to a wine bar in Old Colorado Springs, wandered the streets only to realize every shop was closed, popped our head into a tapas restaurant and was quickly lured in my the amazing smells, and eventually made it over to our dinner reservation at The Rabbit Hole downtown. My stomach and heart were overflowing by the end of the night!
The next morning Abby made her way to a crossfit competition, and I headed north to Denver to meet up with by friend Tonia and her adorable new baby Aila. We walked around Wash Park, reminisced about 3 years ago when this happened a little more regularly, however most of the conversation centered around motherhood. I am so thankful for our friendship that has taken us from studying to be a nurse in college, to new grads in Denver, and now moms, states apart but we are still able to pick up where we always left off. 
After a lingering goodbye, I then made the 15 minute drive further north into Denver, and met up with Josh and Ellie. Again, friendships that I am so thankful for. Over lunch Ellie and I were talking about how friendships made in high school and college really are something special, and the meaningful friendships you make after are few and far between. Ellie being one of the few friends that I am so thankful to have made after college! After a park play date and lunch, it only seemed fitting to have ice cream, and Henrie most certainly devoured it!
Once again I found myself wishing I didn't have to say goodbye, but back to the Springs I went, anxious to hear about Abby's crossfit competition, and ready to devour some pizza and brownies!

 The next morning we made our way to church, and then to Cheyenne Mountain Resort for brunch. It was definitely a memorable brunch, filled with laughter, and more laughter to the point of tears. Come nearly 6:00pm, we realized the day had completely gotten away from us, so we hustled our booty's out of "brunch" and made our way to airport. 

Taking a trip to spend time with dear friends was such a blessing, and so needed in this busy stage of life. Now if only I could get all those people to move to Minnesota....

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