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A little peek into my life as a midwest mom, wife, and chiropractor…

Fun With Friends

Hello hello.  This weekend was kind of a relief.  For the first time probably since we moved here, we didn’t have anything on the schedule.  It was glorious.  We ran out to the farms yesterday to feed everyone’s dogs because they were all gone, and the kids got to run around in the country.  We also got to pick some fresh sweet corn which has been fabulous. 

 

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We had our corn with some roasted Brussels sprouts and steak.  And a glass of cherry wine from Galena for me.  I tried a method of cooking the corn that my friend Brook posted on Facebook.  You just put the whole ear of corn in the microwave for 4 minutes- without taking the husks off.  Then carefully (will be very hot) cut the bottom off and slide the ear of corn out, and it will be cooked and free of the silk. 

 

We got a lot of playing done this weekend, but (I) also got a lot of cleaning and laundry done.  I’m getting closer to getting this house in order.  Still need a lot of décor and stuff on the wall, but that will come. 

 

Both kids are growing so fast, but little Jenna is really changing.  She is talking so much better than Tyler was at this age, and we’re noticing other milestones creeping up. 

She’s really into using utensils:

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And she’s interested in the potty:

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She doesn’t do anything on it, but she will tell us when she needs a new diaper.  That’s more than Tyler is doing right now.  He’s not quite catching on, but we are still trying.  Smile

 

Last week was pretty fun for us, my best friend and her family were in town for the whole week.  She lives in Chicago, which is now much further from where we live.  Manchester wasn’t a bad drive, less than 4 hours, but now it’s a bit of a haul.  They got plenty of family time in and still had some time to hang out with us.  They rented a pontoon on Saturday on West Lake Okoboji since the craziness of Ragbrai was moving in the next day.  Unfortunately it was a little windy and cloudy, but we made the best out of it.  Then we went out to eat in Spencer and hung out for awhile.  They also got came over for some play time with Baby Alex, who is getting so big.  When you are around your kids all the time, it’s harder to see the changes but when you don’t get to see the babies often, man they grow fast.

 

I will leave you with some pictures of our fun times with our friends.  Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, as it’s slipping away fast!

 

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Fourth and Family

I skipped blogging last night because I knew I had to drag my butt out of bed early today for a kettlebell class.  I decided I am going to really try to be a morning person.  We’ll see how this goes.  It’s just the only time I have to actually get a workout in, and I have been slacking on my workouts lately.

 

We have had an explosion of babies in my family recently.  Baby Jace was born a little over a month ago, and Baby Grant was born a week ago.  I love holding them, they seem so tiny next to my giants. 

 

Luckily the 4th was on a Friday, so everyone in my family was able to make it home for the long weekend and spend some time together.  Tyler was especially pumped because his best friend Beau came to see him.  Smile 

 

And here are some pics from our family weekend- beware, there are a ton!

 

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I’m sorry baby Grant, auntie Leah didn’t grab any pictures of you, but I promise there will be plenty to come!! And now I have to get back to watching the Bachelorette to see my brother’s buddy Chris get kicked off and probably become the new Bachelor!

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Adventures

Hello all… what a whirlwind couple of weeks.  Last weekend I traveled to Idaho for the first time to visit a college roommate of mine.  It was a little different landscape than Iowa.

 

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So beautiful.  We had a great time seeing the sights of Boise.  Good to see my old buddy.

 

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Then we had a short week this week because Hubby’s cousin got married on Friday by Ames.  It was a little humid and buggy out, but kids did great. 

 

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Family wedding meant Hubby’s mom and sis were in town for a couple days.  Oh man were the kids spoiled.  Tomorrow should be pretty interesting when they have to get up early and get back on a schedule.  Of course this is another short week so we only have to make it through a couple days.  Then it’s craziness all over again.  We get to see the other side of the family next weekend, and finally get to see Tyler and Jenna’s new cousin. 

 

Things are staying awfully busy with work and kids, so nothing too new on the work front or home front.  I’ll leave with a couple more pictures of the weekend with Grandma and Aunt Jaime and some randoms of the kids playing around the house.

 

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Happy Daddy Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there!  Special shout-out to my brother Ben, we can’t wait to meet your little Jace!

 

We’ve had another couple crazy busy weeks here.  So much for the lazy days of summer.  Every once and awhile we get to have a nice evening like this:

 

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Jenna goes to bed at 6:30 or 7, and Hubby cooks up a delish steak and asparagus and the three of us enjoy a nice meal on our back patio on a beautiful night.  Tyler already had his meal so he is eating ice in this picture.  And enjoying nature watching the Ipad.

 

Our house is slowly coming along, one of these days I will get around to decorating and taking pictures.  My mom helped me restore a hutch that was in the house originally- looks pretty awesome.  I will try to get some before and after pictures going for the next post.

 

To celebrate Father’s Day today, I packed up the kids and headed into Everly to visit both sets of grandparents.  Hubby stayed home because he is still experiencing some effects of the stomach flu I gave him earlier in the week.  Kids had a good time playing with all the old toys that I played with as a kid.

 

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Living back home has been pretty awesome so far.  We don’t have to drive 4 hours home after family get-togethers, I get to play some softball with my brother Kyle, plenty of people available to watch the kids on short notice (thanks again Aunt Pat!!), long bike rides with Grandma, and our office is so pretty and getting busier every day.

 

We get to see this guy all the time too…

 

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Papa was wearing his hat so the other two wanted to wear their hats too.  Nice smile Tyler.

 

I couldn’t ask for a better dad, he loves his family so much and is always there for us. 

 

They say little girls always want to find someone just like their dad, and while Hubby and my dad have plenty of differences, they are so much alike in how much they put their kids first. 

 

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Sometimes I can just see that love in Hubby’s eyes when he looks at the kids, his love for the kids brings out so much emotion in him.  He would do anything for these little boogers. 

 

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So Happy Father’s Day to the father of my children- I’m so thankful for all you do for us.  Especially for watching the kids this week while I go party in Idaho with my buddy Mandi.  Smile

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2 Week Check-In

Hi all… no I have not disappeared.  For now, it looks like about every 2 weeks I can find time to post.  Gone are those weeks of every other day blog posts full of food pictures.  I can hardly even keep up with taking pictures of the kiddos.

 

Last weekend we packed up the kiddos and headed down to Kansas to celebrate Grandpa Delno’s 90th birthday.  I am loving the shorter distance for our Kansas trips now, it took us just under 5 hours to get down there, much better than the 7 1/2 hours it used to take! 

 

We had a good day on Saturday, celebrating the big birthday.  Got to see family members that we haven’t seen in a while.  On Sunday we took the kids to the zoo in Topeka, which was very hot and sticky, but entertaining.

 

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We were able to rent this sweet little wagon.  It was such a fun morning- and fun weekend.

 

Not much going on here, just working like crazy in the clinic.  I can’t wait until we get to the point where we can cut back on our clinic hours to spend more time with the kids.  Thank goodness for the grandparents.  They watched the kids this weekend while Hubby and I were at a leadership conference by Boone. 

 

They wanted even more of a challenge and thought they would add one more grandchild in.  My brother and his wife had a little boy last week, little Jace.  I can’t wait to meet him!  My parents were there when he was born, and they brought Beau back since Katy and baby would be in the hospital for a couple days. 

 

It sounds like they had a good time, and managed to keep everything under control.  I was sent this picture of Saturday morning cartoon watching:

 

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I can’t believe how big Jenna looks in this picture.  We’ve noticed that she’s really hit a growth spurt lately.  She doesn’t look like a baby anymore.  Sad smile  

 

The only other picture I have for you is a good one of Tyler being a big boy.  I took him to get a hair cut a couple weeks ago, and he was such a good boy.  It used to be something we dreaded, one of us would have to hold him down and the other would float around holding the ipad to distract him from his writhing.  He is finally able to go all by himself, with only one of us needing to be present.  Of course I do always have to make sure I have a sucker on hand.

 

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My kids are growing up way too fast.  If anyone knows how to slow time down, please let me know. 

 

Happy summer!  I’ll probably be posting again in two weeks!

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