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

Christmas Recap and 2015 so far…

Hi there friends.  It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks.  Christmas was so wonderful this year.  For the first time, we got to wake up with the kids in our own home on Christmas morning.  Santa made it!!




The kids had a good time opening presents and playing with their new toys.







Punching bag courtesy of Hubby.  He also got me this gem:




My very own Minnie Mouse jammies. 


We had a great morning and later that evening we headed to my parents’ house for Christmas with my brothers and their families.  We also had several other get-togethers with different sides of my family as well as Tyler’s Christmas program during the holiday weeks.  Here are a couple pictures:




Then the next week we took off Friday and headed down to Kansas on New Year’s Eve and stayed until Saturday night.  We had a great time just lounging around in Grandpa Lance’s new house.  It didn’t take long for the kids to make a mess out of it.  Smile















We got lots of Aunt Jaime time in and also got to see Grandma Cindi when we were down there.


Unfortunately we forgot to check the forecast before we left on Saturday night and ended up driving home in a blizzard.  Well, the blizzard was really only the last hour or so.  It was a tense drive but we made it.  White-out conditions with kids in the back are not fun.


On Sunday we received some bad news.  We found out our friend Rosemary had suddenly passed.  She and her husband Logan were very good friends with Hubby in high school and in college.  Over the years, especially when I lived in Kansas, I got to know her well.  Hubby and I turned around and on Friday went back to Kansas for her funeral.  It was a surreal weekend, seeing all of Hubby’s friends back in one place for such a sad occasion.  She was so full of life, it was like she was going to come bounding through the doors at any point.  Logan held up so well, and delivered a beautiful eulogy.  We celebrated her life afterwards with friends and fellowship and a couple drinks, just the way she would have wanted.


We all made promises to see each other more often, because you never know what tomorrow holds. 



4.4.09 - The wedding of Leah Thomsen + Lee Malmstrom at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly, Iowa and reception at Arrowhead Resort in Okoboji.108110145



So get out there and enjoy life!

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Happy holidays to everyone out there!  I’ve really been enjoying this holiday season- the first one in our new home.  We had a pretty low key Thanksgiving, just went over to my parent’s house and whoever was around showed up for a fantastic meal.




Aunt Jaime managed to come see us for a couple days before Thanksgiving, so we had a good time with her.  Even managed to sneak out and see Santa!



(I don’t know who the kid in the Chief’s shirt is but he had a pretty specific list for Santa)



A couple weekends later, my brother Ben and his family came back for the weekend, so we got some quality cousin time with Beau and Jace.  We even managed to get a cousins picture.  It was pretty hilarious, and I don’t think any of us got a perfect shot, but here are my outtakes:







Jenna is surrounded by all these crazy boys.  Smile


This marks the first year I (as an adult) have ever bought a real Christmas tree.  I got it at Hy-Vee and it is so beautiful.  I don’t know what it is about Christmas that turns me into a giant mushball.  There’s something so nostalgic and cozy about this holiday.  YouTube has a couple awesome Christmas music playlists that I just put on and sit on the couch by the tree at night to wind down.




Big lesson learned this year- I hate LED lights on trees.  They are super bright and don’t create any ambiance.  Hubby tried to tuck the lights deep in the tree, which helps, but they are OUT next year.  It’s still a gorgeous tree.  As well as the custom tree skirt- courtesy of From Old Stuff ( aka my mom. 




The kids had a great time decorating with all the “balls”.  You’ll notice there seems to be a huge cluster of them right around eye level for them, Hubby and I evened that out a little after they went to bed.  They still like to mess around with them, but they’re getting used to “NO TOUCHING”.







I finally had room to display my nativity scene that I got for my wedding 5 years ago.  Smile 




We have an exciting couple weeks coming up, I think Tyler has a Christmas program this week and next weekend the Christmas celebrations begin.  Quite a few parties within the next couple weeks, plus a trip to Kansas!  The kids and I haven’t been down there in awhile, so that’s a much needed trip.

These kids keep growing and growing.  I don’t think we’re going to be able to call her “Baby Jenna” much longer.




I have to share this picture for you, I snuck in and took it one night.  When Ben was home, he and Kyle went hunting and they let Beau and Tyler have a pheasant feather.  Tyler loved it so much he slept with it.




And then it got bent and he cried and cried and wanted me to fix it.  It mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night and we haven’t heard anything about it since. 


Well I’m not sure when I will get to blogging next, I’m hoping sometime before the new year because I’m sure I’ll have plenty of good Christmas pictures to share with you.  Have a wonderful holiday season, may your friends and family stay safe and happy, and a big thank you to everyone who is reading this.  I know if you’re reading this you are probably someone special in our lives, and even if we don’t see you very often, know that we love you! Merry Christmas!

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Let It Snow

So much for that easy transition into winter.  We welcomed a couple inches of snow yesterday.  Which was immediately followed by the purchase of a new snow-blower.  Tyler had a blast in the snow- Jenna, not so much. 






We had plenty of fun indoors too.  We did plenty of reading- here’s Tyler reading a new book from Aunt Loiy.




Christmas!  I may have listened to a little Christmas music this weekend, just in the car, for a brief moment.  I can’t wait!


Grandma and Grandpa came over today for a little bit and they did some more reading.




We’re running out of room in those chairs.  Here is little Jenna taking up a bunch of room- such a big girl.




Work keeps us busy but we have had a little time here and there to work on the house.  There are still plenty of projects to work on, but this one is almost done.  There is a little insert next to the fireplace that used to have a tv stand in it since our dining room used to be their living room.  We turned it into a little dry bar, thanks to help from Grandpa Rodney.  He put his woodworking skills to work and made us a custom wine rack.  I still need a little shelf so I can stack the bottles, and I need to put the wine glasses in. Looking better though.








As soon as I get more décor up, I will do a before and after post.  It’s slowly coming a long.  I did get a new mini-coat rack by the garage door.




Ignore the pile of stuff by the fireplace.  Actually, if you come to our house, it is full of piles of stuff.  I’m needing a little more organization in my life, that’s nothing new.  Anyone have any suggestions for what to do with the fireplace?  Like above it?  Some sort of mantel? So many things to do still.


That’s all for this update, in case I don’t get one in before Thanksgiving- have a good one!  Smile


Oh wait- Halloween!  I missed those updates. Here’s our little monkey and shark.  Jenna made it one house, Tyler made it to 3 or 4 but then we had to take away most of his candy because it had peanuts in it.  I’m really going to hate that holiday.



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Peanuts Icky

Guess it’s been a couple weeks since I posted.  I keep telling myself if I had a nice desk set-up at home I would blog more often. Maybe.


We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and pretty leaves around here. 




I forgot to take a picture of the 2 bushes out in front of our house- burning bushes I think?  The leaves turn a gorgeous bright red color.  Well most of them blew off today so I didn’t get a picture.  Next year maybe.


Well, we had our first trip to the ER this last week for one of the kids.  On Thursday, Tyler was given a miniature Snickers bar to eat at his daycare/preschool.  Not good for a kid who is allergic to peanuts.  They didn’t think anything of it because he didn’t immediately start showing any symptoms.  Then about 10 minutes later he threw up all over the hallway and they figured it out.  They called me at work and I just took off.  I brought him home, where Hubby was home with Jenna who was running a fever that day.  Tyler threw up again, and just didn’t seem right.  I took him to the ER and he threw up a couple more times.  They dosed him with some Zofran for the nausea and gave him some Benadryl.  He seemed fine and happy, and we left to go home relatively soon so Hubby could get back to work.  A little less than an hour later, he started coughing a lot and itching all over.  I called the ER and they didn’t seem too worried about it, but said bring him in if I am worried.  Well it turned into wheezing and he was pretty lethargic all of a sudden, so I got him and Jenna in the car and hightailed it to the ER.  They got him in right away and did the epinephrine injection and put him on oxygen.  Thankfully that calmed everything down, because his whole face was turning red.  Pretty much the scariest moment of my life right there.  They kept him there for observation for a couple hours and did a nebulizer treatment on him.  He ended up falling asleep in my arms for quite awhile. 




Finally we got to leave the hospital and just had to keep an eye on him and keep going with some Benadryl for awhile.  I didn’t get much sleep that night, because I kept checking on him to make sure he was breathing.  He bounced right back and was fine the next day, but we kept him home to keep an eye on him.  He just kept saying “I not sick anymore” and “peanuts icky”. 


This was the first eye opener about how costly little mistakes like those can be.  I don’t want to be one of those hovering moms but this situation kind of forces me to do that, when it comes to food at least.  I just pray and pray and pray that he grows out of it, but the statistics for peanut allergies aren’t too favorable for that.  At least now I am more comfortable using his Epi pen, as I saw how it went to work almost right away.  I am not too excited about the delayed anaphylactic reaction.  After doing some research, it looks like people can have a secondary reaction anywhere from 4-24 hours later. 


On to happier subjects, last night my dad’s side of the family gathered to celebrate my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary.  I wish I took pictures but I was too busy chasing my crazy child around (Tyler had fully recovered by then and was super excited to play with cousin Beau).  They had invited family, friends and members of the community, so it was a pretty big shin-dig.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such great role models in all of my grandparents.  They really set the bar pretty high for these large families they’ve created.  I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for them.  Smile 


Ok ok, this is turning into a pretty lengthy post, so I better get to some more pictures from the last couple weeks. 


Fun play time with Nicholas visiting from New York



Driveway fun




“Raking Leaves”





Crazy Driver



Oops, sorry Daddy



Picking apples with Cousin Beau



Shark Attack!! Costumes handmade by Grandma Pat




Beau wasn’t too excited.  He didn’t want to look at me.


Alrighty then, that doesn’t quite cover the last month, but close enough.  Smile  I did have a great carrot/apple muffin recipe to share, but I think I am already pushing the limits with this post.  If anyone has any super apple recipes to share- I am all ears!  I am going to try dehydrating some this week.


Happy Halloween everyone!

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Autumn Is In The Air

Such a weird state we live in.  Last weekend we headed to Des Moines to see some of Hubby’s family, and it was kind of toasty.  We went to the Farmer’s Market- amazing as usual- and later we went to the zoo, and by the time we went to the zoo everyone was in shorts and tshirts.  And I was sweating profusely, good thing zoos aren’t known for their heavenly scents.




Then this week it was so cold, I was contemplating wearing my winter coat in the morning.  I did put the kids in winter coats today, when we went out to the farm to pick some pumpkins and apples.




No, we did not take one of the giants home.  Imagine how many pumpkin pies those could make?!


The apple crop is pretty bountiful out there this year too, which is awesome.  They have honeycrisps, which are our favorites.  And if you see them in the store they are almost never under $2 a pound except for maybe this time of year I guess. 


So I grabbed a couple bags of those and got out my Christmas present from last Christmas- my apple peeler/corer.  This thing is possible one of the best inventions ever.  Besides dry shampoo, which I just recently discovered and can’t believe I have gone this long with out it.




I cranked out so many apples in the time it took for Jenna to eat her snack (apples) and Tyler to get sick of playing with playdoh.  Homemade applesauce is done for the week, and it is delish.


Hubby also made up a bunch of chili for the freezer too, we are ready for fall!


Things are going ok on the potty front, a little frustrating.  No pee accidents but Tyler has decided that he just prefers to poop in his pants, not the potty anymore.  He had an accident almost every day at daycare this week.  He only had one accident last weekend when we were in Des Moines, of course when we were at the zoo and Aunt Jamie was about to take him on the carousel.  Really glad she pulled him off or that ride would had to have been shut down so they could hose it off. 


Today when we were out at my folks’ house, I knew he had to go, and he had already had two tiny accidents.  He was walking around with his legs so pressed together he could barely walk straight.  Then my dad tells him that he will give him a chocolate ice cream cone if he poops on the potty.  Sure enough, Tyler immediately ran to the bathroom and unleashed the flood gates.  And then collected his prize.


What a stinker.  I thought we were good for the day but no.  We got home and he had two awful awful accidents that leaked all the way through his pants to his socks and on our carpet.  Guess it only works if Grandpa bribes him now.  This is how we spent an hour or so- away from all carpet and furniture:




Oh the joys of parenthood.  I just keep reminding myself that he won’t be pooping his pants forever.  At least I hope.


I also try to tell myself to just cherish every single little moment, because this window of time where they are so sweet and little goes by so fast.  There’s nothing better than them wanting to crawl up on your lap and give you a big hug or cuddle.  Last weekend when we were in Des Moines, we stayed in a one room suite, and Jenna was having a hard time winding down when Tyler was laying in the bed next to her crib.  So I put them both in the bed with one on each side of me and they just curled up next to me and were so sweet.  Tyler fell asleep after a couple lullabies but Jenna cuddled for awhile while she sang “let it go” over and over and over.  I finally got up after they were both asleep and snuck this picture.




If I didn’t need circulation in my arms, I would have stayed there all night.  I sure love those little kiddos.

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