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

Photo Dump

Yes, Sean, it has been 3 months.  Or close to it at least.  I think one of my main problems is that I still use Windows Live Writer to blog and it’s on my ancient old dinosaur laptop that is missing the enter key, the mouse pad doesn’t work and it has a corner chipped off that has open wires and screws sticking out.  Maybe one of these days I will switch everything over to my other laptop or Ipad.

So how is everyone doing?  The weather this year has been fantastic.  We have had so much fun outdoors this summer and fall.  I got to play some sand volleyball up at Okoboji this summer on Tuesdays while Hubby played some golf on Thursdays.  And the kids had plenty of park time and fun time in our driveway (that doesn’t sound too exciting but they seem to love it).  The kids really enjoyed the Clay County Fair this year.  We live so close to it, so we made it a point to walk over at least 4 or 5 days to see all the sights.  Again, Tyler loved the train building.  Think he could have spent all week there.  He got to go inside and meet the conductor, who gave him a special train whistle.  Tyler was in heaven.  Hubby and I snuck away to the Little Big Town concert thanks to Aunt Loiy who stayed with the kids.  I loved it, but Hubby made fun of their one stupid song about pontoon boats for weeks.  I’ll think twice before I make him go to any more country concerts.

Tyler started all day every day pre-K this fall at Sacred Heart.  He absolutely loves it there.  They get to do all kinds of fun activities and his best friend Coleton goes there, which we hear about every day.  He also played soccer for about two months there in September and October.  We found out soccer is not really Tyler’s thing.  He will play it around the house or with his sister or cousins, but not on a team.  To his defense, he didn’t know any of the other little boys, and they were all older than him, even though he was one of the tallest.  He ended up hating it, and crying most practices.  Games were a struggle too, and since Hubby was the assistant coach, it was a source of a lot of stress this fall.  Think we’ll be taking some time off of soccer.

Jenna started a new daycare around the same time that Tyler started Pre-K.  It took a little getting used to, but I think she is doing great.  It’s an in-home daycare, so it is quieter, calmer and much more stable than the center she was going to.  The hours are a little different, so that took some adjusting of our schedule, but in the end it’s worth it.  Plus she is only about 2 or 3 blocks from our office, so that helps. 

Both kids are just growing and growing, and it’s really scary how fast it is going.  They are such great kids, so smart and funny and cuddly (most of the time).  We are so so blessed.

I think I can say that Hubby has had a great summer and fall.  He got out on the golf course way more than years past, and even got to golf in a couple tournaments.  We are both super busy at the office, taking care of patients and always working on behind the scenes stuff.  The month of October was very special, as his beloved Royals finally won the World Series.  He didn’t make it down to any of those games, but I think he went to one of the Division Series games maybe?  Whenever it was, he stayed with his buddy and ended up getting bit by a spider-most likely a brown recluse.  That was a fun couple days.  I put a picture of it below, before it got really bad and the fever and chills and vomiting and everything else started.  Thank goodness there was no necrotic tissue that had to be removed.  On to basketball season and cheering on the Jayhawks.

I was busy as well this summer, like always.  As I mentioned earlier, I got to play sand volleyball, which was more fun than I expected. Sand is usually harder to play than indoor, but they had lower nets and harder sand, so that made jumping a little easier.  I also played a couple games of softball, not as many as I’d like, but at this point in my life I limit myself to one main obligation a week so I can spend more time with the kids.  They are only this age once! 

I just got done doing a Whole 30 challenge, which felt great.  It’s basically 30 days of clean eating, eliminating all processed foods and only eating proteins, healthy fats and fruits and vegetables.  Very doable, just takes a lot of planning and cooking.  I did the opposite of Whole 30 this last weekend though, had a couple drinks both Friday AND Saturday and had way too many desserts on Saturday.  Friends were in town from Chicago on Friday and we had a fundraiser gala for Tyler’s school on Saturday.  VERY fun times, but not so fun feeling like crap on Sunday. 

I have also been running a couple times a week, which if you recall, I hate doing.  Our office is hosting a 5K in next week to raise money for a local charity, and even though I am not really running in it, I decided to do all the training with everyone else.  I did do a 5K a couple weeks ago with the girls from our office and did better than I thought I would.  Before running, I had been following a lifting program called Strong Lifts 5×5, which is very easy to follow but really increases the weights fast.  Switching from power work to endurance work (if you want to call running a 5K endurance work) was a challenge at first, but now I’m in the groove.  I’d really like to get back to lifting heavy though, it sure helps on the volleyball court and in the adjusting room!

So there’s a little update of the last however many months it’s been.  Be prepared for a massive photo dump- in no particular order.  By the way you can follow me at lmm418 on Snapchat- I occasionally post pictures and videos of kids on there.  Happy holidays to you and your family!





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Summer Update

Hello my friends!  Summer has been flying by, here we are in the middle of August.  Tyler starts every day all day preschool in 2 weeks! 


We have been pretty busy this summer, and we have been lucky- overall the weather has been great this summer.  I’ve been able to play sand volleyball on Tuesdays up at Okoboji and a couple games of softball on Fridays.  I even golfed!  My friend Bridget talked me into golfing a tournament for charity.  It turned out to be more fun than I thought.  Might have to go more often?


Weekends are full, but we haven’t had too many long trips lately.  We did a quick trip to Davenport last weekend for our friend Kelan’s wedding.  The kids did so well considering they were in a car for 5 hours, then at a church and a restaurant then a hotel.  Then a 5 hour drive home the next day.  We did get to see Hubby’s grandma, who we haven’t seen in so long.  She really loved seeing the kids, since they grow so fast!




Work has been very busy the last couple months, which is great because we want to grow, but that also means more stuff to get done!  I’ve spent several late nights at the clinic catching up with paperwork.  We did hire a new employee to help out with our marketing- my sis-in-law Katy.  It was such perfect timing, we were looking to hire a marketing rep, and she has a lot of great experience.  That takes quite a bit of pressure off my shoulders.  Now I just need someone to do my accounting work, my charting, my cooking and my cleaning.  Smile


I have been experimenting a little in the kitchen lately.  I just finished a 21 day Paleo challenge, which included a meal plan with several fun recipes.  I had been slacking a little this summer, eating stuff that probably wasn’t the healthiest, so it’s always good to get back on track.  This was a new way of eating, I’m not used to eating so much fat.  Healthy fats, of course, but much more than I’m used to.  One thing I got hooked on was almond butter.  I can’t have peanut butter anymore because of Tyler’s allergy, so I found some almond butter that didn’t have any traces of peanuts or other tree nuts in it (and it couldn’t have any added sugar).  It was pretty tasty and made a great treat.  The problem is that I found it at Trader Joe’s, which is about 3 1/2 hours away.  So I pulled my old food processor out of the closet and made my own.  And it is awesome and way cheaper.  Try it!



Children Update: The biggest news is that Jenna is potty-trained!!  I used the same method that I used with Tyler, only about a year and a half earlier this time.  She was way easier to train initially than Tyler, but she’s had more accidents than he ever did. She’s still trying to master pulling her pants down all the way so she doesn’t make a mess.


And Tyler.  What a neat little boy. He has such an imagination.  He loves to pretend, which is so fun to watch.  He also loves to be mean to his sister sometimes.  He’s getting kind of a naughty streak, which he really hasn’t had.  I’ll just blame it on daycare.  Maybe starting preschool at a Catholic school will help.


We had a trip to the dentist the other day for Tyler, and he loved it.  He got to wear cool sunglasses, watch Bubble Guppies and pick out a toy from the treasure chest.  And now Jenna can’t wait to go.


They love doing anything outside.  We have been to so many parks this summer, and we made it to the aquatic center once, which they loved. 


They also love living close to their cousins.  Just yesterday they got to go over to Beau and Jace’s house and spend the night.  We had watched them a couple weeks ago, so they returned the favor.  It sounds like they had a pretty good time.  They went to bed super early tonight. 


Hope everyone is having a great summer so far, enjoy what is left!  I’ll leave you with the promise once again to be better at posting.  We’ll see how that goes.  Winking smile


Summer Fun

I keep falling more and more behind on my blogging, but I’m still here!  The past couple months have just flown by.  And here we are almost at the 4th of July, meaning summer is almost half over.  Sad smile

I have a ton of pictures for you today.  Since I’ve last blogged, I have chopped several inches off my hair and am constantly frustrated because it won’t fit into a ponytail without at least 3 clippies; we have been to Atlanta, Georgia for our friends Matt and Kim’s wedding; I traveled to Des Moines for a continuing education seminar and made it to the farmer’s market and had my first Airbnb experience; we hosted all of nephews at one point or another- Jace and Beau stayed with us while Ben and Katy looked for a new house because they are moving back home (YAY!) and Grant stayed with us this weekend while Kyle and Rachel had some family Okoboji time; celebrated Beau and Jace’s birthdays at Bridges Bay; and last weekend we traveled to Kansas for some family time that was much needed.  Then there’s all the fun we’ve been having with the kids, with the weather being almost perfect the last couple months, we’ve been having plenty of park time.  We have hit almost every park in town, with our favorites being the big park, the green park, the brown park and the blue park. 

So here we go!


Short hair and an iced coffee:



Top of Stone Mountain in Georgia:




Matt and Kim’s wedding:





Plenty of owies this summer:


Watermelon with the cousin Jace (think Beau is sitting on the couch reading):


Pork nachos at the Farmer’s Market in Des Moines:


My room at an Airbnb in Des Moines- it’s a little eclectic but the whole house was beautiful and the hosts were so great- made me whatever I wanted for breakfast (smoothie and yogurt and fresh fruit).  Much cheaper than a hotel room by the airport would have been- it felt like I was staying with some friends:


The green park:


Jenna alert- the rest are all of Jenna.  She is so darn cute.  This was from our car ride home from Kansas:


Jenna being sassy when she was out riding with her daddy:


The absolutely beautiful sketch (sorry about the poor camera lighting) that Grandma Cindi did of Jenna which will be getting framed soon:


We went to our first movie as a family the other night and saw Inside Out.  It was a little complex for their age as far as plot goes, but there were lots of bright colors and funny parts.  Jenna was a champ, and ate a bunch of popcorn.



So that’s what we’ve been up to the last couple weeks.  Looking forward to July, hardly any traveling.  We have a couple birthdays coming up in my family- my dad will be turning 60 this week so we will celebrate for sure this weekend! Happy fourth of July to everyone!!

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Easter Recap

Hi there!  Been a couple weeks so I thought I’d get a quick update in.  The week before Easter and the weekend of Easter was pretty awesome.  Hubby’s sister came up for a couple days to hang out with the kids and spoil them- they love their Aunt Jaime!  Then on that Friday we got a surprise visit from Kelly, our office manager at our last clinic, and her family.  So so good to see her- I miss her so much.  Then that evening we got to see my BFF Jessie and her husband John for some drinks and dinner (they were in town visiting family for Easter).

For Easter weekend, my little family, my parents and my brother and his wife and kid all caravanned down to SE Iowa to visit my brother Jake and his wife Mollie and see their new house.  They have a huge acreage and a beautiful house, it was just so picturesque.  They are so lucky to come home to that every day!

My other brother, his wife and kids came down too, so it was a big slumber party at Jake’s house.  It was a quick trip, but we had a great time.  Lots of yummy food, exciting final 4 basketball, and of course an Easter egg hunt and some kite flying. 




Such a great time.  The kids were a little sick of the car by Sunday’s drive, so it was a struggle but Grandma fed them some ice cream, and we watched movies and sang songs to pass the time by. 


Work has kept me plenty busy, which I love, but sometimes it is a little overwhelming.  My accountants probably hate me because I just finished up my tax work on Friday.  Guess the 15th is coming up or something.  I’ve also been trying to get some running done, because this next weekend I will be running a 10K, which I haven’t done in a very long time.  With work, tax stuff, and trying to actually spend time with my kids, I probably haven’t trained very well, but I’m hoping I will at least be able to run the whole thing and not walk it.  I have been battling a stupid head cold thing for a couple weeks now too, so that may complicate it.  I thought it was getting better but today woke up with a bad sore throat and pressure in my sinuses.  Let’s hope it calms down a little before Saturday!


The weather was pretty rainy and gloomy this week, but finally yesterday it cleared up.  We were able to go play at the park both days this weekend and even sneak over to the new frozen yogurt place. 




Before I forget, a belated happy 60th birthday to my momma!  She turned 60 years young a couple weeks ago.  Hopefully we can get away for a fun mother-daughter trip sometime soon to celebrate.

And happy anniversary to Hubby, number 6 last weekend.  Time sure flies!

I’ll leave you with this little gem, sometimes you just can’t fight fatigue…



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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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