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

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!

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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:

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Top of Stone Mountain in Georgia:

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Matt and Kim’s wedding:

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Plenty of owies this summer:

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

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

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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:

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The green park:

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

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

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

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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.

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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!!

 

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

 

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

 

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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:

 

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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

 

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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. 

 

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So get out there and enjoy life!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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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