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


Hi there, couple days late/couple days early with the blog, depends on when you expected me to post.  Had to get this super exciting update out that we now have a potty-trained young man!  I’m sure you will be nowhere near as excited as me about this news.


Thanks to help from my Manchester friend Melissa, who sent me a 3 day potty training plan, we got everything figured out last weekend.  Granted, Saturday and Sunday were absolutely horrible.  It was so beautiful outside, but we just stayed inside, near the potty. I’m not quite sure how many messes I cleaned up, but I know I was on the verge of tears at least three times because I was so sure he was never going to get it. 


Then all of a sudden on Sunday night, it just clicked and he went #2 on the potty.  And I have never been so excited to see poop.  On Monday I kept him home to make sure he got it, and sure enough first thing in the morning he ran to the potty.  My mom came over and helped while I went to work, and he did so good for her. 


He’s done ok at daycare, couple accidents the last two days but overall not bad.  It’s a start.


I’m sorry you just had to read so much about the toilet habits of my son.  Let’s look at some pretty pictures!!


Over Labor Day weekend, my friend Brook took some pictures of our little family.  She is super talented, especially considering Tyler and I ended up feeling sick all day from some stomach bug, and Jenna was little miss crabface.  Enjoy!



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Quick Update

Still busy, but don’t worry, we finally have someone hired so there goes a lot of stress off my shoulders.  But she doesn’t start for another couple weeks.  So until then, we are still way behind in the office, but thankfully this weekend my parents helped us out.  The kids had a little slumber party there last night so Hubby and I grabbed some dinner last night and got to work early this morning. 




We went to Restaurant 1856 last night up in Okoboji, and it was fantastic.  I had the salmon, over a parsnip puree with brown butter sauce and green beans almondine.  I think I can totally try to replicate it, maybe someday.  The view up there was spectacular, it was a lovely night.  Thank you so much to my parents for watching the kids so we could do that and get a ton of work done today.


I have a couple other pictures to share today. 


Here’s some from a quick trip up to Arnold’s Park, since it has just been beautiful out the last couple weeks.





We’ve been getting a lot of delicious produce from our patients lately, but one of them brought these into us.  Holy decadence.  If anyone in the area needs cupcakes for any events, let me know and I will pass on her info.




Some friends had a shed party Labor Day weekend and baby Grant made an appearance.  He pretty much slept the whole time.  Plenty of cuddle time with the great grandparents. 




We also got to see baby Grant on Friday when we celebrated Kyle’s birthday.  We stayed up past the kids’ bedtimes, so they were lounging on the couch.  I tried to catch it for a picture, but of course Jenna got up.




A piece of ice cream cake perked up Tyler.  Smile


I almost forgot- Tyler started preschool last week!  It didn’t seem very dramatic since his preschool is a room over from his daycare.  And they just walk him over to his daycare room after preschool.  He seems to like it.  He was excited about his backpack.  And this was horrible lighting.





Fortunately they let him start, even though he is not potty trained.  Still plugging away, with no results. 


The Clay County Fair started yesterday, and I got to work my 5 hour shift today at the Kiwanis stand.  I haven’t been in so long, and it is still crazy.  Even more food options.  Hopefully we can take the kids sometime this week. 


And on that note, I am exhausted and heading to bed.  Thanks for hanging in there with me during this crazy time, hopefully I get back to a more regular one-two week blogging schedule.  Happy fall everyone!


3 Week Update

It’s been awhile since I updated the blog, apologies to all.  Circumstances at the office have left us a little short handed, so I’m falling behind in all aspects.  That includes picture-taking, so I probably don’t have a ton of pictures for you. 


One thing we are also still busy with is trying to get Tyler potty-trained.  We have tried it all.  One of the administrators at daycare suggested getting these waterproof covers for when we keep him in his underwear to minimize mess but still allow him to feel wetness.  They did not help, as he couldn’t care less if he is wet.  And they were not fun to clean.  But Jenna thought they were fun to wear.




Today I let him just run around without anything on for awhile.  He was very proud to come tell me that he pooped.  This is what he usually does when I let him go pantsless.  And I always cross my fingers that it is not diarrhea.  Then we go pick it up and flush it.  That’s something, right?




That picture could have been way more gross.


This past weekend we had a shower for my sis-in-law Rachel and her new baby Grant.  She got lots of cute stuff and it was fun to see all the babies.  Smile




We also had some very special visitors, Aunt Jaime and Grandpa Lance came up from Kansas.  We had a fun-filled couple days, the kids never mind getting spoiled. 




Today after we said our goodbyes, we took the kids over to Scharnberg Park, so they could get a little sunshine.  Tyler had a great time, and Jenna didn’t, but then I gave her a sucker and she was fine for awhile.




Then we had a popcorn night and watched the movie Tangled.  Great day.


I wonder if one of these days I will ever get back to what my blog used to be, providing recipes and the occasional workout.  Time has just been a little lacking lately.  My goal for the fall is to get a stable schedule worked out, one where I can spend more time with the kids and more time taking care of myself, i.e. work out and cook more.  Hopefully once we get our staffing figured out at the office, I will be able to accomplish that.


So in the meantime, you just get to keep looking at pictures of my kids.  Good thing they’re cute.  Smile

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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. 



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:


And she’s interested in the potty:


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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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.




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




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. 




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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