Thursday, January 22, 2015

Random Thoughts




While at Home Depot recently to select some mirrors for a home, I saw this 36" vanity. I think it is perfect for our basement bath when the time comes. I like that it has drawers and is on feet. The price is right too. 


I have been working on a spec home that is turning out really nice. I like the way we took this one...





This master bath in a custom home we are wrapping up soon turned out really nice. I especially like the slipper claw foot tub with large picture window. 





We have been busy this month. Working on relaxing and stuff around the house. We have set some goals for the year and we are off to a great start. 

Now a few questions: 
Does anyone have a fitbit? 
what do you think of it, and what model do you have? 
I carry my phone with me a lot, but it does not work well as a pedometer for me. 

If you were going to treat yourself to new boots, would you go with 
Option A:

or Option B:

I am leaning toward option B, but let me know your thoughts!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Delayed Christmas

We delayed Christmas on my side of the family this year so that we could be sure to all be together at once. 

This is Avery and her cousins playing "wedding" where one of them throws fake flowers for the others to catch.




Santa with the grandkids. Grandma pulled some strings with the North Pole to have him visit after the new year. 



Gavin and Santa deep in conversation. Gavin was pretty interested in him.


Avery got a grown up tea set that she has not stopped talking about since...



Cheers!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Recap


Thanksgiving






Avery's school Christmas program



Holiday baking





and holiday decorating




and ugly sweater parties




and new cars...




Cheers to the New Year, it's been real 2014.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Catching up from Illinois, Wisconsin, and birthdays!

A few weeks ago, I was driving home and noticed that I was still really cold. I turned my seat heater on, and kept driving. After yawning, I noticed I could see my breath. My heat had gone out in the Equinox. I tried to turn it off, turn it on. Turn off the car, and try again, but it wasn't working. With it being so cold, and having 2 small kids, I knew I had to get it fixed. 

I dropped it off at the dealer, and because I had bought my car there, they hooked me up with a brand new Traverse to use. It was awesome. Captains seats for the kids, working heat, and very spacious. Thankfully we got it in time to go on our road trip to Illinois and Wisconsin for a family wedding.




After 5 hours in the car, Gavin had had enough, and wanted out. We found a Burger King with a play place and grabbed a snack while we let the kids burn some energy. 


Another hour later, we made it to my Aunt Midge's house. This place is pretty special to me, as we are very close to this Aunt, and we would come here all the time as kids to stay and play. Seeing my kids play here was pretty cool. 


We also got a nice tour of the local bakery in Harvard IL. It is a family owned operation, and John, our cousin's husband, showed us around the place his parents started.


Avery was pretty excited about the giant mixer. She knew right away what it did because she helps use our KitchenAid mixer at home. 


The place was pretty cool, and had lots of goodies. We picked up a Gingerbread House kit to bring home, and we will be putting that together this weekend!



After our tour, we headed back to Midge's to get ready for the wedding. The kids were hanging back with some other cousins to play while us adults went to play. 

The wedding was gorgeous, as was the bride, Debbie. She is my mom's cousin, but is only a few years older than I am. It was such a nice ceremony and reception. Unfortunately I had to miss some of it because I had a splitting headache and felt ill. Something was going around, as my cousin's wife left the ceremony and was ill, and another cousin had to leave the dinner because she started to feel ill. 

After crashing in my Aunt Carol's hotel room to take a nap, I started to feel better, so while I missed cocktails, I made dinner. It was too bad that I wasn't feeling better, but I still had a very nice time, and Tony really enjoyed spending time with that side of the family. I also failed to get a picture of Tony and I, we were looking pretty snazzy. I did get this one of his place card magnet that turned into lapel decor. All the guys at Table 6 were sporting these. Table 6 was the place to be.



They had a really fun reception at a hotel in Lake Geneva WI. Since my cousin was a graduate of Wisconsin {vet school} and her new husband was a graduate of Notre Dame, they had dueling ice sculptures with drink luges.



And the Father of the Bride, Uncle Bill, getting ready to take a shot that goes in the top and comes out the side.



Had I been feeling better, I would have tried this...and probably borrowed the tambourine and joined the live band. However since I was not, I drove us back to Aunt Midge's in the fresh 4" of snow that had fallen!


Avery told Aunt Midge that her birthday was the next day, so she was the recipient of some chocolate chip pancakes with candles. Avery loved it!



After a very successful ride back home, and dinner out with the in-laws, we retired and got ready to celebrate someone turning 4!


A special bubble bath in the big tub with the jets for the birthday girl


A trip to The Playground. A bounce house place in Ankeny that is well loved by our family



Gavin in particular loved this place. He could climb the ladder and slide down all day if we let him



Avery and her friend Claire.


And I just love this photo. I am pretty sure Claire's mom Kim and I have posed like this for photo's. I think it was Vegas...



We have been busy. Tony had some serious work deadlines that kept him at the office quite a bit and the kids keep us going. We are looking forward to a long weekend with family and friends.