AUGUST 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

August was full of more birthdays, mini getaways, and football games. Here’s a peek at our month and the life I’ve thankful for.

january 2021, in photos.

we are somehow a whole month into the new year. a lot has changed and a lot hasn’t, but i still have more hope for 2021 than I did for 2020.

with few words, here’s our month in photos.

we got a new bed! we’ve been keeping an eye out for a bed we both liked and for a good deal. wayfair had some great deals after the new year and we both really liked this one. now to work on some artwork ideas we had for above the bed.

john and i went on a small getaway to madison. we explored the city a bit and went iceskating on the lake. for not being regular iceskaters, neither of us fell and i was pretty impressed. the views were beautiful at the edgewater and a place i can see us visiting every year.

my momma turned the big 5-0 this month and kayla, dad, and i surprised her with a birthday card “shower.” if you haven’t heard what that is, you can read a little bit more about it here. she was so surprised! i’m glad that we found a way to still make her feel special since covid didn’t make it an ideal time to throw her a big party.

i’ve always wanted to go into trader joe’s and explore all that they have, but unfortunately the closest one to us is over an hour drive. one day we just decided to make a quick day trip out of it and went prepared with a list of items we wanted to try. i may have found a new found love; i just wish there was one closer! interested in seeing what we picked up? i’m debating on doing a “haul” soon, so keep an eye out for that.

the last few photos are just some of my favorites from the month; capturing our everyday moments around the house as a family of 6.

cheers to another great month!

Mason is 3: A RAWRRRsome birthday party!

it’s hard to believe, but our little mason turned three this month! and even though we’re in the midst of a pandemic, we still wanted to celebrate. so we threw together a small party; inviting just our immediate family to celebrate his special day.

mason is currently obsessed with dinosaurs and has been begging for a dino cake for months so we had to make it happen. aside from ordering a cake, we just ordered a few decorations from amazon. you can see what we bought here; a simple dino set that came with everything that we needed.

mason’s aunt is so talented and made us the cutest matching family dino shirts to wear during the party. they turned out so great and mason looked adorable rocking his “three-REX” tee!

we’re so thankful for everyone making him feel so special on his big day. he truly is so loved.

here’s a few more photos from his birthday celebration…ENJOY!

march memories | family diary

i think we can all agree that march 2020 was one for the books. it was a strange month for all of us. it started off promising, but then covid-19 ran rampant and ended with people being ordered to stay home.

amid everything, we were still able to do a few things this month and are making the very best of the situation. the silver lining throughout it all is the extra time that we’re getting to spend with our family. that is something that i’ll never complain about.

here’s just a little peek into our march…

mahkena’s birthday party

mahkena turned 8 and we spent the weekend celebrating with friends and family. mahkena’s friends and family spoiled her so much; she was grinning from ear to ear the entire time.  i still can’t believe our spunky, free-spirited little girl is already 8.

quarantining / working from home

in the middle of march we were ordered to begin working from home. it’s definitely a change, but one i’m quite enjoying. the days seem to go by a lot faster and the plus side, my new co-workers are pretty cute.

date adventures

luckily john and i were able to get in a few date weekends before all the chaos began. we spent a few nights away, tried out some new restaurants, and enjoyed a pool suite within the area. looking forward to more adventures as soon as everything goes back to normal.

lots of family time

one thing is certain, all the extra family time has been wonderful. the kids are enjoying e-learning and not having to go to school everyday, and with the decent weather lately they have gotten lots of time to play outdoors. i have a feeling it’s going to be quite tough for them when they actually have to return to school.

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as much as i hope things will all go back to normal soon, i’m afraid that’s not going to be the case. in the mean time, stay healthy out there and hug your family a little tighter.

puppy-themed birthday party | mahkena turns 8

people warn you that having kids is exhausting, but they forgot to mention how tiring it is to throw a kid’s birthday party. so much planning, so much time preparing for it, but after seeing how happy your child is during it…’oh so worth it.

mahkena turned 8 and we spent the weekend celebrating with friends and family. this year she asked for a puppy-themed birthday party. that girl and her love for animals is so my favorite!

pinterest came to the rescue once again; i found so many cute ideas for decoration ideas.

mahkena isn’t the biggest fan of cake so this year she asked for a donut “cake”. we also had “pupcakes” for those that didn’t or want donuts.

amazon had quite the array of dog birthday party decorations so we ordered a few of those and sprinkled them throughout the house.

for the party gift/activity for the kids, we bought a pack of plush dogs and i made up some pet adoption certificates. the kids got to pick a dog, name and adopt them, and then create them a beaded collar. mahkena really enjoyed it and it was fun to see some of the names the kids came up with to name their dogs.

mahkena’s friends and family spoiled her so much; she was grinning from ear to ear the entire time. it was well worth all the effort to making her day so special. i still can’t believe our spunky, free-spirited little girl is already 8.

thank you to all who came or wished her a happy birthday. and an even bigger thank you to my guy for being the best partner in giving our girl the best day.

if we were having coffee, our coffee convo would look a little like this.

hey friends, welcome back!

if you’re new here, i use these “coffee convos” to share some of my ramblings, thoughts, and life updates. so cozy up, grab a glass of whatever you’re drinking, and hope you enjoy what i’m sharing.

if we were having coffee, i’d talk about how we’ve been doing a little decorating around the house lately. we held out as long as we could to take down our christmas decor; but it was definitely time. now with that all put away, the house seems so much emptier so we’ve been adding a few touches.

we recently took a trip to costco and stumbled upon probably my new favorite house plant. we bought a pot for it, transferred it in to it, and found a great spot for it in our home that gets great light. #costcodoesitagain

if we were having coffee, id fill you in that all four of our kids hit the sick train for a bit. between two cases of the flu, ear infections, and lots of runny noses, they’re all finally feeling better and on the mend. fingers crossed it stays that way for a long while and no more school has to be missed.

if we were having coffee, i’d talk about how in our family, we’ve been celebrating a few birthdays. mahkena turned 8 at the end of february and i still can’t believe that she’s already that old. we’re looking forward to celebrating with close friends and family soon.

also, our maci girl celebrated a birthday over the weekend and we made sure to spoil her with lots of puppy snuggles.

if we were having coffee, i’d ask if you had any new show recommendations. lately, we’ve binge-watched the new show love is blind on netflix and are almost all caught up with shameless. we’re leaning towards watching game of thrones next, but are always on the lookout for some new ones to add to our list.

this month has some super exciting things planned for us, and we’re excited! what fun things do you have planned for march?

a recap of our year – 2019.

2019 started off challenging, but has ended being one of the very best years. i’m taking this year as something that i will look back to, and be grateful for where it took me.

and in 2020, i’m ready for more, more of this happy life.

i took a few minutes to look through my year in photographs, and wanted to share some of my favorite moments with you.

little miss mahkena turned 7; it’s so hard to believe she’s already that old. we celebrated with a disneyland-themed birthday with some of our friends and family, and that girl sure got spoiled.

the girls and i moved into our own little place in town. we knew it was only temporary so we weren’t too picky when looking for a place to rent, but it sure turned into quite the perfect little home for us three, and mazi girl.

i had a work conference in austin, texas that i had the opportunity to attend. john was able to join; we went down a few days early and made a vacation out of it. it was so nice to get away together and enjoy some texas sunshine.

welp, it was inevitable. this was the year i turned 30. and as much as i dreaded it, it turned out to be the best birthday ever. we spent it in chicago and attended a cubbies game.

every five years, my family has our family reunion and this june it was held near st. louis. we drove up the wednesday before to spend a bit more time with family. we rented this little cabin and spent our days swimming, at the zoo, and just catching up with everyone. we’re already looking forward to the next one.

and just like that kaylei turned 11. before we know it we’re going to have a teenager and i’m so not ready! we rented the community room in town and had an art-themed birthday party. i loved that some of her friends from school were able to join us.

the girls and i moved up to roscoe, in with john and the kids. we were super exited about the move and as a little nervous as they were, i think the girls were excited to start new schools.

i got to attend my first nfl game, and even though it wasn’t the chicago bears, i thorougly enjoyed watching the vikings play. i’m already looking forward to going to another one, and hopefully soon!

we were excited about trick-or-treating this year. with 6 of us and everyone being a good sport about the entire family dressing up, we had some fun. we went as minions for trick-or-treating at the campground and went with grinch, dr. suess, and winnie the pooh characters for the night of halloween.

with the holidays coming up and needing photos for our christmas card and wanting new canvases to hang up within our home, we had leigh photography take our family photos this fall. she did such an amazing job at capturing us all.

we spent thanksgiving together with our families and made sure to continue with our tradition of shopping with all the crazies on black friday. needing anything or not, i love that we still continue to go every year and enjoy all the people watching.

we ended the year with lots of family time for christmas. we made sure to take part of all the holiday festivities from cookie-baking to wearing matching pajamas. there is nothing better as a parent than watching the joy on your kids faces on christmas morning. having us all together is my favorite.

2020, this is our year.