September 2021; our month in video

September has come and gone and you know what that means: a new video recap of our month! It was a family-filled month with school starting back up, hotel overnights, backyard camping, and birthday celebrations. Putting these videos together always make me appreciative of the life we have and the people in; we truly are lucky.

See what we’ve been up to!

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY MASON ALLAN!

Sometimes people walk in to you life just when you need it most. That was certainly the case with you, Mason Allan.

When I met your daddy, I knew that part of falling in love with him was making up a whole lot more room in my heart for you and your sister. That was the easy part; loving you three comes so easily. The hard part, though? Watching you grow more and more every day knowing that time isn’t going to slow down; that these moments won’t last forever.

Today, you’re 4, and goodness, the past three years that I’ve been a part of your life has been have been the very best. I’m so thankful that I get the opportunity to watch you grow, watch you learn, and being able to be a part of it all. I never knew how much I needed a little boy in my life, until you came along. You light up my life, our life, and we adore you so! To the moon and back, buddy boy!

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.

JUNE 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

Happy June ya’all!

This month was full of celebrations between Father’s Day and birthdays, backyard adventures, and bringing home our new Winnie girl.

Here’s a look at our month; hope you enjoy!

MAY 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

Can you believe that May is already over and summer is officially here?

This month was full of celebrations between Mother’s Day and birthdays and a whole lot of fun in between. We ended our month with a family vacation and man, we’re already looking forward to another one.

Hope you enjoy this little video of our month, #LeParteyof6 style!

32 THINGS IVE LEARNED IN MY 32 YEARS

32 years old today, and there has been quite a few things that I’ve learned through the years. I’ve made good choices, stupid choices, and learned that sometimes the only explanation for your actions is, “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” But through it all, I’ve learned.

And firsthand, from my own experience these are some of things that I’ve learned:

Seafood is still disgusting.

Your children pay attention to EVERYTHING that you do. Literally EVERYTHING. Don’t say anything in front of a 3-year old you don’t want repeated.

Soul mates do exist; believe me. I’m one of the lucky ones that found mine.

Having a big family is such a blessing. A benefit too; more kids to pay for a fancier nursing home when you’re older.

Life is much better with a golden retriever.

Work at a place where you actually like your boss and co-workers. Life is way too short to deal with Karens.

No matter how old you get, shots still suck.

Record your life. Have those memories to look back and smile at later.

Friends change and that’s okay. Sometimes the unlikely friends are the best friends.

Grey hairs come a whole lot sooner than you expect.

“One more episode” actually means four more episodes.

Hanger, it’s real.

Kitchens are made for dancing.

I will never be as happy as my two dogs.

McDonald’s Coke taste better than any other coke.

The person who invented Grocery Pick-up is a genius and all we mothers appreciate you.

At this age, you can pull a muscle in your sleep.

Costco is a very glorious place.

Airfryers are the bee’s knees.

Have date nights weekly with your significant other; make that time for each other.

Don’t get drunk and order food on Doordash; you will probably end up with $70+ of Chipotle on your front doorstep. Oops.

Spend as much time as you can with your grandparents. That time is so valuable.

Even if it scares you, still do it. Try those new opportunities.

It is possible to wrongly cook macaroni & cheese…sorry kids.

Sometimes those college degrees aren’t worth it.

Chips and salsa are the best snack.

Dad jokes are actually funny.

Never turn down the opportunity to take a good nap.

Caffeine is your friend.

You don’t need to buy every single houseplant you see.

Getting forehead kisses will never get old.

You can never say “I love you” too much.

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!

a recap of our year – 2020

2020 was definitely a year we will never forget. it started off like any other year, but then the infamous COVID-19 changed the world. and as difficult as it was as all the changes took place among the world, i’m taking this year as something that i will look back to, and be grateful for everything that i have. it turned out to be the year that i learned to appreciate what i had.

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

ringing in the new year with friends – way before we knew what 2020 was going to be like and celebrating the start of a new year with some of our favorites.

celebrating mahkena’s birthday – our little lady turned 8 this year and wanted to celebrate with a puppy party and a donut cake. she’s growing up way too fast!

working from home – we had no idea this was coming, nor how long it would last. but we’re making the best of it and enjoying all the extra time at home with our family.

a few weekend trips to the city – before the country went on lockdown john and i got to enjoy a few weekends away together. looking forward to when we can do things like this again when things get back to normal. in the meantime, these memories are some of my favorite.

lots of family time – this is truly the best thing to come out of 2020 and having to quarantine. it taught us all to slow down a little bit and enjoy the extra time we got together as a family. here a just a few of my favorite photos capturing these moments.

celebrating aubrey’s birthday – how in the world did this girl turn 6 this year?! we celebrated with close friends and family and tried to make her feel as special as possible during the pandemic.

trip to iowa – john and i took a weekend trip to iowa with some family and friends. we rented the cutest little cabin on the lake. we look forward to taking the whole family there sometime soon.

teaching the kids how to ride their bikes – all the girls learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels this summer. now we got our own little girl bike gang cruising through the neighborhood.

summer fun – because we were all stuck in the house for so long, we enjoyed as much time as we could outside this summer. plenty of fun in the backyard with the pools, trips to the campground, adventures to the zoo, and strolls through sunflower fields.

trip to see grandma – we took a quick weekend trip down to missouri to visit my grandma and some of our family. it was nice to take a little roadtip and spend some much needed time with them.

celebrating kaylei’s birthday – our girl turned 12 and due to the pandemic we couldn’t do much, but we sure made the best out of it. we rented a few rooms at a local hotel and took full advantage of their pool.

house renovations – we spent some time this year painting the entire house, putting together new furniture, hanging new canvases, and creating a craft room. this house has become more our home this year and it’s exactly what we pictured.

family photos – we updated our yearly family photos before the weather got too cold. it sure is difficult getting four kids to all look at the camera and smile at the same time, but they all did great and made for the perfect pictures for our christmas card this year.

buying a new car – our biggest purchase of the year! it’s so much more convenient having all six of us being able to ride together and take one vehicle.

mason’s birthday – goodness, i want this precious boy to stop growing up so fast. he turned 3 this year and is always making us smile.

halloween – one of our favorite times of the year and kept the tradition going with a themed family costume; this year we were all superheroes!

getting bun bun – we added a new furry addition to the family this winter. it was quite the surprise to the kids, and they’re already so attached.

christmas – christmas was spent at home, celebrated with our immediate family. lots of gift-opening, happy kids, and yummy food.

and in 2021, i’m ready for more, more of this happy life.

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!

our summer 2020 family diary.

summer has winded down and the weather is cooling off. the kids are off and back to school and the summer of 2020 is behind us. this summer was certainly different than all others; a whole lot less distractions with a large majority of places being closed.

but truthfully, it was nice. rather than rushing around between places to go, we filled our days with each other instead. we spent so much time together and i’ll forever be thankful for that.

so what did our summer of 2020 look like? a whole lot like this….

visiting the campground and kayaking

one of my favorite places to visit is the campground that i spent most of my childhood weekends at. my parents have a seasonal site there and it’s the perfect little place to get away.

we spent one day kayaking down the river and it was so relaxing. i’m looking forward to taking the kids with us sometime. i know they will love it; especially mason.

birthday celebrations

summers in our home are always full of birthdays. we started summer by celebrating john’s birthday with having family over and ordering pizzas.

in july miss kaylei turned 12 and we took her to a hotel with her cousins to celebrate. we enjoyed the pool for two days straight and the kids all had a blast. i still can’t believe our girl is going to be a teenager next year!

getting a new car

we finally bit the bullet and bought ourselves a new car that would fit all 6 of us. this is our new baby and i’m more than obsessed with it!

backyard parties

one of my favorite things about summer is just being able to hang outside with family and friends. we did plenty of that this summer and it was always so much fun. we would set up the bag set, break out the pool, and enjoy a few cocktails. looking forward to more days like these throughout the fall.

zoo trip

we rounded up most of the family and hauled everyone to the zoo one weekend. we spent most of the morning walking around and then had a picnic lunch out in the parking lot before heading home.

a trip to the sunflower field

it’s always been on my bucket list to visit a sunflower field and once i found out we had one not too far from us, we made a trip there. i got the girlies all dressed up in the cutest yellow outfits, threw some curls in their hair, and had a little photoshoot with them. they will forever be some of my favorite photos of them.

hope you all had a summer just as great as we did!