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!

Our first few days with Winnie Jo; a photo diary.

John and I have been tossing around the idea for a while of adding another golden retriever to our family. As our girl Maci Bo gets older, we wanted her to have another dog around to keep her young. And yes, we have Mazi, but let’s be honest we don’t call her “Big Mama” for nothing. She plays with Maci, but she can often show her cranky-old lady personality and isn’t always a big ball of energy.

We did some research and came across a farm in Wisconsin that had some puppies that were available to go to a new home. Saturday, June 19th, we woke up and VERY spontaneously decided to make the drive and “look” at the puppies. Look is the keyword, but let’s be real, we were coming home with our Winnie Jo.

Winnie was the third puppy introduced to us and it was one of those things that when we met her we just knew. All the other puppies when we would walk away would wander off, but Winnie wouldn’t leave John’s side. Ultimately, John had told me to make the final decision, but as soon as I saw how much she just wanted to be around us, the decision was easy.

So, that started our story with miss Winnie. It was a cuddly ride home; the whole time she sat on my lap and was just begging for love from John and I. She enjoyed staring out the window and took many breaks in between for a quick nap curled up on my lap.

I swear it was like bringing a new baby home and introducing her to the family. She’s the cutest ball of fluff right now and the kids are all obsessing over her. We’re excited to watch her grow, but hopefully not too fast…we are loving this puppy stage.

Enjoy these photos of our first few days together as a family. We sure love you, Winnie Jo…even your terrible, stinky puppy breath.

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.

EASTER 2021

i hope you all had a wonderful easter whether you were celebrating at home relaxing, around the table with family, or alone. we were so lucky this year with amazing weather here in illinois; it always makes the day a whole lot more enjoyable when the sun is shining.

this year was a little different for us as we only had the two littles with us while the older girls were spending the holiday with their dad’s family. we missed them bunches and can’t wait to celebrate with them when they come home.

we started our morning searching around the house for easter baskets. it only took a few trips around each room for the kids to finally find them and i think they were more than happy with the surprises the bunny left them…new jammies, shoes, swimsuits, toys, and candy. they sure got spoiled!

the four of us made sure to sneak in some quick family photos in our matching outfits before leaving the house. i still can’t get over how adorable the kids looked with their hair all done and in spring colors.

aubrey and i got our matching dresses from amazon; you can find them here. i was pleasantly surprised with the quality of them and how comfortable they were. us girls sure loved that they had pockets too!

we went to family’s for a big breakfast and it was perfect. the food was delicious, the mimosas were tasty, and being able to spend that time with family was my favorite.

the kid’s got to do an easter egg hunt around the house after breakfast and finished with buckets full of candy and big smiles on their faces.

the rest of the day we just spent time together and enjoyed the nice weather with a cook out and a family walk. we had a great easter and sure hope you did too!

MARCH 2021; A VIDEO OF OUR MONTH.

three months in to 2021 and the time still is flying by. i really enjoy making these quick video collages of our month to capture the memories that we’re creating.

take a look at our month and see what we’ve been up to as a family of 6.

February 2021; a video of our month.

another month in to the new year and i still can’t get over how fast time is flying by. i love making these quick video collages of our month because with time passing so quickly, i forever want to these memories to look back at.

take a look at our month and see what we’ve been up to as a family of 6.

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!

last day of school interviews (2019/2020).

holy cow! this school year FLEW by. and it goes without saying, the ending of the year was strange! parents became teachers and living rooms became classrooms as we were all faced with the infamous covid-19 quarantine. something i’ve learned? i’m not made out to be a teacher. i give them so much props! ya’all deserve a medal and a stiff drink. multiple stiff drinks.

our girls started sixthsecond, and kindergarten this year.  and just like previous years, we made sure to do our last day of school “interviews”. i asked the girls these questions and i thought i’d share with all of you…plus we had to include our mason boy; scroll to the bottom for his hilarious answers.

aubrey

Grade: Kindergarten

Age: 6

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Food: Buttered Noodles

What Are You Good At: Math

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: An Ambulance Driver

What Makes You Happy: Mazi

What Scares You: Bad Guys in Home Alone

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Liar Liar

Favorite Quarantine Memory: Playing Barbies

mahkena

Grade: 2nd Grade     

Age: 8

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese

What Are You Good At: Drawing

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: Pet Owner

What Makes You Happy: Mom

What Scares You: Spiders

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Home Alone

Favorite Quarantine Memory: Cuddling with the Dogs

kaylei

Grade: 6th Grade

Age: 11

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Food: Sushi

What Are You Good At: Selfies

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: A Millionaire

What Makes You Happy: Food

What Scares You: Butterflies

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Fast & Furious

Favorite Quarantine Memory: Not Going to School

and although mason isn’t old enough to be in school, we thoroughly enjoyed asking him the same questions…

mason

Grade: Too Cool for School

Age: 2

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Food: Icecream and Suckers

What Are You Good At: Going to the Babysitters

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: A Hotdog

What Makes You Happy: Food & Tractors

What Scares You: Daddy

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Harry Potter

Favorite Quarantine Memory: Play with Kaylei

around our house: quarantine 2020.

this blog has always been a space for me to share the beauty of our family’s moments, whether if it’s from the view of the city streets or the comfort of my couch. a place for me to document all of life’s adventures, and this year has been quite the adventure thus far.

no words are needed for this post, but just photos of some of our every day moments around the house while in quarantine.

it may be a crazy time in the world right now, but i am so thankful for all this extra time we’ve been able to spend together, as a family.