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 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!

coffee convos – June 2020

hey all; 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 tell you like previous summers, we broke out the ‘ole backyard waterpark again, as we call it…multiple kiddie pools, sprinklers, and water hoses.

we had the kid’s cousins over for a full day of fun in the sun. they played for hours on end in the pool, jumped on the trampoline with the water hose, and took a few breaks for cool treats. there is definitely no shortage of popsicles ever in our house.

the kids took turns spraying each other with water while on the trampoline; however, our maci girl had other plans. i love how much she loves water; we even broke out her own kiddie plastic pool to avoid her popping the kid’s inflatable ones.

i love how much the kids enjoy having their cousins over and look forward to many more summers for them to create more memories together.

in case you’re interested in where to get the kid’s favorite pool with the slide, you can purchase on amazon here. it’s super durable and well worth the money.

if we were having coffee, i’d want to tell you all about our recent trip down south to visit family.

we took a few days off and started off our trip to spend a few days with grandma in missouri. we spent two nights with her, and the memories we created there were well worth the long drive.

we took her out for a few meals and just loved hearing all of the stories about family and her growing up. we even got to spend some time with my aunt and uncle, enjoyed a delicious dinner and some margaritas with them, and got to go out and see their property.

i love spending time in west plains; it reminds me of many summers growing up and visiting there.

after a few days in west plains, we made our way to springfield to visit with some more of the family. i wanted john to experience some of my favorite spots that i visited growing up while we were there so we made sure to hit up the bass pro shop, hurts donut, as well as a pit stop at lamberts.

it was really nice to get away and spend some time just relaxing. one good thing about covid-19 is that a lot less people are traveling, so we took advantage of having the empty pool to ourselves.

we definitely didn’t look forward to leaving or the long drive home, but were so excited to get home to our babies and the pups. we’re already looking forward to the next trip down there.

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.

july snapshots.

i thought the summer was never going to get here, and now that it’s here, it’s almost already gone. summer is f l y i n g!

this month was busy with making new memories and here are just a few photos i took to capture my july.

this year’s 4th of july included lots of water fights and giggles.
time to thin out and re-pot on of mahkena’s succulents. this one she knew exactly who she wanted to give it to.
pops trusted us with his baby for a few days while he went on vacation.
the girls ended their yearly fundraiser and donated over $800! beyond proud of them.
big mama still as sassy as ever.
lots of time by the blowup pools this month.
and as always, working so hard.
celebrated miss kaylei’s 11th.

a photo journal – wahl family reunion

our second wahl family reunion took place this month; we’re trying to keep the tradition of organizing one for every 5 years. this years took place at a koa campground near st. louis, missouri.

the location was perfect; you could rent a site to tent or park your camper at or they also offered little cabins available to rent. we decided on a camping cabin that had the cutest front porch. the best part was mazi girl was also allowed to stay there as well.

the actual reunion took place friday through sunday, but we made a little vacation out of it and drove up a few days early to spend the extra time with family.

one day we made a trip to the st. louis zoo. it was perfect because it had free admission and wasn’t too far of a drive from camp.

i love being able to watch my girls grow up with my cousin’s kids. it reminds me so much of the summer vacations we would go on to see the wahls growing up.

we spent a lot of time visiting with everyone, playing bags and basketball, and just sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows and chatting.

we couldn’t let the weekend go by without grabbing a few photos of our giant family in our matching shirts.

our shirts turned out so great this year…thank you ben for organizing it all!

“we put the WAHL in grizWAHLds”

the campground we stayed at was awesome and offered so many amenities for the kids…wagon rides, a jumping pillow, and a swimming pool were some of our favorites. and we definitely had to take advantage of the snow cone truck on our last day there.

see you all again in 2024, wahls!

10 fun facts about me.

i’m stepping out of my comfort zone today. i wanted to do a fun, slightly more personal  post. this was actually a little bit harder to do than I thought it would be; who knew it would be difficult to list random things about yourself!  here’s what I came up with…

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i wanted to be an art teacher when i grew up. 

growing up, i had no idea what i wanted to do when i was older. and then i started high school and signed up for my first art class. i loved everything about it, so much, that i knew that i wanted to teach it when i grew up.

i write poetry.

only when i’m sad; it feels better to get the things i’m thinking of out on paper. and i never let anyone read it.

my middle name is JoNette, after my great-grandmother’s name Nettie Jo.

i love that my name means so much to our family. my great-grandma was an incredible woman.

i love skiing in the mountains with my dad. they’re some of my favorite memories growing up.

we started going together when i was in middle school when he’d always be the first to join me on our school trips. it’s one of my favorite things that he has taught me to do.

i’m allergic to orange juice.

it’s probably a good thing that i don’t like the taste, but i sure do miss having it in some of my cocktails.

i’m always cold. 

if i could always walk around with a heated blanket, i would.

i sleep walk. and sleep talk. all the time.

growing up, my mom had to put bells on the doors because i would always try to walk outside.

my biggest fears include fish and clowns.

both super creepy and i avoid getting near them at all costs.

i’m afraid of deep water that i cant see in because 1. fish and 2. when i was younger my swim teacher was missing one of her toes because she claimed an alligator ate it off  and swore and it would happen to me if i didn’t swim faster.

i legitimately despise that woman. and her missing toe.

i refuse to eat the last bite of any sandwich. weird? i know.

i think it has to do with my OCD, but i just cant bring myself to do it.