Friday, April 07, 2017

Just a typical Friday night

Just hanging around at home tonight with Katie and Hannah.  Katie and I were talking and when we looked over we both just broke out in laughter.  What in the world is that little one doing?!  She was creating a Musicly video and holding her phone with her foot.  I guess, whatever works- LOL

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Bean Machine

My girls are growing up so fast.  This picture of Hannah really got to me.  She looks so gorgeous and grown up here.  I know I can't slow time down and I don't want her to not grow up- she's good at it.  She's a great kid and has proven to be very compassionate and extremely helpful.  We let her get on Snapchat.  I was a little worried about it at first but then I saw how she stayed connected to her aunts and friends this way.   My day is made when I get these random messages from her.  I love getting 10 second updates of her day :-)

Sunday, April 02, 2017

It is an Honor

These girls almost lost their minds tonight!
They were between games and we looked over to see Theo John and Sam DuBois, boys from the Champlin HS Basketball team.  We pointed them out and without any encouragement from the parents, the girls decided they needed to go over and talk to them.
They walked right over and told the boys "It is an honor to meet you.  You inspire us."
The guys were so nice, they stood and talked to them for a few minutes and then Mark, their coach, walked over to snap a picture.  The girls came running back over informing us that they will not be washing their clothes or hands ever again!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Baby D turns 1!

I can't believe this little dude is already 1
He is such a cool little dude. Always laughing and smiling.
Those dimples are to die for and his laugh is contagious.
Hannah and Hailey are crazy about him and he has brought a spark of life back into family gatherings.  Happy Birthday little buddy!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Head, Meet Face

Hannah came home from school with a black eye today.
Trace, a boy from school, was running and they ran into each other.  His head went straight her to face.  It looked pretty painful day one but as time went on, it got darker and darker.
We've been having a lot of discussions here about black eyes.
"Have you ever gotten one?  Did you ever think I would get one? I never thought I would ever get a black eye.  I am actually kinda glad that I got a black eye, just so I can see what it feels like and now I know what they are all about."
Everywhere we went people were asking her about it and how it happened.  She'd be lying if she said that she didn't love the attention. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Granny Hannah

Hannah sent this SnapChat today.
Made me giggle.  I hope she looks that good at 99 years old!
I also spent some time organizing and cleaning out the basement today.  I have been keeping artwork and schoolwork for the girls in a drawer downstairs.  It was getting pretty full so today I went through and filed a bunch of the items.  Felt good to get that taken care of.

I also came across this sign that Hailey and Jack made one night when they were making a 'Dare Game' for the adults.  I love their little handwriting and I love how innocent they are at this age.
Funny thing about this night- they not only dared adults to kiss another adult on the arm but they had also found a few small bottles of Fireball in the fridge downstairs and had carried it upstairs on a platter and dared the adults to take a shot.  Good thing those bottles were closed and had never been opened.  Also, so thankful that the other neighbors found the humor in the event instead of being upset of what the kids had gotten into.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Tonight the Champlin High School Boys Basketball team is in the Championship game at the Target Center.  Sara, Emelyn and Jack came with us.
The kids had so much fun cheering on the team and although they lost- it was awesome to see all of the support they have behind them. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Yes or No

Hailey left this note on my pillow tonight.
So cute!
I love these random notes and cards.  Just to know that they were sitting around thinking about me.  Makes me feel very special and lucky to be their mom.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Free Verse

Mr Intihar has been having the kids write Free Verse.  It can be anything.  Journaling, a poem, an acrostic poem, a phrase, thoughts, song lyrics, anything.
Hannah's free verse tonight was about Adam Levine, mom's favorite.
Adam has a voice of harmony.  Adam is a very good singer.  Adam is the best singer I know.  Adam has a voice of an angel.  It's Adam Levine.
(Now that girl knows what she is talking about!)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's a --------!

Today we all gathered at Grandma's for Kim and Joe's gender reveal.
She had a few cans of silly string wrapped up and the results sealed in an envelope.
When it was time, Bobby opened the envelope and then brought out the right silly string.
Kim and Joe stood in the yard and Jennie and Kristin were given the cans to spray.

Most people were guessing boy.  Only a few Team Girl peeps in the bunch, mainly Hannah and Hailey who are dying for another girl cousin!
1....2....3.....It's a BOY!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The 'other' Cousins

Hannah tells everyone that Kiley and Maddie are her cousins.
When I try to explain to her that that is not entirely true, she informs me that it pretty much is true.  They are just like family and we have known them ever since she was born.  We can go for months without seeing them and it doesn't matter because we are family.
I guess I can't argue with that logic.
I wish we saw them more and I sure do miss spending time with them all the time but we will take what we an get and if that only means a few times a year to celebrate birthdays- so be it.

Although, it always makes me sad.  I miss our time with these families.  I miss hanging out every weekend and miss talking everyday.  It's been years since we hung out or talked like we used to but not a week goes by that I didn't wish things were like that again.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Break 2017

We took a quick trip to Wisconsin Dells for Spring Break.
We stayed at the Wilderness again and this time got a lake-villa.
It was a very large room overlooking the lake.
We had our own in room Jacuzzi, full kitchen, two full baths, etc.  Again, we were able to eat breakfast in our room and had plenty of space!
The Shortridges were here too at the same resort so we were able to hang out for a few days with them.  It was great that the girls had friends to play with!
We went to the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum before heading home.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Attacked by Fluffy Slime

I love that even though I am away from the girls we can still keep in touch through their iPods.  Both girls can text and Snapchat and it's awesome getting messages from them.
Today Hannah sent me this message about her slime- LOL. They sure are spoiled at Grandma's, she always takes them out to buy supplies for slime making, baking and other activities.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I Heart the Parmleys

Our little neighbor, Emelyn brought us a letter today.
Just a little note to tell us she loves the Parmleys.

The girls are heading to grandma's for a few days this week while they are off for Spring Break,
We are heading to Wisconsin Dells towards the end of the week but both needed to work the first few.  They brought their American Girl dolls and as soon as we got to grandma's they removed their shoes, even Grace took hers off.  Is that cute or what?!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Project On Deck

I think I might actually have a plan for our living room.
I have wanted to do something to this room ever since we moved in and I think I am finally settled on the plan.  I want Brian to redo the mantel, add cabinets and possibly shiplap the wall.
Brian started drawing up some plans and I have started the design phase. There are always so many decisions to make.  We taped off the floor where the new cabinets would go, just so we can get an idea of the spacing/size.  I then tried to do some coloring on the plans to see if we want to do a painted cabinet with a wood top, all wood stained cabinets, all painted, etc.

I think I am leaning towards painted cabinets with a wood top and I definitely think the mantel should have sides down the side of the fireplace also.


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Friends Are More Important Than Shoes

Today Hannah is going to Megan's Birthday party.  We got her some donut mixes, glaze and a donut pan.  Of course we had to try it out ourselves :-)  Pretty delish!

It is such a gorgeous day that Hailey, Grace and Emelyn were able to roller skate.
Sara and I were sitting on the porch enjoying the weather when all of a sudden we saw the three girls in their socks walking towards us.  They informed us that Emelyn hurt her head and needed an ice pack.  They then quickly let us know that friends are more important than shoes and that's why they are in the street with just their socks on.
* heart melts *

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Warm Breakfast

Today when I came down for breakfast I could smell food.
I turned the corner and there she was.  Hannah was in the kitchen "Good Morning Mom".
"I made you breakfast this morning so that you could enjoy a warm breakfast for once"

Awwww how sweet!  At the same time it made me feel awful.  At the beginning of the year, I decided that I needed to start eating better in the morning.  I would typically have crackers, a piece of fruit, a granola bar or nothing.  By 9 am I was ready to chew my arm off and had trouble concentrating.  I usually make scrambled eggs.  Sometimes an omelet or breakfast sandwich.
Mornings can be very busy. I am making breakfast for Brian and I, going through backpacks, making cold lunches if needed, grabbing drinks for the girls while they watch YouTube on their phones.  I had made a comment a few times about how it sure would be nice if they could do some of this themselves so that I could actually eat a warm breakfast. 
Oops- they were obviously listening.

I appreciate Hannah's awareness of others so much.  She has always been conscious of others and very motherly.  She did a great job with the food today and my warm breakfast was very appreciated!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Big Winners

We went up to Willie's tonight for dinner.
There was a Meat Raffle and we ended up winning twice in a row!
Of course Hannah wanted to play the crane machine, that girl has so much luck with those things!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Season End

Another fun sports season comes to an end.
Hannah loved playing basketball this year.  She got better and better and more aggressive as the season went on.  She is already looking forward to playing again next year.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Of course I know

Hannah: "Mom, look! We got an Elvis stamp!"
Me:  "How on earth do you know that that is Elvis?  Do you even know who that is?"
Hannah:  "Of course I know.  I learned about him on Full House, Jesse loves him."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Life

Grandma showed Hannah how to make clothes this weekend out of her old fabric scraps.
She sat out on the porch with me today designing while I enjoyed this wonderful weather!

Monday, February 20, 2017


The Maroon 5 concert is tonight.
This morning we decided to go get some brunch and then walk around downtown Milwaukee.
There is an adorable 3rd ward district that has tons of cute shops and restaurants.

Our brunch was delicious- we ate at CafĂ© Benelux.  Recommended by a friend of Katie's.  Good call friend of Katie's, good call.  We then walked down the block checking out each cool looking store along the way.
We came to an intersection and glanced over at one of the hotels on the corner.  There was a huge tour bus outside of the hotel and 4-5 guys hanging out on the sidewalk looking like they were waiting for someone.  We giggled and made a joke about how it's probably Adam.
We took a few more steps and then stopped, turned around and looked harder.
I mean it's probably not but what if it is?  It could be.  I am sure it's not but we are here, so close and should probably just walk over there and see what those dudes are waiting for.
Loriann started across the street.  She saw something and as she turned around to come and tell me what she saw I noticed Jimmy Valentine of Maroon 5 walk out of the hotel and hop onto the bus.
We went dashing over across the street to join the other groupies. (only 5 dudes that were carrying album covers, drums, and other things for the band to sign).  My heart started racing and I could not believe what was about to happen.

One at a time they came out.  The dudes ran over, got some signatures and then came back over to where we were standing to wait for the next guy.

As each one came out I got more and more excited.  My heart was pounding and I was starting to shake.  It's kind of embarrassing but I was totally star struck!
OMG!  It's Jesse Carmichael!

That leaves one guy left.  Only one guy left to come out and get on the bus.  As much as I had my hopes up I figured that he probably would take a different bus.  He was probably getting put into a car in the back of the hotel- even though there were only 10 people out on this street waiting for him.
But then......the bodyguard came out and said "It will be just one minute"
And then......... OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

He came out and announced that he didn't have time for pictures but would sign anything they had.  Give it to my guy and he'll bring it on the bus.
Then in a flash he was gone. 

I can't believe we saw him!  I can't believe I was so close to him!

The rest of the day was a blur.  We shopped some more and had lunch.  Everytime I thought about what just happened I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear.  That was amazing!

We had a great dinner and then took an Uber to the show.
As expected, the concert was great and we had a good time!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mommy's send off

Today the girls have a dance show in White Bear Lake.
Today is also the day that Sara, Katie, Kami, Loriann and I are heading to Milwaukee for the Maroon 5 concert tomorrow.
The girls don't have school tomorrow so after their dance show Brian will drop them off at Grandma and Grandpa Parmley's.
We took Brian's truck here and Sara will end up picking me up in my car when it's over and then we will go get Loriann and be on our way. Katie and Kami took a plane and will arrive earlier than us.

 As always, they did great!  I am always so proud of them and really enjoy seeing how good they do.
We said our goodbyes and then they went home with daddy while I waited a few minutes for Sara.

We had a nice drive there and after we checked in we met up with the others for dinner and cocktails.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The One When

Amy got the word that her oral chemo days have come to an end.
Sara was hosting Bunco this month and the timing couldn't have been more perfect.
The last few months we haven't even played Bunco, we have just gotten together to talk, eat and drink wine.
Sara and I thought it would be nice if we celebrated Amy instead.
We decided on a Friends theme. 
1.  Most of the ladies in this neighborhood can have a whole conversation in 'Friends talk'
2.  Friends- could it be more fitting?

Sara got some great decorations and I made a few signs.
We hired a massage therapist to do chair massages and Sara had a friend of hers make a cake.
We ordered her some gifts and tried to keep the party as much of a surprise as we could.
Although this is a huge accomplishment, you don't really know how she feels about it.
Obviously she is excited and thrilled to be done with the meds but she is scared too.  This leaves a different sense of 'next steps' lurking.  At least we knew the chemo was doing something.  Her body needs a break, no doubt about that.  Her doctors have done everything they can, no doubt about that.  She is a rockstar and inspiration to all of us, no doubt about that.
We wanted to make sure that the 'party' could get called off if it needed to.  We talked to Paul and he agreed that this is something we should celebrate.  Especially with the girls in the hood.

We had some blank cards laying out so that people could write her a note.

We hung this sign on the front door for people to see as they arrived.

The cake.  This amazing cake.  This lady told the whole story of the show Friends in this thing.

Amy seemed very proud and happy to celebrate this milestone in her journey with us.
She will still wear her Optune for a few more months. 
Here's to many more celebrations!