Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Elf Yourself

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"The North Pole" -- our visit to Winter Wonderland 2012

Every year since Christopher was a baby we started taking him to a semi-local event called Rotary Winter Wonderland in Marshfield, WI.  (Yes. You read that right --- Marsh-field.  It's central Wisconsin where we're known for our marshes and our fields...hence the name!)   Christopher absolutely loves it!  This year he started asking if we were going to go to the "North Pole" again.  So I dressed them in their pajamas - per tradition - and picked up my mom and made the hour-long drive over there!

Winter Wonderland is indescribably amazing.  It's Twas the Night Before Christmas meets 
Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.  

Since I apparently cannot figure out how to get the pictures to go side-by-side you'll have to scroll down this ridiculously long post to see all of our pictures from our most recent adventure.  : ) 

 Christopher kept running from cutout to cutout! : ) 


The past couple of days have been crazy.
I swear life is moving at 100mph and throwing curve balls left and right!  But it's ok.  It really just reminds me to take time and enjoy all of the small things.  

Some small things I've enjoyed in the past couple of days:
-- noodle fight in the garage with Christopher
-- painting Christmas crafts in the garage
-- going shopping with Mary
-- reading Dr. Seuss with the boys

I've finally run out of luck with dodging sickness and have picked up the nasty cold that's going around.  I sound like a 90-yr-old smoker and I feel like my head is inflated with helium -- always pleasant!  ; ) 

 Anyways... so as a result, I'm up late tonight watching the latest episode of NEW GIRL and I started laughing (really) loudly.  -- as you know we're staying up in WI right now and the boys and I are all in one room in the basement: me on the couch, Ryan in the pack-n-play and Christopher on his little cot. -- So I start laughing and Ryan pops up out of a dead sleep and gives me this completely mad little face and says,
and then flops back down on his pillow.  I had to contain my next burst of laughter for fear of awakening the wrath of Captain Crankypants! hahaha.  Oh that was by far the highlight of the night  <3 font="font" nbsp="nbsp">

Monday, December 10, 2012

First Snow of 2012 -- Wisconsin

Today was the first actual snowfall I've seen for over a year!  Last Christmas it never snowed until the day we left Wisconsin to go back to Florida (go figure!  That put the kibosh on our snowmobiling plans!) 

It started to snow yesterday and then last night Christopher and I put our pillows on the opposite end of the bed at my mom's apartment so we could see out the window and fall asleep watching the snowfall. : )  I always love the sort of orange-y glow the sky gets whenever it's going to snow. It takes me way back to one Christmas Eve where the sky was glowing and I fell asleep waiting for Santa to come and woke up Christmas morning to find that we got a real "Christmas Snow" and everything was covered in glittering white powder!

I had to sweep (yes -- with a broom) snow off of my car this morning while wearing leggings, my stiletto heeled boots, and a gray flannel: sexy! hahaha  Actually I think that's the definition of "podunk"!  Mind you I had also slept in my extensions and the braid was coming undone so I was just one hot mess!  Got both of the boys in the car and then drove around looking at the idyllic snow scenes down by the river until the gas light on my car came on and I decided we should head back to the house so we could get dressed and then run uptown to purchase winter gear to go play outside!

After we made the trip to Wally World the boys and I headed over to Ripple Creek Park and played around in the snow for an hour!  We had a blast -- although at first Christopher was a little over tired and stubbornly refused to play for 5 minutes because he did NOT want to wear mittens!  Ryan only faceplanted a couple of times and he came up with white eyelashes and snow snicking to every part of that furry hat - poor kid!  The snow came up to his little knees but still he refused to be carried. 

 I'd ask him, "Ry do you want mommy to pick you up?"  and he gave me this look, pursed his lips, and turned the upper half of his body while mustering up every ounce of self-reliance and sass and saying, "Nnnn-OH!" ("No" --- but in Ryan's world the "n" is very drawn out and the "OH" is extremely pronouned)

Look at Ryan in his cute little outfit!  The Carhartt bibs Gigi bought him :) 
The rest of the day was rather uneventful and was actually spent trying to get the boys to nap!  I laid them down at 2pm and by 4 they still weren't sleeping. At 5 I decided it was time to give up and have dinner so we ate grilled cheese then it was back to sleepyland.  Turned on "Secrets of Yellowstone" from Netflix for some sleepy background noise: informational programs -- while extremely interesting --  always have the monotone that reminds me of movies we'd watch on Fridays in English class and immediately makes me sleepy.  It worked!  Both the boys and I fell asleep.  Then at 7pm I went out to socialize in the garage (the "hangout" here @ my dad's house!) only to get called by my dad that the boys were -- in fact -- awake and playing hide and seek under the stairs.

The rest of the night has been spent messaging back and forth with team members, working on my website, and of course...playing around with blogs / vlogs :)  Missing the hubsters a little -- I guess :)  I suppose that's always a good thing!  Sometimes we're both too darn independent for our own good.  But lately things have been coming together and I hope we're seeing more "eye-to-eye".  He's been stringing up Christmas lights and has a surprise for us.  I'm excited to get home:  I miss my house.  I miss my bed.  I miss my sanity.  I miss my office.  I miss my morning coffee on the porch.  I miss my space.  Basement life is just not cutting it for me.



Thursday, October 4, 2012

JustFab -- My New SEXY & TALL Boots that I got for $25 ...STEAL!

I've been boot shopping for well over a year and have searched countless stores but nothing really stood out to me.  The boots I purchased had to meet my criteria:

-- Has to look edgy and non-traditional
-- Must be an "off" color
-- Can't resemble cowboy boots
-- Can't look hooker-ish
-- Cannot be velvet or an extremely fake looking leather
-- Cannot have a chunky heel
-- No large buckles
-- Cannot be flat (I think those look like Peter Pan boots....) can see where I was running into some problems.  And I was really cringing over the thought of spending $150 on a pair. Last night some fitness instructor in Cali that I follow was posting about her new pair of boots from JustFab.  I saw the website before but honestly thought it was a scam! (Because how could shoes so amazing be THAT cheap with no catches?!?)

Well -- it's because they're JUST FABULOUS!!!  As a New Member I got 1/2 off my first order if I ordered within 24 hours.  NO PROBLEM!  

$19.95  -- pair of boots listed below
$4.95 -- express shipping (arriving by Monday)

Click this link to check out JustFab for yourself!!!

VIP Perks 
(The only "catch" is if you don't choose to "skip" a month by the 5th, you'll get charged $39.95 to shop with later.  That's not even a bad deal!  You can "skip" however many months you want and there is no minimum order amount.  As an extreme skeptic myself, I think this makes anyone happy!)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

PINKspiration NYC / Dandelion Fuzzies / Daily Life

Put in my extensions yesterday for the 2nd time ever!!!

Weather: Sunny. Blue skies -- no clouds!  Chilly this morning.  Definitely starting to show signs of fall. The house smells like rust orange and burgundy (for those of you with non-colorful sniffers:  I'm melting Ginger Spice Cake and Apple Cinnamon candles throughout the house)
Mood: Headache......probably from caffeine deficiency due to the cleanse diet I'm doing this week!  A little grumpy and frustrated.  Trying to figure out how to be supermom / successful businesswoman / housewife / DIY master / chef.....not going so well!
Outfit:  HA!  Grey leggings and neon green sweatshirt with brown sweater boots  I laugh because I literally have NO fall clothes!  Haven't went shopping since 2006!  2007: college. broke: enough said!  2008: 7 months pregnant. Hello maternity clothes!   2009: size 14/16....wearing awkward hand-me-down clothes!   2010: 6 months pregnant. Hello more maternity clothes!  2011: FLORIDA!  I didn't need cold weather clothes!  2012: literally 2 pairs of jeans. 2 pairs of leggings. 2 pairs of sweatpants.  No sweaters. 1 hoodie. 1 sweatshirt that fits properly.  ~~~shopping~~~
Noteworthy happenings: Participating in the VSPink / Elle contest on Pinterest.  Grand prize winner gets $1000 shopping trip with an Elle stylist @ the new VSPink store in NYC.  Considering what I just posted above about not having any clothes?'s worth a shot, right?!  : ) 

My PINKspiration - NYC Pinterest Board

--- Ryan took a nap all by himself in his big boy bed!  (see picture below)


Thursday, September 20, 2012

U of M -- Washington Bridge ....Reminiscing

Absolutely gorgeous.  

Brings back memories of walking this bridge nearly everyday for 9 months while I was attending the U of M as a freshman.  LOVED the campus.  Absolutely gorgeous.  I miss this city just as much as I miss the ocean.  Maybe someday I can live in both!  Once the awful MN winters start I'll just migrate to my condo on the beach ; )   

Hey.  Dream Big or Go Home, right?

*photo from U of M Facebook   source
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