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Perfect Fall Weekend – MIMM

Heyheyhey!  Oh.my.goodness it has literally been forever since I’ve been by to say hi.  Last I shared, we had just moved in to our new place and were starting to get settled.  We have made a lot of progress and this place has quickly become “home” to us.  I absolutely love it.  It didn’t take long at all for me to get used to our new place.  We’re getting into a new routine here, and it’s just great.  🙂

So, it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’m really glad to be able to stop by and share some scenes from the weekend with ya’ll again for Marvelous in My Monday!  So, let’s get this party started!

To start off, I want to share some beautiful sunrises/sunsets we had this week.  I’ve been loving my morning commutes on cloudless days and the sunsets, too, have been just gorgeous.

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Friday night was a super relaxed night.  We went out to Panera to get some din-din, which was suggested by Scott.  We were hoping to get him some broccoli and cheddar soup in a bread bowl…but they were OUT OF BREAD BOWLS.  Seriously?!  I think I was more disappointed for Scott than he was.  But, we made the best of it and still had a nice night out together.  Then we came home and spent the evening in, relaxing with each other.  It was the perfect end to the week.

Saturday morning we woke up to SUNSHINE.  Hallelujah!  We were promised a wonderful weekend with sunshine and nice weather and it was off to a great start!  I immediately started some coffee in the pot and went outside in the backyard to throw the ball around with Max in the backyard.  It was perfect.  The sun felt so great.  Scott joined us a little later and he and I took a seat on the deck, and threw the ball to Max from the deck.  It was such a great way to start off the day together, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the beautiful weather!  So perfect!  Plus, this was my first time carving pumpkins!  I was super stoked!! 🙂

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We made a Clemson pumpkin together!

The afternoon went so fast, and we actually found ourselves getting HOT in the sunshine!  Whaaa?  We headed home to drop the pup off at home, and then went to meet up with my brother and sister-in-law, and my parents, to go out to eat at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants.  It was SO good and we had such a great evening together!  Plus, we had some tasty margaritas…and when my dad gets a margarita in him, he’s quite entertaining 😉

Sunday morning I woke up a little earlier than Saturday, but the sun was just coming up and it was another gorgeous fall morning.  I made some coffee and then enjoyed it while I read outside on our deck for a while, while throwing the ball to Max, before Scott got up.  The sunshine felt so amazing and I was so relaxed out there.  Such a great way to start off the day.

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 After having a relaxing morning out on the deck, Scott woke up, and we got ourselves ready for church.  We have been trying to get back into a routine of going to church.  Since moving, we are now looking for a new “home” since our old one is about 45 minutes away from where we live now.  Church went fast, and then we headed home, changed, and left to meet up with my friend.  We  had planned to go to a corn maze together!  We both love dorky, fall-themed activities and we had such a good time being out in the gorgeous weather…especially since the last time we went, it was cloudy, windy, and chilly!  I wore a hat, scarf, mittens AND boots!

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Our fun, dorky, fall-themed afternoon went far too quickly.  But I had to head on home, meet up with Scott, and then we headed to the grocery store.  We got done our weekly shopping, hurried home to unload, and then tidied up as much as we could since my brother and sister-in-law and parents were coming over for the Packer game.  The Packer game was definitely a let down, but it was still nice having the company.  It was a great end to a really warm fall weekend!

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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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weekend things and MIMM

Summer is quickly coming to a close now it seems.  August has come and gone, and now September is here, along with shorter days, and crisp mornings and evenings.  We still get the warmth and heat from the day yet which is really nice.  I will enjoy the warm days and cool nights as long as I can.  But there is something nice about welcoming fall now, too.  I just wish our fall lasted much, much longer.  But, I digress.  So let’s get on with the fun link-up with Katie for some Marvelous in my Monday talk.

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Before I get too far into this post, I wanted to share a picture of part of the anniversary card that I made for my brother and sister-in-law.  I had recently made a card for a co-worker and had a fun time with it, so I decided to make a card for my brother and seester’s first anniversary!  (First anniversary ALREADY!  It went just so fast!)  Because she is originally from the Philippines and only came to America in July of last year, I kind of went with that as my “theme”.  She is used to the beach and warm, tropical areas, and we, living in Wisconsin, are accustomed to cold and lots of snow!  I have to say, I thought it was a really cute idea.  The inner left side was the picture, with the right side being my long, lengthy ramblings on to my brother and seester about just how much  I love them both 🙂  Maybe I won’t be a professional card maker, but I had a blast doing it and they loved it, which is all that matters.

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Friday evening was a designated cleaning/organizing/tidying up night, since the owner of our place and his realtor scheduled an open house for Saturday morning.  Aside from all the chaos with boxes and everything, we still had to make the place look somewhat decent.  We got the place looking really great and I discovered a new love that I will never go without again.  Friday was the first night that I used a Swiffer and my life has forever changed.  Cleaning up all the cat hair in the bathrooms and kitchen had been so laborious before, and now…well now it is SOOOO much easier!  As in, almost enjoyable.  I will never go without one again and am considering investing in a wet jet, since I’ve heard good things about that one too!

Saturday morning was pretty relaxed.  I woke up pretty early which was nice.  Scott was going over to my parents today to work on a threshold for a door in the garage.  So I had the morning to myself for a while.  And of course I snagged a few pictures of my kitties.  What is a post from Little Miss Fit without some pictures of my cats?  Seriously…I call the left one, Dexter’s thriller dance.  He’s a big fan of Michael Jackson… 😉  And that belly…haha I love it.

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After a relaxing early morning, I headed over to my parent’s house while the open house was going to take place.  I had a really nice chance to just spend time talking with my mom.  We rarely get a chance to really sit down face-to-face and talk for an extended period of time.  (We talk everyday, just by email mostly)  So that was really nice.  After the open house was done, I headed on over to the house to check on the cats before leaving to meet up with a friend.  We met at Starbucks, but neither one of us were feeling too good and ended up just having water and stealing a seat on their patio 😉  I recently started a new medication and my tummy has NOT been a huge fan of it…My stomach is normally really sensitive to begin with, and coffee is really rough on my stomach (I usually get the lower acidity coffee for that reason, Folgers Simply Smooth) so I knew that stronger coffee would just be a bad idea.  She, too, has had some recent health problems and needs to really work on hydrating, so water it was for us.  But we sat ourselves in the sunshine and had a chance to chat, which was longgg overdue.  It was a really nice time, as always.

I made my way home for a bit before I was expected to meet up with my brother and seester to go to the beach/a state park.  I started feeling really crappy though and just laid on the couch when I got home…I didn’t think I’d be able to meet up with them since my stomach hurt so bad.  I started to get frustrated with my new medication, and still am considering trying to switch/not take it.  But, I emailed my NP and asked her if this would be a long-lasting side effect, or just a result of me starting a new medication and my body not adjusting to it yet.  After laying down for a while, and after thinking about just how absolutely gorgeous the weather was with temperatures in the mid 70s and sunny, knowing that the warm days are not going to last much longer, I decided to still go with my brother and seester.  I was really glad I did, too.

We took a nice hike and then relaxed by the beach.  The pain subsided a bit, and I was able to actually enjoy myself, which was really nice.  I love spending time with my brother and seester so much.  My brother and I are both dealing with some similar struggles/issues right now, although a little different, and he has been a huge support to me lately, and I to him.  We have been talking with each other everyday and sharing a lot with one another and it really helps so much having him.  And I know that the support I’m giving him helps, too, even if it just means listening to him, or having him over in the evening.  Sometimes it’s just nice to have that distraction.

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It was really nice having that time with them and being able to be outside to enjoy the weather.  We made our way home, I ran to the store to get a few things, then relaxed the rest of the night. Scott’s mom’s cat is now staying with us, and he is so ravenous.  He will eat and eat and eat non-stop, until he ends up throwing up from eating too much, too quickly.  He doesn’t know his limits…so we really have to watch his food intake.  I thought that by putting the food on top of the fridge, it would be far enough away from him so that he wouldn’t get to it.  But I was clearly wrong.  I caught him climbing on top of the counter and then on top of the fridge…so now, the food is going inside the kitchen cabinets.  If he can find his way to open those, well then he must be the smartest cat ever.

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Scott didn’t get home until after 9:30.  After he finished up at my parent’s working on the door in the garage, he went over to a friend of his mom’s (where his mom is now staying until she moves in to her new place) to help work to install the bathroom floor and re-install the toilet.  He was a busy guy, and when he came home we just relaxed together for the evening.  It was a pretty chill night, which was nice.

Sunday I woke up super late, because I stayed up super, super late on Saturday night.  So, waking up so late in the morning, I felt super groggy and out of it after getting up.  Church was at one, and I spent an hour and a half just relaxing and waking up. Meeko came and snuggled with me on the couch, which I always love.  She’s the cutest little thing.

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I finally started to feel a bit better and more alive by the time we left the house, thankfully.  After church, we went grocery shopping together.  I got a workout in when I got home after we unpacked the groceries, and then did some cleaning out of our kitchen cabinets, and did some packing.  We did A LOT of cleaning out which was good and we are going to donate a lot of things that we have no need for to Goodwill, which I feel really good about.  We found this bad boy, which clearly came from Scott’s mom and just somehow made it’s way into our cabinets and has stayed there since Scott first moved in.  All I can say is, if we had known that this sucker was in our cabinets, we would have had bacon every.single.day lololol

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I did some meal prep for the coming start of the work-week, then my brother and seester came over for the evening to watch Sunday Night Football, Broncos versus Colts.  It was a great end to the weekend.  Ready to tackle another week.  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and a marvelous Monday!! ❤

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Weekend come and weekend go…(MIMM)

So, I don’t know where the past three days went, but they just literally FLEW by.  I can’t even believe it’s Monday afternoon already!  This weekend was so busy and over before way too quickly!  I know it’s late, but I can’t help but do a little “catch up” and share some highlights of the weekend and what life has been like lately.  Sharing some goods for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Friday night was a chill night.  Scott and I got to relax together while we did our fantasy football draft.  My brother is the manager of the league and it’s been a couple years since I did fantasy football…so I was happy to give it another go.  This is my second time and I think it will be a fun thing to do together as a family, since Scott, my brother and his wife are all a part of it, with a few other friends, too.  After the draft was done, my brother and his wife came over to spend some time together.  It’s their one year anniversary already and they were leaving for the weekend, so it was nice spending a quiet evening in with them.  It was so simple, but such a great time!

Saturday, Scott had made plans to help a friend of his mom’s with some bathroom repairs, so I had a good part of the day pretty much to myself.  I got a good morning workout in, spent some quality time snuggling with the kitties.  They love the balcony!  Meeko used to be so scared being out there, but now she loves it 🙂

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then took myself out of the house and down to the lake to get some coffee at my favorite coffee place, Colectivo, which is right by the lake.  I couldn’t have timed it any more perfect, it started to pour within just a couple minutes of me getting inside.  All the people that were sitting outside ran inside but I was able to get a small little table to myself before they got in.  It was so cozy and I had such a nice time just reading.

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I then made my way to the mall to try and find some deal my mom had told me about at Bath & Body Works.  Sadly, they didn’t have the deal I was hoping for..but I went in a few other stores while I was there before making my way home.  Since it was Labor Day weekend and since Scott and I are in need of a washer and dryer for our new place, I had the idea to check out the stores to see if they had any deals or sales going on.  The weather was so crazy on Saturday, between raining and sunshine on and off, on our way to Sears, we saw this pretty FULL rainbow…I can’t remember the last time I saw a full rainbow!  So pretty!

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We spent the rest of the afternoon at Sears and found a washer and dryer that we liked which was on sale, so bonus 🙂  After our little excursion, we headed back home for an evening in.  I had plans to run to the grocery store to get a couple things and saw how gorgeous the sky/sunset was, so I drove around for quite a while, just enjoying the beautiful views.  It was completely impulsive and I had a blast.

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The rest of the evening consisted of Breaking Bad.  Not a bad way to end the day.  Sunday was a lazy morning, followed by a workout, and then lots and lots of packing!  I actually hate to say it, but I kind of like some of the packing/organizing/throwing away of things.  It feels good to get rid of things.  The apartment is a bit of a mess though…which makes me a little anxious (just because it’s so chaotic) but I know that we’re making progress, slowly but surely.

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Sunday literally flew by.  Before we knew it, it was time to call it a day with the packing, and get ourselves ready to head out the door.  A friend of mine is in a band and they were playing at a campground pretty close to home, so we decided to go for the show and then stay overnight camping out.  Plus, we decided to bring Max with us.  It was a blast for him.  The show was great

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…but sleeping the rest of the night was awful.  As in, I had a hard time falling asleep, I was hot then cold, kept waking up at any noise or passing car’s lights, and Scott woke up sick two times overnight.  So needless to say, after getting about 4.5 hours of sleep, it wasn’t the best night.  We got up early and made our way back home.  Scott was out of commission essentially the whole day, but I don’t know how I got done everything that I did with just 4.5 hours of sleep!  I got a workout in first thing, then start packing and organizing things in the apartment, got laundry done, went grocery shopping, got meal prep done and still had time to snag some pictures of the cats.  🙂

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I finally got to relax for the evening and enjoyed my night with Scott.  Luckily, he started to feel better by the afternoon, so it was nice enjoying our last few moments of the long weekend together.

Happy short work week! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Scenes from the weekend (MIMM)

Life has been pretty busy the last few weeks, as we have been looking for a new place for both my husband and I as well as his mom.  There’s been a lot going on with that for us, but I’ve still been able to find some down time to do some fun things.  So I’ll do a little update on life lately and share some of the weekend highlights for this weeks Marvelous in my Monday.

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 For starters I got a package in the mail from a dear friend I recently made with a lady living on the other side of the country.  It was such a meaningful package…the card was too sweet and the little stuffed animal was really symbolic and also very personal.

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I will probably end up bringing this little guy to work with me and keeping it in my desk for “those moments” when it’s needed 🙂  The work weeks have been flying by as a lot of the evenings have been dedicated to finding new places to look at and moving-related things.  We finally found a place that we really like and are hoping to get!  We submitted our rental application and now wait to hear back if we’re chosen to fill the place.  We should hear within a week but I have a feeling we’re going to be a little anxious until we hear for sure one way or the other.  So we’ll see..

Friday night I got the chance to hang out with my brother and my sister-in-law and it was sooo overdue.  I haven’t had much of a chance to really spend a lot of time with them lately so it was really nice to do so again.  Plus the weather was PERFECT!  We went to the Milwaukee County Zoo for their Zoo a la Carte.  It was their 30th year of doing it.  They have different music and food and drink vendors that take over the zoo in the evenings.  It was a really fun time and a great way to spend a gorgeous night at the end of the week!

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It was totally a fun evening and just what I needed.  Scott was already asleep by the time I got home since he had an early morning on Saturday.  I got to sleep in a little bit, which for me was 7:30 hah!  But I’ll take whatever I can.  I got a great run/workout in in the morning, and also got some good quality time with my little Meeko.  She is such a crazy, hyper, wild kitty and even when she is snuggly, she can’t sit still.  But I love her to pieces.

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I got a chance to read a while, too, which was really nice.  My morning quickly disappeared and I decided to meet up with Scott to help him pack and move some of his mom’s things into storage.  It was a hot, tiring afternoon.  Unfortunately his mom has not found a place to live permanently yet, so her things are all going into storage since she needs to be out of her house by the end of the month.  She will be staying with a friend for a while, but that means that when she does find a place, we will need to move all of her things AGAIN.  She has SOOOO much stuff! 😦  And soon Scott and I will need to pack up all of our things and move, too.  Oy.  It’s going to be an exhausting and super stressful next few months.

After spending a few hours moving, I called it a day and went to a local outdoor mall where they were having a chalk art festival.  I was really excited to check it out!  I had wanted to go last year, but found out about after the fact, so it was nice to be able to go this year!  It was so cool!  Some people did really really amazing work.  The sad thing is that it doesn’t last though :/  It’s such a shame.  Here were some of my favorites:

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These people are so SO talented!  It was such a good end to the day. I also stopped at Bath and Body Works, which I always love doing, and picked up some awesome candles!  (If you don’t know, I LOVE candles!)

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I spent the rest of the evening relaxing when I got back home and watched the new 21 Jump Street.  It was actually a better movie than I was expecting and enjoyed rounding out the day with the movie.

Sunday was nearly a pictureless day, yet again!  I had a slower start to the day, got in a GREAT run, ran some errands, went to church, and spent time over at Scott’s mom’s house.  The day went sooo quick and the weekend was over so fast.  I know this next week will be just another crazy whirlwind, too.  Busy, busy, busy.  Hopefully by the end of the week, Scott and I will know if we will have a new place or have to start/keep searching :/  To end the post on something happy and cute… as always, these little guys do it. Dexter is such a great big brother 🙂

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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Trying to keep those spirits up (MIMM)

As much as I love posting each week and checking in with Katie for her Marvelous in My Monday link-up, I haven’t felt too inspired to blog lately and didn’t really feel like doing it this week.  But, I know I’d miss doing it, so I’m going to give a little bit of an update on what’s going on lately.  It will probably be short and sweet, unless I get myself chit-chatting about everything and getting a little too detailed.  But, we’ll see how it plays out 😉

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These kitties have been often the only thing that has been able to make me smile lately.  Even on the most frustrating of days, they just make me smile and laugh.  Pets truly are a blessing.  I am forever thankful for these little things ❤

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Life has been revolving around our future living arrangements.  It’s been extremely exhausting.  Craigslist has been my best friend these days, I check for new postings multiple times a day.  Not only do we need to try and find a place for Scott and I (with so many specifics as far as what will work for us) but we need to try and find a place for his mom, too, who’s health is getting worse.  It’s exhausting.  We had a place we checked out Thursday, which was something I was feeling optimistic about, only to find that it wouldn’t work.  Another let down.

Saturday we had two places to see.  The first one would have been a pretty decent (not perfect, by any means) place and would have come pretty close to what we were looking for, however it was so far out and really far from where Scott and I both work.  In summer, not such a big deal, but come winter and snowy roads, not at all good.  So, another place that won’t work.  We stopped at Panera to get some grub before hitting our next place.  We sat outside in the sun, and it was one of the most relaxing moments of my week as silly as it sounds.  The temperature was absolutely perfect and the sun felt so great.  I could have stayed there the rest of the day, as the sun melted away all my anxieties and frustrations.  Sadly, that momentary relaxation could only last so long.  But I think Scott really enjoyed those minutes we had, too.  It just seemed to be the perfect moment to unwind a bit together and put a hold on our frustrations.

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Then it was on to our next appointment.  This is one place that I was feeling extremely optimistic about, seemed like it would be a really good fit.  A place with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2.5 car garage (one of the hardest things to find, but one of the necessities since Scott has so many vehicles…) and a cute little private courtyard (where we were hopeful that we may be able to have Max (his mom’s dog) stay occasionally if she needed a break from the pup for a while if she was feeling particularly bad on any given day).  It was part of a condo community though, and a lot of apartments and condos have breed restrictions…and most have German Shepherds on the list since they’re big dogs and are often assumed to be aggressive.  But, we kept our hopes up.  The lady that showed it to us said that they were on the breed restriction list but since it wasn’t our dog and we wouldn’t be having it often, it may be ok.  She did encourage us to contact the manager of the property though to get confirmation. So I sent an email right after, trying to get all the phrasing down as best as possible to present the idea in the most appealing light.

This is a scene we’re getting used to these days…

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After our appointment, we had to head straight to a local playhouse where Scott’s niece was going to be performing in a play.  When we got there, I got the email response from the manager of the last place we checked out.  It was a pretty disappointing response, but one I was pretty much expecting…”You would not be able to have the German Shepherd here at all.  I’m sorry but that is a breed we don’t allow even to babysit.”  I can’t even begin to tell you how dang frustrated I was.  NOTHING has been working out for us.  I have been searching religiously and contacting any options that seemed to be a potential fit, and we have had none work out so far.  I had to suck it up pretty quickly, though, since we were going to be around family and the show was starting soon.  It probably was a really good thing because it was the perfect (albeit momentary) distraction.

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I legitimately was super impressed!  I often go to the kids’ events and they are what you’d expect kids events to be….not that great, but fun and cute because they’re family. 🙂  But I was actually super impressed with their performance.  The kids were part of a “camp” that met Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm each day.  They had 5 days to get the show ready before the weekend performances (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) and it was an hour and a half show!  It was so dang good.  I really enjoyed it a lot.  They even did some singing and dancing.  It was so much better than I expected.  It was a really good distraction.

Afterward, I came back home and worked out for a bit, then continued my search for more places.  Scott took the pup for a run and then afterward we went grocery shopping and relaxed for the rest of the evening, watching none other than our favorite, Breaking Bad.

Sunday morning was a super, super lazy start for me!  But I think it was just what I needed.  A completely relaxing morning, no stress or frustration or anxieties.  When Scott woke up, we spent a while just talking and then went outside on the balcony to talk some more.  It was just a really nice morning.  The kitties joined us too 🙂  (Dexter LOVES to lick Scott’s hair!!)

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After lounging around, I squeezed in a run before meeting up with a good friend of mine for coffee.  After our coffee date, I headed to church, ran a few errands and then had my parents over for a movie for the evening, since Scott was spending his evening over by his mom’s place.  It was such a wonderful end to a really great day.  My parents are the best and I always love my time with them.  And to end on a cute note…

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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Much needed weekend! (MIMM)

Phew you guys, life has been such a whirlwind lately…I’ve had some not-so-awesome days last week which I just want to gloss over right now and talk about how awesome and marvelous this weekend was.  It was JUST what I needed after such a blahhhhh week.  Some bigger news, Scott’s mom put her house on the market and less than a week later, an accepted offer came in, at asking price!!!!  How often does that happen?!  So this past week, Scott and I spent so little time together since he was doing some finishing touches on the house before the inspection, had to entertain some customers at work from out of town, and taking care of other things.  Also, our landlord is looking to sell the condo Scott and I are currently renting, so we have also been actively looking for a place for his mom/us (separately or jointly, i.e. duplex) since neither of us have a place in mind now.  So that’s probably the biggest thing going on for us right now!  But, lets get into the highlights of the weekend!  I always love linking up with Katie for some MIMM talk!

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So Friday after work, I came home to get a run in, then made some dinner for myself.  I happily shared my dinner with Dexter since I had some chicken (which he loves!)

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Then Scott met up with me after picking up his trailer for his mom’s house and we went over to my parents to move some furniture.  Not too exciting but it needed to be done!  It was a bit sad since we moved out my old bedroom set from when I still lived at home.  Weird seeing it go and seeing my lilac-colored walled room completely empty!  It was really hard on my mom, too.  Life just flies by so fast and I don’t think she was ready to see it go just yet, but also knew that they needed to move on with their lives, too, and start lessening the things they have and hold on to.  I’m thinking of holding on to some of my old furniture though, and painting it a darker wood color (since it’s all white now!).  I’ve been wanting/needing some extra furniture for my clothes, so once we get another place (with hopefully more room!) I can use some of my old things!  After moving the bedroom set, Scott and I finally got to have a relaxing evening with one another.  We started up watching all of Breaking Bad again since we loved it so much the first go around, so we watched that Friday evening.  Just the perfect end to a crummy week.

Saturday morning I got up pretty early, got a nice morning workout in, showered and relaxed a bit while Scott was sleeping.  I love my mornings to myself to just wake up, relax and get the day off to a good start.  As Scott woke up, I made myself a tasty waffle with fresh blueberry + natural blueberry jam heated up to make a syrup.  I offered to make a waffle for Scott who was super disappointed we didn’t have regular maple syrup, but accepted an offer for a blueberry topped waffle.  He must have loved it because he quickly accepted the offer for a second 😉

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After breakfast and some lazing around, we decided to take Scott’s mom’s pup, Max, for a nice walk.  The weather was just perfect so we took advantage of it and went for a 4 mile walk.  I was a ravenous lady today and could not stop eating.  So thankfully after our walk, Scott was hungry too…so we went to Panera for lunch!  Mmmm it just hit the spot.  But before our lunch was ready, Scott hooked me up with the goods, read: lemons!  Yep, I love lemons!  There was a time I was too embarrassed to eat the lemons at restaurants and Scott totally made me feel much more comfortable with eating them out in public…and now, well, you can’t stop me… 😛

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So. dang. good.  😀  From there, we had a little bit of down time until we were planning on meeting up with my brother and sister-in-law to go to the beach for a little while.  Scott took his motorcycle for a spin and I just did some blogging.  It was nice to relax a bit before heading out for the rest of the afternoon and night!

It was so relaxing just hanging out on the beach.  The weather was so great, too.  I loved spending some time with my brother and seester, too.  Scott realllllly enjoyed it and I think he probably could have stayed there the rest of the night and slept on the beach! 🙂

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Scott was being goofy as always…

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But finally got him to smile for ONE picture!

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Time quickly left us and we had to be on our way and hit the road to get to a concert we were planning on seeing at one of the county fairs.  Scott used to LOVE Collective Soul when he was younger and I happened to see that they were coming to a county fair near us, so I suggested we go.    We stopped to get some grub along the way…we both decided to raid the salad bar at a grocery store up there.  Mmm!  When I used to work at a grocery store I loved going to the salad bar and making a huge salad.  Back then, though, I definitely did not have too healthy of a salad.  I loaded on the eggs, cheese, bacon and probably a lot more other odds and ends, covered in copious amounts of dressing.  It probably wasn’t the best thing to have but dang was it always tasty!

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We grabbed our salads and made our way to the fairgrounds.  We ate in the car quickly and then made our way in since it was just nearing 8 when they were supposed to go on!  It is always our goal/objective to get kettle corn at any fair we go to.  It is by far my favorite fair food and always something I need to get.  So we walked around until we found some, snagged a bag and then headed to the grandstand for the concert!  I’m not familiar with many of their songs at all…the only one I can think of my name is Shine.  But they were really great and put on a really good show!

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And the spoils of the evening:

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Sunday morning was very similar to Saturday for me.  I woke up, worked out, showered and enjoyed my cold coffee 🙂  It’s one of my favorite parts of the weekend, having the mornings to take easy and at my own time with no rushing.  So perfect!  When Scott got himself up and out of bed, we just relaxed together for a while in the morning.  We listened to some music and chatted a bit and then because he knows my obsession with Chandelier by Sia right now (and now he, too, is a huge fan!) I play the music video non-stop, he offered to dance to the music video.  One day this past week he just started doing it out of nowhere and I laughed SO hard.  So I played the video from the beginning and he danced along.  Unfortunately, I tried capturing it on video but somehow my phone didn’t record 😦 😦  But I was laughing my arse off!  I did manage to get a picture of him at the beginning, though! 🙂

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And if you haven’t seen the original yet, it’s seriously A MUST.  It’s amazing.

So after we played around a bit, we had to head on out to the store and then head over to my mother-in-law’s place.  My sister-in-law and her husband, two kids, AND dog were coming over for one last ‘hurrah’ at her house before she moves out of the place.  We don’t spend nearly enough time with them, even though they live so close by!  So I was looking forward to it and I know Scott was, too!  We grilled out and just spent the afternoon outside enjoying the gorgeous weather!

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I just love this picture of Max

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After a fun afternoon spending time with the family, it was time to finish up some errands and head to the grocery store.  We had an idea come to us yesterday about making different fruit and dipping it in different things…so at the store we grabbed a few things to use.  When we got home and unpacked, we decided to experiment!  We already knew we had some bananas that we were going to use but the part was what to coat them with!  So we grabbed a few different fruit spreads of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry, peanut butter, and chocolate sauce.  It was really fun experimenting!  We did some bananas with raspberry and blueberry toppings this time.  We cut up the bananas into slices and heated up the blueberry and raspberry jam (separately) and dipped the banana slices into the ‘sauce’ we made!  Then we threw em in the freezer to let the sauces/coatings set.  Can’t wait to try them and to try more creations, too!  Plus, it was really fun having Scott experiment with me in the kitchen a bit.  🙂

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Well the rest of my Sunday consisted of blogging, meal prep for the start of the work week, and just lounging around with the kitties and Scott.  Not a bad way to finish such a marvelous weekend.  I am so thankful to have had this weekend.  It was just what I needed!  ❤

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Chicago weekend adventures + a wedding celebration (MIMM)

Hey hey hey ladies and gents!  I had a wonderful extended four-day weekend and it sure flew by!  I can’t even believe it’s the end already!  Time sure flies when the weather is gorgeous and you are out exploring and having fun!  For the long weekend, I scheduled a little weekend trip with my brother and his wife to go down to Chicago.  We spent Thursday-Saturday down in and around Chicago and had a great time soaking up the sunshine and warm air.  We didn’t stay through Saturday night/Sunday since I had a wedding celebration to attend on Sunday…but it was a great weekend across the board!  So for this week’s Marvelous in My Monday, hosted by the ever fabulous Katie, I’ll share some of my weekend highlights which equals COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF PICTURES!

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We decided to have our first stop be at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which is actually about 20 miles north of the city.  We got a little bit later of a start to hit the road, plus a little traffic, so we stopped for lunch on the way, breaking up just about a 2 hour drive.  I haven’t been to McDonald’s for years I think, but made due with a grilled chicken sammie, apple slices and some milk.  🙂  I sort of felt like a little kiddie hehe

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But it actually hit the spot pretty good.  So then we made our way to the Gardens.  I was so excited to be able to enjoy the sunshine.  It was a little cool temperature-wise, but the sun felt so dang good.  We roamed all around and I had no idea that the Gardens were expansive as they were.  We foolishly didn’t grab a map of the place, but smart girl I was, I took a picture of the map on a placard, so I actually referred to my camera many times for a sense of direction 😀

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We had a really great time spending time in the sunshine and taking in all the pretty flowers and colors of everything.  There were so many different areas and gardens and displays.  I took SO many pictures!  It was just beautiful there.  We eventually decided we should make our way to our hotel to drop off our things in hopes that we could still make it to the city in the evening to walk around a bit.  We hit a good stretch of traffic jams along the way so we didn’t get in til much later than we were expecting.  We stopped at Subway to get some dinnie din din and then decided since it was about 8, to make our way down into the city (since we were staying outside of the city) would just not be worth it since we wanted to get an early start the next day.  So we went to a park near our hotel and walked around a bit and found a playground that kicked our TOOSHIES.  This place was INSANE.

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We had such a hard time doing ANY of these activities.  Either they were super challenging or we are just getting so old that we are no longer flexible or care-free enough to care about falling and hurting ourselves…either way haha…we laughed so hard here trying to do all of the activities.  It was a fun time.  We then headed back to the hotel and just chilled the rest of the night to try and get to bed early for our day venturing down into the city.

We started the day off right with breakfast before heading out into the city!

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After breakfast, we headed to Rosemont Station and took the train then the bus to the Shedd Aquarium!  This was one spot we all had wanted to make sure we hit.  All my times down to Chicago, I never visited the Aquarium.  (And this was Travis and Jessa’s first visit to the city!!!!)  So this was definitely something we wanted to do!

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After walking through some of the exhibits and seeing the 4-D theater show, we had a little time before the aquatic show, so we stopped off in the cafeteria and got some lunch and brought it outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and gorgeous view of the city!  Seester lovin’ ❤ Then we made our way to the aquatic show to see the beluga whales and dolphins!  It was so neat!

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After the aquatic show, we made our way through the rest of the exhibits.  My favorite one, hands down, was the jellyfish!  They had a special exhibit on the jellyfish and it was SO AWESOME.  I literally got a little over-excited but these things are so neat and I had no idea there were that many different types of them.  My big, badarse camera’s battery died on me here, I was taking so many pictures, but I had my phone as a back-up 😉  The bottom right were upside down jellyfish!  You wouldn’t know it or think it, they totally look like plants!

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Last but not least, we got to pet some sting rays! 🙂

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And of course, after a long day of roaming around, we needed to relax a bit before the next leg of our adventure began.  Basking in the sunshine on the steps of the aquarium felt so great!  (Sorry, my boobs are hanging out a little bit! :X)

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After some relaxation for about 10-15 minutes, we made our way by foot to Grant Park, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and into the city!  Lots and lots and LOTS of walking!

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We finally made our way to our dinner location.  It was about 7:45 by the time we got there and I was tired, crabby, and hungers.  Baaaad combo.  Dinner was light though since we got our food late and I didn’t want a big meal late.  I ordered an appetizer and salad.

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We got back to the hotel by about 10:30 or 11 I believe…it was a long day.  All I wanted to do was shower and unwind a bit and hit the hay.  The next day was up in the air as far as what we’d do and if we’d just make our way back home.  We were getting pretty worn out.  But we decided to head to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory.

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After roaming around for a good part of the day, we decided to head back to pick up our car at the Rosemont CTA Station and make our way back home.  I started getting a really bad headache and felt kind of lightheaded during the day.  I think the sun and the crowds were just starting to get to me.  All I wanted to do was be far, far away from crowds!  I am definitely not comfortable in very crowded, busy places and it was getting to me after a while.  It felt nice getting home and spending a relaxing, quiet evening in with Scott and the kitties.  I had a really busy and nice time in Chicago and enjoying the weather and sunshine, but it did feel good to be back home to my little family ❤

Sunday morning was so nice and slow.  I just relaxed and edited some pictures from the trip.  Scott and I went grocery shopping, then got ourselves ready for the wedding celebration.  I never really wear dresses much (I don’t know why!) so I had Scott take a picture of my cute outfit 🙂  (Don’t mind the mess ;))

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It wasn’t the actual wedding ceremony, but the reception since my good friend had a private wedding at the courthouse.  But she definitely wanted to share the celebration with all of her dear friends and family.  I am so glad I got to go and also got to spend time with Scott and my parents, too.  My mom and I got the job of cutting the cake 😀

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The food was delicious.  They had Chicken Parmesan with a salad, tasty bread, and pasta.  The cake was fabulous!  It was a chocolate cake with black raspberry creme and liqueur.  Soooo good!

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The reception hall was right along a local lake, so after the cake we went outside for a bit and took some pictures together.  The weather was hot and humid, but there was a nice refreshing breeze off the water.  Scott and I even took a tied up paddleboat (not sure if we really should have!) out onto the lake for a little spin, too 🙂

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I had a fabulous four-day weekend and got to spend some really great, quality time with some people that I really love dearly.  It was such a great weekend.  I am so thankful for these wonderful, beautiful people in my life.  ❤

 
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