16 June 2017

Last Week in Moments

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C chillin' on a beautiful Friday night. Thankful for no more school.

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The last U15 White game of the season ended with a win. It was an interesting, but good year.

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Peony season! Just like that, they are here. So beautiful and one of my favorites. Wish it wasn't so short lived.

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Our friend's Shelly and Andrew's son graduated from high school. It was fun getting to celebrate with them. Can't believe we have friends who are old enough to have kids graduating from high school. :)

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This happened! I've had a tattoo on my upper shoulder that I very unaffectionately call "the blob." Truthfully, I was never very happy with it, and over the years, it just got worse. So much worse. I never even wanted it showing. Yes, I could have gotten it removed, but there's no fun in that. I have such a love/hate relationship with tattoos. If it hadn't been for "the blob" I can't say I would have gotten this one. It's a cover-up -- plus some. But I am so flipping excited about it! It was a shock at first, but it's really gorgeous. Unfortunately, I still need to get it filled in more, so need to go back for another session. That probably won't happen until fall. But I really love it.

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Quick trip to Chicago for a Beautycounter event with Founder/CEO Gregg Renfrew. So inspiring to hear her speak in person about the mission of the company and all the exciting things happening.

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Nina picked up the boys this week and took them to a US Open practice day. Such a fun experience. Look at all the signatures they (C) collected. H just got Jordan Smith, while C got Jordan's, and others, including Sergio Garcia. They had a really great day.

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Reunited with my Baird & Warner bestie! It's been a few years since I've seen Kari, so I was thrilled we got to catch up over coffee. I even got to meet her newest little one. Such a cutie! They live in Birmingham, Alabama, but lucky for me, her parents moved to the area. We aren't able to see each other every time she's here, but we've made it happen a few times. It was so great seeing her.

09 June 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Our outside dining area is officially open for business for the season. We basically live out here now that the weather is nicer. Dreamy.

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C started playing on his south side soccer league this past Sunday. He's so excited! He loves that league. On our way back, we decided to stop at the St. Paul Fish Market for oysters and soft shell crab. C got to have it a few times last year, but H missed out. Needless to say, he wasn't a huge fan. But at least he got to try it!

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See those weights? They are 20# each (40# total). We were challenged to take a photo holding the amount of weight we lost by Stronger U, the nutrition program I've been following -- and this is mine. It's crazy to think about, to be honest. Yes, I feel strong and totally amazing, but it's so much more than that. I can't even explain. I'm just so proud and thankful.

02 June 2017

Last Week in Moments

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We finally got a chance to work in the yard and the garden. Felt great to spend the entire afternoon on Saturday getting that done. One worked very hard to help lay out the garden. The other, not so much.

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On Saturday, Sunday & Monday, C's soccer game played in the Wisconsin State Championships. At 8:00am every day. Since we had the entire day free after the games, we decided to road trip all weekend. 1 hour 45 minutes away. We left the house every day at 5:30am. The team won 2 games, and lost on the final day -- which means that sadly, they won't be moving on to the semi-finals this weekend. This guy, however, had THE MOST AMAZING header during the second game. It made it all worth it. Including the rain we got during that game. At least it wasn't in the 30s, like every other soccer weekend! H decided to ditch us and spent the night at my parents on Sunday. He also got to go with them to the Memorial Day service at Pinelawn, which he was really happy about. He had a great time. Once we were all reunited on Monday, we went to a party at one of my CrossFit coach's house -- who conveniently, is a neighbor. I think we may have been recovering all week from the weekend, but it was a fun one!

26 May 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Last weekend, H & I were in the Wisconsin Dells for the President's Cup tournament. Maybe I'm just so over the weather and being miserable at soccer games, but Saturday may have been the worst yet. Freezing cold and raining. We spent two hours between games in the car warming up. They tied a game and lost one. May not have been the best day for soccer, but wouldn't have traded it for the world. I love getting to spend time with this guy and always look forward to our weekend together.

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On Sunday, H got a cheering squad to brave the cold weather. Our friend Scott, his daughter and parents bundled up and watched H's team win that day. It was so great to see them.

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Treasure I picked up in our yard during the week. A hummingbird nest.

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I'll take one of everything! Decided to hit the garden center before the Memorial Day rush this week. Stocked up on a ton of goodies for our garden. Can't wait to plant it!

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Flowers at Trader Joes. So pretty!

19 May 2017

Last Week in Moments

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We went to the Tears for Fears and Hall & Oates concert last Saturday. Tear for Fears was absolutely amazing, and I'm so happy we got to see them. Hall & Oates was meh. We ended up leaving early just because it was kind of sleepy. I never was a huge fan anyhow. But back to Tear for Fears -- incredible!

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I stole this photo from Ali. Selfie our our double date.

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Sunday was Mother's Day. C had a game in the morning, then we went to FreshFin for poké. I'm am so addicted! This only my second time there because it's kind of $$$, but I could eat it every single day.

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Seriously!?! Look at how amazing this looks.

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My dad cooked dinner for the moms. Here we are with our babies. Missing were Tim & Jacob. But we were thrilled that Brian's mom joined us too. Such a great evening.

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Mom T and her daughters. Can't believe we are mothers who's children are 20, 18, 15 and 12 ourselves! Crazy.

12 May 2017

Last Week in Moments

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As the boys are getting older, I've been starting to think a little bit more about what I want to be when I grow up. I absolutely love being home with them so that's not changing. But I did something I never in a million years thought I'd do — I signed on with Beautycounter  as a consultant.

Why Beautycounter? This past year in I’ve made a huge effort to focus on my health and wellness. For me, it’s about food, diet, exercise and making smart choices when it comes to personal well-being. Beautycounter has been an essential part of this journey.

The personal care industry in the US is extremely behind the times — we haven’t passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used since 1938, and only have 30 partially banned chemicals to date. Compare that to the EU, where more than 1,400 are banned. It’s crazy to me that we need to even think about this. Beautycounter advocates for higher standards within the beauty industry, so you don’t need to think twice about what you are putting on you, or your family’s skin. What ultimately sold me was knowing that everything offered is high-quality, safe and works well on my sensitive skin. I'm so excited to be a part of this movement. Feel free to following along:

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Every Friday night since the beginning of November, C and a couple of his club teammates have been playing on a futsal team coached by one of his teammate's fathers. Last week they won the championship! What a blast.

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Brian I took a long walk (over 4 miles) with the dogs. This view never gets old to me.

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On Sunday, first C had a soccer game and right after, H -- all on our home field. That never, ever happens! Both sides of the family, and two of Ian's soccer teammates from Waldorf University, came to cheer the boys on. It worked too -- they both won their games.
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This could not have worked out more perfect! My niece sent a text that she would be in our neck of the woods for her lacrosse game. It happened to be at University School Milwaukee, where C had a track meet that afternoon. The lacrosse field was seriously right next to the track. All we had to do was turn around and we got to watch both. Perfect!

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This tree in our yard is blooming. Such a nice surprise. I always seem to forget about this one.

05 May 2017

Last Week in Moments

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C and I headed to Schaumburg last weekend for a soccer tournament. When your favorite Japanese marketplace is only 10 minutes from your hotel, it's ramen for dinner.

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Saturday night was dinner with these guys and their parents. I'm not sure I've ever been at such a cold, wet tournament in my entire life. The entire weekend was gross. Loved spending time with C of course, but we couldn't wait to get home. Plus, Brian had left on Saturday for a work trip, so Grandma stayed with H and brought him to all of his games (all of which were two hours away). She was a total lifesaver and H had a great time.

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The rain didn't stop until later in the week. I want to love it, but I think Spring may be my least favorite season.

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Snuggles before school.

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C had his first outdoor track meet on Wednesday. He ran the 1600m and 800m. He's still super fast, but a bit rusty, so was so happy with his performance. I'm not sure what he got in the 800m (came in 4th place), but he ran the 1600m in 6:01 and got 3rd place, literally by a nose. It was pretty awesome.

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A treasure found in the yard. You can't tell, but it was almost transparent. I'm thinking it is from a baby hawk.

28 April 2017

Last Week in Moments

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It was a gorgeous weekend! Brian hung our new lights. The boys got a fire going. They even pulled out their campfire pie pan. Here's H, keeping a close eye on the pie.

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H was in a soccer tournament in Racine all weekend. A big thanks to Grandma for cheering him on both Saturday & Sunday!

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This amethyst was a 15th anniversary gift (traditional gifts = crystal) for Brian. Brian & I also have a story about an amethyst on the day he got my number. The rest is history. I've told that story before, so I won't go into it again. Magical.

21 April 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Coloring Easter eggs! It's everyone (but Brian's) favorite. Stuck traditional, but maybe next year we'll experiment with something.

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Easter morning and never too old for the Easter bunny.

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Spent Easter with Grandma Joan, and a delicious brunch at Lake Park Bistro.

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She's so cute when she's sleepy.

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Gymnastics (especially upside down ones) are definitely not my thing -- but one of these days, I WILL touch that wall with my nose. I've been crossfitting nearly three years now, and lost a bunch of weight since October of this past year. Slow but steady, and it's paying off. I feel incredible, and am gaining confidence to try things I never thought I'd do before. I always said I'd never get a pull-up. Guess what? This past week, I did 4 strict unbroken. It feels awesome.

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My friend Yvonne send me this photo from Brian and I at a wedding in New York, circa 1998. I love it! Brian's first comment was how he can't believe he is wearing pleats! He said he never wore pleats. Ha.

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Obsessed with flowering trees.

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Had a Madrid reunion with some of my gal pals from the Spain soccer trip. We ate dinner at .... Hotel Madrid! I had a great dinner of peppers, octopus, salad and barramundi. Plus we shared dessert, of course. Felt good to be away from the soccer field and out and about.

16 April 2017

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Can't believe Easter is here. No big plans this weekend, but it's been great. The weather is gorgeous. Spring tends to not be my favorite, but everything is turning green, flowers/trees/plants are blooming -- and even though we get to see this every year living in the Midwest, it's still always kind of magical.

We decorated eggs on Saturday. The boys and I love it. Maybe next year we'll try natural dies (I say this to myself every year -- need to make it happen). Naturally, Easter morning was spent Easter egg hunting and chocolate eating. We've hosted Easter the last couple of years, but with much of our family out of town this year, decided to keep it simple and go out for brunch this year. It was strange not having everyone around, but kind of nice to have a low-key holiday. Joan came and we stopped over at Scott & Ali's before heading over to Lake Park Bistro for brunch. I was so excited! We scored with a table overlooking the lake. The boys both finished their steak & frites. I had the cheese plate, salade niçoise and pavlova with lemon sorbet and berries. Oh, and a mimosa and some of the boys fries. It was absolutely delicious. Such a perfect afternoon.