Finish This – Week #30

This game is called “Finish This,” and all you have to do is finish the following prompts and link up your post below! You can also visit the other hosts of this party on their fun blogs: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, Jen {The Arizona Russums} and Becky {The Java Mama}




I like wearing… scarves.  This was my “go to” during my pregnancy and I simply cannot get enough!  I don’t care if its 80 degrees out, you might catch me wearing a scarf.  I even have one on in my driver’s license photo. I think it’s like a security blanket that i can take with me.  I’m not a huge jewelry fan so I think this is my way of dressing up whatever i’m wearing…

My absolute favorite scarf is one I got last year that was homemade.  It’s this thick black wool that is super cozy and I wore it all last winter.   L-O-V-E it!

My most memorable style is… I’m so simple when it comes to getting dressed, which is why I started doing stitch fix. I simply needed to think outside the box and try new things.  I’ve started incorporating more color, jewelry, and pieces into my wardrobe lately which has been fun!

I dress to impress when…
I’m going out with Jayme.  My brother’s girlfriend Jayme is always so put together so I always feel like I need to put on my best when I’m around her.  She is simply beautiful and so well dressed.  I think I need her to make over my closet πŸ™‚  (hint hint Jayme!)


The best style tip I ever received…
not sure if it’s a style tip… but the best tip I ever got was if I loved something buy more than 1 and buy it in a different color.


Three wardrobe staples in my closet…
scarves…cardigans…(I think I own every color of j-crew clare cardigans…) and last – jeans.


Three words that describe my style…  
Simple. Classic. Timeless.

Now it’s your turn. Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog and join the link up! Come back next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompts below!
Prompts for WEEK 31 (August 6) are:
If I went back to school, I would study
My favorite subject in school
I wish I had paid more attention
The dumbest thing I did in high school was
In high school, I thought I knew



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Birthday Weekend in Review

This past weekend I celebrated my 35th birthday. Holy Crap!  This morning I had the realization that I am closer to 40 than 30. Seriously, can the birthdays simply stop?!  Time is going by so fast. I remember someone once telling me the older you get the faster it goes, and boy does that seem to be true!

Birthday week was wonderful!  Michele drove all the way from Eden Prairie to have lunch with me in Hammond… Yes.. that’s a long drive.. okay, so really she was already in Hudson, but I just wanted to sound that much more important… and then I met Erin for dinner on Weds night. I don’t get out in the city much so it was great to get out on such a gorgeous night!  We shopped a local boutique in St Paul and then walked to a great little patio place (Happy Gnome – where Adam and I had our first date!)  
Friday was George’s 6 month Dr Appointment.  (See above – where does the time go?!).  My little pumpkin is half a year old. My goodness!!  
Likes:  Exersaucer at Grandma’s, cuddles with mama and papa, obsessed with putting things in his mouth, needs a blankie to go to sleep.
Food:  Still chugging away on his soy formula.  We’ve tried sweet potatoes, apples, pears, peaches, peas, mashed potatoes and bananas… he seems to like the sweet potatoes best.. but hard to say because he much prefers his bottle.
Sleep:  On average goes to bed at 8:30 and up around 6am… so close to 10 hours.  YAY!!!
Mobility:  Can roll back and forth, but still gets stuck on his belly.  He gets up on his hind legs to roll, so I think crawling might come easy.  Ha.  I just cursed myself.  He can sometimes sit up on his own, other times he tips over πŸ™‚  He can stand if we hold on to him but is quite wobbly yet.  
Stats:  Height: 25 3/4 inches = 25% percentile   Weight:  17lb 3 oz = 50% percentile  Head = 95% 
Saturday I was able to get up, go to the gym for a workout and then came home and took George for a walk.. Adam worked on our deck most of the day… We took George to Grandma and Grandpa’s house and then Adam and I were off to meet up with friends/family.  
We met Greg, Jayme, Sam and Ani at St Croix Vineyards in Stillwater.  We had some quite delightful wines there.  The place is awesome!!  The are also an apple orchard and have a great variety of food, drink, and other stuff going on in the fall.  For the Vineyard, it was in a quaint old barn and they have several different varieties of wine… Summer Red was my favorite!  We also went to another vineyard, Northern Vineyards in Downtown Stillwater.. This one was less than my favorite place.  They do 10 different wines which after a while I think we tuned out and just drank rather than pay attention.. 
Then we stopped and had a beer/sangria at a local Pub and finished the night with dinner at Marx.  The food is simply fabulous!!  Adam is a big seafood eater and I am not, so this place is a perfect compliment for both of us.  I had pecan chicken and he had the Ahi Tuna and we were both quite pleased with our meals πŸ™‚  
Sunday was definitely a day of rest finished with an AWESOME turkey dinner (because I love thanksgiving dinner) to celebrate, me πŸ™‚  
I had such a wonderful 35th birthday.. If only I could freeze time and stay this age forever… I guess another 362 days will do.  
Have a great week!
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Finish This – Week #29

This game is called “Finish This,” and all you have to do is finish the following prompts and link up your post below! You can also visit the other hosts of this party on their fun blogs: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, Jen {The Arizona Russums} and Becky {The Java Mama}



I add spice to my life by… umm.. spicy? Me?  Is this metaphorical or literal? (Is metaphorical a word? I think I made it up…)

Bacon is one of life’s perfect foods.  Mmm. I simply cannot imagine a big breakfast without bacon… I love BLT sandwiches, turkey BLTs… BACON. BACON. BACON. Oh how I heart you πŸ™‚  I buy the fresh cut bacon from the meat counter and it’s soooo yummy!

The perfect meal is meat and potatoes.  I am a Northern girl, we like our meat and potatoes up here!  Roast and potatoes, steak and potatoes, turkey and potatoes, meatloaf and potatoes.. This is one of the reasons I do actually like winter. I feel a slight justification in eating a big heavy meal that consists of meat and potatoes… Oh! And don’t forget the bread and butter.    

My favorite food to grill is… Well I’d know if I actually ever had control of the grill… It’s like getting yelled at to mow the lawn, but I never actually do it because Adam LOVES doing it πŸ™‚  

I beat the heat by EMBRACING every single minute of it. I love hot hot weather. This week it has been in the upper 80s and low 90s and I tell you I have been outside in the garden, watering the lawn, out for an early morning and evening hike. I will do anything I can to be outside!!!  


Now it’s your turn. Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog and join the link up! Come back next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompts below!
Prompts for WEEK 30 (July 30) are:
I like wearing
My most memorable style was
I dress to impress when
The best style tip I ever received
Three wardrobe staples in my closet
Three words that describe my style

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Weekend Family Fun!

This past weekend we were SUPER busy!  But isn’t everyone?  It’s summer and we spent some time with family and friends.  

We had Adam’s family reunion on Saturday and I always love getting together with his family.  There were so many laughs shared and it was great getting to see family we don’t see often.  A family kickball game broke out mid-way through the party.. Although I did not play (because I ran a 4 mi race earlier that morning and thought my legs were going to fall off) my sweet baby George even played! 

Here are some fun photos from the weekend!



George is spending time with his favorite grandma!  He absolutely adores her πŸ™‚  Plus it’s so nice having her around because I always get so much help.  Cousin Luke look like he’s pondering something very deep.. or plotting something.  Never know!




Here’s George with Grandpa Paul just before his big kickball debut!   It looks like he’s scoping out the field to figure out the best strategy.  He ended up bunting and unfortunately was thrown out at first.  Good effort buddy!


Here’s the big cheering section!  Judy, Cindy, Lauren and Sue all look so sad that they didn’t get to play kickball… Lots of laughs during that game, including a major collision at first that left one man down, (and one run collected before first checking on the man down), several slide attempts, and a lot of fun for the little kids.   



Hey Adam! The 80s called and want their boom box back!  If I ever need a tape player, I know where to go.  This collectors item was proudly on display at our loving hosts home.  Adam couldn’t resist a photo op with it!  (I think he and I had more laughs over this than anything all day!)


Look who is old enough to drive the tractor!   Thanks to Uncle Ron for letting Landon be in charge of driving the tractor.  He was a quick learner at navigating the turns and quite possibly was the highlight of Landon’s day.  He couldn’t seem to get enough of it!  



Whose belly is bigger?  Hard to tell!  So excited for Lauren and David (and big brother Zion!) We will be looking forward to the big news and sweet baby photos. Cannot wait for this little baby girl to bless the family.  Coming in August!  



Cousin Becky giving Georgie lots of love and hugs!  Such a beautiful day for our family reunion.  Couldn’t ask for better weather and no bugs!  George had lots of admirers and family giving him hugs and love throughout the day.  It definitely made my day a lot easier (and I got a chance to eat without having to negotiate with little hands reaching for my food!) 


All in all the family reunion was a big success.  Next year we will have a new addition with Lauren and David’s sweet baby girl and my little boy will be up and running around with the big kids. Crazy what happens in a year!!

On Sunday we went over to our family friend Art and Lynette Lund’s House. They were so gracious in opening their home (and pool) to us for the HOT afternoon.  George wasn’t so keen on swimming today so he hung out with mom and grandpa instead.  




Grandpa can multi-task!  (Now I know where Adam gets it…)  It was such a beautiful afternoon but Georgie was hungry and thankfully grandpa was willing to help out (in the shade) while mom, dad, uncle Alex, grandma, and Lynette all enjoyed the pool.  Good thing Art was there to keep Grandpa company since G was too busy eating.  

    

And last… a sweet picture of George and I.  He wasn’t so sure of swimming in the big pool today (it might have been a bit chilly for him!)  but he sure loved giving me cuddles!  I cannot complain. I absolutely love these family days together where we get to enjoy each other’s company and the company of our wonderful hosts. 

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