Life Lately or LOTS of photos

Hello friends! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?! Well, it’s finally sunny and gorgeous and here and I’ve had a hard time staying inside long enough to write anything. Since it has been a bit since I’ve posted I thought I’d do a little update…..


Jr. Preschool is officially over and we are on summer break. Her school pictures just kill me, she looks so grown up. I still cannot believe that she will officially be in preschool this fall. We are really going to enjoy the extra time together over the summer.


I got a Nespresso machine for Mother’s Day and I’m super in love. Brent and I had originally planned on getting another Keurig coffee maker but we were sold on this fancy device by a very convincing sales woman in Macy’s. I’m super impressed with it…


So my baby had her first hospital trip and it totally sucked. Charlotte got an ear infection and Croup which made her super sick. We had a very scary incident with a coughing fit and her not breathing. She needed to get a breathing treatment to help her breathe but fortunately that really helped her feel better. I really hope that this is the only hospital trip we have to go on with her.


I’m ridiculously thankful for finding MOPS and for this group of women right here. We had our last meeting until September and I’m really going to miss it.


We built a new house and closed back in December and we FINALLY got some grass in the front yard!!! As you can tell, we are super excited about it!

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Charlotte’s cousins came over Friday night and we decided to have an impromptu slumber party. Brent and I were worried had a temporary lapse in judgement but we were pleasantly surprised when the girls were in bed by 10pm and even slept in until 8. The girls even helped me make breakfast in the morning, we didn’t even mind the extra crunch in our pancakes from the egg shells 😉

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Charlotte and I stayed busy when Brent was out of town for a week traveling for work. The weather was gross but we had to walk the pup anyway since we have no grass in our backyard yet. We made trips to the park and bookstore and even had lunch with Neena (my mom).


My best girlfriend homeschools her three kiddos and decided to add two baby ducks to their family! Charlotte was so excited to meet these cuties and even had a few toys picked out for them, so sweet! I don’t think there can be anything cuter than this picture.


Sorry for the grainy picture but I had to include this one. I let Charlotte stay up late so she could see daddy when he got home from his work trip. She was so happy to see him, it truly melted my heart. Charlotte told me “Mama, take our picture!!”


Brent’s dad is a really great DIYer and he came over this weekend to help us install our sprinkler system. It feels pretty good to say we did our own sprinkler system in our very own house! Charlotte had a great time helping grandpa. After putting Charlotte down for nap I crashed too, hard, for about an hour and a half. Yard work is sure exhausting, next weekend we are getting soil and laying sod!

Let me hear from you….

Have any fun ideas for our new backyard?

Do anything fun this weekend?






Photo Dump (Life Lately)…

It’s Friday! This morning we are waking up to a blanket of snow and it will continue snowing through the day. I’m trying to soak it up instead of crave the warm weather from last week, it is still technically winter after all. Today I just wanted to do an update on life lately…

IMG_2481 IMG_2490I recently joined MOP’s (Mothers Of Preschoolers) and am really loving it. We meet twice a month and from 9:30-11:30-we have breakfast together, share a message, and usually have a craft time. It’s a really great time of refreshment and community, having a group of women in the same phase of motherhood is really refreshing. Charlotte really loves the kids church she goes to while I’m with the mom’s and she also really loves (obviously) the playground outside when we are all finished. I have a serious daredevil on my hands, maybe she will be the next American Ninja Warrior  😉

IMG_2507When Brent was traveling last week Charlotte and I decided to have a date night. We went to Panera for dinner and then walked over to this most adorable cupcake shop for dessert. As you can see from the picture they have these really cute swings for the kids to sit in, and it’s decorated so cute.

Cherry Limeaid cupcake cupcakes

Yeah, their cupcakes are so so good. And really cute! *Side-note* I’m 5 days into Whole30 and these cupcake pictures are killing me….ugh!

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So my “baby” is learning to ride a bike. These pictures make her look SO big, it kills me. She really loves riding downhill and won’t put the brakes on no matter how many times we tell her to because “it’s fun to go fast! yikes. At least we both get a good workout chasing her down the road making sure she stops at the end of the street, ha!

IMG_2571Charlotte also started swim lessons this week. She LOVES them! Loves the water and had a really hard time getting out when the lesson was over…..hence the below picture.

IMG_2573Having to get out of the pool is the worst…..

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We got Charlotte some new dress-up clothes and she is loving them. She has named herself “Princess Allie Oat” haha! No idea where that name came from.

IMG_2626After a week of not having my ring (it was getting resized and some other work done) I was so happy to get it back on Wednesday! I texted this picture to my husband telling him I was married woman again 😉 PS. I’m fixing my chipped nail polish today.

IMG_2580I haven’t taken many pictures of my Whole30 food because honestly it isn’t very photogenic, especially my chia pudding….However, today is day 5 and I’m feeling great! I feel like I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, and my skin looks better. I’m not going to sugar coat it though and say it has been cake (yum cake…..) but I have my moments that it isn’t hard and moments I want to eat all the carbs. I think the thing I’m having the hardest time adjusting to is my coffee, I usually put stevia and some natural coffee creamer in my coffee, I can’t have either. I’ve been using coconut cream but it just isn’t the same…sigh…Also, it’s Friday and I always have a glass of wine on Friday but not today, plus it’s snowy out and it makes me want to eat all the carbs. So today, I’m dreaming of grilled cheese, mac and cheese and wine, but won’t be having any.

Eat anything super yummy lately that you would like to share so I can live vicariously through you? 😉 I’m a tad dramatic….