Monday, February 19, 2018


- I am not a tech savvy person at all. I just learned how to 'snap chat' about 3 months ago and really don't use it. The kids use it to take funny pictures other than that.....I'm not really using it.
I also just figured out to 'group text', this really was as simple as googling it to change the setting on my phone but it is really pathetic how I don't even try to understand or advance my knowledge. I have an Instagram account that I put about 10 pictures on about 3 yrs ago and I haven't been back on it since. I don't twitter either. I feel like that old woman who is against technology.

- I signed Presley up for Girls on The Run. She wanted to do it last year b/c her teacher was a coach but you have to be in 3rd grade. So I got her signed up and her BFF Leah is signed up for it too. They run twice a week and end up doing a 5k in want to know the problem that I'm really struggling with?? The 5k is the SAME night as Piper's preschool graduation. You know the super cute graduation with caps and gowns and songs and freaking adorableness. I'm so torn up about it, I don't want to miss either! On the plus side, Piper did 'graduate' last year so at least I have those pictures and memories but right now I'm praying for a full-out thunderstorm the night of May 24th so they have to reschedule the 5k, that is the only way I can make this work out for me.

- We were talking about boys and how in high school girls end up thinking that boys are the #1 priority and how they really aren't (or shouldn't be!). Presley insisted that she wasn't ever going to like a boy and wanted to bet on it. I told her I would give her $1000 if she didn't like boys before the age of 20. :)

- Steve and I started the Fast Metabolism Diet again today and there is nothing I want more right now than a glass of wine and a Girl Scout tagalong cookie (currently known as the peanut butter patties). We are going to try for 2 weeks this time and know that we won't be doing it 100%, we will have more success if we know there can be a little flexibility (like when I go to dinner with Lisa and Lyndsi on Thursday night!)

- I bought Piper a kindergarten workbook for was a waste of money. Mainly learning how to write letters and numbers, sequencing, patterns.....she was bored with most of this book and completed the rest of it with no problem. So I bought a 1st grade book, this is exactly what she needs. There are things in it that she can't writing sentences and such but for the most part it is simple math, sequencing, begins with sounds....And she loves it!

- So we have lived here for over 5 years and had been lucky enough to not hit any deer until recently. Of course it was the night after I got my car back from being fixed. At first we didn't think it was that bad, two small cracks in the front grill. Then my turn signal stopped working the next day, getting that fixed is not an easy/cheap feat in these cars now so we hadn't done it yet. Steve washed the car Saturday and we ended up with water in the headlight. The headlight part of this car is close to $1000. It SUCKS! So I get to call the insurance company tomorrow and figure that fun out!


Man this 3 day weekend was really lazy, I just can't deal with the cold weather. Saturday Steve headed to his uncles funeral in Creston. We were all supposed to go but with Presley being sick we didn't know how she was going to be Saturday morning so we decided to not push our luck and the girls and I would just stay home.
I did 6 loads of laundry, mostly all of our bedding....the girls played which was nice since Presley was finally feeling better (attitude was completely back!) and I cleaned, I took wet wipes to a lot of our white trim and kitchen cabinets, I cleaned our the refrigerator out, emptied all the trash cans, we played Trouble a couple times, the girls worked in their math was an overall good day home.
Steve got home and we did a quick dinner out, mainly just to get out of the house for an hour.

Sunday I just didn't want to move. I did a lot of laying on the couch, occasionally going to the floor to play Trouble with the girls, I read my book, they did their workbooks again. Steve got up and went to Whole Foods, Target, Hy-vee and grabbed lunch at Wendy's and the 3 of us girls hadn't really moved that whole time. I did eventually find some energy and worked out and showered! HA!
We did go over the Wendy and Jason's that night for a small get together, so we got out of the house for a bit and the kids played so good!

I actually had today as a holiday this year, one of the new holidays my company gave us this year. I kept both girls home with me. It was so rainy and dreary and cold that I didn't want to do anything. I knew the girls were probably getting stir crazy but they actually did pretty good. We watched movies, did their workbooks again, I worked out and they played and now here we are getting ready for the week ahead. Next weekend we might have to plan something to get out of this house!

I think Presley is more than ready to get back to school, since she hasn't been since last Monday. Yikes! I'm sure we'll be getting the letter home from school saying that she has missed too many days this year. Oh well! 

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Poor Presley got hit with what we think was the flu.....Tuesday I stayed home with her, she was bored...we played games, she played Barbies, we ran to Target....and then about 5 pm she started to complain about her throat and head hurting.

Wednesday Steve was going to go to work late so Presley could sleep in a bit and we could figure out how she was feeling. She had a fever again, so he took her to the doctor (after he dropped off her Valentines box at school). The doc said it looked like she had strep, she got a really bad throat swab b/c Presley was gagging too much. The strep test came back negative but she prescribed meds for strep anyway.
Presley was totally the opposite of how she was on Tuesday with me, she laid around, she took naps and overall just didn't feel good. :(
I took Piper to gymnastics that night, she is seriously so cute in this class. Being so little doesn't bother her at all and the bigger girls love trying to help her but she just smiles the whole time. And it is so cute seeing how much 'conditioning' they do with these girls at this age! And she loves it!

Thursday my mom was able to take Presley for us b/c she still wasn't feeling good which is so nice to have that option so we don't have to miss so much work. She laid around all day again. Once Piper and I got home she seemed to perk up and actually played a little, but then bedtime she crashed again.

Friday morning we were going to let her sleep and Steve would go to work late again. She woke up with a low fever so she stayed home again. They did make a quick trip to school so Steve could pick up her Valentines day box and grab some McD's for lunch...and she fell asleep on the way home. And then napped again when they got home. My kids sleep GREAT at night kids DO NOT nap, ever....unless they are sick!

When I picked up Piper we decided that we needed to go to El Mariachi for a mommy/Piper date! :) And this girls LOVE math....I was doing simple math with her at home but Brittany (our babysitter who also works at Generation) has expanded this math and taught her a little more than that! So we did math at dinner!

The girls and I had a girls night once we got home. We got settled in the basement for the Disney premiere of the Zombies was really good actually! Similar to High School Musical and the Descendants, the girls love the music and dancing....almost as much as I do! :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Daddy/Daughter Dance

While I was out with some work people Thursday night, Steve and Presley got to working on her Valentines day box....I think both of them were excited to get creative with it and it turned out SO cute!
Friday after work we quickly got the girls ready for the Daddy/Daughter dance! They were so excited to dress up! Piper said it was like they were going to a wedding!
I did some laundry and then treated myself to El Mariachi and my book! They had reservations at Bravo with Kyle (and daughters Sadie, Grace and Claire) and Todd (with daughter Hadley) and then headed to the dance. They did crafts, very little dancing and a lot of running around!
Grace, Piper, Hadley, Sadie and Presley (missing Claire)
 Grace, Piper, Claire and Hadley
 So cute, she wanted to pose on the stairs :)
They got home a little after 9 and had a good time with the other girls! Love it!

Saturday we didn't do much. Presley was supposed to have a birthday party but the girl was sick, so that got cancelled. They played really good together in their rooms, we watched some Olympics and did some laundry but really just hung out.
We did go to dinner at Thunderhead in Ankeny b/c we were going to check out music by The Sheet at Firetrucker, but by the time we got there it was too busy to get a table. So we just went home and watched Jumanji instead!

Sunday was another day of NOT doing much. They spent less time getting along and more time in their rooms separated. The nice part about time outs in their room, is that they have to clean them and if they have laundry to put away they have to do that too! :) They played outside for a while, Presley did her thank yous for her birthday party, Piper worked on her valentines for school and they watched Jumanji again! We did venture over to Sarah and Kyle's for Kyle's birthday get together. We all hung out, played a couple games and the kids played really well (despite Piper jacking her forehead on a table leg and having a nice goose egg!).

Presley cried and cried about going to school this morning! I told the girls at work, usually when she is this dramatic about being tired and sobbing in the mornings, I end up getting a call from school that she is sick....and I was right. About 1:45 I got the call that she had a fever.....and 10 of  the 26 kids in her class were gone today! YIKES! We have been lucky so far this year and have dodged sicknesses, so hoping this is a quick 24 hour fever and not the flu that everyone has been getting! :(

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Answers by Piper

Piper was feeling left out since Presley was answering my questions, so she wanted to answer too.

1. Who is your best friend? Paige
2. What do you want to be when you grow up? Teacher
3. What football team do you support? Iowa
4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? To fly b/c it seems fun
5. How would describe me to your friends? I love you
6. What does heaven look like? A boring place b/c you are dead.
7. What is the most disgusting thing you can think of? Black beans
8. What's the hardest thing about being a kid? Building stuff
9. If you could time-travel, where and when would you go? Mexico and Skyzone
10. What 5 words describe you best? A lot of friends, loud, friendly, glad, happy
11.  What are the best things about your mom and dad? They are nice.
12. If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why? Presley, b/c she is cute.
13. If you could change one rule that your family has, what would you change? I would stay home by myself b/c it would be fun.
14. If you could grow up and be famous, what would you want to be famous for? Being in movies (of course this was after she said dentist?!)

Answers by Presley

Answers by Presley
I'm going to try to start to ask Presley these same questions every year on her birthday to see how they change over the years. I had printed off some different questions online and then FB had questions also so I'm combining them!

1. What is something I always say to you? I love you
2. What makes me happy?  Laughing
3. What makes me sad? When we are crabby patties
4. How do I make you laugh? Tickle
5. What was I like as a child? Kind
6. How old am I? How old are you? 39/9
7. How tall am I? I don't know!
8. What is my favorite thing to do? Read
9. What do I do when you're not around? Laundry
10. What am I really good at? Building houses? Making toilets? Doing stuff to your hair? (I am not good at any of these things! :)
11. What is something I'm not good at? Ice skating
12. What do I do for a job? Work at WF
13. What is my favorite food? Mashed potatoes
14. What do you enjoy doing with me? Reading

1. Who is your best friend? Leah
2. What do you want to be when you grow up? Teacher
3. What football team do you support? Iowa
4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Invisibility, I could sneak around
5. How would describe me to your friends? A mom, blonde hair
6. What does heaven look like? Angels and the sky is pink and orange and people
7. What is the most disgusting thing you can think of? Poop
8. What's the hardest thing about being a kid? Doing homework
9. If you could time-travel, where and when would you go? Go to Ireland
10. What 5 words describe you best? Friendly, kind, happy, shy, persistent
11.  What are the best things about your mom and dad? I don't have to do my laundry
12. If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why? Wonder Woman b/c she can fly
13. If you could change one rule that your family has, what would you change? We could eat treats whenever we wanted
14. If you could grow up and be famous, what would you want to be famous for? Being an artist!
Her answers from 2017....
Her answers from 2016....

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Presley Grace - 9 years old

Presley Grace, oh my. What is there to say? Your eye rolling and attitude have grown tremendously over the last year! :)

You can be SO funny but you only let a few of us see this side of you!

Your best time of day is at 8 pm when we are laying in bed reading together. You love to talk and cuddle and do anything to stall the going to sleep process, but it's cute and I'm sure we have limited time left of you doing this.

You love reading, but only with me. You do not like math right now and it is hard to see you struggle b/c you get down on yourself and you shouldn't.

You have slowly come out of your shell this year, trying new things and such. We have had to push you, but I think you realize that it's not THAT bad! You can swim now! You like volleyball now! You did soccer, liked it and actually got pretty good! You had your first sleepover at a friends house! These are all HUGE steps for our shy, quiet, insecure baby girl! Keep it up!

You are in between M and L still wear 7/8 pants but you have big feet and wear size 3 shoes....maybe we can share shoes soon! ;)

You have lost 7 teeth and hated every minute of it! Thankfully 3 of them fell out on their own and we didn't have the hour of crying before we held you down and yanked them out. And no cavities yet!

You love the movies Descendents and Hairspray!You love learning all the words to the songs and dancing along with the dances.

You can be the best sister! but man you are bossy! You love playing house, school, gymnastics and get SO mad when Piper decides she is done playing.

You are artsy and love crafts and being creative. I encourage this as much as I can b/c I am not!

Thank you for making me a mommy 9 years ago. I never thought this job would be so hard and so rewarding at the same time! You are beautiful inside and out. Never give up. Never stop trying. We love you baby girl!