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I am teaming up with the sweetest group of girls for Friday Favorites.

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This sweet little man of mine turned 9 on Tuesday. 9! Where did 9 years just disappear to.  We will be celebrating more this weekend but on Tuesday we went and saw the Twins at Target Field. It was a blast. He had the best time!

 

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On Saturday we went to our outlet mall. It’s fairly new and all the stores are outside. Thats kind of different for us here in Minnesota, since it’s cold a good 6 months out of the year. The weather was gorgeous so we went more to have coffee and hang out then shop. But as it happens to be I walked away with these Kate Spade sunnies. Don’t mind if I do.

 

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I have finally decided to decorate my office and make it a special place for me to blog and work. I am hoping to finish it before the kids start school. I’ll post the reveal soon!

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On Monday I’ll be sharing our trip to the Windy City. Our whole family loved Chicago. It was such a beautiful and family friendly city. I didn’t really know what to expect before the trip but I am so grateful we got to experience this city together!

 

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I am so proud of this girl. She went on Pinterest and got recipes to make our dog Casper treats. He was definitely a fan!

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

Love XoXo, Julia

Perfection

Hey to you all!!! I got inspired to write the following post because of something that my daughter said  to me (leave it to my 11 year old to make me question life). After thinking about it for awhile I decided to take it to God, because lets face it if I don’t take it all to Him, I end up a HUGE mess.

The other day Lanna said “mom, why do you have to have everything perfect?” Now at first I kind of felt bad. I mean here is my 11 year old questioning why her mom has such issues. Why is that we never leave the house a mess. Why does every single room have to be picked up. Why does all the laundry have to be done and not one dish in the sink. Why do her and her brother have to look presentable and behave with manners…..etc. I mean I could see her struggle. I could understand that she just wanted to run around filthy with dirty clothes and just throw things wherever she wanted because well ,hey why not. I started to feel guilty that my issues with cleanliness and appearance were making my kids miss out on life. And then just when I was sure I was failing as a mother and wife, God showed me the truth.

You see I am always doing things with my kids. Always. We have spontaneous water gun fights. We have random days of picnics, bug hunting, dirt dragging days. We have constant adventure and laughter. We have popcorn fights, play do making, canvas drawing days. We have days that are quiet and we have days that are loud. And all this days are filled with pure joy for all of us. So no I realized that my kids aren’t missing out on anything.

I get up 3 hours before my kids every morning to make sure that everything that needs to be done in the house is done before their sleepy heads wake for the day. I make sure that I don’t have laundry piles on the floor so they can spread out their legos and art projects. I make sure that the dishes are always clean so that they can have breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks without searching the kitchen for dishes. I make sure that the rooms and closets are organized so that they can find all the toys they need to be as creative as they want. You see my root for perfection is my love for my family.

It hit me like a ton of bricks, what God had said to me. He let me know that the reason why I strive for perfection, even though I know its unattainable is because I am completely and without a doubt in love with my LIFE. I am smitten with my husband so of course I want to be the best supportive wife I can be. I adore my children, so of course I want to be the most involved loving mother I can be. I am in awe of the beautiful home my husband and I are creating so of course I want to be keep it clean and organized at all times.

After reflecting on my daughters question “why does everything have to be perfect?” The answer is it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I want to make sure that I give one hundred percent to every aspect of my life. I am grateful beyond words to God for giving me this life and I want to give Him my absolute best.

Thank you for reading!

Love, XoXo Julia

Life Around Here

Hey everyone! I know I have been completely behind on posting, but I am back for good, without any further interruptions. It has been feeling more and more like spring around here which makes this gal very happy!

We have had a wonderful past week!!! Tons of family time, silly time and some organizing time. I mean basically heaven for me 🙂 There has been a lot of chess games at my house. Braden is really enjoying winning…..me. Now my problem is that when he says “check mate” I don’t actually for sure know that I am losing, I am just trusting him on my loss. I think this is why I am his favorite opponent.

You know it's an intense game when he is standing
You know it’s an intense game when he is standing
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Goodness I love this little man!!!

I stopped by Lanna’s school on Friday to bring her an early Birthday lunch. She was excited and of course there was tons of girl chatter at the table. I am beyond grateful for the friends that Lanna has. They are the absolute sweetest and most kind girls.

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Her best friend joined us in for a selfie!

We were back at Buck Hill on Friday night once again. I didn’t take any pictures because after the 8th week there I figured I had enough!!! Lanna’s friend ended up coming over after and staying the night. Those girls are so cute. They let Braden hang out with them the whole time. There was also an hour (maybe 2) of this..

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Saturday morning Lanna, My mama and Myself went shopping. My mom wanted to take Lanna shopping for her birthday. While we were at it my mom and I both got a few cute things for spring.

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Shopping outfit ready!
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3 Generations and Nordstrom

My best friend and I had our two girls 2 days apart. It was amazing. Our boys are 4 months apart. There was no planning involved, however being pregnant with your bff is the funnest thing. Her daughter was celebrating that Saturday. So while the kids swam her and I got some much needed friend time. There is nothing like having a friend that knows your true heart! I am so very thankful for her friendship

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The girls being silly.
And then it was Sunday!!! My baby girls Birthday. We snuck in her room like we do every year and burst into “Happy Birthday”. I can’t believe 11 years has gone by. I just simply don’t know where they went.

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She is excited for her to be 11 and him well…scared would be a correct word haha
She wanted to do brunch at our favorite breakfast/brunch place. So off we went. She did end up ordering off the adult menu as she has been wanting to for so long.

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We took a nap (because if you wake up at dawn on a Sunday you need a nap). And then we were off to her birthday dinner with her aunties and grandma. We decided to just do something small on her actual birthday seeing as she was having a large friend party the following weekend. And she wanted something a “little” fancy so we went to the “Cheesecake Factory” and it was perfect.

We are on our way to eat....again!!!
Sending a pic to grandma!

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This sweet little angel was there too
This sweet little angel was there too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love XoXo, Julia

Wednesday Link-Up

I am linking up again with some amazing women to let you know whats going on around here!

What we are eating this week…

It’s been a pretty simple week for us. Some Tacos , Some Quesadillas, Some Home Made Mac & cheese. Tonight we will be having a Broccoli and Cheese soup. Yuuuum. It is delicious.

The Best Broccoli Cheese Soup (Better-Than-Panera Copycat) - Make the best soup of your life at home in 1 hour! Beyond words amazing!!:

What I’m Reminiscing About…

Between Lanna getting all dolled up on Monday for dance class and her turning 11 on Sunday I am definitely reminiscing about this sweet time…

What I’m Loving…

I am loving BLOGGING. It has been super fun  and I have already connected with such amazing ladies.

What we’ve been up to….

I have been re-organizing, re-decorating, re-styling…really my whole life. My husband is going on his 2nd snowmobile trip this week so it gives me just enough time to purge everything and get everything ready for him to hang up when he gets back 🙂 I will have lots of before and after images coming soon.

what I’m Dreadng…

Bedazzling my daughters dance outfits. 1000 Beads have to be meticulously put on by next weekend. If you are assuming that I have been procrastinating on this, you would correct. I have found every excuse as to why I can’ do it including the one above. But I think am just going to have to suck it up one nigh this week and get it all done.

Working On…

My house, My office, My closet, Me….pretty much just working on all areas of my life. Sometimes you just need a full life face lift!

Excited about…

My baby girl turns 11 on Sunday. I am so excited to celebrate her and the amazing young lady she is turning out to be! We are doing a small family dinner on Sunday and then doing a friend party the following weekend.

Watching/Reading

I love me some reality drama…

One night David and I stumbled on this little old time show on Netflix and got addicted. We watched the first 2 seasons in under 2 weeks and then to just our luck the 3rd season has started and is on demand on our cable network. It is totally not my usual “go to” but I totally love it.

 

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Ive read this one already but doing a little freshening up!

And because Shay recommended this one I will be starting it, because lets face it I am all about French anything.

Listening to…

I’ve been on the Demi Lovato station lately. It’s just fun, upbeat, encouraging music…

 

Also this is always on repeat. Clearly my music genres vary!

What I’m Wearing…

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Lots of mixes of this!

This weekend…

 

Eeek can’t believe my baby girl will be 11!!!

Next Month

March is a busy one. We have so many birthdays in the family. But the most important one is this man’s right here!!!

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We are also planning on a ski trip a couple of hours up north with the family but seeing as the weather keeps getting warmer and warmer we will have to see!!!

What else is new…

Just the usual!!!

Love XoXo, Julia

 

 

Weekend Re-Cap…Random Edition

So I know that I am a day late on the weekend re-cap however I do have a good reason. On Friday afternoon, my mom called me and said that she received a call after her mammogram appointment to come in and have further imaging done. Needless to say we contacted the imaging department and made the first possible appointment which happened to be yesterday early morning. I dropped the kids off at school, drove 30 minutes to pick up my sweet mama and dad and another 30 to her appointment. We checked in, put on her robe and waited for them to call her. Now my mom is an emotional woman just as I am, but I think being faced with what may be cancer took over and all I could see was her strength and faith. Although I didn’t want to, we did contemplate what the next step would be if it indeed was cancer. We both agreed that it was not a death sentence and if this is something that was put upon her that between God and the doctors we would fight this thing. Finally the radiologist came and took her to get more imaging. Then again we waited, and waited. I think waiting is the worst part. Your mind gets away from you. You start thinking things that you know you shouldn’t be. You start questioning things that you know God already has covered and in the end you are upset with yourself because you should know better (or that’s how I am anyways). Finally they came back out and told us “they have no concerns”. I thought her and I were both going to leap out of our chairs and hug this poor radiologist. They said that although there is some sort of tissue they do not believe its a concern but she will have a mammogram in 6 months rather than a year. Thank you Lord.  So, that was my Monday morning and what a great morning it was!

Unto the weekend re-cap!

This is the first year that our whole family is into winter sports. Braden and I do skiing. David and Lanna have taken up snowboarding. At our school they offer a skiing/snowboarding club for 6 weeks on Friday nights for 4th and 5th grade. It has been amazing how much Lanna has learned! Since she is there every Friday, we have been joining her. On this past Friday her 5th grade had a ski/snowboard field trip and then right after her club started. All in all that child was out for 9 hours on the hill. She was sore the next day! David wasnt feeling well, so after I picked up Braden from school he wanted to go out there since he had one of his friends out on the slopes as well.

My two cuties! I am so happy these two are as close as they are!
My two cuties! I am so happy these two are as close as they are!
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Braden and his friend Blake ready to hit the slopes

 

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When we first got there to meet Lanna she was in skis. She and her friend decided to see how it would feel to switch. She liked her snowboard better!

David and I had made plans a while back to go Go Kart racing with my sister in laws. So after all the snow fun I raced home to pick up my hubby and we were off to the races. Let me tell you what I learned: I absolutely stink at going fast. Pretty sure a snail could have passed me up. We raced twice and I was last both times. My goal was to get out of there alive. Not sure this is “my” thing but it was definitely a blast…once I wasn’t moving anymore hehe.

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I am such a shortie next to my gorgeous model sisters!
 On Saturday, I don’t know how but I convinced my hubby to venture out to Home Goods on a weekend morning. Not sure what came over him but I wasn’t going to question it. When we did our fireplace in the living room we needed to buy a small cabinet of sorts to put our cable box and a few other components. Well it’s been 5 months and I was tired of seeing it all on the floor. So the goal was to find something for that space. Originally I came home with this one…

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I thought It matched our mantle/beam perfect.

Well it matched too perfect and didn’t look right to me.

Also we decided we needed two so it balanced the fireplace.

So we finally loaded this one back up and went hunting for a different one.

He may not say it but David loves to haul all my stuff in and out until my mind is set haha

Anyways… we walked away with these two beauties…

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But of course I am not sure about them and that is why they still have tags on them and the components still on the floor.

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I cant decide if they look like a good pop of color or if they look completely out of place. Any input is greatly appreciated!

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Got this lamp because the recessed lighting is a bit bright in our living room. Plus I couldn’t resist the iron and bulap mix!
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And scored this little thing for all my kids coloring necessities!
.That afternoon Braden and David went to go work on their snowmobile machines while Lanna and I spent time with this sweet little miss.

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I mean isn’t she the most precious angel!?! We had the absolute best time spoiling this girl

Sunday was…

And Monday got here faster than expected as always!

Lanna has been in dance since she was 3. However this year is her first year doing “competition” dance and let me tell you that it is definitely different. She absolutely loves it and it gives me such joy to watch her do what she does. Now gluing 1000 gems on costumes doesn’t bring me as much joy but hey it’s a small price to pay. Because they have to wear special makeup, her teacher Mrs. Jenny asked if Lanna wanted to be the model for the makeup. Here she is getting all dolled up, fake eyelashes and all.

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I didn’t get an end picture but she looked so grown up, I would be lying if I said it didn’t make me a bit sad.

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

Love XoXo, Julia

Friday Favorites!

Short week this week and it’s going to be in the 50’s tomorrow…I mean has spring sprung early or what? I am doing my first ever link up with my absolute favorite bloggers!

 

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These two are my absolute favorite of course! The were playing dress up with mine and Davids clothes. What was NOT my favorite was the fact that Lanna could fit into nearly almost all my clothes and all my shoes. How did that happen?

 

Shay @mixnmatchmama has THE best recipes. I am always trying something of hers. This week we had her “Baked Queso Tacos” and let me tell you they did not disappoint.

I am a total book worm. My current favorites are Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand for a light read. I am determined to read every singe one of their books….only have a few left.

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I also love love anything to do with Parisian style and culture. Ive read many books but I keep Jennifer L Scott’s “Madame Chic” collection on my nightstand because 1) they look pretty and 2) to remind myself that even folding laundry should be done with style and grace, because lets face it I need that reminder a lot!

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Since (hopefully) Spring is arrving early I have been itching to spring clean, give some rooms a face lift and try out a few new styles . I am on Pinterest over load looking for Inspiration. We have a love/hate relationship.

On Tuesday the girls shared their favorite Pins. I just have much too many. But this one pin makes me a bit happy and excited.

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Have beautiful weekend everyone!

Love Xo, Julia

 

Weekend Wrap Up and a Love Thought

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Valentines Day. Our weekend was filled with lots of family time, a little date time and much needed laid back rest. The post is short and sweet, because 90% of Sunday was spent wrapped in a blanket watching cheesy movies. The kids both had Valentines day parties with games candy and more candy. I absolutely love both of my kids teachers. Sometimes I wish I could just keep them for all existing years.  Our candy kabobs were a hit, so my sore fingers were completely worth it. Pinterest made these things seem so simple (and pain free), let me just tell you that putting 450 gummies on a stick is not an easy task! 20160211_185856[1]

 

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We don’t celebrate Valentines Day, never have. But..since my hubby just got back in town and because grandma was wonderful enough to keep the kids overnight, David and I went out on Saturday night. The picture is dark, can’t see us at all, but we are somewhere in there smiling.

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We went to a Mediterranean restaurant by our house which we absolutely love. We love it so much that we actually had our wedding ceremony there. On Saturday nights they have a salsa dancing band come and it is tons of fun. Although neither David nor I know how to salsa we always give it a shot and always end up having a lot of fun. There is a gentleman there by the name of Ed. Now I don’t exactly recall how we met Ed about 5 years ago but I am always so happy that we did. He is 81 and God bless him because he is as healthy and energetic as any 30 year old. His wife passed a few years back and I always imagine that they had the perfect sweet little marriage. He happened to be there on Saturday night so we invited him to have dinner with us. I am so glad we did. He had so many wonderful stories to say about a time that I have only read about it books. You could just tell that he has really lived a fulfilled life. He talked about his wife and how they did everything together, about how they raised their 3 girls and about the many adventures they had. It was such a treat to hear about a real life love story. All of his great stories included her, all the great memories had her as a star. I loved every minute of that dinner. As I looked at my husband when Ed was telling us another story about the crazy mischief he used to get into, I realized that he is my true love story. That no Valentines Day, no anniversary, no diamond, no vacation, nothing could truly compare to the day to day joy I have of just being his wife. It’s funny how a simple man, with simple stories, from a simpler time can really make you see how truly spectacular it is to just simply be in love.

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