Here’s What I Have to Say:

Here’s What I Have to Say:

Maddie & A Hamper

Maddie is at such a fun and curious age. She is always trying new things. The other day I was washing her clothes and she thought it would be fun to play with her hamper. She was walking all over the house with it on her head….or really her body. She brought a toy phone inside so she could talk on the phone.  The thought she should try out her kitchen with it on. Then thought she should push her...

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Chasing Maddie

Maddie has recently realized that running around the kitchen island is fun. She does it all the time. I remember my parents had a place we could run in circles around their house and my brother and I spent a lot of time chasing each other around it. When I saw the island when we looked at this house, I immediately thought about our kids running around the island. Little did I know at the time, I would be required...

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More Canvas Painting

Last month, a friend and I went to a canvas painting event. The company was offering a new painting that I wanted to do, so I got my friend, Camilla, to come with me again! We painted the spoon and cherry from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Here is the picture we were painting. So with that as our guide, Camilla and I were set to tackle this intimidating (to us) painting. Here are a few pictures taken at the event....

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GRRRR!

Maddie likes to growl. It’s normal for growling to happen when she is making the noises of a bear or lion. But lately, she has started growling words, too. Mama, Dada, Baby, No….it’s weird and frankly, a little creepy. Take a look! Yeah, she’s special!

Winking

Maddie has learned to wink. Well, sort of. If you wink at her, she will blink. But she thinks she is winking and it’s really cute. Here’s a video of her demonstrating her “skill.” I love that little face!

Countdowns & 20 Months

I have 4 weeks to go until we will have TWO little girls! That is just crazy! Today I also realized that it is only 3 weeks until my birthday. Having another baby a week after my birthday and our anniversary (Annibirthary) made me completely forget that I am almost a year older. Yikes. And it also occurred to me that the election is in 3 weeks…also on my Annibirthary. So there are quite a few things to have a...

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Bouncy House

Last week I took Maddie to a local community center. The first Monday of the month, they set up a bouncy house for the kids to play in. Maddie had never been in one before, but she thought it was a lot of fun once she got over her initial hesitation of it. It’s incredibly hard to get a picture of a toddler in a bouncy house, by the way. Here’s the one that mostly turned out. And here is...

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34 Weeks

I’m 34 weeks today. (Even though it is late, it is still technically 34 weeks.) I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy is going. Of course, at the same time, I feel like I have been pregnant forever! I realized last night that we are going to have a baby in no more than 5 weeks. And not just A baby…..we’re going to have ANOTHER baby.  This, somehow, makes it more terrifying. My “ticker” at the top of my website...

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If I Were Made Of Money

Or knew someone that needed a perfectly wonderful high chair….I would replace mine with this one: Only because I love the pattern. That is all. I just wanted to share a picture so that when I want to look at its pretty chevron stripes in wonderful shades of grey, I have somewhere to look. And my current one probably matches my eating area much better than this one would. But I can look. Is there any item that you have...

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Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants

A number of months ago, I came across this book at the library. I was renewing it all the time because Maddie loved the book and so did I. I did a little looking online and found that there are actually three books in the set. Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug Grandma Calls Me Gigglepie I have given these books to a couple different people as gifts. They have cute stories and Maddie has learned a bunch...

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Canvas Painting

A couple weeks ago, my MOMS Club was invited to join another club for a fun Mom’s Night Out event. We went to Canvas Collaborations which is located in a café/wine bar. They provide the paint, canvas and instruction to paint a picture that we chose. This was a private event so we got to choose the painting, but they have many events where they have the painting chosen and you sign up to paint it. I was able to...

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The Norlings

Adam (my brother) and Katie’s wedding was wonderful! They had great weather, a fantastic turnout and everything went just the way they planned! We started the day by getting my hair done…which quite frankly, I spent way too much money on for the atrocity that ended up on my head. Thankfully I had a couple cute items for the girls to add to my hair later to make it look a little better. Here I am with Crazy-Hair-Lady. After the...

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BlueFin Bay

Over Labor Day weekend, we went up North with our friends the Fishers. They had made plans to go and invited us to go along with them. We went a couple years ago with them. Trisha and I were both pregnant then with Maddie and Chelsea. This time we were both pregnant with our second little ones (they are having a boy a week after our Baby Girl is born). So we were pretty excited to go up there again,...

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Excuses, Being Sick & Photos

Well, it’s October 2nd and I realized I haven’t posted much of anything on here for most of September. I also didn’t take a whole lot of pictures this month. And I never did a 19 month post about Maddie either. What a great mom! The reason has been my lack of motivation. I have had a cough for 5 weeks and a cold for 2 weeks. They have really put me out of commission. We also had a couple...

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Videos

Here are a couple videos of Maddie that I haven’t posted yet. The first one is Maddie swinging at the park. Chuck takes her there most nights after dinner and she LOVES to swing. The other one is from one day when I was gone and Chuck was watching Maddie. She has been into the song Gangnam Style which you can read about here. Chuck showed it to me and said “this is what happens when dad is left in...

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Moon Over Manifest

I recently finished reading Moon Over Manifest and really enjoyed it. This was our book club book for September. In early October, the author is coming to a local place to talk about the book. I think it will be fun to hear what an author has to say about their book. And I will be sure to let you know if anything exciting happens.   Here’s a description of the book: The movement of the train rocked me like...

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Sweethearts

Today is a big day! My little brother (well, older of my two little brothers…not the 14 year old) is getting MARRIED! I’m a bridesmaid. Chuck is a groomsman. Maddie is the flower girl. It’s going to be a day filled with fun, chaos, excitement, smiles and laughter (and some tears if you are our weeping aunts)! I’m so happy for them. I know they have been stressed, but I keep telling them everything will be ok. And at the...

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Gangnam Style

Chuck showed me this video the other day. This morning I showed it to Maddie. I can’t count how many times I have heard it this morning. Every time it stops, Maddie signs and says “More.” In case you haven’t seen it…. I sent it to my brother. Hopefully we can get the DJ to play it at the reception on Saturday. Hahah! Psy (the singer) was on Ellen and he said the key is to “dress classy and dance...

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Pretzels

I love pretzels. The saltier the better! While I was gone last night, my wonderful hubby made some amazing pretzels for me! (He is the best, by the way!) They were so good! He had some coming right out of the oven when I was walking in the door! He also made some cheese sauce to dip them in. I was in heaven! If you would like to make some for yourself, here is the recipe he used. I think...

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Katelyn Noelle

One of my best friends and her husband recently had their second little girl. We went to visit them after she was born. She has such a proud big sister! Maddie loved Kate. She loves dolls and babies, so I wasn’t surprised that she wanted to be in my pocket when I was holding the baby. I hope Maddie likes her sister as much! Such a happy, beautiful family! We are so happy for our friends and since Maddie and...

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