9.28.2016

What's Up Wednesday

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I’m linking up with ShayShaefer and Mel again the last Wednesday of the month for What’s Up Wednesday!
What we're eating this week: 
I have no clue. I've been horrible at meal planning this last month and we have gone out to eat way too many times! Hopefully I'll do better in October!
What I'm reminiscing about:
This sunset the other day. I feel like we don't get that many gorgeous sunsets in Iowa but this one was amazing.
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What I'm loving:
David is on a major super hero kick and was so excited to get the super suits out! I'm planning to buy a bunch of super hero costumes on clearance after Halloween for David's Christmas gifts.
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What we've been up to
Our local zoo has free admission the last few weeks of September and all of October during the weekdays and so we have been hitting up the zoo as much as possible. It really isn't the most exciting zoo but Jack and David LOVE IT! It is their favorite place to go :) Last week a bunch of friends all went to the zoo with Elizabeth before she moved and it was so much fun!
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What I'm excited about:
All of the fall things! We got our Halloween decorations out this week and Jack and David were so excited. The Frankenstein and the countdown calendar are my favorites. 
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What I'm dreading:
Deep cleaning the upstairs.
What I'm working on:
I am working on renewing my teaching license this upcoming summer and so I have to take a bunch of online professional development classes. The class I am taking right now is drawing (how that will help me be a better elementary school teacher I have no clue) and I really stink at it and it is not enjoyable to me at all!! Most of my drawings stink but I thought this once was decent so I'll show you :)
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What I'm watching/reading:
We finished watching Breaking Bad and I'm so glad it's over! I don't know how I expected the series to end but I hated the ending and overall, while the story line was entertaining, well written, and kept us wanting to watch more, I wouldn't recommend it. I don't like watching somebody slowly destroy their life!
However, I loved the books I read this month!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I know a lot of people didn't like it, but I went into it with low expectations and didn't expect it to be like the books and I really enjoyed it!
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This is my favorite book I've read this year! It is so real and honest and I just love her story. Spencer read it too and loved it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!!
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What I've been listening to:
Just the radio :)

What I'm wearing: 
It's finally cooling down this week but it has been hot for Iowa this September. I've been wearing this dress that my mom gave me from WALMART. I love it!
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What I'm doing this weekend: 
Hanging out and watching General Conference
What I'm looking forward to next month:
All of the Halloween things!
Bonus Question: What is your favorite Fall recipe?
 Ham and Cheese Soup:
4 medium potatoes
1 cup celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cups water
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
4 cups milk
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cubed ham

Cook potatoes, celery, and carrots in 3 cups water in a pan. In another pan, add butter and flour at a low temperature. Add milk, salt and pepper. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Let it boil for 1 minute. Stir in cheese until it melts. Then, add vegetables and ham. Heat, but do not boil. Serve immediately.


Other fall staples that I love:
This cornbread 
This pumpkin bread
This chicken pot pie
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9.18.2016

What we've been up to

I uploaded pictures from my phone and it turns out I took a bajillion screenshots in the last week or two. Here are some of my favorites:
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This pic reminds me of Spencer and David in the morning (David always ends up in our bed in the middle of the night) - and I'm always at the edge of the bed not touching anyone because I hate sleep cuddling!!!
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Elizabeth (on the left) is moving this week to Texas and I'M SO SO SAD!!!! She has been one of my very best friends in Iowa and I'm going to miss her so much!
(Side note: I am 5'4'' on a lucky day but Elizabeth and Lisa make me feel so tall :)
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I swear this kid is either wearing his underwear on his head or pooping in his underwear. #ihatepottytraining
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My mom sent activity books in the mail for Jack and David and they loved them!
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This weekend, Jack and David went to a friend's house for their very first sleepover. Our amazingly kind friends offered to take them for a night so that we could go over night somewhere but we ended up just having a stay-cation at home and it was amazing and so relaxing! We went to dinner and a movie (we saw Sully and loved it!) on Friday night and then on Saturday morning we slept in, went on a bike ride, took naps, and I read an entire book while Spencer watched football :) This was our second kid-less night ever and we really need to figure out how to have more of those :)
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I think we found our favorite restaurant in the Quad Cities. We ate this entire pizza and then ordered and ate another one! #don'tjudge
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Here are some pictures our friends sent us over the weekend - the boys had a blast!
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David was a little sad at night and Jack fell asleep comforting him :) I'm so glad my boys have each other :)
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We are so glad that the LeFevres moved to Iowa! Jack and David love them! Prom pic of Jack and Jackson :)
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We picked up our kids on Saturday afternoon and had dinner at a park. It might be our new favorite park with a swing like this!
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9.07.2016

Things I'm Loving

  • Visitors! The Kellers moved away from Davenport over a year ago but they passed through Davenport last week and stayed with us for a night. It was so good to see them!
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  •  Facetiming (or foreheadtiming?;) my grandparents for the first time! My grandma has impressive Ipad skills!
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  • This shouldn't be a favorite, but it is. Potty training David has been difficult and so it's kind of nice when Spencer has to deal with accidents and not me ;)
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  • Last outdoor swimming of the season on Labor Day. I love watching Jack and David go down the slides and off the diving boards. They have no fear!
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 David's dives and flips are a little crazy!
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  •  This chore chart that Spencer made. He got on pinterest, printed it out and laminated it this weekend! GO SPENCER! I have yet to complete a pinterest project so he has officially "one upped" me! haha
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  • My birthday!!! I always love that I have a three day weekend around my birthday. I wasn't feeling great on my actual birthday, but it was still a good birthday. Jack insisted on taking me to Family Museum, we went to Chic-fil-A with friends, I got to take a nap in the afternoon when Jack and David went over to a friend's house, and we went to "the tractor restaurant" aka the Machine Shed for dinner. I got spoiled on my birthday and am grateful for all of the phone calls, texts, facebook messages, and presents :)
Jack told me at the restaurant to take a picture of him by the corn :) 
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  •  These two. I love spending every day with them :)
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P.S. I wrote a "What's Up Wednesday" post last week but for some reason it published on a different date and ended up a couple of posts down. Here it is if you are interested --------------> What's Up Wednesday

8.25.2016

Arizona

Jack, David and I got back from Arizona last Sunday and we had such a good time, as always!
Flying with little kids is never fun, and our flight to Arizona left late at night. I'm cheap and never want to spend extra money on luggage or a carry on so this is how I roll - double stroller, three overstuffed backpacks, a purse, and two toddler sized backpacks. It's not too bad except when I have to go to the bathroom in the airport and have to get all of this stuff plus two kids into a bathroom stall. Also, getting all of this stuff onto the airplane without the stroller's help while coaching two kids on where to walk makes me sweat really bad. But we survived!
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We landed at 2 am Iowa time and luckily Jack and David fell asleep before that. It is miraculous that I got two sleeping kids and five backpacks and a purse off of the plane all by myself :)
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Jack and David loooooove "Nana's house". We spent most of the week just swimming in the pool, eating good food, and hanging out at my parent's house.
"Fishing" with Papa
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We swam just about every day. David was crazy and learned how to do flips off of the diving board and finally figured out how to swim by himself the very last day! (Though he still stresses me out when I take him swimming! haha!)
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Rides on the lawn mower:
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I'm glad my mom saved a lot of our old toys (even though my dad isn't ;)
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Other things we did in AZ:
  • Last Chance (Nordstrom on major clearance) trip! This time I was hoping to score new Nike shoes for Jack and David but no luck. David, however, found some Stride Rite Star Wars light up shoes that were three sizes too big and HIDEOUS but it was love at first sight for him! He insisted on getting them and he wore them everyday (sock-less and stinky since I didn't pack socks) for the rest of the week. He sure loves what he calls his "starburst" shoes :) He says that they make him go fast :) Here is a selfie he took of them in the car :)
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  • Introduced Snap Chat filters to my parents. Their face swap was disturbing.
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  • Ice cream and diet coke runs
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  • Bobas, of course
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  • A drive out to the Phoenix temple
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  • The Secret Life of Pets (and our first experience with reclining chairs at the movie theaters!)
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  • Open water swimming with Chelsie at Saguaro Lake (these two guys started their workout the same time as us, took a picture with us, and then Chelsie found it later posted on some AZ Triathlon facebook group! haha)
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  • Dinner with my roommate from freshman year at Utah State! I love Elizabeth and could talk to her for forever!!!
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  • Breakfast and splash pad at Downtown Gilbert.
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  •  Cafe Rio and gelato with Krissy, Katie, and Chelsie! Our friend from high school, Ben, ran into us at the gelato shop and ended up staying and talking to us for an hour or so. Totally random but fun!
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Jack's Arizona Highlight: Scorpion hunting and torching with my dad :) They went out 4 different nights and killed 62 scorpions total! (not including the babies on this mama's back!)
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David's Arizona Highlights: flips off of the diving board, his new Star Wars shoes, and frequent visits upstairs to Isaac's room to see the "cweepy cwown" - Isaac's new addition to his huge Halloween decoration collection. (I somehow didn't get one picture with David and the Creepy Clown, just some ridiculous pictures of me with the Creepy Clown when I was trying to convince David that the Creepy Clown wasn't so creepy :)
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It's always sad leaving Arizona :( Until next time!
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I wouldn't say that the flight home was easy, but it was definitely the "least hard" of all of the flights I've taken alone with my kids :) We were all happy to see Spencer. We wish he could have come too!
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