In Summer!

Hello! Summer is about two-thirds over and life has been a whirl of time with cousins, living it up swim-style, lots of hot dogs and corn on the cob, athletic events, playground visits, sunscreen slathering, and kids who literally never go to bed because it’s always light out  (they must be solar-powered, because their energy…

The 12 Dates of Christmas (Part II)

What a holiday season it has been! I can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas (and I REALLY can’t believe my shopping is done and holiday cards are out.) Below is the second half of my alleged“12 Dates of Christmas.” Date #7: Christmas Tree Shopping! Ok, so we actually have a perfectly sized artificial tree at home….

A Teeny Halloweeny Party

Cece and I have a shared love of holidays, decorating, chocolate, and getting our friends together. So I decided to host a small Halloween party yesterday morning. We squished our friends in our house like sardines in a can and made them have fun with us. (Literally squished. Five toddlers, five infants, and parents. We’ll get a…

Flutter-y Fun!

            Last week I got to attend a rather fabulous happy hour event courtesy of Flutter Bridal Boutique. Getting dressed up and having a seriously girly evening was just what the doctor ordered for this mama, even if only for a couple of hours and even if I’m not a bride-to-be! (I would loooooove to…

Our besties

              No debate necessary. The best way to start a new year is with a visit from your best friend! The past three days have been a fun-filled (and a coffee-filled) blur as Sarah and I were able to finally catch up and exchange Christmas gifts (note Cece’s awesome…

Dual Hockey Cheer Baby Shower!

        Some of my lady friends from college got together this weekend to celebrate the pending arrival of two future little Golden Gophers. I happen to love baby showers as well as my former hockey cheerleading teammates, so this was my kind of afternoon. I declined to participate in the baby food tasting game, but…

Great weekend with an old friend!

Over the weekend Alysha, my very first friend I ever made in Minnesota, visited us with her daughter. She and I met eight years ago at freshman orientation at the U (also known as a VERY long time ago!).    The visit was less than 48 hours long. However, not only did we get a chance to catch…

Laura and Patrick’s Wedding

                              We watched our friend Laura marry her college sweetheart last night in one fancy and classy celebration. I tried to take a few photos of the gorgeous details of the wedding before I drank too much wine and forgot how to work…

Our Weekend: Sledding and Super Bowling

        After my recent bear-like hibernation, it felt refreshing to get out and be social this weekend. Saturday was a quintessential Minnesotan winter day as it consisted of sledding and tater-tot hotdish with the Knudsons. That same night, after we came home and Cece went to sleep, I had a lovely girls’-night-in with my cheer…

Penny’s 1st Birthday

So. I’ve realized that first birthday parties are becoming one of my favorite social events in my old age. I love the snacks, the cake-smashing, and the flood of adorable clothes and toys. Yesterday we got to party with the Knudsons as Penny celebrated the big 1.0. I wasn’t able to get any shots of…