Life Lately

We bought a house! Life has been absolutely crazy the last few weeks but I’m happy to report that we bought a house, moved into it, I traveled for work for 3 days and we made a quick family trip to Colorado…all in the span of 10 days…and we survived! #halleluiah Full disclosure, I have 0 good pictures of the house because it's just not ready to share! As soon as we feel a little more settled, I'll do a post featuring all the fun stuff. 

Let’s back up.  About 2 months ago, some friends of ours reached out letting us know they were interested in selling their home and wanted to see if we would be interested in buying it. They knew they were in a neighborhood we wanted to eventually be in and ideally wanted to make the deal as smooth as possible with no realtors involved.  Dennis and I both knew we were about a year ahead of being ready to buy but figured it didn’t hurt to at least 1- see the house and 2- talk to some banks. 
Duke approved of the staircase...

We all approved on the proximity to the park...and cousins!
We went and checked out the space and fell in love with it.  We weren’t gaining much in size but we were gaining the potential of a finished basement, a house that was only 10 years old instead of 110 (we LOVED living in our older home with all of the character and charm but it was not ideal with the boys…creaky floors make it IMPOSSIBLE to sneak away at bed time!), and an attached garage.  We happened to love the decorating style of the owners and knew that this was a house we could live in for no less than 10 years. 

Previous owners patio decorations but LOOK at that pergola. All the heart eyes. 
We started talking to banks, moving things around, and finally qualified and started the loan process.  All in all it took about 45 days and was smooth.  We had a few hiccups the final week but closed right on time on June 1st and began moving items over that evening.  We hired some local movers for all of the major items as well as the tons of boxes and totes we had been packing for weeks.  By noon on Saturday, June 2nd, we had a home and garage FILLED with stuff and began the LONG process of unpacking and organizing.  Knowing we only had a few days before I headed off for a work trip, we prioritized beds for sleeping and a kitchen/dining room/toy nook for surviving. My family helped a TON by watching the boys, mowing the lawn, and helping us unpack and I left on Thursday morning feeling semi-settled in. Duke helped by trying on all the random hats he could find and hiding socks all over the main floor. 

At work, our Board of Directors meets about 3 times a year all over the country. This meeting was relatively close to home and only required a short 2 hour drive to the hotel and event space. Over the course of 3 days we had about 8 different interactions scheduled, most of which I was heavily involved in and had been planning for months.  Not being an event planner of any sort, I had been stressing about the events for a few weeks and although the hotel was a complete disappointment, everyone walked away inspired and excited about all of the wonderful things happening at the University of South Dakota. Minutes after wrapping up our final and most important meeting, I met Dennis in the lobby of my hotel and we hopped in the car to head to the airport.  

While I was working in Omaha, my parents were driving to Colorado with the boys.  Through some serious logistical juggling and coordinating, we were able to all plan to be at my nieces’ baptism in Colorado and still meet all of our work commitments.  Dennis was unable to get any scheduled time off and since he works on Saturdays, he was in his home state for roughly 24 hours.  I booked a one-way flight out to get me to Denver on Saturday night and drove back with my parents and the boys on Monday.

None of this would be possible without insanely supportive family to help fill in all of the gaps and allow us to be dedicated full time employees, present and engaged parents and the 40 other personal commitments we balance on a daily basis.  Trust me, while I take full advantage of the support we have available, I take none of it for granted.  The ability to be close to family, chase our career goals, and plant deep roots in the community, are just a few of the many reasons we are so thankful we moved.

While in Colorado, we celebrated my sweet niece Emarie's baptism, checked out my in-laws new house, and soaked up sunshine and family time. It was a quick trip but a fun one. 
I cannot wait to get back home and continue to settle in and make this place OURS. We will be putting up a fence in the coming weeks for some additional privacy and space for Capone to run around and we’re already dreaming up house projects big and small that we want to tackle.  So far we've mastered taking naps, cuddling, and going to the park. 

Coming up we have some fun plans in the works for the 4th of July, another trip to Colorado on the books that same week for a wedding and then hopefully weeks of blissful summertime!

Life is full. Life is busy. Life is good.  Happy Monday friends!

30 days of 30

I turned 30 last month and it was a crazy month jam packed with tons of birthday celebrations, travel, and special events.
The celebrations actually kicked off on March 31st.  After we celebrated Theo's 1st birthday, my family successfully pulled off my very first surprise party!  Since my sister was in town and my family knew I would be out of town on my actual birthday, they took the opportunity to pull out all of the amazing 30 decorations, my new favorite shirt, and some awesome presents. We couldn't get too crazy since Easter was the next day, but it was perfect!

Fast forward through a fun Calling All Coyotes auction on Friday April 13th and Dennis and I headed off to Nashville.  Our flight was originally supposed to leave on the 14th but we had some crazy weather so it was pushed until the 15th.  Theo and I both came down with fevers on the 14th so we hunkered down at my parents house and tried to sleep it off until Dennis and I left for the airport on Sunday the 15th.  We landed in Nashville, grabbed our rental car and headed to my best friend Lindsey's house. She and her boyfriend Grahm recently moved to Nashville and they were the best hostesses!

Unfortunately when I woke up on Monday we made a beeline for urgent care because I still had a fever and just felt like garbage. They found strep and ears full of fluid and because I was on vacation and hanging on to the last hours of my 20's, the amazing doc gave me a steroid shot and antibiotics and I started to feel better within hours.  The rest of our trip was spent exploring the city including some fun stops like The Candle Bar, Pinewood Social, Top Golf, and some ridiculously entertaining bars on Broadway.

I woke up to a stack of donuts and coffee on my birthday,the absolute perfect start to a new decade.  We shopped, relaxed, and drank our way through the day.  On Wednesday we made our way to brunch where I had the most delicious iced lavender mocha, birthday scone, and yummy meal.  We said our goodbyes and made our way to the airport to get back home to our babies.
There was something really special about getting to celebrate 30 with Lindsey.  We've been friends for 12 years...we met as 18 year olds our Freshman year of college and have experienced so many ups and downs together since then.  Distance hasn't seemed to shake our friendship and I am so thankful to pick up exactly where we left off whenever we're together.  We'll have a lot more Nashville trips in our future! So much left to explore.
We finished off the month with some work events and another family celebration including presents and brownies.  My sisters got me the most thoughtful gift I've probably ever received. The time and energy they put into creating it had to have been huge and I cannot wait to hang it up in our new house! Oh yea...I should probably post about the fact that we're buying a house! I'm going to do a separate post on the pictures because they are just too good and maybe I'll get crazy and sneak in a post about buying our very. first. house. 

I truly had 30 days to celebrate turning 30 and it was amazing.  I am so excited to take on this new decade, fill it with more adventures, more family time, more relaxation, more life. Cheers to 30 years!


Theo Turns 1!!

I started writing this post WEEKS ago.  Theo is basically a pro at being 1 now but I certainly don't want to miss out on documenting this milestone. 
Ah my sweet baby are you 1?!?!?!? I feel like the minute you turned one, you have changed into a moving and grooving little boy who is SO BIG.  We celebrated you a lot for your big first birthday, so let's get down to a recap.
The weekend before your birthday, March 23-25th, we had some very special visitors in town. Not only did you get to see a set of grandparents, 2 aunts, and an uncle, but you got to meet your sweet cousin Lukas for the first time!  You loved him and showed your affection with some aggressive pats...we're working on being gentle because you have an arm on you and your swats have brought me to tears a time or two.  We had a 'Fun to Be One' themed party for you and you had your very first taste of ice cream which you loved. No surprise there kiddo. Ice cream is life.
You were spoiled with some fun toys and adorable clothes and lots of playtime.  We loved every minute of it.  You are starting to get a little more shy and cautious of others but you never fail to show off your sweet smile and you can usually be coaxed into a game of peek a boo.  You loved all of the activity of having visitors in town and I think you especially enjoyed having a cousin around that's littler than you! Between Lukas one weekend and Emarie the next, you loved having more babies to play with!
A few days later came your actual birthday! The 3 of us woke you up with lots of singing and you absolutely lit up.  I took no pictures whatsoever because I just loved soaking up your face as we sang and focused on you and only you.  
Like a true birthday boy who can do whatever he wants, you opted to make taking your picture in your adorable birthday shirt nearly impossible. You wanted nothing to do with being held and just wanted to GO! You turned 1 after all.  You headed to daycare to celebrate with your friends until we got to reunite for a community Easter Egg hunt that afternoon.  Once you found 2 eggs you could bang together, you were perfectly content just hanging out on the grass and watching the action around you.  Your brother was a little more into the whole celebration this year and managed to get enough candy for all of us to share.
We spent the evening with our little unit, opening presents, and celebrating you, our sweet T-Bear. A few days later we had MORE visitors in town and celebrated with a bear themed party complete with a bear smash cake and all the buffalo plaid. You opted for a late nap so by the time you finally woke up, we were ready to get the party started.  You loved soaking up all the attention, opening presents, and eating all the sugar.


This year has flown by faster than I ever imagined it would.  You are growing up so fast...measuring 30 inches and weighing in at a healthy 25 lbs.  You've been getting your molars in this month which is kicking your butt and you had strep throat + an ear infection shortly after your birthday.  You aren't walking yet but I have a feeling you could if you reeaally tried. You just really enjoy being held right now (if I'm anywhere within 100 yards) or crawling all over the house pushing cars and trucks around.  You are sweet as pie and love to cuddle still which is my favorite.  You're still a stellar sleeper, eat anything and everything, and love milk.  All the kids at daycare are completely enamored with you and Duke recently informed us that you are his best friend.  Watching the two of you grow up together is simply the best!

I love you to the moon and back Theodorable. You are an absolute joy and I am so happy to be your mama.  This year is going to have so many fun things in store for you and I can't wait to take you on new adventures!


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