Friday, September 27, 2013

Five on Friday {09.27.2013}

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Linking up with Darci again for 5 on Friday.

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I've felt so MIA from this little blog of mine the last couple weeks. I was on such a roll of having at least one post a day (Monday through Friday) and then life just got me. Work has been busy, which is good, but it doesn't leave me much time to read, write or catch up on anything else during the day. Secondly Wayne had a schedule change at work, so he was home last Friday evening and then Monday through Wednesday evening of this week. He went back to his regular schedule yesterday.

It was glorious to have him home in the evening. He picked up Hailey from school, while I went home and made dinner. We ate dinner together, had some family time, he spent time with Hailey and pretty much did bedtime routine. I had a little time to myself, but of course, what did I do? I watched new TV this week. Read: TV JUNKIE

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Another thing I have been spending some time on this past week is my photography business. Although it's a part-time side business, it's still something I take pride in. It's a passion I have. I just signed a new wedding couple for next August, which I am SO excited about. I also realized in working with them on hammering out details, I have a June 2014 wedding that I need to contact and get moving on as well. Also, I desperately need to update my website with pictures, so I have been organizing that project as well. As if I don't have enough going on. I always just upload and share on FB, but I NEED to update my website as well.

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I found these at the grocery store this week.

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When did they come out? Seriously. Chips are my weakness. Especially BBQ. Especially Sunchips.

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I got my flu shot yesterday. I hate needles. Hate. You would think after having a baby I would be cool with it all. Nope. Still hate them. My arm still hurts. #wimp

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Speaking of being a wimp. I wrote about my new fitness commitment yesterday. You can read about how my Husband laughed in my face HERE. I've decided to give it 100% for the month of October. I can do that right? One month? Anyone can do anything for one month. I'll try and do a few re-caps throughout the month. We'll see where I'm at with it at the end of October. Thank you to everyone who commented or sent me an email or message with such kind words of encouragement. I truly appreciate it.

Cheers to the weekend! Happy Friday everyone!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The time my Husband laughed in my face.

So, it's been busy round these parts the last couple weeks. I will go more into that tomorrow.

But for today I want to write about the time my Husband laughed in my face. Twice actually. Last night AND this morning.

I started the conversation out last night with this statement:

"So I've been thinking of working out in the morning. What if I get up at about 6 or 6:30, go work out at the gym for an hour and then come home and take a shower and get ready for work here. That way I would only be gone for about an hour or so, still get in a decent workout and then be home to help with Hailey."

His response...laughing.

You're probably reading this and thinking to yourself, what a jerk, laughing at his Wife about such a serious topic. But to be fair, he wasn't laughing AT me, he was laughing at the facts really. And to be honest I knew he would laugh at me as soon as the words left my mouth.

If you know my Husband, you KNOW he is THE MOST SUPPORTIVE AND LOVING HUSBAND EVER. If you don't know my Husband then you should just believe me when I say that.

The reason he was laughing? I'm SO NOT a morning person. Everyone knows this, especially him. He sees it everyday. He sees me in my worst grumpiness every morning. Granted some days are worse than others. It takes me awhile to actually wake up in the morning, let alone be in a somewhat cheerful mood. I can't help it. It's one of the reasons we waited 5 years after getting married to have kids. I love my sleep. What can I say?

But I need a change. I'm actually craving a change. Not big by any means, just something. I normally don't do well with change at all. I like my life as it is and my daily routine. I THRIVE on routine. But how do you know when it's a good thing or time to change the routine?

The issue now is do I love my sleep or do I love my health more? Hhmm. Tough one. If you ask me right now, of course I would say my health. Who wouldn't? If you ask me at 6:00 am as my alarm is going off, I would say EFF OFF. I want my sleep.

But then I'm going to continue to be stuck between my want to get up, get to the gym, get a good workout in and start seeing some results, or I can continue to just sleep, be lazy and get no where. SOMETHING somewhere needs to give.

See where the change is needed?

I haven't been happy with my body for awhile. My Husband knows this. I've been trying to figure out a way to fit "working out" into my schedule. My Husband knows this, too. And now that Hailey is at school full-time and not at my parents house (as of Sept 3rd), I feel like I am much more restricted. I don't want to pick her up from being at school all day just to take her to the gym for an hour or two and throw her in daycare again while I go work out. That's Mommy guilt 101. Again, my Husband knows this. I have a few workout DVD's at home that I could do, but I have NO will-power to do it at home. At least not right now. At least if I go to the gym, I know I am going to work out. It's an accountability thing.

So then this morning. I get up and he asks me..."Why didn't you get up and go to the gym this morning?" I simply reply with:

I would start in October, cause then it's a new month.
Why would I start at the end of the month? That's just plain silly.
I didn't really PLAN on starting this morning...today...this week.
I need a couple days to get into a game plan and get my head straight.
It's a mental thing for me.

More excuses. More laughing.

So I told him, that I am going to start next week just to prove to him that I CAN get up and get moving. I do want to make a change. I do want to be more healthy. I do want to see results. Also, I want him to not laugh at me.

I want him to be proud of me, but more importantly I want to be proud of myself.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Music Monday {Vol. 12}

I've liked this song for awhile, but I've recently become obsessed with it. So much so that Hailey knows most of it by heart. I'm hoping to get a video of her singing it soon, cause it's quite adorable.

Royals by Lorde



She's from New Zealand and this is her newest single, Tennis Court.



This on is also becoming quite popular.

Team by Lorde



I'm not sure I care for either of the actual music videos (Team is audio only) as they are both quite boring, but I think she has such a unique voice and love all these songs. Her sound reminds me of Adele and I LOVE Adele.

What do you think? Happy Monday friends!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's That Time Again...Fall TV

You guys...I am so excited that all the fall shows are coming back within the next couple weeks. Yay for zero productivity. Am I right? Such is life in Minnesota when it's too cold to go out and do anything. What better way to spend time indoors than watching TV.

Like I said all my shows that I watch start coming back this next week. Once they are all back, this is what my week will look like in a nutshell.

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The Emmy's are on tonight and then Sunday's after this week is:


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The 3rd season starts this week. I've loved this show since day one and I'm excited to see where they take it and if it will be able to sustain a possible 4th season.


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The 4th and final season starts this week. Thank god it's the last season. Although it's a funny show, it's also quite stupid. But I watch this one with the Husband, and once I start a series I feel the need to finish. Right?


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The 4th season starts again on 10/13, so a little later than most, but I'm still excited none the less. I also watch this one with Wayne. We are both so excited to see where this one goes, too. It ended on such a cliffhanger last season. Also, I just saw online that AMC is working on a spin-off from this show. THAT will be interesting.

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Season 3 is coming back. This is one of those feel good shows that I watch.

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The 2nd season starts this week. Woo-hoo! I recently watched Season 1 and am probably the most excited for this show...tied with Nashville.


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This will be the regular night for this new series. It is a spinoff from The Vampire Diaries. I'm already invested in the main characters, so I know this is a show I will be watching on the regular.

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Again, I am excited to see where they take this into season 2.


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Like I said, I am tied with Chicago Fire on most anticipated premiere this week. I've been dying from seeing the previews. Obviously they can't kill off Rayna, but where does this leave her relationship with Deacon. Can't wait!

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This is the one show I am most worried about. With the premiere of The Originals and those cast members not being on THIS show, I am eagerly anticipating where they will take this to sustain another season past season 5.

Parenthood

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I can't believe it is season 5 already of this show. I feel like it just started and I still love it just as much as the first season. I'm interested to see how they transition the characters from last season into this season. They went through some major things last season, so I don't know where they are going to go from there. Looking forward to it very much. 

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I watched all of season 1 and then heard they were not renewing it, but was SO excited the CW decided to bring it back. I love CW, for their feel-good teen dramas. Also, confession....I've never seen a full episode of SITC. Don't hate me! It is on my list to start watching.


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This started last week. I love her and I always will.

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P.S. This is just existing shows (minus The Originals on Tuesdays) that are coming back for another season. This doesn't include any NEW shows that are premiering for the first time.I have my eye on a few that I am going to try and catch for the first time. We'll see how they pan out.

Also, I watch The Following with the Husband and all I know is as of right now it is scheduled to come back in 2014. Woohoo!

Any other shows I am forgetting about or should check out?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five on Friday {09.20.2013}

Happy Friday!! Sorry, I've been a little MIA this week with no posts. I feel like I have so much going on, but nothing going on all at the same time. It's been a good week overall, so that's always positive.

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I'm linking up with Darci for 5 on Friday to share 5 little tidbits about my week.

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I've failed to blog about or mention that I've been getting my house cleaned for about the last month or so. They come every other Wednesday and it's glorious!! Seriously, it's such an anxiety reliever for me to know that it's all done and I don't have to worry about it. Plus, I love that it leaves me more time in the evenings with Hailey and on weekends with Wayne. Our time together as a family is VERY limited, so I like that fact that I don't have to use our family time away to be cleaning.

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Wayne's recovery is going well. He's been sleeping in the recliner in the basement since he's been home last Wednesday night. I think he's finally ready to come back to bed though. You can really only sleep in a chair for so long, even if you are recovering from surgery. Although, I've enjoyed having our whole king size bed to myself, I miss him terribly.

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SO excited about Fall TV starting this week. I have a post coming on that this weekend.

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The new iPhone is out today! Woohoo! I downloaded the new ios7 late Wednesday night, so I've just been able to play around with it yesterday, but I have to say I really like it. Basically they are trying to compete with android and windows phones, so I totally get why all the new features are the way they are. I am due for a phone upgrade, but Wayne is not yet and I think we might switch to the Verizon network at that point. He gets a deal through his work and he's been SO not happy lately with our Sprint service. So we'll see. Either way, we WILL be getting the newest iPhone 5s.

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Last but not least, we are doing the Vikings 5k tomorrow morning. We have to get up a lot earlier than we normally do and get downtown by 7:30 am which is race start time. Totally sucky and it kind of snuck up on me. I haven't been to the gym or been working out since I sprained my ankle about 5 weeks ago. We are walking/running it with Hailey in the jogging stroller. It should be fun, it's just SO freaking early!

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How was your week? Anything fun planned this weekend?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Never Ever Ever {09.17.2013}

Linking up with Neely for Never Ever Ever.

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Never Ever Ever,

Will I hate football season. I'm such an NFL girl. No college for me.

Will I NOT be a Vikings fan. No matter how awful they are. We bleed purple.

Will I NOT be obsessed with TV. It's my favorite hobby and my escape away from the real world.

Will I NOT be grateful for my DVR. No explanation needed.

Will I NOT ever own an iPhone. So user friendly and LOVE everything about it. Can't wait to upgrade to the new 5S soon.

Will I NOT ever LOVE my iPad. It's so convenient, fun and great for Hailey, too.

Will I hate getting a mani/pedi. Holla!

Happy Tuesday folks!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Music Monday {Vol. 11}

So this song wasn't supposed to be released until today, but of course with the way the music industry has been lately it was leaked yesterday.

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Here it is...

Work Bitch by Britney Spears



If you know me, you know I am a HUGE Britney fan. I've been waiting for new music from her for awhile now. She did collaborate with will.i.am for Scream & Shout, but for me that was such a tease. I really like this song. In my eyes she can do no wrong, and I still loved her even through all of her craziness. I can't wait to see what the rest of her album brings.

What do you think of this new song?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Five on Friday {09.13.2013}

Happy Friday Friends!!

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Our neighbors are crazy. Like whoa. Bat shit crazy. We are renting. So it's not permanent. Thank god. There are literally like 12 people that live in the house and they all have issues. Yelling. Screaming. Health issues with the elderly. It's sad really. The cops and ambulances have been there numerous times, but thankfully Wayne has an old high school friend that is on our cities police department, so when ever anything happens, he finds out from her what's going on. It's all stupid little disagreements. Nonsense really. I guess it's just more annoying for us. Anyhow, I can't wait until the spring until we can start looking at houses and hopefully get out of here. I want a house of our own,  more than anything right now, besides maybe a tropical vacation.

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I finished season 1 of Chicago Fire and it's one of those shows where you get depressed when it's over. Ugh. I can't wait for Season 2 to start in just a couple weeks. Also, the season finale of Mistresses was this last Monday. Anyone else watch that? I really like it and hope it comes back for another season. The season finale of The Newsroom is this Sunday, too. Already? This season was only 9 episodes. I'm so not ready for it to be done and I feel like they have a ton of wrapping up loose ends to do. We'll see.

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I've been obsessed with Peanut Buster Parfaits from DQ. That's all I ever get. Do you get the same thing every time or change it up? It's nearing the end of good ole summer here in Minny and I think I'm trying to hold onto anything I can.

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Love THIS post about being a mother. Go read it and tell me what you think. I happen to think it's spot on.

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I got this Nivea lip balm this week. It smells so good and has a shimmery tint to it. I love it to give my lips quick moisture and color at the same time.

Linking up with Darci for Five on Friday.

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How was your week friends?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bloggy Boot Camp {2013}

One month from today is Bloggy Boot Camp!

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Who is going? I know of a couple people that are going, but if you are on the fence about going, I have one word...Go!

You can be a newbie with me. I'm gonna be a conference blog first timer, too, so have no fear! We can brave the conference together. You won't be alone. Like I said, I am so excited to attend my first blog conference. If nothing else comes from this weekend (other than just attending, the free food and free wine, HOLLA!), I will be quite all right with that. BUT, I don't think that will happen.

Here are my goals for this blog conference:

1. Just Go. Be open to everything. The People. The events. The speakers. The overall experience of it all.
2. Take lots of notes and try and apply them to my life/blog.
3. Network. READ: Make friends and connections.
5. Have fun. What more could I want than that?!

Watch this 2 min video and tell me you don't want to join.



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Sunshine Award (2013)

So instead of a depressing 9/11 post with pictures, videos, etc., I decided to keep it positive and complete my Sunshine Award. We are never going to forget what happened on 9/11 and no amount of pictures, etc. will make me feel any better about it. Plus, it's all we see online or on the news. So that's that. All I can say is God Bless America.

I was so honored when I read that Kayla from Kayla Layla nominated me for a Sunshine Award! As I said in THIS POST, I just can't get enough of her.

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A Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose posts brighten your day.

Here are the rules:

1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog (above).

2. Link to the person who nominated you.

3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.

4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award.

5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

Here are Kayla's Questions for her nominees and my answers:

1. If you were a Real Housewife, what would your tagline be? If you don't watch it, I'll give you an example of what mine would be. "There's nothing wrong with being classy, sassy, and a bit smart ass-y!"

So I have to be honest. I have never seen an episode of any of the RH's series. Never. Ever. So I had to do a little research of what a tag-line was all about. I thought Kelly Killoren-Bensimon's line from S2 & S3 of DC fit me perfectly.

"I've created a great life and I love living it."

I don't know who Kelly is and it's a little more generic, but I could totally see myself changing my blog line to that instead of what I have now.

2. What is your favorite boy band of all time?

If you know me, you know I love ALL things Boy Band. For realz. You name em, I love them. But, if I had to pick just one, it would be The Backstreet Boys. They were the epitome of my teenage years.

3. Which member of The Brady Bunch can you most relate to?

Probably Marsha Brady. We both  have the oldest child syndrome. 

4. Will you be wearing white now that Labor Day has passed?

Yea. I'm not much of a rule follower with clothes and in Minnesota, if the weather is nice you wear it as long as you can, whether it be shorts, capris or dresses.

5. Nacho Cheese or Cooler Ranch Doritos?

I like both. Depends on my mood, but I usually prefer and have at home Nacho Cheese.

6. Describe something about yourself that you secretly love and wish others noticed more.

I don't know on this one. I have a lot of work to do on my post baby body, so it wouldn't be anything with that. The two things I normally get compliments on are my eyes and my dimple. That's pretty much it and that's totally fine by me.

7. Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Probably deaf. If I couldn't see my Hubs, Hailey, my family and friends, etc., I don't know what I would do.

8. Maury's Paternity Tests episodes or Out of Control Teens?

Both make me sad, but at least Paternity Tests is a brand newish life with potential. My heart breaks from seeing struggling people, especially teens.

9. If you could go back in time for 24 hours, where would you go and what would you do?

I would love to go back and re-live my wedding day. I know a lot of people would say their child's birth, but honestly, it was a painful couple days after she was born and although I'm so happy she is here and we are both healthy, I rather not re-live that pain of that day or time.

10. Who's sexier? Larry King or Steve Buscemi?

I would choose Steve Buscemi. I think one of his best traits is that he is funny, and that's one of my top must have traits. Also, I love him in the movie Armageddon. It's one of my all time favorite movies and I LOVE his character, Rockhound.

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The 10 bloggers that I am nominating are:

1. Sarah from Dreaming About Baby
2. Sarah from Midwest Pillowtalk
3. Jenn from Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
4. Kelly from Four Kids, a mini-van and a lot of love
5. Gabriella from Ramblings of a Girl
6. Katie from This is My Life
7. Jen from Wonderfully Unkempt
8. Momma B from Momma B Blog
9. Kenzie from Life According to Kenz
10. Andrea from Love Is

And the 10 questions I want them to answer are:

1. What is your favorite boy band of all time? If you are not a boy band fan, let us know why.

2. What is your favorite vacation spot?

3. What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do?

4. Wine, beer, or mixed drinks? What kind?

5. What's one thing you've been putting off?

6. Sweet or salty snacks? What is it?

7. If you could go back in time for 24 hours, where would you go and what would you do?

8. What is your next big goal for yourself?

9. What is your favorite app on your phone (or website if you don’t have a smartphone) BESIDES the usual social media ones (i.e. Facebook, IG, Twitter)?

10. Where is your favorite place to shop? For yourself.

I look forward to hearing from all of you lovely ladies!!!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Surgery Day {09.10.2013}

So today is surgery day for Wayne. Please say a little prayer that all goes well.

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Thanks loves!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Music Monday {Vol. 10}

This week I figured I would feature Robin Thicke. Some people didn't even know who he was until Blurred Lines came out this summer. He's been around for awhile now.

Well, here is his newest single, which I'm not a huge fan of the rap parts, but I really like the chorus. That part I turn up real loud.

Give It 2 U (Explicit) by Robin Thicke feat. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar



Here is an old favorite of mine. And by old, I mean 2009 ish. It is actually Leighton Meester's song feat Robin Thicke. I have LOVED this song ever since I first heard it.

Somebody To Love by Leighton Meester feat. Robin Thicke



Happy Monday friends!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Life Lately {June 2013}

Saturday, June 1, 2013

It was my friend Katie's birthday on the 2nd, so we all decided to party it up together the night before. We met at Uptown Tavern and did dinner and drinks. A few of us played pool.

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We walked down to Bar Abilene for a while and ended up at Bar Louie to end the night. It was great fun with some of my most favorite people.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Today was, our family friend,, Gina's graduation party. They have lived next to my parents since Gina was in diapers and I used to babysit Gina, too. It was so fun to see all her pictures and I was so honored when she asked me to take her Senior pictures as well.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

I took the day off of work and headed with my sisters and Hailey out to the Mall of America for the Big Time Rush meet & greet & performance that they were doing. Of course, those guys are SO awesome and they always remember us and Hailey. They are just some of the best artists I have ever met. They are ALWAYS nice, polite, huggy and just really down to earth.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

We celebrated Father's Day by eating lunch at Crave. The day before (on the 15th) while we were running errands, we went to Best Buy to get Wayne his Father's Day gift a/k/a an iPad Mini and guess what? We both ended up getting one. Haha!

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Aren't they just the cutest!?

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Happy Father's Day to ME!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

We had a horrible storm. There were branches/trees down and to make matters worse, the freaking power went out. Of course it had to go out while I was busy cleaning house, because why? Oh yea, Green Grandma was coming less than 2 days later. Ugh. Wayne was at work, so Hailey and I made the best of it that night. We did sleep at our house Friday night, but then headed to my parents house Saturday morning.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

We headed out to St. Paul to celebrate Dave's Belated 60th Birthday. He is the Dad of our good friend, Adam. I've mentioned him on this little blog of mine before. He has been battling cancer for about a year and a half. We had a benefit for him last June. He definitely still has his ups and downs, but he's such a fighter and is hanging in there.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 through Sunday June 30, 2013

Green Grandma arrived to spend 2 weeks with all of us in Minnesota. Stay tuned for a separate post on this, as well as Hailey's real birthday and her party.