Showing posts with label Wayne's family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wayne's family. Show all posts
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy Birthday: Green Gramma {04.02.2014}

Happy Birthday: Green Gramma {04.02.2014}
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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What can I say about this lady other than I love her to the moon and back! In the almost 11 years that I have been with my Husband, we have been through so much together. She has always been there as someone I can talk to and definitely laugh with! I have road-tripped and vacationed with her more than any other person on this planet (including my Husband), which says a lot. As you can see below, we like to take selfies!!

I love you so much Green Gramma and Happy 74th Birthday!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again
Thursday, March 27, 2014
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So, this week has been a doozy.

I basically found out yesterday (Wednesday) that Wayne's Gramma is coming to live with us for an undisclosed amount of time on Sunday. Like...this 3 days. Which in hindsight doesn't sound so bad (and it's not) other than she has 4 dogs. But um, we also have 4 dogs.

Now let me give you a little back history before you get all judgy.

(Is that a word? I don't care, I'm going with it.)

In October of 2008, we ended up moving into the basement of her house in Buffalo. We needed a place to live and she needed help financially. It was a win win for everyone. She had 5 dogs and we only had Bella and Puckett at that time. A month later we rescued Tony and Moo Moo. So at that point we had 9 dogs in one house. But it was the country and they had a big yard to run around and it wasn't close to a street or highway. We justified it and it worked for us. There was a house next door, but not RIGHT next door and they were all pretty good about sticking around the house (most of the time). And basically, if the dogs barked, no one was around close enough to hear them.

We found out we were pregnant October of 2010, and started looking for places in the cities, closer to our parents and our jobs.  We just didn't want the hour+ commute each way to work anymore with a child. We lived with Gramma until May of 2011. So for 2 1/2 years we lived in a house with 9 dogs.

We also moved because Gramma was in the process of losing her house (a whole other blog post) and we knew eventually we would have to move anyways. In October of 2011, she ended up moving down to AZ with her sister (and her dog, Gucci - yes her sister also has a dog - we are big dog people), because that was the only place she could have all 5 of her dogs and still live a normal life.

Did we like her living down there? So far away? No. But it is what it is and sometimes people have to do what they have to do. Plus, she has made it clear to everyone that she is NOT giving up her puppies, so she has VERY limited options.

This past summer she had some medical issues and was in and out of the hospital several times down in AZ. After that she started researching and talking to friends up here about moving back to be closer to her family. One of her friends had several rental properties and it just so happened they had a house for rent. The only problem was that it is 2 /12 hours up north from the cities.

In hind sight, we thought it would be better for her to be up here in Minnesota and only be a drive away if something were to happen to her, versus a plane ride away.

So, if you remember in THIS post, I mentioned a road trip to go get Gramma. She moved back here as of December 1st.

In her 4 months of living up there, she has endured quite a lot I must say.

Just some things to note:

1. She's all alone. We all thought it wouldn't be so bad, because her friend lives up there, but it's been miserable for her.

2. She thought she would be ok to live on her own (with only just her social security money), but she just can't. So, she got a part-time job at a little cafe down the street to help make ends meet.

3. She's going to be 74 next Wednesday with various medical issues. She shouldn't be working in a cafe on her feet.

4. She has ended up going to a food shelf a couple times.

5. From the day we walked into the house to move her in, the house isn't what it was all cracked up to be.

6. The owners/landlords (also friends of hers) are SO not helpful or accommodating.

7. The garage door isn't automatic, so in order to get her car in and out she has to lift it herself. Again, she's 74 years old.

8. We had the worst winter EVER, which is 10 times worse up north.

9. The landlords said they had a plowing service, but they hardly never came. She ended up shoveling or the neighbor boy came and did it for her. And then she paid him.

10. She now has been dealing with a mouse/rat issue for the last month and the stories she has told me are absolutely disgusting. Like no one should have to live like that.

Did I mention she's all by herself and her friend/landlord is so NOT helpful?

The whole situation just makes me so mad. Not at Gramma by any means, but just at the situation itself.

This time around there will only be 8 pups. (RIP Snickers) But I am just so stressed out about it, and to make matters worse, my Husband doesn't seem to get why, or much less care. He just keeps saying "it will all work out" and "we'll figure it out." I know. I get it. Can you just say something else?

I am excited on one hand for her to come stay with us. On the other hand though we live in the city, with close neighbors that are also CRAZY.

Sandy is planning on coming to get Gramma at some point and move her back down to AZ. She just doesn't know when and I'm fearful it's going to be a lot longer than what I was planning.

For right now we are going up there on Sunday to basically move her out of there and she will be staying with us for the time being.

Please say a little prayer for me. Anyone got any good advice for me to stay sane?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

365 Photoaday Challenge {June 2013}

365 Photoaday Challenge {June 2013}
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Disclaimer: All these pictures are from my Instagram. Follow me @MrsMamaD

#day152 #june1 Fun night with a few of my besties. #friends #photoaday365

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We went out for Katie's birthday with some friends. Love these people!

#day153 #june2 She loved eating it like a big girl. Yummy!! #photoaday365

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#day154 #june3 Thanks @bigdradio for the sleeping pic. #parentproblems #photoaday365

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Every once in awhile if Hailey wakes up in the middle of the night, I will just put her in our bed. She's such a mover and a shaker though, so that doesn't happen too often. 

#day155 #june4 Me trying to be healthy. #lunch #photoaday365

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Super easy and delicious...spinach, chicken, cashews and balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes I add cheese or craisans, too!

#day156 #june5 True statement. #photoaday365 #mnproblems

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June was just not my month. Green Grandma came into town on the 23rd, so I was pretty MIA from the gym at that point.

#day157 #june6 Spot on. Thanks @mrskatier for the re-gram. #photoaday365

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#day158 #june7 So excited that one of my besties is coming to visit with her little fam in July!! #bff #photoaday365

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My friend, Wendy, lives in Kansas and tries to make it up here with her Hubby and daughter a few times a year. Every time they come we try and make a point to get together and catch up. 

#day159 #june8 Fun day with friends. #gradparty #playingball #swimming #bonfire #auntie @_ktstager #photoaday365

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I love taking graduation pictures and then going to the grad party and seeing my work being displayed. Feel so awesome!

#day160 #june9 Yes, I am an old lady. #photoaday365

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I needed a better reminder than all the pill bottles, etc. out on the counter.

#day161 #june10 I guess if that's where she wants to sleep. #weirdo #photoaday365

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For some reason she has really taken to the floor. No sure why. I don't get it.

#day162 #june11 June bug. Creepy crawler. #gross #photoaday365

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#day163 #june12 Finally got these bad boys on the wall. #photoaday365

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#day164 #june13 My little "Rusher." #btr #rusher #photoaday365 cc: @bigdradio @bigtimerush

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This was Hailey's 3rd time meeting Big Time Rush. They remember her each time and get such a kick out of how big she's gotten!

#day165 #june14 No lie. She's glued to SYTYCD. Absolutely mesmerized. #sytycd #photoaday365

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She loves this show just like her Mama.

#day166 #june15 Happy Fathers Day to me. Haha. cc: @bigdradio #spoiled #photoaday365

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Even though it was Father's Day, we both got presents! Yay! Thanks honey!!

#day167 #june16 I'm spending today with these 2. Happy Fathers Day to the love of my life. We are so lucky to have you! cc: @bigdradio

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These 2 rule my world. What can I say.

#day168 #june17 Little Miss H got her hairs cut. #photoaday365

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She always looks so grown up after a fresh haircut.

#day169 #june18 My little boy Puckett at the vet this morning. #puppylove #photoaday365

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Just brought him in for his annual exam. Dr said he's all good! Yay!

#day170 #june19 Me today. Outfit on the blog. Link in profile. #selfie #wiww #ootd #photoaday365

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#day171 #june20 New swimsuit for the little. #patriotic #photoaday365

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I got this at Old Navy for $8. I just couldn't pass it up.

#day172 #june21 Gross storms. Power out. Fun by candlelight. #photoaday365

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#day173 #june22 Happy Birthday Dave! #party #photoaday365

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We went to a belated birthday party for our friend Adam's Dad, Dave. He's been struggling with cancer the past year and a half, so we wanted to help him celebrate his milestone of 60!!

#day174 #june23 Green Grandma's here!!! #family #photoaday365

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Green Grandma came to town from Arizona for two weeks. We went out to dinner after picking her up from the airport. It was so good to spend time with her while she was here.

#day175 #june24 Fell asleep on Green Gramma. #photoaday365

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She was so tuckered out and fell right asleep in Grandma's lap.

#day176 #june25 Lunching at Broadway Pizza with Aly & Veronika. Keeping busy with the iPad. #lifesaver #photoaday365 #cousins

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Wayne's cousins came to spend the day with us and have lunch. LOVED having them around and Hailey absolutely adores them!

#day177 #june26 Happy 2nd Birthday to my baby girl. #photoaday365

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Hailey officially turned 2 today. Happy Birthday babygirl!

#day178 #june27 We love popcorn! #bedtime #snack #photoaday365

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#day179 #june28 Birthday Party prepping. #photoaday365 #elmo

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#day180 #june29 D Fam pic at the end of the night cause I was too busy during the day to take one with her cute bday outfit on. #photoaday365

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#day181 #june30 She's 2 now. Sheesh. Such a big girl. #photoaday365

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So there you go.

As always if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment, email me or find me on social media.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

365 Photoaday Challenge {March 2013}

365 Photoaday Challenge {March 2013}
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Here is my Photoaday Challenge for March 2013.

#day60 #march1 Finally saw my sister Amie perform for speech. #familynight #sisters #photoaday365

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#day61 #march2 Bridal shower for Nic & Al. The cake was so cute! #family #cousins #photoaday365

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#day62 #march3 Started using MyFitnessPal on the worst food day. Oh well. Its gonna happen. Gotta keep truckin. #photoaday365

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#day63 #march4 Oven baked chicken. Before 'n' after. So easy, healthy and yummy. #photoaday365

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#day64 #march5 Just brushing our teeth and gettin ready in the mornin. #photoaday365

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#day65 #march6 Morning cuddles with bear while reading to Elmo. Happens almost on the daily. #photoaday365

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#day66 #march7 Sandwich cutters. $1 section @target Hailey LOVES sandwiches. #photoaday365

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#day67 #march8 My one love, partner in this life and better half. #married #love #photoaday365 @bigdradio

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#day68 #march9 Bachellorette Party for Nicole. #cousins #partyparty #photoaday365

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#day69 #march10 Breakfast @birdtown with @jeagles622 #photoaday365

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#day70 #march11 Am I?Something I struggle with daily. #photoaday365 #doubt

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#day71 #march12 It's cool that my 20 month old daughter knows how to do this already. Startin her young. #duckface #photoaday365

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#day72 #march13 Tried this for the first time. #tasty #photoaday365

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#day73 #march14 This is me today. #photoaday365 #angrybird

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#day74 #march15 Love my new custom phone case. #mrsmamad #photoaday365 Thank you @ukdj

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#day75 #march16 New skinny jeans with detail on the but. So excited to wear them! #photoaday365 #jeanparty

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#day76 #march17 This little leprechaun was so tired from a day at MOA. #photoaday365

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#day77 #march18 Do you think she is a little obsessed? #elmo #photoaday365

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#day78 #march19 New fave snack. Oh so tasty! #photoaday365

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#day79 #march20 Sore from working with @vicped06 but I still went and did Zumba anyway. #pushthroughit #nopainnogain #fitness #photoaday365

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#day80 #march21 At the grocery store. She cracks me up. #toddler #photoaday365

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#day81 #march22 Casual Friday outfit. Sweater, skinny jeans & boots. #photoaday365

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#day82 #march23 Gym time, protein smoothie, laundry & hanging with this nugget all day. #mylittlelove #photoaday365

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#day83 #march24 Had to buy a 2nd copy, so the Hubs & I would stop fighting over it. @bigdradio #welovemusic #justintimberlake #theDfam #photoaday365

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#day84 #march25 Taco salad. One word. Yum. Happy Monday to me! #food #photoaday365

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#day85 #march26 Marriage Equality. Everyone should have it. #photoaday365

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#day86 #march27 Need to stop. #nom #photoaday365

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#day87 #march28 Can't wait!!!! #photoaday365 #boys

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#day88 #march29 Out n about and came across 3 deer. #suburbia #photoaday365

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#day89 #march30 Just Hailey in the studio doing some voice work. #commercials #photoaday365

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#day90 #march31 Happy Easter from Hailey. Hope everyone had a blessed day! #photoaday365

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