3 year old preschool! 

This week Alice started 3 year old preschool. I wasn’t so sure about signing her up. I thought to myself she’ll be in school or working the rest of her life once she starts school… However I don’t want to rob her from the experience! At this age it’s tons of fun and she has the ability to meet new kids and her future classmates! 

Loved her first day! The only other girl in the class is also named Alyce. She talked about her frequently! Jacob really misses his sister now on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

We had our first parenting fail of the year on the second day of school – we forgot show and tell! They do this every day (she only goes 2 days a week). 

So on their way there Josh told Alice she could show off her new book bag and talk about how we went to the movie ‘Secret life of pets’. I asked her on the way home if she had anything for show and tell and she just responds yeah I just showed them my dress. She’s quick on her feet! 

I’m excited to see all the new things she’s learning and what’s to come in this year of preschool! She loves it already!

We sign her up for dance on Wednesday this week too! Such a big girl. 

I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year and are excited to go and learn everything as much as a 3 year old on the first day 😀

Xoxo – Christy

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Inside Out Birthday Bash!

Hey all!

I’m back at it! I’d like to say I was on hiatus recouping from the big birthday part I threw for the kids. 🙂 It’s nice to be back!

I wanted to share the great big birthday bash we threw for the kids! It was a lot of fun putting it all on, also a lot of work! 🙂 Ali and Jake recently started loving the movie ‘Inside Out’. What a cute movie that is – rent it if you haven’t seen it! This ended up being the perfect theme for my first boy / girl combined birthday party!! Since Ali and Jake’s birthdays are 4 days a part there is no reason to throw more than one party.

I tried to be super frugal when putting everything together from making my own birthday onsie for Jake to printing all the signs etc for the party its self! I even put together the wagon that Riley and Bing bong (her imaginary friend from the movie) fly to the moon on 🙂 The kid’s loved the wagon and it was a bit destroyed by the end of the party! That means they all had fun! I did take some of the ideas from pinterest! However I made everything on my own. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed their day w/ the kids, brought something to share and gifts for the kids! We are so blessed to have such a big loving set of family and friends!

We did throw mini parties for the kid’s on their birthday where they opened gifts from mom and dad as well as had a sweet treat to enjoy. It was the start of a great tradition we’ll continue for both of their birthdays! Let’s just hope when we are ready for baby number 3 he or she comes in March so we can just add another to the mix! 🙂

Check out the slide show here of all the party craziness!

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Family time and Disney on ice

Another weekend gone and another one started – for most people. I work in retail so I’ll be back to work Friday and Saturday this week. This weekend was pretty eventful. We enjoyed some time with my husband’s family which doesn’t happen as often as we’d like it to.

Josh’s sister Diana who lives in Chicago made the trip up to our area; we were checking the weather all week wondering if she would make it back. We got about 10 inches of snow in our neck of the woods last Friday evening into Saturday morning, thankfully she made it back before it got too nasty.

That morning Josh saw a commercial for Disney on Ice and he saw Ali’s reaction to it! IMG_1373She was so excited and he remarks ‘hey we should surprise the kids with this tomorrow evening after you are off work.’ Me who has had it penciled in to my calendar since I first saw a commercial for it was shocked he would even want to go. So we gIMG_1368ot some tickets and decided it would be fun to Surprise Ali and C.J, my niece, with tickets Saturday evening. I think the parents were more excited than kids about the surprise!  Once the kids got there C.J who could read was able to make out what we were doing. Ali was just amazed by all the Disney character’s at the souvenir stands. When everything started Jake was excited with all the music and colors – until he feel asleep after intermission. Ali didn’t take her eyes off the ice the entire time.IMG_1371 It brought tears to my eyes just to see her excitement for each new characters that came out. It was purely amazing and just entertaining for all ages – if you get a chance to go I highly suggest it! (Never mind the crazy hair in these pics – her piggy tails had fallen out and she couldn’t sit still to have them fixed!) She’s always one for making crazy faces at the camera. She was so excited to IMG_1405see what all the fuss was about!

Sunday we made a trip to Josh’s aunts house to meet up with some of his cousins we hadn’t seen in a while. His parents and sisters came as well. It had probably been about 4 years since we had seen everyone and some of them hadn’t met Jacob yet. Josh smoked a turkey and we headed on our way. We had more food than you could imagine. Everything was delicious and Ali enjoyed playing with her new ‘friends’. She played so hard she feel asleep as we were were loading up the car and getting things ready to leave. That’s always a good sign! It was bed time by the time we got home and both kids went to bed just fine – which is another win! Overall it was a great weekend with family.

We are ready to spend some time with my side of the family tomorrow for Thanksgiving. I enjoy this time of year getting together and enjoying laughs, stories, games etc. I’m thankful for so much and continue to count my blessings. Many blessings to you and your family  and Happy Thanksgiving to all. Be safe this weekend and enjoy every moment.

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Taking the leap – our story


Hey all – as I type this I’m not sure who I’m talking to. I know I don’t have any ‘followers’ yet or know if I’ll get any at all. However I’ve wanted to do a blog for a while now and even started one with my cousins / sister a few years back. We had one post and it was anonymous. So that made it kind of difficult to spread the word.  So I do want to say thanks to my friend Heath Tracy for the inspiration to start my blog! You can check his out here  https://heathtracy.wordpress.com/author/heathtracy/   read it / follow it / love it 🙂

To start just a little about me. I’m a mother of two (Ali, 2.5 and Jake 7 months). I have a wonderful husband Josh and an old grumpy dog Wrigley – yes we are Cubs fans and yes we hope they win the World Series. I have a weird writing style so either you like it or don’t.  Thank God there is spell check 🙂 Speaking of God  – yep I’m going there – I was born and raised Catholic – so with that in mind I’m not here for any judgements of any kind, that’s not your job, (the judging part).

So back to my wonderful husband – any one watch Wheel of Fortune and see how everyone always talks about how ‘wonderful’ or ‘amazing’ their husbands / kids / wives etc?  what if someone came out and said I have a lazy husband and 3 little sh*ts that make me wait on them hand and foot.. hehe I think that would be great.  No really though I have an amazing and wonderful husband. I really found a good catch! He loves me unconditionally – I can get a little coco for coco puffs sometimes. And he does a lot – I mean A LOT – around the house. Helps with the kids, like I feel every husband and good Dad should, cooks, cleans etc. etc.  He’s not perfect but who is? We’ve been together 8 years and married 5 of those years.

Josh and I weren’t sure if we could have kids. We talked about waiting a few years to have kids but once we were married its like we had baby fever and decided to try for a baby. Well several years later after lots of tears, fights and struggles with infertility, which I’ll share in a different post, in March of 2013 our little Ali came along. Shes quite the spit fire – just like me I hear. 🙂 So basically I’m going to have my hands full when shes a teenager. Then just 2 short years later we were blessed with Mr. Jake who is a huge momma’s boy and lights our world just as much as Alice does.

Our lives stay very busy with work, kids, family and more. I’ll keep this first blog short and sweet and look forward to sharing our world with you – whoever you are at this point.

Please comment / share etc. I wouldn’t mind the publicity- gives me the courage and keeps me accountable to continue writing these.