Weekend Whereabouts

We have had a few busy weekends and y’all… i’m here for it! Yes, it’s WAY more stressful and a lot more work with the kids but it’s just so nice to have plans versus sit at home every weekend! We did that for way too long the last few years so it feels good to finally do things. I told my Stepmom, the other week that even if it’s hard, I want to start doing more with the girls (meaning the twins) like going out and about or visiting people. I feel like for so long, we were being cautious with Covid and then it’s just A LOT of work getting 2 babies out the door along with a toddler but it’s been nice to have plans for once!

On that note… we kicked off the weekend with a sleepover for Magnolia at Mimi and Papa’s house (my inlaws). She hasn’t done many sleepovers and honestly, nights have been REALLY hard with her so we weren’t sure how she’d do (aka if she’d sleep or make someone lay by her all night) but she did pretty good and thankfully, I think she’ll be welcomed back again for a sleepover 🙂 We got to spend some much needed 1:1 time with the twins that night and the next morning and it’s crazy how easy it seems with 2 babies (without a toddler). It was a win for everyone though because Magnolia got some time by herself with my inlaws and we got time with just the littles.

I met them down at my in-laws house on Saturday and we headed out to the zoo for an Easter Egg Hunt. It was a little blistery so we all bundled up (aside from Magnolia who insisted on not wearing a winter jacket) and headed out!

She enjoyed the games they had the most but did love seeing the animals too – usually she’s craaaaazy about Easter Egg hunts but it wasn’t too hard when they had hundreds of eggs laying all over the ground!

We headed back to my in-laws (how many times can I say that in a blog post?!) for a little bit since the twins fell asleep on the ride back! I got home in time for dinner and then bath time for the babies – played with Magnolia and then headed out with a few neighbor gals for some drinks!

Sunday, we headed to tennis (for Magnolia!) and she shockingly hit the ball this time. She’s not very interested in the sport (to Logan’s dismay) so she isn’t usually doing much during the lesson- but this time she did great!

I should say, she’s usually the only kid in the lesson too which doesn’t help!

After tennis, we headed on down to my in-laws again for some Easter Cookie decorating and a meet and greet with the good ol’ Easter Bunny.

I thought for sure Clementine would scream immediately once placed in his arms (her stranger danger is off the charts) but she actually really liked him and sat super chill.

Annabelle enjoyed touching his face – ha! And Magnolia was so happy to see him until it was time to get close to him for a pic (so lucky Mama had to get in the picture)…

We headed back home later that afternoon and had a really wonderful poop in the bath tub incident with Clementine – so that was fun! Thankfully, Logan came home from tennis just in time and was able to help with the clean up.

That about sums up our weekend! Easter filled activities and now we’ll be dying some Easter eggs (with whipped cream! I can’t ever do the vinegar smell!) this week to get ready for the bunny to come visit!

Weekends like this remind me of why we moved here – thankful for all the extra hands!

Hope you all had a fun weekend!

Kristi

Granola

A few weeks back, I shared that I made my favorite granola on Instagram and it’s honestly SO good! I thought i’d share the recipe in case you’re looking for something a little healthier to snack on…

I got this recipe from my coworker about 7 years ago and ever since then, I make it multiple times a year. Even Magnolia likes it.. and she’s picky.

Oven: 325 Degrees

in a large bowl, mix the following ingredients:

1 large “box/silo” of original oats (cannot be instant!)

1.5 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp cinnamon

2-3 cups assorted nuts (I used almonds, sunflower kernels and cashews this last time but you can use any!)

Mix well.

On the stovetop in a small saucepan mix:

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1.5 cup honey

1 tbsp vanilla

Bring to a boil and stir into oat mixture.

Grease well with nonstick spray a large pan with sides (I use a roasting pan). Dump the granola mixture into the pan.

Place in pre-heated oven. STIR EVERY 10 MINUTES – THIS IS KEY!! Once slightly browned (about 20-30 mins), remove from oven. Cool and enjoy.

Beware, this makes a ton of granola but it can be kept in the freezer!

Let me know if you try this and how you like it!

Kristi

Monday Moments

My goodness, it’s been a week (and weekend!). Annabelle’s been sick – apparently just a cold based on all the tests and assessments from the doctor which is great but my goodness, she’s fussy!! She’s been home Thursday and Friday and then this weekend obviously and I’m ready for an actual FULL week with my kids all in daycare! It’s literally been since beginning of November…

Anyway – I’d love to say we had grand plans this past weekend but we live where it’s cold 6-8ish months out of the year (I’m talking realllll cold) and we have twin infants SO you do the math on that…

We did manage to sneak away for a quick dinner on Friday which was great! It was our first since we moved here and we didn’t plan ahead so by the time I called for a reservation, they only had 5:00 so we were home by 6:50 (and that included a quick pick up trip to Target).

It was so nice to have an adult conversation without the kids crying since I feel like they’re so fussy lately! Saturday, I ran a few errands with Magnolia and that was basically it! We got some Valentine balloons for a fun picture and decided that we’d rather jump on the bed and have a dance party 🙂

Annabelle also started to crawl on Saturday! She’s been rocking on her knees for about a month but just never moved and would cry so hard but she finally figured it out!

And we were all SO proud especially Magnolia 🙂

Clementine isn’t so interested but maybe once she sees Annabelle moving around, she’ll start more!

No filters around here 🤣

Sunday was another casual day with tennis practice in the mix for Magnolia. The girls were a bit fussy so we spent lots of time cuddling…

Magnolia baked some cookies.

And we attempted our Valentine craft. I made one when Magnolia was a baby and love putting it out on the counter every year so I wanted to do another one with all the girls.

I underestimated how big Clementine’s feet are so I doubt i’ll be able to really do my original thought.. so it’ll be letting Magnolia paint and decorate around their little feet and her hands instead. As long as it’s red and pink, it’ll ring Valentine’s Day 🙂

The rest of the day was play time mixed with some nail painting to match Mommy’s for Magnolia.

And that’s a wrap. I’m ready for our weekends to get more entertaining but also need our weather to warm up so we actually feel OK getting out and about – even for a walk with all three girls! If it’s warm where you live, count your blessings!

Have a great Monday!

Kristi

What I’m Loving..

Hi, Hi! It’s Sunday night and I’m exhausted from doing nothing but taking care of kids the last 2 days. I mean, they act like they really need us every second 🤣 The nerve, right? Good thing, they’re cute, right?! Anyway, I thought I’d share some random things I’ve been loving lately {including my little fam versus just products}!

One

I recently took Magnolia to the public library (her first time in a library) and she LOVED it. It wasn’t anything spectacular so I think we’ll look at other ones BUT she was really excited.

Gotta love that hat head 🤣

And it was nice to do something with her that doesn’t involve screen time! And it was completely dead so she got the run of the place (if that’s even a thing in a quiet library….).

Kept telling her she could bring the books home but she loved reading them there!

My Brother in law and Sister in law got us a year membership to the Children’s museum and we’re excited to give that try! I know she will LOVE going to that!

Love doing some one on one things with our big girl! Also.. can you tell I’m a little tired these days?! 😭

Two

It’s been a real struggle lately with Magnolia and listening – heck, I know she’s being a “normal” toddler but with two infants, we find our patience wears a little thin after asking her to do something/not do something 27 times. That 28th time… just can’t do it. BUT I have been trying to find different methods for discipline to figure out what will work for her. I recently read this book

And it’s very interesting and different than I’d normally think for discipline. It helps you understand the toddler/child so that you can help before you get to those tantrum moments. And honestly, I’ve used a few methods this last week and it’s worked. It’s not golden but it helps curb some of those tantrums. I just realized I purchased this book December 2020…… and literally just finished it now 🤦🏻‍♀️

Three

This wrap. It’s literally wearing a blanket with arm holes so I can still work. It’s amazing.

It feels buttery soft like barefoot dreams but it’s only $25. I almost purchased the same barefoot dreams one last month for $89 on QVC and I’m so glad I waited! I have to say, this is so soft that Magnolia has been stealing it from me as soon as I put it on! That stinker…

Four

I’ve seen every blogger share this {so no shock to most!} but I finally gave in to try this Amazon sweater when it was on sale… it’s cute and I wish they had a pink one because I’d order that one ASAP!

I sized down to XS and it fits great!

Five

Logan and my mother in law had a bake off today and their desserts from Milk Bar (I think that’s the name!) we’re SO good!

So random, but I didn’t even realize the cookies were a winner at one of my Christmas cookie exchanges! They’re realllllly good!

Six

I’m totally jumping on the “belt bag” aka Fanny pack trend and thinking of purchasing this one.. it’s only $14 and would be really nice to grab and wear like a cross body when I don’t have the diaper bag with me!

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and start to your week!

Kristi

Christmas 2021 is in the books!

Happy Monday! Or end of day Monday so maybe Happy Tuesday! Lets wait to see if all of my kids are in daycare tomorrow and then we can see how happy it is…

Ugh, the struggle, am I right?! With Covid these days, I feel like we’re even more cautious to keep them out if they have any symptoms since daycare says if they have 2 symptoms, they need to be out (which these days, there’s 98 so it’s hard to really say) and had to have Clementine home last week two days due to an ear infection. The week before that, we had Annabelle home 2 days due to a cold (was negative for Covid thankfully!) and then Magnolia was sick with the stomach bug the next day and then the twins were exposed to Covid at daycare and they were out 10 days. I’m not kidding… I think my kids are out of daycare more often than in it and it’s a miracle if we get a full week of daycare for all 3 kids! So here’s to hoping they’re all in it for the rest of the week…. fingers crossed!

Anyways, over the weekend we had our last Christmas with my Dad and Stepmom. We traveled to them (about 2 hours away) for a few hours and it was our first trip longer than 30 mins with the twins in the car since we moved here in August. Kinda crazy – and of course, I thought if we timed it right then they’d nap in the car 2 hours and on the way home………… yeah we made it 25 mins for naps and then they were all awake for the remainder of the drive. Gotta love that. Thankfully they didn’t really cry too much at least!

My Dad with Clementine Irene (Irene is my dads grandmas name 😊)

We weren’t able to all get together for Christmas this year (for my family) so we had it separate with my Mom, the week before Christmas…

My Mom and Stepdad with the girls!
We baked cookies with my Mom when she was in town!

And then my Dad this past weekend.

It was a quiet day for my family christmases with just us and my parents but it’s been nice to catch up and the girls loved the one-on-one time! Hopefully this summer we can all get together!

My Dad with Annabelle

We were with my in-laws Christmas Day to celebrate and it’s honeslty the first time we’ve been with any family on Christmas since before Magnolia was born. Crazy to think that! But with Covid and Magnolia’s birthday on Christmas Day, we have alwasy spent the day(s) by ourselves. It was definitely chaotic this year and we’ll probably re-evaluate timeline for Christmas day next year!

Magnolia requested pink for her birthday so pink on Christmas it was!
Mimi and Papa (my in-laws!) with the girls!
My sister in law with Annabelle (and Magnolia attempting to cheer her up!)
Magnolia with her Aunties

Can’t believe the first Christmas for the twins is over – it honestly flew by so quickly. It’s been a bit of a rough year so I’m not sure we felt super in the spirit this year (even though we did make sure to do some fun things for the girls!). Hoping it’ll be a more calm year and we’ll be more prepared for the holidays to come!

Kristi

Lilly Pulitzer Sunshine Sale

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe it’s time for the big Lilly Pulitzer (formerly After Party) Sunshine Sale! It’s no surprise, if you’ve been around a while, that I am a BIG fan of Lillly for the last 15+ years?! I loved it prior to kids and love it even more after having kids! This sale is twice a year (the next one is usually in September) and it’s usually 50-70% off their items – This is the only time you”ll get sale items from Lilly unless you find any randomly on Amazon or Zappos so if you’re looking to try any out, now is the time! The sale is only ONE day this year so hop on anything you want ASAP!

The sale starts at 8 pm Est and you’ll be put into a virtual line until it’s your turn to get in. Don’t hit refresh, it’ll just update while your page is up!

I usually get asked about styles I like, sizing, etc and I’ve referenced so many here but thought I’d update it as I’ve tried more styles.

The twins have all of Magnolia’s old Lilly pieces and the shifts are so sweet!

The Etta top for me – this is always part of the sale (as are the baby shifts!) and it’s so flattering!
This is the Lana romper and it’s definitely not my style so I’d pass if it’s in the sale this year!
This is one of their Elsa tops and it’s such a great staple for your closet! I wear a S but the M would fit great too!
These body suits are perfect for those winter months!
These summer body suits are so cute as bubbles too!
This is the Etta short sleeve top – very flattering for all shapes!!
This is a Lilly for Target dress but the little maxis are so cute!
Not the most flattering pic BUT these shifts are so darn sweet!

Clearly the babies will have PLENTY of Lilly to wear for years to come! 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️

Now onto other ones I’ve worn over the last year for my faves and sizing!

This is the Harper dress – I sized up to a medium in this for pregnancy and I’m about 30 weeks pregnant here with the twins!
This is the same dress but in an XS for Magnolia
This is the Essie dress (Size M for me) and the Astara Dress (XS for Magnolia). I sized up in this one since I would be post-partum and so glad I did! I love it flowier. Magnolia’s first time in “normal” sizing and not infant sizing. The XS is a little big on her but she’ll be able to wear it this summer again too!
This is the Jane shift dress – I will say this runs a bit bigger. I sized up again to an 8 since I wasn’t sure the fit of this one based on reviews. I am happy I sized up – I am larger chested (34G) and I definitely need the room for my bust and it’s flowier on the bottom then. It’s really cute and can be dressed up or down but I’m not sure I’ll order this style again with my body shape.
The Jane shift again – I absolutely LOVE the neckline on this one though!
Another Astara dress for Magnolia – love this style for her and the prints! The babies are in Magnolia’s old Lilly (and they have plenty to wear!).
This one is just OK for me as well, if I’m being honest. I reallly wanted to love this one – the Finn dress because it’s so comfy and just darn cute (and Love the matching top for Magnolia) but truthfully, it’s not the best for my body shape again with my larger chest and the way the pattern lays.

These are the main ones that I’ve been loving (or not loving as much!) lately. Clearly, I could go on and on about this sale and the pieces but if you’re looking for a few good ones, now is the time!

Kristi

Hello 2022!

I honestly love the new year; new goals, new ambitions and new memories to be made. 2021 was rough for us – I mean we had twin baby girls (so thankful they’re healthy!), sold our house, bought a house sight unseen and what feels like started a new life!

We had happy moments too but through in Covid and needing to be extra cautious for my pregnancy and then the twins, and it felt like we did absolutely nothing “fun” last year! So I’m ready for a fresh year!

I’m ready to do all the things while still being cautious and safe for the babies. I’m ready to take trips (even when it’s going to be realllly hard and a lot of work – I mean it’s basically just taking care of our kids in a different place vs an actual vacation), I’m ready to go places with all the kids – the zoo? Yep. The farmers market? Yep. Having picnics? Yes please! I mean, obviously this means we need some actual warm weather so I’ll have a few months to prep for it all 🤣

I’m never one for resolutions but I do love to write down some goals for the new year and tryyyy to hold myself accountable.. so here I go!

– start being healthier – workout 3x a week (I have two girlfriends who will hold me accountable for this!) and eat veggies once a day.. I’m horrible with this so I’ll start small!

– plan vacations – one with no kids and one with the family! We haven’t vacationed since Sept 2019 and Magnolia clearly doesn’t remember being on an airplane and she’s dyyyyying to get on one!

– Read before bed versus scrolling! I’m constantly scrolling social media before bed since I don’t have time throughout the day to look at it and it’s mindless. But I want to actually start reading more again!

– Finish our parenting classes – Big Little Feelings and finish reading the toddler books! I’m not one to be “by the book” but I’ll take any tips I can to navigate parenting the best I can!

– Get back to blogging! Gah, I started this space 5 years ago when we had just gotten married and shared so much fashion/life/infertility and it transformed into sharing our lives and favorite things and then it stopped. I miss this and want to set a goal to be more consistent on this space!

– Plan date nights! We moved here to be closer to family and want to take advantage of anyone offering to help out! So 2 nights a month? I’d love to have a short date with my husband!

– Keep up with daily devotionals. I really enjoy when I can get up in the AM and read through one before starting my day. It’s been hit or miss since having the twins and I’m hoping with them hopefully getting more sleep (eventually, right?!) that I can start this back up!

– Basically, just live life! We are so blessed with our health and there’s others I love dearly, who aren’t as fortunate right now and others I’ve lost who would love more time!

Just a few goals, huh?!

I’m excited to see what’s in store for us for 2022. I know people say “don’t jinx it” with saying that but honestly I do believe we make our own happiness and I need to choose that more often. So I’ll be here to share the good, bad and ugly a few times a week – I’m not perfect and trust me, most days it’s a total sh*t show but it’s nice to see that you’re not the only one experiencing that when you see so much “perfect” on social media!

Oh yeah.. and I can’t forget to share the Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale is officially on Monday so set your calendars!

Kristi

Newborn Pictures!

I blinked and somehow my maternity leave is over as of Friday and I’m back to work Monday. It’s been crazy and I literally feel like it’s been only a week off work with everything going on (i’ll go into my feelings on that another time). It’s bittersweet.. but creating some “normalcy” will be good since I feel like nothing has been normal for the last few months!

Sweet girls – hard to believe little Clementine was 5 pounds!

In lieu of my leave being over, I’m finally getting around to sharing some of our newborn pictures!

We took the first set about 10 days after the twins were born and it was a definite cluster!

No joke… babies were screaming, Magnolia was over it and our photographer had an event so we were trying to kind of get it all done quickly!

I had not prepared or even thought about outfits in advance or swaddles or anything since we didn’t know the genders until they were born (and it was such a blur those first 10 days that I couldn’t even think about what to order for pictures).

Definitely one of my favorites 🙂
And this one is beyond sweet!

So thanks to Jess Spinner (our one and only photographer always) – she agreed to come back a second time since we didn’t get a ton of good ones the first time!

The second set was taken when the twins were almost 5 weeks old and we took the pictures in our front yard! Totally not planned but so glad we did since we left this home a month later!

It blows my mind how tiny Clementine was compared to our sweet chubby cheeked girl now!

We bribed Magnolia with a “trip to the beach” after the pictures and Annabelle was upset for 99% of the pictures but sweet Clementine was just so chill, as usual 🙂

We got the best pictures of Magnolia!

And one of my favorite pictures of us all…

By the end (when the picture above was taken), the girls were beyone done but it’s still so special to have a picture in front of the home we brought our babies home to and where we really started our life together!

It’s been a wild ride bringing these two babies into this world and I’m not going to lie, our world has been completely rocked with 3 under 3 but their little personalities are showing through and I still can’t believe I’m a Mama of 3 girls!

Kristi

We have some news…

This post has been a long time coming but we have some news… WE’RE MOVING!

I still can’t believe that’s happening later this month BUT we are moving to be closer to my in-laws for a few years!

Here’s how this all went down….

If you’ve been around here a while then you know, we’ve talked about moving down south for YEARS now and actually had decided to really start looking last year but then Covid hit and we had a few other things going on.. then in September, we found out we were having TWINS and things changed again…

The day we moved into our home – August 2013

Aside from the hospital with the twins, we’ve never had a night or even afternoon away from Magnolia (except when we’ve been working and she at daycare). We were fine with this but even to try and plan a trip or anything for the two of us, it was always too much work to coordinate someone coming to stay with her so we’ve just never done anything! Once we found out we were having twins, we knew we couldn’t keep that up with 3 kids and still have NO time away from them at all. And Magnolia always loves seeing people and family – especiallly after being so cooped up during Covid!

When we found out we were having twins, we knew our dreams of moving down south would have to be put on hold for at least 3 years until we could really get some help with the kids and maybe have a little time for just Logan and myself for our sanity?! When we found out they were twins, Logan’s immediate response was “I guess we will be moving to Oshkosh for a little bit…” Never did I think Id hear those words come out of Logan’s mouth… ever! And I don’t think his family did either because they were shocked on all fronts!

Now, we haven’t actually been back to Oshkosh/Appleton since deciding this but yet we have a house that we close on in a few weeks! We’ve been looking since January and at first decided we’d build… but then after getting our bids back, they realized it was going to be $50K OVER what they initally thought (the builder) and since this isn’t a forever home, we decided not to go that route.. this pushed us back about a month for looking for houses and with this market, we knew we were already behind! We then found and put an offer on 3 other homes before finally getting the house we’ve purchased!

How it all started 8 years ago…. (We’ve been in MN for 11 years though – our whole relationship!)

We knew we wanted to move on my maternity leave so that we had some time to get situated (we’ll have about 2 weeks) before daycare and work started back. In the meantime, we also knew we had to put our house on the market too which meant that we needed to get it ready for pictures and showings with 2 infants and a toddler! We’ve been working on it for the last month and any spare time I had from the twins while they napped or at night, i’d work on decluttering and getting things in the garage. Same went for Logan while he wasnt working. Are we crazy?!?! Absolutely!! Stressed? You can’t even imagine! But we’re praying this is the right route for us and that after we move, get situated and get the girls all settled in the new daycare, that we’ll be less stressed and get a little time for us. I’m talking even a few hours in the afternoon on a weekend – nothing crazy! Ha!

That weekend we went to EC to visit my Mom?! It was so we could be out of the house for showings so we didn’t have to pack the kids and dogs up multiple times in order to have showings.

We chose this area too because it’s about an hour and a half from some of my family members too and all of Logans family will live within 30 minutes of us which means we’ll have about 6-7 people able to help us as needed which is great. I think it’s still very surreal to us that it’s all happening!

How it is now… 3 weeks ago!

Oh yeah, and Logan starts a new job this week… so just a few things going on with us! We are fortunate that both of our jobs are remote so we are able to continue with our jobs and have no issues. SUPER THANKFUL for that!

I joke with Logan and say that if we can survive having twins, getting our house ready to sell, packing and moving (and purchasing a house in this crazy market!!!) and him starting a new job all within 9 weeks of each other then we can survive anything!

I’ll share more about the new house at a later time and will take you along in the process of getting it all ready as we move in! Thankfully, its beautiful and move in ready so we don’t need to worry about doing anything to it ahead of time – except maybe clean the carpets and change the toilet seats. Everyone does that right?! Or is it just me?!

Wish us luck as we have less than a month until we close and say Peace Out to Minnesota!

Kristi

What we’ve been up to…..

We totally thought we were brave and decided to take all 3 kids to the beach since Magnolia loved it so much the last week…

Not sure what we were thinking… A) that dang stroller clearly isn’t made for sand… Ha! We looked so silly Im sure pushing it to the spot we wanted…

Magnolia wasn’t as crazy about the water and sand this time which was SO odd since she was obsessed when I took her!

We did build some sand castles – that she quickly stepped on after asking if she could… 🙂 And she loved the playground more this time!

It was going so well until Magnolia and I got back from the splash pad and Daddy was trying to feed a screaming Annabelle.. Logan kept saying “we need to leave right now. We need to leave”.

With Magnolia, I felt that SO strongly anytime she’d cry or fuss – we need to leave or I need to pull over in the car because it would just make me so anxious but with the twins, one of them usually has to cry unfortunately because when Logan is working, there is only one of me!

So it didnt bother me – but Logan said it was the last time we’d be taking them anywhere for a while…. Clearly the whole “lets get them used to being out little by little” isnt applying!

We’ve taken lots of pictures of the girls – or at least, I have!


Shocker, right? Ha!

We visited Eau Claire for a few days and hung out with family.

The girls have done a bit of cuddling…

We are not co-sleepers and they have separate bassinets but at 5 am – I’ll take some cuddles instead of getting up for the day!

Y’all.. how am I a mama to 3 girls?!?!? Still crazy to me!

We also had Logans siblings in town for a weekend visit to meet the girls..

And really to play with Magnolia more, of course 🥰 She sure loves seeing people after not for so long due to Covid!

The siblings and Logan took Magnolia to the zoo for a few hours (I stayed home with the babies since it was a hot one!) and she loved seeing the penguins!

And we’ve spent plenty of time trying to get the girls on a good schedule for night sleep!

My sweet Clementine

That’s life around here for now! Low key somewhat and trying to soak it all in! We have gymnastics for Magnolia tonight and for the first time, I think I get to actually take her! She started when I was pregnant and really couldn’t lift her and I needed to be 6 weeks postpartum (tomorrow!) in order to be able to lift her again! So excited to be able to do “uppy” with her again!

Kristi