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Happy Monday friends! I hope your weekend was fabulous. Ours was pretty sweet because Chris and I got to celebrate SEVEN years of marriage!  Without getting too sappy I am SO thankful to have him as my partner in this crazy life.  We have crammed SO MUCH LIFE into the last 7 years and I couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone else.


Saturday we hired a babysitter so we could spend some quality time together up at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We headed up mid-morning to do some shopping and grab some lunch.  Our first stop was the outlet mall where I scored some cute things for summer that I can’t wait to share with you all.  We also went to Target which made my heart SO happy since it’s the closest one to us and is still almost an hour away.  Before heading back to the girls we stopped for lunch at Baxter’s an were not disappointed.  I mean HELLO … check out the view.

Weekend - Lunch

We both started off with a nice cold beer which was perfect for the warm day and the breeze off the lake.  For starters we had the spinach and artichoke dip and it was pretty good.  My main course was a chicken BLT that was just ok.


Weekend - Beer

Weekend -Appetizer


It was just nice spending time together enjoying a summer day.  When we got home we packed the girls up into the car and headed straight for post to hit the park.  I wish you guys could see Bryn at parks because she is bound and determined to give me a heart attack.  I love her sense of adventure but I foresee many ER visits for us ha.

Weekend - Playground


Sunday was our actual anniversary and Chris had my presents on the kitchen table.  He was pretty thoughtful this year and got me an Arizona scarf for football season, new sandals, prosecco, and a gift card.  My favorite thing though is the “card” he had pulled up on my iPad.




The rest of the day was spent getting chores done around the house.  Chris tackled the yard and I tackled a workout before we did laundry and food prep.  We did however go soak up some sun at the local pool with the girls.  They are serious water babies which tells me they are Arizona girls at heart.


Weekend - Pool


Here’s to another great week!  I am starting to get my groove as a provider and am feeling a teensy bit less overwhelmed at my job.  I am learning more stuff everyday and hopefully am making a positive impact on my patients too.  Hope your day is great!


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Happy Memorial Day!  While we enjoy having an extra day off work please remember to take a second and say a quick prayer to the brave men and women who selflessly gave their lives for our country.  Their sacrifice is what helps keep us free and we forever owe them gratitude.  Say a prayer for the loved ones left behind because everyday for them is Memorial Day.

Another Monday but this time I am not back at work thanks to a long holiday weekend!  I can’t begin to describe how much I needed an extra day.  I am still adjusting to being back in the clinic full-time and my mind was blown a bit last week being on my own as a provider (eek!).  I am soaking up some extra time with the family and preparing to have some friends over this afternoon!

Yesterday was a pretty great day if I do say so myself and I am dedicating my weekend recap to it.  We got up early and decided to hit up the garage gym for a workout.  One of the reasons I love having a home gym is that Chris and I can workout while the girls play outside.  It’s a win-win!  The weather was beautiful and we all had a great time.



After getting a few things done around the house and Bryn nap-evading we hit up the local water park for the first time.  Oh my goodness – the girls had a blast!  We are probably going to get a family pass because it is very close to our house (benefits of small town living) and I can see us spending a lot of time here this summer.

Water Park



Today I am going to get a quick workout in before Chris hits the gold course.  Tonight one of his work friends is coming over with his family so we are sure to have a good time!  I hope you have something fun planned today and get to enjoy it with the people you care most about.  See you back tomorrow!

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Another Monday!  We had a pretty great weekend over here.  Last week it was pretty rainy here in Missouri so I was thrilled that the sun was shining all weekend long.  I am totally digging these family-filled weekends and when it’s beautiful weather it’s an added bonus.


Saturday we got up and headed to the gym as a family.  One of the gyms we frequent doesn’t have child care but does have “kids in sight” with a special room for exercising parents.  The girls played while Chris and I broke a sweat!  We hit the grocery store on our way home and officially knocked out the chores for the day.  Bryn decided she was too cool for school and lounged on my bed wearing my shades.




Chris and I had a date night lined up to try out our new babysitter.  We headed a bit out of town to Public House Brewing Company to try out their craft beer before heading to dinner.  It was SUCH a fun place!  The weather was perfect for a beer flight outside and some corn hole.  They also had bocci ball and a giant chess set.  I foresee many more trips out there this summer.  We headed to a local restaurant after and it was absolutely delicious with probably the best spinach artichoke dip we’ve ever had.

Public House Brewing Company

Beer Flight

Corn hole

Date Night Outfit


Sunday morning was beautiful and called for coffee on our back deck.  We have a wooded area behind our house and I really love the peacefulness of the greenery.  One of the benefits for living in the middle of the woods I guess!  We packed up and headed to church mid-morning and I am happy to say that both girls were wonderful.  It’s been a change not having a nursery but the girls are adapting nicely!

Sunday morning



The rest of the day was spent gearing up for another week!  I am starting to do a little homeschooling at night for Emmalyne until she starts a private school this fall.  I got our notebook ready for the week and she is pretty pumped for her “homework”.  We also spent awhile at the park where Bryn attempted to give me no less than 1000 heart attacks.  She’s quite the tiny ninja!


Before signing off for the day I had to share Emmie’s “friends” with you.  Em came and got me after her quiet time and said she had to show me something.  She preceded to tell me how she tucked all of her friends in for THEIR nap.  I can’t get enough of this kid!


tucked in

I hope you have a fabulous start to the week and that your weekend was enjoyable.  What was one thing you did this weekend?

Weekend Snapshots

Happy Monday friends! I spent some time this weekend planning out when and how I am going to share some updates with you guys so I am excited to hopefully be back on track in this space.  Something I am still adjusting to is how my weekends are officially my own again.  For the last 2.5 years I always had something I needed to be doing on the weekend like studying.  Well, that’s all behind me now and I can officially relax when I leave the clinic on Friday afternoons.  I am still getting used to it but I have to say it feels pretty flipping awesome!


This past weekend was seriously perfect.  Saturday morning Chris and I divided and conquered; he took Bryn to the vet for Bailey (more on that later) and Em and I did the grocery shopping. I couldn’t resist these stunning tulips to light up our kitchen table.



Later that day our amazing friends came over for a BBQ and the kids had a blast.  It was perfect weather so we set up the bounce house and other toys outside and the kids went at it.  It felt so good to be reunited with some of our very best friends and to have our kids playing together outside.  Once they left and the house was cleaned up the girls decided they wanted to snuggle in for the night on the floor with Chris.  Be still my heart.


Dog Pile on Chris


Sunday morning we got up bright and early for a family workout in the garage.  The girls played on their trampoline and drew with chalk which Chris and I broke a sweat.  Bryn saw me doing ring rows and wanted to get it on the action.  We need to get this girl into gymnastics!

Monkey Bryn


After a quick shower we headed to church.  I think we are going to really like our new church home!  It’s a sweet little parish and our friends go there too.  The only downside is that there isn’t a nursery so the kiddos are with us for mass.  If you have any good suggestions for quiet activities to keep a two year old entertained please send them my way!


It was another beautiful day yesterday so we took the dogs to the dog park and let the girls burn some energy on the playground.  Emmie found a friend right away and played her heart out while Bryn climbed everything in sight.

Emmie playground


I love this next photo because it captures Bailey’s personality so clearly.  While you only see her ears you get the sense that she is very in tune with what is happening on the playground.  She is our protector and seriously the best dog ever (along with Trigger).

Bailey watching


I hope your weekend was as beautiful as ours!  I am excited to be back in the clinic this week.  I am starting to get my bearings a bit and can’t wait to share more with you about my first week as a real PA!  Happy Monday :)

St. Louis Zoo

Happy Monday friends!  I am officially BACK and hoping to get back into routinely writing in this space.  I am so pumped because I have truly missed my online community and enjoy writing here.  Thanks for sticking with me through the thick of things!  I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday and were able to celebrate all the moms in your life.  We spent the weekend in St. Louis and it couldn’t have been more perfect.


Saturday morning we had to drive up to STL to drop Chris’ mom off at the airport.  We had planned on making it a weekend since we are about a 2 hour drive away.  So we got up early, dropped Yon off, and headed straight to the zoo.  One of the things I love most about about STL is that there are so many free things to do and the zoo is one of those things.  We paid $15 for parking but considering the fact that each adult at the Phoenix zoo was $18 we figured this was a small price to pay.  Tip: there is plenty of free street parking around the zoo so if you get there early in the day you can definitely score a spot.


We were pretty impressed with the zoo itself.  There was a wide variety of exhibits and the zoo itself was very clean.  Emmie’s favorite was the elephants and mine was the penguins.  We even had a tag-along for our ice cream when a duck family came along.


St Louis Zoo

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St Louis Zoo 3 St Louis Zoo 2


We spent the night in town and got to watch the Kentucky Derby during dinner.  Yesterday morning we got up, ate breakfast at the hotel, and headed back home.  Chris hung a ton of stuff on the walls for me and the girls kept talking about Mother’s Day.  I am so happy to be spending my weekends not worrying about studying and instead soaking up precious moments as a family of four.  I am reminded every day how quickly these years are going with my girls and I plan to make them count.


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