"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, November 28, 2016

Just Another Day...

Conner pulled out another tooth at school today! I happened to walk into his classroom shortly after he had pulled it out, and he quickly showed it to me and then said he needed to go to the nurse so he could get his newest tooth necklace!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Setting Up...

Today we got to set up our Christmas tree! We definitely had some technical difficulties, but we got everything up and we are officially ready for Christmas! The boys were beyond excited to put up all the lights and decorate the tree!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving and a Side of Christmas!

We had the Hedlunds and the Hughsons at our house this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving and an early Christmas! Conner and Ben were thrilled with their new Hawkeye gear from Great Papa and we had lots of fun eating, playing games, watching the Hawkeye game, and celebrating the holidays!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

We were able to go over to our Aunt Peg's house today to celebrate Thanksgiving! My parents and my sister's family stayed over night at our house and we had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Birthday Entertainment!

We made a trip to Ankeny this weekend to celebrate our niece, Marley's, birthday! We went to Tokyo Steakhouse for hibachi for dinner, so that was very entertaining! We could barely keep the boys in their seats! The kids loved watching the chef prepare the food in front of us and the kids tried to catch a little in their mouths! After dinner, it was time for cake and presents!

We even got a little puppet show this morning before we headed home! Happy Birthday Marley!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Yesterday Conner hit his hand on a table at school ("because he was so excited!") and hurt his pinkie finger. It swelled up last night and looked very purple! The school nurse looked at it this morning and didn't think it was broken, but taped his fingers together and said to watch it. After school, Nick and I checked it out and it looked like the swelling had gotten a bit worse, so we decided to take him in to see if he needed an xray. The doctor did order an xray and luckily it showed that nothing was broken! He will have a sore purple finger for a few days, but he was very happy that his finger was okay!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

15 Years!

Today is our 15 year wedding anniversary! Wow...  just more proof that time passes way too quickly! I got some awesome flowers from Nick at work! Happy Anniversary, my love!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Turkey Tunes!!!

The boys have their school concert tonight and they have been very excited! First we got to see some of their art. Then we settled in to hear some "turkey tunes!" Ben had a speaking part and I couldn't get a great angle for the video, but you can hear his words and see his smile afterwards! Conner had a dancing part, so I got a video of his dancing turkey part! I had to trim the video down quite a bit to get it to fit on here, but you will get the idea! Conner and Ben both did fabulous! Thank you to Mama and Papa for coming to surprise the boys! It was a great night!!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Addition Champs!

Ben passed all of his addition facts today! He was so close yesterday and he got home from school today, he grabbed the ipad and told me today is the day! He went to his room and began his quiz and we heard him scream a couple minutes later! He passed!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Handsome Boys!

School Pictures are in!!! They just keep growing and getting more handsome!

Benjamin Daniel...

Conner Nicholas...

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Nick has turned into quite the chef at our house! Tonight he wanted to prepare some tailgating food for the Hawkeye game, so he made some sausage wontons and three different flavors of wings, among other things, for all of us to enjoy during the game! The game didn't turn out so good, but the food was fantastic and the boys were both asking for more!

Last Soccer Game!

The boys had their last soccer game bright and early this morning! Thought I would show their cool player cards that we got! They have really enjoyed soccer this fall and they continue to get better and better! Many people tell me how amazed they are at how aggressive the boys are and how they are never afraid to go after the ball! I was also told one morning by another coach that we have two very good sports who genuinely care about the other players and teams! Ben and Conner will enjoy a little break from soccer until Spring when it starts all over again!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Xtra Math...

Conner and Ben have been working hard to learn their math facts and there is a cool program that we do at home that helps them learn their facts and get faster at them. Conner passed the addition part a week ago and we finally got around to taking his picture. He felt pretty proud of himself!