Dress of the week July 24th !

Good   morning  Ladies   !  The   summer  is   speeding  along   here  in  Minnesota  ,  we are  only   one  week   from  August   right  now ! They  have  started   putting  out  the  back to  school  items  in the  stores and  is  a  sign  that things are   moving  fast  towards summers  end. We  will  enjoy  the  time  we  do  have  however.  Yesterday  , and  a  few  days  during  the  week  were  really  humid  adding  to the  heat  of  the  sun  meant it  was   so  much nicer  indoors   during   them  times. 

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Last  Saturday  we  completed  the  mentioned  projects  of  installing  a  ceiling  fan   and   putting up   shelving  in  the  laundry room!  We  are  putting  our  own  mark on the  house   , bit  by   bit!   There   was   softball  for  our  daughter  also  on  Saturday ,   they  tried   hard   but   were   dissapointed   with the  results.    Better   luck   next time  girls!  We  had a   nice evening afterwards.  Sunday  was  a  relaxing  day  for  us . We  did online Church in the  evening, I do like  to  go in  person  though . 1500x1000 (1)

Monday there was swim lessons and our youngest passed his first class after a few weeks going to lessons. He is starting the advanced class now as well. The kids also had dental appointments during the week and all is going well for them! Last night our friends and old neighbors came over for dinner and we had a fun night of chat and board games .

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Please  rate out of  10 this  dusty  blue flowy  flutter   sleeve  and  pleated  dress  from Neesee’s  dresses See herethe meriah

Have a   beautiful  weekend  everyone, best  wishes,  Terri xo. 

 

Dress of the week July 17th!

Good morning Ladies ! So after writing a post just 4 days after moving into our new house , I missed my weekly post last weekend ! Between unpacking and arranging things I just did not have the motivation to post so please forgive me ! I will include it here.

On Saturday the  3rd   there  was  a lot of  unboxing and  putting  items in  their  new  homes , be it closets , drawers  or  cabinets! On the  4th the  rest of  the  family  went on a  2  hr   drive to my  in-laws   camper  that  they  recently purchased  by  a  lake .   They  have  access  for  their   boat ,  so  they all went out  for a  bit.  I stayed  back  myself   and  actually  relaxed  mostly   and  visited a  friend  for a  few hours  as  they(Louann  and  John )  were  having  a  get  together  for the  4th. I  just  was  not  prepared  for a  4hr   round  trip , 30 minutes was   much better. They  were  home   before  dark  and  we  watched a  bunch of  the  amateur  fireworks  that  adorned  the  sky  for a   few   hours!1500x1000

 

 

The  Monday  top  Friday  was  the   standard   week with lots of   work   and  kids  activities .  We also  hired  professional  painters (  a brother of our old  neighbor Neena)  They  repainted    a  lighter  color the  hallways,   Master bedroom   living  room  and  kitchen . There  were  also a   number of  closets  too. 

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On  Friday the  9th our  8yr old  played in  his  first  baseball  tournament    since  starting. It is  cute  watching  them at  that  age !  They also played on  Saturday  and  Sunday  and  came  close to winning it all!   They  lost  a  nailbiter  15 to 14.   On  Saturday  evening  the  next  town over  were  having  their  festival  and after  the  parade  we  walked  around  , sampled  food  and  listened  to  music. It  was  perfect  weather ! On Sunday  after  baseball we   pretty much relaxed  and  went to evening  Church.  Our  daughter  had  her  friend  Maddi  come  over  for a  sleepover , she  likes it so much here  she  stayed  2  nights ! After  softball  Monday evening  she had a  second  friend Madison  who  everyone  calls Maddie  stay over also!  

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The  week went  by  quickly  until Thursday  when our  friends  Leah,  Tim and  their  boys  visited  on their  way  to Wisconsin  on  vacation.  It was  lovely  seeing  them, one of  the  first  visitors to our  home.  Last  night Friday our daughter  had  to travel for a  softball  game , I stayed home  with the  boys. We  have a  few   projects  planned  today, a  ceiling  fan in  one of the  boys  bedrooms( wish us  look!)   Also some  shelving  to put up in laundry room . 

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Have a  fabulous  weekend  everyone, love  and  hugs, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week July 3rd !

Good morning Ladies and welcome to my blog from our new home !!! This week has been quite the rollercoaster so we will get into it . On Sunday evening our good friends Brandon Josette and daughter Maddi came over for a last meal together in our old house. He also dropped off this really long trailer for us to pack the last of our household items into . It belongs to a friend of his and we are grateful for the loan of it.

After  packing  boxes  with all sorts of items , from different  parts  of the  house , we had   everything  cleared out at  11:28  am  on  Tuesday morning.  We  were leaving our  home  of  15  years   for the  last time  and  it was  emotional ( I am tearing up now  writing this!)  The  memories  will last   forever in photos  and  video. 

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At  1pm  we  signed  for  the   new  house  and  by  1:45  we   got  the  keys , it  was  ours!  The  house   was in  really good   shape, ( we  had  done a  walkthrough the  evening  before and they had  lots of  unpacking to do at  that stage!) It  took a  while  for it to  sink in  that this  was  ours! It  is  so  much more  spacious   for a   family of  6  and  we love it  now.   We  unloaded  the  trailer into the  garage  on that  first  evening, we  also  have  the  rest  of our  stuff in  storage.  We  stayed  at a  hotel  the  first  and  second night  , as  Wednesday  we  had  the   carpets   cleaned and  also  the   central  air  ducts  cleaned  as   one of  our  boys  has  allergies  and  we  wanted  a  fresh  start. On Thursday  my  in-laws  came  to  help   with  unpacking ,  and  all the assembly  that  was   needed . They  stayed  overnight  with us and  left  at  noon  Friday, they  were  a   huge  help!!! 

Also on Friday  our  daughter  celebrated  her  14th  Birthday , so we  wanted  to  make it  special  for  her  also! We had  a  meal at  home  and  sang  happy  birthday  with  her  favorite  cake .  I can’t  believe  14  already!!!  

Today we are  going to  be  doing  some  more  assembly  and unpacking!

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Kitchen sneak peek!

I will have more to  come later! 

Please  rate out of  10 this floral  print  georgette halter  dress,  see here

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  Have a lovely  4th of July  if  you are  celebrating  where you are , take  care , Terri xo. 

 

 

Dress of the week June 27th

Good morning Ladies ! I am finding time from my busy schedule to say hello this morning. As you know we are moving and in a little over 48hours we will leave the house that we moved into as an 18month married couple back in 2006 and subsequently had 4 little ones in. It is for sure a bittersweet feeling realizing we will be departing here but an exciting new adventure awaits in a new house with lots of future memories to make.

Last weekend there was a bunch of packing done so it is easier on us when we leave Tuesday. Our daughter also had a softball tournament so things were busy Saturday. On Sunday after church we drove 90 mins to meet family for fathers day at a local restaurant there. There were 4 generations present which is so special to have the Great Grandfather out and about! The week went quick up until Friday , It was someone birthday in our house, I wont say who !!! But “that” person received some nice presents! We went to a local British style restaurant ( i picked the place) and the food was so good.

Yesterday there was packing ( sorry i am a broken record!) and paint touch up to leave the house nice for the new owners. Some packages arrived for them yesterday and today which was a surprise! We went to Church earlier and later our good friends are coming over for a last meal here !

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Have a lovely week, we will be in our new home for the next post!! Take care, Terri xo.

Dress of the week June 19th

Good  morning  Ladies   how  are  you  today?  It   has   been  for the  most  part  a   very pleasant  week , with the  temperatures  in the   80s which is  more  in line  with  my    heat  level! We  did   have  one   evening  of   heavy rain  and  hail  but it   was  over  in a  few  minutes. 

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Last Saturday we did some yardwork as it was getting a little unruly with grass and weeds. We want to leave the place in good hands for the new people who will move in here on June 29th ! We also have a little paint touch up to do inside to make it look welcoming inside too. We got a lot done . Sunday we went to Church and then it was home for a relaxing day with the kids mostly going in the pool. one of our sons had a playdate with a school friend. Monday morning an appraiser came to check on the value of our house and he/she came back and valued it at the same agreed price of the sale!

There  was  a lot of   sports  for the  kids  during the  week, volleyball. softball   baseball   , archery  and   swim  lessons  ,  It is  a juggle   but  we  get it  done !   On  Friday  night our  friend   Crystal brought her  2 kids over  for a bonfire  and   night  swim !  Our  kids  love  the pool at  night too. We  just  keep  a  close eye on them. Her and  her  husband  had  taken the  kids on a  little  bike  trail vacation  form  Wednesday to Friday , and  were  starting to get  tired. 

Tomorrow  for  fathers  day we  are having an extended   family get  together    at  a parade  close to my in-laws   house  so that  should be  fun  weather  permitting. 

Please  rate out of  10 this ditzy floral  print   ruffle  hem  dress, see  here

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Have a  beautiful  week  ahead  all,  Terri xo. 

 

Dress of the week June 12th !

Good  morning  Ladies !!   I come  to you  on a  cool  day!   After  a  bunch of  days  in the  high 90s and  low  100s   we  are  in the   80s  today, where’s  my  coat??? It  is  way too early  to get  these  temps  in  Minnesota    and  I hope  there  is a   cooler  period. 

Last  Saturday   morning  I  met  my  friend  Claire  for  coffee .   I  first  met  her  at  our  church after  moving  here  and  she is  also Irish! We   had  a  nice  chat  and  caught  up  on life. i  see  her  at  church but  its  nice  to  sit  down  and  relax .   After  that  I  did  some  shopping  , came  home   and  did  a  few   chores.   I also  went  to  see my   daughters  team play softball. They  did  not  have a  good   day in the  searing  heat. 

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On  Sunday   we  went to   Church, the  feast of  Corpus  Christi .   The  rest  of  the  day  was  pretty  relaxing .   our  youngest  had  swimming  lesson  for  3  days during  the  week.  He is  already part  fish in  our   backyard  pool  but  he  is  getting  fine  tuned  with  teachers. There  was  also  softball  and  baseball  activities.  Yesterday  our  youngest  celebrated  his  6th  birthday!!  He  requested  to go to  Applebee’s  for   dinner  and  also  he  got  a   minions  cake! Not to forget  all the  generosity  from  family  here  and  overseas! 

Please  rate out of  10 this  cool  cotton  forget  me  not  sundress  from April Cornell see here

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Have a  lovely  weekend, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week June 5th!

Good morning Ladies , how are you today? After having morning frost here just 3 and a half weeks ago , yesterday we reached 100f (37c) in a week that gradually crept up to that temp. It seems a little early for those temps but is going to stay in the 90s for a few days. I am glad we have our pool set up !

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Not our pool but what a view!

So  last  week  we   were out of  town  for  the  long  weekend at my in-laws and also  as  our  house  was  just  put on the  market to  sell ! There  were   viewings  on  Friday  with some interest { I had said  there were offers  made on Friday  but  in fact we were  told that someone was going to make an offer but  had not that  day)    On  Saturday  there  were  morning  appointments   and  then  at 1-3 there was  an open house. Our  realtor  who has been in the  business  0ver  30 years  said he never  seen  such an amount of people  for an open house , and  on a  holiday  weekend! We  were  expecting offers  to come in  Saturday  evening  but  they  did not.   We   came home  Sunday around  midday  and  had to leave soon after  for  a  showing.  There  was  also  a late  afternoon  showing . Our  realtor  came over in the  evening  and  said  we  had  received  an offer!!!!  The  people  who  viewed it early  made a  nice offer  and  we  accepted , it  was  such a  relief I can tell you!!  We  have  heard  they are  a  young  couple  who are renting right now  and  have to be out of  their  place at  the  end of the  month .  Reminds me of  us when  we  moved  in,   with the same  circumstances as them.  We  are  doing our  house  closing on  June 29th in the  morning and   closing our  new  home in the  afternoon.  Thank God it all worked out ! 

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So our  weekend  away  was  so  nice ! We   relaxed at  my in-laws  house  early (they were at  their camper  30 mins away)  Then we  drove to my brother-in-laws and  his  wife’s  house  to  meet  our baby  nephew Stanley!  He  is  just  adorable  and  brought  back  memories of our  kids  at  that  age. he is  a  month old  but  is  such a   strong   baby  for his age. 

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 After  leaving Stanley and  his  parents we went to the  camper  for  dinner   and  were  treated  to  Sauerkraut  and  dumplings !  Our  2 older  boys  stayed  with  their  grandparents  overnight in the  camper and  we  picked them up Sunday Morning.  It  was  nice relaxing at  home  Monday , our  friends  Brandon  Josette  and  Maddi  came over  for  a  visit Monday afternoon. The  kids  were  back to  school Tuesday  and  were  finished  for  the  summer  Wednesday at  noon!   They are  happy  to  be on  vacation. 

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We  have  a little   work to do  at  house  today to  be  ready for leaving  June  29th  but  nothing  too hectic. 

Please  rate out of  10 this   Poetry  smocked  tiered  ruffle  dress in  a  periwinkle  color.  It  has  tie  shoulder  straps.  See here

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Have a  beautiful  weekend, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week May 29th !

Good morning Ladies !! How are you ? If your in the UK and United states you will be enjoying a nice long weekend. It is a lovely sunny day here . We are at my in-laws house for the weekend. So much has happened since my last post May 15th!

On  May  16th we  looked  at  an  existing  home about  4  minutes  drive  from  us .   It was a  beautiful  home built  in  2007  .  It  has   4   bedrooms  with the  option  of  adding  another.  It  is  spacious  and a  lovely  layout.  So  we  put in  an  offer on  the   house  and  2  days  later   we   were  accepted  !!!!    We  are  officially  moving.  We   did love  the  house style  that  was  going  to  be  built   blocks  away  from  us , but  the   builder  came  back  and  said  it   would be an extra  $25000  dollars  to  build  based on  material  costs. We  declined and  are  happy   to  move  forward  with  our  new   pre built  home.   One of  the  conditions  of  our  offer  being  accepted was  that our  house  would  be  put on the  market  within 10    days  ( yesterday  Friday!)   We  had  a  lot of  work to  do to  get it ready  for   showings! There  was    a   bunch of  stuff  moved to  storage  lockers  a  mile  away. We  had  extra   help  Thank God! So  every  evening  we  had   projects to  complete.   There  was  a  lot of  painting , cleaning  decluttering  to do. Since  Sunday we  had  been up  late, some days  until 2am!!  We  got  new  carpets in   throughout .  They  look   great!  So   Thursday  night  we  stayed  up late (2am again !)   and  had  it  ready   to  go on market   on  Friday  morning!  As    I  write some  people  have  made  offers  which is  exciting.   I  will have   updates   next  week!   Some  pics  below of our house listing   ,  I  can hardly believe its ours !

 

We  are  staying  here until  Sunday  as  there is  house  showings  today  and  early  tomorrow. Today  we  finally  get  to  meet  our  newest  family  member our  nephew Stanley!  WE  drive  90  minutes  from  here so it   will be  a  precious  moment  seeing  him  and  his  parents!   It  will be  a  relaxing  weekend after a   busy  week!  

Please  rate  out  of  10  this pinafore  style  ravishing   red   Prairie  dress From  April Cornell , see here

 

Have   a lovely  weekend, Terri  xo. 

Dress of the week May 15th

Good  morning  Ladies!!    How   has  your  week  been ?  We   have  had  some  lovely  spring  weather  this  week.  There   was  sunshine  everyday except  for  yesterday   where  it   was   overcast  and rainy,  but  we  need  them  days  also! 

On Saturday early there was a bunch of chores that I attended to at home. Then in the afternoon we started a back burner project , ceiling painting !! There was prep to do before any paint was applied , the walls had to be protected with plastic and the floor somewhat. We are getting new carpet on the floors so they don’t need too much covering. We used a roller with a long handle , it is harder than I thought painting over your head ! We got one room completed and are going to tackle more today. Wish me luck!

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For   early Mothers  day   there  was   breakfast  in  bed  and a  new  sterling  silver heart  chain  gifted!!   Then  we  went to  church  for  10:30  am , it is  good to  be  back in  person!  In the  afternoon  we   surprised  the  kids  with  a  waterpark  stay  Sunday into  Monday!  We   found a discounted   coupon for  a  family of  6    and  jumped at  the   chance!  It is  the   great wolf  lodge  waterpark, we  have  been  there   a  few  times   previously.  They  were   so  excited   and  there  was   some  hurried   packing  done !  When we  got  there it   was  a  relaxed atmosphere  with  a  smaller  capacity of  people.   We   ordered  pizza  for    dinner  and  they slept  soundly  that  night!   On  Monday  morning  they  did   a  little  more  swimming,  tubing,  watersliding    before  it  was   time  to  check out . 

 

 

Tuesday  was   back to   normal   With  school,  and  evening  sports.   The  younger  kids   had  pajama  day  at  school  Wednesday  which  was  fun ! 

 

New house  update :  I told  you  were  are  due  to  move into a  new  house in August, September. Last  week we  got  the  permit  approved .   Then on  Monday  evening  we  received  information  that  the   builder is  backing out of  the  contract  to  build. Long  story   short is  they  cannot  afford  to  build  the  house   at  the  agreed  price  we  reached  a  few  months  back.  The   building  trade costs are  at an  all time  high,  300% higher  than  a  year  ago   due  to   the  pandemic.   There   were  a  range of  emotions  when  we  got  the  news ( as you  can imagine !)   But  we  are getting  used to  the  fact  that  we  most  likely will not  be  building  now.   The only  chance  we  have  is  when  they  come  back  with a  revised  price , and  we  will see if its worth  it to pay  that extra. Otherwise  we  will be  looking  at   existing  homes  to  purchase. 

Last  night  just  for  fun  the  two of us   did actually  take  a look  at  a  few existing  home  through  our  realtor   friend  Mike. They  were  nice  but  did not  fully  meet  our  needs.  Afterwards  we  had a  little  date  night  at  a  local  bar  restaurant  called the crooked  pint . It  was   nice  to  get  couple  time,  the  joys  of  having  a  teenage  babysitter! 

Today  we  will tackle  some  more  house  projects ! 

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  Wishing  you  all  a beautiful  weekend, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week May 8th(+3 days!)

Hello Ladies ! I started this on Saturday and finishing it today , my apologies! we are already a week into May , I cant believe it! We are waking up to a beautiful Saturday morning . The weather has been pretty nice up to now apart from a wet day on Tuesday.

Last  Saturday  morning  we  all woke up early and  made the  2  hour  trip to my in-laws   new rv  park.  They  made  a long  term  lease on a  plot that  has  a   deck that you  pull your  rv  up to . They  also  have  lake access  for  their  boat , so  we  will be  spending  time  there  I am  sure over  the  next  few  years.   Then  we  went  back to their  house  which is   30 minutes  away  for  a  family  get  together. We  had a   nice  lunch and  it  was  good  to  see  my brother-in-law  and   his  family  again. We   were  hoping  to  see my other  brother-in -law  and  his wife  and  new  baby  but  they  did not  make  the   trip  so I am  hoping  to  meet  the  little  guy soon!!! 

On  the   Sunday  our  8 yr  old  celebrated  his   first  holy  communion !  It  was  a   beautiful Mass    where   he  and  11 others  took  part  in the  sacrament . The   boys  looked   handsome  and  the  girls  were  so  pretty in their  white  dresses  and  gowns!   Afterwards we   went  and  had  a  nice  lunch  at  a  local  restaurant. 

The   rest  of  the  week  went  by  pretty  typical,  with  softball  and   Baseball  in the  evenings  after school. 

Please  rate  out of  10 this SheIn   ditzy  floral  belted  dress, see here

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I  will be  back  on Saturday I hope , Terri xo.