Good morning Ladies ! Can you believe we are 2/3 of the way through May already ? It seems to be going by so fast . Today is starting off nice and sunny but the weekend is going to be changeable with cloudy weather and maybe some rain also. We also had rough weather during the week with hailstones also ! Our daughter and son’s ball games were cancelled on Thursday. The upside is that everything is starting to blossom!
Last week I said I was painting some wood trim . I indeed did paint it . We brought it outside into the sun and it was able to dry nicely. We also set up doors in the basement for painting , they are not done yet . The carpet in the basement bedroom is ordered and we are waiting on a date for the installers to come. Once the wood trim is installed it will just be electrical to finish and the bedroom/bathroom will be done! then the fun finishing touches of shower curtain , and accessories.
In the afternoon I had to check people in for our eldest son’s trap team. it was my week to volunteer. We were there for about 3 hours and it went pretty smooth! On Saturday evening the kids had their friend Maddi come over and they went swimming. All I can say right now is Brrr!! They so enjoyed it though. On Sunday I went to early Church, then we drove to help my aunt-in-law with a few things after she had moved to a new apartment the previous day. I usually like to take it easy on Sunday but this was an exception. We got home at about 6pm.
Monday came fast as usual , we met with an insurance adjuster in the afternoon as we possibly have hail damage on our roof. We are waiting to hear back from him. Tuesday evening we did grass cutting . It was the first time since we moved home last June, as there had been a lawn service paid for until October 2021! We will handle it from now on. Wednesday and Thursday went by quickly . Last night there was a food in the park event in our neighborhood. There were a few different vendors and it was a chance to chat with people. Today there will be numerous chores to tackle…. I just have to get motivated ! The kids are going to an early morning Minnesota twins camp for 2 hours, so that should be fun !
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Good morning Ladies from a sunny Minnesota morning ! We got thunderstorms and tornado warnings Wednesday night, we had to go to the basement as suggested by the weather authorities ! The kids had lots of of questions, the younger ones especially. We got a little bit of hailstones also. Since then it has been sunny skies !
So Last Saturday I left you all quick to get ready for the wedding of our friend Brandon and Josette. We drove the 50mins to the hotel on the north side of the twin cities where everything was at the same venue . They had the Pastor come in and perform the ceremony . The main reading was 1 Corinthians 13 , a popular wedding passage of the Bible. Even though there will be tough times, love remains a constant . They soon became husband and wife !! it was lovely. Soon after there was the cocktail hour with everyone unwinding with a few drinks! Then the dinner came soon after and was very good. We were seated with 2 other couples we had not met before so it was nice getting to chat with and have a fun time with. One couple lives close to us . The DJ started right after the cake was served , then after the first dance people got out on the dance floor too! Most of the music was from the 90’s and the dj also took requests for those wanting to branch into the 80’s !! We left before it was all over , it was a lovely day to remember.
On Sunday it was up early for Church . Then in the afternoon our youngest had his last Swimming lesson of the season( surprising it was on Mothers day!) We had a quiet Mothers day afternoon together with just our own immediate family. We went out to a local restaurant for dinner to complete a nice day.
Monday was a nice day to start the week . It was pretty standard. On Tuesday our 9 yr old had his first baseball game of the season! It was fun to get out and see him play and the weather was lovely. They won their first game and they were really happy afterwards. Then on Thursday they had another game and got their second win. I felt bad for the other team’s pitcher. he was really struggling to get the ball to the plate and it took a long time for his coach to relieve him.
We opened our pool last night!! Our fearless kids had to go in for the first swim !!! I will wait until it warms up a little. Once in they got used to the temps and had fun. As they were swimming we had a backyard bonfire , also our first of the year.
Today I have to do some painting of wood trim and doors for basement. We are getting carpet ordered also. Then later I am checking people in for my son’s trap team event.
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Shoutout !!!- This is a special shoutout to my blog friend Mackenzie who gave birth to her gorgeous baby girl Quinn Rae on May 6th ! Congratulations to her and husband DJ . What a perfect gift from God just in time for Mothers day! Sending love to all 3 of you❤❤❤ I hope to share pictures in a future post.
Good morning ladies from a sunny Minnesota ! It is a whopping 63f at 9:30am already, spring has finally sprung for us ! I am so excited after a lot of days with cold temps the future looks good.
Todays post will be pretty short, we are going to the wedding of our friends Brandon and Josette later at 4:30 . It is going to be a beautiful occasion. Brandon and Josette were neighbors of ours, our old house was on a square block with a big field in the middle for playing/ relaxing . Brandon and Josette met in the field ! The rest as they say is history. We were honored to be with both of them on a night out when he proposed to her ! We were in on the secret , and it was a beautiful occasion to be part of. Now they are going to be joined in marriage. I am a hopeless romantic and am looking forward to later !
The past week was busy with sports, house projects , school work etc !! It will be nice to enjoy the afternoon and evening ahead!
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Wishing you alla lovely weekend and Happy mothers day to all the Moms !!! With love, Terri xo. ( Got to go!!)
Good morning Ladies !! You join me this morning from a wet and rainy Minnesota . We had a few sunny days during the week but the temperatures are staying on the cooler side for April. So I look forward to tomorrow and the first of May and warmer days ahead!
I started last weeks post on Saturday but it did not publish until the middle of the week when I finally finished it ! I finished the post telling you about our daughter spraining her foot. It was scary at the time to find out she hurt her foot at a friends house after missing a step. It came close on the heels of our son fracturing his shinbone in November so you can imagine what I was thinking “Here we go again!” We picked her up and got her to the emergency room. It turns out it was a sprain only and nothing broken ! She was sent home with crutches and had to use them for the first few days. Then she was able to walk on her foot and is making great progress. She will be able to get back to playing softball in a few weeks.
On Sunday morning we went to Church and also to the coffee and donuts provided afterwards. We had a nice chat with another family from the parish. Our youngest had swim lessons in the afternoon and we had a relaxing day thereafter. We were back to the weekly grind on Monday . Our 9yr old had his first baseball training session of the season, he has a few friends on the team so is happy about that , but it is good to meet other kids that he does not know yet. He also has training on Thursdays . Two of our 3 doors were installed during the week on the basement project and we also have carpet picked out for the new bedroom and our main floor office! The carpet company owner is coming on Friday May 6th to measure the areas we are installing. You will have to wish me luck today ! I am undertaking to grout the tile floor in our new bathroom today !! I will look at some online videos for the correct technique ! Hopefully I will have good results next week !
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Have a beautiful weekend and a lovely start to May ! Best wishes, Terri xo.
Good morning Ladies from a sunny Minnesota ! I am glad it is going to be a nice day after a lot of rain yesterday . I said rain not snow so you can tell the temps are rising ! There is a silver lining!
At the end of Last weeks post I said we were working in the basement painting . We did get two coats on the bedroom . In the bathroom we made a last minute decision to put wallpaper on the sink wall. We have it ordered now. We also have the doors ordered , and will pick carpet soon.
On Sunday morning we woke up early and when it got light we noticed the Easter bunny had visited our house with eggs in the front and back yard ! We went to the early 8am mass at church. It was a lovely mass to celebrate the risen savior ! After Mass we came home and the kids went on the Easter egg hunt. After a few minutes they had full buckets !
Soon after we got packed up and made the 90 minute drive to my Brother-in-law and his family’s house to celebrate Easter with all the family. It was a lovely afternoon together , the Easter bunny had also stopped by their house so there was another egg hunt for the kids . It was a as we had snow a little later !
We spent a few hours and then it was time to make the trip home to get ready for another week! It went pretty standard as it does during the school year. We did treat ourselves by going out to eat on Wednesday evening. After work on Friday was different! We went to look at carpet samples in the showroom part of the company i work for! It was nice being there after hours and getting a chance to look at ease. We are still deciding on a carpet for the basement. Decisions !! On Saturday we worked on the basement bathroom by installing a tile floor! We rented a tile cutting saw and it went smooth! here is the result below !
On Saturday evening our daughter went to a friends house and after an hour we got a call that she had hurt her foot coming off a step awkwardly. So we brought her to the ER and it turns out it was a sprain, I am glad there was nothing broken !
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Have a beautiful week and I will chat again at weekend !!
Good morning Ladies from a cloudy Minnesota this Easter Saturday ! We have been having a lot of wind here this past few weeks . We also have had some nice sunshine during the week.
I wanted to add the video above , telling the story of Easter week and the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. It is a beautiful Hallelujah .
I finished last week with a late Sunday post. Monday was a busy day with work . Then in the evening we started to prime the walls in our ongoing basement bedroom/bathroom project! But it is exciting to finally be painting. Tuesday was similar with more priming in the evening, I was tired after the second evening !! Wednesday was the kids last night of Church class for the year! I want to thank all the teachers who volunteered to teach our kids in their faith journey in 2021-22 ! Maybe someday I will have the conviction to do the same!
On Thursday evening it was the feast of the last supper . Jesus last meal with his disciples . Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.
Good Friday was a day of fasting as it is during all Fridays in lent for Catholics . Our Church had an afternoon celebration of hte passion of Jesus, but I was not able to make it to that one. I went to a nearby Church where they had a 7pm offering. It was a beautiful and poignant event, with everyone getting to go up on the altar to kneel in veneration to Jesus on the cross.
Today we will probably complete the painting in the basement with 2 coats of finish paint ! Tomorrow we go to my in-laws for Easter .
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Good morning Ladies! I am back again after another 2 weeks since I posted ! Last weekend was one where I was busy and did not get around to writing . It looks like spring is here , but I am guarded with that word “looks” as you can never tell when your next snowfall will come in Minnesota. We did have a few skiffs of snow during the week but they went away quick. this morning it is just above freezing at 35F. Our grass is slowly turning to a shade of green from brown, yay!
When I left off 2 weeks ago I had said I was going on Saturday with my son to his new sport trap shooting. They shoot what is called clay pigeons , little discs not the birds thankfully ! He has struggled in other sports but is really enjoying this one. I want the best for him. The mid week was busy with work and school for us . On last weekend , Saturday we had visitors in our old next door neighbors Paul , Patricia and their 4 kids, they are busy having the same number kids as us but their youngest is nearly 2 , so still in the busy stage. it was nice to see them again in a relaxed get together at our house. They liked our house so much that they are now looking to move close to us if the right house comes up! On Sunday we went to church and they had a nice pancake breakfast afterwards, we look forward to it! Our youngest had swim lessons in the afternoon. Monday morning came fast and another week ! There was not anything out of the ordinary that happened during the week. On Friday night we invited our friends Brian and Crystal over along with their kids for game night , we had a lot of fun, with the game spoons being the best , you have to be fast ! On Saturday(yesterday ) we started painting in our daughters new bedroom !! We got one coat on the ceiling and are going to apply a second one. We did not get too much paint time in as we we were also entertaining yesterday afternoon /evening! ( Seems we are becoming quite the hosts!) Chris, Jen and their kids came and also Eric , Sarah and their daughter visited. We had not seen them since early 2020 , after we were all robbed of friend time for the past 2 years , but everyone is getting back to normalcy Thank God ! We chatted , had some good food , and for the adults not driving home a glass of wine or beers for the guys! We also did some games , beanbags (cornhole) and other board games, the kids also got out on the trampoline as the weather was nice! They left around 9pm after a lovely time together!
Now you are up to date, I will finish our Las Vegas trip review ! On the Sunday morning we were there I woke before everyone and went on a early morning walk. It was pretty quiet on Las Vegas Boulevard .
It was a really nice day ! I got back to the hotel and got ready for Church. Went to a Lebanese Catholic Church nearby, it was slightly different but a lovely experience.
After some food and relaxation we took on the 90 minute journey south to Bullhead city Arizona to meet friends from Minnesota who were nearby. They were bringing their son to Arizona for a college tour and we arranged to both drive and meet in the middle ! We had lunch and chatted , then went to Scooters fun park where the kids did activities from batting cages to go carts and mini golf ! I played the mini golf too actually ! I was able to take this photo below of the beautiful sunset before we left to return to Vegas.
We got back to the hotel late , and were ready for sleep! On Monday we went to the strip area and Mandalay Bay. We walked around the grounds and some of the stores inside , then we went to the Irish restaurant I had been wanting to go to !! The food was very good , I also got to meet the Irish Bartender !
We came back to the hotel and relaxed in the pool and hot tub for the evening. The next and last day we went to Krispy Creme for some guilty pleasures , donuts !! We used to have one here but it closed a number of years ago. You can watch the doughnut making in progress but we just missed that part, next time ! I was able to capture the snow capped mountains in the distance from Krispy Kreme, just in case I was missing the snow from home!
It was then time to go back to the hotel and do a clean up and then eventually go to the airport. Of course there was some more window shopping to do!
That was our trip , I would definitely go back again in March to escape winter !
I started this post in the early morning and it is now early evening. We went to Palm Sunday Mass this morning it was a lovely poignant reading of the passion and Christ’s ultimate death on the cross for us.
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Good morning Ladies ! I have done it again missing out on my weekly post and recently I have just managed every two weeks . We are finally seeing spring temperatures during the day with a little freeze some nights. Our carpet of snow is now gone though !
When I left off 2 weeks ago I had told you about a family funeral coming up. Pete, who is my Grandpa through marriage passed away while we were in Vegas . It was hard on my father in law to be there when his Dad passed . But he got back home two days later and made the arrangements. So the funeral mass was celebrated last Saturday morning. It was a lovely send off with a nice homily on his life by the priest. He was a veteran of the armed forces and got a military send off with a 3 gun salute . The bugle sounded and it brought us to tears. We had lunch directly afterwards and then at 1:30pm we we drove 45 minutes west where he was buried in the cemetery his wife had been laid to rest in 18 months previous. It is the end of an era and that generation in our family . May God grant you eternal rest Pete.
We got home at 8pm after a long day travelling , a sad day for us left behind but a happy day for Pete , who is reunited with his loved ones in God’s Kingdom.
On Sunday there was church and then afterwards our youngest had swim lessons. He is doing really well. In the evening we had our friend Brandon , his Fiancé Josette and his daughter Maddi over for dinner and just to see each other after a long spell of busyness for us all. They are busy too with their wedding coming up in early May ! Looking forward to that! The work and school week started again and it was pretty standard . One of our sons celebrated his 9th birthday yesterday ! He is growing up so fast its hard to believe really. Myself and my oldest son are home this weekend . My sweetie went to Fargo with 3 of our kids for a get together with an old college roommate and to hang out with their family and kids. Our son has joined the local trap team and is excited to start today. I will go along and offer my support!
So now on to Las Vegas Part two !! I left off the last post with a look at the hotel and our suite , also a quick peek into the nearby casino. We stayed close by the hotel early in the day on Saturday and then late afternoon went to the downtown area . We first went and parked by the miracle mile shopping and dining mall. It was a really nice and vibrant area and of course I did some window shopping !
Then we went outside to see Vegas by night ! It was a great experience seeing all the casinos lights . We watched the Belagio water dance show where the fountains dance to lights and music . It was amazing. You can see a video here Belagio fountain
We got to see all the amazing buildings .
We completed the evening with dinner in the miracle mile mall . more to come in next post !
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Good morning Ladies !! it is a sunny Sunday morning here in Minnesota , 36f and getting up to 39 today. With daylight savings in the early hours of the morning we lost an hour and I am a bit slow in getting active ! I think evening church will be attended today!
So now on to Las Vegas !! We left on Friday March 4th . We had dinner then drove to a park and ride place close to the airport and dropped off the car. Earlier in the day we brought our dog to a dogsitter through the rover app. She lives 10 minutes away and came highly recommended . We got to the airport at 7pm got checked in through security and met my in-laws by the departure gate. They have the timeshare in Las Vegas, or they can go to any major city in the states basically. It was so nice of them to invite us ! Our flight took off at 9’30 pm and was a pretty smooth trip to Vegas. . We gained 2 hrs heading west , Our flight got in at 11pm local time. We got our cases, and then waited for a shuttle bus to car rental. We got a nice vehicle to fit us all. I didn’t sign on to drive as I came back 2 days earlier than the rest of the family. We then drove and found a restaurant open as the kids were hungry! We ate and then headed to our hotel . We were there around 12. 15 am and were staying on the 9th floor of the Grandview hotel. After getting settled and unpacking a little , getting the kids to bed , we both were going to bed at 1:15am!!!
The kids were awake early next morning , above is the first view we had from our hotel window. you can see the mountains in the background. In this hotel you go into your suite via a shared foyer using a keycard , then there is suite A and suite B . My in-laws were in A and the rest of us in B , except our 8 year old who wanted to stay with them !! We had the 2 suite doors open all during trip so people could easily go from one to the other.
Above are a few random photos from our suite we also had a stackable washer dryer which was nice ! In the photo looking towards the kitchen you can see the open suite door . On our first day there we took things easy . After breakfast we went to the swimming pool and hot tub pool . Then after some of the adults went over to the nearby Southpoint casino , it was a 5 minute walk away. I am not really a gambler but it was nice to walk around and see what people were doing at machines , and also the horse racing section .
I will continue our Vegas adventure next week. We had some sad news on the trip , the patriarch of the family Pete passed away at the age of 93 last Wednesday. He was so nice to me always , and on the weekend before our wedding him and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, it was the first event we did as we travelled for our wedding week. His funeral takes place Saturday. He is the last of the Great Grandparents , may he rest in peace.
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Good morning Ladies ! It is another cold morning here 1 degree as I look at my countertop thermometer . The week started so nice with Sunday being in the mid thirties, It felt really good with the sunshine! After that it all about wrapping up in layers as you went outside.
As I said last Sunday , we stayed at a hotel nearby as the kids were off on Monday for presidents day. We checked in at 3:30 pm and our rooms were poolside, meaning you just open a sliding door and and you can get right to the pool area in the middle of the hotel. The kids changed fast and were in the pool immediately ! There are kiddy splash pools , but we are now beyond that for our youngest now . He is in the big pool and loves the water like the rest of his siblings. There is a big slide that they went down and had fun with. I put on my suit as well and got wet too! I also spent a little time in the hot tub . At 6 we went to a nearby Perkins restaurant for dinner. They were so understaffed , The greeter Lady also had to clean tables to get people seated. I felt bad for her. But everyplace seems to be looking for staff in the catering business now. We had a nice meal when it did come out. We went back to the hotel and the kids got back in the pool, us adults just sat and watched them play this time.
On Monday morning it was an early check out as our son had a doctors appointment . It was a fun little getaway though ! The week went back to normal Tuesday with work and school. On Wednesday we got a few inches of snow , just to compliment the rest of our snow built up for the past few months ! Last night our son had a little playdate with his friend Amelia and she also brought some girl scout cookies that we purchased from her. They are very tasty and for a good cause.
We will be doing some final prep for our trip to Las Vegas this weekend ! We leave on Friday night and will arrive late , but I hope to be up early Saturday to see the place ! I am not sure if I will get to write a post but if not next week I will the following week.
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Have a beautiful weekend , hugs and best wishes, Terri xo.