Dress of the week September 18th!

Good morning Ladies ! We are over halfway through September and we are still experiencing warmer than usual temperatures for this month. As long as it stretches fall into our long winter I will be ok with it. I am looking forward to getting out to some orchard for our annual picking , and just being out in nature in comfortable temperatures will be a great time for all.

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Last  Saturday morning I watched an  event  I  always  did  growing  up ,  the  All  Ireland    football  ,  It  is their   version of  the  superbowl. I  was  hoping  Mayo  would   win it  as  they  had  been in  the   final  for 6   times  in the  past   decade   but  had  not  won  any.  As  it   turns out  they  came  up short   again , I  feel  so  bad   for  them,  but   congrats  to  Tyrone.  A  friend   came over  and  watched   with  me  so that was   fun.

   In  the  afternoon   we  went to  see our  daughters   volleyball  tournament,  they  tried  hard   but  did  not  get   the   wins  they  wanted  to  advance.  Its  all  about  trying   again  , they  will get  there! My  in-laws  also  came  for  the   volleyball  and   before  they  left in the   evening   we   went for  pizza.    On  Sunday  we   went  to  Church ,  and   after   had a   pretty  relaxing   day.   The  Monday  to  Friday   was  a  pretty  typical  week of school,  work   and  just  all the  things   we  do  every  week !  There  were   storms  Thursday  night and  some  places   had   power  outages. Funny  thing is our  middle  school  had  a  power  outage on Friday  morning after  the  storms and  our  son  had  to  come  home  early,  there  were  no  tears   though,  none ! 

Today  we  are   going  to  do   some  organizing in our   storage  room   and  pack  away  some  items   still in   boxes   after  our  move.  It is  a process !   I  also  have  to  take  my  phone in   as  yesterday  a  crack   appeared  across  the   screen  for  no  apparent   reason. 

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Have a   beautiful  weekend,   Terri xo. 

Dress of the week September 11th.

Good morning Ladies . Today is a poignant day here in the states, the anniversary of 9/11 . It was a day where thousands of innocent souls went to work or flew on a plane but did not come home. I was living in New York at that time and was working 2 miles north of the twin towers that day. Before it happened I heard the hum of a low flying plane and thought it was really loud or low flying and then moved on. A few minutes later someone got a call that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. The rest sadly will go down in history. All we can do is pray for those who died and their families .

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Last Saturday we tackled some organizing of the garage. We still had boxes there since we moved in late June and I am glad to say we made enough room so we can get our other car into it! In the evening our friends Brandon Josette and Maddi came over for dinner . The kids love having Maddi over and she likes coming also being an only child. We had a fire in the backyard until the bugs started to get bad. Then the adults watched a movie on netflix, Adrift based on a true story . Do you like truelife movies? On Sunday morning we went to Church and then in the afternoon the kids had friends come over for swimming. One of them stayed for a sleepover. The swimming days are coming to an end very soon!

On  Labor  day  we   did  a   bit  more  organizing    and  I also  got  to  watch the  solheim  cup, the  Ladies   golf  tournament   between  Europe  and  the  USA . I  was   delighted  to see  an  Irish young  lady  Leona  Maguire  star  in the  tournament !   Tuesday  was   back to  school  for  the  kids   after  the  long   weekend. the  week   went  pretty  fast with our  daughter   playing  volleyball  a  few   evenings   after   school.   Today  she   has  a  tournament  to play in  as  well, whew so  much playing,  better   her  than  me!!  

My  in-laws  are   coming  later   and   staying over  so the  kids  will be    delighted  with  that!   They will also  watch  some of the  tournament.  There is  also  another  sports  event  I  have   an  interest in, The  All Ireland mens  football  final   where  Mayo  will play  Tyrone in the  final. It  starts  at  11 am  my  time  today.  I grew up   with the  game , and  it  is  the superbowl   comparisson  for  Irish people!

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The ladies playing gaelic football!

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   Have a   lovely  weekend    and  week  ahead  ,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week September 4th !!

 Good  morning  Ladies  and  welcome  to  September !!  August  just  went  by  so  fast  I  felt .  Last  Saturday  with  the  help of all  6 of  us   we  did  some  house  cleaning. It is  amazing  how  many  hands  make  light  work   At  2pm  after a  little  packing  we left  to  stay  at a   hotel  2 hours 30  minutes  away.  As I said  last  week   we  were  travelling for our  nephews baptism. 

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As  we  were   driving  on  interstate  94  we  went  through  many  downpours  and  nearly  had  to  pull  over  as   visibility  was  very  low  and  the  wipers   were   on highest  speed!   But  the showers   dissapated    we  were  able  to  arrive  at  the  hotel in   sunshine .  We  arrived  at  5.30 pm  and  the  kids  of  course  went  to  the  pool  right  away! It was a  nice  pool  and  it  was  not  too  busy.   They   swam  for  over  an  hour  and   then  went  across  the   parking  lot to AJ’s   for   dinner. It  was   a  nice  place  and  the  food  was  good.   After   dinner  the  boys  went  back to the  pool     before bed  for  an  hour.   The   hotel  was   pet  friendly and it  was  the  first  time   we  brought  our  dog  Tucker to a  hotel !  He  did  really  well  but  felt  he  had  to  protect  us by  barking  a  little  when  seeing  strangers!   It  was  cute  really. 

We  were  up  early  on Sunday  morning  as the  baptism  was  at  8:30 am  and  was  also  a  25  minute  drive  from  the  hotel! WE  got  breakfast  ,  packed   got  dressed  up   and  were  ready to  leave  just  before  8am.  On our  way  we  went to  this  scenic  overlook   at  the  nearby lake

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Lake overlook !

The  baptism  took place  during  the  church’s  morning  service  and  it  was a  beautiful   event. He  did  very  well and  there  were  no  tears  as  the water  of  Baptism  was  poured over  his  head!  They  used  a  family   gown  as  his  outfit.  Afterwards   we  went  back to  their  house  and  had   lunch  and conversation. We  did  not  stay too long  after  as  we  wanted  to  get  back a  little  early for  the next day’s event : SCHOOL! 

Our  daughter  started  High  school (yikes!!)  and  is  settling  in  well.   After  school   there  has  been a  lot of  volleyball games  both home  and  travel.  Our  oldest son  started  middle  school and  is  meeting  new  friends  as  well as  the  kids  he  was  with  at  elementary  school.   Our  two youngest  started  in  a  new   elementary  school   and  were  made  welcome  by  everyone ! We  have  a  week  done  now and I am  happy it has  all gone so well.  7535fbf63faf1c841fe29324633de0256bdf1600a9ad282e9f2d59377472ece9.0

  This  weekend  being  labor  day  ,  the  kids  will be off Monday.  We are  staying  home  with  friends coming over today  and  on  Monday.  I am   happy to  have  a   pretty  relaxing  weekend !   The  weather  is  cloudy  today  with  sunshine  promised  tomorrow. 

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  Have a   beautiful  weekend, Terri  xo. 

Dress of the week August 28th !

Good  morning  Ladies! It  is  a dry  start  to Saturday   after  a  week  of  heavy   rain   in   4  days  since  last  weekend. We  are  promised  more  this  weekend .I  will take  it  as  it  has  been  a dry  summer  up until  now.  It is  also  welcome  for the  farmers  in  our  area   as   they  grow  their  crops.  

Last Saturday we got a bunch of yardwork done. Our friend Brandon borrowed a friends tractor to disperse the pile of dirt created from putting our pool in. He came over early and we made breakfast before starting. He is really good on the tractor and after an hour had most of the pile knocked down and spread through the yard in the low spots . We had to take out the clumps and big stones by hand. After it was spread we put down grass seed and it is starting to grow now .

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The tractor !!

On Sunday we went to Church and after lunch spent a relaxing day at home. I went into the pool for the first time since it was put in, before this I had watched the kids only but I braved the cold water and had a nice time in it !!! The week was pretty typical , but the last week off for the kids, they go back to school on Monday. There were some last minute events, school photos , and a refresher for our new middle schooler getting used to his new surroundings , I went with him yesterday to an empty school , it was nice to walk around and see where his rooms are. Our daughter had a volleyball game Friday and they unfortunately lost, cant win them all!!

   A  few weeks  ago  we  were  both  asked  to  be  Godparents  to our  nephew  Stanley  and we  accepted  of  course !  So  tomorrow  at  8:30 am  he  is  being  baptized ,  being made  a  child of  God’s  Kingdom.  We   have  to  travel  3  hours  so   we  are  leaving  later  today   and  staying  in a hotel overnight .   It  has a  pool  so it has  the  kids  excited.  Afterwards  we  will go  back to  his  parents  house  for  lunch.  It  will be  a great  day  for  the   family. 

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  Have a  beautiful  weekend , Terri xo. 

Dress of the week August 21st!

Good  morning  Ladies ! I  hope  you  are  all  doing  well  as  we  move  quickly  towards    the  end  part  of  August.  The   summer  has  gone  so  fast   and  the   kids  start   school  a  week  from  Monday!  The  weather  has    been  pretty   humid   early in the  week  but   has  cooled  of  nicely  heading into the  weekend. summer flower

Last  Saturday   we   did  some  landscaping  work in  our  backyard .  It  was  unplanned   but  due to  having a  pile of  dirt  from the dig  out  for  our  new  pool  we  wanted to  fill in  some  areas that  were  low in our  yard. We  worked  together to fill  wheelbarrows,  the  kids  helped  also.  After  all  we   did  we   still  have a  lot  so our  friend  Brandon is  going to  come over  today with a  front load   tractor  and  spread the  rest of  the  dirt  for us, thank you Brandon!!  On  Sunday  we  went to Church   and  enjoyed  coffee  and   donuts  afterwards.   The  kids  had   friends  come   visit and  their  Mom  and  I had a  nice  chat  for a  while as  they   swam .  One of  them  had a  sleepover. 

The week   did   go in  fast   with  kid  activities  and  some   more  playdates .  The  new   pool is  proving popular with  them !  Thursday  was a  big  day.  Our oldest son  had  orientation for  middle  school , still hard to  believe  for me !  He  said  it   went  well  and  got the  bus  there  and  back.  Then  the  younger  kids got  to  meet  their new   teachers in  elementary  school. They  are  in a  new  school  since  our  move but i  think  they  will  adapt  well.   The  teachers  were  nice  and  welcoming  to  them!  On  Friday  our  daughter  got picked for  the  9th  grade volleyball team  and  was  excited  by  that.  She is a  high  schooler  now , where  has  the  time  gone ??

On  Friday   night  our  friends  Brian , Crystal  and  their  kids  came over  for  game   night. It  was a fun  time  we  played  name  5   where   as it  suggests  you have  to  name  5 of  something, one  question  was  name  5 bands that  begin  with   B .  Can you  answer it ?  It  was  fun  and  stressful all at  the  same  time  as  you  are  on  teams of  2  or   more.  We also played   giant spoons  a  fast  moving  game  played  with a  deck of  cards  when one  person  gets  4 of a  kind   they inconspicuously  grab a spoon  from the  table  and  wait to see  how long it  takes for others to  notice . then everyone grabs but  there is one less  spoon  than  competitors  and if you  don’t  get  a  spoon  you  get an S.  When you  are  last  grabbing  5  times  you are out!  It  is  so  fun!  

I wanted to get my post published early as Brandon is coming over at 8am for breakfast . Got to feed the workers!

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Have a lovely weekend and week ahead, Terri xo.

Dress of the week August 14th !

Good Morning Ladies! It is a beautiful sunny Saturday morning here in Minnesota with a temperature of 54 degrees! After such a hot spell this is a welcome break. I do like the cooler weather! We had a little rain during the week which was needed.

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Last Saturday our daughter had softball nearly the whole day, Their last game ended at 10 pm. They won some and lost some in the tournament which led to the late game. I did get a little alone time also on Saturday for part of the day which is cherished from time to time ! On Sunday there was an 8am game , we left house at 6am as it was an hour away and they were meeting at 7.15 as a team prep. They did well but lost that game and it ended their tournament, they finished 5th out of 20 teams, well done to all the girls!

After the softball we drove 2 hrs for our nephews baby shower , it was a shower for all not just the ladies this time ! And due to covid it was held 2 months after he was born so he was the guest of honor! It was held at his house and was a fun few hours . On Monday the young boys had swimming lessons, they are really progressing well at them!

On Tuesday we went to our local county fair! It runs from Monday to Sunday and is a lot of fun! We got some good fair food and the kids had a lovely time on all the rides . We met a lot of friends also . On Wednesday ground was broke on our new above ground swimming pool ! A company came in and moved the dirt to level it and installed the frame. It can be left up all year round. By 7pm they were finished installing it and all we had to do was fill it. So over the next 2 days we got it to the level needed. It is still a little cold to go in for most people but not for our boys they braved the cold Yesterday , brrrr !!

Our old  neighbors  Neena  and  Chris  and  their  2  girls  came over on Wednesday evening for Pizza  also  and  have a   fun  time  with our  kids . It  was a  busy  day  here!    On Thursday  we  got  a  new  dishwasher  put in  as  the  original  one  to the  house  was  on its  last  legs .  The   new  one  is  soo  much  better!   On   Friday evening  we   went  back to the   fair !  We   just    had  some  food  and  walked  around ,  no  rides  this  time!   It  was  really   busy   being  the   weekend.  Early  Saturday  we    did   some  yardwork    as  we  have a  pile of  dirt to  deal  with  after  the  pool install. We  will use it to  fill in low   spots . 

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Wishing you all  a  lovely  rest  of  your  weekend  and  week  ahead, Terri xo. 

Dress of the week August 7th!

Good Morning Ladies! As I write this post early Saturday morning it is thundering and Lightening outside. Also heavy rain as you can imagine, but it is so needed here as we have had a very dry summer. Most lawns are a little burned but we have been trying to green ours up a little when we can water them. This past week has been in the mid to high 80s so maybe the storm will calm things down a bit!

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Last   weekend on Saturday  we  hosted  a lovely   family  gathering . The head of  the family  tree  here   turned  93 !  He  is  in  an assisted   living  facility  2  hours  from   us  and  was   delighted  to  get  out . There   were 17   of us  in  total, one had  to  work , but it  was  nice to  see  our youngest   member  Baby Stanley make the  trip with his  parents! We  had a  nice   meal   and   some  yummy   cupcakes   afterwards.  It  was   so  much  easier  to host  in our  new   house with a  bit  more   space.

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On Sunday  there  was   Church   and   a  relaxing  day   afterwards. Our   younger   boys   had   swim  lessons  in the   mornings   during   the   week.   They love  water   and it is  a  win  win  as  we   do  not  have a  pool   at the  moment   since  moving. We  are   working  on  getting a   new  one. The  kids   had  a   few   friend   playdates  also.  Yesterday our  daughter  was   playing in  nationals  for   softball in a  weekend  long   tournament.  They  played  2  games  yesterday  and  at  5pm  all the  teams  had  a  parade ! Our   girls  dressed  in  a hawaiian theme!  There  are  more  games  Today  and depending on  results   into  Sunday.

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For  this  weeks  dress of  the  week my   blog   friend  Courtney   has   kindly agreed  to   model    for  us ! She  is a  wife  to Jake  and  Mom  to  baby Scarlett . She  recently   did a  post  on ” ten  tips to  photogragh  a   baby” It   will be  a  great  insight  for  parents  of  young  kids. You  can see  her  post  here   Courtney  was in  some of the  photos  and I loved  the  dress  she  was   wearing! 

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Thank you  Courtney,  have a  lovely  weekend everyone ,  Terri xo. 

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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Loft area

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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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! 

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