Monday, January 2, 2017

Weekend Recap - Setting the tone edition

Happy New Year, Friends!  I can't believe that Christmas break is (almost) over!  Today is my last day off and we have no plans except soak in the last moments of doing nothing :)

Friday morning started off slow... pop beads, dominos and hot tea for the win!






What's better than one accessory???  Seven. ;)





I took the kids to Obstacle Warrior Kids to meet up with some friends and they ran, jumped, scaled and climbed for a full two hours.






That's a lot of sweaty boys.


You can imagine that after a couple of hours of being a ninja there were great naps that afternoon :)

Saturday morning we hung out and spent the GORGEOUS afternoon playing outside...




... building towers...



... and party prepping for NYE! (Which I'll share later this week!)

Sunday morning we hit the road to start 2017 off right - at the lake!!!

My parents were already there and we had THE BEST time exploring the lake with all the leaves down (last time we were there you could barely see the other houses because of all the trees!)



The walk around the lake is a little over 2 miles and we put on our boots and set off!



GG was so excited to take Scooter :)



Nerf gun practice!











Mason was so excited about the "pinecone family" he collected.



And when he found a stick that looked like a lightsaber and didn't have enough hands to hold everything we improvised :)


Roasting hot dogs for lunch!




My parents dog - Scooter ;)


Griffin and Haha in the necklaces she made ;)





 Looking for minnows :)








We're thinking that chest waders are going to be a must :)  But in the meantime the rolled pants will have to suffice! hahaha


GG took a spill and this happened :)


#lakeproblems



Meeting the ducks...



The lady who my parents bought the house from left pretty much everything there including LOTS of little animal figurines.  My mom kept a few of them out on the porch knowing that my kids would love playing with them and she was totally right :)


My dad bought an old boat and Dave and Luke helped bring it around back.  We're excited about it's maiden voyage and lots of memories to be made in it!
















We left in time to get home for dinner and this took all of 5 minutes to happen...




We are so looking forward to 2017 and I think we set the tone well. 

Happy Monday, Friends!!!

38 comments:

  1. You guys are going to make so many family memories at the lake house. I'm excited for your crew! Happy 2017!

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  2. Andrea! I'm obsessed with your parents' new place!! Take me next time :).

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  3. This must be a silly question--- but how do you upload your pictures so quickly and efficiently??? Always so impressed!

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    1. I have a Mac which helps... all the pics that I take on my phone appear on my photo stream on my computer (I used to have to email them to myself). And the pics from my camera go to that stream as well when I put my SD card into the computer.

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  4. Love the lake house and just know that you will have such wonderful family times there. Your parents knew what they were doing :)

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  5. So fun!!! That lake house looks amazing, and I love the pics from the dock! So sweet!

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    1. they were COVERED in mud and water but had the best time EVER! :)

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  6. Happy new year!! What set of pop beads do you have? I think my daughter would love that and she has a birthday coming up :)

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    1. They're "pop arty" and here's the link.... https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Arty-Snap-Together-Christmas-180Pieces-Happytime/dp/B01M1RM8PD/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1483370561&sr=8-3&keywords=pop+arty+beads

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  7. dumb question but when your kids take late naps, how does bedtime work? i'm always half relieved because they NEED it but then also dreading that night because they'll usually be wired until 11pm! (mine are 6 1/2 and 2 1/2.) i usually just let them have extra quiet play time in their room but wondering if there's another trick. ;) love this post and SO jealous of the lake house! so dreamy!

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    1. Not dumb!!! Yesterday they slept from about 3:30 - 5:00 and were in bed again for the night by 9:00. (Normally bedtime is around 7:30). They can look at books in their beds, but have to stay put when they go to bed. Hope that helps!!! (Most of the time if they're taking a late nap it's because they're wiped out from something we did and just need some extra sleep.... so they usually don't have a hard time going back to bed an hour or so later than normal).

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    2. thanks for taking the time to answer this!! and that all makes perfect sense! :)

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  8. What a fun spot to go and relax! :)

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  9. So much fun!!! I go back to school tomorrow too...laying LOW today though! HNY!

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    1. Us too! Except I've decided today is the day to purge closets and wash everyone's bedding. hahaha

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  10. Ahhh I'm in love with your weather there. I need to visit Texas! Do you ever travel back to Canada to visit. I wouldn't miss the snow ;)

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    1. Well... it was 65 yesterday but is going to be a high of 30 something later this week. IT's crazy! I haven't been back to Canada in YEARS (because BABIES! and passports and all of that), but we're hoping to take the kids up there at some point!

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  11. What a sweet day with your family!!! The kids are going to love growing up there!

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    1. It was so sweet! And yes - can't wait to create tons of memories!

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  12. I go back to school tomorrow too (!!), but reading your blog was a relaxing way to start the day. Happy New Year!

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    1. Do you have kids back tomorrow? We have a work day! #allthepraisehands

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    2. Yes, back to kids and meetings tomorrow!

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  13. Happy New Year! We love a good set of pop beads around here. ;-) LOVE the lake house!

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    1. I feel like GG is JUST now old enough for pop beads and I think I may have had as much fun as her playing with them : )

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  14. Happy New Year Andrea! That lake house looks like such a wonderful place for relaxing and making memories! :)

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    1. So far it's been wonderful!!! Thanks so much! ;)

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  15. The lake looks so amazing!! What a great little retreat for you guys!!

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  16. What brand are your duck boots?

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  17. How old is GG? Thinking on birthday presents for 3 & 4 y/o....

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