FIRST ICE STORM 2017

Ice storm 2017

This past week we lived through our first ice storm here in Nebraska. We were a bit nervous about the roads and the power going out but thank God the worst thing that happened was that we were forced to spend a couple of days indoors. I wasn’t sure what to expect. For some reason, I thought it would hail golf balls and everyone would freeze outside, but it just rained for a couple of days (nothing like FL rain though) just a light sprinkle. It took me a minute to realize that the reason it is called an ice storm is because as soon as the rain hit the ground it froze and created a couple of inches of ice on the streets making it nearly impossible to walk or even drive in it.

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Thank God, Alex’s job prepped for the worse and he came home safe from work both nights.

On Alex’s drive home from work yesterday, he texted me to get the kids in the van because we were going for a drive to look at the trees. I wrapped the kids up in their winter jackets and we hit the road.

We had a few hours before the ice melted off the trees and I am so glad we were able to see those beautiful trees full of ice.

This was magical. I wanted to really capture the beauty of the icicles on every branch and the sparkle that shone when the sun hit it. Not sure if I did that considering I was snapping pictures from our van, but it really was something else!

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

We’re still hoping for some snow soon. The most we’ve seen has been a sprinkle here and there… definitely not enough for a snow man.

Ice storm 2017

Also, this house! I had to snap a picture of it because it was so beautiful and it’s one of the dozens of beautiful homes up here. Alex is not so fond of me snapping pictures of other peoples houses. He thinks they’re going to track us down using our license plate. He’s probably right.

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

Ice storm 2017

I’m pretty sure that people in NE are over the snow and the cold and the ice but everything is new and exciting for us and we are having a great time appreciating all of the little things. Like a fireplace, frosted windows, icicles, the sunsets, the fresh air and how welcoming people are up here.

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HADDON’S TWO!

Haddon's two

Last week this sweet little boy turned TWO and we celebrated the grandiose day with a cake the size of our house and lots of Lion Guard! Haddon is such a blessing to our family. He is a sweet and cuddly little guy who loves to “wastle” watch “frozen” and take “bafs.” He says “aww… Emmy cute” and you’ve followed along our IG stories, you’ll know that he’ll do just about anything to smother his sister in kisses.

Haddon's two

I may have been a little zealous with this cake.  My intentions were to just make one small cake (considering there are only 4 of us) but I made a mistake in the calculations and ended up with a monster of nutella and strawberry goodness.  The kids didn’t mind…check out their expressions.

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Alex ended up taking most of the cake to work but you better believe I saved some for my “post bedtime mommy snack” It was soooo good guys! I got the recipe from The Pioneer woman!!

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Haddon is really into the Lion Guard these days. His grandparents bought him a stuffed animal last time we were at Disney and they sent him figurines in the mail. He really got a kick out of the masks we found at Target and have been playing with them since.

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Haddon's two

Happy birthday sweet boy! Mom and dad love you with all of our hearts!

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HOMEWORKOUTS WITH KIDS

One of my 2017 goals is to exercise every day for at least 15 minutes a day.  I know it’s not much but I’m more excited about being consistent than getting an amazing workout.  I’ve worked out at home for years but these days home workouts have gotten crazy hard. Take a look at all of the maneuvering I have to do just to find carpet space. This morning I started my usual exercise routine and I thought it would be fun to record what I go through.  Here’s the deal.  This video is hilarious to me.  It reminds me of how crazy this season is right now and how stinking cute these kids are (check out Grace’s moves).  Working out at home is the only way I can squeeze in a workout considering I have no babysitter or gym membership and the truth is that I think it’s more important right now to have my kids see their mama working hard at staying healthy in between all the cake eating and pasta making. Anyway… I can see us doing this for years to come.

I’m curious… how do you guys squeeze in workouts?  Do you workout everyday? How does it affect your kiddos?

 

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