Monday, November 7, 2016


I'm usually not the best at recapping our weekends, but ya know, today I figured why not since my children heard it was daylights savings yesterday and decided to wake up to celebrate at 4:15am today. I would totally escape early to work and just sleep at my desk but wouldn't you know daycare doesn't take kids at 5am. So I figured I may as well recap our weekend, because it really was a good one! Also, before diving into our weekend I recapped 20 items under $25 at the Nordstrom Fall Clearance Event yesterday. Read here to check it out-lots of cute items, great accessories, and some fun gift ideas!
Friday I worked all day, and we did a low key night at home. Is it sad that I already can't remember what we had for dinner? I just wracked my brain and I can't recall if it was soup or something else. I blame sleep deprivation ;-) Aside from our clearly forgettable dinner, I did a major happy dance because our Christmas tree arrived! In two HUGE boxes. If that is any indication of how big this tree is going to be. #soexcited I haven't even opened them yet, at this point we figured we might as well just wait until the day after Thanksgiving, but I will say that shipping was SO fast, like I think I had it within three days of ordering. We got it from Sam's Club, and so far I am super impressed.
After dinner, my brother and sister-in-law stopped by. Laura and I have actually been friends since high school, and were on dance team together. We actually both hung out with each other before either of us started dating our husbands. I have said it many times, but I am always kind of amazed that of everyone out there, I was lucky enough for her to be my sister in law. And there was no matchmaking involved. Total chance that we both chose Stang boys!
On Saturday, we hit the road early to go into town. Quite often once mid-morning hits on a weekend, the kids are antsy and we are ready to get out. We went to Hobby Lobby and walked out empty handed. There is so much good stuff, I honestly don't know how to narrow down what I want to buy. We then went to Target, and this book was immediately thrown into the cart when we saw it. Moms of little boys, the Little Blue Truck books are awesome, and this one has a tree on the last page that LIGHTS UP when you open to it. We were going to wait to give it to Jackson until closer to Christmas, but I will honestly be surprised if there are any gifts under the tree Christmas morning because we have no self control and get so excited to give him things ;-)

We then swung by to visit my in-laws for a bit. Jackson got to run around outside in the amazing warm weather we have been having, and I got to catch up with my mother and sister in law. I snapped the picture below of Lincoln, and then set it beside a picture of Jackson wearing the same outfit. They definitely have some features where I can tell they are brothers, but most of the time I am just amazed how different they look!
Once we got home, I assessed my amazing finds from the Target dollar spot. You guys, all of the Christmas things. I got some garland for our fireplace, red glitter coasters, and the most perfect coffee mug I have ever laid my eyes upon. And for only $3!? Yes please!

While the boys napped, I decided to go on my first run since going back to work. I was really good about working out during maternity leave, but once I went back to work it's like there just aren't enough hours in the day. But I was able to complete my normal loop and I felt really proud of myself. And today my quads and hamstrings are in major pain. Worth it :-)
Saturday night Jackson had a pizza night with dad and I took Lincoln to dinner with my mom and sister who are 'hunting widows' this weekend . Jackson was happy to see me go, and as I went to the door rather than chasing after me, he just smiled and said 'BUHHH BYE!' It was nice to escape and have some girl time (plus Lincoln). It is so nice to have him finally outgrowing his 'fussy stage' and really become more fun to take places!
On Sunday, thanks to daylights savings we were all up by 5am, but at least we had PLENTY of time to get ready for family pictures. My dear friend Amanda was a shadow photographer at our wedding, and since then has taken pretty much all of our family photos. Fun note, we were going to try to just take a few Christmas card shots on our own this year, and we got about five minutes in and Mike is the one who said "can you just call Amanda"? And every time I am so glad I did. Our boys are not at an easy stage to capture, but she sent me a few previews yesterday and I am just swooning. So thankful we have her to capture this sweet (and tiring) season of our life. I'll leave you all off with a little preview of my biggest little love :-)
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  1. Can't wait to see your tree up! We were at Costco Saturday and they had a huge Christmas tree for sale....if only me ceilings were high enough haha! I know it's going to be fun putting it up AND taking it down ;) Hopefully your boys will learn to sleep in soon
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. Ahhh, your tree sounds like it is going to be amazing!! I can't believe in MN you are still having the warm weather!! Running in shorts and a t shirt?! That's awesome. Sounds like you packed in so much to your weekend, lots of fun family time! You are definitely making me want to go to Target just to check out the dollar spot.

  3. Walker loves that book! :) And that sneak peek shot is so sweet; can't wait to see them all!

  4. I love your preview photo. We took family photos on Friday and it was interesting to say the least. Avery had a smashed finger from daycare and she had a nasty cough so she wasn't having it. I hope we got some good ones. I love dinner dates with my mom and sister too! So much fun. Yay for getting back on the running train!

  5. I cannot WAIT to see your tree up!! EEEEK! And girl, we loooove Little Blue Truck! I got the Christmas version last Christmas and our kids both adore it. So stinking cute!

  6. We love the LBT books- I'll have to look for the Christmas one!


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