Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Loves.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals for the Share and Tell Tuesday Link-Up to share with you the loves of my life.

Here we go - I'll be starting with that handsome husband of mine, Jon.  ;)


This is the guy who, over seventeen years ago, once stood on my Mom and Dad's front porch and wouldn't leave until I agreed to be his girlfriend.  Spoiler alert:  I said, "Okay," and I agreed to be his girlfriend...his strategy worked. ;)

This same guy, waaay back in the day, also covered that same front porch with lilacs (one of my favorite scents) just to make me happy.  We've danced under the stars in the middle of nowhere, we've eaten dinner in the middle of our high school football field, we've laughed, we've cried, we've struggled, we've survived this thing called life...this thing called marriage.  This fella' of mine has a heart of gold and dance moves like no other.  Jon and I are complete opposites in almost every way and I can guarantee you that if you were to meet us, you'd never guess that he's the one who keeps us laughing over here.  He's adventurous, kind, hard-working, curious, smart and patient.  He's an amazing husband and an even more amazing father!

I can honestly say, without a doubt in my mind, that our kids are his absolute favorite people.  He loves our kids more than anything in this world and I love him that much more for loving them so deeply.


Oh my little Henry.  Henry came into this world on May 7, 2011.  On that day, I became known as, Mom.  To be completely honest, I had NO idea what to do with him.  I had no idea how to "mother."  As the days, the weeks and the months went by we gradually got to know each other more and more.  We ultimately fell in love and I can tell you the exact moment that led to my never-ending love for him, but that story is for another day...

This little boy of mine is so tender and sweet.  He's always willing to help others.  He's silly and gentle.  Henry has always given the best hugs and he excels in the cuddle and snuggle departments.  I hope to raise him to be empathetic and kind and let me tell you, he's proving himself of these two things on a daily basis.  I miss him and worry about him throughout the day, but I know he's happy...and that's all I care about.

This smart little boy of mine is growing up with no intention of slowing down.  He loves to build and create.  He's curious and eager to learn.  Give this boy some cardboard, tape and scissors and he's happy for hours.  He's always asking about the factories we drive by here in town and what they "make" within them.  Henry's also always asking Suri to show him a "machine."  This kid loves machines.

I swear I knew this boy before he even arrived on that beautiful spring morning back in May of 2011.  He's a dream of a little boy and he keeps me smiling every.single.day.  I mean, with that smile of his, how could I not reciprocate?


This little ball of energy and sass is Eliza.  Eliza arrived somewhat quickly on May 30, 2013 and hasn't slowed down since.

This girl keeps me on my toes every waking hour.  For real...it's exhausting.  There was once a time she loved to snuggle, but I quickly learned I was her primary food source and once the nursing ended so did the snuggles (which is also why I nursed her for two years - because...#selfish).  She eats all day, every day.  Let me repeat that - this kid eats all.day.every.day.  I've never met a three-year-old who likes to eat sardines, salmon and whey protein shakes with their Daddy.  This girl will eat all the things...and she does...I'm guessing it gives her all that energy?  Ha!

Eliza loves to play dress-up and pretend she's a princess, which is perfect, because in my world, she is my princess.  Eliza is always, alwaaaays singing, putting on a show and batting her eyes...not sure where she gets it from... ;)  There's not a day that goes by that she's not wearing something shiny, sparkly or princess-y.  She's outgoing, confident, spontaneous and she's most definitely made of sugar and spice and everything nice.

She's becoming more and more aware of her surroundings and I've recently noticed her stepping out of the spotlight to access the world around her.  She's smart and silly and an absolute delight.  I'm in love with this little-squishy-faced-sardine-eating-three-nager more than I could ever say.


Lastly, how can I not mention our cat, Nubs?  I found him about ten years ago while at work.  My manager, who lived in the country at the time, had jokingly told me that his car had "meowed" while on his way to work that morning.  We went out to check on his "meowing" car and there was this itty, bitty little mischievous kitten who had climbed into the hood of my manager's car and just so happened to go on a ride of a lifetime!

I'm sure you're wondering why we call him, Nubs?  Welp, that's because he no longer had a tail upon finding him.  Poor kitty.  My only assumption was that it was cut off while riding under the hood of that car, especially since it was a fresh, clean cut.

Side note - growing up, I was NEVER a cat person - I was a dog/puppy kind of gal, but there was something about this kitty and I just couldn't let him loose in the high-traffic area where I had worked.  He was so, sooo little and cute...and, not to mention, scared.  As a result, I took a lunch break, drove him to the store (while he sat on my shoulder), bought him cat food and put him in our screened-in porch at home.  I then called numerous shelters and pet shops, but nobody would take him.  Over the course of a few weeks Jon and I started to play and snuggle with Nubs and we eventually fell in love...and the rest in history.........aaaaaaaand he's an indoor cat.........which means he really can't run away..........................so there's that, too...................he's kinda stuck with us.

This cat of ours is skittish, easily annoyed with us humans, playful when he wants to be, and he mostly does as he pleases - including that of gifting us with the occasional hair ball or two.  We love him though.  Nubs is part of our story.

He's a good kitty, a crazy kitty, but a good kitty nonetheless.  We like to occasionally tell him that he won the cat lottery.  He did, he really did.  From that initial car ride, to his unfortunate tail incident, to me bringing him home - he's pretty darn lucky, if you ask me.  You know, it's true what they say, a cat has nine lives.  At this rate Nubs has something like seven lives left...mostly because he's lazy and kind of spoiled...  ;)  Haha!

Let's rewind back to his glory days.  Here's Nubs in his prime, if you will?!  This is still one of favorite pictures of him...

Classy, right?

Also, I do believe I just wrote more about my cat than that of Jon and my children...  Lol!

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my loves.  Oh, what a wonderful world...

Marie :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Favorites and a Weekend Review

You read that right, folks - I'm posting about our past weekend for this Friday Favorites link-up.  I pretty much had this post ready to go on Monday, but then, you know, anytime I sat down to blog something else came up...so here I am...finally finishing this blog post and posting it only hours before a new weekend is about to begin.  Yikes!

Let's time warp waaay, waaaaay back to two Wednesdays ago...

The end of last week started off like this!

The sun!  The sun!

You guys - Michiganders saw the sun and it was a beautiful sight!  So beautiful and wonderful in fact that I literally went around town talking to strangers and telling them about the obvious fact of how great it was to have sunshine in our lives again.


I was sooo incredibly excited for the sunshine that I completely failed to realize that the temperature was hovering around freezing, but I had become so delusional by this point that I had already gathered up my outdoor running essentials (three year old included ;)) and went for a little jog in the park.

In hindsight, it probably wasn't the safest thing to do as some of the sidewalks were extremely icy, buy I couldn't resist.  No worries, we stayed safe and warm in a nicely plowed and salted part of a pretty neighborhood.

I've got to tell you though, that Vitamin D sure did feel amazing...I mean...I couldn't feel my face...but somehow it still felt great.  Lol!

The next day Eliza had a field trip to a CrossFit gym.

I only wish I owned such cute workout clothes as that of my preschooler...not to mention to aquire her metabolism!  Bahaha!

*sigh* ;)

After our field trip we went home, packed up our bathing suits, picked up Henry, traveled north, met up with Jon's parents for dinner, spent the night, visited my parents and then we were off to an indoor water park!

Jon and I stocked the fridge; which by the way had me laughing due to our lack of adult beverages.

Gone are those days, eh?!

Nothing but hard-boiled eggs, yogurt and a box of La Croix.  Geez, can you say, "adulting?"  We pretty much do this whenever we stay anywhere for a long period of time to save on money, save on time and to not eat junk food every waking moment of a vacation.  Well, that is until dinner arrives.  At dinner we become all sorts of crazy!  For this vacation's dinner we indulged in large pizzas, both nights, and I drank a couple Bahama Mamas and Jon ordered a Bloody Mary and a beer.

#seewearestillkindacool  ;)

Water Park Time (thank goodness for self-timers)!!!

We whooped it up at the water park and later that evening my sister and her family joined in on the fun!

One of the other events we had planned for the weekend was for my sister and me to run an 8K on Saturday morning.  Oh man, I was sooooo unsure if I wanted to run this race.  It's just under 5 miles and it was cold you guys...like really cold...19 degrees cold.  But my sister had already signed up for the race and me being me, well, I waited until the morning of the race to register.

Guess what?  I ran it...

Did I mention it was cold?!


As my sister and I ventured over to pick up our bibs I realized how unprepared I was to run the race.  I didn't have long pants or long socks, no scarf, no gloves and I didn't have anything to hold my phone.  I had grabbed that ^^^ blue sweatshirt, just in case I needed an extra layer of warmth, as I was leaving the hotel and I'm soooo happy I did because I pretty much ran like that ^^^ for the entire race.  LOL!  Ridiculous, I know, but it was a life-saver!  Don't you want to be friends with me?

Prepared runners >>>>>>......

By the end of the race my extremities had thawed out and I could once again feel my face, fingers, knees and calves.  I ran the entire course and was pleased with my time, especially given the fact that pretty much all of mile three was on an icy/snowy/dangerous path that goes over a rickety old narrow bridge only to have to cross the same path again to head back in the other direction in order to finish the race.  Lordy.  It was my third time running this race and every time I get to that path I question my judgment as to why I've decided to pay money only to potentially fall flat on my arse.

Here's my awesome sister casually enjoying a cup of joe after crossing the finish line...


...aaaaaaand here we are enjoying some much deserved hot tub time!  Our bodies were completely confused at this point.

Ah, yes, warm and cozy hotel bed...nope now freezing oustide...what's happening - why are you running...this is dangerous...it hurts it hurst...it's so cold...stop it...oh way...warming up...warmer...waaarmer...waaaaaarmer...gosh darn it...freezing again...aaaaaand hot tub....

Dear body and lungs, I'm so sorry.

After meeting up with my sister it was time to actually spend time with my family again.  We decided to hit up the arcade.  Henry played a couple games and hit 100 tickets on this one.

Naturally, girlfriend needed a turn, as well - she ended up winning 25 tickets.  We were off to a good start.  ;)

After the arcade Jon and I had decided to drive into town (because I sure as heck wasn't going to walk) and grab some coffee.

This coffee was awesome, but we mostly wanted to go to this place because of this coffee shop's amazing "Kid's Cave."  The kids think it's so cool and it gave Jon and I a few moments to sleep with our eyes open converse.

We finished up our drinks and treats and headed over to a fudge shop.  We walked in the store just in time to watch fudge being made.  I remember watching this process when I was a little girl, so I was thrilled that Henry and Eliza were able to witness it, too!

The kids (and adults) got to try out some fudge!

We walked over to one more shop, but not without Henry seeing this first...

We ended up buying some 10 year-old cheese and it was soooooo good!

Oh and the weekend before our little vacation this adorable town just happened to have their annual, SnowFest.  I remember going to this same event when I was little and much to my surprise Jon had never been, so it was fun to experience it together.

Luckily for the sculptors their work was still mostly intact an entire week later due to those freeeezing temps.

This was by far my favorite!


And oh my gosh, the ice sculptures!

Guess what happened next?  Yup!  A nap.  Just like the sunshine here in the mitten, naps are also a rare occurrence these days.

We eventually woke up and partied a bit more inside the water park.  We ate tons of pizza.

It was glorious.

Love these party animals!

This water park vacation wouldn't have been complete without a glimpse of their chicken mascot!

I tooooootally high-fived him as I walked by...because I'm cool like that.

Arcade prizes in hand.  Boom.

Mission Water Park Vacation:  Complete.

That's a wrap.  Our weekend had come to a close and I was a bit sad to see it come and go.  I also wasn't looking forward to the loads of laundry that were about to come my way...that I JUST finished washing, folding and putting away an hour ago...almost an entire week later...  *facepalm*

Cheers to a new weekend in 5-4-3-2-1......

Marie :)

I'm linking up with AprilNatasha, and Christina for the Five on Friday link-up Paaaaarty!
I'm linking up with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love for my Friday Favorites!
I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for the Oh Hey Friday linky party!
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