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Weekend Update: 10/7/12

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As always, a caramel skim latte from Caribou for the car ride up to the cities

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First stop: MOA (Mall of America). . . Luke and I kept ourselves entertained in the dressing room with Dad was trying on pants.

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They were having a competition – making structures out of canned foods – with local architectural firms to support a local food shelter. . . they were still early in the building process. Le Sueur –> represent!

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But had some cool photos from years past. . . IMG_1981IMG_1982

Then, off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. . .

Grandma Mary just got back from Seattle and brought back a super adorable toy airplane for Luke. IMG_1988

Which he loved for about 2 minutes and then the rug was much more interesting! Oh the life of a almost 6 month old. Smile 

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Abby did not appreciate having to share attention with Luke – and also he was on her rug.  ..

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Then, we all went and had lunch at Scott’s favorite restaurant – Chili’s – where he always gets the same thing. . . chipotle chicken crispers..  . so boring! Love their chips and salsa though! And I had a fabulous bowl of potato soup and a yummy sandwich. Great lunch with great company.

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Abby being cute in the car – love her paws together! IMG_2027

I had gotten Scott an arrangement from Edible Arrangements for our 4th anniversary, and we went a finally picked it up last weekend. (it is sorta out of our way, hence why we didn’t get it until then.) But they messed up the order and gave me dark chocolate strawberries. And the lady at the store wasn’t helpful at all. . . so social media to the rescue – I tweeted about it!

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And heard back from the company and they offered to make it right. . . another bouquet with all white chocolate strawberries – and they were delicious! Thanks again Edible Arrangements for making it right. Smile 

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Dinner on Saturday night – squash! Abby has learned very quickly to be close by when Luke is in his high chair. IMG_2030

And she tries so hard. . .

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notice the puppy nose in this picture! –>

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Dad having fun with the camera. ..

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And bummer. . . at Target on Sunday to pick up antibiotics for Luke’s 1st ear infection. Boo.

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Thankfully, he was feeling good enough later in the day to put on his Packers sweatshirt and go for his 1st family run!

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I bundled him up good – cause it was only 55 degrees out. . . and put some extra padding in to help keep him in place.

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He did great! And even fell asleep on the way home. Winking smile 

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Family pic… or as close as we could get! Winking smile 

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And my calf stayed nice and quiet! 3 miles and no pain –> I’ll take it. Smile

Overall, a really nice weekend. .. and I think Luke is starting to feel better from his ear infection.

What were you up to? Any running? Eats at a good restaurant?

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Weekend Update: 9/30/12

Another weekend that went by way too fast. . . thankfully we fit a lot of stuff into it! An early post this week because tomorrow is the scheduled Foodie Pen Pal post for October!

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A new book. . .

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a new toy. . .

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I don’t want to be in my bumbo. . . wait what’s coming up behind me.  .. IMG_1742IMG_1746

One picture with both of them looking at the camera and then. . . not. Winking smileIMG_1750IMG_1752

It’s already started. .. having to put away baby clothes. Sad smile IMG_1753

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More baby food – this time carrots!

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Target trip! Still working on product placement (for Planters Peanuts) in photos. Winking smile 

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Stopover at Grandma and Grandpa Thompson’s

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Lunch at Cane’s Chicken Fingers

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Then, off to look at new homes in the Parade of Homes in the cities.

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Getting ideas for our house that we will (someday) build.

Big entry from garage with bench/hooks. Beautiful kitchen cabinets.

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Big laundry room with sink and counter space. Beautiful railing detail.

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Love love love this kitchen – big island! IMG_1787

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Someone was pretty tuckered out from all the houses. IMG_1805

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Sunday morning. . . Mom, I know you can see me and I don’t wanna nap!

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And FINALLY the highlight of the weekend – dinner at China Buffet with Jodi, Chris, Evan, Sarah, Matt, and Brynn!

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Brynn wasn’t too sure about all the commotion. . . Luke was loving sitting in the high chair in his super cool new high chair cover! Thanks Matt and Sarah (and Brynn!).

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Evan wasn’t too sure about sitting in his high chair. . . sitting with Mom and showing off his sweet fork skills was way more fun! IMG_1822IMG_1833

Thanks to all for another great trip to CB! Winking smile

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Scott and I also managed to get in an 11.1 mile run in preparation for our half marathon in Des Moines in October!!!

What were you up to this weekend??? Enjoying this beautiful fall weather?

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Weekend Update: 9/23/12

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Sleeping in Mom and Dad’s bed. . .

Running errands . . . including picking the dog up from the groomers.
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Pretty puppy. . .you can just barely see her bow—> which lasted about 20 mins! IMG_1586
Friday night dinner from Chipotle! Steak burrito bowl for me – and lots of chips and guac. YUM!

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The view from the top of the parking garage at the Mall of America. IMG_1612
Lunch at Famous Dave’s and then shopping for jeans with Dad. IMG_1616IMG_1618
My 1st trip and purchase from Lululemon –> Love! IMG_1620IMG_1622
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GO PACK GO!
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Making baby food! 1st up –>peas.
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Took my new Lulu shorts for a run – l.o.v.e the zippered pocket. IMG_1680
Luke got a new high chair. . . at first he wasn’t too sure about it. . .
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But then he realized he gets to eat when he is in it and then he loved it. Smile IMG_1686IMG_1687IMG_1688IMG_1689IMG_1690IMG_1691
finished off the weekend with a family classic crockpot dish –> recipe soon!IMG_1707
And one tired puppy
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Hope you had a good one!

Packers v. Seahawks on Monday Night Football – Go Pack! Winking smile

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Weekend update: 9/11/12

My weekend started on Friday! I had the day off of work. Smile 

We started with jumparoo time for him and coffee time for her.

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the saddest part of my day. Sad smile

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Played with my new HAAN steam mop. Unofficial review – awesome! (Will do a more official review soon.)

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I leave Luke alone for 3 seconds. . .

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Beautiful sunny Friday. . . perfect day for an afternoon walk. IMG_1343IMG_1345IMG_1347IMG_1349IMG_1351

Waiting for our weekend house guest. . .

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She’s here!!! My little sister, Laura. Smile It was supposed to be a sisters weekend but unfortunately my older sister, Jenny, who is a youth pastor had to stay in town for Sunday School Kickoff.

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Aunt Laura is so good at giving Luke his afternoon snack. IMG_1365

Bath time. . . towel baby!

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Saturday morning: official start of our “Weekend of Fun!”

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First up: Mankato Farmer’s Market

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Checking out bath salts

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Next up: Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet

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We got lots of good stuff. . . a full bag each! IMG_1384

Abby was a good car companion

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Quick stop at the grocery store

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Then onto OCB!

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*Photo credit to Laura!

Luke’s second trip. . . his first one was about a year ago when I told Laura I was pregnant!

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I love OCB –> perfectly acceptable to have a blue raspberry icee with a salad

Do you think someone might be a tad bit interested?

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And then the next part of our Weekend of Fun. . . cooking!

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2 new recipes: coming to the blog soon!

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And then. . . BAKING!

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Finally, snuggle time on the couch –> perfect Saturday night

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My Sunday morning. . . ❤

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First up: pedi for me, mani for Laura

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Then. . . fro yo!

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In my cup: chocolate and latte fro yo topped with crunch topping, cookie dough and Andes mint pieces

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More baking – making RPSs (I got the recipe from Colleenmy August Foodie Pen Pal!)

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More crafts: Pinterest inspired..  . finished product and details to come soon!

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It was such a great weekend. Laura and I had so much fun together and it just warms my heart to see Luke spending time with his Aunt Laura. Smile 

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Thank you Laura for a super awesome weekend. Can’t wait to have another one soon.

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Weekend Update: Labor Day 2012

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5 miles on Friday

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bedtime story with Dad. . . with Abby always close by

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breakfast with Grandma and Grandpa Thompson

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Enjoying the lake view with Grandpa Tom

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On our way to dinner

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With Uncle Kevin at the restaurant – getting lots of laughs

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9 miles! on Saturday

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our reward for 9 miles – lemon poppy seed cupcake with lemon filling. YUM.

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Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! Smile

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Weekend update: 8/26/12

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Quick run in the rain to stretch out my legs after running 7 miles on Thursday and walking around the fair for 5 hours on Friday!

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First night in the crib ***dramatic re-enactment during naptime

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all dressed up for Brynn’s 1st birthday party!

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Laying on my back is so yesterday

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. . .still trying to figure the whole rolling over thing though.

***Edited to add: Luke rolled over today (Monday)! Smile 

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Sunday morning in my jumper. . . *I just love his little bear feet. Smile

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PicMonkey Collage

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And I think someone was looking for attention this morning. . . the first baby toy to pay the price. poor turtle tail! I am actually really surprised this hasn’t happened until now, because a lot of baby toys are similar to dog toys. But Abby has been pretty good leaving Luke’s toys alone and just playing with hers. . . I guess the hot pink turtle tail was just too temping. Winking smile 

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All that chewing is tiring work.

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Nap time in the swing. . . I know he should be starting to take naps in his crib, but I also know that his time in the swing is limited so I can’t help but let him sleep in there for now – especially cause he is so stinkin’ cute.

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Luke’s new favorite thing is to turn himself sideways at his piano bar activity mat and put his feet up on the bar.

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Overall, another good weekend, just hanging around home. After being at the Fair on Friday, it was good to relax and get stuff done around the house (laundry and cleaning bottles never ends!). And I don’t think it will ever get old to watch Luke continue to discover new things every day.

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Weekend Update: 8/19/12

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*Did you see my new heading??? Many thanks to PBFingers for her awesome post on blogging tips and my new best friend – PicMonkey!

*And I updated my ‘About Me’ Page – check it out!

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