5 Years!

5 years ago today I married my best friend, my high school sweetheart, and the love of my life.
Happy 5th Anniversary, Nick!

It has been a great 16 years but our married 5 have definitely been the best! :o)

I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow!

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Cooler weather is approaching and there is something able that cooler weather that gives me the crocheting itch! I have a few unfinished projects that I am, of course, bored with but still need to finish; but that doesn't mean I don't have other projects in mind! :o)

After I get the kiddos Halloween costumes done and Hannah's birthday cookies are all made, I plan on starting one or two (or possibly all) of these cute crochet projects. :o)

Source: etsy.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

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I have been slightly absent for the past two weeks when it comes to the blogging world...not just in posting on my own blog but in reading others as well.

I know it will drive you all nuts, but I honestly don't care to go into too much detail as to why I have been absent. My friends and family know and they are the support I need! I have never been one to write 'really' personal things on my blog so for right now I feel it is best to let things be so I (we) can move on.

But to say that these past two weeks have been long would be an understatement. I am glad I was able to get away with the hubby and get my mind off things for awhile!

Today starts a new day and I am relieved I can move forward.

Plus it is Fall! I love everything about Fall! I am excited to bring out my boots and hopefully get some new pants for the season. The leaves are just now starting to change and I can't wait to make a big pile of leaves for the kiddos to jump in. Last year Colson wanted nothing to do with the leaves but I think the year will be different. :o)

The kiddos are keeping me busy. Colson is almost 20 months old and is all over the place. I still have to schedule his follow-up appointment at Riley's for this December. A part of me doesn't want to take him. He's happy and healthy and there is nothing medically wrong with him. He is just small. But I will follow through to the end and just schedule his appointment and finally be done with all of this.

Hannah will be 4 in less that a month. 4! What the heck!? I am waiting for her party invites to come in the mail so I can send them out. I am excited about her milk and cookies party! I will do a separate post soon about all of the cookies I plan to make...all 12 different kinds of cookies. I might be a little nuts!

We have our family pics in less than two weeks. I have everyone's outfits picked out but my own. Go figure, right!? Ugh. But I will find something. As soon as I do I will be sure to do a post about everything.

Halloween always sneaks up on me and it has again this year. I know it is still A month away but when you are making the kiddos costumes, you need a bit of time to complete them. Well, I haven't even started them. :o/ I plan on getting the fabric and everything I need this weekend so I can start on them. My goal is to have them done by Hannah's birthday party on the 20th so I don't have to rush at the end to get them done. We'll see if that happens.

My SIL is due very soon and we all can't wait to see if we are getting a niece or nephew. My vote is I will be getting a nephew so we will see. I just can't wait to hold a squishy newborn baby again! :o) Come on baby D, everyone wants to meet you!

I am in desperate needs of some girls time with my bestie. I miss her and these past two weeks just really make me long for a nice bestie hug...and a craft store run! :o)

Lastly, this Saturday is our 5 year wedding anniversary. On that day, we danced our first dance to Beautiful by Jim Brickman. 5 years later, we will be watching Jim Brickman perform in concert. I have been wanting to see him for quite some time and my awesome hubs surprised me with tickets! How perfect that the performance is on our 5 year anniversary! :o)

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Niagara Falls, Canada

To celebrate our upcoming 5 year wedding anniversary, the hubs planned a little getaway. For the longest time, he kept the destination a secret from me. He planned the trip all on his own and I must say, he did a rather good job. :o)

A week before we were to leave, he finally told me where we were going...Niagara Falls. I have talked about wanting to go there many times so I was pretty excited!

And mind you, this was our first vacation, without the kids, since we had Hannah. The time away was very much needed!

So this past Wednesday, we dropped the kiddos off at the grandparents house and started the road trip to Niagara Falls.

It's one of those sites that you can't really explain, and photos don't do it justice. All I will say is that it was crazy huge, insanely powerful, and breathtakingly beautiful!

Enjoy the few photos that I took while we were there!

I'm so glad we were able to get away for a few days, just the two of us. I can't believe we will be married for 5 years in just a few short days. This was definitely a great way to celebrate!

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Apple Picking 2012

To kick off Fall, we took the kiddos to our local orchard to pick some apples. We have done this every year since Hannah was born. It has become a tradition.

Here are the past years.  2009. 2010. 2011.

Sadly, this years apple crop was completely destroyed from the combination of the early Spring, late frost, and lack of rain...but we didn't let that stop us from having fun!!!

This year the orchard did something a little special. Since there were no apples to pick from the trees, they did something they called: "It's Raining Apples". They hung gutters around the orchard and placed apples in the gutters. That way you could still take the tractor ride out to the fields and 'pick' some apples.

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Friday Ramblings

1. Since it is September (yeah, um, when did that happen?) I think it is time to bring out my Fall decorations. I don't have much but I really refuse to acknowledge Summer anymore! Bring on the pumpkin candles!

2. Speaking of Fall, this weekend I think I am going to go through the kiddos clothes and pack away things that are too small. I know Hannah will need quite a few things for the colder months. Colson, geez, who knows what size he is going to be in? I need to by him some stuff but some12 month stuff is huge on him, others are too small, and most 18 month stuff is still ginormous. How do you buy for that? Ugh.

3. This weekend we are also going to go apple picking. Sadly, the apple crop is very bad this year because of the early spring, late frost, and the drought; but we are still going to go and support our local orchard and kick off the Fall season just like we have for the past 2 years! :o) the weather is supposed to be perfect so I can't wait!

4. Has anyone else noticed the re-runs of Boy Meets World on MTV2??? Man, I miss that show. I'm so glad they are replaying them! Now if they would just replay Home Improvement more often...

5. And because I have done a really bad job on posting photos, here are a few cute ones of the kiddos:

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Oh How Pinteresting!

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Source: etsy.com via Jennifer on Pinterest

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So What Wednesday

So what if...

I have no desire to figure out what's for dinner, let alone make it. I have all of these delicious recipes pinned but it seems like such a chore lately to go through them and figure out which ones to make for the week.

I have a pile of clean clothes sitting next to me that need to be folded and put away, and all I want to do is take a nap.

The kiddos are still in their pajamas. We're not going anywhere today so, why not!?

I have tons of projects started and I haven't worked on any of them in days, but yet I still want to start new ones.

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