Sunday, April 16, 2017


What a gorgeous day! 

We had our annual Easter activities. We went to church this morning and then went to Colton, South Dakota to the Willard farm- Mandy's (my sister in law) sister hosts a big group every year. The kids played and played outside- Soccer, 4 wheelers, jungle gym, Easter egg hunt, etc. 

It is one of our favorite family traditions.


at the farm

4 wheeling fun!

Easter egg hunt

Anna hunting for eggs
did I forget to mention there were baby chick? 

dyeing easter egs

Suzie and her kids came over last week to dye Easter Eggs. It was fun and busy and messy. But we got through it and the kids loved it. 

zoned out

green egg for the kid who loves green

big kid

doing her thing


oh Piper!

more colors

the crew after Isaac took off to see his friends

my girl

fun afternoon. 

MPLS with Suz

Suzie and I scheduled a weekend to Mpls months in advance because it is just that hard to find a weekend that works for both of us and our family schedules. So days/weeks leading up to the big weekend we get excited/nervous (just in case something comes up to prevent our plans).

This time we took Jeff's truck in anticipation of Suzie finding some outdoor furniture. We also got smart and decided to leave a day early so we wouldn't like we were going to run out of time- which has been the case in the passed. 

We left Thursday afternoon and arrived just in time for 5pm traffic- all was fine. We hit a couple spots and went to dinner before checking into our hotel and getting a good nights sleep. 

On Friday morning we made a point to take a big walk before we hit the shops. We walked around Lake Harriet near Suzie's old home when she lived there. It was a fun and brisk and a great way to start our day. We hit the shops and shopped until we dropped. We had dinner reservations at the mall at 9pm and then we started drinking a little wine and had way too much fun with Snapchat. It was pretty hilarious. I am proud to report that we walked over 20,000 steps on Friday. 

On Saturday we met Suzie's friend, Leanne and she joined us for the day. We had lunch, shopped, vegged, dinner... the day went by too fast. 

Sunday we woke up and made a couple returns before hitting the road to come home. 

It was so much fun and so needed. The last time we were in the cities together was over 2 years ago. We really try to go once a year but life got busy for a while. We had plans but things came up to force us to cancel. 

Thanks sis, for the wonderful weekend! 

walking around lake harriett

shopping- we all 3 bought the same shirt

suz driving jeff's truck around the cities like a boss.
check out her parking job in that ramp. 

dessert first!

Some nights are crazier than others. Like some nights we are running from activity to activity and don't have time to go home eat dinner so we meet out and have a quick bite before we head to the next activity. 

This particular evening the kids had Miss Jaspers after school. I picked them up at 5 and we met Jeff at Fudruckers for dinner before I took Anna to girl scouts and Jeff took Isaac home. 

Life is getting so busy. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy 9th Birthday, Isaac!

Isaac turned 9 (!) on Saturday, April 1st. How did that happen? 

Last year he had a mega big party with friends galore so this year we opted to just do something small. He invited a couple friends over for pizza, cake and the arcade. It was good- a couple hiccups- which is to be expected. 

Since his actual Birthday is on April foods Jeff, Anna and I decided to have a little fun and play some tricks on the boys. The first one came while they were all playing downstairs before bedtime. I snuck down into the window well from outside and knocked on the window. As they came upstair screaming Jeff was at the bottom of the steps and jumped out and scared them. They were freaked out! It was hilarious. 

The second prank came when they were watching a movie Jeff came down in his Chewbacca costume and scared them, again. 

The final prank came Saturday morning. We made the kids M and M pancakes. Instead of using the M and M's we used sour skittles. 

The boys had fun. They didn't want to leave on Saturday so they spent most the day at our house before taking them home. 

On Sunday we had our family birthday. It was so fun and the kids all got along really well. It was the first time since baby Sabrina was born that we were all together so we took a big cousin picture. All 10 cousins!

Isaac... my Isaac. I can't believe he 9! He is such a great kid. Adaptable to most situations. His favorite things are sports, sports, sports, x box, nintendo, cousins, neighbors, friends, sister, mom, dad, sports, family, seahawks, rudy, etc. I honestly hit the jackpot when it comes to having boys. He is the everything I could have ever imagined and more. 

Thanks to Suzie for making both of his birthday cakes!

friend celebration

2 of his favorite friends Elijah and Nathan. 

Tickets and fun!

Jeff went missing... should have known where to find him.
mrs pacman

april fools jokes

birthday fun

family birthday picture

happy kid

10 Connelly grandkids.
Owen (13). greta (3). Isaac (9). Hudson (11). Sabrina (1 week).
Sullivan (4). Capri (9). Piper (1). Sophia (16). Anna (6).

specialty day

A few months back I was asked by the school secretary if I would be willing to help and run specialty day at school. I was hesitant to take this on as I had never been to school on specialty day and didn't totally know the drill. After talking with her a little bit I agreed that this is something I could help with. 

There were all kinds of different activities for the kids to pick from- sports, the police, humane society, crafts, making slime, candy bouquets, karate, ect. I just had to call a bunch of these types of people and invite them to our school Thankfully, most people were very excited to come. I also went ahead and volunteered Jeff to come for Burger King!

The kindergarteners (Anna) had their 3 sessions pre picked so that was easy enough. One session was the police, the second was karate and the third was Spanish. 

The rest of the school got to pick their 3 activities. 6th graders went first and on down to 1st graders picked last. 

Of course, Isaac picked Burger King for one session. The other 2 were football and basketball- no surprise. He said his favorite session was Burger King. Jeff brought in several buns and whopper wrappers and taught the kids how to wrap burgers and whoppers. Then they had a competition to see who could do it the fastest. He finished off by giving them coupons for free ice cream cones and they each got a pie. 

Anna can't wait until she is in 1st grade because she wants her sessions to be gymnastics, cheerleading and Burger King- I may have just gotten Jeff hooked to this activity for the next few years! 

Anna's class checking out the police car

Jeff talking about Burger King. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

puppy fever

It has been nearly 3 months since we put Ozzy down and it took us all a little time to adjust to life without Oz and with just 1 dog. We were kind of on the fence about adding another dog to the mix as they are a lot of work and its hard to know the right answer. However, we left Rudy home for several days while we went skiing with Jeff's family and we came home to a freaked out, nervous dog. You can see marks by the door of where she was trying to escape. We knew we had to give her a friend. 

The puppy search was on. 

We found our match- she is a mini golden doodle. She will be about 35 pounds of pure love. She will be a little bigger than Rudy, I think it will be the perfect combo. 

This time instead of surprising the kids we told them about the puppy right away. So we could all share the excitement of what is to come. We are all trying to think of names and we are all counting down the days until we get to take her home. 

Right now our top 3 names are Roma, Hattie and Zuri. Roma is the favorite. 

We took the kids to visit her on Sunday. It was love at first sight. She is so sweet. We brought Rudy along and she wasn't sure what to think. It was fun. 

We pick her up for good on Monday, April 17th. 

Isaac showing Rudy the puppy

puppy love! if only we could talk them all

Anna and our girl


the kids and the pup

getting nice and close