End of the year odds and ends!

Life has been crazy. Christmas snuck up on us and then was gone even quicker.  After Christmas I got super sick for over a week and being pregnant and sick is not fun. We didn’t do anything for NYE, I don’t think we even watched the ball drop. We are party animals can’t you tell. I haven’t blogged in a while so this is a hodge podge of photos.

The end of the year was good, minus being sick. The best was to come and sooner than we would have known. 🙂

2016 Christmas Photos

This year our Christmas/maternity photos were last minute and my best friend Teri took them again for our 4 year. She took them and had to edit them before she went on her trip to Hawaii plus she had a 2 month old! Can you say superwoman. We didn’t have much snow at the time and it was super cold. We decided this year to do it at a tree farm which was really fun! This is our last Christmas photo with just us and Arie.

Here are some of our photos!

Little did we know that our peanut was going to be coming very soon. We made it home for Christmas. We did the drive in a day, we wanted to make sure we were close to home. What a year 2016 was, we purchased our house and 4 months later found out we were pregnant. We did not know that we would be spending a lot of our time the next 9 months at the doctor making sure our peanut was healthy and growing. We were so blessed in 2016 and didn’t take any of it for granted.

A Week for the Books…

This year we were busy the week of my birthday- we had something planned every other day.

October 30th- Sunday, we had tickets to the Amos Lee Concert, which was amazing! There is something about his music and something even more when it’s live. I am so glad we got tickets.

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October 31st- Halloween

img_1353 Loved our pumpkins this year

November 1st- my birthday Carl took me too a very fancy steak house- Ruth Chris Steak House I had lobster which was amazing and Carl had steak. Carl, got me a pedicure gift certificate, pretty earrings and tickets to A Christmas Carol play! It was a great birthday and very memorable.

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November 2nd- I had gotten us tickets to tour US Bank Stadium, that was an awesome tour and well worth it.

 

The week was packed and it wasn’t over yet, on Friday I had to clean for our 2nd baby shower that was at our house that weekend! Needless to say, I was pooped by Sunday!

I am blessed by the memories that were had during our busy week!

 

 

 

Flowers, Chocolate & Cupcakes

We had a nice Valentine’s Day. We went to church, ran a few errands and then we cooked supper at home. Carl surprised me and we made shrimp scampi.

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Flowers, GF cupcakes and chocolate! YUM! Carl also made me a CD as well!

I think Valentine’s day is pretty cheesy. Why do we pick just one day to tell everyone that we love them, we care more and we are kind. Shouldn’t we really do that everyday.

Tell those around you that you love them and you care all the time.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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-Blondie!

Gobble Gobble Until You Wobble…

Happy Thanksgiving 2015! Man, where has the year gone already. I am sure many of you are happy the year has gone by quick and then there are those who are sad that it has flown by. It was another great dinner at my parents house; lots of laughs, good food and as always ate way to much.

Here are some fun photos from the day!

We had a fun time at home. On Friday, as we head back home we always stop to hang out with Carl’s parents. His dad- Papa M. had to work this time but we made sure to pay him a visit, Arie too! I dropped our rings off so they could be cleaned up, checked out and we wanted to get Carl’s buffed. When we got them back, they looked brand new, thanks Papa M.!!! We had a wonderful lunch with Carl’s mom and got to meet one of her jam session members, which was nice. We left his parents with an apple pie, some mulled wine, amish pocket pies and farm fresh eggs! It almost felt like Christmas!

Then home james as my Pa says.

Happy Thanksgiving- but remember to be thankful every day not just REALLY thankful one day out of the year!

-Blondie!

Mulled Wine

When my family gets together for Thanksgiving, it is given that you are to bring something to pass or share as long as you live on your own and not a broke college student. —> Little sister, you are the exception for now! 🙂 So this year, I was on pie duty! A friend I work with made a bunch of pies and t0 sell. She said why would she make all the mess of making pies for only few pies. I agreed and I benefited from it. I bought 4 pies (2 pumpkin, 1 apple and 1 cherry) for our Thanksgiving dinner, Carl got 1 blueberry pie and his parents an apple pie.

I wanted to bring something else and I thought sangria sounded good. Carl crinkled his face and said isn’t that for summer. I told him I just saw sangria on Bobby Flay’s Thanksgiving special episode. (I had been watching the Food Network all morning) I decided how about Mulled Wine; I have never made it before and sounds good for the holidays.

I found two recipes; one from Ina Garten Mulled Wine and one from Williams Sonoma Mulled Wine, I combined the two. I used the measurements of Ina’s recipe minus the anise, we don’t like the black licorice taste. I used 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon which was good. I used the lemon from the Williams Sonoma recipe. I really like the cider spice taste of this wine. When I tested it on Sunday it was delicious and it was great even the days after. I added some brandy for a zip as well, I read that in the reviews.

We got to my parents house on Wednesday night so I could make my batch a head of time and it could sit over night. For some reason, it did not taste the same as it did when I first made it. I made it in bulk, 4 bottles of cheaper wine so that could have been it, I didn’t use as much apple cider because I didn’t want the wine watered down. I didn’t bring my brandy and my parents were out so I had to use bourbon instead. My family said it was good and they liked it; however, I was disappointed and Carl even said it tasted different. UGH! I will make it for the three christmas gatherings we have this next month but I will do it in single batches then combine and go for the better wine.

Learned my lesson-cheap wine isn’t always the best. 🙂 BUT mulled wine is awesome!

Holiday Cheers!

-Blondie!

 

Haunted House – Round 3

On October 30th, we decided to go to another local haunted house. I am glad we did, it was possibly the better one of the ones we went to. We went with a friend of ours and he brought his friend, which was good. I maybe told those two that they had to go first, I always have to go first so this time I opted out of it. 🙂 I’m a little evil maybe!

Present: We went to Hwy 61 Haunting Experience. There was lots to do there; a beer garden, food vendors, bonfire and zombie paintball besides the two haunted houses and the hayride.

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Flashback: We went to a haunted house back in college. It was a friend of mine, her boyfriend, me, a guy I liked and another college friend. I remember making my guy friend go first, I don’t really remember where everyone else was, it’s really a blur until we hit the end. Towards the end, we were walking through this tunnel, a bright turned on, it looked like the front of a truck and then a guy stepped in front of it. Then it happened! It was a chainsaw that was running. I remember pushing everyone out of my way and I ran, ran as fast as I could out of the building, down the hill and around the corner. Once, I got far enough away I slowed down and noticed some of my friends were around the corner and saw everything. They were laughing hysterically and they didn’t  know that was what they were going to get when going to a haunted house with me.

Present: According to the website, this “haunted experience” has been around for over 25 years, which is crazy since we haven’t heard of it before. While standing in line they had a TV playing clips of the place in years past and I couldn’t watch because there were lots of chainsaws. It was our turn to go in, we had to go through “Tinkles Playland” first, the name alone sounds creepy and clown like. As we were walking, there was these little kids that were being rather annoying and we thought they were lost from their parents. Carl asked “where are your parents?!”, the little girl said she ate them. I turned and looked at her and said “how old are you?!” It was a little disturbing, lol. We walked into the clown place, I tried not to think about it.

From there, we walked to The Manor House, all I could hear were the chainsaws. I made our friend go first! I didn’t understand why, but the haunted house people kept breathing on us, it was so gross. We got stuck in the “hospital” room and they wouldn’t let us out. As we got to the end I could hear the chainsaws and I saw bright lights and a loud car horn. We walked into the last room and I saw the guy standing there in his trucker hat and flannel cut off shirt and the chainsaw in his hand. He walked up to us and it wasn’t on and he put it between my friends legs, which was a little weird. Then he turned it on and I was behind my friend, the chainsaw guy said something if you touch it, I will get it. He put the chainsaw down by my ankles and I pushed it away, then he started it and was hitting my ankles. Again, I jumped up and ran and kept running. When I got out I ran to the first open door realizing that was the beginning so I had to turn around. The people standing there were laughing at me. I said I didn’t like chainsaws.

Then we had the haunted hayride. It was probably one of the better ones I have been on. They pop out from the houses and random places and say they want you to stay for dinner and all that. They followed the tractor and wagon, then they would jump up on it, walk by you and breathe on you again. I remember in my head, I kept saying “be brave”. There was one girl who came running out of this run down house and was saying her parents were dead and she did it, then she said she needed a new mommy. She jumped up on the wagon and her weird “cousin” said he found one and was pointing to a woman on the ride, and the girl said, will you be my mommy. The little boy sitting there said no that’s my mommy. It was sad but really funny. lol There were more chainsaws and they jumped up on the wagon and put the chainsaw down on the wood we sat on and it freaked everyone out.

It was a good haunted house.

Here are a few photos.

IMG_1166 The fire was nice because it was a little cold and damp.

IMG_1167 The group of us who braved the haunted house.

IMG_1164 Thanks honey for putting up with yet another haunted house. 🙂

IMG_1177 OMG! This thing was scary, it came out of the field and was following the wagon really close, the red thing driving was a creepy clown. Freaky!

After we have gone to the haunted houses, we have found a local bar to go to and that has been fun too. This is the place our friend picked because it was on google. Um, this place was worse than the haunted house and very creepy. It looked like it was in a horrible scary movie and no one was getting out alive.

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It does not look like it has been open in years. SCARY!

Then we decided to go where there were more lights and seemed like we weren’t going to die.

IMG_1176 IMG_1175 We found The Busted Nut Bar and Grill. It was pretty good and it was fun to watch all the townies!

What a successful month of going to haunted houses, I can’t wait until next year.

 

Haunted House — Round 2

Present Day: Round 2 of haunted houses. We decided to go to the “scariest” haunted hayride in the state, it is called Dead End Hayride. My sisters co-worker was telling her about it and said it was pretty scary and that you couldn’t run. Oh, did I mention they can touch you!!!!!! I was reading reviews of the hayride and I am pretty sure I peed myself. I can handle a hayride and a haunted house but a corn maze with a chainsaws.  Ah NOPE, No Thanks! yikes. My sister told me to stop reading the reviews; I couldn’t help myself.

 

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Flashback:  When I was young, I went to Wisconsin to visit my aunt and uncle on my mom’s side, we always watched scary movies, like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Pet Cemetery and many others. Again, I don’t know why we wanted to be scared. Over 10 years ago, we were visiting my aunt and uncle with the whole family, we went to a haunted trail, in the middle of nowhere and there were a lot of us, even grandma came with. I remember taking a hayride to the woods that dropped us off and we walked the trail. I remember my uncle freaking out because there was something on a zip line that was hitting him in the head and was wet and gross feeling. My cousin and I are one year apart in age and our birthdays are just after Halloween, so when we walked up to the witch’s campfire, they asked for someone and our families pushed us to the witches. Thanks family-love you too! The last thing I remember was the end when I heard the chainsaw and I have never ran so fast in my life. I think I even pushed grandma out of my way.

Present Day: We had a good size group went with us to the Dead End Hayride, it was my best friend, her husband, my sister and her friend joined Carl and I. We stopped by my sisters house to drop Arie off and to get some liquid courage. 🙂 We met my friend at the place and there was no waiting in line because we got our tickets online, I highly recommend that!

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Carl with our liquid courage in his pocket, hard to see but it is there! Thank you fireball for giving us courage.

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The creepy monsters really like their picture taken with my sister.

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Our crew and my sister and her friend.

 

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Me and my best friend, I think that picture is funny because her husband is trying to photobomb and my sister is giving him the look. I love the picture of my friend!

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Carl and I, trying to be brave as we get the crap scared out of us. Our threesome has been together and friends for many years! Thanks for meeting us friend.

The Hayride, was “interactive” if you want to put it that way. As we were going through the scenes, there were huge fire blowers that made loud noise and blew the fire out. Random people would jump out of the woods and actually jump up on the hayride. There was a group of teenage girls behind us that were freaking out like crying and my sister saved the day and sat by them. We sat in the in front row so we didn’t get bugged by the monsters except one of them jumped up behind Carl and was touching his ears and he jumped and pushed me off the hay bale. Thanks Honey! 🙂

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We survived the hayride. Now we are scared to go into the asylum. Yikes! I was more nervous about the monsters touching me and there was one guy dressed as a butcher who cornered me and was touching my hair. ICKY! I maybe was in the fetal position almost on the floor and was yelling and kicking to get out of the corner. I got out of the house and then it was the dreaded corn maze with the chainsaws, which was actually leaf blowers, so I wasn’t as scared. I think! 🙂

After the haunted hayride we needed a reward and what better reward is a few cocktails at a good ole townie bar!

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I love these two lovely ladies!

Thank You Carl for letting me drag you to another haunted house! 🙂

I love Halloween!

Haunted House — Round 1

Present Day: Last weekend, my sister came to hang out because we had a bridal shower to attend on Sunday. Saturday we had a nice lunch with Carl and then her and I went shopping. That night, we decided to go to a local haunted house. Yes, we willingly paid money to have the crap scared out of us. When it comes to haunted houses, I have two speeds, 1. I run as fast as I can and 2. Ah, hell no I am not going first and plant my feet and they have to push me through or I hold up the line; there isn’t any speed between.

Flashback: I have grown up going to haunted houses, attractions and watching scary movies. I don’t know why, must be the adrenaline rush because I can’t think of any other logical reason. I remember going to a haunted house at the county fairgrounds with my family, including grandma for my birthday one year. I remember my sister and her husband were in front of me and I was pushing them to hurry up, when I saw the clearing, I ran. As I got to the exit a guy popped out with a chainsaw that was running, there was not a chain on it, its a prop-obviously. As I saw him, I booked it out of there and he chased me. During this dramatic scene, I got hit with the chainsaw hooks in my leg. Now, as an adult it doesn’t seem too bad but as a “tween” it was the end of the world. I was bleeding, crying and scared; one could have thought the guy had the chain on and cut my leg off. That is what started my utter, irrational fear of the chainsaw noise in a haunted house.

Present Day: When we were shopping we stopped at Total Wine, as we were walking through the store, I was joking about getting Fireball so we would stay warm and have courage. The staff said to get this whiskey called Catch Fire, apparently it is better than Fireball, ah what the heck, I bought a bottle. We gave ourselves some “liquid” courage.

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Carl, my sister and I were surprised at how busy the local haunted house was. As we were standing in line, they had weird creatures walking around.

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While waiting line, I noticed a lot of young kids, so trying to be brave and telling myself “I’ve got this”. We thought it was weird that we didn’t hear any screaming nor did we see anyone coming out! When we were next in line by the entrance, we heard the screams. I was trying to save face, but they made me go first, so speed 2. came out. I did not want to go through, my feet were planted to the ground. We had to make it through 13 different rooms; there were two rooms I hated, one with dolls and one with clowns. We were walking through the doll room, my sister and Carl got the characters to chant my name, which is creepy and not the first time they have done that. The blacklight clown room was next, which Carl hated. Because of the blacklight everything had neon color to it, there were polka dots glowing on the floor and I was looking at them and all of sudden a guy dressed in black with polka dots jumped up. Lets say the next scene was rather comical, according to Carl and my sister, I did a running thing in place and then planted my feet and ran, during that I stomped on my sister’s foot. Oops, needless to say we were all laughing, even the characters.

Trying to get out at the end was interesting, it was a room with 3 doors and you had to pick the right door, the little girl behind us was screaming and crying to get us out, I yelled back “I’m trying”! lol There might have been a few other words as I couldn’t find the right door. Needless to say, we had a successful haunted house outing. I’m laughing as I am writing this post.

That was Round 1 of our haunted house/attractions for 2015.

Happy Halloween!

-Cheers,

Blondie!

P.S. be sure to read blog post My Reward for the Haunted House

Happy Birthday America!!! July 4th 2015

This July 4th, was good and mellow. On Friday we went north to our friends house on the lake- Arie was in desperate need for swimming, actually we don’t know how well Arie can swim. He does not like the water over his head and I think with his long legs he tired really easily. Carl was in the lake trying to help him paddle, it was funny. Then we went for a boat ride and when I jumped in the lake, Carl said Arie was very concerned and almost wanted to jump in after me. When we got back to shore, we grilled out and I started the fire that was smoldering.

Saturday July 4th- We took Arie to the dog park, ran a few errands and then we went to go watch fireworks and they were perfect. I love July 4th, it is one time that we all can be proud, try to set our differences aside for a short period of time. I am very proud to be an American. The opportunities that have been awarded to me are like none other. I am thankful my parents adopted me, so that I could come to the US for a better life, freedoms and opportunities. Watching fireworks, made me tear up at all the childhood memories I have. And you can’t celebrate July 4th and summertime without a fruit pizza, gluten free I might add…. Yummy! 🙂

Cheers and Happy Fourth of July, remember the real reason why we have this day!