Fun fact: I kind of always wanted to live on a farm! Minus the manure and farm work (the hard stuff!), I always admired a life of being close to our food, animals, and outdoors. I have always been curious about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, and learning more about healthy ways of living. That’s where I am so thankful for Hungry for Truth! I’ve been involved with them now for about three years and it has filled the gap between consumer and farmer to educate me and others about how our food is raised and its safety. And this last weekend, I got to take my family along with me for a tour of a farm! We had so much fun living like little farmers (without the messy hard work!) and got to see all the animals and beautiful green fields of alfalfa.
Today was a rough day! We are officially MOVED OUT of our house! We hauled our last few boxes out of the beautiful home, did a few loops and reminisced, slowly shut the door behind us, and I couldn’t even look back because of the tears in my eyes, such a bittersweet feeling.
As I was walking around the house, remembering a happy memory in each room, the hardest rooms for me to be in were the kids’ bedrooms. We brought all three of our babies home to this house. We grew into parents in this house. We have watched them grow up from babies to crawlers to walkers and to crazy spunky fun toddlers. We held them as they cried and hugged them as they were happy in this house. We saw them all take their first steps in this house. All those memories within these walls. I think what is hardest is that these kids won’t even remember this house. They’re all so young. They won’t remember me rocking them to bed as babies in their bedrooms, or teaching them how to go potty in the bathrooms, or teaching them how to ride a bike in the driveway. That’s what’s so weird. All of our memories in this house are just that, memories. Memories we will take with us as we shut that door for the last time.
Halloween is upon us! I am obsessed with everything spooky and scary and Halloweeny! Kids were excited to dress up in some costumes and go to Halloween Harvest Fest put on by YMCA Camp Leif Ericson. We’ve gone each year and it’s always a ton of fun and the kids get a lot of candy on their haunted trail!
Ivy is 5! Our spunky and sweet little baby girl is 5! Ivy is seeming so mature and grown up lately and even so responsible. She is such a little caretaker to her brother and sister and she gives Faye a bazillion kisses and hugs a day. She’s constantly saying, “She’s just sooooo cute!!!!” It’s pretty adorable! She has been so responsible lately too, such a first child rule follower. A really good girl, albeit a tattle tale on Leo most of the time, but, she’s always trying to do the right thing :)
We had so much fun celebrating her this past weekend! She has been wanting to go to the American Girl Doll store in Minneapolis, so we opted for a trip instead of a party this year and headed to the cities for shopping fun and riding rides!
Babysitters – Where are they when you need em?! Seriously, babysitters are like the world’s greatest thing on Earth, can’t live without them (goodbye kids, Mama needs a BREAK!), but they are SO HARD TO GET. I have three girls in my neighborhood whom I LOVE so dearly (Chloe, Clare, and Shannon!!!! xoxo), but we all remember those days of school, and sports, and friends, and boys, (and more boys), and family… they always have something going on. Then that leaves me with my other five girls, who I rarely use, but I have their numbers, and they’re fabulous, but it’s a little weird when I have to ask them and they haven’t heard from me in months and then of course they’re also unavailable. Then there are those numbers you have from other friends or referrals, but you’ve never met or even used them, but you’re just so desperate that you ask them too but then they aren’t even open. Been there? It’s those moments where you will TAKE ANYONE. ANYONE! Such desperation! Lol! Ugh, yeah, I feel like that often! It’s a never ending struggle! NOW – there is an App for that! Haha – Enter BAMBINO!!!!!! The glory bells in heaven are ringing so loud right now!! :) Can’t wait to tell you about this!
A little back story – the above situation was me last week. John and I had a long day planned on Saturday at the Sanford International and I had literally asked EVERY babysitter I have in my phone, probably about 12 girls. Insert every excuse – homecoming, football game, work, out of town, no response … literally not one was available.
That’s when I heard about Bambino! A friendly, safe, efficient, and trustworthy babysitting app connecting parents with local babysitters that have been recommended by neighbors and friends. SO FANTASTIC! I used it last Saturday for the first time (MacKenzie you were a star!!) and I LOVED it so much I’m partnering with them to tell you more and also how you can earn FREE babysitting money including one give away to a lucky follower for a $50 credit! But first, let’s talk about this life-changing app!