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New Years 2017

January 6, 2017

Hard to believe a week has almost gone by since the New Year! Goodness, already flying by! I hope you all had a fabulous NYE! We had sooo much fun last weekend. A few other couples and their kids joined us at our cabin to ring in the New Year. Love being with friends during celebrations! So nice to put the kids to bed, and enjoy time with each other!

While it was pretty cold to get outside Saturday and Sunday, Friday was SOO nice out! 48 and sunny and we took advantage of it by heading down to see the frozen lake and play in the sand.

We kept the wood-burning fire going all weekend. Leo was a big help gathering the wood for Daddy!

For NYE, all I could think about was the SEAFOOD FEAST we were going to be having! One of our friends had 3 live lobsters delivered, yaaaaaaas. The kids loved to see them, especially Leo who kept picking them up! And we all LOVED to eat them! :) MMMMM mmmm good!

We also had Alaskan king crab, shrimp, mussels, salmon, and add the lobsters and I was in seafood heaven! The crab legs were my FAVORITE. So delicious and such a delicacy!

We were all proud that we made it to midnight! We cheersed to the New Year and toasted to 2016 memories and making many more in 2017!

The next morning called for a dip in the hottub and bloody mary’s! I was really jealous of both! :(

Hope you all had a fun and happy New Year! 2017 is bound to be another busy and beautiful year!

HELLO 2016

January 2, 2016

Hello, it’s me. Ok, sorry for the Adele, but really, HELLO!!!! It’s a NEW YEAR! 2016 is HERE!! And we certainly had a spectacular last day of 2015 and an even better first day into 2016. Such a fabulous weekend with friends. We tucked the kids in bed and the adults got to have some fun. I love all of the nostalgia that builds up as the new year approaches and the fun that beholds as the last day of the year approaches. Cheers! Kiss! Hug! Kiss! We celebrated with friends, food, and lots of champagne and far too many hilariously obnoxious rounds of Heads Up. Twas a night to remember as the clock ticked midnight and we sang out HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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And we can’t forget the dinner beforehand!! Surf-and-turf – but might as well have been all surf because we DEVOURED the 10 pounds of crab!

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Now on to January 1st, 2016!

After attempting to sleep in, but that basically doesn’t exist with kids, we hit the hot tub with a bloody mary in hand. (Icicle photo bomb!)

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The day just kept getting nicer out so we headed outdoors with the kids to take them sledding and run off some of their energy.

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We even hooked up the water tube and pulled that around. Ha! Year-round use out of that thing :)


The kids enjoyed playing in the snow and building a snowman

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Hope you all had a Happy New Year and looking forward to a great 2016!


– Love, The Kochs –

Our Labor Day Weekend

September 7, 2015


We had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! We got a dose of family and friends throughout the days and had plenty of fun at our cabin and at the beach or on the boat. I hate to think that summer is almost over! :( I’m not ready for that yet! So we spent plenty of time outdoors and I’m kind of hoping for one last Indian Summer weekend with some big heat. It was pretty cloudy all weekend, but the nights were sunny and gorgeous, just in time for a pretty sunset!

John’s uncle John (yes, same name, hehe) and his wife Heidi and their daughter Ellen came to visit first. Really loved seeing them and Ivy had fun tubing with them! We hit a big wave when I was driving the boat and the tube went under knocking Heidi, Ellen, and Ivy off the tube! WHOOPS!!! Thankfully Ellen had a good hold of Ivy and all was good :) Thanks Ellen! And Ivy didn’t even cry, whew, she’s such a water baby!

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Loved her swim cover up!! She got it from Nasty Gal


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The rest of the weekend was spent with some friends and we hit the beach to soak in the couple hours of sun that finally peeked out.

Dear belly button, you can shrink back in now, ok? :/


John, Justin, and Shannon chillllaxin’


“Sand castle Daddy, sand castle!”


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These colors and patterns in this photo! Oh and Daddy and baby, cute :)


Ivy, REALLY, damn…. the life of a toddler


Leo and the boys


Little Leo caught the cold that’s gone around our whole house, but he was still smiley as usual! We were thankful that Shannon, my friend and our pediatrician, was here with us! She’s a pro at suctioning the ickies out!!! He was still a tropper sleeping on the boat and at the beach dozing off to the sound of the waves… ahhh not so bad at all :)

Hope you all had a terrific holiday weekend! Thank you to all the hard workers out there that make our country amazing!

Baby, You’re a Firework!

July 9, 2015


Double F & Double B – that’d be the perfect drink concoction to this 4th – family, food, boating, and beer! This was exactly ours and it couldn’t have been better. My sister Jillian and her husband Brian flew in from Indianapolis, and my cousin Carson and his girlfriend Brianne drove from Denver to spend it with John and I and Ivy and Leo. Jillian is 30 weeks pregnant so she got a real good idea of what it’s like with a newborn – a lot of poop and sleep, basically! But we had some good times with the fam and the weather was spectacular.


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Ivy and Leo were champs on the boat. Ivy is obsessed! And the Maui Mat is perfect for her to exert some energy and run like a wild child (by the way, I love that song by Kenny Chesney right now).

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Grandma Caleen (my mom) came to visit on Sunday and she had fun making sand castles with Ivy. So lucky to have both Grandmas around!

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And ya, still working on losing that kangaroo pouch. Doesn’t just disappear like the first kid : / humph. And my quadruple D boobs (it seems like, or might be actually) are out of control. But heck, it’s summer and I need a damn tan on my veiny cha chas. 

Weekend with the Sis

June 2, 2015

Last weekend my sister Jillian came to visit! It was so exciting to see her because she lives in Indianapolis so it’s not too often that we get to see each other. PLUS, she’s pregnant TOO!!!! So we had some fun comparing bellies (I’m 37 weeks and she’s 24, not fair) and talking everything baby :) She’s having a girl due September 16 so I cannot WAIT for her to join in this mama thing with me! It will be so fun for Ivy to have another cousin.

Jillian got to come to swimming lessons with Ivy and I, a baby appointment, and then we headed to our cabin in Yankton for some fun in the sun. Great weekend!

Love sister time – isn’t it the best?!

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With Auntie Jillian!


My god. Seriously belly button… ugh

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Next time I see Jillian we will have our BABY BOY! She has her baby shower August 1st so we can’t wait to see each other again! She’ll get in some good practice with Little Mr. Koch :)