Monday, April 14, 2014

This & That {v.15}

Did this:
Took the kids on their first buggy ride {8.5miles}
Went to the park twice {made it to our 3rd park--I'm hoping to hit all of them in town this spring/summer}
Took several family walks! :)
Ran 10 miles {for the 1st time EVER!!}
Went on a date with Adam our to dinner and to see Hamilton Loomis in concert {with friends}
Tried a new night sitter {who showed up 30 minutes late :/ }
Took the kids to their first Easter Egg Hunt {it didn't go as well as when we practiced at home!  :/ }
Enjoyed AMAZING weather on Saturday
Bought a new grill
Started prepping for Cullyn's 1st Birthday {SOB!!} :(
Celebrated two of my nieces birthdays
Met up with friends for a late night get together
Played Monopoly with friends while it rained allll day! 
Cullyn's 1st Birthday Photoshoot got rained out! :(  

Instagrammed that:


Shot this: 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Photos on Friday::Allen Family Photoshoot

We had hopes of an outdoor session since the kids are a little older, but Iowa's winter was so harsh that even us adults didn't want to brave the bitter cold.  So, we opted for a store called West End Architectural Salvage to take some photos at.  It offered a perfect mix between rustic and homey, perfect for their cowboy boots!  
It was so awesome meeting this family.  The parents are adorably in love, there son is one of the most serious yet kind kids I've ever met, and their daughter is sweet and sassy just like little sister/daughters should be!  Okay, I'll quit chatting…you'll see, they're just adorable! :)


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Find Your Spot

I was reading comments on another blog the other day and someone mentioned www.FindYourSpot.com. You answer a bunch of questions about preferences {rolling hills, mountains, or beaches or I must have a grocery store in town, it would be nice, or I grow my own food, etc.} and tells you which cites best 'fit' you based on your selections.  Obviously we haven't left Iowa yet {which probably means we never will} but I can pray that we will someday!  So here were my top 25 locations... {and honestly?  I think it's pretty accurate!  Either way, it's fun to look at and dream about}  If you do this, tell me where it says you should be! :)

Augusta, GA
Augusta, GA Georgia’s Garden City
The Masters golf tournament is held in this Georgia town each year...
Population: 557,000 | Average Home Price: 85,600 | Precipitation: 44" | Snow: 1"
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC The Queen City
Home to First Union and Bank of America, this spot is renowned as a financial center...
Population: 1,532,000 | Average Home Price: 164,000 | Precipitation: 43" | Snow: 6"
Chesapeake-Virginia Beach, VA
Chesapeake-Virginia Beach, VA The Southern Tidewater Region
This Virginia beach town's annual Neptune Festival features sports competitions, an arts and crafts show, and a Grand Ball...
Population: 438,000 | Average Home Price: 234,000 | Precipitation: 44" | Snow: 1"
Hampton, VA
Hampton, VA City on the Chesapeake
The new Virginia Air and Space Center is located in this city, home of the first training facility for American astronauts...
Population: 137,400 | Average Home Price: 150,000 | Precipitation: 44" | Snow: 9"
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk, VA Heart of the Hampton Roads
This spot was the only American city completely destroyed and rebuilt in the Revolutionary War; a British cannonball in St. Paul's Church wall is a reminder...
Population: 1,671,700 | Average Home Price: 184,000 | Precipitation: 48" | Snow: 8"
Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA Rising Star of the South
Patrick Henry made his famous "give me liberty or give me death" speech at Saint John's Episcopal Church in this city in 1775...
Population: 204,200 | Average Home Price: 198,000 | Precipitation: 43" | Snow: 14"



Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscaloosa, AL The Big Apple of the South 
This important city on Alabama's Black Warrior river is home to Stillman College and the University of Alabama...
Population: 90,500 | Average Home Price: 153,300 | Precipitation: 50" | Snow: 1"
Gainesville, FL
Gainesville, FL The Heart of Florida 
Consistently ranked as one of America's best spots, this city is surrounding by undeveloped forests, lakes, and wetlands...
Population: 124,350 | Average Home Price: 134,000 | Precipitation: 51" | Snow: 0"
Orlando, FL
Orlando, FL Florida’s Entertainment Capital 
In this entertainment mecca, you can wrestle alligators at Gatorland or have lunch with Mickey Mouse...
Population: 2,171,300 | Average Home Price: 116,000 | Precipitation: 51" | Snow: 0"
Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Cosmopolitan Southern City 
Fort Sumter, the scene of the first shots of the Civil War, overlooks this city's harbor...
Population: 603,180 | Average Home Price: 245,000 | Precipitation: 52" | Snow: 0"
Greenville, SC
Greenville, SC The Rising Star of the South 
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts presents theater and concerts in this South Carolina city's rejuvenated downtown...
Population: 58,400 | Average Home Price: 145,000 | Precipitation: 49" | Snow: 5"
Kent, WA
Kent, WA The Heart of Puget Sound 
This family-friendly town is centrally located in the heart of the Puget Sound region...
Population: 92,400 | Average Home Price: 215,000 | Precipitation: 38" | Snow: 5"

Clearwater, FL
Clearwater, FL City of Gold Medal Beaches 
Once you're done playing in the sun and sand, you can ride the world's largest speedboat in this unique city...
Population: 108,700 | Average Home Price: 137,000 | Precipitation: 53" | Snow: 0"
Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach, FL The World’s Most Famous Beach 
This traditional spring break location is also a popular destination for nesting sea turtles...
Population: 61,000 | Average Home Price: 80,000 | Precipitation: 51" | Snow: 0"
Overland Park, KS
Overland Park, KS Where Families Flourish 
This family-friendly suburb was once the home of one of the founders of the Pony Express...
Population: 176,185 | Average Home Price: 297,655 | Precipitation: 38" | Snow: 19"
Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, NC City of Oaks 
This technologically savvy state capital is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the country...
Population: 317,000 | Average Home Price: 195,000 | Precipitation: 42" | Snow: 7"
Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN Music City, U.S.A. 
Though best known for its music, this spot also boasts the Hermitage, home to Andrew Jackson, Americas first president from the wild "West"...
Population: 601,200 | Average Home Price: 161,500 | Precipitation: 48" | Snow: 10"
Bradenton, FL
Bradenton, FL The Culture Coast 
Known far and wide as the home of Tropicana Orange Juice, visitors to this spot can tour a working Orange Grove...
Population: 50,200 | Average Home Price: 189,630 | Precipitation: 54" | Snow: 0"

Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY Home of the Kentucky Derby 
This beautiful river city was home to Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken...
Population: 597,400 | Average Home Price: 130,000 | Precipitation: 43" | Snow: 16"
Asheville, NC
Asheville, NC Land of the Sky 
This Blue Ridge town's annual "Shindig on the Green" is an evening of informal, impromptu bluegrass jam sessions...
Population: 83,400 | Average Home Price: 183,300 | Precipitation: 38" | Snow: 15"
Tulsa, OK
Tulsa, OK A Blend of the Best 
This technologically important Oklahoma city hosts a low-tech Blue Grass and Chili Festival each year...
Population: 937,500 | Average Home Price: 131,000 | Precipitation: 38" | Snow: 9"
Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga, TN City of Vision 
The beautiful former depot of this town's famous Choo-Choo is now a unique vacation complex...
Population: 167,675 | Average Home Price: 120,000 | Precipitation: 54" | Snow: 4"
Clarksville, TN
Clarksville, TN The New South 
This Tennessee city calls itself the "Gateway to the New South"...
Population: 133,000 | Average Home Price: 145,000 | Precipitation: 47" | Snow: 10"
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma, WA Port City of the Cascades 
This city's name comes from the Native American name for Mt. Rainier, "Tacobet," meaning Mother of the Waters...
Population: 198,400 | Average Home Price: 166,000 | Precipitation: 39" | Snow: 10"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

We would probably be best friends...

If you'd rather curl up on the couch with a good book than go out partying

If meeting up consists of park playdates or shopping with double strollers

If you text vs. call

If you watch parenthood, modern family, law&order SVU, or Sons of Anarchy

If your favorite food is pizza

If your idea of a perfect vacation is spending a week on the beach, tanning, relaxing, and drinking mimosas for breakfast

If wine or mt. dew are your go-to drinks

If you photograph way too many details of your life

If a night out consists of grabbing ice cream or going for a couple of drinks on the patio

If you're also addicted to IG {or blogging}


I saw this idea on Krysten's blog a while back :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

This & That {v. 14}

Did this:
Took the kids to the park
Cullyn is taking steps consistently now
Jordyn & I got haircuts
Adam & I went to a 'retirement' party for a friend
Jordyn had her first Dentist Appointment
Vanessa & Aliya had prom so we spent Friday night and Saturday preparing {nails, makeup, hair, & photos!} :)
We all went to a surprise 30th Birthday Party {the iCubs season opener}
Ran 7 miles {Outside again!} 
Spent Sunday cleaning the condo with the windows open…it was heavenly! :)
Adam helped a coworker move
Finished the book 'First Love'
Cullyn got his first haircut
We had a family froyo date

Instagrammed that:

Shot this: 
SOOTC

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pay It Forward | Daycare Provider {March}

For our RAoK for March 2014, we bought a dozen gourmet cookies and sent them to daycare with the kids.  The card said 'Thank you for being so sweet to us'


Related Posts :: Paying it Forward in 2014 | January PIF | February PIF

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 Books | January, February, March

Last year I read most of my books while nursing/pumping Cullyn.  This year I've been able to read by enlarging the font on my Kindle and reading while I run on the treadmill.  Since I'm trying to log at least 15 miles a week {over 3-4 days}, I've been able to get through a good amount of books, which is good because my mom has over 100 books on her Kindle that I'm dying to read!  In case your're wondering, this is what I've read so far in 2014

{January}
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
Saltwater Kisses:: A Billionaire Love Story by Krista Lakes
Rainwater Kisses:: A Billionaire Love Story by Krista Lakes
Champagne Kisses:: A Billionaire Love Story by Krista Lakes
Freshwater Kisses:: A Billionaire Love Story by Krista Lakes
Summer in Napa:: A St. Helena Vineyard Novel by Marina Adair

{February}
Autumn in the Vineyard:: A St. Helena Vineyard Novel by Marina Adair
Bittersweet by Noelle Adams
Promise Me by Barbie Bohrman
Fresh Temptation:: Barboza Brothers by Reeni Austin

{March}
Armando Returns:: Barboza Brothers by Reeni Austin
Picturing Perfect by Melissa Brown
More Than a Maid:: Barboza Brothers by Reeni Austin
All the Pretty Lies:: The Pretty Series by M. Leighton
All the Pretty Poses:: The Pretty Series by M. Leighton
Reason To Breathe::The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan
Barely Breathing::The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan
Out of Breath::The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan
Better Off Without Him by Dee Ernst

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