John and Dana

and our life with the munchkins!

Wuh Oh

Eesh. I’m doing a crap job blogging. Thankfully we have been taking photos and keeping track of our busy lives…I’ll be going through the next few weeks and making recap posts! Since I wrote on here in 2012, my sister in law got married (i think I posted my iphone shots but we actually got quite a few from the photographer too)! Here are a few shots to keep you wanting to come back and read some moooore 😉 Our first family photo in a while:

family (6 of 6)

family (4 of 6)


Lordy do those kids look young! Can’t believe it!


I Do!

Well wedding season is officially over. Sniffle. My cousin Collette and her husband Jeff got married August 18th and everything went perfectly. She had quite the time planning her wedding, so when the finally arrived we all made sure that everything went as planned ☺






And for our second family wedding, Johns sister Megan got married September 8th at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. John and I were each in the wedding party and the kids were the flower girl and ring bearers! Let’s just say we were exhausted after the weekends events! So happy to have Alex officially be a part of our family! The kids love their Uncle Alex!







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Summer: Part 1

I left off with a post about birthdays and swim lessons. A few other things have happened but nothing of major substance for me to blog about. I recently took back my old position at Gymboree (one that I had back when I didn’t know I’d be a mom to 3 kiddlets). It’s been great getting out of the house, and doing something that I really do love. Yes, I admit it. I love retail. Roll your eyes 🙂 And yes, there are times when I’ll complain about it but the flexibility it gives me to stay at home with the kids during the day is fantastic. Plus the clothes rock and so does my discount. So…I’ve been working 20-25 hours every week for the past 4-5 weeks and it’s been a huge adjustment. Hence my limited blogging/picture taking.

John has been a huge help to me by making dinner, getting kids to and from camp/swim lessons, and keeping the house tidy. With out that help, I’d be sunk. So, fair warning to anyone wanting to ‘drop by’. My house is a pit even with husband cleaning service, the laundry is about 3 loads behind most days, and sometimes dinner is just a frozen za because I can’t get off my tired rump to figure out a decent meal. I guess we’ll see how long it takes for me to adjust, I’m just glad I’ve got John here every step of the way. Funny how far 5 years of marriage have taken us.

The kids finished up swim lessons a few weeks ago. Gavin-major fail, Ian-minor fail, Kae-SO CLOSE to next level. And honestly, they just loved being in the water and mostly listened to their teachers instructions! That’s all I cared about. Not looking for 2012 Olympic swimmers in this household. I just want my kids to be kind and respectful to ANYONE who is teaching them something. The older two have that down. G-man needs some help but thankfully preschool will be starting and his teachers are wonderful yet don’t take crap from small people! Wahoo!

They then jumped into summer camps! Ian went Monday/Wednesday/Fridays (9am-11am) for 3 weeks, and Kae went for 2 whole weeks (9am-3pm). Both kids LOVED being in their structured environment, and it was super nice not hearing the whining of them both-IM BOOOOORRRREEEEDDDD. Gavin hung with me on the days when Ian and Kae were both in their camps, and we mostly shopped for groceries and got Jamba Juice. He loves his one on one time with us, but really did miss his siblings.

Currently we are knee deep in wedding season, so showers/bachelorette parties are upon us this week and next. I’ll try to get some posts with pictures up but I honestly don’t want to fish for the camera cable. Mamma is LAZY.

So that’s part 1. Part 2 will come at a later date. When…no promises 😉

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This Past Week

So Tuesday the 29th was my brother in laws birthday, John had plans to meet someone for a website meeting, and I was going to tackle some things off my to-do list! But for some reason I couldn’t wake up, possibly from weekend festivities, and working. John got up, dressed for work and then headed downstairs. I dragged my lazy ass out of bed and into the bathroom. When I came out to grab my towel and clothes, John was in our room and it for some reason freaked me out. He looked at me like I WAS CRAZY…which I am…and told me to come in. He was in his shorts, tshirt and baseball cap-definitely not SD #54 work attire- and had my outfit picked out for me too! SURPRISE!


He got me Cubs/Padres tickets for my birthday! My grandparents would be watching the kids and we were on our own for the whole afternoon! It was AWESOME! Best surprise! And the cubbies won! Oh, the seats were by far some of the best we’ve ever had too. Sweet! Oh and Brendan was there with his friend Matt! Double sweet.


Wednesday was magnificently boring and necessary. I bought a bridesmaid dress and Kae went to a friends house!

Then Thursday I turned into an old lady. I know I know. I’m not an old lady 😉 But my awesome friend Mandy sent me this awesome card and it downright made me laugh out loud. Love it. Just you wait when I send something your way, Lady. Since you are SO much older than me!


And my mom, dad, Brendan helped me celebrate with Lou’s pizza and a cute little cake. Weee!


Then on Saturday we celebrated birthdays (Al (29), Me (26), Pat (19)) at the Rorks house with yummy burgers, brats, and dogs! It was fun 🙂 no pictures, just plump bellies to
show for it.

And now this week we just started swim lessons! Gavin is without one of us in the pool (hallelujah!!!!) and Ian and Kiki are on the other side of the pool! Gavin seemed to listen but this was our first class, things can only get more interesting the more comfortable he gets with his instructor. I also got the chance to squeeze in some Brayden time since Jackson is in swim lessons with G! Anytime you need a break Jen…;) And actually whenever ANYONE (cough Janine cough) needs a break from their baby… More than willing arms over here!! Alright off topic now. Here’s my water baby.


And to end this week, John is off Friday and we are heading to the zoo zoo zoo! Oh and we will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary on the 9th! Weeeee!


Gavin’s Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

Pictures Pictures Pictures! John did a wonderful grabbing shots of the entire day. We are missing some decor shots, but I drop them onto the blog from my phone asap.

Edit: Here are the photos from my phone 🙂

Front Door with covers from Seuss books (I bought a bulletin board set off of Amazon, it had most of the book covers and characters)

Back door!

I downloaded a Seuss font and typed up our favorite sayings/quotes and said which books they were from. I also found stickers and fun foamy stickers at Michaels on clearance! Score!

I had these frames on the tables outside and had the Seuss books open on the tables!

We had a wonderful time celebrating Gavin’s 3rd birthday on Saturday! The weather was beautiful until about 5:30 when it dropped 20 degrees and a nice wind picked up, but most of our friends and family were troopers 😉

Our Seuss-Inspired Menu:

Thing One and Thing Two BBQ- pulled pork (with bbq sauce on the side for people to choose from, Sticky Fingers of course)

Hop on Pop Chicken (i was stretching on that one…)

Green Eggs and Ham

Schlott’s Knotts- rolls

Yot in a Pot- baked beans

Poodles Eating Noodles- pasta salad

Prairie of Prax- coleslaw

Who Hash- potato salad

Yink Pink Ink Drink- pink lemonade

Moose Juice and Goose Juice- Moose drool beer and Goose Island 312

Ok. Photos. Here we go!

Gavin’s sentiment was “can I just go jump in the bounce house now?” I made sure John got photos BEFORE they ate cheese popcorn and had yink pink ink drink.  I bought the ties and heart from an etsy store and ironed them onto Target shirts. Cheap and cute!

Bounce house fun! Thank you Foleys for letting us borrow it for the day!

I feel like I never get photos with anyone. Well I made John take this one. Prior to this we were making stupid faces without each other knowing it, John had to bring us back down to earth. We are idiots 😉

Opening his very own drum set (just like Daddy) from Phil and Shannon. I’ll make sure when they come over next time to bring this out JUST for their enjoyment.

Everyone enjoying the drums.

Oh Miss Jen, you have patience of a saint!

Gavin’s Seuss Cake, Deerfields Bakery rocked it again!

It stayed lit long enough for G to blow it out! Make a wish Buddy! (and try to not stick your entire hand in the cake this year)


Dr. Seuss Party Prep

Well after months of pinning loads of fun things, we are one day away from Gavin’s birthday party! We decided on a Dr. Seuss theme because he really didn’t have any opinion on what he wanted. So it was Mama’s choice 🙂 Of course I’m already thinking about Ian’s monster truck birthday. Oh boy, one day at a time now Mama.

Here are a few pics:

Our stack of Dr. Seuss we’ve had since Kae was a baby.

I’m crazy. Blue fish. Warren Beta Fish, our new family pet. I love the name, John thinks I’m totally insane. Those of you who know me well know that that statement ‘Dana is batshit crazy’ is true.

Goodie boxes!

And that’s it for now, I have a few other tricks up my sleeve but haven’t taken any pictures yet. And I now leave you with my favorite Seuss quote:

From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere!

Can’t wait to celebrate this wonderful little boy! Can’t believe he’s THREE! Wee!

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Goodbye 2nd Grade, Hello 3rd!

Today was Kaelyn’s last day of 2nd grade! She had a wonderful year 🙂 She continued to excel in reading and writing but also continued to improve in math! Mrs. Krewer was a fantastic teacher and I hope she’s still around when Ian gets to Dundee Highlands! The boys and I went to the school to see the end of the year bell ringing but didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of Kaelyn and the bell.

Here is one pic I took with my phone right as she came out the doors into her new found summer vacation freedom!


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Weekend Fun

We had a pretty busy weekend so far! Fun fair on Friday night at Dundee highlands was a blast! The kids ended up playing games, bouncing in the 3 bounce houses, and eating cotton candy/ice cream! All before dinner even. Lucky ducks. (photos to come, on dead ass camera…win)

Then Saturday Kae went to a friends birthday party and John and the boys and I hung at home for a bit. While we were making lunch, Gavin and I decided to do a bit of swinging on the swings.

Then we all headed over to Nana and Papas house for a birthday celebration for Papa!

And today John and I have been getting our yard ready for summer! We finally cleaned out the sandbox and the boys are SO excited to play in it once they wake up from their naps!

Happy Weekend everyone!

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Gavin is 3!!!

My baby is officially three! We spent this morning at Randall Oaks petting zoo with Ian’s preschool class.




Please forgive the camera phone pictures, trying to get used to my Mothers Day iPhone from John and the kids! Does Siri intimidate anyone else?? No?? I’m just crazy?? 🙂 K!

I will post more pictures throughout the day!


Ballet Recital

Kaelyn had her ballet recital this past Saturday and it was so much fun seeing her and all the kids up on the stage! John, myself, the boys, Maga, Baga, Uncle Steve, Nana, and Papa were all able to join us at CMS to see Kaelyn dance!

She said she couldn’t get her eyes to open any more…She had too much makeup in them! I loved their costumes this year!

Floating away!

Oh these boys were so so SO good the entire recital!

Naps normally start at 11:30 at our house. So by 1pm Gavin took a nap on Baga’s shoulder. Thanks Baga!

Kae and Ian with Maga, Baga, and Uncle Steve (home from college for 3 days…now off to an internship for the summer…Mr. Golfer)

Meltdown? What meltdown! Papa being a superstar holding on to a screaming, bucklebacking Gavin.

And finally…we haven’t had a family photo taken of us since last LAST Christmas. Gavin still didn’t want to participate but we’ll take it!


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