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Life Lately

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Can I just start by saying thanks for all of your amazing comments regarding my “blogging confessions” blog post from last Thursday.  You guys made me feel so normal and not so lonely in this little blogging journey of mine. 
Tooootal change of subject, guess what?!  I’m drinking coffee again!

“But Marie, when were you NOT drinking coffee?”
Soooo…I never shared here on the bloggity blog that I’d given up coffee for about three weeks due to a few weird chest pains.  Looooong story short, I had some never-ending and annoying aches and pains in my chest.  I ended up scheduling an appointment with my Doctor, had an EKG and then waited two weeks to have a stress test.  I was diagnosed with two very common chest issues and I passed my stress test…so, all good things, all good things (knock on wood).  :0
As a result, I’ve slowly introduced coffee back into my life (Raise the roof!  <—Does anyone even say that anymore?)!  I’m trying to drink a very limited amount and ONLY in the morning…and with a little bit of milk to dilute it a bit.  Anyway, after about three weeks I enjoyed my first, yet very small, cup of extremely weak coffee.
It was a dream.
Hello caffeine!  Mama’s back…well…kinda!
The weather.
This picture below was taken two Sundays ago.  We went outside…and ate lunch on the deck!  Spring had officially begun and was trying its best to break through.

We went for bike rides…

…and hit up the park.

On Monday, our first day off of school for spring break, we headed to the grocery store to pick up a few household essentials and some fun crafts for the kiddos.
We crafted out little hearts away…

It was a fun day, but it was a loooong first day of break.
By the end of the day I was all…
Mommy already needed a glass of wine…but it was only Monday. 😉

On Tuesday…or maybe this is from Wednesday(???)…you know I really don’t know what day this was…the days sort of ending up blending together…  LOL!
Anywho, on THIS day, we made popcorn together and settled in for an afternoon movie…

Somewhere in there Mother Nature decided to rain and rain and rain and rain and rain and rain and rain…
Then, on Thursday, Mother Nature said, “You know what?  Let’s add in a wintry mix of snow and wind along with those pretty little raindrops!”
Oh and she did.
You guys, it was a wet, soggy, and crazy mess here in the mitten.
It also just so happened that we were planning to leave on Thursday to visit family up north.  Jon and I were all packed and ready to go on Thursday morning.  I was especially ready to get out of the house as I hadn’t really left the house since Monday (with the exception of driving my car to the drive-thru library drop-off box – I’m not even entirely sure I was wearing pants)!
Kidding, not kidding.  :0
Anyhoo, my mom called and told me there had been eleven car accidents on the exact expressway we’d be traveling on to get to where we needed to be.  Jon and I checked the radar and the local forecast and decided against driving back.  We then went to a local coffee shop/restaurant here in our town and discussed whether we should still head north or not.  After checking the radar about a bazillion more times we decided to go.  We headed back home, picked up our bags and I grabbed bathing suits just in case we would have to get off the expressway and stay at a hotel, preferably with a pool.  😉
Henry and I still weren’t too sure about the decision.  I was a hot mess of a passenger the entire ride.  I can’t tell you how many times I refreshed the radar on my phone…

But…………we made it!  We could finally relax!  We were so excited to have arrived at our destination…well, almost.  First we had to eat at our favorite restaurant in Flint-town!
Three things here:
1.  These Flintastic shirts are awesome (thanks awesome neighbors).
2.  We Spring Breaked it in Flint, Michigan…because we’re awesome.
3.  I need to bleach my mustache…like yesterday.  :0
After dinner we headed over to my in-laws house and they treated us to some yummy chocolate mousse pie, my FIL and I drank merlot, we had a dance party with the kiddos, and then we chatted all night.  It was really nice.
The next morning we slowly woke up and enjoyed a yummy breakfast that Jon’s Mom had made for us.
After breakfast, we visited for a little while longer and then Jon’s Mom headed off to work.  We then packed up our things and headed over to one of my favorite stores in Jon’s hometown.
Jon and I both spotted this piece and we both instantly fell in love with it!  Before I could even tell Jon how much I loved it, he said, “I think we should get this.”
Say whhhhhaaaaaattt?!  Um, yes.  Okay!  Let’s get it!!!
Eliza’s been needing something like this for her bedroom and the both of us instantly knew that it was exactly what Eliza’s room had been lacking!
We called Jon’s Dad and asked if he could come to the store so that we could load it in his van and have him bring it down to us the next time he comes to visit.  He, of course, said, “Yes!”
EEEK!!!  I’m so, sooooo excited about this, you guys…like, crazy excited!!
After our surprise furniture purchase we headed over to my parents’ house, but not without driving by the local alpaca farm!  #springbreak #alpacafarm

Later in the day, we met up with my Mom, Dad, my niece Aurora, and my sister and her gorgeous family at the movie theater to finally see, “Beauty and the Beast!”  I was just as excited as the kids!

Here’s my Dad with the kiddos!  Henry and Eliza were adamant that he sit next to them…

After the movie we went back to Mom and Dad’s house for pizza.  My sister surprised me with these adorable birthday gifts.
She knows I worry too much…
Later that night, Jon caught this sweet moment of the kiddos cuddling in their sleep…

The next morning was my nephew, Christian’s 6th Birthday Party!
It was being held up in Frankenmuth, Michigan at a Family Fun Center in one of the hotels.
If you follow my blog, then you know we like to go to the water park in this town and that we usually pass through this area when we’re back visiting family.  So we were sure to arrive in town early to walk around for a few minutes and visit our favorite coffee shop.  I, of course, got a tea instead of coffee…but it was still awesome!

While inside the coffee shop, the kids started slow dancing to Ed Sheeran’s song, Thinking Out Loud
I love their love for each other.

Then it was time to par-tay.  But first we had to venture over and through this really cool bridge!

Upon arriving at the hotel, we weren’t sure where to go, so I went inside the hotel and politely asked where the “Family Fun Center” was and the concierge gave me wonderful directions and happily told me, “Once you get to the elevator, press ‘F’ for Fun!”  Ummm, “F” for fun?  Yes!  I don’t know why, but I thought that was hilarious!  I was already loving this place!
Once we walked into the Family Fun Center everything seemed so familiar and I couldn’t figure out why I felt like I’d been there before.  My sister mentioned something about the karaoke machine and then it clicked.  I had been at the “Family Fun Center” years ago, way back in high school, and I had gone to sing karaoke with a bunch of my theater friends!  Oh my word, it brought back lots of fun memories.
Now, here I was, years later creating new memories with my little family…

Oh my gosh, and I’ve just got to share this – this cracks me up.  My mom bought new clothes for my nephew from Gap, but she only had a Macy’s box so she wrote over the Macy’s logo and wrote, “GAP.”  It’s totally a thing only my Mom would do…
I love that woman.

AND finally…
This is a little game Henry created about two weeks ago.
Go to your stopwatch and press “start” twice to see how low of a number you can get.  The lowest I could get was .06.  Jon was curious and Googled the lowest number others have achieved, because apparently we’re not the only crazies who waste their lives trying this, and he seemed to find that most had only gotten .05.  I’m sure lower numbers are out there.  All I wanted for two weeks was to get a .05, but then this happened…
Too bad this doesn’t come with some sort of prize.  All it tells me is that Doc Holliday and I have a lot in common…  LOL!

Okay, so………………………….on that note, I hope you all have a great Monday.  I hope it’s filled with lots of happy and memorable moments…and not dull and under-appreciated moments like this ^^^.
Marie 🙂

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