Monday, June 19, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Things Box

Happy Monday!! Today for Mommy Style Monday I'm sharing what I received in my Favorite Things Box. We decided it would be fun to each send each other a box that goes with a theme every three months or so. You can see my previous Spring Box here!

I got my cute package from Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars. First of all, she is one of the cutest human beings! Thank you so much for your package Jessica, I love it! Can't wait to paint my nails for the first time in forever... :)

I got a cute comfy t-shirt (basically living in comfy t's and dresses this summer!), a pretty pinky nude nail polish and nail file, Burt's Bees chapstick (a must in any favorites box!), a super cute little bag, and a sweet note.

I sent my package to Monica from Oh Happy Us if you want to check out what I chose!

You guys, sending these packages and receiving them is so much fun! If you'd like to participate in the next one, please fill out this link. It will be in September, so you have plenty of time to prepare!

If you want to sign up for our next regular Mommy Style Monday post on July 3rd, click here.

Check out what the other ladies sent and received below!
Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Monica at Oh Happy Us
Britt at My Little Sunshines 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trip to Utah!

Nathan and I were able to fly to Utah for a week at the end of May and it was SO wonderful. My parents are building a house on the lot next to my grandparents, so Nathan and I stayed at my grandparents house. It is a paradise for anyone, young and old! I would love to have a house with a yard like theirs one day. Nathan was seriously in heaven the whole time. So much space to run around in, new toys, a whole bunch of "beeps" (construction vehicles) next door, not to mention his fan club following him around 24/7. I was worried that when I brought him back here he would fall into a depression over not having so many wonderful things to do, but luckily he readjusted just fine. Probably because he's obsessed with his dad and was happy to see him again. :)

Here are some pictures from our time there!

Quite a bit of time was spent watching the builders over at my parents house, and quite a bit of time was spent with Nathan refusing to play with anyone except my sister Abi, who is his favorite person of all time.

We woke up at 5:30am to go to my  grandma's water aerobics class. It was fine for me, because I was on east coast time, but it was pretty early for my sister Olivia who was on west coast time. My grandma wanted to take this picture because, "we will never all do this again!" to which we responded, "wait, why?" and definitely did it again a few days later. I don't know why water aerobics is considered for "older women", it's a great workout!

I'm excited to hopefully live by family one day so we can have big family dinners. Something is so nice about getting everyone together in the evening for good food and good chats!

I mean, can you even? This is magazine worthy.

We seriously had the best time, the only downer was that Alex couldn't come with us! But he got a ton of work done while we were gone, so it worked out :). It was so hard to come back, being close to family is SUCH a blessing. Seriously. If you live close to family, do not take it for granted.

Luckily, I have a wonderful husband, and a whole group of supportive friends out here who make it all better.

Now we're just gearing up to go on our trip to Oregon in a couple weeks, and Alex is totally coming on that one! I can't wait for all the family time. We have a family quote book, and a majority of the quotes come from our vacations haha. It's going to be so fun to see Nathan enjoy the ocean! Ok, I need to stop talking about it or I'll go crazy until it comes.

p.s. we know the gender of our baby! Post coming soon! (hopefully...)

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Baby, baby...

If you follow me on Instagram (@madelinecasey_) you have already seen this, but it should be on the blog officially! We are expecting baby #2! We are so excited. Well, Alex and I are. Nathan doesn't seem too interested.

I'm 19 weeks pregnant as of Monday, and so far this pregnancy has seemed quite similar to Nathan's, just the symptoms aren't as strong as they were with him? I have no inclination toward if this baby will be a boy or girl though! We find out on Tuesday the 13th, and I seriously can't wait. It's like Christmas!

I'll hopefully get a pregnancy update up before the gender reveal... about time since we're almost halfway through this one! Ack!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: A Day at the Park

It seems like I've only made time to do these Mommy Style Monday posts the past few months... sorry! If you follow me on Instagram you know we have some exciting news, and I just went on a trip to Utah, which I will hopefully blog about this week! Keep your fingers crossed for me. Mommy Style Monday at least encourages me to get out and take some pictures ha ha...

Without further ado, let's talk about a day at the park! There's a park about 2 minutes from our house that we love to go to. It has a huge walking trail, a big pond, and a playground. You can go park next to the playground and skip the rest, but we like taking the walk all the way there and seeing the scenery. Especially if Alex is with us. I LOVE weekends because Alex gets to hang out with us. It's much needed family time, and a much needed break from being Nathan's go-to person 24/7 ha ha.

You may notice that in a majority of these pictures, Nathan is carrying a small soccer ball. If there is a small ball that's easy to carry, he will make sure it's in his arms at all times, no matter how difficult it makes anything else he's trying to do haha!

Mom Brag: I may have mentioned this before, I don't remember, but Nathan is SUPER skilled at kicking a ball. He has this natural instinct when it comes to kicking them that he's literally had since he could walk at 11 months. I don't know where he gets it from. I mean, Alex is athletic, but I certainly am not. Nathan is better at kicking a ball than I am. He gets his little body all lined up and then boom! kicks it right where he wants it to go. He can even get air on it sometimes. I asked his pediatrician at like 15 months if that was normal 15 month old behavior and his eyes got kind of wide and he said, "No, that's much older toddler behavior." And followed it up with, "No wonder he isn't gaining a ton of weight." hahaha yay for super active skinny kids!

Alex always pretends to be asleep and Nathan LOVES waking him up. Nathan has also started to copy things Alex does which is the cutest. A few minutes after this, Nathan laid down on the blue ball like a pillow and fake snored so that Alex would come wake him up. Whenever he fake sleeps, his eyes are wide open and he does this funny breathing that's supposed to be snoring, and after a few seconds he yells "AWAKE!" and gets up. It makes me laugh every time!

And here I am, just being a lame mom who only sits on the bench... but I take advantage of the days where Alex is there to entertain Nathan ha ha.

Nathan makes sure I feel loved anyway. :)

He kept going up the stairs and down this slide and ignoring the rest of the playground ha ha! He made this little friend a year older than him who would literally follow Nathan around and copy whatever he was doing. Nathan loved him and tried to give him hugs. The other kid was like, "what the...??"

I love my cute cuddly boy.

To see how the other moms do their days at the park, check out below! And if you want to sign up for the next Mommy Style Monday, click this link - It's always a blast!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Erica at Good Job Momma
Monica at It's All About
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Summer Bucket List

Hey everyone! It's another Mommy Style Monday!

This time around we're talking about our Summer Bucket List. Originally Alex and I talked about taking one weekend trip a month this summer to places within a few hours or so of us. There are a lot of interesting spots out here in the midwest, and I don't want to leave Indiana without seeing a few of them! I'm not sure if we'll actually get to all the spots (actually, our May destination is definitely not happening haha) just due to money, time, and other obligations. But at least we have a list of places we want to go before we leave! They will happen eventually, if not this summer.

I'll tell you our summer weekend trip list, and then I'll list a few closer to home summer bucket list items.

Weekend Trips:

May - Mammoth Caves. In Kentucky there is this HUGE cave system. I guess it goes on for miles and miles, and not all of it has been explored yet. You can go inside quite a few of them, and even take boat trips in one cave that has water! It's a really cool landscape, so there is also a pretty popular zip line. (Alex went with some friends in March and really wanted me and Nathan to get to go as well. May has been busier than expected, but we'll get there sometime!)

June - Indiana Dunes. I have heard great things about the "sand dunes" up in Northern Indiana. I'm all about that beach life, and I guess in the midwest the Great Lakes are about as close as you can get!

July - (I forgot we actually skipped July because that is my family vacation to Seaside, OR. Definitely a part of the summer bucket list though!)

August - Upper Michigan, esp. Mackinac Island. We were looking up cool places around us, and this was one of the top destinations. Apparently it's an island where no cars are allowed! Looks very quaint, beautiful, and relaxing.

Other closer to home bucket list items:

The Indianapolis Zoo - went there last year, but this year Nathan will actually care ha ha.
Pool days - Seriously wish it could be every day.
Turkey Run State Park - went there last year, definitely want to go back and take a boat ride this year.
Cars 3 - We've decided (good choice or not) that Nathan's first movie theater movie should be to Cars 3. I'm going into this prepared to have to leave early if we need to!
House projects - This sounds funny, but during the school year it's really hard to get things done around the house. Alex's classes and research are super demanding, and Nathan is super demanding, so we have all these high hopes but nothing gets done haha. We're planning on building quite a few things for our house, as well as doing some minor landscaping. Should be fun!

Anyway, that's all I can think of right now. I love summer to just be super relaxing, and I love having family time! Bucket lists are great to remind me how many awesome things there are to look forward to or plan, but I'm all about that spontaneous life as well.

Let's check out what the other ladies are hoping for this summer!
Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Madeline at CaseyLand
Erica at Good Job Momma
Monica at It's All About

If you want to sign up for the next MSM fill out this link here.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Sunday Best

For this week's Mommy Style Monday, we decided to show off our Sunday Best! I actually really enjoy getting ready for church for the most part. It's the one day of the week I take time to get all fancy ha ha....

Except for this time.

I was going to get up and shower this morning, but I slept in instead. I didn't have any time to shower. I didn't do my hair, and I actually forgot to put on mascara??? I also never wear jewelry to church or any day really, because I have a kid, and also I'm lazy.
So... this is what I looked like this Sunday.

Now, let's all go check out the rest of the ladies who probably look WAYYYY more put together than me, and get the real inspiration, yes?

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Monica at It's All About

Sign up for the next MSM here
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Four Years

Yesterday was my four year wedding anniversary! It was a long day. Alex was at school studying for a final and then taking that final until 9pm. Nathan and I hung out with our cute friend Kristen, and then he refused to take a nap, so we watched some Thomas on Netflix. Nathan calls it, "choo choo!" Trains are the new thing.

I love this life. I love the life we've made for ourselves in the past four years. Sometimes we get overwhelmed with the demands of grad school, the little money, being far away from family... but not a day goes by that I don't feel grateful and have such a full heart for all the things we do have. We are just getting started!

When I married Alex, I knew he was a driven, intelligent, hard-working person. I knew he would always do his best to make sure we were taken care of. I didn't anticipate just how great of a team we would be. Where Alex falls, I try to pick it up, and where I fall, he tries to pick it up. Nathan is obsessed with his "dada" and so am I. He's funny, honest, a good friend, and a good man.

I can't wait to continue on this adventure for the rest of our lives! Who knows where it will lead! (Hopefully somewhere besides the midwest. Sorry, Indiana, but I'm not in love. It's not you, it's me.)

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