Wisconsin: Another State Bites the Dust

In pursuit of this hair-brained scheme, 4 generations of women set out this weekend to explore some new territory. We managed to have a great time, but this trip certainly was not without its challenges. I started out the week a stomach bug from you know where, followed by my mom who had to have two different types of antibiotics in order to get over her junk. But wait, there’s more…when he did finally arrive in Minnesota Addie came down with a 102 degree fever. So, we got to have a tour of the the wonderful Edina Urgent Care Center and local CVS pharmacy.

We were finally able to get Addie well and managed to keep anyone else from getting sick in order to make the most of the time on our trip. Here are a few of our highlights:

  1. Lunch at the American Doll Bistro
  2. Exploration of the Mall of America
  3. Fall Foliage River Cruise
  4. Hudson, Wisconsin and Stillwater, Minnesota downtown shopping
  5. And of course, Addie’s favorite, playing cards in the hotel and swimming in the hot tub pool and hot tub

We had a great time. 43 states down and 7 left to go!

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Choose the Bigger Life: Fall Break 2018 Plans

I LOVE Fall Break…and I love that the hurricanes have stayed far enough away from us this year so that we actually get to keep those off days to have some adventures!

Most of you know that I have a quest to visit all 50 states and I currently have EIGHT more states to go! For Fall Break this year I am going to get to knock off two move states and Ella gets to take her first-ever plane trip!

Here’s the plan:

-Saturday: Minneapolis,  Minnesota

-Sunday: Fargo, North Dakota (State 43 for me!)

-Monday: Ellsworth, Wisconsin (State 44 for me!)

-Tuesday: Back home!!

Mid-west Fall Break here we come!

Fall Bucket List Item #6: Decorate for Fall

Fall is upon us once again and so despite the craziness of life….a bit of decorating is a must. This year Addie is old enough to help get out our one little orange rubber maid. Honestly, I like that we put out the same predictable decorations each year (a few are listed below). While I love whimsy and novelty, I also find joy in routine and tradition. I like that we don’t have box after box of complicated decor. We have one box. We put out the same items year after year with little deviation or addition.

Traditions bring a sense of richness to life that I love to share with my girls and husband. I love this little tradition so much that I think I may start doing the same with one box of items for Easter/Spring as well as Summer.

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Pre-Fall Bucket List Adventures

Who cares that it isn’t “officially” fall yet?! When you get an opportunity to knock a few items off on the 2018 Fall Bucket List, you just go for it!

Life being crazy-busy like it is and will be for the next year or so, we seriously thought about canceling our trip to Blue Ridge. However, when remembering Gretchen Rubin’s words in my ear to “choose the bigger life,” we headed out for another whirlwind weekend getaway.

In less than 72 hours we crammed in the following:

-Pony rides

-Chicky bowls at our favorite Cuban restaurant in Blue Ridge

-Blairsville’s First-ever Taste of the Mountains

-Apple picking

-Downtown Blue Ridge Window shopping

-S’mores!

-Addie Milked a Cow!

 

 

 

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Choose the Bigger Life

If you know me at all, then you know that I geek out about anything related to personal development, productivity, habits, and so forth. I LOVE listening to these two ladies right here, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft. I have been a faithful podcast listener of their shows, Happier and Happier in Hollywood for years! Gretchen has many sayings that she has coined in her books and podcast, and one of my favorites is this: “Choose the BIGGER life.” Simply put, when given the opportunity don’t always choose the easier path…but choose the path that provides the biggest opportunity for growth, fun, exploration, relationship building, etc… Yes, that means that you probably should NOT choose to veg on the couch for an entire weekend binge watching Netflix. Yes, that DOES mean you should put on your big girl panties and go for it…whatever “it” may be.

Waring and I are busy right now, and we are certainly tired too…but I am thankful for all that God has blessed us with and want to strive each day to live the BIGGER life!

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Fall 2018 Bucket List

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Fall 2018 Bucket List:

  1. Celebrate Addie’s 5th Birthday
  2. Paint Pumpkins
  3. Go to Disney World
  4. Explore 2 new states
  5. Go Trick or Treating
  6. Decorate for Fall
  7. Make homemade Fall Decorations
  8. Create a Thanksgiving Tree
  9. Finish the Thanksgiving Tablecloth
  10. 3rd Annual Friends Giving “C-theme this year”
  11. Light a Sky Lantern
  12. Go to A Harvest Festival
  13. Take Family Pictures
  14. Go to the Fair
  15. Read/Listen to 6 Books
  16. Get to GOAL WEIGHT!!!!
  17. Holistic Health Lesson
  18. Finish Christmas Shopping
  19. Cornmaze
  20. Udemy Lesson
  21. Relentless pursuit of goals!