Catch the Moment Weeks 13 & 14 :: Project 365

March 30
SuperDad surprised me with roses for no reason. He’s the best!
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April 1st
Mason went to the doctor for his FOUR YEAR check up!
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And we celebrated Joe T Greyhound’s 12th birthday. My bff made AMAZING doggy cupcakes for the occasion.
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April 2nd
Joe and I were excited to see the snow starting to melt. It may be dirty, but there is grass under all that muck!
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We also went out for Mexican night at a real sit down restaurant. Rare for us!
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April 3rd
Fun with relay races at karate class.
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April 4th
Remember how we were excited about grass? We got 7″ of snow this day….
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April 5th
We celebrated “Cousin Chloe’s” 5th birthday at a gymnastic center!
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April 6th
We spent the whole day prepping stuff to sell at the consignment sale and built this beauty to try to keep the toy mania under control. No more monster trucks at the bottom of the toybox. Woohoo!
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April 7th
I discovered that I can have dog food shipped straight to my house from Amazon for less than it costs at the pet store. AND I found a 20% off coupon. How cool is that? (For some reason it arriving in a box amused me enough that I had to take a picture)
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April 8th
The first sign of spring!
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April 9th
The second sign of spring – massive amounts of water leaking into our basement :o(
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Weekly Wishes #6 :: April 7-13

Last week’s Wishes

1) Finish picking up my computer desk. – Didn’t happen, it looks worse now than it did last week :o(

2) Wean Mason from Wii Sports. – Not totally weaned, but he played much less this week than past weeks.

3) Buy my niece her birthday presents. – Yes, I got her a Watch it Grow Butterfly Garden and some Shrinky Dink Jewelry and art supplies. Thanks for the suggestions Lori, LeeAnn, and Jayme!

4) List items for sale on Facebook Buying/Selling Pages and get at least half of my consignment sale prep done. – Stuff is selling like hotcakes on Facebook – woohoo!! Consignment sale prep is… started.

5) Be a better friend. - Talked to my friends more but I should have put even more effort into this one.

This week’s Wishes -

1) Finish picking up my computer desk.

2) Less TV Time, more Toy Time for Mason

3) Be a better blogger this week. Comment more and post more.

4) Be a better wife this week. During SuperDad’s busy work week, we kind of end up being like two ships passing in the sea. Make the most of our limited time together.

5) Be a smart consignment sale seller and shopper. Get my stuff done in bits and pieces over the next three days instead of staying up till 2 am on Wednesday night doing it all at once. And then when I’m shopping, don’t fall into the “but it’s a good deal” trap! No buying Mason stuff that he’s almost too big for (even if it’s REALLY cute and he could wear it for a few months) and NO MORE toys. Unless of course, it’s the best deal ever *insert evil laugh here*

So, what are your hopes and wishes for this week? I’d love to hear about them!

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

Welcome friends new and old and thanks for stopping by today!!

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My name is Wendy and this is my fourth year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party! I’m a full-time working mom located in “Middle of Nowhere,” Wisconsin and am in the process of re-vamping my blog – after four years of being focused mostly on my son, Mason, it’s time for a change and in the next few weeks, I’ll be rolling out “NorthernMom.com” which I’m pretty excited about :)

Mason just turned four last month and being his mom is the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. He’s into monster trucks, puppies, tractors, construction equipment, penguins, riding his bike, golf, and just recently learned the phrases “You hurt my feeeeelings!” (usually followed by “because you didn’t let me do xyz”) and “No, five more minutes!” which are both about as fun as they sound.

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I’ve wanted to work with animals since I was a little kid and even though my junior high math teacher laughed at me and said that all girls go through an “I want to be a veterinarian” phase, that’s one thing that’s remained a constant in my life. Nearly 20 years after his naysaying, I’m happy to say that I love my job as a veterinary assistant, so so much for “phases” huh? I’m passionate about animals and we share our home with two retired racing greyhounds and a geriatric cat. I’m a “crazy dog person” and my beloved dog, Joe, basically holds “first born child” status in my eyes.

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In my (basically non-existent) spare time, I like to read (check me out on GoodReads), geocache, research frugal living, walk 5ks (especially Color Run ones!) and pretend that I’m going to soon get in better shape, learn to cook, start clipping and actually remembering to USE coupons, and be a better housekeeper. This year, I’m trying to better my life through checking in through Weekly Wishes, grow my relationship with God, focus on a few goals for the year as well as take lots of pictures, and be a better Mom, Wife, Friend, and Blogger. Oh, and I want to survive sending my son off to 4 year old Kindergarten in the fall too! In other words, I like to have a lot of stuff on my plate!

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How about you, is your plate full? Are you enjoying the party? Here, come get another piece of cake! Be sure to say hi and introduce yourself so I can stop by your site too! Or, let’s catch up on Twitter or Instagram. Social media is our friend! Have a great day and happy Blog Partying!

Mason’s 4th Birthday – The Cakes

Mason’s 4th Birthday is going to be forever remembered as “The Year of the Cakes.”

We decided to have a separate “friend party” and a “family party” this year as I knew Mason would have a hard time playing with his friends and giving his relatives attention at the same time.

So on the 22nd, Mason celebrated his birthday with his friends with a “Jake the Neverland Pirates” themed party and cake.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Cake

Mason Blowing out his Candle

Then on the 23rd, we had a small family party at our house and Mason had a construction site cake.

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Mason Blowing out the Candle

Mason’s actual birthday fell on Sunday the 16th, but I remembered last year that he was sad that they didn’t sing Happy Birthday to him at daycare and have a treat (I had dropped the ball thinking the daycare took care of this) so I sent him to school with monster truck cupcakes the Friday before his birthday. I unfortunately totally forgot to take pictures of them. #fail

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Since his birthday party was a week after his actual birthday, we couldn’t just let the big day go by without any fanfare so we also had a tiny little cake at home as just the three of us.

Mason with a tiny cake

We definitely need to figure out something different for next year since four separate birthday celebrations seemed absolutely insane, but at least we can say we’ve had our fill of cake!!?

How do you guys handle it when a kid’s birthday falls on a different day than their school celebration or birthday party day?

Weekly Wishes #5

Well, I had basically three weeks to work on “last week’s” wishes and here’s how I did….

1) Get my house picked up. The best part of having company over is the results of the manic cleaning that happens right before they come. It’s been a week since Mason’s party at the house and our house is still looking good. Yay.

2) Not spend any more more (unplanned) money on Mason’s birthday party. Accomplished.

3) In bed by 10:30 every weeknight. Ummm, not so much. But better than before….

4) Get back into the swing of reading all four of my Bible reading plans every day. Accomplished,

5) Scale back – my endless to do list is starting to drag me down. Commit to stop over-committing. Um, did you notice I didn’t blog for two weeks? Well, that was the only thing I let go by the wayside. Oops.

My goal for April – Set my budget and stick to it. I made a budget for March and totally ignored it and overspent in every area. April is the month that I get back on track!

And my weekly goals

1) Finish picking up my computer desk. I posted a picture on Instagram and the 40 Bags Facebook group this morning to shame myself into finishing it and I only got about halfway done today. I WILL finish it.

2) Wean Mason from Wii Sports. This kid is ridiculously addicted to playing tennis, golf, and baseball on the Wii. It’s fantastic exercise (seriously, this kid jumps and dances around until he’s soaked with sweat) but it’s become the root of all tantrums, every conversation, and way too much begging around here so something has to give.

3) Buy my niece her birthday presents. Any suggestions for a girl turning five? I don’t see them very often, so I don’t know what she’s “in to” which makes it harder.

4) List items for sale on Facebook Buying/Selling Pages and get at least half of my consignment sale prep done. The consignment sale starts the 10th and I just got my totes out yesterday. I want to try to sell some stuff for 100% profit on Facebook before it goes to the consignment sale and they take their 30% cut.

5) Be a better friend. I’ve been finding lately that up to a week goes by before I talk to friends that I use to talk to daily. I need to reach out more and make sure that stops happening.

Catch the Moment #11 :: Project 365

Thursday, March 13
We had a wild un-handable pot belly pig in today at work to get neutered. It made the morning very… interesting.
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Friday, March 14
My friend and I road tripped nearly 80 miles one way so I could see the Veronica Mars movie. I’m a HUGE fan of the show and a definitely on Team LoVe and the movie DID NOT disappoint (even though my friend nearly fell asleep during it, oops)
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Saturday, March 15
My friend gave birth to her first son today, an adorable baby boy (Totally cheating, as I took this picture 8 days later)
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Sunday, March 16
I still have a birthday post coming, but on Mason’s birthday, we took a quick trip to Wal-Mart, hit the Children’s Museum, went out for frozen yogurt, and then at his request, stopped to play with his Cousin Chloe. We tried to get a picture of them together but they’d only sit still long enough to make silly faces.
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Monday, March 17
Mason was so thrilled with the golf clubs he picked out at Wal-Mart on his birthday that we totally forgot to open his “real” present on his big day. So we opened it the next night and he was SUPER thrilled as he’d been waiting for four months for this digger!
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Tuesday, March 18
Missed this day :o(

Wednesday, March 19
Mason got a new book order and Charly thought they made REALLY good bedtime stories.
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Catch the Moment #10 :: Project 365

It’s been an insane past few weeks and between birthday party planning, birthdays themselves, being crazy busy at work, and trying to get to bed at a decent time, my Project 365 kind of fell by the wayside. Here I am, back-blogging to catch up!

Friday, March 7
Mason got a well past due haircut
Haircut time!

Saturday, March 8
I worked on Saturday and this fellow was one of our many patients that morning.
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Sunday, March  9
We had breakfast for supper and SuperDad made this itty bitty little pancake. I made the mistake of talking to Mason, pretending to be the pancake and thus was not allowed to even THINK about eating said pancake or risk breaking his heart. Oops.
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Monday, March 10
I had to do some laundry since I didn’t get it done on the weekend and Mason joined me in the dungeon basement for some bowling
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Tuesday, March 11
Another insanely busy day and the only photo I took was to show Echo the Equinox turning over to 31,000 miles.
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Wednesday, March 12
We have an absolutely ridiculous dog.
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So Many New Things! – Wilderness Resort 2014

This month, we took our first trip to Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, but since going there, we’ve talked to half a dozen different families who have been there before and make it an annual (or regular) vacation spot and man, I can see why. Not only do they have so many fun things to do just in waterpark features alone, there is so much more to the resort than just waterparks and every year, they add new features and activities.

New for 2014 is a 4,000 square-foot, two-story lazer tag arena that looked super awesome. Teams of up to 15 players can challenge each other to a showdown! It looked like a great time. Mason was a little too young for this activity, but I would have done it in a heartbeat had he not been with.

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While we didn’t play lazer tag, we had a blast in the all new Marshall Training Lazer Maze. In it you have to use your speed and agility to successfully navigate through the maze. If you break a beam, your time is penalized. This totally reminded me of all the old TV shows where someone is trying to steal the diamonds and rubies and the building has super duper security so you have to crawl under all the lazer alarms and such. With three levels of difficulty, there is something for everyone, agile or not. Mason and I tried the Lazer Maze twice and while at first he was a little freaked out (he’s not a huge fan of the dark) we had a blast and he asked to do it again and again. (In case anyone is curious, I was the one who tripped the alarm the first time and Mason tripped it the second time, but we successfully completed both of our missions!)

Marshall Training Lazer Maze

While we were hanging out at the WaterDome waiting for the waves to appear, we could see the well disguised construction area where Wilderness Resort is opening a swim-up bar capable of serving 88 guests! The wave pool was fantastic but killing time between waves with a margarita would have been even MORE fantastic! Margarita’s Swim-Up Bar opens in May 2014 and you can bet I’ll be having a drink there on our next trip!

Margarita's Swim Up Bar

And if there weren’t enough food and drink choices already, this summer the Klondike Boardwalk will open upon the mezzaninen level of the Klondike Kavern, offering fun sounding eateries like Yukon Yogurt, Klondike Kate’s Libations, & Klondike Pizza Kitchen. I know when my husband was waterparked out, he would have been more than happy to munch some food and watch Mason get soaked by the giant bucket again and again. Next time, right honey?

The other fantastic addition coming this summer is the Wilderwoods Go-Kart Trail. They already have outdoor Go-Karts, but the indoor track will offer a fun option for those of us vacationing in less fortunate weather! The 525 foot long course will feature crazy turns, corkscrews, and 12 cars. I would love to challenge my husband in a Go- Kart race and I’m sure Mason would get a real kick out of it too.

With all these great things to do, one thing that made them even more enjoyable were our Wild Fun Passes. These passes each cost $24.95 and they really making having a great time easy and fun! Each Wild Fun Pass gives one person the chance to do the sky ropes course, two mini golf courses, the bumper boats, lazer tag, the Marshall Lazer training maze, the upcoming go-kart trail and a discount at Pistol Pete’s ice cream shop. We each had a Wild Fun pass and it made things SO convenient – hand them the pass and go have fun. No worrying about how much money each activity costs, if you should do one thing over another, instead, save some money and do EVERYTHING with one convenient pass! In the summer, there is an Extreme Wild Fun Pass for $29.95 which includes additional outdoor activities as well. We totally loved the passes and since they were running a Buy Three, Get One Free promo, we used our extra pass to repeat some of our favorite activities! Plus they never expire so you can save them and use them again if you don’t have time to do all of the activities. So much fun!

Disclaimer: Wilderness Resort provided a one night stay for my family in exchange for telling my readers about our awesome vacation and their upcoming attractions. All opinions are 100% mine. Photos in this post are property of Wilderness Resort.

Mason at 4

I keep meaning to sit down and survey Mason for what HE thinks life is like at four years old, but I keep forgetting. So today, I bring you MY take of Mason at four – styled like my old monthly updates I did his first 2 1/2 years!

At four years old, Mason is

  • Still wearing 2T clothes, although some of the pants are getting a bit too short
  • weighing in around 36 lbs
  • still rear facing in his car seat
  • suddenly remembering he skipped the terrible twos – we’re all about screaming “No!” and throwing horrible tantrums these days
  • addicted to Wii golf
  • convinced he’s going to be a speedskater and a snowboarder when he grows up. Thank you Winter Olympics!
  • wondering when it will ever be Spring
  • getting the hang of riding his bike without training wheels
  • into Paw Patrol and Jake and the Neverland Pirates
  • looking forward to going to “Big Kid School” this fall (aka 4k)
  • great at playing the kid’s version of “Uno”
  • napping some days at daycare and never ever at home
  • taking karate classes
  • having a love/hate relationship with Sunday school.
  • STILL using a potty seat *sigh*
  • more particular about which pair of undies he’s wearing vs what pair of socks
  • always playing with monster trucks or construction trucks or tractors.
  • still the king of bedtime delays (It’s 10:10 and he just finally fell asleep
  • the boss of Charly – he’s the only one the dog ever listens to!
  • knows all of his primary colors and can count to 12 reliably and 30 with help.
  • very into giving hugs and saying “I love you”
  • “Can I tell you something?” is his most used phrase
  • playing with his first Lego sets (birthday presents ftw!)
  • convinced that any time it’s light out that it’s morning.

At four years old, Mason’s favorites are:

  • Favorite breakfast is pancakes or Kix Cereal
  • Favorite suppers are chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and pizza
  • Favorite drinks are milk and water (he’s not allowed to drink anything else)
  • Favorite snack is graham crackers with butter and/or peanut butter on them
  • Favorite vegetable is green beans.
  • Favorite movie is The Little Mermaid.
  • Favorite song is “The motorcycle song” (some adult rock song with motorcycles in the video)
  • Favorite friends are Aaron, Liam, Chloe, and Ethan
  • Favorite stuffed animal is his penguin collection.
  • Favorite game is golf
  • Favorite toy is the remote control digger he got for his birthday
  • Favorite thing to do is play games on the TV (aka Wii Sports) or play with his golf toys (sensing a theme here?)
  • Favorite treat is Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins or M&Ms
  • Favorite thing to do outside is play with his digger (which hauls lots of snow these days)

I’m really curious to see what Mason says are his favorites compared to what I believe they are. Stay tuned next week for HIS answers to his bi-annual survey!

What are your kids up to these days?