a weekend away


sometimes, we just need to get away.  last when i saw that there was snow, and lots of it, in the weekend forecast at my parents’ house, i was thankful for an empty weekend calendar!

we decided on tuesday to go up to the lake where i grew up, about 3 1/2 hours away, as long as there was still snow expected.  so the kids worked extra hard on their homeschool days to get most of their work done, and planned on finishing up the leftovers up there.  i threw breakfast and lunch food in a cooler, as well as 2 boxes from hello fresh.  they worked out perfectly for dinners since they contained everything we needed! (use this code for $40 off your first box). while the kids were finishing up their math tutoring on thursday (i decided a few years ago that math x 3 kids = unhappy mommy), i quickly packed up our whole family for the weekend.


we met my parents for dinner in town on our way up and woke up to snow friday morning.  actually, i was so excited about the snow that i woke up around 3am to peek out and see it snowing!  when i got up, my mama heart melted to see my 2 youngest snuggled up under one blanket, staring out at the snow coming down.  now, lest you think this is a regular sight in my house, it is most definitely not.  but its these times i want to remember, not the bickering, so this is what i capture.

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our weekend consisted of walks in the snow (and rain – its rained quite a bit, too), playing in the snow for the kids, movies, games, naps, warming up by the fireplace and lots of family time.


while we were relaxing on the couch, sean pointed out the local bald eagle coming right towards our window!  we ran to the window to see it had just caught a fish from the lake and was sitting in the snow on the island eating his lunch – it was quite a sight to see!

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throughout the weekend my kids kept saying, “i’m so glad we came up here” and i kept saying, “me, too!”


christmas cards with minted

christmas cards with minted

i realize this may be a bigger deal for you than for me, but… my christmas cards are in the mail!  about 5 years ago or so, we had family pictures taken, i ordered cards, then i couldn’t finish!  the thought of addressing about 100 cards by hand and then also the cost of stamps made me decide sending out cards wasn’t such a great idea after all.  i handed out as many as i could, but ended up throwing the rest away!

christmas cards with minted

but not this year!  i am running a little late, but my cards are done and in the mail!  i ordered my cards through minted and could not have been happier with the process.  the hardest part was deciding which design to choose!  in the end, i ended up going really simple, with a gilded edge, which complimented our picture really well.  (thanks cameron, for the great pictures!

christmas cards with minted

christmas cards with minted

the standard paper is so nice and thick!  i also had a collage of pictures done on the back, but forgot to take a picture of that.

christmas cards with minted

we also went fancy and did the gold envelope liners, which were way easier to put in than i expected.

christmas cards with minted

we had a really simple message written along the bottom, and kept the overall design clean.

christmas cards with minted

christmas cards with minted

(please ignore the bad choice of nail polish – i have decided i am definitely NOT a red nail polish girl)

my favorite part was the FREE printed addresses!  i just typed in all the addresses and they came beautifully printed!  even better, next year they’ll still have all my addresses stored and the process will go that much quicker!

you guys, its not too late to order your christmas cards.  i mean, maybe call them new years cards if you want.  or my sister-in-law sends out groundhog’s day cards every year – do that!  i love getting cards during this season, even if they come after christmas!

have you entered my giveaway yet?  you still have a couple days so get on it!  minted is giving away (2) $125 gift cards to their site.  how awesome is that!? all you have to do is CLICK HERE and fill out a quick form – good luck!