Friday, November 21, 2014

Jovie Breann, you are 11 months old!

Ahh, Jovie girl, it literally pains me to write that..11 months old?!  What a priviledge it has been to be your mommy and watch you grow, and grow you have! Remember that little 6 pound peanut we took home from the hospital? Look at you now!




On that note, you love to eat! There's nothing you don't like!




You are a happy girl, you're perfectly content to sit on my lap, and love to be held and snuggled!
You are standing alone for a couple seconds, until you realize you are doing that and then you hit the ground fast! 

You aren't such of fan of going to sleep lately, you usually put up a fight but mommy wins and you take an hour morning nap and a 2 hour afternoon nap, normally. 





You love stuffed toys, a white fuzzy bear in particular. 

You have 2 bottom teeth and 4 top teeth. 


We love you sweet baby girl! 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Punta Cana Trip {Nov 5-9}

It's the first snow day off school of the season today, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to blog about our recent tropical vacation :)

Robb won an all inclusive trip for two through his job for being one of the top 4 International truck salesmen in his region! I was a little apprehensive about leaving the kids behind and their hectic schedules, but we couldn't pass up an all expenses paid vacation that Robb worked so hard to win! 


We left early Wednesday morning out of GR at 6:00am.



After a long day of traveling we arrived in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic around 4pm. We stayed at the Iberostar Grand Bavaro. It was adults only and so beautiful! 
We were greeted with cocktails and a cool wash cloth upon arrival.








 We relaxed on a some lounge chairs and then got ready for a welcome reception with the other Navistar/International sales people.  

We weren't sure if there would be food served at the reception so we ordered some room service. We were so hungry, it was amazing!


we had to take lots of selfies because whenever I'd ask a stranger to take our picture they'd either chop someones head off, it would be out of focus, or they didn't speak English. It became pretty comical! Robb had much better luck than I did with selecting a stranger to take our picture!


We didn't stay long at the reception since we were so exhausted.

Thursday morning we hit the beach/pool. 



it started to rain in the afternoon so we took shelter in the game area, where Robb skunked me in ping pong!


It continued to rain all night, we barely made our walk to dinner without getting soaked. 




Our dinner was delicious. We went to the theater after dinner for a rock and roll show that was quite memorable!

Friday morning we hit the spa for some massages. 


And then we read under the cabana for the entire day. It was overcast with off and on rain that day. 



Heading to dinner was my favorite part! Each night we had reservation at a different restaurant with other people from International. Robb liked talking business with other sales people and I liked to eat :)


Saturday we spent by in the pool and relaxed on some rafts the resort provided. They also had sunscreen and books you could borrow. Loved that! 
 We ate breakfast and lunch at a buffet, this was our view from the restaurant. 

A little self timer and selfie action before our last dinner! I loved getting a little dressed up for a fancy dinner with my man.




Sunday was our last day there, we soaked up the last few hours of sun and sand and headed for the airport at 1:00. 



We got home around 12 midnight. 
We had an amazing time and are so grateful for such a wonderful trip, but it was great to be back home!
Thanks so much to our families who took such wonderful care of our kiddos while we were away, the didn't even miss us! 
And thanks to Navistar/International for an amazing trip! 














Friday, October 31, 2014

A little walk down {Halloween} Lane

2009

our little pumpkin in a pumpkin!

Grayden, the scariest dino I've seen :)

wow, do we look young!

2010 


he was a grumpy golfer this year, which was so unlike him, I think this was the only time he smiled that whole night!

2011


another pumpkin in a pumpkin!


our farmer and his chicken


2012
a soccer player and a golfer

2013

a construction worker 

and a farmer!

2014

the Kratt brothers and an owl!












Tuesday, October 28, 2014

weekend wrap up

We had a fun filled weekend! I just love Fall, especially when the weather is as nice as it has been!

Friday night we went out for a family date night to Bagger Dave's. Sadler was such a big helper feeding Jovie :)


We had a busy day planned on Saturday. Robb and I love to watch cooking competition shows and enjoy cooking together, so we thought it would be fun to do our own cooking competition Saturday night! We called it The Lubbers Hungry Games!
We got our groceries Saturday morning for our recipes. We both ended up choosing Tex-Mex recipes from the Pioneer Woman cookbook!


In the afternoon I went to my mother in laws house to have a ladies craft day! 
We all painted old windows. 
Here's my work in progress for Jovie's room. I'll share the final product when I eventually finish it!


When I got home Robb had the kitchen all prepped for our cook-off!

"May the odds be ever in your flavor"








I made a chicken tortilla soup

and Robb made the winning dish, judged by my sister and the kids, White Chicken Enchilladas! 
They were delicious!


After dinner we got the kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes to visit the Outdoor Discovery Center for their treats and trails event. 

The boys dressed up as the Kratt Brothers from the show "Wild Kratts" I made their costumes and was pretty impressed with how they turned out!
The boys were thrilled!
 
 The Kratt Brothers and their little creature power owl!



 It was a perfect night!  They all had so much fun!