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My Family Introductions: Chase Eugene

I am in some serious denial today. My baby boy is turning seven tomorrow. I have yet to find a way to bottle them up. To freeze time. As I prepare this post I am looking at all of his old pictures and all of his warm soft squishiness comes rushing back. Those deep blue eyes, that bright blonde hair and that sweet smile. At the same time, my mother’s heart is torn as I watch my baby grow into such a young, spirited boy. With his birthday tomorrow, I wanted to share with you and document our youngest son, Chase Eugene. Trust me, he is worth getting to know!

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Chase was born four days late, in typical Fiely child style, on March 24, 2010. For some reason, Erik and I were sure we were having another girl. After Marlee & Milo, it seemed my pregnancy mirrored that of Marlee’s. Even until the end, we had settled on a girl’s name and just had the mind set. Two weeks before he was due, we came across the name Chase and decided that would be the name for a boy, but we figured we wouldn’t need it. Continue Reading

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Walk MS: Multiple Sclerosis Affects Me & Countless Others

Many of you may not know much about Multiple Sclerosis. Some of you may have heard of it and not really understand it. And some of you may know it all too well because either you or someone you know suffers from the disease. MS is a neurological disease. One that affects millions of people and one that, for me, hits close to home.

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I am one of those millions of people whom it affects. I don’t personally have MS, but one of the greatest woman in the world does. The person who raised me, who taught me to walk and ride a bike. Who showed me how to bake cookies and how to keep a clean house. My mom. My mother was diagnosed with this stupid disease years ago. And along with her, I am fighting to find a cure!

Multiple Sclerosis: n. a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.

There is so much unknown about MS. There is no cure but over the years, with donations and research, they have found ways of treating the symptoms. One thing working against all of these doctors and researchers is that each case is unique, not one of them the same. A perfect example, my uncle and godfather and my mom’s brother, was diagnosed with MS at a younger age than her and died at a young age, with young kids, do to complications from the disease. Even though they cannot link MS to be hereditary in any way, my mother found herself diagnosed years later but with somewhat different symptoms. Her’s doesn’t seem to be quite as severe and she has actually been in remission. She was diagnosed at a later age, much later than most ever are, and has been controlling her symptoms pretty successfully so far…although there are days.

Each year we have made it a tradition to join other families and our community and walk in our local MS walk. I love the feeling of community and support that this walk brings! We rally together and all do our best to raise money to fund research and to fight to find a cure!

I invite all of you to please take a moment, do some research, become aware, get involved and maybe most importantly, DONATE. Donate to help find a cure. Donate to the countless hours of research. Donate for my mom. Donate for my late uncle and the children he left behind. Donate for my friend. Your friend. Your neighbor. Anyone and everyone.

Please also pray. Pray for the sufferers. Pray for their families and friends. Pray for the doctors and researchers. Pray to end the suffering and pray for a cure!

You will find a link here to donate. Anything and everything is appreciated. God bless!

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Updates! Dental Work, Home & Blog Updates & More!

It has been a busy couple of weeks! Sometimes everything can go by so fast and its all a blur! As I sit here tonight alone, Erik is gone and the kids are all in bed, I am running a recap of the last week in my mind. Before I know it another weekend will be in the books and the little moments will be forgotten! Here is a quick recap of some of the moments of the last week!

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Appraisal Prep: The Kids’ Rooms Get Fresh Paint!

Man alive this was another busy weekend! We have been busting our butts getting ready for this home appraisal and this weekend was no different! My weekends have been one big blur lately. The kids’ rooms have been easily neglected because they are upstairs and people rarely see them. We keep them clean and organized but they are a mish mash of unmatched bedding, hand-me-down furniture and worn out paint. To get the best results from our appraisal, it was important to finish up a few eyesores and give them a fresh coat of paint!

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The kids were super excited by this (which made me a little guilty for not taking the time to make it more ‘their’ space!) but they had no idea the work that it would take! We did Marlee’s room first. Both bedrooms have paneling on the walls (with slats and plaster behind, which is why they are still paneling!) but Marlee’s paneling has this wallpaper type covering. That was peeling off on two of her walls so it needed fixed. After scraping, sanding and priming, she got a pretty coat of light purple! Her walls were still painted the nursery colors! (Yes, she is almost 10…no judgement!) Her room is more her own space now and she loves it! Here are some before (or during) and after pictures!

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This weekend I tackled the boys’ room. They have paneling on the walls too but its just typical paneling so it was ready for paint. The ‘fix’ in their room is the chimney ran up through it. We had that taken out and duct work ran up and we never finished covering it up with paneling so we finished that up! For them, I chose a really light gray to lighten and brighten up the space! After vacuuming up about a million Legos (because I am super OCD and have to deep clean while the furniture is moved, oh and #boymom), we put everything back in order and the boys are loving it! Here are some before (during) and after pictures!

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Obviously these two rooms need totally redone and they are for sure on the list. Drywall, better closets, new carpet, etc. but with other, more used rooms needing done, they are low on the list. Our home is a work in progress! I really love that we are making it our own though. And hopefully our hard work these past few weeks will pay off with a great appraisal and a BIG addition this spring!

Do any of you live in a fixer upper?! If so I would love to hear all about it!

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Our Newest Home Renovation: A Garage Addition!

Things have been crazy around here lately! But who am I kidding…things are always crazy! Well, they have been a little crazier than normal because we have officially started planning our next BIG home renovation. A garage addition! And you know, since it is a garage, the ‘man’s’ thing, it has to be the biggest and best!

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I will admit that I am excited for it too. We have never had a garage…or a useful one anyways. The house we bought had a very small, one car garage that isn’t attached. I am not even sure a normal vehicle would fit in it! We use it for storage and that’s about it. We do have a carport attached to our covered porch and it’s nice to atleast have that to park under! It’s a life saver in the rain or when it is icy. Unfortunately, it’s only big enough for one vehicle so Erik has to park on the street. This will be a big step up because it will be ATTACHED!!

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Our Wedding Anniversary: How It All Began

Erik and I will have been married for 11 years this month! It is so crazy how fast time goes by…especially after having kids. We started dating 15 years ago this past summer so that means we have been together for nearly half my life! In honor of our wedding anniversary I thought it would be fun to share with you all the story of how Erik and I met!

Erik & Kristy's Annivesary

THE PURSUIT…

I was always very shy, definitely the most shy of my friends! As we entered high school I got better and better with time but not near as outgoing as everyone else. We had a large group of friends and we hung out all of the time! Most of them had boy friends on and off and we had a lot of guy friends but I never dated anyone.

It was the summer before my 17th birthday and I was working at the grocery store in the neighboring town. I had made some new friends and was meeting lots of new people. I loved it! I got to know all of the regulars and me being the modest young girl I was, I didn’t notice one young man coming in quite frequently…

As it turns out I was being pursued and I had no idea! Erik came in almost every day (and always bought Dr. Pepper!). We would chat every time but I never thought much of it. I really never thought that anyone would really be interested in me. I honestly wasn’t even thinking about it!

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Eventually one Friday night Erik came in and asked if I was going down to the Jubilee that night and if I wanted to meet up or go with him. I explain that I had to go home and eat dinner with my mom (she was making pork chops and I promised to be home!) but that I was going down later and I would see him then! At this point I had no idea how naive I was!

That night I rode down with my mom to find my friends. I found one of my guy friends from the store and I was walking around with him because we were both looking for our friends. As I was walking around I ran into Erik! We chatted a bit and then he said he was just going to go home for the night. I just told him goodbye and proceeded to look for my friends.

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THE CATCH…

Time passed after that and I would still see him here or there but I was thinking of him more! One evening my sister and I were driving around town and we happened to drive by his house (I didn’t know where he lived) and he was outside. We kept on driving and I kept talking about it and finally, as we were nearing the edge of town on our way home, my sister said she would stop and knock on the door if I wanted her too. I was too big of a chicken to stop but at the last minute I said ‘Okay!’ and we went back! (Yes I was mortally embarrassed that my baby sister went to the door and not me but it worked out!) Erik came out to talk and we set up our first date!

And the rest is pretty much history. We got to know each other and fell hard fast! We spend all of our free time together! He became friends with my friends quickly, took me to my proms, dated as I went through college and asked me to marry him the summer before my senior year of college! We were married the following fall!

Long story short: First boyfriend, last boyfriend, forever. I am not sure what I would do without him! Do any of you have funny stories of how you met your significant other?! I would love to hear them!

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October: A Look Ahead!

How is October here already?! This is by far my favorite month of the year but it is one of our busiest! We have a lot going on and a lot to look forward to! I thought I would share a quick overview of our month ahead!

Calendar of October

This first week of the month is all about preparing! Preparing for parties, preparing for the cooler weather and preparing for fall & Halloween! The girls and I went shopping this past weekend to get everyone some fall clothes. When the weather turned this past week I realized each of the kids had about two pair of pants! We also picked up part of Marlee’s Halloween costume!

Next weekend we hope to catch up around the house and do a little more shopping. Milo’s birthday is October 14th and we are celebrating with family and friends on the 15th. We hope to get out and pick up his gift and some supplies to decorate for his football themed birthday party! It will be so fun! Below is the fun football ticket birthday invite I created for him! (He loved it!)

Boys Football Birthday Invitation

My birthday is coming up as well! A few days before Milo’s. I am going to be turning the big 3-2 and I am pretty sure it makes me feel older to know that Milo will be 8 than me turning 32! How is that even possible?! It as just yesterday that he was toddling around after Marlee right?!

The end of the month marks our 11 year wedding anniversary! We always try to get away for the weekend (this is the one weekend all year we stay away from the kids!) This will be the first time since we had Vayda (I am kind of a baby and didn’t want to leave her last year when she was just six month old!) More details on our plans later! (When we actually make them…hehe)

That is just a quick wrap up of our month. Of course, mixed in there is homework, cheer, council meetings, football games, hopefully a trip to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, Halloween & Trick or Treat, a few other parties and (gulp) preparing for the holidays!

Wish me luck! I will be sharing all the details of the month as they come along! Happy Fall!

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Our First Family Vacation to Kelley’s Island

Our first family vacation is in the books and it was amazing! It was more than we could have expected! We headed up north to Kelley’s Island, a small island right off the coast from Port Clinton, Ohio. It was scenic, laid back and perfect for our long weekend!

Family on Lake Erie

When searching for a vacation spot, I knew I wanted some place fun, someplace relatively close and somewhere cost effective with fun stuff for the kids! It was seriously so stressful searching! There are so many options! We would find some place, but then no place to stay in our budget. I gave up at one point but then found myself bound and determined to get this vacation booked! I didn’t want to put it off any longer! Continue Reading

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The Ultimate Flash Card Tip!

It’s  back too school and along with that comes homework! Each year our kids have brought home two sets of flash cards and are asked to practice them each night. While this is great for them and super easy, I always battle with these cards! They are always such a mess and we can’t find the whole set and if you do, you fumble around with the whole deck trying the run through them with the kids.

The other day I was browsing the internet and came across this awesome idea!Someone has shown a different set of cards held together with a ring. That’s it!  Wrangle those flash cards all together with a ring! This may be old news but to me, it was golden! This way, each set is always together and easy to use…even when the kids need to study on their own!

School Supplies Flash Cards

This weekend I gathered my supplies and went to work to organize these babies! With the hubby’s help it only took us a minute to assemble one of the sets. We haven’t gotten them all finished yet (hello life!) but I plan to do them all! Below is the simple how to on putting together your own set!

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Our New Addition! The Family’s First Puppy

It was a big weekend in our house! After months (okay, years) of not wanting anything to do with a dog or the extra responsibility, we suddenly fell in love with the idea. That seems to be how most things go with us! A couple weeks ago we found the sweetest puppy and Erik and I knew this was going to be our new addition! The Fiely’s were getting a puppy!

Our New Addition: The Family's First Puppy

Our kids are scared to death of dogs. Like, run out in front of moving vehicles scared. And for no reason. None of them have ever had a bad experience. My husband and I thought the best way to break this fear would be to get them a puppy of their own. This way they can grow up with her, learn her mannerisms and fall in love with her and hopefully all the other dogs we run in to! Continue Reading