Road Trip!….AKA 4 Boys in a Minivan = CHAOS

We went to Michigan to visit The Husbands family this weekend. Good times, chaotic, crazy, constantly chasing babies, but good times!

We did it right on the way there, left at 7 PM so they slept most of the time. And OH the person who decided to put the DVD player option in minivans is a GENIUS! Got to listen to Aladdin, Finding Nemo and Frozen for the trips while the rugrats were awake.  For the car ride home, they were awake the WHOLE TIME. Miles cried THE WHOLE TIME (unless I was performing seat twisty gymnastics where I rubbed the top of his head which was behind me) (I need more yoga) (must get more bendy just for roadtrips)

So when traveling with kids follow these words of advise:

1) If you don’t have a DVD player in your car, bring a portable

2) Have LOTS of snacks and drinks. The unmessy kind. (peanut butter crackers, juice boxes ect)

3) Leave at night so they sleep!

4) Do more yoga to make car gymnastics and climbing over seats more easily done.

5) Do NOT pack the baby wipes in the trunk

SO here is a look at what happens when you stay somewhere that is not baby proofed (PLEASE NOTE! I do NOT expect people to baby proof for us. We just gotta roll w. the punches…and toilet paper…and rubber bands)

Emptying of various drawers


Cleverly using our luggage to block babies from stairs..(yeah…didn’t work) ( but hey, Jack got a ton of stair climbing practice in)


Of course, Ethan found tools, and places to stick them



Luggage does not Charlie Proof for stairs


Thankfully we found some rubber bands to help keeps babies out of some areas


But they still found plenty to play with


One of the great times was taking the older two for walks in the forest behind Grandma and Grandpa’s place. We saw so much stuff! At one point we heard a crazy noise that was getting closer and closer…the only thing I could liken it to was a dragon (NOTE TO SELF: Do not tell Charlie this next time, poor kid thought we were about to become a meal) but it was a hot air balloon! We chased it for a while, so fun!


Saw lots of cool trees and flowers. Some animals, a deer and a bunch of chipmunks. Collected wildflowers for Grandma Kim and Grandma Cardinale. It was great!

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They had so much fun playing with their cousins and seeing the family. And everyone just loved how hilarious and cute the lil demon horde is. Yeah they are pretty honkin cute, I make some cute kids.

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Hehee found this picture of The Husband when he was lil. I think he is an Ethan clone, but he thinks Im nuts. (So I guess he helped me make these cute kids too…)

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And we found a bunch of The Husbands old Star Wars toys! SO EXCITED!!!!

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And this one not only is fully walking, but found some weights…gotta future Tough Mudder finisher in the making!IMG_6313

And this picture is the one Im most excited about. Twins: Age 1 Great-Great-Grandpa: Age 100!IMG_6333


Is this Vertigo?

Ok this is more a question to the public rather than a blog post. Since Sunday I have been experiencing some funkiness….and its getting progressively more funky. I feel 100% healthy other wise, no nasal issues, no soreness or anything in my through, no nausea. But something is up.

So its kinda faintness meets a lil dizziness meets medicine head meets tunnel vision/spotty vision and its at its worst when I am walking.  I only seem to get it sitting when I turn my head really fast.

Is this vertigo?

Should I be worried?

Should I be high tailing it to the hospital or will it just snap back and go away?

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The hardest part of leaving for work…aka IM SORRY BABY!!!!! I LOVE YOUUUUU!!!!!!


Srsly this breaks my heart. I just want to go back in and cuddle him! The older are ok as long as I give them a ‘hug, kiss, i love you, i miss you’ when I leave. Jack usually doesn’t notice, Miles totally notices when I am getting ready to leave, follows me and tries to climb me the whole time. And then when I go out the door….this….OMG….heart breaking. I want to hug him so bad.

Life in numbers….per week

Average per week:

5 gallons of milk

84 diapers

2 loaves of bread

1 big thingy of baby wash

20 bananas

1 lipstick or eyeliner (Omg they are not crayons you adorable Devils!)

10 loads of laundry

5 band aids

15 food/drink spills

20 fits of drama (kid, mom, dad or fur babies)

Ok maybe 30…sometimes more…

10 ‘moon songs’

80 goodnight/goodbye/hello kisses

endless cuddles and i love yous


Yeah…that was indeed Tough and indeed Muddy! The ONLY thing I have done that is more difficult is probably the twins birth. But this was def harder than when I had Charlie or Ethan! So # 2 on most physically hard, mentally terrifying thing I have done.

Someone from the same day posted this video on YouTube w. a go pro…Really shows you what is going on! Def Check it out!

Oh and please note that I didn’t subject my phone to the mud and water so I pulled a bunch of pictures from the Tough Mudder facebook page from the Saturday event.

Ok so Friday night prep included carbloading. Which as glorious! And then an early bedtime.


Our start time was 11:30am and Richmond (crazy cute lil town on the Wisconsin border) is about an hour away so we made sure to leave by 9. I wore water resistant shorts, sports bra and tank top. Put my hair in a Katniss braid. We got some coffee and made our way north! Parking was in a different area (and 20$) so you had to park and then take a school bus (OMG FUN) to the Tough Mudder starting area. Get in line, get your number and wrist band and go in to hang until start time!


There was a dude getting everyone all excited and warmed up and then you get in line to start (the totally don’t check your start time btw) Before you enter the race you are in another holding area after climbing a wall, they do some more amp up and stuff like that and away you go!


Started off with running for probably a half mile and then you get to run in deep mud, lost my shoes multiple times!! And omg even walking in that mud is hard! The first obstacle was Kiss of Mud, where you pretty much have to belly crawl under barbed wire in…you guessed…mud! More running through corn fields and then the Berlin Wall. We needed our team for this one. The husband got me on his knee, then I was propped up to stand on his shoulders and climbed over the wall.WallClimb

More running and then ARTIC ENEMA! Gotta plunge under a fence into an ice bath…it was like 57 degrees out..this was evil and painful! Then you get on the other side of the fence, climb a wall and plunge again and then  have to crawl out of the box. I needed to get The Husband to help me out of the box, my legs went completely numb!

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Next up was Balls Out, this one is a series of ropes that you have to go across a long wall with. I made it like 3 out of 8 ropes and then..yeah…gotta work on my upper body strength! Next was Devils Beard, you have to walk under a pretty heavy net…with mud.. then you walk through a muddy stream for a half mile or so.


Next was Beached Whale, another one where you def need a team and you will def skin your knees! OMG IT HURT!


This guy on the other side said he would catch me when I went down…yeah he totally missed and I rolled down a short hill full of wood chips…good time. Covered in mud and woodchips now. Maybe this will be the next version of tar and feather? Next up is Mud Mile. OH WOW WAS THIS ONE MESSY! And full of lil rocks so really tore up my knees and elbows. Fun though and had all sorts of muscly delicious guys helping me up the hills!

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Now you trudge through a long stream once again. Very smelly swampy water, but it felt glorious after being covered in mud and having your shoes full of mud and rocks! (oh somewhere in there was warrior carry..The Husband carried me…I liked that one 🙂 ) At one point you could either go over or under a bridge. The water was up to the bridge and it was small, like 5 ft across. I thought I could do it, but the second I went under and my head hit the wood on top, I totally panicked. Uber claustrophobia hit and I backed up and opted to go over instead. But hey, got some of the mud out of my hair!

The next obstacle was Shawshanked. You crawl upward through a tub and throw yourself into water. This one had an hour wait…so we totally skipped it…


Then we had the tear gas. This one wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Smelled very menthol, like icy hot. Didn’t burn, kinda made breathing a lil hard, but not too hard. The only part that was tricky was that you couldn’t see so when you got to the end, didn’t realize that you had to go up instead of forward. I hit my head on the wood and thought I was lost. But figured it out 🙂

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Next up was Liberator. This was all upper body strength You have to move pegs up the wood holes and drag yourself up. I tried, but didn’t get far so ended up skipping. The Husband rocked it though!


Next was Walk the Plank…this one looked really easy… I wasn’t worried. Turn out to be THE MOST TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE OF MY DAY! Kinda forgot I have a thing with heights. I get up there and Um yeah…Totally freaked out. Started shaking like a loon, the guy up there kept counting down from three to get me to jump ( he was totally sweet) and I would get like a half inch closer to the edge. The Husband was already down and was encouraging me to go. And then saw how scared I was and told me it was ok if I wanted to turn around and skip this one. But I did it. I jumped. And took like forever to recover from the flipping terror of heights. THIS PICTURE DOES NOT DO IT JUSTICE! ITS LIKE YOUR JUMPING FROM A DAMN HIGH RISE!


After this I started really feeling my aches and pains. It was roughly 7 miles in. My right hip and knee were in bad shape so we stopped doing any running and kept to walking. More mud and water and then you get to another wall climb. I was toast at this point, so was The Husband, not to mention you need your team and ours went a head at the last stream walk cuz we were wimpy slow 🙂 We also skipped Everest (going up a high ramp to get help from those on top) and Funky Munky (monkey bars) But we did go through Electroshock, which was the last obstacle. We opted to belly crawl through the mud rather than run through, and neither of us got shocked. PHEW! My cousin got hit w. one of those suckers and said it hurt like a BEOTCH!


AND THEN~ THE END! THE GLORIOUS END! THE TORTURE WAS OVER! GOT MY HEADBAND! The Husband and I were very much a mess, but this was nothing compared to after the mud mile. That one gave me a mud wedgie…srsly…it was weird.

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Gave our shoes to the shoe charity, showered (btw there was no getting warm at this point, pretty sure we were all slightly hypothermic) I bundled up in my sweats and layers that were in my backpack (they had a tent for ladies and one for gents to change in) (btw there was no privacy, but we were all too damn tired to care. I changed in front of the tent flap, but whatever, I wanted warm clothes!)

Got home and took a loooong hot shower, until that point I was still having major issues getting warm. Then VEGGED ON THE COUCH. It was the most wonderful veg of the couch ever. Took stock….Sunburn…tore up knees, jagged and never clean again nails. But Charlie kissed the booboos on my knees. The sweet lil guy 🙂 Crazy that even though it was cold and overcast, got cooked with sunburn. Note to self…next year use waterproof sunscreen! I will def do it again next year…this time w the goal of doing ALL the obstacles! So glad I did it though! I def feel tough 🙂

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Almost 24 hours until Tough Mudder….and I AM SO NOT READY!

Ugh I have been training, but should have been doing more! Def nervous about the Tough Mudder! I am going to go with as long as I complete it then I will be happy 🙂 The longest I have ran to date is a little over 6 miles. I am hoping that with the obstacles in between (and probably a couple of breaks) that I will be able to do 13 miles.


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TOMORROW: Wake up bright and early, good breakfast, lots of caffeine. The Team is all coming over around 9 and we are piling in the minivan to drive an hour north to Richmond.

START TIME: 11:30…… we go


We put in a contract on a beautiful house (not my gorge dream tudor, but thats ok) and it has been accepted! SO EXCITED!

6 bedrooms! an office! a finished basement! high ceilings! 4 bathrooms! a playset! Huge deck! curved staircase! 3x the room of our current house! The basement will be a play area and hopefully the toys will not overtake the entire honkin house like it does in our wee dwelling now.

So here are a couple pics!


Already thinkin of paint colors and updates. First thing, gonna lightly whitewash the brick fireplace

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Inspiration picture:


Then paint…but what color…

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I wanna do a reclaimed barnwood mantel and valance on the windows.

Then the kitchen…thinking I will paint it either Chocolate Brown or gray

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Leaning toward chocolate like here:

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Then debating either carrying the chocolate over the the island base like in the pic or brining in a gray reclaimed wood look like here, and there is a great DIY way to do this with Stikwood, and then painting the living room gray, so it kinda merges the brown and gray. SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT


So yeah…Im totally getting way ahead of myself, the ink is barely dry on the contract…and nothing is official until closing is complete and keys are in hand, which I know from previously burned experience, but I CANNOT HELP MY SELF!!!! OMG! CHANTAL STAAAAAHP!


OK so we have seen 7 houses in the last week, became crazy about 2 of them, just for each of them to become under contract with in 24 hours of us seeing them and start to write up an offer! Hopefully will see some more possibilities that don’t fall away this weekend, but on the brightside…my dream house is still available and The Husband is starting to be ok w. the commute!

Oh dream house…….


Ahhhh to buy this house

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It will be mine…oh yes…it will be mine