Bringing home a puppy

The time has finally arrived, we are bringing home a new puppy in just a few weeks.

IMG_6421Kevin and I bought two puppies when we got married. We bought a brother and sister Golden Retrievers and had them for about two weeks when we realized we definitely were in over our heads. Long story short, my parents ended up with the female, Zoe. Zoe and Griffin are the best of friends. That was 10.5 years ago.

We’ve wanted to get a puppy for a few years now– overlap between dogs is a good thing, right? But two years ago a very old female golden found her way into my Facebook feed. She was 14 years old and her owner was moving across the country and couldn’t take her with. (This ended up being total B.S. but nonetheless, here we were.) Rosie lived with us for 1.5 years, one year longer than we thought. It was a bittersweet day when she had to go to Heaven, but if you met her, you’d understand how smelly and uncared for she was by the time we got her.

IMG_6425Then we built a house and had to grass… but now… now we have grass and a great backyard for a puppy. In March, friends of ours bought a puppy from a breeder nearby. After meeting this puppy we knew that this was it! The breeder has dark red field goldens, just like our current dog. I put down a deposit and became second in line for a female.

Today the pups are almost 6 weeks old and it was time to choose one. The kids were so excited they hardly slept last night. They have never had the chance to sit in a cage full of rambunctious puppies before– it was heavenly! We had so many to choose from it was hard to pick just one. You can see their faces in the photo, permanent smiles plastered on. But somehow, we narrowed it down to one. The name is still undecided but will most likely be Poppy or Tilli.

IMG_6431The kids have lots of learning and training to go through but this will be such a fun year. I was so nostalgic about picking out a dog. I remember as a kid, my parents surprised my brother and me by pulling up to a farm, letting us out of the car, and telling us to pick a puppy. Her name was Goldie and she lived a long and happy life with us. So here I am as an adult doing the same thing with my family. Buying the kids a puppy and watching their eyes light up like fireworks.

 

Family Weekend

This past weekend was our 4th annual Horstmeyer Family Cabin weekend. As always, a huge thank you to my in-laws for letting us use their beautiful home for a few days. It’s always challenging when 14 people occupy one space for 4 days but somehow it always seems worth it in the end.

The kids are starting to get so big which means things like eating and bedtime get that much easier. They can stay up a little later and sleep a little later too. We are really fortunate to live in Wisconsin. The amount of beautiful lakes we have access to is incredible! I swear all the beaches are pure sand and seem to walk out forever, which makes swimming with the kids a little easier. The weather was perfect, little to no rain, and the mosquitoes weren’t so bad– kids managed to escape with just a few bites.

 

This time, Kevin took all the kids to a natural rock slide in a river that he used to visit as a kid, “Slippery Rock.” I didn’t have a chance to go with but it sure looked fun! The kids really enjoyed it. I’m glad he could relive a part of his childhood all over again. So here are some fun photos from the trip. It’s really hard to believe that August is almost here and out comes all the school stuff. Too fast summer, too fast.

 

Never Unfriended

You need this book.

Never Unfriended, by Lisa-Jo Baker

From the back cover: In a world where women can unfriend each other with the swipe of a finger, how do we find friendships that we can trust to last? Maybe by first becoming those kinds of lasting friends ourselves.”

My good friend Kathleen recommended this book, I always accept her recommendations. She is exactly the type of friend that this book boasts about. I’m lucky to have her in my life.

IMG_0902Over some blog posts I’m going to share some take-a-ways that I think you’ll need to have. Cliff notes for those that don’t want to purchase the book, but you should purchase it– and underline and highlight the crap out of it.

Everything quoted from the book is in italics.

In the beginning God made us in His image. It’s the only image we are supposed to fit. We try to stuff ourselves into ridiculous images that we were never designed with us in mind, and often, unintentionally, try to do the same to people around us. It’s not up to us to make the blueprint for somebody else. You can’t create people in your image, that’s God’s job. Remember, the lives of others are not your business, they are God’s business. 

Love is that thing we’re supposed to give away without any strings attached. Are you trying to create a friendship or relationship in your image? Or are you honestly accepting them on their own terms? People come in all shapes and sizes and stories and it’s not our job to fix them, use them, or get them to act just like us. It’s our job to love them.

Do you have a friend that is able to do this? Let’s you BE YOU. Listens to you and loves you for YOU? I do. Kathleen. She’s amazing. When I see her on bad days I try hard to be the friend she is to me. Take the bad with the good. Listen and just be present. I accept her for who she is. Struggles and accomplishments. But let me tell you, it’s hard. It’s hard to do that with everybody! But reading this book has been a bit enlightening to me. It’s like Lisa-Jo was able to take everything I knew was right but put it into modern words and scenarios that spoke to me. Social media is a bitch and sure makes life a whole lot more challenging.

So, the take-a-way for this post is to love people for who they are. Quit trying to make that friend into the friend you want them to be. Accept them for they friend they are.

Flying off the shelves

There is only one problem with working with the #1 skincare brand in the U.S. When we have a HOT product that everybody wants, literally everybody wants it. One of our newest products, Lash Boost, is currently sold out! People can not get enough of this amazing lash serum that has been proved to make your natural lashes longer, darker, and fuller-looking in as little as 8 weeks. In fact, it sold TWICE as much as the leading mascara did in 2016— in the last 9 months. Woah.lash boost 14 weeks copy

I see friends and family wake up each day and go to work. Some of them love what they are doing and some of them hate it. It’s the necessary evil on the way to freedom and joy. I won’t pretend that this business doesn’t come without challenges or work, but at least I can do it on my own terms. I love waking up each day and following up with my customers then reaching out and sharing this business and products with new people. Not everybody sees the beauty in Rodan + Fields, but I do, and I love it. That’s the key. I love it. I’m a happy person and have a happy life.

So if you are looking for a new adventure this is it! Men and women work this business with hustle and joy. I work hard at being a great coach and mentor. My team is strong and we certainly empower and support each other. This brand has some killer facts to back it up, all you have to do is believe and have faith.

  • #1 Premium skincare brand in the U.S.
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  • Billion dollar, global brand and company
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If you are curious, just send me an email and we’ll connect.

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Girl Scout Camp

This past weekend I took my older girls to our local Girl Scout Camp, Camp Evelyn. This was my first time staying over night here, or really just being there. When I grew up I was in another council so I never made it this far north. Charlotte came here for a 3-night camp in June so she knew most of the counselors at camp.

Gretchen was a bit hesitant at first, shy. None of the girls from her troop came but Charlotte had two friends/moms come along. We knew lots of people at camp but she was just taking things slow. I had to remind Charlotte that this was a family weekend, not a friend weekend, but it still turned out great.

For a July weekend, or summer weekend at that, the weather was perfect! We drove into a storm headed to camp but the rain stopped and Saturday was a perfect 74 and sunny. The morning was spent at the lake where we jumped off the pier, went kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding. Then we did lots of crafts (all day, on and off), ate lunch, went swimming in the pool, more crafts, more swimming, and dinner outside. The kids had plenty of s’mores (with thin mints in between!!) and campfires. They played and ran around with sticks. I love seeing them explore in the woods. The mosquitoes weren’t even that bad! We managed to escape with only a few bites.

The beds were mediocre. They were plastic mattresses on metal bunk beds so every time somebody moved it squeaked SO bad. My kids slept like rocks but the adults were a little more sensitive. After I got some ear plugs for the second night I slept awesome. We were in a cabin (no electricity) so the bugs were pretty minimal inside.

The camp Evelyn property is beautiful! We walked almost 9 miles on Saturday between going back-and-forth to the cabins and walking to the next place. No complaining from the kids! It was so nice to be out with the big girls, soaking up the sun and the forest. They really enjoy being outdoors and also love the comradery of the other women in  Girl Scouts. Sometimes the Girl Scouts get a bad rap and there are certainly some political rumors, but I see this as an opportunity to put my girls in a positive role-model experience and give them a chance to explore the outdoors and just have fun.

We will definitely be going back next year. They are also going back in August for a day-camp too. I’m hoping in years to come they will enjoy a week at camp, learning about teamwork and themselves. My troop leader and I are also taking some girls back in September for a Troop weekend. That will definitely be a blast!