Just the 10 of Us

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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The wolf pack was reunited this past weekend, and it was glorious!!!

Dave and Marie, their two girls, and two dogs stayed with us on Saturday night, so we had quite the full house. Just the seven of us (remember when we lived with Dave and Marie?) is now just the TEN of us. It’s crazy how different life is nowadays when we all get together, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Dave and Marie and their girls (and dogs) arrived at our house with (early) birthday presents for Quinn since they can’t make it to his party next month. How sweet is that?! They’re such good friends. Qman was so excited when he realized the “prizes” were for him and immediately went to get his scissors.

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Inside was an awesome dump truck and trencher, which Qman was so pumped about– he loves all things construction nowadays! And the vehicles are Tonka brand and made of steel, so they’re perfect for upcoming outdoor play this spring/summer/fall. Thanks, Dave and Marie + family!

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Once everyone got settled, it was just about time for lunch, so I whipped up a batch of the best wings ever.


They were a huge hit with everyone! I also served a big spinach salad (from Trader Joe’s) and the kids had mac & cheese and smoothies (yogurt, fruit + spinach).

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Shortly after that, it was nap time for the kiddos, so the adults caught up over some drinks.

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Once nap time was over, all ten of us headed outside for a walk around the neighborhood.

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I’m so glad the sun finally came out! 🙂

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It was so nice walking and talking and letting the little ones explore.

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Quinn and Carly were like two peas in a pod!

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They’re just 2 months apart, and I hope they’re good friends for a very long time!

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Side note: Qman lovvveess his Batman rain boots so much (pictured above), and we will absolutely buy him another pair once he outgrows his current set. They actually light up on the bottom, and he thinks they’re the coolest thing ever! We get comments and questions about them all the time, so I wanted to share the link to them.

After our walk, we enjoyed a happy hour on our back porch with all sorts of snacks and drinks. Oh my gosh, it was so wonderful. I have a feeling we are going to spend A LOT of time there in the coming months!

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When dinnertime rolled around, we fed the kids, got them ready for bed, and then had a movie night before they went to sleep. Poor Murphy… someone got comfy in his beanbag (<— washable) without him.

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The next morning started bright and early with enthusiastic (!!) tiny humans wanting to play (with the loudest toy ever). Mal whipped up dinosaur pancakes for breakfast, which were fun to play with! 🙂

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We also had bacon, fruit, and juice for breakfast. Feeding four adults + three kids was quite the adventure, but we managed to all sit down for a meal together. #parentwin

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After breakfast, we played outside for awhile before saying goodbye.


We had such a nice time this weekend and it really made me miss Dave and Marie. I soooo wish they lived closer. I feel like our families would hang out all the time! But I guess it just gives us an excuse to visit Maine more often. Hopefully, we will see them again soon!

Question of the Day

How was your weekend? When was the last time you had a sleepover at your house?



  1. Oh my gosh – the dog in Murphy’s bean bag 1. looks just like my dog, I did a double take and 2. Good job sharing Murph!

    And my son would love love rain boots! He currently has batman pajamas (old navy) and Spiderman light up sneakers (Target) that he is obsessed with. I’m just afraid if I get him the rain boots he’ll only want to wear those all the time, lol!

    Busy weekend! I threw my sister a baby shower Saturday and we are in the middle of potty training my son – so I was constantly on pee/poo watch!! (I never appreciated diapers until I started potty training, lol, leaving the house has been a much bigger production these days!)

  2. Thank you so much for this post! I really enjoyed it.

    Quinn and Carly are very sweet!
    I love the photo of the dogs by the door waiting to leave the house and the toddler is on all fours with them, Sooo cute!

    Poor murphy being displaced when other dogs visit! Haha. happens to our families dog as well.

  3. How fun to have good friends with kids around the same age. My siblings and I are all very close and our kids are close in age. It’s always a. Last when we get together!

  4. Glad you guys had fun and those wings look amazing! We had a fairly quiet weekend (by our standards) although we did venture out on Sunday to the beach.

  5. Very cute post – love that Q called his presents prizes! He looks super cute in those white shades too.

    Just curious… when I come to your blog now a box pops up asking me to ‘subscribe’ to your page and that I would get four free no equipment workouts. Aren’t the workouts you always post free-why is this popping up?

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