a note to my nephew

this last weekend my aunts hosted an absolutely beautiful baby shower for my sissiebear and nephew! it was so fun, so adorable, and the food was SO good. it’s starting to seem real now that the baby is on his way–any day! i can’t wait to finally meet this little guy. so….i thought i would write him a note so he can someday read how excited we were to meet our very first nephew.

dear little man,

when we first heard you were on your way, it’s hard to describe what we felt. we were shocked, and excited, beyond happy, and a little anxious for your arrival. we have prayed and prayed that every step of your journey here would be perfect.

with just a few weeks to go, there are so many things we are wondering:  how big are you? what color are your eyes? who will you look most like? and most importantly, when will you get here??! you are already completely perfect in every way in our book, and we are incredibly thankful for you every single day.

little man, we want you to know how much we already love you. uncle and i have said countless prayers for you, and have laughed and cried thinking of all the fun that we will have with you when you arrive. we dream of the day we can snuggle you up in our arms, give you smooches, and try to make you laugh. you are so so special to us already, and i want you to know how much you are already loved. we already can’t imagine life before you.

 and just remember: you can do anything you want when you’re with us! we will never say ‘no’ to you! :) (just don’t tell mom!)

so stay warm and toasty little man! it’s cold out here!…..but you will discover that soon enough!

we love you forever-ever.

xoxoxxo aunty and uncle

here are some pictures from the baby shower too! yay baby!!!

cousins!

cousins!

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my aunties, cousins, and sister, and her mother in law! love these women.

my aunties, cousins, and sister, and her mother in law! love these women.

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i’m really excited for him to arrive, can you tell??!

*sigh* my little sister is having a baby. i can't believe it! love you so much!

*sigh* my little sister is having a baby. i can’t believe it! love you so much!

how cute is this? mini cinnamon rolls, mini bagels with smoked salmon, mini yogurt parfaits, mini donut holes, mini quiches, mini spinach puffs, mini muffins, zucchini bread, and white chocolate dipped pretzels! yeah. yum.

how cute is this? mini cinnamon rolls, mini bagels with smoked salmon, mini yogurt parfaits, mini donut holes, mini quiches, mini spinach puffs, mini muffins, zucchini bread, and white chocolate dipped pretzels! yeah. yum.

we strung little baby clothes with little clothes pins for window decoration! how adorable!

we strung little baby clothes with little clothes pins for window decoration! how adorable!

understated and adorable fireplace decor.

understated and adorable fireplace decor.

we are officially adults

it’s finally happened. at 28 and 29 years of age, pauly and i have officially entered adulthood. this year we hosted our very first thanksgiving. we planned out the menu, contacted family on what to bring, bought the turkey, and then, just to keep things really real….we both got the flu.

yep.

Nine people staying at our house, 15 coming for thanksgiving lunch, and that’s when mother nature ( i like to blame her during hard times..) decided to play a cruel joke on the plergs. she’s such a b*&%@.

and so…just like that….all hopes and dreams of feeling like a true adult were out the window and i cried for my mommy… who thankfully was just down the hall, and she, along with my aunts and mother in law took the reigns and made it a great day. thank. you. GOD. for family.

i will never forgot this first thanksgiving in our new house…..for all sorts of reasons….. but we got better quick, and still managed to have an awesome time with everyone. we have so SO much to be thankful for.

i didn’t get too many pictures due to feeling under the weather, but here’s a peek at how it went!

grandma grace and our cousin jillayne. two of my favs.

grandma grace and our cousin jillayne. two of my favs.

finally a kitchen where we all fit!

finally a kitchen where we all fit!

the spread! and this was just the appetizer table!

the spread! and this was just the appetizer table!

friday my cousins, aunt, and i went to macy's 8th floor winter wonderland! it was magical.

friday my cousins, aunt, and i went to macy’s 8th floor winter wonderland! it was magical.

and then we turned all the amazing leftovers into thanksgiving pizza. yeah. it was a good idea.

and then we turned all the amazing leftovers into thanksgiving pizza. yeah. it was a good idea.

sissiebear’s birthday!

today is the day! my sissiebear’s birthday!! back when emma was little, she used to say her birthday was “toe-vember 9th” and we still call it that to this day. she was the CUTEST GIRL EVER. (proof in the pictures)

AND, she has GRACIOUSLY volunteered to be here for her birthday and help us move! who does that?! the best sissie in the world, that’s who.

so, thank you emma, for being the best sister i could ever hope for! you bless me every day and i don’t know what i would do without you in life. you are the funniest person i know, you totally get me, even through text messages, and i love that we just know what the other person is thinking, pretty much instantly. i love you so much and am so excited for this next year ahead for you! big things in store!!

i hope i was a good big brother to you growing up.

i hope i was a good big brother to you growing up. haha!

have. you. ever. seen. a. kid. cuter?!!?!! (she's the one in the glasses. although all 3 are adorable.)

have. you. ever. seen. a. kid. cuter?!!?!! (she’s the one in the glasses. although all 3 are adorable.)

cutest little sweeties smoochies ever!

love birds.

happy happy birthday sissiebear! i love you!!!!

if you build it, they will come

first off, lets all just take a moment to agree on the fact that ‘field of dreams’ is one of the best movies of all time. okay? great.

last weekend pauly and i traveled to fargo (endearingly referred to in the plerg household as ‘f-town’) to help his parents with some projects around the house. pauly was very excited to stretch his workshop muscles and build something with his own two hands. i was excited to have pauly’s mom cook amazing food for us, watch movies, and not change out of my pajamas all weekend. we both got what we wanted.

so thank you al and terinne for a great weekend of relaxation and workshopping. we loved it!

lights, camera, power saw!

lights, camera, power saw!

safety first.

safety first.

they're smiling because no one has lost any fingers.

they’re smiling because no one has lost any fingers.

hard at work.

hard at work.

don't be fooled. he's only sharpening a pencil.

don’t be fooled. he’s only sharpening a pencil.

this is what i did all weekend.

this is what i did all weekend. eating, fyi..not making..

putting the finishing touches on the entry way

putting the finishing touches on the entry way


ta-da! well done, men. well. done.

ta-da! well done, men. well. done.

new york invades!

this last week our cousins (well really paul’s cousin and her husband and their children….. but it’s easier to just write ‘our cousins’……well…easier until i started explaining all this….*sigh….) visited from new york! *i always get the pace picante salsa commercial line: NEW YORK CITY?! in my head anytime anyone says ‘new york city’. (NEW YORK CITY?! see…)

anyway, jeff, erin, madison, and griffin made their way to ‘our neck of the woods’ (tagline courtesy of al roker..who is a weatherman where?? that’s right! new york city! (NEW YORK CITY?!) wow. anyway.

it’s been so much fun hangin’ with them. and mr. cooper. (a tv show that was not set in NYC. btw…too much sugar today folks! can you tell??!!! .)

bottom line: we love it when they come to visit and wish they would visit more often move here.

paul, jeff, and i all have birthdays in july! so we (cough cough: I) decided we should all celebrate together! so we (cough cough: I) bought a cake!

paul, jeff, and i all have birthdays in july! so we (cough cough: I) decided we should all celebrate together! so we (cough cough: I) bought a cake!

theeee most delish cake from yum bakery. this is the 'patty cake' and it's chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. BUT it's also ridiculous. i don't know how they do it, but man oh man, this cake takes the cake. ba-dum-ching!

theeee most delish cake from yum bakery. this is the ‘patty cake’ and it’s chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. BUT it’s also ridiculous. i don’t know how they do it, but man oh man, this cake takes the cake. ba-dum-ching!

YUM!

YUM! and how cute is it that they box your cake up like this?? i felt so fancy.

we had a dump dinner to celebrate the new york arrival! corn, sausage, shrimp, potatoes, and pea pods, all boiled together with seasoning and then dumped out and consumed! so fun! so yummy!

we had a dump dinner to celebrate the new york arrival! corn, sausage, shrimp, potatoes, and pea pods, all boiled together with seasoning and then dumped out and consumed! so fun! so yummy!

we took the madison and griffin to the como zoo here in STP and it was a blast! no fear for this girl!

we took madison and griffin to the como zoo here in STP and it was a blast! no fear for this girl!

the boy's first time on the tea cups! he loved it! at six he has already accomplished more than i have in 28 years...

the boy’s first time on the tea cups! he loved it! at six months he has already accomplished more than i have in 28 years…

gammie and maddie here a little....how shall we say...less enthused by the cups....

gammie and maddie here a little….how shall we say…’less enthused’ by the cups….

i mean....pigtails blowing in the wind...bright cherry red race car....with maddie's namesake....what could be cuter?! nothing.

i mean….pigtails blowing in the wind…bright cherry red race car….with maddie’s namesake….what could be cuter?! nothing.

checking her blind spots..

checking her blind spots..

checking out the gorillas! how cute is this pic of daddy and maddie?

checking out the gorillas! how cute is this pic of daddy and maddie?

too cute!

too cute!

cutest fireman ever!

cutest fireman ever!

gammie and papa time in the grass! big boy was standing on his own!

gammie and papa time in the grass! big boy was standing on his own!

this carousel was beautiful! i think it's like 100 years old and all hand carved. and it's run by some sweet elderly people who ride every ride and help kiddos and generally enforce carousel law. they were adorable. and all wore earplugs. safety first.

this carousel was beautiful! i think it’s like 100 years old and all hand carved. and it’s run by some sweet elderly people who ride every ride and help kiddos find the perfect horse, and generally enforce carousel law. they were adorable. and all wore earplugs. safety first.

this is the sign of a great day at the zoo......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

this is the sign of a great day at the zoo……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

and what trip would be complete without a scoop or 2 at izzy's ice cream?! notice how i didn't specify 'zoo' trip. any trip. grocery, mailing letters...it all needs to end with izzy's.

and what trip would be complete without a scoop or 2 at izzy’s ice cream?! *notice how i didn’t specify ‘zoo’ trip. any trip. grocery, mailing letters, jury duty…it all needs to end with izzy’s.

back at home maddie had an electric car. every few minutes she would stop, answering the phone and EVERY time say "hello? how are you? i'm good. okay bu-bye." and once added "okay, bu-bye...yeah..i'm driving!" hahaah!

back at home maddie had an electric car… every few minutes she would stop, answer the phone and EVERY time say “hello? how are you? i’m good. okay bu-bye.” and once added “okay, bu-bye…yeah..i’m driving!” hahaah!

bath time princess....and madison :)

bath time princess….and madison :)

auntie jillayne and griff...who's sliding into second.... haha!

auntie jillayne and griff…who’s sliding into second…. haha!

they say it’s my birthday! na na na na na na na!

well……they SAID it’s my birthday…….cuz it was on sunday! i love my birthday, and since it’s my blog i thought myself VERY deserving of a post! (lol…sorry pauly… ;) ) just like…..almost a week late….

i have been meaning to write something meaningful and thought-provoking regarding this blessed event, but….alas….i am lazy…in my old age…..(truth moment: i am going to ride the “ooooo….sorry……i can’t …….i’m old now” train until the wheels fall off…)

so! i did SO SO many fun things and i am just going to show you all the pics to prove it!  (oh! and my aunt and uncle came down for a wedding,  to celebrate my birthday and treated pauly and i to birthday brunch at hell’s kitchen! i, of course, didn’t take any pictures…..dangnabit! ) also, as you will see…most (read: all) of my pics involve me eating food…….

mi and mi madre! she came to celebrate with me :) we had a BLAST! i love her. so. D. much.

mi and mi madre! she came to celebrate with me :) we had a BLAST! i love her. so. D. much.

we ate at the heartland. it was.....ugh.....ri-dic.

we ate at the heartland. it was…..ugh…..ri-dic.

the next night, my mom watched ashur and tyson so summer and cory and plergs could have a date night! we ate at mill valley kitchen....i CANNOT tell you how good the food was! it's my new fav place..and that's saying something!

the next night, my mom watched ashur and tyson so summer and cory and plergs could have a date night! we ate at mill valley kitchen.…i CANNOT tell you how good the food was! it’s my new fav place..and that’s saying something! the food is all fresh, organic, and everything is house made. no fillers, no added sugars, flours… it’s the kind of food that makes you feel good while you are eating it, and when you are done. delightful..

 

awww...smoochy, smoochy! this is right after i shouted "take it quick!" no offense, pab... ;)

awww…smoochy, smoochy! this is right after i shouted “take it quick!” no offense, pab… ;)

 

summ and i getting ready for our pic....gotta check those teeth!

summ and i getting ready for our pic….gotta check those teeth!

she is one of my biggest supporters in life. don't know what i would do without her. love you summ!

she is one of my biggest supporters in life. don’t know what i would do without her. love you summ!

mill valley kitchen dessert! um...what?!!! this brownie was AMAZING. gooey on the inside, perfectly baked crust...to. die. for.

mill valley kitchen dessert! um…what?!!! this brownie was AMAZING. gooey on the inside, perfectly baked crust…to. die. for. and a cute little thing of milk to boot! 

bros before hoe's.....oh wait....

bros before hoe’s…..oh wait….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

k-i-e-m-e-l-e

i cannot tell you how many times growing up i had to spell, respell, pronounce (and then eventually give up), telling people my last name. for the record, it’s pronounced kim-uh-lee. it’s german…

anyway, it was so strange after i got married to not be known as “leah kiemele” anymore…..and it’s weird now to see it together…..hmmm…… just a little random pre-thought there for ya…..

 

SO. on tuesday paul and i met my 2 aunts, deb and kathy, as well as my cousin skyla for dinner at the cheesecake factory, while they were passing through town. this is family on my dad’s side, the kiemele side, hence the random aforethought, and it was SO fun to see them! it had been about a year since we saw them last, at my sister’s wedding, and i’ve said this before, this is what i love about family: it’s like no time goes by. we can just pick up and fill each other in on life so easily–i love it. we laughed and talked and ate DELISH food and, of course, cheesecake, and just had the best time.

more random thoughts: my aunt kathy calls me ‘birdie’. it started because my dad is a HUGE celtics fan and LOVES larry bird (as we all do now..i mean, who doesn’t!?) and started calling me ‘leah bird’ which then morphed into ‘birdie’ and it has stuck with my aunt kathy ever since. i LOVE it. it’s hard to turn ‘leah’ into a nickname and i love that this one has stuck… it reminds me of growing up and how much fun i had with my aunts and uncles, and how much they love me and i love them. such a sweet thing for me….

here are the pics from that night! happy thursday everyone!

the kiemele girls! although, only deb is still technically a kiemele by name. we all are by heart though.

(some of) the kiemele girls! although, only deb is still technically a kiemele by name. we all are by heart though!

plergs at the cheesecake factory!

plergs at the cheesecake factory!

me and skyla! how beautiful is she?! and a great personality to boot! love you sky!

me and skyla! how beautiful is she?! and an adorable, fun personality to boot! love you sky!

pauly and sky...too cool for school!

pauly and sky…too cool for school!

we loved spending time with you guys!

we loved spending time with you guys!

july 4th weekend!

this past weekend my in laws, AKA pauly’s parentals, came to visit for the holiday! it was really fun to have them stay with us, and we love any excuse to all hang out!

we did it all too! twins game! fireworks! trying new restaurants! plus they helped us a lot with ‘new house stuff’ such as narrowing down exterior paint colors, measuring rooms for furniture, shopping for furniture…..

okay….on that note…..can i take a small aside? thanks.  so i know that this is a super-fun-building-our-home-probably-never-going-to-get-to-do-this-again moment we are having over the past few months, but……honestly…..sometimes i feel like: “there have GOT to be better uses of my brain power than debating the durability of oil rubbed bronze door knobs vs. brushed nickel…..” i am trying to enjoy every step, but i won’t miss some aspects of this process. NOT that i am not grateful to have it, but…you know…it feels a little shallow at times…..

okay, so back on track. bergs were here and we loved it. and i pictures to prove it :)

pauly's padre procured us some posh peering for the twins game. boom.

pauly’s padre procured us some posh peering for the twins game. boom.

twins game! i have to admit..i am LOVING how small my noggin looks next to pauly's in the pic.....

twins game! i have to admit..i am LOVING how small my noggin looks next to pauly’s in the pic…..

his dad also got us passes to the legend club! it was SA-WEET!

his dad also got us passes to the metropolitan club! it was SA-WEET!

in celebration of pauly's upcoming bday (wednesday!!) we celebrated with the whole fam (aunt, uncle, cousin + us) at an INCREDIBLE seafood place called 'sea salt' it's right by minnehaha falls here in the cities and it's beautiful and yummy and *sigh....heavenly.....i love food. here's what we ordered....didn't want to miss a thing on the menu and it doesn't look like we did!

in celebration of pauly’s upcoming bday (wednesday!!) we celebrated with the whole fam (aunt, uncle, cousin + us) at an INCREDIBLE seafood place called ‘sea salt eatery‘ it’s right by minnehaha falls here in the cities and it’s beautiful and yummy and *sigh….heavenly…..i love food. here’s what we ordered….didn’t want to miss a thing on the menu and it doesn’t look like we did!

shrimp po'boy sammie....amazing. just...amazing....

shrimp po’boy sammie….amazing. just…amazing….juicy and tender and fresh….i’m literally salivating…

the crab cakes..i would go back just for these....

the crab cakes..i would go back just for these….

cheers to 29 glorious years for pauly wally!

cheers to 29 glorious years for pauly wally!

birthday boy enjoying the fish tacos!

birthday boy enjoying the fish tacos!

afterward we took some family pics by the falls. here are the women!

afterward we took some family pics by the falls. here are the women!

and the men! can you tell they are related? (paul, his dad, and his uncle (dad's bro)..

and the men! can you tell they are related? (paul, his dad, and his uncle (dad’s bro)..

4 of the six of us! just missing kyle and meredee! also..it was like 180 outside...

4 of the six of us! just missing kyle and meredee! also..it was like 180 outside…

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cousins!

cousins!

overlooking the falls...it was amazing! paul's mom said she wishes you could bottle up that sound and play it in your backyard..so true! it's so relaxing!

overlooking the falls…it was amazing! paul’s mom said she wishes you could bottle up that sound and play it in your backyard..so true! it’s so relaxing!

two wrights don’t make…..us parents??

it took me a sec to remember how this saying goes…initial contenders:

“two rights don’t make…..a wrong….. no that seems too obvious….”

“a wrong and a right…don’t make……no, do…make…..”

” a bird in your foot…..is worth…..two….ugh…..PAUL!!”

again, i am opting for the witty title here….this week we have the awesome (and kinda intimidating) task of watching our friends kids, ashur and tyson, for 4 nights! i feel like this is the trial run at parenting for us…fingers crossed, people. honestly, it’s been super fun. i love that we get this time with them and it will always be such a sweet memory for us. i’m sure they won’t remember any of it.

PS. …….and by ‘we’ in the above statement, i of course mean, i instantly called my mom and she drove down to help me. what a gal. really. there is really no one better equipped to raise children in life than my mom. i mean, look how great me and sissiebear turned out….that ain’t no accident.

our days have been full! so far we have played outside, swam (swum…i know it’s not swimmed…i think….) at a splash pad, shopped costco, and tried to take a few naps….mostly we are running on chocolate and mcdonald’s coffee…., and laughed at all the adorable things the boys say and do at this age! i’ll try to get pauly to help me post some videos too….

 

this parenting thing is legit, people. i love these boys with all my heart, but they are kicking my butt :)

not really….just sometimes…. :)

off to have some more fun! stay tuned!

undies, cereal, and veggie tales. what a great start to a day!

undies, cereal, and veggie tales. what a great start to a day!

boys at breakfast. this is the before....

boys at breakfast. this is the before….

....aaaaaand this is the after.....i guess he was done eating.

….aaaaaand this is the after…..i guess he was done eating.

we love to take selfies!

we love to take selfies!

tyson's over it.

tyson’s over it.

oh....this was at...oh....10:15.....2 hours into bed time.... just chillin'......

oh….this was at…oh….10:15…..2 hours into bed time…. just chillin’……