Lisenby Week In Review

Hello All!  I hope you are doing great!  Last week flew past me and here I am realizing I haven’t checked in.  My apologies the kids had spring break last week.  Needless to say it was an eventful week!  Since we weren’t able head on our trip to Florida I decided we needed to do some day trips throughout the week.  The weather was not Florida and it rained most of the week but we did see some sunshine.  The Easter bunny stopped by too since we last talked.  Let’s start there…

As I planned for Easter I had S daily sharing items that were on her “list” and then I had K who has just taken to “the list” but still rarely shares anything he would like.  S’s list is enough for four of them so I think he just thinks she has him covered!  Reminding her Easter isn’t Christmas and many times you get a basket with a few eggs filled with candy. She ignored these warnings!  She IS my daughter!  Anyway, I decided I would do my best to work my magic and have a fun, budget friendly holiday.  So off to Goodwill I went…yes that’s right Goodwill!  I have found our Goodwill has a plethora of toys, furniture, and clothing many times with tags on them!  I have went to others and have yet to find one so great!  Anyway, I ended up getting S two Littlest Pet Shop houses with four new pets in brand new condition.  I mention clothing with tags as I didn’t get any new clothes for Easter but I did however get almost her entire wardrobe for our vacation there and all had tags on them.  I bought K Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle van with two guys there as well.  For K’s birthday I had over bought by a few items so I had these that I used for Easter.  I also bought them each a few ugly puppies and shopkins to go in their actual basket.  As far as candy goes they each got an Easter gum and cute container of smarties.  So to the reason I’m telling you all this!  I am ecstatic to report that in total I spent $18 on S and $20 on K.  You heard that correct $20 and under on a holiday!  I thought this was pretty darn good!  S and K were very satisfied with what the bunny hopped in with and that’s what matters.  “The List” seemed to go out the window as I didn’t hear anything about what they didn’t get only how happy they were with what they did.  I hope you and yours had a great day as well!

On to Spring Break it is!  When we decided going on vacation wasn’t going to happen I called my mom and asked if she wanted to go on some day trips with the kids and I.  She was in as dad is patching and painting the entire upstairs of their house.  Always best to find something out of the house when dad is painting!  First on the agenda was going to a zoo!  We are fortunate that an hour away we have a free zoo.  It’s a smaller zoo but it is absolutely perfect when you have younger kids.  We went two years ago and knew they had added an arctic exhibit so we knew there would something we hadn’t seen.  We arrived and the kids didn’t even remember going there before so it was perfect!  I will say when we arrived everyone else had the same idea as we had to park three blocks away.  But the day was truly the most beautiful day of the week so a little walk was just fine.  Again, it’s FREE!  I had our packed cooler as they have areas you can eat your own or buy theirs.  Again, another win in my book!  After the zoo we have made it tradition to go to a very cool, eclectic ice cream shoppe!  They have a carousel ride that the kids love!


We also made our way to a museum in Milwaukee called the Betty Brinn Museum.  It’s a great place for kids.  We took the kids there a few years ago but again they had no memory. It was crummy outside so it was the perfect day to do something indoors.  You here too can bring your own lunch!  Admission was nothing too crazy either at $8 each.  The place was crazy busy but there are so many areas including a grocery store (Lisenby Favorite), post office, pizza parlor, auto body shop, & construction site to name a few.  My only recommendation is if you bring your stroller plan to park it by the coat racks.  I had mine as it had our cooler and coats in it.  If you can get away without I recommend doing so.  As initially I started to go in with it and thought I was going to have an anxiety attack with the swarm of people I was going to try and push through.  Other than this which is no fault of the museum heck to me it means they are doing something right.  As it was just as busy when we went a few years ago not during spring break!  They have really thought of everything here and I could tell they had added a few things for the older kids to do like a news station where you can go in front of the green screen and broadcast and someone video’s as well as some cool coaster style game where the kids have to get the coaster from point A to B.  I thought this was great as so many families have older siblings!  If you have an opportunity I definitely recommend taking the kiddos here!

Lastly we went to our local gymnastics center for open gym.  Again, not a crazy expensive event at $5 per child.  S is so excited as she starts tumbling in two weeks so this was perfect for her.  K on the other hand quietly asked me “mom do boys do this?”  I said “yes!” he was then all about it!  What kid doesn’t love springing into a pit of foam blocks or swinging by a rope?!  Or bouncing on an in ground trampoline and balancing on a beam?!  We had a lot of fun…I had to sneak in a few bounces I must admit!!

So there you have it the Lisenby Spring Break at home!  We had a great week together!  I hope you and my family followers had a great break wherever you were and whatever you did!  We will talk soon as I have recipes and cakes I created to share!!! Until then Cheers!



Hello Everyone! Not sure if this is your kids, neighbors kids, nieces or nephews spring break week but it is for us! So far its been a beautiful week whether wise! It’s been in the 50’s/60’s all week. The only negative was earlier in the week MUD! Of course today we woke up to having been dumped on again by rain early this morning. But that’s ok we are going to get out and do something fun!
So far this week we have done ALOT of yard work. That little dozer K got for his birthday has come in pretty handy for having him haul the remnants of my cleaned up gardens! He loves to help or rather he loves to do work! S does as well helping me pull “weeds” which as we know aren’t out now but as long as she isn’t pulling my flowers out she can pull her heart away!

Joe has begun his changes to the yard this week as well.  We removed the previous owners swing set two years ago and we managed without last summer but this year with the kids getting a bit older it would be nice to have something here to keep us busy!   So we have ordered a new swing set.  With this being said we decided to remove our two apple tree’s along the fence line.  Normally I would be super bummed but these two were not producing apples that I could use to bake and the for a snack the production was far and few between.  I think the location of these two was just not good.  So we took both of these down and we put in some shrubs.  Our neighbors came over and said “Wow, how long will we get to have you guys as neighbors?”  As people think we have our own little compound over here.  As Joe says he just doesn’t like neighbors in his business.  If he wants you over he will invite you! LOL!  Plus, I agree when the pool goes in I don’t want neighbors able to see into my yard.  So call it what you want at the end of the day we like privacy.  The kids enjoyed helping dad out too!


We also cut down a dead tree on the opposite side of the yard…well Joe did I enjoyed watching from inside!  After we had a fire with the kids.  They thought we were camping out!  We let them have dinner out sitting on a log while they watched the fire and then they were off on adventures around Joe’s shop as there are so many places to climb and look for bugs, etc.


We went to lunch one afternoon with their great-uncle and my cousin (who is two) to Culver’s then after went over to the Tractor Supply shop as it’s baby chick, duck season!  The best free entertainment and they are so sweet to the kids there telling them about the babies!  I almost got myself sucked in to taking a few home!  I would love to have a few for egg purposes but we have a friend who has five hundred and he has been very generous in sharing with us; so I think I should maybe leave this to him!

Our last task for the week was getting the pond back in order.  This is really a process but it went rather smoothly.  Joe’s friend stopped over and helped which was great as then I could simply watch!!  Removing the fish was fun as our original Koi spawned last season which we thought was surprising as we had just got them last July.  I knew for sure we had a total of ten including babies.  So we started to empty the water and prepare the kiddie pool for them to live in while we got the pond cleaned for them. They will stay in the kiddie pool for roughly four days during this process.  As we transported them S counted and named each new one Joe took out!  We were at eight and the water was getting light when we then found two more.  Joe continued to skim and Joe found three more…THEN two more!  I had no idea we had this many and clearly Joe didn’t either!  Our Koi must have had many long weekends last year during season!  I’m so happy they all made it through the winter.  If you read my post from last year when Joe built the pond it was a self-taught project.  So all we have done with our pond has been learned from talking to the Koi pond we got our Koi from, online research, as well as talking to our local landscape yards!  The amount of algae and leaves in the pond was incredible!  Lesson learned we will purchase a net for this upcoming fall.  For now we have it cleaned and the falls are back up and running great!  The Koi will return to their sanctuary on Monday!



Last, I have realized I have failed to mention our newest addition to our home!  We have brought home a new puppy!  His name is DUKE!  He is a blue German Shepherd he is now seventeen weeks old and so far been a great addition to our home.  Nala our just two-year old shepherd cares for him like her child and argues with him like an annoying little brother so it’s working out great!  wpid-img953671.jpgwpid-img_20150326_160803.jpg


Today looks like it is going to be another beautiful day!  I wish you all a wonderful Easter and look forward to connecting soon!