End of Summer Picnic for Two + A Life Check-in

End of Summer Picnic for Two + A Life Check-in


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Hey, hey! How was your Labor Day weekend? Was it a weather washout like it was for us? While I normally enjoy seeking out fun family things to do on the weekends, we kept this one super low-key and mostly in our pjs. And I have no complaints about it! Hardcore rest and no agenda was exactly what our little family needed.

The one thing Pete and I DID manage to sneak in on Friday night was a quick little picnic to send off summer, although I’m absolutely positive that the crickets and flies ate more than we did! Ha!


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After a stressful spring with Pete’s open heart surgery and Diabetes diagnosis, I have greatly appreciated a more steady and laid-back summer schedule like no other one since becoming a mother. I really made an effort to put some things on the back burner and just enjoy being with our boys, although the introduction of Fortnite in our house effectively killed those last few weeks of it if I’m honest. Ha!


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For those of you who kept my husband and our family in your prayers earlier in the year with his heart health journey, I thought it was time to do a little life update on him!

As my husband always does when he sets his mind to something, Pete has made a complete health and body transformation. I can 100% say that this is the healthiest I’ve ever seen him in the twenty years we’ve been together. I was looking through some photos yesterday of the day our oldest was born and I audibly said, “WOW!” out loud when I saw Pete in the photos(not to mention myself, but that’s another story! Ha!). Guys, he is in such a better place, health-wise now than that day nearly twelve years ago.


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After having a quintuple bypass heart surgery, we obviously had A LOT of changes to make to our family diet and eating routines. Fish and chicken are pretty much the only meats he can eat now and some days it feels nearly impossible to cook something a little “different” than the standard grilled chicken and broccoli. Combine a picky eater like Pete with both a heart and diabetes approved diet and it’s enough to send me to the loony bin some nights. Ha! But, we are adjusting and eating out a whole lot less these days as well.


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All of his levels and blood sugar numbers have been fantastic and I’m truly thankful and proud that I have such a self-motivated husband who does what he needs to do to remain healthy and here for our boys and me. I’ve heard horror stories of people who continue to eat the same way they had prior to open heart surgery and it blows my mind. After seeing the surgery journey from beginning to end, I cannot wrap my brain around that scenario.


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So, that’s it!

We are all happy, healthy and doing well here on our end. Thank you again for following along on this journey with us and through all my anxious and panic attack filled moments as well. I recently made some health changes myself and I feel like I ACTUALLY want to be with people again! It was kinda touch and go for a while there, guys! Ha!

Upward and onward!


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(Photography by Alyssa Fisher Photo)

On me: White dress || Shoes || Scarf

On him: Shirt || Similar Shorts || Shoes



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