Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First Few Days

I shared this photo yesterday from our first day of our vacation to Wisconsin. We stopped just in Iowa, just past the Missouri boarder for a quick bathroom and leg stretch break at a welcome center. The girls were immediately drawn to these giant cows. They ran to each of them and banged on them like giant drums over and over. They especially liked the baby cow. Not even 10 minutes after getting on the road again it started storming really bad. The girls were very concerned about the cows stuck in the rain and said over and over, "oh no, baby cow getting wet." We told them the cows were dirty and were taking a shower in the rain. They seemed satisfied with that answer and moved on.
That night, Thursday, we stayed at a half way point in a hotel Iowa City. The last 30 minutes of the drive were tough since it was past bedtime and they were getting tired of being in the car since we were on closing in on the fifth hour. To get them excited, we told them in hotels you can jump on the bed and they get to sleep in their tents with their special blankets they picked for vacation. The night before we left, I let them both pick out which blanket they wanted to take with on the trip and they were upset they didn't get them that night, but were excited when I mentioned them again in the car.


Friday morning after breakfast, we packed up and contined on our journey north. We were making great time and came up with a few errands we were going to run when getting into town, but of course we hit traffic the last hour of the drive and it was a huge set back. Oh well, we survived.

When we finally arrived in Green Bay, we unpacked, stretched, then Josh, Dad, Sandy and myself got back in the car, left the girls with a babysitter and went to the Packer game. The last game I attended was at the end of December and freezing cold, far different than the 80 degree temps we had that night. The energy in Green Bay on a game day is amazing. Walking to the stadium, people are so pumped and ready for some good footbal, you can't help but smile and soak in all the excitement. I love it!

Saturday, August 20th, was Josh and my 6 year wedding anniversary.  Josh and I ran to pick up a few items at the grocery store while Dad and Sandy took the girls to the park. They were still there after we got back and unloaded our few items, so Josh and I walked up to meet them and the girls were full of smiles and giggles, they were having a blast.


 The girls were beat after a busy morning of playing hard, but after their nap they were ready to play again. Josh and I took the girls outside and they explored every nook and cranny of Grandma and Grandpa's backyard. They really wanted to touch the fish in the little pond, but I put an end to that one.

Josh and I on our annivesary.
They climbed on the bench tucked away in the garden.
And checked out the bird feeder, hoping to find a bird.
Grandma and Grandpa spent the evening hanging out with the girls while Josh and I were able to go out to celebrate. The girls went absolutly nuts over the bikes and wanted to ride them nonstop. Lillian loved the scooter and Claire enjoyed the bike with training wheels. They did a great job taking turns, but they still had a favorite picked out.

The weather was perfect up there. I always forget how much I love Wisconsin summers, perfect mid to upper 70's during the day and drops a bit when the sun goes down to a comfortable mid-60's. I will add more vacation photos and updates in the coming days. We were gone for 10 days and had a lot happen, so be prepared. I uploaded more than 400 photos off my camera from our trip, it is difficult to narrow them down to just a select few when there is so much to tell and share.

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