Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Day at the Cabin

Continuing on with our vacation, we drove up to the family cabin  for the day on Sunday, August 21st. My Dad bought the land in a small town called Townsend in northern Wisconsin thirty odd years ago and it has been a continuous work in progress since. Growing up we spent many weekends up there, so driving through the town and down the gravel road sent a wave of memories over me and it felt fantastic being back up there with my girls. I knew they would love having all the space to run and explore, but they seemed to have even more fun than I could ever imagine.

 Lillian quickly found the baseball bats and balls and started playing.
 Of course, once they spotted the swing set, that is where they wanted to be the rest of the day. They wanted to be pushed, push each other, and fought over who gets which swing, but in the end, it really didn't matter, as long as they had someone to swing with.

                                     



We took a few walks down the road to see the lake. They loved being able to run down the road and not have to hold a hand. Our cabin is at the end of a gravel road with very little traffic coming down. Of course, we were still always close by, but they loved the freedom.



They walked aroud the land picking blackberries with Grandma Sandy. A few made it into the bowl, but most of them went straight into their mouths.



We (Dad) grilled a simple, but delicious lunch of corn on the cob and hot dogs. We would have had freshly picked blackberries, but two little girls ate them all. 

 The thing is, you cannot head up to the cabin and not make smores, so we did. This was the girls first taste of smores and they each had their own opinion while eating them. Lillian loved every second of them. Claire enjoyed them, but was not a fan of the sticky mashmellow on her fingers and didn't want to finish it because of that.

                                     

 After lunch we took another walk down to the lake before we started our drive back home.

                                    


 We did have to make one more stop on the way home at the candy store. After walking through the shop, we let each of the girls pick a safety pop and Josh and I shared a milk shake. Don't worry, the girls had a fews sips as well.

I have so many memories of being up there when I was younger and I can only hope the girls will be able to have some as well with future trips in the coming years.

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.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Vacation

We just returned home Sunday night from our 10 day trip to Wisconsin to visit my family. Right now I am trying to play catch up with life since being gone for so long really takes a hit on it. Also, it doesn't help that Josh flew out first thing this morning for some work related training and will be gone all well. I will try to start vacation posts tomorrow. For now, here is a photo from our first day of the trip while we stopped for a rest at an Iowa welcome center. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rocking

Just a few quick photos since it has been so long even though these are a few weeks old. Lillian is on the left and Claire is on the right. Right after I clicked the second photo Claire flipped her horse backwards from rocking so hard.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Giggle, Giggle, Splash

Bath time is always such a mess, but they have so much fun which makes it worth it. 





Friday, August 12, 2011

Potty Training Update

It has been almost two months since I stopped putting the girls in diapers during the day and overall they are doing really well. Most days we are accident free all day, but they have their days where they are stubborn little ladies and would rather stand there with a smile on their faces while they pee on the floor, instead of telling me when they need to go.
Claire does really well with bladder control and holding it while out and about, but Lillian just does not care. For most trips we still put them in Pull Ups if we are out of the house for any length of time, but we are trying to get better about that. However, even when we play in the yard and have a potty chair close by, Lillian will still have accidents, yet Claire will hold it for however long we are out there. I know they will both get there with time and patience, but some days are easier to remember that than others.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Baking with Grandma

I am still trying to find the time to catch up with my posts. Life is so crazy busy in our house right now and I have very little time to get the long list of things done that I need to. Sadly, the blog is taking the biggest hit.

Just over two weeks ago, Grandma Pattie came over to the house for the day to hang out with the girls while Josh and I went to run errands and go on a lunch date. While at the house, the girls were able to make a mess and bake special monkey cupcakes. They were so excited to make them.

They helped pour and mix. Of course, they even had to do some taste testing for quality checks.


 After they baked, they did not want to wait for them to cool before they decorated them. Grandma brought over all the fixings and the girls had a blast as they made a mess and got creative. Again, it is very important to taste test as you go. Claire was pretty patient and waited until she was all finished decorating before diving in and eating her cupcake. Lillian, on the other hand, ate as she went and just kept piling on more.








They made a mess, they needed a change of clothes, they had a sugar high, but they had so much fun and that is what makes the memory special and one to hold onto for many years to come.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Welcome to our Home

I would like to welcome band aids into our home. After two and a half years, the girls have finally been introduced to those magical sticky things that take all the boo boos away.
Sure, they have had them before, but they were always when they received vaccinations at the doctors office, never at home. Also, they have not had any shots since last fall when they received their flu shots, so they don't really remember getting them since they were still pretty young. About two weeks ago, I made the mistake of putting one on a bug bite Claire had been scratching nonstop on the back of her neck. The thing would never have the chance to heal with the way she picked at it. I pulled out some fun character band aids and let her pick one out. Claire went with Elmo. Lillian of course insisted she needed one was well and wanted hers on the back of her neck just like Claire, she picked out Nemo. I went with it because it was not worth her throwing a fit over.
Now whenever they have any sort of mark on them, even if it is just a indention on their skin from their clothes, they want a band aid. We, of course, don't give in for everything, just when there is an actual scrape or marking. Alright, I lied. There have been a few times we have given them a band aid to put on a bruise or just because, but not nearly as often as they ask for them.
It's funny though, they always need to have them in the same place. If Claire has one on her knee, then Lillian needs one on her knee as well. Same goes when Lillian has one on her arm or wherever. You get the picture. They always want to be just like their sister.

 Yup, those are Transformers on their knees.
 Band aids are a fix all, even when there is nothing wrong.