Sunday, September 25, 2011

Go Pack Go!

This would be a really cute photo if I didn't look like a gomer.
 Claire
Lillian 


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bubbles!

I think the warm days are already behind us and the cold days are here to stay. These pictures are probably two weeks old, but again, I am slowly trying to catch up on uploading everything.






This weekend started off great. Well, as good as it can be while raining and cool. Josh worked Saturday, so the girls and I played at home then made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. We had other plans, but the rain slowed us down and instead we headed back home. I cleaned out their closet, packed away some of their summer clothes and some items they have grown out of. Then the hard part started, I started taking tags off some clothes to wash and hang that are a 3T. Seriously, when did my babies turn into big girls?
After nap, we went out for pizza with Grandma Pattie and Grandpa Jim then back to their house to play. We arrived back home shortly after 7:30pm and Lillian complained her belly hurt. I figured it was because both the girls have not had much interest in eating this past week or because she hadn't pooped all day. I was wrong. Lillian and I were snuggling on the couch and she threw up all over me, herself and the floor. We rushed to the bathroom and on the way, she managed to vomit in the hall and again as we walked through the bathroom door. My poor girl.
Claire was so worried about Lillian. She ran frantically around the house trying to help in any way possible. She ran to get paper towels, alert Josh of the vomit and kept checking on Lillian. After we got Lillian cleaned up, I went and changed my clothes. When I came back to Lillian she said, "sowwy mommy, I frew on you." Broke my heart she felt so bad for throwing up on me. We had a long night of vomits and she finally stopped after 10pm and we put the girls to bed.
Since I was finally able think of something other than my sick Lillian, I realized how much my stomach was hurting me. Josh and I went to bed soon after the girls, but I was unable to sleep. I ended up getting sick too and couldn't get comfortable all night, so no sleep for me. Luckily, Josh was able to call into work this morning, because the girls were up for the day at 4:30am. That is 4 hours before their normal wake up time. It was a long morning, but their was no more vomiting just a very tired family.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Little Mamas

I am not sure if I have posted about it before, but during the week I watch two little boys while staying home with the girls. Hudson, I had last school year, he started coming to the house when he was only 6 weeks old, now he is about to turn 14 months. Chase started spending his days with us last month, he is 4 months old today.
Lillian and Claire have been around little ones now since they were 19 months old, so really, as long as they can remember and then some. Because of that, they are always very sweet and gentle with babies. When there is a baby at the gym daycare they know not to touch, unlike the other kids their age, who stand around poking at the baby.
They love to be helpers at home with the younger ones. Sometimes it is helping and other times, well, they are not helping and causes extra work for me. That's alright though, because they are so proud of themselves when they have a hand on the bottle, put out toys, clean them up, or anything else they think is helpful.
There are also times, though, when the girls get upset when smaller hands grab at their toys, pull on their blankets, or are in their way.
Here are a couple pictures of Lillian's kitty and monkey she snuggled into the bouncer with her blanket. She then took the bottle I just finished feeding Chase and offered it to her animals.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Opposites

Last week Sunday Claire woke up not feeling well. Actually, she woke up about an hour earlier then she normally does, so that made for an extra fun morning. All she wanted to do was hold her Daddy and he was more than happy to do that.
 Lillian, on the other hand, was not sick. She didn't want to stop moving and nothing slowed her down. She went and ran errands with me and was a great little helper.

                                            
 
Claire woke up the next morning like nothing happened, you would never know she was sick by the way she ran around the park and never stopped talking.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Wedding!

As my final post about our vacation to Wisconsin, I will talk a little about my Mom's wedding. On August 27th we had a busy day. Last minute preparation and a lot of hustle and bustle as the final hours approached, but it in the end they said "I do" and everyone had a great time, so the day was a success.


Lillian is checking out the sparkles on Grandma's dress after getting zipped up.


 Since I did not want to deal with the possibility of potty accidents in the middle of the ceremony or really, at any point during that day, the girls were in Pull Ups once we left the house. Of course, right before we were supposed to start the ceremony, Lillian yells, "I have to potty!" So, things were stalled and both girls had a quick trip to the bathroom.


We bribed the girls with gummy bears to get them down the aisle and it worked like a charm. Before the ceremony began, I gave them each a gummy bear. Since I had to walk before them, I handed a few to my brother, Mark, to give the girls and my nephew, Coy, before they had their turn to walk since he was the last one to walk with my mom. We told them Josh would be waiting for them with more after they walked. Coy was not a fan of the idea of having to hold the girls hands and be in front of a large group of people, so he held Mark's hand. Claire was so excited to be a ballerina, that she took off when it was her turn and danced her way down the aisle to Josh waving the bag of gummy bears. Lillian wasn't sure what to do, so she walked holding Grandma's hand. Hey, they all made it to the end and that was the goal. I was standing in the front laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.



After the ceremony ended we took a few quick pictures before dinner was served.




Holly and I with Billy's girls, new sisters.


August 27th is also my bothers birthday, he turned 30 this year. Because of that, my mom had a small cake for him at the head table. Lillian and Claire spotted it and wanted birthday cake so badly. Forget the fact there was a large table full of cupcakes on the other side of the hall, this cake was colorful and they wanted it. They also, kept trying to blow out the candles at the tables.


Josh dipping Claire as they dance.


Claire and Auntie Holly.


Lillian and Coy checking out Andy's guitar. Andy and I graduated high school together and he and my brother have been very close friends for many many years. Andy sang as everyone walked down the aisle and also for the first dance. Mark will be the best man in Andy's wedding in just a couple weeks.



Mom and Billy


Mark and I


Josh and myself.


Siblings taking a birthday shot for Mark.

 
We had a great trip. It was wonderful being able to see everyone and not feel rushed taking a 10 day trip rather than a long weekend. Hopefully if everything works out, we will be heading north again for Thanksgiving. Thanks for bearing with me and how drawn out our trip posts have been, but I am finally on my way to being caught up, for now.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Heading South

Continuing with our trip, I am finally almost done, I swear. Wednesday, August 24th we headed from Green Bay south to Milwaukee. Our only set plans for the day was to stop and spend some time with my grandparents, but on the way I wanted to drive past the house I grew up in to see what changes have been made and let the girls play at the park I played at when I was young. So, we stopped in Whitefish Bay, but since the temperature was so hot that day, we didn't play for too long.
The playground has been completely redone a few years ago. It was really neat to walk along the path into the park and be able to recognize so many names on the bricks. There were families of former classmates, neighbors, and teachers. This really opened the floodgates of memories that came pouring back.
When we head back to Wisconsin we always travel to Green Bay to see my Dad and Union Grove to see my Mom. While I have always felt very welcome in both places, being back in Whitefish Bay really felt like going home to me. Funny thing is, it hasn't been my home for about 10 years now, but I just felt so at peace being there.
 Alright, moving on. After the park we went to visit my Grandma and Grandpa Z. It was wonderful being able to spend time actually being able to visit, since the last time we had seen them was at Christmas and there was a house full of people, so our time to catch up was really limited.
Lillian and Claire made sure to right away inspect every inch of the house and see what they could get into. They certainly kept me moving and I am sure my grandma slept soundly that night after chasing them around as well.
I told Josh before we even arrived, I really wanted to get a photo of my grandparents with the girls since the last photo I have of them together, Lillian and Claire were only 5 months old.  Here is the picture from May 2009.
Here is August 2001
 We spent roughly two hours over there that afternoon and went back the following day for another few hours. It is really important to me, the girls get to spend as much time with their Great Grandparents as possible and hopefully a few of these memories may stick as they grow older.

We finally made it down by my Mom's house to unload the car again for a few days. Legs were stretched, snacks were had and then we put the girls back in the car and took them swimming at my mom's new sister-in-laws house. They were so excited to get in the water and splash.

 Luckily, there were enough people already in the pool I didn't have put on my swimsuit and get in the water. It is so fun to see how much the girls have developed just over the past few summer months. Lillian was happily jumping off the side of the pool into the water (and someones arms). This is a huge step, since just a few months ago she held onto me with all her strength in the water. Claire wanted so badly to go down the slide by herself, but Josh and I were still a bit leery with this, maybe next time.
 Claire and Lillian were so mad when we told them we had to leave the pool and go back and cook dinner. They were blue in the lips and shivering, but they were trying to convince us they needed to swim more. Well, their sad stories didn't work, but they did have fun cooking dinner with Grandma Jessie when we got back to the house. They pulled their chairs up to the counter and watched as Grandma chopped potatoes, they even snuck a few bites of raw potatoes.
 The following morning we ran errands and went to see my grandparents again. That afternoon after the girls were in bed for naps, Josh and I snuck out (grandma was at the house) and met up with my brother, Mark, and his girlfriend, Jeannie, for some time on the lake. It was so nice being out on the water and having that time together. Mark and I not had time like that is many years, so it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

One more vacation post and then I will finally be caught up, well, sort of. Bear with me, my life is in a continuous state of crazy right now.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Final Days in Green Bay

We have had some internet issues lately, so I haven't had a chance to upload more photos from our trip. Finally it is working well enough that I don't have to worry about our internet shutting down half way through a post, so here it goes.

Monday, a high school friend of mine drove into Green Bay for the afternoon to visit. It has been over a year since the last time we have seen each other, so it was great being able to catch up and I also had the chance to meet her 8 month old son for the first time. Lane and I have been friends for close to 15 years, we have gone through a lot together over the years and even though we don't get the chance to talk or see each other as often as we would like, whenever we do get together we are always able to pick back up like we had left off. She is an amazing friend.

That evening after Lane and Cooper headed back to Sturgeon Bay, Dad, Sandy, Josh, the girls and myself loaded up and headed to Bay Beach. Sadly, the rides were shut down for the night, but the girls were able to run around and play on the playground. They are becoming so fearless on the large climbers, swings and all the other equipment that they were unsure of at the start of the summer.





 Of course, they were the only children chasing after the seagulls at the park. They got the biggest kick after running after the birds. They squealed with laughter.

 Josh and I knew the only way we would be able to get them out of the park would be to bribe them. What delicious treat always does the trick? Ice cream, of course! Alright, so it wasn't just a ploy to get the girls off the slide, Josh and I wanted a scoop ourselves and I know my Dad never turns down the offer of ice cream.
We left the park and followed Dad and Sandy to a local ice cream shop in De Pere, I don't recall the name of it, but I do know they had delicious ice cream and we arrived just before a small rush. Perfect timing.

On Tuesday we watched my nephew and niece for the morning. This was a day the girls decided to sleep in and Josh had to go down and wake them after 9:30 so they could join us for our pancake breakfast. After breakfast all the girls had their hair done and danced like princesses with their special bows in their hair. We played games, read books and made lots of noise. All four kids had constant smiles on their faces. Towards the end of the morning we put the movie Rio in and they danced along with all of the songs. I have an adorable video of all four dancing, but Blogger doesn't want to cooperate with me and allow me to upload it.

After naps, we headed back to Bay Beach, but this time early enough to go on some rides. I wasn't sure how this would go over with the girls. They generally are not too crazy about rides.
There is a small carousel with two horses outside of our local grocery store. They have gone nuts over it all summer long. They want to look at it and Claire is willing to sit on the green horse, never the orange one because that one is reserved for Lillian, but does not like for it to move. Lillian, has zero interest in sitting on the horse, she just wants to watch  because the horses are scary.
Claire surprised us. She was so excited when she saw the various rides. She first went to the boats and picked the red one. Lillian wanted the yellow. The both sat happily until the boats started moving, then Lillian started crying and wanted to get off. Claire had a giant smile on her face.

 Lillian was done after that, Claire was ready for the next one. She spotted the bug cars and was ready to climb on. Lillian was happy watching from the other side of the fence.
 All day long, the girls were talking about going for a ride on the train. Lillian was hoping it would be yellow, Claire wanted to sit next to Lillian. The train was red and since there are not any buckles on the train, they were not able to sit next to each other. They still had fun though.

 After the train ride, Josh and I went to ride the roller coaster, while Grandma and Grandpa took the girls on a few more rides.


 Josh and I came back to find the girls with Grandma and Grandpa on the carousal. Claire sat proud on her elephant and Lillian was unsure of it and shared Grandma's little horse with her.  She was a trooper though.
 Lillian got really excited when she saw the helicopters. She really wanted the yellow one. Surprise, surprise. I rode with Lillian and Josh rode with Claire. These are nifty little things. There is a strap to buckle in and the bar in front you use to control how high or low you want to go. My brave girl, Lillian, wanted to go as high as she could.

 After our helicopter ride, Claire asked Josh to go on the ferris wheel. We were surprised with the ride attendants allowed her on, but she as ready to go. Josh said she nuzzled in close to him. He kept asking her if she wanted to get off, but she kept saying she wasn't scared and wanted to ride some more.
While they were on the ferris wheel, Lillian and I went for two  more rides on the helicopters. We had to wait in a nonexistent line because the yellow was taken and she wanted to wait. I wasn't going to argue. They both ended up having a blast and cried when we walked back in the car because they wanted to go on more rides.
This was our last night in Green Bay, we said our goodbyes before bed and packed up Wednesday morning to head to Milwaukee. More to come this week.