Ready for another picture post over load? I hope so, because you are about to get it. I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures I wanted to share, mostly because I know some family members check our blog frequently and want to know more about our trip or see some of our highlights.
I loved getting back to Wisconsin to see my family, we don't get to go nearly as often as I would like. We have not been up there since Thanksgiving, so 10 months is way too long. We have been talking about this trip for so long to the girls and they have been so excited to see everyone and do all of the fun things we had planned.
We drove up Monday, August 6th and our first stop along the way was my mom's house. It was nice being up there on her birthday and my sister, Holly, even brought a cake over. The weather was beautiful, so we spent as much time as possible outside.
On Tuesday, Josh, my mom, myself and the girls headed to Apple Hollar. This was the warmest day while up there, so we had some pink cheeks, but still a fantastic day. The girls fed the goats, played in the orchard, saw some horses and played on the playground.
Wednesday morning after the girls were up and ready for the day, we took the to the state fair. I love the fair. I used to volunteer with Camp Ammon at the Wisconsin State Fair and lived at the fair every summer from the time I was 14 years old until I was 19 and had my last summer living at home. This was a volunteer camp, where we sleep on cots in giant event tents. Since then, I have only been back to the fair one other time and it was before I was pregnant with the girls. I couldn't wait to get back and introduce it to the girls.
Our first stop was the Herb Kohl milk booth. This is one thing that has not changed, they charge 25 cents for a cup of milk. They have a variety of flavors, but my favorite is chocolate. Josh also had chocolate milk, Lillian had strawberry and Claire asked for the root beer flavor.
We needed to make a quick stop in the Expo building before heading back to my mom's house, but still made it to the car right before the first rain drops fell. It rained the entire way back to the house and we got wet running inside. Once the rain let up, we headed outside to splash in the puddles. We ended up spending most of that evenings outside. Lillian and Claire ran around the yard and continued to explore.
Thursday morning we had to pack up camp and head north. We stopped and spent several hours at my grandparents house in Milwaukee. Lillian and Claire kept my grandma going and once they would see her sit back down, they would grab her hand and want to show her something else. I love that, even though they have only been there a hand full of times and it has been 10 months since the last time they have seen them, they make themselves right at home. A lot has changed in my life over the past 10 plus years, but my grandparents house is one thing that has remained the same and still makes Milwaukee home. Alright, before I start crying while typing this, I need to move on. After giving our many hugs to my grandparents, we continued to venture north and make our stop at Kopps. No trip to Wisconsin is complete without stopping there. Kopps has the most amazing frozen custard and burgers. Since we had just had lunch at my grandparents house, none of us were hungry enough to have a burger, but we each had our own scoop of custard. If you are ever in the Milwaukee area, you seriously need to stop. There are several locations around the area, but the one is Glendale is my favorite since that is where I went all the time while growing up.
Thursday it rained all day. We drove to Green Bay in a heavy down pour. Shortly after we arrived, it started to slow down a little, so my dad took the girls in the back yard and they ran through the rain. They came back in soaked and laughing. All three of them.
Saturday morning both of the girls slept in. Claire slept later than Lillian, but it turns out she had a small tummy bug. It was very short lived and thankfully, as far as I know, no one else has caught it. She spent most of the morning lounging on the couch. Lillian ran with Josh to the store, but both girls were bummed we didn't make it to the zoo with Grandma and Grandpa.
I hate having to say goodbye to my family. It is never easy and takes all that I have not to cry while we drive away or I see them drive away from our house. It is especially difficult when I have no idea when we will get to see them again. I hope it isn't in another 10 months, but you never know.
We had a wonderfully uneventful drive back home on Sunday. The girls were fantastic and we were all ready to sleep in our own beds again.