Loving Summer

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From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Whew! Life has been busy. A couple of weekends ago, Jason and I took Lily to Edinborough Park (where we got married) and ran around with her in the gym area and on the play area. She was too little yet for a lot of the play area, but she had a blast anyway! She even went into the inflatable jumpy thing, but there were a bunch of bigger kids in there so she just kept falling over. She loved it when we pushed her around in the little chairs with wheels, and helped her get the ball in the basket. :)


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Lily has finally, FINALLY gotten used to her summer daycare place, which has made life a bit easier. She no longer screams and cries when we drop her off, and just last week started napping again! And apparently she decided she has to make up for all those naps she missed, because she’s been napping 2 1/2 – 3 hours there every day since then. THREE HOURS! She doesn’t even do that well at home! Of course she does get the hang of this new place just in time for us to change again. Her regular daycare woman is back on August 17th, so hopefully we won’t have a bad transition back to her. I don’t expect we will, because Lily already knows her and the other kids – and keeps asking about her even now.


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Jason and I have started looking for a new car, to replace his Mitsubishi Mirage. We were initially hoping to be able to buy a Prius, but the price tag is just too high. Plus, we were thinking it might be smart to have at least one slightly larger vehicle, but we’re not SUV fans or anything – we want something with decent gas mileage and a low price tag. How hard could that be? ;) We did test drive a Mazda 5 which we both liked pretty well, but I think we’d have to find a good deal on a slightly used one to make it work. :) Anybody drive anything they absolutely LOVE? Please share!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Lily has gotten very particular lately about having things in “their place”. Books must be stacked in a pile. Her little farm animals need to either be in the barn, or stood up in a line next to each other. Or, in this case, the cow and the horse needed to wear her shoes. Sure, why not? She worked quite hard to get the animals in the shoes just right, and the shoes lined up side-by-side, and was as proud of it as a 19-month-old tends to be with ANYTHING she accomplishes. Which reminds me of one of Lily’s newest tricks. Whenever she accomplishes something she sets out to do, she raises her hands over her head and shouts “DID IT!”. It’s adorable, and sometimes completely hilarious!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

I am totally loving watching Lily with her cousins lately. She talks about them a lot at random times, and seems to understand when we’re going to visit them and she gets SO EXCITED. The first time they see each other they all start shrieking and running up to each other and giving hugs and kisses. It just melts my heart! It’s one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. We were supposed to get together with Auntie Lisa and Claire and Abby last Friday for a playdate, but Auntie Lisa ended up getting pretty sick that day. Instead, my Mom watched the twins, and Lily and I went over to their house so Lily could still hang out with her cousins. It was a full day, but the girls had a great time together! Lisa and the girls ended up stopping by our house this evening for a minute, and I don’t even have words for the excitement pouring off of Lily from the moment she knew they were coming. I really have to video tape their reaction to each other one of these days, and share the cuteness with all of you!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

That’s about all the excitement we’ve really had lately. This weekend should be fun (and busy!) as we are going over to the Osland’s on Saturday morning to get help replacing our bumper, and having Derek, Alix, Sebastian, and “Ace” over for dinner (on the deck!) on Sunday. I’ll try to remember to take some good pictures! Have a great week!

Cabin Adventures

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From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

First of all, thanks Shannon and Alix for the anniversary wishes! We didn’t do anything too exciting. We worked, then picked up Lily and went to a parent meet-up for her daycare, to meet the other parents and kids. Then we ate at Wendy’s with a co-worker and her son before they went to kung fu. ;) Guess the romance is truly gone! (Just Kidding!)


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

We had a FABULOUS vacation at the cabin! The cabin belongs to my Aunt, and is near Birchwood, WI. It was Jason, Lily, and I, plus Grandma and Grandpa (my parents), Uncle Greggy, Auntie Lisa and Uncle Ryan, Cousins Claire and Abby, and of course my Aunt Pat for just over a week. It was a little tough planning things around the napping schedules and whatnot for three one-and-a-half year olds, but we managed to have plenty of fun!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

We left on Friday, July 3rd, and Lily was REALLY good and napped for almost the entire 2.5 hour drive (slightly longer than that because of bad traffic). We arrived at the same time as Lisa and Ryan, and just a few minutes after Grandpa and Greg (Grandma and Aunt Pat came up the day before), so that was about perfect. As soon as we got our things unpacked and settled a bit, we all went out to eat at a nearby restaurant (Bluegill?). The food was good, but they didn’t take reservations or call-ahead seating, and it took them FOREVER to seat us, even though they had the space. Oh well, we were on vacation – who cares about the time, right? ;) Anyway, the dinner did take quite a long time but all three kids did pretty well. A little bit of fussiness, but it had been a long day for them so they did really well.


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


Ok, after that, my timeline is going to get a little messed up. I was on vacation, and it was hard to keep the days straight, so I don’t remember exactly what we did and when, but I’ll try to hit the highlights for you. We set up a little plastic swimming pool on the deck, and had the girls do some finger painting (which they weren’t interested in because the draw of the pool was too strong), and then some “swimming”. The twins didn’t seem to care too much about the little pool, but Lily thought it was fun. She really liked it the MOST, though, the rest of the week when it was empty and she could crawl in and out of it and pull the pool all around the deck. Who knows? It kept her busy!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

There is a beach club near the cabin, with a pool (and a lake), and a little park-type area. They had a play structure in the park area, but it was mostly intended for slightly older kids. The kids did go on the swings a couple of times, and I thought it was hilarious watching Lily on the slide. The slide is fairly tall, and much faster than the ones she’s used to. She would slide down and hit the sand at the bottom, and have so much momentum that she’d fly forward onto her hands and knees. For the most part, she’d just brush off the sand and do it again! But look at these next two pictures to see her face as she was going down the slide –

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009
From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


– isn’t that funny? Anyway, I believe it was Monday or Tuesday before we took the girls down to the beach club to use the pool, because it was just too crowded before then. They seemed to have a pretty good time! Claire especially seemed to love being held as far away from your body as you could reach and kicking around, to feel as if she were swimming by herself. Lily kept “forgetting” that she was in water, and wanting us to put her down so she could play on her own, but that was not happening! They also all spent some time in these inflatable boat things with their legs dangling in the water. I bet by next year they’ll be begging us to go to the pool and we won’t be able to get them out!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

On Wednesday, I had kind of a rough day. Fairly early in the morning, I went to close our bedroom door, not knowing that Abby had snuck behind me. She had her hand near the hinge of the door and was grabbing on to it, and when I tried to close the door, I ended up pinching her fingers pretty good. She cried out and I scooped her up and kept apologizing, then let her Mommy cuddle the pain away. I’ll tell you, I know it was an accident but I felt SO BAD that I cried more than she did. Lisa put some ice on the fingers, and they did look much better just an hour or so later – and almost completely normal the next day. However, I STILL feel bad! :( That same day, Lily was sitting on my lap and went to jump down (forwards, with no hands or anything) and I grabbed her arm to keep her from falling. It ended up knocking her a little off-balance and she bumped her cheek on the wood part on the front of the chair and she got a bruise on her cheek. She didn’t even want to go to Mommy for comfort – she went to Auntie Lisa! Needless to say, I was feeling pretty guilty that day, but I know they were both accidents and everyone is just fine.

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


This is out of order, but two different nights “Uncle Ryan” had us gather on the deck and lit some sparklers and set off some fireworks he bought. So, we had our own personal fireworks show. The girls did pretty good with them, except for the loud noises they weren’t too fond of. Otherwise, they liked the lights and were clapping right along with the adults (and Lily chanting “fireworks! fireworks!”).

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

On Thursday, we rented a pontoon boat for the morning and took it out on the lake. It was nice to have access to such a large boat that we could all go on at the same time! The babies were tired, and got a little fussy about an hour into the ride, but it ended up working out ok. We brought a pack-and-play onto the boat, and Claire even took a nap on-board! Grandpa even let one of the twins help drive (I want to guess this is Abby, but I can’t tell for sure in this picture – Lisa??) and you can tell how exciting that is by the looks on their faces!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Lily had a pretty good time, but I think she was starting to get pretty bored about mid-way through the ride. She ended up eating almost her entire body weight in crackers (slight exaggeration) and getting into just about everything she could reach. She even grabbed the sunglasses off my head and tried to throw them overboard! Luckily they landed on the boat and I was able to retrieve them.


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Those are pretty much the highlights of the trip. It was a LOT of fun, and I didn’t want to come back home. The only other funny thing I can think of was our last night up there we ended up going out to eat again and took the recommendation of the guy doing construction on the cabin and went to “Sportsmans Lodge”. If you guessed that’s just a BAR, you’d be correct! We weren’t quite expecting what we walked into, and I completely forgot that smoking isn’t banned in WI as much as it is in MN. The place was smokey, and pretty seedy. They had one highchair, no booster seats, no milk, no kids menus, no covers for their cups, and they brought us “bar straws” when we asked for a straw for Lily. It was quite an experience, but needless to say, I don’t think we’ll be eating there again!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Finally, before we left I was able to capture Lily on video, helping me read “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. She’s been doing this with so many of her books lately – she’ll pick it up and flip to a certain page and say some word or some phrase that’s on that page. I don’t know how the heck she can memorize which PAGE the words belong to, but it just blows me away! So, about a month ago I noticed her flipping through this book, saying certain words, and she was getting them on the right pages. So the next time I read it to her, I started pausing at the end of a sentence instead of finishing it, and she would finish the sentence. She completely blew me away with how MUCH of the book she knew. She wasn’t completely cooperative in this particular instance, but it’s the only thing I’ve been able to get on video so far! She can normally keep going and finish the ENTIRE book – it’s completely amazing to me!

Lily Reads Cat in the Hat from Jill W on Vimeo.