Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vacation Part II

We saved a lot of money by having our breakfasts in the room.  The fridge was so cold it froze almost everything, including the eggs and milk!

Duck boat!

Duck boat!

I looked at places for dinner online and this small little vegetarian cafĂ© got great reviews.  So, we went and tried it, and it was FABULOUS!  I want to try making some of the recipes we had at home...I had a wonderful grilled Portobello sandwich, and Chris had some Thai noodle thing that was fabulous.  We also tried their Green Tea Sodas - they had a traditional soda shoppe in there as well.  so cute!

The boys did some of the hotel activities....here they were going on animal walks in the morning....

We let them get "rocks" from the store.  They loved picking them out and then looking at them later...

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Someday, when my parents no longer plant their garden and have tons of onions, I will be very sad.
One of things about my parent's garden is that their soil is perfect for onions, they grow rows and rows of beautiful onions, and believe me, they almost ALL get eaten.  I love onions. 
The kids just love picking them, they get so excited to find big ones....

Finally this year my parents have raspberries again.  I want raspberries, but we are uncertain if we will be in this house forever, and I would hate to work hard at something like that and leave.  I also want blackberries, but I cannot convince my MIL or Mom to plant them.  :-)

its fun to eat most of what you pick...

Ride back to the barn....

Mom following in the car....

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A few summer "loves"....

Nathan's summer program was awesome.  They had a parents night and it was so much fun, we went to their "town" and bought all sorts of stuff.  Nathan sold out of his "products" right away....he even tried to sell me a Vikings colored one (which I refused) and then he sold me a rainbow rock (which I love).  Anyways, they wrote an article about it in our local paper...
Here is the photo from it - Nathan's in the background selling stuff!

I made a lot of pies for our Church festival....

We had random picnics.  This day was really funny because while we were at the park, they were repaving it.  A guy walked over and I thought he was going to kick us out, instead he was nice and he left a little tiny spot we could walk out on the edge. 

Nathan won a very big (and absolutely disgusting...sorry, but some people shouldn't bake) cake in the cakewalk!  He was so proud, I didn't tell him I threw most of it away...

They also got swords...which, honestly looked like something else to me entirely.....

My kids are messy.  If my house is clean, its because the kids are at school and I have been kicking my ass all day.  Seriously. 

Roary is sweet.  and lazy.

My brother invited Nathan up for a slumber party and then to help make hay (round bales).  Nathan was so excited!  He worked hard up there all day, and we brought up KFC for dinner, which was so good -- haven't had it in ages!  Anyways, 4 minutes into the car ride home and Mr. "I'm not tired!" was sound asleep.  The next morning he asked me, "Mommy, how did I get home?  And to my bed?"

Yoplait got rid of their 100% all natural yogurt, Simplait.  Screw them.  I am buying other stuff now, and LOVING IT.  First love, siggi's: 
Second love:  noosa.  I just adore this.  TART CHERRY IS DA BOMB.  I told Chris I seriously don't care how expensive it is. 

Daddy played soccer all summer...he was hardly around on Sunday nights...this was the first Sunday night we had him home...wonderful!!!

 Nathan's pumpkin plant...it went to town. 

So, I'm convinced, the Vitamix does everything!  including chopping up my zucchini for bread. 

Roary is sweet...did I mention that?

Cousin Anna came over for a sleepover!  I went to check on them later and Anna was laying on the floor...not sure why...she just was.  I put her back into bed. 
Nathan's summer program - a trip to McDonald's...what a fun summer he had!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Our first family vacation - Part 1

 a lot of changes lately.  Nathan started kindergarten.  my work schedule completely changed.  Summer is ending, fall is starting.

In addition to all that, we finally took our first family vacation.  I think that sounds weird to people, since Nathan is 5, almost 6.  Chris and I aren't travelers.  We don't enjoy spending money on things we don't truly enjoy, or that don't last.  We do lots with our kids, but we teach our kids you don't have to spend money or go to some exotic beach to enjoy life.  We got to our local beach.  We go to Grandpa's to bail hay and see cows and pick onions.  We go to the apple orchard in the fall, or the local zoos to see the wild animals.  We like sitting and watching the sunset at night while watching Ninjago before bed.  Simple.

So, for the first family vacation, I wanted it to be simple, and fun.  To the Dells we go! 

 the first stop?  Fleet Farm for some gas and popcorn.  Hey, its a vacation!

The next stop, DQ and another gas station for a potty break.  They had this chicken there. 
We didn't know it at the time, but someone backed into our car there, and put a nice big dent into our vehicle.  Daddy was really happy about that.
Then, right before we got to the hotel, we stopped to ride the mini-train.  We had to wait a little bit, about 45 minutes, but the kids really liked it.  It was quite warm out! 

Evan is always covering his ears....

Tickets please!

Whew.  Root beer tasted really good.

Bye cute little train!