Friday, March 15, 2013

Our Mini-Spring Break Getaway.

We packed up the car on Sunday morning and headed out on a five hour drive down to the Milwaukee area to visit cousins, aunts and uncles. Pat stayed back as he had to work but we brought Grandma GiGi along for the fun (er..challenge)

The kids did so great in the car. I generally like to keep my expectations low while hoping for the best when traveling with my three kiddos. But they truly did surprisingly well. My secret weapons on this trip were Legos, pads of paper/markers, Super Hero books, a new movie and food. All of which I truly kept secret until we were in the car driving toward Milwaukee. I bought each of the boys a new small set of Legos which I put in plastic containers. They could work on these while keeping all of the tiny pieces contained. Jack and Owen loved this. Next time though, I might pull them out when I'm desperate to get through the last leg of a trip. They both chose to work on their Legos immediately and so they only lasted about an hour.

Anyway, we made it to our destination without too many stops. The kids were thrilled to play with their cousins for two days. The boys were so tired at the end of each day. One night at 7:00 pm, Owen announced, "I'm going to bed" and he proceeded to get himself completely ready for bed on his very own, including rubbing Vapo-rub (a little too think) on his chest (he has an icky cough). The next night while my mom was reading to the boys, Jack told her that she could keep reading, but he was going to sleep. These little stories just make me laugh as they most definitely do not happen in our regular everyday life. Looking back through my pictures, I realize I didn't take any with my big camera while we were there. Ahh, this is the beauty of the iPhone as I did take some pictures.

A few days before we left, I proposed to my mom that we have an overnight at the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells on the way home from Milwaukee. She was on board and so we planned another little secret for the boys. It just so worked out that Pat could rearrange a few things at work so that he could come down and meet us (with a raging head cold and all). The boys were so pumped when we pulled up to the Kalahari and they were even more excited when they saw their dad. This waterpark/resort is so huge that we truly only scratched the surface (waterslides, arcade, go-karts, bowling, animals) in the 24 hours we were there. But, we had such a blast in the time that we had. We will definitely be going back in the future. As I look back at my pictures, I realize I'm not in any of them. It must be that four month long winter glow that I'm rocking that kept me from stepping in front of the camera. Such a bad excuse and so not what I preach to myself.

Anyway, here are some of my favorites...

The waterpark has a ride called Flowrider, which is a surfing/boogie boarding simulator. Owen wanted to give it a try from the moment he laid his eyes on it. He is my brave/willing to try anything/almost no fear child. Jack immediately said, "No thank you!".  He is my cautious/thinker/slightly fearful of new experiences child. We were just about to call it a trip when we decided we couldn't leave without giving this thing a try. Owen went right up to the head of the line with Pat while Jack stayed back to ponder his decision with a finger tap to the chin. Well after about two minutes of that, Jack decided he was going to give it a whirl as well. One word...proud.

As a mother, I'm all about making memories and I think we had some major memory making during this little getaway!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

We just got back...

from a mini-Spring Break getaway. 
We road tripped it down to Milwaukee to see family for a couple days and on the way back we made an overnight pit-stop in the Wisconsin Dells. 

We had lots of fun and now I have lots of unpacking and laundry to take care of.
More about our trip tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Adelyn: 9 months old

Addy turned 9 months old a few weeks ago. She is truly such a joy to have in our lives. She lights up with this huge, toothly smile and giggles when we (especially, Jack and Owen) talk to her.  She babbles and babbles and babbles. Her most consistent words right now are BaBa, Bay-Bee and Puup-ee. I've been working real hard on getting her to say, Mommy, but no such luck.

She has five teeth and the sixth one has been breaking through for about four weeks now (not fun!). Addy had her first little winter bug this month. She had a terribly high fever that made her miserable for three days (not fun either!). She discovered that she has a tongue and has been having fun learning all the tricks it can do.

Addy wants to be on the move constantly. She doesn't care much for her toys as she would much rather be crawling, standing up at a chair/leg/table/counter/brother/dad or climbing the stairs. Oi!  She loves to eat real people food, she wants the good stuff. Cheese, raspberries, blueberries, eggs, broccoli, and avocado are some of her favs. She is on her way to becoming a good sleeper, but she is still waking up at least once per night. She must be a hungry little gal because she downs an entire bottle at that waking.

I can't believe Adelyn is as old as how many months it took for her to grow in my belly. These past nine months have just flown by!