Friday, October 24, 2014

From the Nature Trails

My mom and I took the boys out on the trails in our back acreage last weekend while she was up visiting; I had grabbed my camera hoping to snap some pictures of the beautiful leaves. There was only one problem....the leaves were all gone.  I breathed a deep sigh of regret for not getting out there sooner and started walking.  

The kids ran and ran and found milk weed just right for blowing and leaves on the ground just right for collecting.  As I watched them I realized (once again) that there is magic and beauty in every stage of every just have to look for it.

Happy weekend, everyone!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Halloween 2011
Keaton, almost 3, was an oriole.
Hutton, 16 mo, was a blue bird.
I was newly pregnant and horribly nauseous during trick-or-treating.
We shared the news with our families that night.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vacation Journaling 2014: Day 3 - Fishing, Ice Cream and a Lumberjack Show

Tuesday, August 19th

The kids woke up with one thing on their mind today, so after breakfast we didn't stop them from getting dressed and grabbing the poles. Fishing was suddenly on the agenda.

Our dock is decent size but putting five kids and four adults into any area suddenly results in cramped quarters. 

That being said, I was so impressed with how well the kids did.  They took turns so nicely and waited patiently and generally just loved being down there watching and reeling and touching (the fish) and taking it all in.

They all got a chance to catch their own fish and, as any good fisherman would do, name them accordingly.

Keaton named his Nice Bluegill, Hutton named his Lumberjack Show, and Nolan named his FEESH!!

(My children may or may not need a bit of help in the naming department....ha!)

The girls, on the other hand, picked out beautiful names for their fish.  Lucy named her fish Lyra and Lily named hers Ellory.

Just as Lucy was getting ready to put her fish back in the water Lrya flipped and wiggled lose, as fish do, and jumped back in.  The kids all stood at the edge of the dock and shouted, Bye Lyra!

It might have been the most adorable thing ever.

That night we headed to Minocqua for dinner and ice cream at Hoogie Doggies....

...and then made our way to the Fred Scheers Lumberjack Show for an evening performance.

I love these shows because they are entertainment for everyone, kids and adults alike! I think it is safe to say we all had a good time.  After the show the kids got to collect some wood chippings to have signed by the lumberjacks.


By the time we got back in the car to head home the kids were ready to crash - it was too late to ask them about their favorite part of the day - but I'll tell you my favorite part: Keaton, after getting his first wood chip signed looked up at me with wide eyes and said, "Mom! This was signed by a REAL lumberjack!"