Random November Pictures

It’s been a long month. Between recovering from Michaela’s surgury, hanging new lights, and sitting in the woods looking at wildlife, we haven’t had time for to many fun adventures.  Andrea surprised me by potty training Dominic while I was away for the first hunting weekend. Absolutely amazing.

Everyone is getting excited for the holidays and playing in the fresh snow!

Improvised naptime

Tiny napper

You can never make too many cookies

A new light fixture in the entryway

Another pretty new light

One of the many deer seen during the hunting season

Milestone: First day of Pre-K


Four and half years old and going to big girl school.  Where did the time go? For the last few days Michaela has been waking up and asking “Do I get to go to school today?” Today was the day. Her bag has been packed with her first day homework, her clothes laid out, hair planned, and accessories chosen (all thanks to Mom).

I’m already dreading next year with buses, full days, and the rest of it.

Field Trip: State Fair 2016

It’s been an amazing week.  Andrea had a week off and we’ve been all over creation. We returned from a waterpark vacation and had a free day with no plans. We did what any red blooded Minnesotan would do, we packed everyone back up into our trusty van and headed to the local state fair.

After parking in our super-secret-one-block-from-the-fair-grounds parking lot we set off for a day of fun!

We stopped to gear up on with our alma mater before a trip the baby animal barn. The kids were treated to ducklings, lambs, calves, and piglets.




We turned to the full sized animals at the cattle, horse, and swine barns.  We discovered free cheese sticks (perfect timing to avoid mid-morning hangry time), got a impromptu visit from the crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way, entered a coloring contest, saw the largest boar, and had a couple more close encounters with barnyard animals.


A stop at the Milk booth left the kids reeling

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The kids were getting a little stir crazy so we gave them a little bit of excitement. Andrea took a turn as well, complete with flips!


The expressions, totally legit

We found a picnic table ate our lunch and mid-oreo dessert Dominic was asleep. The rest of us found some hula hoops and stopped at the PBS booth for pictures with famous cut-outs.IMG_8628-COLLAGEIMG_8632-COLLAGELittle man woke up and immediately saw some big trucks and NEEDED to get some pictures with themIMG_8650 IMG_8651



After that we stumbled across a parade and finished the outing with rides at the Giant Slide, carousel, and kid-way.IMG_8654-COLLAGEIMG_8678IMG_8695-COLLAGEIn the end, we had a full 6 hours at the fair with a minimum of crabbiness from parent or child.

What a great way to spend a Thursday!

Michaela’s First Slumber Party

For months Michaela has been asking to have her cousin Cece over for a slumber party.  The stars aligned and Michaela had her first sleepover party this weekend.

Loud music was played, popcorn was everywhere, giggling was common place, and the fun lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

The party would be incomplete without a few memorable quotes by the girls.

DanceParty! Popcorn Party! This is the best time!


Bacon is my love!

Dominic did his best to keep up with the girls but hit a wall and went to bed hours before them.

Carmel popcorn, a staple of the slumber party

Carmel popcorn, a staple of the slumber party


Dom enjoying the party

Party winding down

Party winding down, the giggling just getting started

Early morning chat

Early morning chat





Dom, recovering the morning after

Dom recovering.

A big thanks to Cece for being a great guest.  For more amazing quotes and adventures of Cece check out her mom’s blog at  http://glasshalffullness.blogspot.com