Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lake Time

We won the neighborhood lottery, hands down. When we moved here a few years back, we had hoped to find a neighborhood that better fit our family. Really all we were looking for were a few kids that ours could hang out with from time to time and maybe someone we could share a cocktail or glass of wine with once in a while.

What we ended up with reaches so far beyond this it's hard to explain. We're feeling pretty lucky to say the least.

For the second year in a row we've joined one of our neighbors for a weekend away at their lake house in Michigan. Mother Nature spoiled us with summer like temperatures over the holiday weekend and we soaked up every second.

Saying good-bye to summer with a bang.








Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

25 Cents

They probably circled this thing for 20 minutes before they finally made a choice. It was fun to watch them carefully weigh all of their options before finally committing.

The outcome: Skittles for G, Runts for C





Friday, August 17, 2018

First Sleepover

We wrapped the first week of the school year with a pep rally on the playground at the school. Popsicles, a DJ, games and the entire playground full of kids and parents all getting back into the swing of things after the long summer break.

As we were leaving, the girls came running over excitedly to ask if our neighbor could have a sleepover with them. Why not?

So M came over, pajamas in hand, and a whole lot of giggles ensured for the next few hours. I'm not exactly sure what time they finally got to sleep. But once they did they all slept straight through the night. Sometimes the best things are left unplanned. Here's to the first of what I suspect will be many sleepovers for these 3!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

First Day of School 2018

This school year started with a bit of a blur. Still running off of the adrenaline from the big slide days ago, the girls dressed, had breakfast and then took pictures before walking Charlotte to her first day of second grade. Then into the car to drive Grace to her first day of Kindergarten. She misses the school cutoff just barely so she won't join Charlotte at the public school until next year.

No fear, hesitation or nervousness for either of them. Just excitement. Looking forward to watching them both grow this year and seeing what kinds of incredible things are in store for them both.








Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Iowa State Fair 2018


Iowa State Fair 2018. It never disappoints.

Year after year we return in anticipation of the same traditions. Lemonade at the same stand as always, as many trips down the big slide as we can squeeze in, mini donuts for breakfast, and the list goes on.

As the girls get older we find that we spend a bit more time in the carnival area with the rides. Luckily they've made some changes over the years and they now have a dedicated area for kids rides which makes for shorter lines and less crowds.

We stayed for 3 days, taking full advantage of the mornings before the park became too crowded. Then, a little after lunch we'd head back up to the campgrounds and enjoy the a/c of the camper along with a nap if we were lucky. In the evening, as most people are headed home, we'd catch the tractor back down to the fairgrounds and wander around for the rest of the evening.

Aunt Colleen joined us the last night and we also ran into some old friends we hadn't seen for a while and it was nice to catch up.

Lots of fun. Lots of sweat. Not enough hours in the day to take it all in.

Bedtimes were made to be broken, and few reasons are better than a night at the fair.