Monthly Archives: August 2016

2016 Strawberry Picking

Hey guys, I go back and forth, I have so many posts I want to do…but I’m so behind I don’t know if I try to keep chipping away or just start fresh today and do things as they come. I’m not going to lie it’s hard doing posts from months ago and with life being so busy things keep getting pushed back even more. But it’s also fun because it brings you back to those fun moments…so we’ll see. But today I am doing an old post, because one of the best things about having a blog is looking back each year and seeing how the kids have grown doing something we do yearly.

Our family tradition of strawberry picking this year was awesome because I was able to meet my dad, aunts and some of my cousins. My love for strawberry picking did originate from my Grandma Stiemsma (my dad’s mom) so it only seemed appropriate that we all went picking together in her honor.

My cousin Katie who is an awesome photographer, incredible with kids and just a good egg was along and graciously had allowed me to post some of her photos here. Thank you so much Katie!

IMG_0764 i actually took this one (the only one, eeck!) aren’t they so sweet though!
83 love this photo!!
79 78 75 these two are good buds. 56 50 31 30 27 26 24 03 85 it was a really good day and loved picking with all these people!!

And just for fun here’s us picking 2014 & 2015

France_4 Paris Museums

I read a lot that traveling to France in the spring can be ideal. The weather is suppose to be quite nice and it’s less busy than in the summer. I was watching the weather like a crazy person, everyday, multiple times a day, leading up to our trip hoping and praying the weather was going to be good…needless to say it was sooo cold. Here’s the caveat, if you see the forecast for Paris and it’s in the upper 60’s as a Midwesterner you think ‘that’s not too bad’, however and trust me on this, it feels so much colder. As a result we visited more museums than I anticipated. I didn’t think we would go to so many just because our kids are so little and we didn’t think they would it enjoy it that much. But just like anything in life with a little or a lot of effort any place you go to can be fun for kids. And to be fair the weather was quite tolerable except for one day where I was downright miserable, what put me over the edge was the wet feet. I also may have been slightly annoyed because I couldn’t wear any of the cute outfits I brought. Oh well, all in all it worked out and frankly it being a cold, drizzly and grey Paris visit…kind of seemed fitting, don’t you think?

Here’s photos at some of the museums we frequented if you care to see:

IMG_9590 Even if you don’t have kids check out Paris’s Museum of Natural History. It is amazing!! I should mention there are branches to the Museum of Natural History. So we actually went to Museum of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology thinking we were at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution. Both are cool, but hands down you need to see Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.
IMG_9572 Do you ever worry that if your kids would see a tiger, lion or bear they would just walk up to it because they are convinced they are nice and maybe will start talking to them, thank you cartoons & books. I worry about that sometimes, but then I snap out of it and realize they will never run into that situation.
IMG_0271 I mean how cool is this museum?!!!
IMG_0270 Processed with VSCO with t3 preset Probably is one of my most favorite family photos on our trip! It’s pretty obvious, but we are outside the Louvre.
IMG_9818 And sometimes we took photos pretending we didn’t have kids along…
IMG_9276 Tuileries Garden outside of the Louvre is also great. We went there multiple times to have the kiddos run around. IMG_9257 IMG_9259 IMG_9416 Checking out Sacre Coeur. We stayed not too far from here.
IMG_9396 Looking down from Sacre Coeur. The few times Nola was napping so Jonas got a taste of being an only child. IMG_9289 On the ferris wheel at the Tuileries Garden IMG_9434 My favorite museum was the art museum Musee D’Orsay. To be in the presence of art pieces from Van Gogh & Monet was unreal. 

Outside of the Center Pompidou.

If you ever have a question about places to see or do with kids in Paris please hit me up in the comments with questions and I would be more than happy to suggest things!

Beginning of the End

Guys this summer has kind of been a bust. Don’t get me wrong, we accomplished a lot, and we are grateful, but all those summer activities you write done on your summer bucket list, well we hardly scratched the surface, except for eating tons of ice cream of course. And the only reason why this bums me out is because Nola starts school in September, which is REALLY really soon.

I hadn’t really thought much about 4k, I mean she went to 3k last year so what would be the big deal? UNTIL, I found out her 4k, unlike Madison’s, is 5 days a week!! I don’t know why that extra day just put me over the edge, but it did. I think it’s because it felt like with 4 days a week it just didn’t seem like real school yet. And then I started thinking how this year of school is really the start of letting go of our little girl until she goes to college. I want my kids to grow, flourish and leave the house eventually, but going through all of this is so emotional. I mean I get parents who home school or never stop having babies because this is so freakin hard!!

So the next couple of weeks we are trying to fit in as much as we can. And summer of 2017, be ready because we plan on kicking your ass, as far as fun is concerned.

DSCN1194 isn’t this photo the greatest?! Uncle Ben took it when we were swimming at his place.

DSCN1220 and I can assure you I try eating those bubble toes everyday! can we all agree baby toes are the best?!