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Pope Farms

A couple of weekends ago we visited the Pope Farm Conservancy in Middleton.  They grow fields of sunflowers and since there’s a small window when the sunflowers in bloom I felt the urgency of getting out there.  That weekend I was also planning my bro’s 30th birthday party and things were BUSY. But since our kiddos wake up so early it worked out because we were able to check out the sunflowers, go out for breakfast and be back home by 9:30, plenty of time to make food and frost 50 cupcakes.

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I’m not the biggest fan of sunflowers, but I have to say seeing them in a field like that was pretty neat.  If you live in the Madison area I highly recommend checking it out next year!

Happy Fourth!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!  We played it pretty low key over here.  Our kiddos are usually asleep by the time they do the fireworks and so we just decided to stay close to home.  But honestly we just aren’t the biggest fans of fireworks (please don’t hate us for this) so that’s probably why we don’t make more of it.  In the morning we took part of the neighborhood parade.  Nola was pretty great at waving her little flag.  And in the evening right before bedtime we walked up the hill near our home and were able to show Nola some fireworks and then off to bed we went!

We tried to explain to Nola what 4th of July is about and what it means, but that lasted a minute before she started getting that glazed over look, ha!  But I just want to express how thankful I am for our freedom and how grateful I am for where we live!!  To finish off the weekend how great was it seeing the women’s US team win the World Cup?!?  Many moments during the game and some of the commercials played during the game brought tears to my eyes!  So many feelings!!

CJ and I were sporting some red, white and blue but of course we didn’t get a photo of all us, but here’s some photos of the kids if you care to see: IMG_7598 IMG_7599 IMG_7606

And here’s a short video showing Nola’s waving skills!  She does take a little break in between, but lets be real here, waving your arm like that can get tiring!! 🙂

Strawberry Fields

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A family tradition that we always look forward to in the summer is strawberry picking.  Last year it was so much fun seeing Nola understand the concept of picking strawberries and the joy of eating them.  This year was just as fun, but what was interesting was that she didn’t think or even try to eat any of the berries until at the end of our trip.  Isn’t it crazy how kids change once we try to start teaching them rules, manners, etc.  It’s so necessary, but being completely carefree also gets lost sometimes.  Have no fear she still got her fair share of berries and it didn’t take us long to eat the 5 lbs that we picked in the next couple of days.

My Grandma Stiemsma was the sweetest person in all the land (truly) and all of my cousins would agree.  I loved her so much and really miss her.  Strawberry picking was her thing and it’s fun thinking about her while we go picking each year.

Here’s some photos of the day if you care to see:

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And here’s the POST of us strawberry picking last year!

Circus Date

The other weekend CJ took Nola to the circus on a special daddy/daughter date.  We were unsure on how she would like it, or more importantly how long she would last.  But she not only had such a great time she almost lasted the entire time (she fell asleep during the last human cannon act).  I was so excited for her and kept on texting CJ the entire time wondering how it was going (yes I was slightly jealous, I mean she was going on a date with my guy :).  no but for real, more b/c i knew they were having a great time and it would have been fun to see it).  CJ was great though and sent me a couple of photos, thanks babe!  Here’s a couple of photos of their date if you care to see:

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all ready to go on their special circus date on valentine’s day! photo 2 checking out the elephants photo 3 nola’s special treat daddy got her Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset the next photos are blurry, but i just can’t help post them.  i just love this one! photo 3 (2) Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset love these two  photo 4 so much fun and excitement can be exhausting

I am so thankful CJ takes the time and is willing to do these special dates with Nola.  He really is a great dad!  Funny story, CJ told Nola she could do one special activity, it was between riding the elephants, ponies or going in the bouncy house.  Friends, she choose the bouncy house?!?  She could have ridden an elephant!!!!  Two year olds are the coolest people to be around, but at the same time they clearly don’t make sound decisions.  We will continue to work on this 🙂

Halloween at the Zoo – Henry Vilas

Happy Friday everyone!!  The weather is getting colder here and I’ve been pretty strong and optimistic about braving this weather, but for the record I miss San Francisco weather so much!  Living there has probably ruined me forever.

Here’s a couple of things I’ve been loving or up to these days:

– The upside to this cold weather is plaids and flannel.  In fact the whole family is sporting flannel these days and we love it!

– I finally joined a Mom’s Group in our area and excited to start weekly playdates again!  We also enrolled Nola into a dance class.  She loves being around kids so much and want to give her as much fun as we can before baby #2 gets here and the cold winter.

– I don’t sleep well at night these days and so in the wee hours I have written down our list of Christmas presents we need to get.  I’d love to be finished by the end of this month.  Have you started yet or done with yours already?

– Busy painting a cabinet for our living room, need a love seat reupholstered, have to hang more stuff on the walls, curtains in the playroom and going to attempt to make a headboard for Nola’s big bead is on the list of what I want to accomplish before this baby comes.  Hope I can get it all done!!

–  Speaking of Nola’s bed, she now crawls out of her crib regularly now.  I didn’t want to transition her into a bed until after the baby came but I don’t want her hurting herself one of these days when she’s crawling out.  Have I mentioned she’s quite the acrobat and has amazing upper arm strength!!  We bribed her with fruit snacks to show us how she climbs out, it’s quite the balancing/hanging like a monkey act.

And not to bombard you with more Halloween photos but I wanted to post a couple more from our trip to the zoo awhile back.  Madison had a lot of Halloween events going on and the weekend before Halloween we took Nola to the Henry Vilas Zoo’s halloween event.  Honestly it’s nice to have a couple of events to go to because then you feel you are actually getting use out of your costume!

You kind of envision how these events are going to go and how this day went down is not what I had thought at all.  Don’t get me wrong, Nola had an awesome time, but it didn’t involve really seeing the animals this time, or being dressed up, or the candy (which I’m so glad) but rather it involved finding, following and if possible touching every Elsa character from Frozen.  At first I was kind of annoyed by this, but then realized let’s just go with it.  In fact we made it a game for ourselves on finding them as well so we could use them to direct her to where we wanted to go.  “Oh look Nola there’s an Elsa on the carousel, or look Nola there’s an Elsa at the petting zoo.”  We can play this game too!

She loved the Elsa’s so much I kind of felt bad we just didn’t have that be that for her costume for this year.  But she still had fun being a care bear on Halloween so it all worked out.  I also may have caved and gotten her an Elsa costume anyways for dress-up…

Just a side note, but why does all the little girls love Elsa so much?  We saw a couple of Anna’s but nothing in comparison to the Elsa’s.  Personally I love Anna’s character so much better, she’s funny, loving and sacrificing, I’m just saying.  Sorry I just had felt I had to put that out there.  

Here are some photos of the day if you care to see:

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Hope you all have a great weekend and doing something fun!!