wonderfully weekend :: museum, library, and movie

Another busy weekend is in the books. I hope we get a nice, long fall season. I have so many things I want to do!!

Friday night was a bit on the chilly side. We got some Papa Murphy’s and Jeremy built our first fire of the year!

wpid-img_20140912_191812_wm.jpgI spent most of the evening adding more logs to keep it “blazin” hot. It was a nice way to start our weekend.

Saturday was a rare day where we didn’t have anything planned in advance. We debated between going to the MN Zoo or the Children’s Museum. We decided on the museum because they have a Thomas the Train exhibit that ends very soon. Avery loves trains, so it was a good decision.

We started off in the train room. She had a fun time running around, not posing for cute pictures for me. The one she did cheese for was so blurry. So Callie and I took some selfies.

wpid-20140913_121402_1_wm.jpgCallie did awesome in the Ergo. And I have a post rolling around in my head about how much I love baby wearing. It’s the best.

Next we went to the Rooftop ArtPark. It was a gorgeous, sunny day. Perfect for play learning outside.

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water painting

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I hope and pray she is musical like her daddy.

We headed back inside to the Curiosity Center where they had some spin art using salad spinners. So fun!

wpid-20140913_124736_wm.jpgI’m a little embarrassed to admit that this was the first time Avery has painted! She’s almost 2.5! She loved it, of course! And her masterpiece is on the refrigerator.

I’m so glad we chose the Children’s Museum for the day. We all had a great time! Love getting use out of our membership!

Saturday night we went to church. It was their first week doing a Saturday band-led worship. It was nice and relaxed. And (fingers super crossed) I think Avery is officially over her separation anxiety stage. We’ve brought her to the Y and left her in the playroom for a week or so now with no problems. And she went to the play area at church just fine too! Life just got 10x easier for us!

Sunday I took Avery to the library. I had envisioned that we would snuggle on an over-sized chair and read a bunch of books. Because I’m delusional. I guess the library has toys in the kids area and that’s all she wanted to play with. And run around like a maniac. Total fail.

Later that afternoon I met up with some of my book club ladies and we saw “The Fault in Our Stars” at the cheap theater. It was one of the better book to movie adaptations I’ve seen. The movie was good, but I don’t think I will be putting myself through those tears again.

Just a quick bonus Monday item: Avery and Jeremy go to a Daddy & Me ECFE class every Monday night. We call it school and she has a great time going. This week they came home with this.

wpid-img_20140915_195522_wm.jpgCan I just tell you how excited I am for this!! I loved getting these at school. I would go through them like a Christmas catalog and circle each thing I wanted. I rarely got to buy anything, but I loved looking. I have about 10 things I want to order. Some things are so cheap! It’s the little things, people.

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wonderfully weekend :: fire muster & twins game

Playing weekend recap catchup! We have done a bunch of fun things that I really want to get down in the memory book.

September 6th.

Saturday we started the day with the Fire Muster’s Fire Truck/Community parade. The route was just a few blocks from our house and it was a bright sunny morning. So sunny that I started sweating like crazy and the candy they were tossing from the floats was melting almost instantly.

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pre-parade selfie

Avery had a great time running around and collecting candy.

wpid-img_20140906_131030_wm.jpgAfter the parade, we went home to relax a bit and have some lunch.

Jeremy and I dropped off the girls with my family and headed out for a date night. One of our friends book a suite at Target Field as an early birthday and wedding gift for her fiancé. And she was awesome enough to invite us along. It was fantastic. So much fun!

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Minneapolis is so pretty sometimes.

wpid-img_20140906_193942_1_wm.jpgWe left the game early to head back home and pick up the girls. All of us (mom, dad, sister, niece, and nephew included) went back to the Fire Muster to watch the fireworks. I was excited to see them. Especially since I missed out on seeing any on the 4th of July! I was also nervous about how the girls would behave being up so much past bedtime.

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But we all had a good time. Until time to leave. Avery needed to be carried, we lost Callie’s pacifier, and Jeremy and I were so tired. The walk back to the car felt like it took forever with all the crying and tantrums.

It was a long, fun day. Where we all passed out as soon as we got home. And everyone slept in the next morning. Thank God!

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for the times when there are no photos

This morning Avery crawled into bed with me right after Jeremy left for work. Honestly, my first thought was, “Noooo. Please go back to sleep! It’s barely 5am. And if your sister wakes up too, I’m going to cry. Today is going to be baaaad.”

But then she scooted to the middle of the bed and laid down facing me. I put my head back on my pillow and moved closer to her. She grabbed my hand and fell back asleep. And my heart softened to goo.

I wished that there was someone there to take a picture of that moment. Because I never ever want to forget it. I want it tattooed into my brain. Instead, I’ll put the moment here. In my good little blog. My memory keeper.

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state fair 2014

Labor Day Jeremy and I ditched the girls and had a date day at the Minnesota State Fair. AKA My favorite thing about summer.

First Stop: The new West End Market Place which replaced my favorite area of The Fair, Heritage Square. So, right away I was skeptical, but hoping I would like it. Especially since that’s where public transit drops you off. So there is no option to avoid it.

It all worked out, because I absolutely love it there. It’s so clean and inviting. There are a ton of benches. And the shops are very easy to navigate. We stopped at The Blue Barn to try the blue cheese and corn fritters. They were delicious.

wpid-20140901_105054_wm.jpgAfter we polished those off we went in search of our favorite stop: Christmas ornaments.  We get them every year at The Fair. Here’s what we chose this year:

wpid-img_20140902_135102_wm.jpgIt’s still so weird to think of us as a family of four now. How long until that’s normal?

Since it was still pretty early, I thought we might have a good shot of getting some cookies before the wait got to be 2 hours long. For those outside of MN: this is no joke. These cookies are insane and we wait an insane amount of time to get them!

wpid-2014-09-03-12.22.00-1_wm.jpg.jpegWe lucked out and the lines were the shortest I have ever seen them. And on our way out a few hours later, they were loooong. I’m glad we got them when we did.

With the necessities out of the way, my goal was beer. Specifically the Mini Donut beer and the S’mores beer. Now the Mini Donut beer eluded me last year. They had a very limited amount and I wasn’t willing to wait for hours to get a glass. Someone was using their brain thus year and they brewed more. No waiting!

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s’mores vs mini donut

I’m not sure if it was just my built up expectations or what. But I was not very impressed with this beer. It was missing some of the sweetness you expect from the name. Or it was just the wrong style of beer maybe.

Then we went in search for the S’mores beer. This was a darker beer with a richer flavor. And as you can see in the pic, a marshmallow. I liked this one much better than the Mini Donut beer. Still not one I would drink regularly, but a better flavor. I’m hoping that next year they have some more flavors to try!

We wandered around more. Ate some more. Bought some more things. Then, we were exhausted and went home. Where I had a beer in my new favorite glass.

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wisconsin dells 2014

Oh, hey. I forgot to blog for a while again. I keep fluctuating between being really busy and really lazy.

The last week in August we packed up the kids and drove to Wisconsin Dells. We went last year with Avery. We had a good time and we were all looking forward to a whole week this year. Things didn’t go to plan, but we tried to make the most of it!

I was worried about the drive out there and figured we’d have to make a bunch of unscheduled stops for Callie. I was pleasantly surprised when she slept right until our lunch stop. Avery did a great job in the car playing with her new Magna Doodle and reading some books. We didn’t need to stop the rest of the trip! We were all a little cranky after so long in the car. The girls did so much better than I was hoping for!

Monday we headed out to Mount Olympus. It was supposed to be a really warm day and I liked the idea of having an indoor option so Callie wouldn’t overheat.

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ready to swim.

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the girls ready to go! p.s. Avery’s feet look huge!

Right at the entry way you can see the giant wooden roller coaster. I thought Avery might be scared because it was so big and loud. Nope. She kept begging, “I want to ride the roller coaster!” Over and over. It was hard to explain to her she is too little to ride. She was even too small to ride the kiddie one. Maybe next year, kid.

About 5 minutes after we get there and set up shop, the power goes out. Throughout the whole park. We all get kicked out of the indoor areas and nobody can go in the water in the outdoor areas either. So we are basically just standing there. Doing nothing. We are debating back and forth whether or not to stay. Then the power comes back on. Thank god. Avery gets to go down some kiddie water slides and splash in the pool. So the day ended up being okay.

Tuesday we went to the Tommy Bartlett Show. This is something we didn’t do last time we were here.

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It starts out on the water with water skiers doing different tricks.

wpid-20140826_171854_wm.jpgIt was pretty cool to watch and Avery seemed to enjoy herself. After that was an intermission. We let Avery run around and hopefully burn off some energy. Obviously not enough. Because when the show started back up, I had to chase her around. It wasn’t so bad because it was behind all the seats and there were 2 or 3 other kids running around too. Mine wasn’t the only bored one.

Wednesday we went on a Duck Boat ride. We all had fun doing this last year, so we were excited to ride again.

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Callie’s first time on a Duck Boat!

Avery had a blast when we were on the trails. She kept yelling for the driver to go “faster!” She had a huge smile plastered on her face. Then the Duck goes in the water. She liked looking for other boats on the water.

And then this happened:

wpid-20140827_164045_wm.jpgOut. Cold. And we still had half the ride to go. Honestly, I was just happy she was taking a nap!

Thursday morning I was up bright and early for no reason. I got a little quiet time and read out on the deck.

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It was nice to get my book club reading finished well before our meeting!!

That afternoon we didn’t have anything planned, other than eating.

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Friday we did a pool day. We took turns hanging out with Callie in the cabana area. We had fun.

wpid-img_20140829_190941_wm.jpgSaturday I was more than ready to get home. As much fun as we had, Avery and Callie took turns challenging us. Tantrums, not napping when they should, going to bed way too late. I was excited to deal with them on familiar turf.

Overall, it was a good unofficial last week of summer!

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avery goes to the dentist

Last week, on the 6th, Avery crossed another “first” off her list. She had her first dentist’s visit! It was basically a very quick practice run, but I’m counting it!

At Jeremy’s last appointment, our dentist suggested we bring Avery to the next check up. I was a little surprised that they wanted to see a 2-year-old, but I guess it never hurts to get them used to the dentist’s office and what goes on.

That morning I tried to get her to watch some YouTube videos about going to the dentist. She seemed curious during the first one. I asked her questions to make sure she knew what was going on. She liked the “big chair” and the “little mirror” that goes in your mouth.

Then she wanted nothing to do with the next video and yelled, “No dentist!” Great. Thankfully one of the suggested videos was an episode of Peppa Pig where they visit the dentist. Perfect. Avery happily watched that one 3 times. She liked the idea of the dentist again.

When we got to the office they had Jeremy sit in the chair and Avery watched what was going on. The hygienist gave Avery her own gloves and mask to wear. Avery thought that was the coolest thing. And she was really good about explaining to Avery what she was doing and when something would make a noise. Avery lost interest in the whole thing after a few minutes. So I had to bribe her to sit still with stickers.

When the dentist came in Avery had a little fit. I’m pretty sure it was because the hygienist called her “doctor.” Avery probably thought she was getting a shot.

After Jeremy finished, Avery took a turn in the chair.

wpid-20140806_162115_1_wm.jpgShe loved going up and down. She also got to look at the bright overhead light. She didn’t really want to have the little mirror in her mouth though. So I’m not sure how well she’s going to do when we bring her in for her first cleaning. They told us they think she will do fine. So we shall see.

She got a new Monsters Inc toothbrush and one of those squishy toys that sticks to the wall. So overall I think she liked the dentist.

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callie :: one

On July 24th, Callie hit the one month mark. I think time is going faster with this second baby. At the same time, I feel like Callie has been a part of our family forever. Maybe she has.

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No doctors appointment this month. And we didn’t weigh her or take any stats. #secondbabyproblems

But I can tell you she was a good sleeper at night. Like she would give me a 5 or 6 hour stretch. But not anymore. Maybe someday again, Callie? Prettyplease.

The days have been a blur. I’ve survived being at home with both girls. Some days, barely. I’ve even managed to get some laundry done on most days. Super mom over here!

But mostly, I just take pictures of the girls and put them on Instagram.

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I lucked out. Callie fell asleep and let me take a bunch of pictures to document one month!

This month you:

  • celebrated your first Independence Day. No fireworks this year. But your sister and cousin did splash you with water.
  • slept next to me in your Rock & Play. I like having you close, but not in the bed. I get better sleep that way.
  • went to the doctor twice. She told us you are perfect both times. But we already knew that.
  • went with me to your first book club meeting. You didn’t read the book, so you didn’t contribute to the discussion much. There you met Chloe, your BFF. You guys need to warm up to each other a little.image
  • went to MLB Fan Fest. You slept the whole time.
  • Let me take approximately 40,000 pictures of you. I hope you are getting used to that, because it doesn’t get any better.

And just for fun, a side-by-side of the girls at one month.

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my favorite :: newborn pictures

The next week or so will probably be pretty heavy with the baby stuff. I need to play catch up. So much to document from the past 6 weeks!

Today I’m linking up with Friday Favorites over at Meet at the Barre.

We were lucky enough to have our friend Steph take Callie’s newborn pictures while we were in the hospital. She takes the best pictures of my family.

You can find here website here and on Facebook here.

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My sister was there for the beginning of the photo shoot. I love this picture of her and Avery.

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The nurses at the hospital were so wonderful about making Avery feel special. She loved her Big Sister bracelet!

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My mom popped in near the end of the shoot.

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Thanks again Steph. They are amazing!

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please welcome miss callie

Whoa. I haven’t blogged in almost 3 months! I guess I took my own version of a summer vacation. But I have a really good reason for being gone. I had a baby! But you probably already knew that.

I’m popping in to share some pictures and a quick(ish) birth story. So if that’s not your thing, just scroll through the pics!

Our story starts on Monday, June 23rd. My doctor’s office called to let me know that I was able to get an induction scheduled for Wednesday the 25th. The week prior, I had expressed my growing anxiety over this ever-growing baby. At last estimate she was over 8 lbs. And I know that isn’t super accurate, but I had a hard time pushing out Avery at less than 7 pounds. So I was pretty excited when he agreed that there would be no harm in inducing me. The baby’s head was really low (every appointment I was checked at they were surprised at how low she was), my water was “breakable” (I had no idea it could be un-breakable), and I was dilated. Woo!

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the last pic of the Callie Bump. I miss it a little…

I had a mostly positive experience with Avery’s birth. I was induced and 12 hours later I had a baby. Works for me. I didn’t like the idea of laboring at home. In pain with no strong drugs. I didn’t even remember what contractions felt like, so I wasn’t too sad not to have to go through hours of pain at home.

Ha. Life, you know. I woke up at my usual 3am to use the bathroom. When I got back into bed I felt a little cramp on my right side. And didn’t think anything of it. I had been having random little cramps for a while. Then they happened again about 10 minutes later. And then again in another 10 minutes. Crap crap crap!

So I turned on the light and started timing them. They varied between 7 and 10 minutes, but were definitely intensifying. Jeremy had gone into Avery’s room at some point in the night and fell asleep with her. And I decided to let him sleep. Wife of the year over here.

His alarm went off a little after 5 am. When he staggered into the bedroom I told him, “I don’t thin you are going to work today.” He woke right up and got excited. By 5:30 the contractions were about 5-7 minutes apart. So I called my mom to give her a heads up that she will need to come over to watch Avery. And then the doctor’s office to see if I was able to come in yet.

I got the green light and started gathering things while we waited for my mom to get to our house. I was excited and nervous. And in pain. So I was ready to get to the hospital.

We arrived at the hospital at about 6 am, after a 5 minute drive. Contractions are 100x more painful in a car. Scientific fact.

They put me into a little room to check to make sure I was really in labor and get all my info, register, etc. My contractions were still 4-5 minutes a part but way more painful with the added bonus of feeling intense back pain every 5th or 6th contraction. I wanted my epidural.

It was determined I was dilated about 5.5 and I was set up in an actual delivery room.

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officially in a room!

I was finally able to get my epidural at 9 am. That’s 6 hours after I noticed contractions, for those keeping track. Which I was. Laboring at home < at the hospital. I don’t know what kind of magic the anesthesiologist does, but it’s awesome. I was mostly pain-free. I could still feel some pressure when I had my back contractions. But I was still able to move my legs. Crazy.

We waited around. Boring things. The doc came in and broke my water. More waiting.

A little before 1 pm, the nurse checked my progress again. And I was at a 10! They called the doctor in and had me do some practice pushes. Umm, no thanks. I wasn’t ready for that. For some reason everything felt like it was moving way too fast! I started crying. I pushed for an hour with Avery. I didn’t want to do that again.

With the epidural still going strong, I couldn’t feel when I was having a contraction. So the nurse had to feel my stomach and we guessed when I should be pushing. So I pushed. About 3 times and she was out. I had another daughter. Insane.

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meeting my newest love

I couldn’t believe she was finally here. I was so relieved everything went so smoothly. After a few minutes, the nurse asked if she could take her and clean her off. I handed her off. The nurse said she felt like Callie weighed about 7.5 lbs. Then she put her on the scale. 8 lbs 10 oz. We were all shocked.

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she only gets these awesome curls after getting a bath.

As you can see, she has an amazing head of hair. That is the first thing anyone ever comments about. Her hair. One nurse said that is the most hair she has ever seen on a Caucasian baby. Haha. Thanks?

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It felt like déjà vu meeting Callie. I think she looks identical to Avery when she was born. Every time I looked at her, it felt like I was back in time.

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Top: Avery Bottom: Callie

I love being a mom of 2 now.

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midnight snuggles

And Avery is doing great as a big sister. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Avery wanted to be just like her sister.

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wonderfully weekend :: spring has arrived!

Yep, it only took until the middle of May, but I think we can say spring is here. Finally!

Also, weekend recap on a Thursday? #overachiever

Saturday my wonderful friends threw Little Sister a sprinkle shower! We are so spoiled. Friends, flowers, food. So much food! I really should have taken a picture of the selection.

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Aren’t those onsies just the cutest?! My friend Elizabeth made them. I can’t wait to use them!

The shower was nice and low key. We just hung out and chatted and ate the delicious food. My friends all chipped in to help us buy the double stroller we have had our eye on. Like I said, we were spoiled!

Thanks so much ladies for a great day!

Sunday we decided to stock up on some flowers. I love walking up and down the aisles, choosing which ones we want to plant on our deck for the summer.

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It rained on Monday, so we actually got around to planting them on Tuesday. And we have 3 or 4 empty planters. So we will have to go back for some more this weekend. Oh, darn!

Sunday afternoon we had family/maternity pictures taken! I am so excited to see them! Avery was being so adorable. As usual. It was such a beautiful afternoon, besides the wind. So I’m sure my hair is in my face for every picture. : )

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And now that it’s Thursday, I can look forward to another weekend! A long one at that.

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