Trick or Treating

Why is it that I can never get a picture of us before we go trick or treating? I feel like everything is such a rush and this year I had to bribe Callum to put his costume on. So what I'm saying is is that these pictures are from the next day and there isn't one of Callum because apparently the bribe only works once. Lauren was a cupcake and McKenna was an ice cream cone and Callum was a donut. Jeff and I had baker's hats and aprons, you know "because we made them." I thought it was funny and I'm a little sad that we didn't get a picture of all of us. That is my New Year's resolution. Family picture in our costumes BEFORE we go trick or treating.

Aren't these girls such cuties. 

We got a pretty good haul. We walked around the condos and then headed to an assisted living home that is a couple blocks away. The old people like to see the kids and it is a warm place to trick or treat. After that me and Cal headed home, but the girls (thanks to the long underwear I bought them) kept going for probably a half hour after that. I wish it were warmer here and not so dark so early. I had a hard time coming home with Callum. Seeing all those porch lights always makes me want to go to "one more house." I counted the girls' candy with them the next day and they each had over 90 pieces. I'm sad to say that it is all gone. Sad because its gone and sad because I know its gone because I ate it. I just remembered that Lauren had a lot more than that. Her teacher told the kids to bring her back all their Kit Kats and Three Musketeers because they were her favorite. And sweet Lauren did. She went through her and Kenna's candy and stuffed the pockets of her backpack full of them. I figured her teacher would send them back because I assumed she was just joking, but she took them. I wouldn't be so mad except that I love Kit Kats. Oh well. Her stick thin teacher can eat them.

This little guy was obsessed with his candy. This is two days after Halloween and he was still carrying around his bucket everywhere. I mean he even took it with him in the car when we went places. I was surprised that he didn't really try and sneak any candy. He would just dump it out and then put it back in.


Picking The Perfect Pumpkin

We went to a place I saw on facebook. It was this tiny family farm with the cutest barn EVER. Pretty much everyone knows that I love barns. Jeff and I had our first fight over the awesome asthetics of a dumpy fallen down barn versus the pristine condition of his Grandma's barn. Anyway back to pumpkins. The pumpkin patch was free and so were all of the activities. We spent a couple hours playing and picked an awesome and I might add HUGE pumpkin.

Callum is Two

We kept Callum's birthday really small. No party. Just us, some presents, and cake. Really I knew that this would make him the happiest. He doesn't really like crowds and he doesn't like to share his toys. How mean would that be for me to make him share his new toys with friends? This boy is all boy. He runs, jumps off of everything, throws everything. He has his occasional really sweet moment. Like when he gives me a kiss its always one on each cheek. And when he say "ah, thank you mommy." He may a tricky kid to handle but he certainly makes us all laugh.  

We Have Visitors

The last week in August Jeff had a week and his parents came up for a visit. It was a week jam packed full of fun and adventures. I don't have a lot of pictures because his parents took a lot and I figured that I would get them from them later. We went to Devils Lake, the Dell and saw the Tommy Bartlett show, we went to the Baraboo circus (which as a side not was super lame, and Callum was so scared he never looked and eventually fell asleep on my shoulder). We also went to door county where we went to a drive in movie, which we all loved. That was my first time going to a drive-in. It was really neat and then the next day we went to tour a light house and went to an awesome beach on Washington Island. I hope that Jeff's parents got pictures of it because it was beautiful. It was a limestone beach. No sand. Just really smooth rocks. We skipped rocks forever. Well Jeff did, and Callum just plopped them in the water. I was about as bad as Callum and the girls seemed immune to the fact that the water was literally freezing. It was such clear water that I told myself that I would go all the way under the water. It took me the entire time we were there to work up the courage. So. Cold.
Who doesn't need a giant chair picture. Right?

Backyard Camp Out

We really wanted to go camping this summer. It just feel like something is missing if you don't. In the past however we've had really bad experiences. Like wake up in the middle of the night and drive home, or drive around for an hour until everyone falls asleep and then just sleep in the van kind of bad experiences. So we decided to sleep behind our condo. The kids stayed up forever, but eventually, like 11:30, we were all asleep. Callum woke up around 6:00 and I just took him inside to his crib and he went back to sleep. Jeff was amazing and did all the work for our "camp out" and while the kids snuggled up in the tent to watch a movie Jeff and I got to just sit around the fire for a while. It was a perfect night to camp out.

Jeff's 30th Birthday

You would think that being at the end of July that it would be warm but it was really cold. Like upper 50's cold. Jeff really wanted to go to Cave of the Mounds to celebrate his birthday and who am I to refuse his birthday wish? It is about 30 minutes away it was pretty cool, not the coolest cave ever. The tour was informative, way too informative. I think it lasted an hour. Callum did really good for about the first 30 minutes but after that he was basically a terror and we couldn't wait to get out of there. Here is a picture of us waiting for our tour to start. I really need to start asking random strangers to take our picture. The one handed thing is getting harder with every kid we have.

And I honestly don't remember anything else we did that day. I'm still plagued by the memory of Callum playing a ant smashing game on Jeff's phone in the cave and then the tour guide making us turn it off so we could see something glow in the dark. Callum's reaction wasn't pretty. That must be what is blocking my memory fromm anything else that happened. 

Summer gone by

I know that it is probably ridiculous to post about stuff that happened so long ago but it has been bugging me. If I had to sum the summer vacation up in one word it would be....LONG. This summer was my first time actually having a summer vacation. There were things I loved, but by the end of July I was no longer a fun mom, I was no longer a happy mom, I was no longer a creative mom. At the beginning we kept a pretty rigorous schedule. A different outing each day of the week. Math time and writing time everyday while Callum took a nap, and it was good but exhausting taking all three kids out for outings, and then again if I had any errands to run. I don't have many pictures because at the time our outings seemed so routine, but now I wish I would have taken more and captured their childhood a little better.

We spent lots of time at the lake and at parks. The lakes here are awesome. Not clean enough for me to want to swim in them but that is what is great about it. I sit on a blanket on the beach watching my kids splash around and make sand castles, and if I got too hot sitting there I could go and get my feet wet and return to my blanket. We had our swim suit bag, and beach toy bag packed and ready to go every day almost like you would pack your hospital bag. 

We spent lots