Monday, January 31, 2011

We LOVE Weekends...who doesn't?

Happy Monday! We've had a couple of fun filled weekends in the month of January.

This past Saturday our friends Cori, Jason and their two beautiful kids came for a visit. It was nice to catch up and let the kiddos play. We really need to get together more often!

Later on Saturday afternoon Jack and Maddie got into Maddie's dress up clothes that she got from Grandma Jo and Grandpa Steve for Christmas. It was so fun to see her putting the dresses, necklaces and hats on. After dinner, I came out of the dining room to see this little fellow (below) all decked out in his sisters attire. Check out the slippers! It was SOOOO funny! This picture will definitely be surfacing when he gets to be about 16.

Maddie had so much fun putting all the necklaces on. She kept on saying "bye, bye" and waving when she put her purse on.

After breakfast on Saturday morning Maddie went into the laundry room and took off her jammies. Nathan went to see what she was doing and this what he found. She loves being naked!

This is right before we were leaving to go to the Kalahari two weeks ago. Maddie was so funny running around in her suit. It's funny to see her in a swim suit with snow behind her.

We had a blast that day. Jack was so excited to be back at the Kalahari. The first thing that he wanted to do was go on the "Lazy Susan", which is the Lazy River. That was a funny one. We had a nice time going on the water slides and playing in the wave pool. It took a bit for Maddie to get used to the water and noise, but once she did, she loved it. Thanks Jeff and Liz for giving us your passes!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wanna know what I see...

Here birdie, birdie look at me...

Last weekend was "Eagle Watching Days" in our town. Not wanting to miss out on any of the fun, we drove down the road to take some pictures of the Eagles. We're not really sure why we don't take pictures of the eagles more frequently, being that we live here, but last Sunday Nathan was able to get some really great shots.

These photos were taken along the Wisconsin River. I pulled over to the side of the road and Nathan was able to get a few photos of this beautiful bird. I was amazed that the eagle didn't fly away. There were about 15 at this particular spot looking at him. There was also a man in a car that decided to beep his horn at all the people and the eagle didn't even flinch.

AND...this is how Maddie feels about "Eagle Watching Days". Actually this was taken while I was in an Antique store. I had to run in "real quick" and see if they had something...they didn't.

BABY it's cold outside!!

I guess it comes as no surprise that in January it's below zero. One would think that after 28 years of living in Wisconsin that the cold wouldn't surprise us anymore. Well, it does!

Jack had the day off of school yesterday, so I took him and his buddy Kaden to an indoor amusement park. They had a blast! I was also lucky to spend the day with my good friend Liz! We had a relaxing morning while the boys played and then had fun watching the boys play lots of games and get excited over how many tickets they were winning. I don't have any pictures of the day, but we sure had fun.

Last weekend we were able to get outside and play for a bit. It was a heat wave compared to the frigid temperatures this weekend. We pulled Jack and Maddie around the yard in a sled and chased each other around the yard. Jack loves getting pulled in the sled and Maddie, not so much. She screams...a lot. It was the first time we'd been able to play in our new yard.

Maddie hanging on for dear life.
A quick picture before we had to head back inside.

Maddie and Daddy...two cuties :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Welcome to 2011...a little late!

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Yes, it's been since October since I've last blogged. Wow! Where does the time go? Let me tell you where our time has gone:

As many of you know, we put our house up for sale in July. After a long and stressful process our house sold and we moved into our dream house. Yippee!! We love it here. The kids moved in with no issues. Not even an, "I miss our old house" out of Jack. We were very impressed. Both of the kids did great in their new bedrooms and surroundings. They are loving all of the extra space. We are enjoying cooking in our new big kitchen and love our gas stove. We have lots of room for visitors, so come on over.

We had a fun and busy holiday season. We traveled to Milwaukee and Stevens Point. It was great seeing all of our family and spending extra time with them. The kids had a blast opening their presents and playing with their new treasures.

Jack and Maddie spent a few extra days in Stevens Point with Grandma, Grandpa and Auntie Anne. They even got outside to build a snow fort.

Nathan and I were able to spend some time exploring some new restaurants and an old favorite as well. We even enjoyed a night out with our dear friends Tom, Val, Jeff and Liz!

We hope to get outside and play in the fluffy white stuff that's decorating our yard. How pretty!!

Making Christmas cookies for the first time in our new house.

Jack and Maddie in front of our Christmas tree.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Maddie. Such a beautiful girl. Thanks, Grandpa Dave for capturing this moment for us.

Jack playing with snow blocks that he received for Christmas.

Auntie Anne and Maddie playing in the snow.

In front of Grandpa Dave and Grandma Debbie's Christmas Tree. I think this was right before we were leaving to go home. If I remember correctly Debbie had to stand on the sofa with a blanket to block the light so Dave could take a picture...funny!

Sofia (our niece), Maddie and Jack in front of Grandpa and Nana's Christmas tree.

Jack being a goof ball and trying to put a stocking on his head. This was at Grandpa Kyle and Nana's and was our 4th Christmas celebration.