20 October 2017

Last Week in Moments

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H's soccer season came to an end, with a rainy game under the Friday Night Lights. It was a great year -- the JV team ended the season 16-1. Not too bad!

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I'm usually not a huge carnation lover, but these are amazing.

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We went to Spieker's Pumpkin Farm on Sunday. This guy was in absolute heaven. I think we visited the pigs at least three times. They were so cute.

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I think it's safe to say we got the largest pumpkins in the world. Glad they are old enough to carve these themselves.

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The baby cows were pretty cute too. This guy (or gal) was just about to nibble my hair.

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Often, Gretel cries when she is trying to fall asleep. Kind of like a baby,  Seriously. She just won't give up. She was laying down and crying for about 10 minutes when Storm finally had enough. He squeezed right in and snuggled her. It worked! She stopped. He's the best.

16 October 2017

2017 School Photos

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2017-2018 school year photos. 10th (15 years old) & 7th (13 years old) grades.

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15 October 2017

Pumpkin Farm

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On a whim, we decided to go to a pumpkin farm. I honestly can't remember the last time we went to one. Sure, we may have spent a million dollars on pumpkins -- partly because the three boys (Brian included) found the perfect pumpkins that happen to be absolutely giant -- but it was worth it. I love that our 15 and 13 years old were up for going to a pumpkin farm. These years are fleeting. In fact, H drove us there and back! On the highway. So yes, the million dollar pumpkins = totally worth it. There were also a few animals, including pigs. In fact, the pigs are the reason I wanted to visit Spiekers Pumpkin Farm, because someone (C) adores them. Even though he woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, these pigs totally turned his day into "the best day ever." They also have a hay ride into the fields to pick your own pumpkin, but we opted for not going on doing it since it has been raining all weekend and was totally muddy. But the pumpkins they had already picked were really nice, so we were happy. So many options -- regular pumpkins, small pumpkins, large pumpkins, white pumpkins, fantasy pumpkins, gourds that look like giant pears.... There was also a giant corn maze that they boys went into. It was mowed like the Disney castle, and really was quite impressive. Such a fun day.

13 October 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Homecoming weekend began with the parade, tailgate and football game. Maybe it wasn't as grand as I remember it, but my high school parade was kind of a big deal. Class floats, the marching band, and lots of people came out to see it. Unfortunately, H's is kind of lame. But I'm really glad he does it. He gets to show his team spirit, and C walks out with a lot of candy.

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The next night was the Homecoming Dance. H and his date went to Cafe Hollander with a group before then dance, and over to a friend's afterwards. I saw him at 1am the next day. He had fun. P.S. Aren't they cute?

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The next day, we went to the airport observation parking lot to watch the planes coming him. H was in heaven. When we came home, C and Brian were back. They had left at 5:15am on Saturday morning for a soccer tournament in the Wisconsin Dells, where C's team won their bracket. He had a great weekend.

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I wasn't a big fan of the this week. It started with our refrigerator water dispenser breaking on Monday. I was filling up water and the button to shut it off seemed to have broken off. Always something. Bought some pretty flowers and focused on that instead.

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Our nephew plays soccer for Waldorf University. They were playing Cardinal Stritch on the Bavarian fields (the boys old club). Ian is injured, but they still let him come up which worked out great since it was Pam's birthday.

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C had his last cross-country meet of the season. He ran the course in 13.07, which is completely impressive if you ask me -- but is a little slower than past years -- and he came in 4th for his school. He isn't a huge fan of running, and honestly is doing it just to stay in shape. I'm really proud of him.

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The next day, he had his last middle school soccer game. Yes, he tried to do it all. He only was able to make about half of the soccer games. He didn't make one since practice for soccer or cross-country. We did the best we could. Now we have a little break before basketball starts. Yep, he's trying something new! Love it.

06 October 2017

Last Week in Moments

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Brian and I went to see Chicano Batman at Turner Hall. So fun, and really incredible band.

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I'm not totally creeped out by spiders, but they aren't my favorite. Their webs, however, amaze me.

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Date caramel apple macaron from the Shorewood Farmer's Market.

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The most exciting thing to happen this week is that H got his temporary drivers license. He is now asking to drive everywhere. He took me to the bus to go to his soccer game the other day. He's not bad, but I didn't realize how nervous I was until he parked.

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Such a pretty girl.

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Stopped by Kletsch Park to check out the salmon run. It was a busy day at the falls.

29 September 2017

Last Week in Moments

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We have actually managed to have some soccer-free weekends this season. Between the two boys, normally we would have 3-5 so this is just weird. And kind of nice. My friend Emma (on the right) opened CrossFit Blue Moon at the beginning of the year. While I was sad to lose her as a coach, I'm super happy for her. Unfortunately, I hadn't made it out to visit her there. Until last Saturday. It was super hot outside, blazing sun, and a 20-minute AMRAP (power snatch, burpees over bar and 200m run). Not my favorite (plus, I rarely CrossFit on the weekends). Fortunately, my partner, Amy, is pretty awesome which made it a blast. Miss these two like crazy. By the way, if you are in the Sussex area, you should check it out. Emma is fantastic and you won't regret it.

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The JV team is so much fun to watch this year! They have their hardest match-up this coming week, but so far, are undefeated. Tuesday's game ended 7-0. And despite some nasty looking clouds, we avoided the rain.

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Was straightening up, and for some reason, this little corner of our home just made me really happy.

22 September 2017

Last Week in Moments

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H and the rest of the Nicolet JV soccer team caught the bus at 6:15am on Saturday morning and came home over 12 hours later, Red Devil Boys Soccer Invite champs.

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Well, it's done! I finally finished up the tattoo I started a few months ago. What started as a cover-up -- under the purple daisy -- turned into a family bouquet. Every time I catch a glimpse of myself I'm shocked I got something so colorful and large. It took me over 20 years figured out what I wanted to do to cover up a tattoo I absolutely hated. I'm still not 100% sure this is something I would have done if I didn't have "the blob," but I love what it turned into.

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The boys were off of school on Thursday, and besides Brian, we were all a little slow moving. It felt amazing.

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I had been promising a trip to The Cheesecake Factory all summer. Since we never made it, we had lunch there after H's dentist appointment. After lunch, we made a pit stop on the way to apple picking. One of C's old soccer teammates is a big fisherman. The boys spotted him trying to reel in a huge fish. Unfortunately, he lost it, but it was pretty amazing.

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Picked a huge bag of apples. Cortland, Gala, Fuji and 20 oz. Pippins were the pick of the day.

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When the temperature is 82 degrees outside while picking apples, you opted for the apple cider slushy over the hot chocolate.

15 September 2017

Last Week in Moments

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We spent a few hours in Rockford, Illinois for a soccer game with C (he one one both Saturday & Sunday), stopped home, then quickly went out to Panga to celebrate our friend's 40th birthday.

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These kids celebrated their 18th anniversary! We sure have built an amazing life together. I can't believe how fast the years go by, but I'm also excited to see what the future holds.

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C is doing cross-country again this year. He hasn't run that distance since last season, and hasn't made a single practice (ugh) so his goal was simply to get some miles on. He was dying, but excited to have his name on the announcements in the top 5 boys for his school. The next day, he was mentioned again! This time for scoring the first goal at the middle school soccer game. Yep, he's doing it all. In the meantime, he's also had his regular club soccer practice 3x a week, and H had two soccer games and practices. The JV team is still undefeated, which is exciting. It was a busy week, but a really good one.

08 September 2017

Last Week in Moments

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First Day of School -- 10th Grade

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First Day of School -- 7th Grade

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The signs of a very happy little girl. I couldn't open the door because that wakes her! I think it's hilarious when I find her like this.

Klassy Kamping 2017 :: Cast of Characters

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