21 October 2016
This is my absolute favorite! Crisp, sunny days surrounded by beautiful colors. It feels incredible.
We went to the Kletsch Waterfall to watch the salmon run. Watching those huge fish try to jump up these falls always amazes to me. Truthfully, I cheer for them instead of the fishermen. But we did get to watch one person catch a 15 pound salmon, and that was kind of cool too.
Catching up on his reading.
These two. Now that it's getting cooler, there are lots of snuggles. Storm may put up with it, but it's always Gretel pushing her way next to the big guy.
Thursday's harvest. The garden still has a few plants that are doing pretty well. Including our surprise tomatillo plant. Brian and H thought they were planting sugar snap peas. Something must have been labelled wrong, but I'm not complaining. These are beautiful!
14 October 2016
Last week was Homecoming, and H was all about it. Friday night, he walked in the parade. C and I went to watch, then left him at the bonfire and backyard games before the big football game.
This guy wanted to go to the game too. He sat with me for a bit, then ran off with friends. Brian's been in Austin the last couple of weekends, so he unfortunately had to miss it.
H went over to one of his soccer friend's house before the Homecoming Dance, where a group of them met up, had dinner, then went over to the dance together. He had a really fun time.
They came up with a new trick.
The boys had off of school on Wednesday for the Jewish holiday. Gretel made herself comfortable -- right on H.
We also went apple picking! So glad we finally made it.
C had his last cross country meet of the season. He came in 7th for his school (45th overall). He was running slower than last year by a good 30+ seconds, but still did awesome. His school won conference for the second time in a row too. So exciting.
12 October 2016
It's been a few years since we've been apple picking. With a day off of school for the Jewish holiday, it seemed like a great opportunity to go. Besides apples, we harvested popcorn. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it. There was also Indian corn in the fields. We didn't get any, but it sure is pretty. C thought some of the kernels looked like glass. We also didn't pick out a pumpkin, but they were everywhere. We also picked out giant gourd make a birdhouse with next spring. Such a fun Fall day.
07 October 2016
The boys and I made to the final weekend of Oktoberfest. (Brian was in Austin for work). H went for it, and ordered the pig head. So gross -- but he thought it was pretty awesome.
Trying to get better about walking these two instead of just letting them run around the yard all day. Started off strong, but they haven't been out in three days again now.
H had his last JV2 soccer game this weekend. It's bittersweet. It was a ton of fun, but he's ready to start playing with his club again. Fortunately, a number of these guys will continue playing with him there. The game ended in a tie (1-1), with H having the assist.
30 September 2016
C was in a soccer tournament in Cedarburg all weekend. 2 wins, 1 tie put them in the finals -- which got rained out. They ended up winning the tournament based on points. H was busy this weekend too -- refereeing. He did great.
This one finally went into the vet to take a look at her knee. She's been limping for awhile, and he referred us to a specialist. Things aren't looking great -- it seems she might have a partial ACL tear. The good news is, it's not urgent. The bad news is, we are going to have to deal with it at some point. And are supposed to limit her running. Um, right. Even the vet laughed when she told me that.
C had his third cross-country meet. Bayside boys ended up coming in 1st place. C took 17th place -- 7th for his school. They are really fast. And he conquered the Klode Park hill. It doesn't seem like much here, but it's really steep.
23 September 2016
16 September 2016
C and I were in Madison Friday through Sunday for a soccer tournament. The first night we hung out in the hotel room and ordered pizza and a salad, and ate on C's bed. He thought it was the best thing ever.
Brian and I celebrated 17 years together. Look how young we are! Too bad we didn't even get to see each other. But he and H did drive out on the motorcycle on Sunday.
C's team won their bracket in the tournament! Three wins and one tie. He's been working hard and having a great time this year. The full field is kind of kicking his behind, but he'll get it.
Oh my gosh, look at this one! Sleeping like a little baby.
C had his first cross country meet. He came in 16th overall -- 5th for his school -- and his school ended up winning the meet. In other news, there is a new 6th grader who has a faster mile and came in 3rd for the school at the meet. Look like C's going to finally have to give up his title. He's ok with that.
09 September 2016
It was my birthday on Tuesday. 47. It's a weird number to say because it just doesn't seem possible. Overall, the day was pretty uneventful. Filled with back to school, catching up and meetings. There were, however, a few really nice surprises. Melissa sent me the most beautiful plant in the world. She sure has a way of making people feel special. Brian made an incredible salmon dinner. And Mother Nature apologized for being so hot and humid all day (not my favorite) with this incredible rainbow.
C took a bite out of the giant gummy bear he got for his birthday. Isn't that thing crazy?
08 September 2016
The final day. Always so sad, but especially since this was such a perfect weekend. Most of the group had to get back home for one thing or the other, so they left fairly early. Along with the Kraljs, we decided take advantage of the gorgeous day and spend a couple more hours at the lake before heading home.
After Breakfast Burritos and Bloody Mary's in the morning, we caravanned through the beautiful country roads to New Glarus. We sampled the beers, and discovered a new favorite -- Uff-Da. Lunch was at Sugar River Pizza before heading back for some more lake time. The weather was extremely comfortable this year, thank goodness. But it meant that getting in the water proved to be a little harder. At least for us adults. The kids had a blast. And El's floating island was a big hit, to say the least. At night, the kids had a piñata, thanks to C. It's a tradition for him, as you know. And without kids around this year on his birthday, this was the compromise. Dinner was campfire beans, potatoes and hot dogs. All of us were exhausted, so it was early to bed for most of us.