Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pumpkin Patch

The fall has always been busy for us and being a family of four has just made it more so!  I was hoping to get to the pumpkin patch earlier in the season, but it just didn't happen.  We had a lot of fun despite the overcast and chilly weather.  The corn pit has always been Parker's favorite and Dehn's Pumpkins has the cleanest one we have been to.  There is bits of hay, but it isn't dusty at all!  This is the same place we went in 2012 and 2014.  
We dug a little hole for Esme to sit in for a bit.  This was the best picture I could get of the two of them.
 Unlike Parker's firest visit in 2012, she was ALL about eating the corn, so she wasn't in long.  It was also pretty chilly out and we wanted to keep her bundled.
 I was surprised there wasn't more people out.  We waited until after the Vikings game and I thought more people would have done that too.  The pumpkin jumper was totally empty and Parker had a blast!
 We went out in to the patch, but the pumpkins were very picked over, so we didn't get any.  Parker liked riding in the wagon...until the wheel fell off!  We just abandoned it and walked back!  By then I was time to go since it was only getting colder.  I am glad we were able to make it out before the season was over.

Monday, October 17, 2016

More 6 Month Pictures

I decided to take a few more 6 month pictures on Sunday and threw in some family ones as well.
For our family pictures I set up a tripod and had my dad just hit the button over and over while my mom tried to get the kids to look that way.  I think it turned out pretty good for VERY amateur photography.
I realized later that I didn't get any posed pictures with Parker and Esme, but I did get a couple of him pushing her in the swing for her first ride.
We spent the early part of Friday just lounging as Parker was fighting a fever.  It was going up and down all day and continued through today.  His temp finally went down this evening and I am hoping it stays that way.
Hope you have a great week and can stay away from the sickies that took our house out last week!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Esme June - Six Months Old

Esme June is 6 months old today.  She is getting very close to sitting independently, but still needs some support.  This has been a month of rolling for her!  He usually doesn't stay on her back for very long before rolling over.  This is normally ok, but she doesn't roll to her back when she gets frustrated.  She has also started rolling over at bedtime and doesn't really like falling asleep on her tummy, so we have to roll her back a couple times.  She has started responding to her name a little bit, which is cute.  I took this video last night while she was dozing off.  She is probably waking more to the noise than just to her name.
She had her 6 month appointment on Wednesday.  She weighed in at 18 lbs. 5 oz. (86%), is 26.25" long (68%), and 17" head circumference (79%).  That is up about a pound from my home measurements last month.  Parker was 14 lbs. 12 oz. and 27.25" as the same age.  She is wearing 6 mont, 6-9 month, and 9 month clothing, but will be out of the 6 month size soon.  She is wearing size 3 diapers during the day and night.  We just switched to 8 oz. bottles tonight and will see how she does with them.  I am hoping to get in to a better routine with solids and may just have to postpone my meals to get her fed.  He sleeping is still going great, with only the occasional wake up overnight.  ECFE has been going well and we signed up to continue through December.  I like being able to focus some time on her and meet other families with babies her age.  We had a mini half-birthday celebration tonight like we did with Parker when he turned 6 months.  This was her first time in the high chair, so I didn't give he any cake to play with.
She is growing in to such a lovely little lady.  I know she will be one in no time, so I just have to soak up these moments.  I am hoping to attempt some family pictures this weekend, but we'll see!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twin Cities Marathon

Jimmy wasn't feeling well on Sunday morning and decided not to go to church.  I made the last minute decision to head down and watch the Twin Cities Marathon.  I knew a handful of people running, including my good friend Stacy!  It was in the 30's, so I had to bundle Esme up in a little snowsuit.  Good thing it was a hand-me-down because it is probably the last time she will wear it.  Stacy was running for Team World Vision raising money to provide clean water for people in Africa.  We cheered on every World Vision runner we saw and even got a couple of "cute baby" comments and high fives.  We were stationed around the 19.5 miles mark, which is on the east side of the Mississippi River.  I was told this is where the number of spectators drops, so they need extra encouragement.
 Stacy didn't know we were going to be watching, so it was fun to surprise her!  The look on her face was priceless.
Jimmy's "not feeling well" turned in to a nasty cold/cough that took him out of work on Tuesday.  I started getting an itchy throat last night and woke up hardly being able to talk today.  I took the kids to daycare, slept all morning and am feeling better already.  Parker and Esme are not sowing any signs of illness yet and I am hoping it stays that way!
Esme is 26 weeks today, which means 6 months is tomorrow!  Can't wait to celebrate her half-birthday!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Bayfield Apple Fest 2016

Bayfield weekend is upon us again!  I was so excited for Esme's first Apple Fest!  As usual, we stopped at Coop's for the pizza buffet lunch and to stock up on candy and baked goods at our favorite Hayward shops.

Tremblay's Candy and a cookie from the bakery!
We stayed in Ashland this year at the same hotel as 2013.  After checking in I ran out to get dinner at Buddy's.  The fries weren't that great, but they had also gotten cold.  Jimmy said his reuben was delicious and my burger was really good too.
After dinner we went down to the pool for a dip.  The pool was a bit chilly, but the hot tub felt great!  After putting Esme in we realized it was probably too hot for her, so I just sat on the edge and splashed her a little.
We didn't have to get up and on the road as early this year since we were staying so close.  I found this adorable apple outfit while shopping at Once Upon a Child a while back.  I knew it would be perfect for this weekend and she can wear it for a few more months.  Unfortunatly we didn't get to show it off because she was bundled to the max.  It was in the low 40's, breezy and mostly cloudy.  
We didn't eat as much this year, which is probably a good thing.  I only got one apple brat on the way in, but we did try the apples romanoff.  They were dipped in funnel cake batter, deep-fried, and covered in romanoff sauce (sour cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, and rum.)  They were delicious!
We were back to the hotel by about 3:00 and just rested for a while.  I didn't want to run out again, so we just ate dinner at the hotel restaurant.  They have a lot of great fish options since they are right on the water.  Jimmy had fish tacos and I had fried cod.  
Both kids were awesome travelers once again.  Esme fell asleep both nights without any issues and Parker loved having a big bed to himself.  We hit the road by 10:00 the next morning to head back home.
Our final stop was at Burnett Creamery just outside Grantsburg.  We don't normally go this way, but wanted to avoid a detour on our normal route.  They have a large retail store and bistro.  Jimmy had The Wisconsin (Alpha’s Morning Sun cheese, oven roasted turkey breast and fresh baby spinach with a homemade cranberry-orange spread on cranberry wild rice bread) and I had The Tuscan (Alpha’s Morning Sun cheese, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers and fresh baby spinach with a homemade sun-dried tomato mayo on Italian herb bread.)  I couldn't leave without dessert and took a twist cone to go!  We may just have to take this way every year!
It was such a fun trip, but we were happy to be back on Saturday.