Monday, October 15, 2018

October Camping - St Croix State Park (October 6-7, 2018)

Since we survived our first family of six camping adventure we decided we wanted to try it again. When we went back in July it was hot, it wasn't much fun making a campfire and the bugs had Isaac in tears on our hike. So we knew we wanted to take the kids camping again when it wasn't the heat of summer. Well... there was a beautiful weekend in September and I booked this one night campsite; not realizing just how cold it would get. The first cool weekend we had in September made me nervous because I knew we still had a few weeks til we could our camping trip in. But October 6th was the first weekend day we had available so October camping it was. 

We just did one night, Isaac had his last Saturday morning soccer and we had the van mostly loaded so we could drive to the state park immediately after soccer. It was only an hour and a half drive away. We arrived about 3:00 and got camp set up. 


It was super cold when we arrived, it was about 45 or so.



Checking out the hiking map.


We attempted a hike before dinner. Thinking we'd do the hiking club trail. But with how things were starting it wasn't looking promising. Emma learned a valuable lesson... that of which to remove gloves when using the bathroom especially before wiping after a poop. Those gloves got put in a doggy bag until they could get ran through the washing machine.

Good 'ol Harpo is so patient as all the shenanigans take place.

Alright let's do this... it was starting to get cooler at the evening went on.


Well we didn't make it far when we saw a path that went down to the river. So we made the choice there: "we keep going for the hiking club password, or we take the trail down to the river and take that path back to camp" We decided on the latter which was good because my hands were cold and it was time to get the fire and dinner going. 



It was gorgeous fall colors. Seriously a perfect last camping adventure. We are even more thankful after this past weekend when temps were dropping below freezing. We squeeze in this trip just in time!



Kids playing with their hiking sticks. Emma picked up a hiking stick back at Glendalough and Mary's stick was from Ft Snelling... which Mary ended up falling and poking her self in the cheek with it shortly after this photo :-( You can see the damage done in a picture from the next day. 


Beautiful fall tree by the bathrooms

We had dinner: sausages with sauteed peppers and onions and s'mores. Then we bundled up for the night. The kids in one tent and Kyle, me, and Thomas in the other. Thomas did great all night, he didn't seem the least bit cold. I was cold and didn't sleep very well at all. Isaac got up to pee about 3 times. We were ready for it to be morning, lol. It got down to about 36 or 38 that night. We woke up and got a fire going at the crack of dawn. Warm oatmeal for breakfast and the rest of the s'mores. Oh and hot chocolate. The kids were in heaven!




Felt so nice by the fire. This is the kind of camping we love. Maybe a litttttle warmer. But we def want to go earlier in the summer and then maybe try to get a September trip in next year.

Christmas card candidate (that is if I do them... eeek didn't get them done last year)


Enjoying hot chocolate and marshmallows.



Mary's poor eye. It has completely healed now, but it didn't look good the next couple of days. 



We packed up camp and set off for the hiking club trail. The sole purpose of camping ya know?! lol gotta get that hiking club trail password.

Miss Mary straggling behind.

Thomas really enjoyed the hike... slept the entire time.

So pretty!




Harpo slept in his coat, he was colder than the kids were.

Found a caterpillar.



Thomas woke up about this time in our hike, we were almost back to camp, and realized we lost one of his mittens :0( Kyle ran back a ways to see if he could find it but no luck. Oh well... they only lasted us 6 years as they were originally Isaac's.

We got home and made a fire to warm up. It was a fun (full of work for mom and dad) camping trip. Making memories :0)

Thomas loves this book, lol I love that he's reading it upside down. But lately he will throw all the other books on the floor until he finds this one and then runs around with it.

Bike Update & September stuff

Let's see, it's been a while since I blogged so I have some catching up to do. I left it last with our new bike, but we didn't have all the parts just yet. We bought the bike on a Thursday, drove it to get a tune up, picked it up on Saturday. I had ordered a seat but it didn't arrive until Wednesday I think it was.

The seat is for Thomas to ride in, they recommend babies ride in it until age 4... which seems like a while but I know we will for sure use it next summer and maybe the summer after. Until he's old enough to sit on the seat and no chance of falling asleep on a ride.

He loved it! I gave the kids a ride around the block, first the girls with Thomas and then Isaac with Thomas. This is going to be fun to have next summer.


That evening we had Isaac's soccer, it was a beautiful fall evening.

Back track a couple days to Sunday (September 23rd) I went into work, but Kyle took the kids to the Washburn games. It was a fun field day event with all sorts of sports. Isaac LOVED it! The girls enjoyed it too but got bored of it pretty quick. I met them there after work and got to see them run the end 'mile' run. Isaac ran the whole thing and it was so adorable to see Mary run off. Emma was melting down at that point as she was hungry and tired. There was ice cream waiting at the end for the race finishers.




Here's a couple random pictures from ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education). I did this class with all the kids so I was excited to get Thomas in it. It's fun to do something just for him. He still doesn't quite get it's for him and wants to run off into the background and play by himself, much like he does at home. 



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saturday Adventures

What's a weekend day if you don't pack it full of fun!? :-) 

Yesterday I met up with two of my beachbody coaches and we ran a 5K together. I had the idea to sign up together a while ago and just googled runs coming up. This one was called 'run like a girl' and I thought, hey we're girls this will be fun. Not knowing what it really was. Turns out it was a politically focused run, which I'm okay with. Both the other gals felt the same. One of my coaches loves this kind of thing so was super excited about it and laughed at me knowing I had no clue what it was when I picked that specific race, lol. We got to hear from Amy Klobachar at the beginning, it was fun and got us pumped up to write some letters to our congress people. 

It was a chilly morning, in the 40s so we started off cold but quickly warmed up. 

Sarah is a runner so she went ahead of us. Kristin hadn't run a whole 5K before so I stayed with her. She actually hadn't ever ran a mile straight so I was super proud of her for finishing the whole 5K without walking!!! She is in her second round of 80 day obsession so I know she was fit enough to do it. Amazing how these home workout ACTUALLY WORK, haha. Just because we don't run all the time our bodies can totally handle it!



The kids had fun cheering us on and thoroughly enjoyed the racer snacks at the end haha.

The sun felt nice and it was starting to warm up. We discovered a buckeye tree on our walk back to the van. 


We went out for lunch/brunch. Stopped at Common Roots cafe to use up one of our Chinook Book coupons (for any local peeps reading this my MoMs group is selling them as their fundraiser I have a few left if you're interested) I actually used two coupons yesterday and saved more than the cost of my book! Love a great savings. 


Isaac is reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, I love that he loves reading so much. We also learned at curriculum night on Thursday that most first graders start at reading level D and end at about level J. Well these books he's reading on his own (which he finishes in less than a week) are reading level T! They do separate for reading at school so they place the kids together by reading level into three different classes. I'm not sure which level his class is, I'll ask at the first teacher conferences. 


We take up two tables when we go out to eat, lol. A four seater and a two seater. It's so nice that one kiddo is easy to eat out with, gives us hope. The girls (and obviously thomas) still take a lot of attention and reminding how to behave when eating out.

While eating we got the call that our bike was finished and ready to be picked up. All looked really good, just got  basic tune up. Kyle dropped me off at the bike shop and I rode it home.

It's an xtracycle, has a longer back end for cargo. We got it with all the attachments to carry the kids on the back. Once I got home i got the bags back on the sides and the cushion seats. I took them off on Thursday when I had to ride it in the rain. We also got the flightdeck (the black flat part on the back of the bike) prepared for the child bike seat that will arrive in the mail this week. We have a kid seat for Thomas to sit in so we'll get that hooked up and will be able to ride all three at once. 

Kyle took it for a spin and gave the girls a quick ride again. They test rode it with me. They love it.

We got the trailer out for one more ride, ready to get rid of this thing. Kyle really doesn't like it, however the kids are okay with it. The girls fought with who would get to ride on the cargo bike. Mary started then Emma got to ride it back home.

First ride as a family on TWO bikes. Isaac does great riding on his own, but this is a nice option to get somewhere a little quicker.



We biked to a park on the other side of Lake of the Isles.





We biked back home and got ready to head out. We had purchased an oktoberfest event ticket at the school auction last spring and the day had finally arrived. Three families hosted at someone's house. It was super fun! Will def try to bid on a spot again this year. We bike there, lots of leg work in for me in one day. 


There was hammerslaugen! and das boot! Super fun and we met some more parents with kids in Isaac's class as well as visited with some other parents we have met the past couple years.
 

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