Wisconsin Dells 2017

We had a wonderful family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells to visit my Aunt Sherrie. My parents, brother Blake, and brother Sean and his family all went to spend the weekend together.

FRIDAY

I started Friday bright and early with a morning workout. I wasn’t sure how much exercising I would be doing over the weekend so I wanted to get a workout in before vacation started. It felt so good to get it done and out of the way.

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I had an oil change scheduled for the morning so Liam and I went to do that. While we waited we headed next door to our local Farm and Home to look at the animals. Liam loved the fish and the birds. He liked the puppies too but cringed when he saw the mice. He did not like them at all.

Then we went back to the dealership to wait for my car to get done. Liam convinced me to give him half a cookie while we waited (who am I kidding, I wanted a cookie and he made me share lol).

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Then it was home to finish packing up and wait for Joe to get home so we could hit the road.

My parents, Blake, and Sean and his family all left Thursday night and spent Friday at the water park with Sherrie. Once we arrived at the Dells we quick dropped our things off at Sherrie’s and went to Noah’s Ark water park.

My mom and Sherrie met us at the kiddie pool when we arrived. We let Liam adjust to where we were and warm up to the excitement. It didn’t take him long.

Then we went to find the others. We found my dad and Blake lounging in the shade. Liam was excited to see them.

Then we found the others. We headed to another kiddie pool to hang out and let the little one’s play.

Liam had a blast playing with Uncle Blake. He had fun splashing and running in the water. He loves his “Uncle Bait.”

Sean and his family decided to close down the water park and the rest of us headed downtown to MACS for some mac-and-cheese. I had the Memphis Mac and Joe had the Chipotle Mac. Both were soooo good!

Then we went to get Liam a Packer hat. Joe and I also got some Wisconsin gear.

There was live music so we watched that for a little while. Liam did some dancing in the street. He was having so much fun.

It was starting to get late so we headed back to Sherrie’s to put Liam to bed. We stayed up and chatted for a little while before calling it a night ourselves.

SATURDAY

Joe was up early and went for a 4 mile run. He is crazy but he got his exercise in bright and early before most people were awake. Liam was up pretty early too but I left him for a little while because I knew he would wake everyone up if I got him right away. Once I did get him he was ready to play.

He wanted to go outside so Sherrie got some toys out and he played outside for a while.

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Then I wanted to go for a walk so me, Liam, Joe, my mom, Sherrie, and Ayla all went for a walk. It was a quick one but it was good to get moving.

After our walk it was time for a little watermelon snack.

Liam played outside more and then everyone was ready for some lunch. He found a cute headband he wanted to wear. So adorable!

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Sean and his family decided to spend the day downtown. Joe, my dad, Blake, and my cousin Andrew went mini golfing and on the go-carts. That left a really quiet house for me, Sherrie, my mom, and Liam. It was perfect for Liam to take a nap. I decided to shower and get ready while he was down and my mom and Sherrie spent some time in the pool.

Liam woke up tired and snuggly after nap. I did not mind the extra snuggles. Once he woke up we all finished getting ready and headed in to mini golf.

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There was a park at mini golf that we had Liam play at while we waited for Sean and his family to meet us there.

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We also took a family picture while we waited for everyone to be ready to golf.

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We ended up splitting up for mini golf because we were a pretty large group and some of us just moved ahead a little quicker. Joe, Blake, Liam and I ended up moving ahead and letting Liam hit a bunch of balls into the holes. He was loving hitting the balls and he LOVED his little putter.

Liam and Blake had to take a rest on the greens because it was so hot outside.

After mini golf we went back to Sherrie’s for a burger cook off between Sean and Joe. Both burgers were very different and most people said they liked both. It was really a great summer meal.

After dinner Liam wanted to swim so Sherrie took him swimming. He had so much fun even though he only wanted to swim for about 10 minutes.

Then it was Liam’s bed time. We put him down and my mom and Sherrie were so kind and offered to watch him while Joe and I had a little date night.  I wanted to do some “competitive” mini golf so we did that. We chose a different course then earlier in the day and had a lot of fun. It was so nice to be able to relax and just enjoy some time together.

When we got back to Sherrie’s my dad picked up Joe and they went off for a boy’s night of Zombie combat and go-karts. I checked on Liam before heading to bed for the night. He looked adorable and so big all stretched out in his bed. I was exhausted after the busy day so I was glad to stay home and crawl into bed.

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SUNDAY

Liam was up pretty early again and ready to take on the day. He wanted to see everyone who was sleeping, he wanted watermelon for breakfast, and he wanted to play outside. He is so funny!

Liam and my dad watched some dirt bike videos in the morning to keep him entertained for a little while. Liam was totally into it.

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Then we all had a big family breakfast together. It was really good. After breakfast we packed up our things and got ready for the drive home. We left around nap time in the hopes that Liam would take a good nap. He slept almost the whole ride home which was perfect.

We ended up going straight to my parent’s house and ended up being lazy with them. It was super hot outside so my dad took Liam swimming while Joe picked up pizzas and sweet corn on the cob for dinner.

After dinner we headed back home to unpack a little, give Liam a bath, and relax. Joe and Liam were very relaxed during movie time. We all ended up in bed before 8pm.

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We had a wonderful weekend in the Dells and we are so thankful to Sherrie for letting us visit her. We can’t wait to visit again.

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Our vacation to Oregon part 2

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were all amazing days on our vacation but we also had the best days Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!

SATURDAY

Liam woke up pretty early in the morning again but did go back to sleep in bed with us. Joe captured Liam and I dreaming and snuggling.

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The kiddos were ready to play right away in the morning again. Joe read them stories and played more ring around the rosie with them.

Chelby had school from about 10-2:30. It really was good timing for her class because basically it was lunch and then nap time that she missed. It was a beautiful day so we took the kids outside for some play time before lunch.

The guys tended to the boys while I snuggled up with Alena. She enjoyed the fresh air as well.

Then we went inside to put the boys down and Alena. I was able to get some really great sleep snuggles with her.

All the littles woke up so happy and ready to play. We decided to go for a walk to a park nearby.

Liam and DJ loved the park. I took Liam down the slide before I realized it wasn’t super fast and he could do it on his own.

There was so much to do at the park. It was also very clean and not too busy. Liam was able to “run free” for the most part and explore.

We sent Liam and DJ down the slide together. They thought it was pretty great.

They were both exhausted on the walk home. I couldn’t even get a good picture of them.

We let them play outside a little longer once we got home. Tyler was cooking dinner so we figured the kids would be better entertained outside. Liam loved their trampoline.

We had dinner, played a little longer, and then put the tired little ones to bed. Tyler picked me up some local cookies and cream ice cream for dessert. It was super yummy!

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Then it was bed time for me as well.

SUNDAY

Liam finally slept through the night in the pack and play and didn’t get up until about 6. Thank goodness!

We decided to head to Voodoo Doughnuts in the morning. We picked up a bunch of different kinds and brought them home to try. They were crazy combos and all were pretty good! My favorite was the Homer -a plain doughnut with strawberry frosting.

Liam wanted some Alena snuggles when we got back so that is what he got! So cute!

Chelby was then holding Alena and Liam really wanted to be by her, and then DJ wanted to be there too so she got surrounded by the kids.

I decided I needed to get outside and exercise after trying all those doughnuts. I went for maybe a 2-2.5 mile walk/run. It felt so good. Then I made Chelby and me a yummy smoothie that she showed me how to make. So good! (Coconut milk, plain greek yogurt, banana, spinach, and frozen blueberries —yum!)

After the kids were done napping we decided to head to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Seriously the tulip fields are so pretty however we all felt the tulip fields in Washington were better, but this tulip field offered more for the children to do.

We got some really great pictures with the tulips.

Honestly I took way to many but it was so pretty!

Liam wasn’t really into the tulips much and wanted to play on the tractors but we still were able to snap some cute pics of him.

They had pony rides which we thought Liam might like however he had no interest at all. DJ loved the pony ride though and did so good. Liam watched with much concern.

The boys also went into a bounce house. Liam liked that for a few minutes but then he was done. DJ ran all over the place and loved the bounce house too. There was a slide and some wooden shoes they could sit in.

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After, we went home and ordered some pizzas for dinner. We played outside a little longer because it was so nice out.

After pizza Chelby, Joe, Liam, and DJ all went back outside to paint a project for DJ’s gymboree teacher.

Liam was exhausted by bed time which was good. He went down pretty easily. I was also exhausted and again ended up in bed pretty early. I had to tell Ty bye before heading to bed because he had to leave early in the morning. It’s always sad saying good-bye but on the bright side I get to see him in a month (for a wedding)!

MONDAY

Liam slept until 5 in the pack and play and then slept until almost 7am in bed with me and Joe. It was so nice to get some extra rest.

This was our final morning in Oregon. We had to be to the airport by 11:30am. Chelby dressed Alena in one the outfits we got her so that we could see how cute she was in it in person. She definitely was/is adorable!

We tried to get a good picture of the 3 kids and I think we got a pretty good one! They are just so darn cute!

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I soaked up a few more Alena snuggles before we had to head out the door. Chelby brought us to the airport where we said our good-byes. Liam even gave her a hug and a kiss.

Liam was good on the flight again however he only slept for about an hour of the flight this time.

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My mom picked us up at the airport and we headed home. We ended up getting home around 8pm. We put Liam to bed, unpacked a little, threw a load of laundry in, looked at some pictures, and then also headed to bed.

We really had such a wonderful vacation. It was so hard to leave Tyler, Chelby, DJ, and Alena but we are so thankful we get to see them again soon. We truly can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and friendship.

Our vacation to Oregon part 1

We had the most wonderful time in Oregon visiting our friends Tyler and Chelby and their two little ones DJ and Alena. We honestly cannot say thank you enough. They were wonderful hosts and took such good care of us while we invaded their home. Below I will include Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of our vacation. I will post part 2 soon after on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the vacation.

WEDNESDAY

We got up early and got ready to head to the airport. Liam insisted on having his morning smoothie.

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My brother Blake dropped us off for our 9:55 flight to Portland. Liam did such a good job on the plane and ended up sleeping for almost 2 hours of the flight. He really is a good traveler.

We arrived in Portland around 11:30. Tyler and DJ picked us up and we decided to head to a few waterfalls right away.

First we went to Multnomah waterfall. It was a little chilly and very misty from the water but it was so cool!

Then we went to Wahkeena waterfall. This waterfall was also really amazing to look at.

After the waterfalls we headed to Tyler and Chelby’s home in Wilsonville. When we got there we finally got to meet the adorable Alena Grace. Chelby dressed her so cute for our arrival. Liam was super excited to see the baby as well. He wanted to hold her. As you can see in the picture he wasn’t exactly sure how to hold her but he loved it!

They had made us yummy chicken tacos in the crockpot for dinner. They were super delicious!

Chelby had school in the evening but that was okay because we spent the remainder of the evening letting the kids play, snuggling Alena, and hanging out. We ended up in bed pretty early because of the time change but it was the perfect day and beginning to our vacation.

THURSDAY

Liam had a super rough night of sleep. We shared a room and he just wasn’t used to the new space so he ended up in bed with me and Joe. He woke up just about every hour to see if it was time to get up yet. Then at 4 he decided it was time. He stayed quiet and snuggled but wasn’t going back to bed. Little stinker!

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Since Liam was up so early Joe took him for a walk to go get coffee so that he was quiet while everyone else slept. I took that time to get ready for the day so that I could spend time with everyone else once they were awake.

Once DJ was awake we let the little ones play all morning. Liam was excited to see DJ and Alena in the morning.

Tyler had to go to work for the day which was okay and we knew would happen part of the vacation. He didn’t have to leave very early though and got home early too. I got to spend some quality time reading to little Alena throughout the hustle and bustle of the morning.

DJ goes to Gymboree on Thursday mornings so we were able to join them. Liam wasn’t too sure about the experience but did love bits and pieces of it. He would take breaks to go say hi to baby Alena which was sooo cute! He really loved doing Humpty Dumpty, Ring around the Rosie, and pretending to be a train.

After Gymboree Chelby took us to Dutch Bros to get some coffee. Oh my gosh….it was so good. Then we went home for lunch.

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I soaked up a bunch of baby snuggles after lunch and Liam snuck in some baby kisses before he went down for his nap.

After nap Tyler, Joe, DJ, Liam, and I went for a bike ride to the park. It was a beautiful afternoon and it was nice to get outside and enjoy it.

Chelby had school again in the evening but before she left we all had cauliflower fried rice for dinner. It was so good. I can’t wait to make it at home.

We again spent the evening just hanging out and relaxing. Joe went to give Liam a bath and DJ decided he want one too and crawled right in with Liam. It was so cute!

Then it was bed time for the little guys and shortly after it was bed time for me. Travelling and baby growing took a lot out of me (plus being up at 4am….)!

FRIDAY

Liam was up early again but slept much better than the night before. We again tried to keep him quiet so he didn’t wake anyone else up. He relaxed in the baby’s rock and play with his milk and watched cartoons. So funny!

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We decided to go for a morning walk while everyone slept. We also wanted to get some exercise in so it was perfect. We went for a nice long walk before heading back to the house. The trees are beautiful and huge and everything is so green and pretty. It was a really nice walk.

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Then, of course, it was morning play time again. Could these kids be any cuter?!?

Joe played ring around the rosie with the boys which they loved! I loved watching too. Alena got dressed super cute for the day and was just the most adorable little sleeper!

We decided to head to the coast after lunch. It was super windy and chilly but it was fun. Liam loved playing with the sticks and rocks on the beach. The ocean was so pretty and the waves were huge. It was so cool to see it and I am so glad we made the trip.

After the ocean we went to the casino for all you can eat seafood. We had a little bit of a wait so of course we tried to get some pics of the boys. The sun was too bright so the pictures are kind of dark but they were smiling and cooperating so well!

Once we sat down everyone hustled to fill their plates. I am not into seafood so I had to eat some of the other items but everyone else really enjoyed it!

Then it was back home to relax and let the boys burn some energy and go to bed.

Our first few days of vacation were amazing! Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were great too and that post will be coming soon!

 

Packing for a week in Mexico with a toddler

Honestly the thought of this was so overwhelming to me. I made sure to make a list and do a lot of research before packing for Liam.

I knew regardless of the research I would over pack just because I would rather be prepared. I decided to make a list of all the things we packed for Liam and whether it was necessary or not. I’m hopeful that this list helps others who are planning a vacation with a little one.

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This post will show what we packed in black and my feedback once we returned in red.

To the airport (going):

  • Pajamas-we had an early flight so we kept Liam in his pajamas.
  • Sweatshirt -to keep warm but also have as spare for chilly evenings and for the return to the frigid cold.
  • Socks-it is the dead of winter and cold so socks are a must; plus they will be nice to have as spares if the room is cold or we have a chillier evening –so thankful we had these because Liam ended up getting blisters and needed to wear socks with his shoes.
  • Keens -these are the shoes he will be wearing in Mexico as they are durable and breathable; plus since he will be carried into and out of the airport quickly we don’t have to worry about snow
  • Jacket -again it’s the dead of winter but we will be leaving this in the vehicle

Carry-On (diaper backpack):

  • changing pad
  • wipes
  • 6 diapers –3 or 4 would have been fine but it was nice to have extra
  • 2 spare outfits in a ziploc bag-Our flight was early in the morning so we left Liam in his pajamas. One of these outfits was for him to change into once we landed and the other was a spare just in case; the ziploc bag was for the dirty clothes if an accident did occur. The spare outfit is pants/tshirt combo so he can wear the pants home at the end of vacation. –this seemed like the right amount to me; better safe than sorry.
  • water cup
  • toys/books-I brought 2 small books with only pictures that he enjoys flipping through, 1 larger book lift-the-flap book, and his buckle turtle (he likes buckles) –he really did not play with any of these; not sure what my recommendation would be but he was way more into the people and things on the plane.
  • security item -Liam’s is a blanket –beyond necessary!
  • snacks-I brought 3 different snack items since he is a toddler and we flew during his breakfast time –he ate one of the snacks (an applesauce pouch) and we ended up buying him a fruit cup and banana at the airport
  • Ipad -Liam has never played games on our phones or on the iPad but we downloaded some apps for him to use at the airport and on the plane if necessary – entertained him for maybe 2 minutes. Should have given him a little exposure prior to the trip but not sure that would have helped either.
  • Soft blanket – this was nice to have on the plane
  • kids neck pillow –really helped support his head and my arm once he fell asleep. I would bring it again

Suitcase:

  • just under 60 diapers -I know this sounds like a lot but when we were planning for 7 days away we decided to bring extra due to the number of changes from swim diaper to regular diaper that may occur as well as the possibility of a reaction to some of his dietary options. –this was twice as many as we actually used and he had quite a few #2 diapers so use your best judgement but I would say 40 is plenty for 7 days.
  • 7 sleep diapers -we use pampers baby dry diapers at night time and pampers cruisers during the day –perfect amount.
  • around 40 swim diapers -again I know this sounds like a lot but thinking about the number of times he may be going in and out of the water I wanted to play it on the safe side. –Liam only went swimming a few times as he didn’t really enjoy it (water was a little chilly in the pools. The ocean was warmer but it scared him). I would recommend bringing 1 pack not 2 like we did and that would be plenty if your toddler does enjoy swimming.
  • Wipes – We ended up using all our diaper bag/travel wipes and so one full pack of wipes was great to have in addition to the travel/diaper bag wipes.
  • Security item -we have multiple of Liam’s favorite blankets so we packed a large one in the suitcase and a small on in the carry on
  • Clothes
    • 4 pairs of pajamas -I wasn’t sure on room temperature so I brought 2 shorts/t shirt pajamas, 1 tshirt/pants pajama, and 1 long sleeve/pant pajama –we did not use the long sleeve/pant combo but all other pairs were worn.
    • 3 swim shirts/3 swim trunks -again with being in and out of the water I wanted to have dry options for Liam – I would recommend at least 2 swim suits for sure and 3 if your child enjoys swimming. It is always nice to have a dry set.
    • 2 sun hats and 1 ball cap –the variety of options allowed Liam to wear the hat he wanted.
    • 3 bodysuits -one tank top/short and two tshirt/short – he wore all of these.
    • 3 dressy tshirt/short outfits -for pictures or nice dinners –he wore all of these.
    • 1 shorts/tshirt combos – he wore both.
    • 3 shorts/tank top combos – he wore all 3
    • 2 extra t-shirts –he wore these
    • 2 extra tank tops – he did not wear these
    • 1 light long sleeve zip up – wore this every day. Maybe would pack 2 next time.
    • 1 pair of socks –he did wear these and could have used an additional pair.
  • Thermometer/nail clipper/Tylenol/Ibuprofen/nose aspirator (nose Frida) –I used all but the thermometer but was glad to have packed it just in case.
  • 2 different diaper rash creams-Liam has not had a lot of experience with diaper rash so I brought 2 different kinds just to be sure -I read that humid temperatures can cause more diaper rash. Plus with being in and out of the water I figured all that moisture could lead to more rashes as well. – Liam did really good with rashes until the final few days. All the fruit he was eating loosened things up so I was glad to have these.
  • Sunscreen -one spray bottle and one lotion both 50 SPF – used every day; the lotion was good for his face and the spray made for quick and easy application
  • Milk cup –used every day
  • Snacks -some extras to have in the room if necessary and for the flight home –these were great to have in the room.
  • Toys -bedtime books, 1 toy car for the room, 1 toy car for the beach/pool, 2 plastic bath books for the pool or bath, plush Mickey Mouse –he was not interested in any of the toys except the bedtime books and the truck for outside
  • Portable crib sheet -crib provided by hotel –it did not fit for some reason.
  • Bubble bath/shampoo –yes!
  • toothbrush/toothpaste –yes!
  • forks and spoons –glad we brought these as Liam now requests to have a spoon or fork with his meals.
  • disposable bibs –These were very convenient for meals and could just toss them after.
  • 2 chair floats-one with canopy and other for spare if first one pops –I would recommend bringing only one. They have places to buy one if you need it.
  • outlet protectors –This made so much sense to me but we did not use these.
  • monitor –so amazing to have this.
  • sleep owl noise maker and night light –so glad we packed this.

To the airport (home):

  • Tshirt and pants
  • keens
  • sweatshirt and socks packed to add on once out of the warm temperatures

We also had to bring:

  • Liam’s car seat – this ended up being unnecessary as our transfer vehicle to the resort did not have buckles to strap the car seat in. –We had a transport to the resort from the airport and to the airport from the resort. Our transport vehicle did not have seatbelts therefore making the carseat completely pointless. Had we known this we would not have brought it.
  • Car seat transporter –very helpful for rolling the car seat around the airport and would work as a stroller if your toddler would sit in it -Liam would not.
  • Ergo baby carrier -we weren’t bringing a stroller so if Liam was not comfortable in his car seat/transporter we wanted a spare that would give hands free options – we did use this and not the car seat.

I truly hope this list is helpful as you are planning your vacation. I know packing can be hard but hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and successes on this trip and pack lighter/smarter than I did. 

Cozumel 2017

This last week we went on vacation to Cozumel Mexico with my parents and for part of the time my brother Blake. The weather was mostly sunny and beautiful all week. We had so much fun and there is so much that we did in just one short week that it will be hard to write about all of it without making this post super long. So I will bullet some of the things we did each day and include some of my favorite pictures from the vacation. There are even more pictures on my camera and my mom’s camera that I could share too but these are just a few from my phone.

SATURDAY

  • 2am wake up -couldn’t sleep any longer
  • 2:15am -COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE
  • 3am wake Liam -he wasn’t happy about it
  • 3am head to the airport
  • 6am flight -Liam slept most of it -yay!
  • Arrive at our resort at 12 -find out check in isn’t until 3!
  • Change into our swim suits and jump in the pool
  • Spend the rest of the day poolside and checking out the resort
  • Joe, Dad, and Blake head into town to check out the grocery store.

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SUNDAY

  • Coffee and gym -yummy mint chlorophyll water provided
  • We spent our morning poolside until Liam’s nap
  • Poolside during Liam’s nap -thank goodness for monitors!
  • All the staff and guests loved Liam
  • We taught Liam to say “hola” -so dang cute
  • Packer game -they had it going in one of the lounge areas and there were a lot of packer fans
  • I committed to a night out with my brother Blake and it was great. We went to karaoke and spent a lot of time chatting

MONDAY

  • Beautiful sunrise -we are on the sunset side of the ocean so it was cool to see the sunrise through the trees
  • Breakfast outside with an ocean view -beautiful -we walked the beach after -Liam was not a fan of the sand.
  • Poolside all day!
  • Joe, dad, and Blake went snorkeling
  • Liam enjoyed a non-alcoholic pina colada -loved it
  • We watched an amazing sunset
  • Market in the lobby -mom and I bartered for some rings—it was crazy
  • Caribbean dancers -mom and I were able to catch a glimpse of the show waiting for our rings

TUESDAY

  • Liam finally sleeps in and is more in routine
  • Coffee and Gym
  • Joe and I were able to have breakfast together while my parents took Liam
  • Poolside while Liam takes a long nap
  • Floatie park with Blake and Joe (mom and Liam watched, dad was scuba diving) -definitely got a sinus rinse when Blake slipped and took me down with him haha! so much salt water!
  • Beautiful sunset
  • Dinner at el Patio which was the Mexican restaurant at the resort -very good

WEDNESDAY

  • Last morning for Blake -heading home
  • Another pool day (spent a lot of time by the pool because that is where our monitor reached and Liam hated the sand haha)
  • Tried to take Liam swimming in the ocean -he wasn’t having any of that.
  • After bedtime we played cards with my parents on our balcony -it was so nice and fun

THURSDAY

  • Coffee and exercise again! (wanted to stay kind of in routine)
  • Joe and I enjoyed the adult only breakfast restaurant again while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool day again -Liam finally enjoyed the water again and had fun swimming
  • Liam had a rough nap -could be all the sugar the grandparents pumped into him while we were at breakfast hahaha!
  • Another amazing sunset
  • Fire show -we thought Liam would love it but it scared him a little -poor guy
  • We tried to play cards again but it started to sprinkle so we called it a night

FRIDAY

  • Our final full day
  • We had coffee and did our final adults only breakfast while my parents watched Liam
  • Pool all day! We called it fry-day Friday because we all wanted to get as much sun as possible
  • There was a wedding at our resort so we watched a little of that -so pretty
  • One final beautiful sunset
  • It was Mexican night at the resort so they had a Mexican buffet that was really good and then later a Mexican show that my parents saw a little of
  • Cards again with the parents after Liam went to bed

SATURDAY

  • One last breakfast with our ocean view table
  • Pack and leave the resort at 9am
  • Flight at 11:55am
  • Land at MSP around 3pm and Blake picked us up around 3:30
  • We stopped at Jersey Mike’s to pick up subs and ate them once we got to my parent’s house
  • Picked up Marley
  • Home before 6pm —time to relax

We had such a wonderful vacation. The weather was amazing, Liam did so well, and we were able to enjoy our time together as a family. It was hard to leave but it felt so good to be home!

Our trip to the Dells

We took a long weekend trip to the Wisconsin Dells to visit my Aunt Sherrie. Prepare for lots of pictures!!!! It was super fun and Liam enjoyed his first trip ever to the dells! My Mom came with us because my Dad had golf on Thursday and was going to drive on his own Thursday night. We left at bedtime Wednesday night and made it to the Dells around 10pm. Liam transitioned well to the pack and play. We hung out and chatted for a little bit before calling it a night.

THURSDAY

Joe wanted Dunkin’ Donuts so bad so he went as early as he could and picked us up coffee and donuts.

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After breakfast we started our day with an almost 2 mile walk. I tried to run a little bit but the air was thick with humidity and as the sun came out it got hotter and hotter. We decided to head back to the house and straight to the pool.

We ended up spending most of the day by the pool. It was a very relaxing day.

After we all showered and got ready for the day we decided to go downtown to the main street and walk around and go to dinner.

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Joe wanted a new Wisconsin Badger hat so we headed to a sports store. We ended up finding Liam the cutest Badger hat too so we HAD to get it for him. He just looked too adorable in it.

There is this clock that tells a story every hour on the hour so we stopped there and watched for a little bit. We also went to the jerky store and cheese store before heading to dinner.

 

We couldn’t wait to have dinner at MACS Macaroni and Cheese Shop. We had been talking about it all day and what kinds we were going to get. My mom got chipotle mac, Joe got buffalo chicken mac, and I got jalapeno popper mac. All were really good but I think my mom’s was the best one this time. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of our dinners but don’t worry we went again on Friday with my dad and I snapped a few pictures.

After MACS we walked around a little bit more. They have a street blocked off where there is a boat and a stage for nightly entertainment.

Then decided it was time to head home to get Liam to bed. However before he went down Joe, Liam, and I went for a little ride on the UTV. Liam loved it. Don’t worry, he didn’t drive! 🙂

After Liam went down we spent the remainder of the night chatting and watching the Olympics.

FRIDAY

My dad arrived late Thursday night and got some great snuggles with Liam in the morning. Liam rarely snuggles anyone so this was a moment worth capturing. So cute!

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It was a super rainy morning so we tried to keep busy inside and watched more of the Olympics while we waited for the weather to clear. It worked out pretty nice because Liam was able to stay on schedule and get his nap in before we had plans to leave the house.

Once Liam was awake we decided to go to Timbavati Wildlife Park. This was the perfect activity for Liam. There were so many animals for him to see.

There was an adorable baby monkey. Liam liked the monkeys because they moved the most. They were fun to watch.

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There was also a parakeet enclosure where you could feed the parakeets. There were so many of them and they were so pretty. Liam was very entertained by all the birds but after about 5-10 minutes he had enough and was ready to move on.

They had pig races too so we decided to go watch that. It was a slow race and the lady had to encourage the pigs to move. However, the pig I chose, Sw-einstein, won the race.

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After the race we went to see the giraffes, kangaroos, and turtles. The giraffes were super close and they scared Liam.

This was a super fun family event. We weren’t super impressed with the park and the size of the enclosures but it was a good activity to get us out of the house and entertain Liam.

There was a candy shoppe by the park so we stopped there and got a few treats while Liam played on one of the carousel horses with Sherrie.

Then we decided to go mini golfing. We started at the little park they had there so Liam could get some play time in. He enjoyed it very much.

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Then the men mini golfed while the women watched.

I was able to get some cute pictures of Liam. He learned how to blow kisses this weekend and it is about the cutest thing ever!

Joe let me shoot the last 2 shots for him while he held Liam. It was fun!

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Then we headed downtown again and back to MACS. This time I got the taco mac, Joe got the hangover mac, my mom got chipotle mac, Sherrie got cheeseburger mac, and my dad got mama’s mac. My taco mac was really good. The cheeseburger mac was good as well but not what I was expecting. Joe and I both agreed that my dad’s mama’s mac was really good too and maybe one of the best ones there if you are looking for a simple mac and cheese dish.

We walked downtown a little bit more after and then the women and Liam headed back to give Liam a bath and to bed again.

Joe, my dad, and my twin cousins Riley and Andrew went to do a Zombie outbreak and go-karts after dinner. At Zombie outbreak they have to “kill” the zombies and I guess it is pretty scary. They had a lot of fun.

SATURDAY

The night it rained again and was a little rainy in the morning. After more coffee and more donuts, my dad and Joe went to mini golf again while we tried to decide what to do for the day.

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We ended up deciding to go to the outlet mall. It was huge and there were so many stores. I ended up spending most of my time in Old Navy and Nike. It was a lot of fun and Liam was a trooper.

Once we got home we decided to play croquet. We weren’t entirely sure of the rules but had fun playing none the less!

Liam woke up from his nap to watch us play and eat a snack. He looks so grown up!

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We decided to make dinner this evening instead of going out which was a good choice. We had burgers and they were just what we all needed.

We played with Liam after dinner then it was bed time for him.

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My dad and Joe decided to go mini golfing again while my mom, Sherrie, and I stayed back to relax and watch more Olympics.

SUNDAY

We had planned to leave around 10 or 12 but Liam had other plans. He woke up quite crabby. We ended up leaving around 8:30 and Liam slept the whole 3 hours home. He was a tired boy after such a busy weekend.

We spent the majority of our day relaxing and settling back in to life at home.

We did visit our friends Colin and Emily for a few minutes since they won’t be able to make Liam’s birthday party. It was great to see them.

Then it was bath time for Liam, bed time for Liam, and House of Cards for me and Joe.

We headed to bed pretty early to get some rest before Monday!

We are so thankful for such a fun and long weekend in the Dells! Thank you to Sherrie for hosting us! We are so happy to have been able to spend time with you!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Lions, tigers, and bears! Oh my!

Today Liam and I had the pleasure of joining my friend Laura and her little girl Aria at the Minnesota Zoo. We are so thankful that Laura invited us to join her since she has a membership.

Both the kiddos were so good. Liam was soaking up all the activity around him. The people alone were keeping him entertained.

We visited the farm animals. There were a bunch of goats! Liam wasn’t scared like I thought he would be. He wanted to pet them.

The fish tanks were by far Liam’s favorite. He could have sat and watched them all day.

Liam and Aria looked so cute in their matching outfits by the fish tanks! I may be biased but they are such cute kids!

We saw the monkeys. There was even a mommy carrying her baby. Liam liked the monkeys too because they moved a lot.

We went to the butterfly exhibit too. There were so many butterflies flying around. They were so pretty.

We also saw the flamingos. They are Aria’s favorite.

We saw a lot of other exhibits too. It was fun catching up with Laura and doing something fun with the kids. I’m so grateful for this fun mommy and a fun Friday.

 

Being Auntie Lisha

I love being Auntie Lisha. It doesn’t hurt that I have some pretty great nieces and nephews. I love being able to make memories with these kiddos which usually includes lots of laughs and giggles.

Today I had the pleasure of bringing two of my nieces to the Mall of America. It was their birthday presents from me, Joe, and Liam.

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We had so much fun!! We started with a pre ride snack because the girls were hungry after the drive.

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We went on some pretty fun rides together.

They even convinced me to go on the Log Chute! Thankfully we didn’t get too wet.

We saw lego land but didn’t go in because the girls we not interested.

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Then we headed to lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. It is such a cool place to eat but very loud with all the animal sounds. The girls loved it though!

After lunch we made a stop at the Cupcake store to get some yummy cupcakes to bring home with us.

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Both girls were exhausted and fell asleep on the way home.

I’m so happy to be able to do fun things like this with these sweet girls! What a fun day we had!

Liam was happy to see the girls today too!

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Washington and weekend #6

Be prepared for a super long post with lots of pictures! We had a very busy, fun, and exciting end of the week and weekend.

We had the best time visiting our friends in Seattle. They were such wonderful hosts and we appreciated all the time we were able to spend with them and all the things we were able to do.

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THURSDAY

Our flight left at 7am and landed at 8:40am. We gained 2 hours. Needless to say, we knew Liam’s schedule would be thrown off. However he really did great! And his first flight was a breeze. He slept for a little over an hour and played the rest of the time. We were lucky that our flight wasn’t full and asked for an empty seat so we had some extra space for Liam to play. Liam got his first pair of wings for his first flight. The flight attendants LOVED him!

When we arrived in Seattle we first picked up our rental car and then met Chelby and DJ. Tyler was working so we didn’t get to see him until the evening. Once we met up with Chelby and DJ we dropped off their car and headed to Pike’s Place Market.

We walked around the market and had a few treats. Joe had some Salmon chowder that he said was really good. He and Chelby shared a crab roll. I’m not a huge seafood fan but Joe really liked it.

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We also watched the fish market workers toss a big fish! It was so great to see. Then we headed to the gum wall. I even added my own gum to the wall (kind of gross but so cool).

After the market we decided to go to Snoqualmie Falls. It was so beautiful. It wasn’t a long walk at all so the kids were content and the waterfall was so pretty.

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Then we decided to hang out and cook dinner at Tyler and Chelby’s house. It was a long day for us with travel and site seeing so it was good to relax in the evening. Joe grilled up some burgers that were done just in time for Tyler to get home. We watched the Minnesota Wild hockey game and relaxed. It was a great way to end our first day.

FRIDAY

It’s Joe’s birthday! He didn’t really want to do anything specific other than eat some seafood.

We started the morning off with some breakfast sandwiches made by Chelby and and ice cream coffee (the coffee is sweetened with ice cream — brilliant!).

Our first trip of the day was to the Navy base. We drove around to see different spots on the base where Tyler and Chelby spent their time. It was cool to see that part of their lives. Then we tried to get close to some ships but were stopped before we got too close. It was still so cool to see how massive the carriers are.

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After that we went to Poulsbo. It is a cute little German town. We took some pictures by the water and the cute gazebo they had there. The boys played in the grass a little. Also Liam used a “big boy” stroller for the first time and it was so cute! He had his little legs swinging.  We ate at a restaurant by the water and we all had fish and chips (Chelby and I subbed in salads for the chips). Ty and Joe had mussels as an appetizer. It was a really good meal and Joe got the seafood he wanted.

We decided to do a steak dinner at the house for Joe’s birthday. The Chicago Blackhawks played too so he wanted to watch the game. We spent another relaxing evening at the house and had a really delicious meal.

SATURDAY

We started the morning off with some scrambled eggs cooked by Ty and some packing. We wanted to have all our things packed because we weren’t going back to their house and had a busy day planned.

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First we took the ferry and got a good view of Mount Rainier. It was a little cloudy but still beautiful. It is incredible how big it is! Such a beautiful site.

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For lunch we went to Bob’s burgers and had some greasy food. It was super yummy of course.

Then we headed to the tulip festival. There were so many tulips. It was such a beautiful site to see. They have the tulip fields and then also the tulip gardens where they have all different kinds and colors of tulips.

I ended up packing a shirt for Liam that DJ also had so they were matching and it was completely adorable. We were able to get so many cute pictures.

After the tulip fields we had a long drive and then it was time to say goodbye. We found ourselves wishing for just another day to hang out and explore. We had such a good time. DJ even reached for Joe as we were leaving which melted both of our hearts.

We then headed to our hotel by the airport. We stayed at a hotel because again we had a really early flight. It was interesting putting Liam to bed in a hotel. They gave us a pack and play and he actually ended up sleeping pretty good. It just took him a while to actually fall asleep.

SUNDAY

Our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:50am. We thought we gave ourselves plenty of time to get ready and get to the airport but we ended up getting there just in time for us to board. This flight was booked so we weren’t able to get an extra seat. It ended up being okay though because Liam slept for 2 hours of the flight. Again, he was so great on the plane. Once we landed people commented that they didn’t even know we had a baby on the plane and that he was such a good traveler. I am so thankful for how good he was on both his flights.

My mom and nephew Judah picked us up from the airport. We stopped at Jersey Mike’s for lunch and then headed to my parents’ house. It was a beautiful day so we stayed there for a little bit so Liam could try the swing for the first time. He loved it.

Then we headed home and just relaxed for the rest of the evening. We didn’t even unpack (I’m dreading it).

We couldn’t have asked for a better first family vacation. We can’t wait to visit Tyler, Chelby and DJ at their new home in Portland!

 

Packing for our first family vacation

We are going to Seattle tomorrow morning to visit our friends. We are very excited to be going, but packing is always a struggle.

Thankfully our friends have a lot of the “extra things” we would like to bring but now don’t need to. For example, hair straightener, blow dryer, etc. So that is nice. They also have a 1 year old so they have baby items as well. We don’t need to bring Liam’s pack and play, baby food, spoons, etc.

For me and Joe we just need to pack our necessities/toiletries and clothes. We will probably pack for all types of weather so that doesn’t make it easy.

Packing for a baby is tough work! I am packing about 1 extra of everything in the event we have a blowout or some kind of mess. We will be gone from Thursday-Sunday morning so this is what I am packing:

  • diapers (I decided 35 regular and 4 sleep diapers-probably too much)
  • Wipes
  • 4 long sleeve onesies
  • 4 t-shirt onesies
  • 5 pants
  • 2 nice outfits
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • robeez shoes
  • 4 pairs of pajamas
  • jean jacket
  • warmer jacket with hood
  • 5 bibs (food and drool)
  • swaddle blankets -one little and one big
  • soft blanket for the plane and stroller
  • infant car seat
  • stroller
  • ergo baby carrier

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We are packing our backpack diaper bag rather than my purse diaper bag. We think this will be easier for the plane and travelling in general. In my diaper bag you will find:

  • diapers
  • wipes
  • a spare outfit in a ziploc bag (in case of blowout on the plane or in public)
  • baby toys
  • swaddle blanket (small and big)
  • soft blanket for plane and stroller
  • pacifier (wubbanub)
  • baby food/spoon/bib for Liam’s breakfast
  • changing pad
  • face and hand wipes
  • toy and table wipes

I always worry about having everything and always overpack. But I would rather be safe than sorry.

I will have an update on our vacation and traveling with a baby when we return!

I hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a great weekend!