Buds

I’m going to tell you a story about a boy and girl. This boy and this girl met when they were twelve weeks old. They were loved and cared for by a woman who loved them like their own. The took music class together when they were not even a year. Their mamas became fast friends and even share a birthday.

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They separated for awhile at the age of one only to be reunited some six months later at daycare.  They have slept next to each other on cots, played with each for hours on end, chased each other on the playground and had their fair share of tiffs.  They love each other unconditionally like siblings do. They don’t know anything else. They have been together forever. When one is crying the other is quick to console. When one is silly the other follows suit.

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She’s fearless.  He’s timid.

He’s mellow and overly sensitive.  She is full of personality and quick to console.

Today with their friends they celebrated their fourth birthdays together.

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And I stood with her mama and we wondered what the future holds… to Brady and Brooklym Happy Birthday Buds! The best is yet to come but my has it been fun to watch you grow!

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Apple Holler Farms

Rarely on the weekends do we have no plans but this weekend was wide open.  We talked casually all week about what to do but never committed.  On Saturday we woke up to a picture perfect almost fall day.  It was cool and crisp when we woke up requiring pants and jackets.  By mid-morning we were comfortable in shorts and could even take our jackets off.

We continued tossing around ideas and we decided on Apple Holler Farms in Sturtevant, WI.

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We knew it was going to take us 45 minutes to get there so we quickly got organized to leave.  The only bad news of the day, both kids fell asleep on the way there and I knew the minute I saw both sets of eyes closed that no nap was happening in the afternoon. #carnapsaremymortalenemy

$5 to park in a lot and we were ready.  You pay for the adults ($12 per person) and kids under 6 are free to ride and pick with you in the orchard.  We took an awesome train attached to a tractor ride out about as far as you could go in the orchard to where the Honeycrisp were growing.  We left our stroller at the orchard entrance but you can take it on the tractor ride or use one of their wagons.  When were dropped off, I was panicked about how far we were with two small kids and no stroller. But honestly, it was fine. There were tractors everywhere and everyone was so friendly.

Brady and Cate  had SO much fun.  Trying to fine ripe apples with no worm holes.  Cate especially loved plucking them off and screaming “I did it. I got one” and Brady was excited to fill his bag.

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We grabbed apples while we walked and ate them.  I might have pinched myself asking in that moment if life could get any better.  We even got a family picture.

The best one I got thanks to a really nice man!

The best one I got thanks to a really nice man!

Cate started to be naughty- picking apples from the ground taking a bite and throwing it down to grab another one- and gross so we decided we were done picking.

We caught a wagon to head back and it drove us through this enchanted forest where the trees had wooden animals hiding in them for kids to find. Brady and Cate loved looking for animals and ended up on their knees looking out while waving saying “Hi Everyone”.

 

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There was an awesome petting zoo area- we didn’t venture there.  There was a huge slide that you rode down on a burlap sack that our kids loved. Tons of space to run and just have some fun.

The food was unbelieveable. Apple cider donuts, apple fritter donuts, Spotted Cow Beer and even Cider Boys Raspberry Smash that is fruity and so delicious. There was a restaurant and a barbeque smell that was out of this world that I am dying to try next time we go there. When we left a few minutes before noon, it was packed. The parking lots were full, the line was long for everything and there were people everywhere!

It was one of those days that I the feeling of contentment kept bubbling inside of me.  Proof that life is getting easier with an almost 4 year old and a 2 year old and hope for all of the experiences to come.  This place will become our tradition.  And I even made an apple pie with some of those apples which you saw if you follow me on Instagram.

And no, Apple Holler Farms did not pay me to say all these nice things about them. It is just that cool of a place that I wanted to talk about it.

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Currently

Happy Friday Friends! Sorry it’s been a bit quiet this week. Life just got in the way and we have been having way to much fun! I will be back with a list update next week and some other posts but today I am linking up with one of my favorite weekly link-ups.  Currently I am…

Smelling the sweet and salty smell of the Neutrogena sunscreen my kids wear on a daily basis. I think that this smell will forever remind me of my kids and the summer weather because whether we are at the park, the pool or they are at daycare that I can smell their sunscreen anywhere.

Wishing we could get to the bottom of Cate’s situation. I was going to post about her skin issues but then they even took a bigger turn for the worse and now we aren’t really sure what is going on so until I know more I am going to hold off.  What I can tell you is that my poor sweet girl is so itchy and uncomfortable in her own skin that it is almost hard to watch. Every day when we take her clothes off to either get her dressed or give her a bath, I pray in that moment that it has all gone away.  So far, that has not been the case.

Loving these last few glorious days before I return to work next week.  I am in squeeze all things in and get all things done mode but it is good and fun and my kids are so content right now.  Mother Nature has blessed us with mild weather in the past few weeks to the point that it has been plain cold some nights.  The sunny days, cooler temps and less humidity have allowed for our windows to be open.  It has also meant we can enjoy our time outdoors instead of being sweaty all the time.  With no routine, I find myself saying yes more and accepting that my kids just want to be kids. The park, the pool and the beach all made their way into our week this week and we had fun. This is honestly the first summer I can truly say I am not ready to go back to school.

Pouring more water as I have gotten into a nice routine with exercise. I am a better person when I exercise and I feel better. Just happier, calmer and patient.    The more I exercise the more I feel myself wanting water instead of pop or lemonade.  I love adding fruit to my water just to give it a bit of flavor but to be honest there is nothing more refreshing to me than an ice cold glass of water.  A mason jar helps too right?

Talking to Cate before she goes to sleep.  Cate and I have this funny routine at night. She is a dictator about it.  She is our snuggle bed and will let you rock her all night if you want to and that part of the routine makes up for the other part.   It makes me think of that book “Love You Forever” because I honestly think I will be sneaking in to her room when she is older to rock her because she will let me and since she is my last baby I won’t say no to it.  However, when you rock her you have to sing to her. I don’t exactly have a singing voice and the only song she will stand for is the A-B-C song.  I swear if you recorded it you would laugh at my voice but the minute you start singing her breathing slows, her head settles in my shoulder and I usually tear up because I am full of  love that is greater than I thought capable.

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