OOTD {Week 6}



Okay, okay so I am not doing a great job of blogging more than twice a week. But, I am staying on top of getting dressed every day each week. Wednesday I spent it out on a low ropes course so I was pretty casual with my clothes so no picture was taken. I think the little guy in one of the pictures is pretty stinkin cute.

In other news, I just upgraded to iOs7 after taking approximately 3,000 pictures off my phone and moving them to my hard drive. Scary that I had that many and how much my kids have grown since getting my iPhone.

We (meaning Glenn) set up the DVR and I think we might bite the bullet and start watching Breaking Bad. I compare every series to The Wire, which I think is the best ever, and I have high hopes! And plus also the Amazing Race and Homeland come back Sunday! TV for the win Sunday!

Date night tomorrow night and family pictures tomorrow!

Friends, food and beer tonight and some fall planting Sunday will round out what is gearing up to be a nice little weekend!

Happy Friday friends!


A Day

Growing up in Bloomington-Normal, I keenly remember going out Market Street and getting on I-55S to head to southern Illinois to visit my grandparents when I was a kid. I remember our big blue and silver conversion van and how my brother and I would lay on the bed in the way back seat. We would read books, play Uno and sometimes nap.  We traveled frequently to see my grandparents since both sets lived within a couple miles of one another.  I remember feeling so old when my parents would let me walk to the Corn Barn across the alley from grandma’s house by myself.  I remember walking with my grandpa in his garden that he methodically weeded, watered and cared for daily. And I remember sitting at my grandparents bar watching the Cardinals on tv while my grandpa sat in his chair.


And now my kids are getting these experiences.  They are old enough now that traveling is not a burden and car rides don’t make me shutter.  They are willing travel and adjust with ease when we exit off of I-55S at Towanda.  We come late and go straight to bed- sometimes with a popcorn as a quick snack.  Pancakes the first morning we are there that everyone helps to make.  And milkshakes are a must before we leave.


We spent Saturday at Rader Farms having clean, simple, easy fun.  Towards the end of the afternoon, I sat down with my mom on two Adirondack chairs near the huge gymnastics mat where Brady was landing after jumping from hay bales and we both looked at each other and said, “These looked pretty good. What an awesome day.”  The weather, being with my parents who are so amazing with my kids and my hometown are the perfect ingredients for a fall day.


Earlier that morning when Cate woke up a little too early with a yucky nose and a little bit disoriented, Brady and I made
the trek up from my parents’ basement to their second floor. I picked her up realizing that all she needed was me.  The three of lay on a king bed in the room and fell asleep. Both kids slept within two inches of my face so instead of sleeping I listened to them breathe.   I was keenly aware of how lucky I am and tucked this small moment deep in my vault of memories.


Having an almost 4 year and an almost 2 year old is not exactly a cakewalk.  But they are portable and flexible and little and just need to be loved.  They want to ride in wagons, swing on tire horses, touch every single pumpkin in the bunch, take tractor rides, jump like wild men, and be little. So, this weekend I let them be little.






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.


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.


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”.



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.


OOTD {Week 2}

Easy week for me to get dressed! No school Monday and no school Thursday means I only had to get dressed two days this week for real.  Today, I am sporting a bright red t-shirt supporting our PAC (contract negotiations team) and my teacher’s union because we are working without a contract currently.  With the weather staying warm I am trying to squeak in as many skirts and dresses as possible before I am relegated to pants, leggings and jeans.



White jeans in September? I think so. I think that fashion no-no doesn’t really exsist anymore right? Happy weekend friends! We are going to sneak in some beach time, Brady starts hockey and of course the Bears are on Sunday at noon!