Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Busy Couple of Days

We have been so, so busy these past two days. Yesterday, Jason and I went to see Kim at work and Amelia tried on some major bling while we were there.

She had to inspect it - she wasn't sure it was the "real deal".

After Kim got off we made an impromtu decision to go to Como Zoo for the afternoon. It was a lot of fun! We were able to find close parking and we walked around the whole zoo and conservatory.

We didn't get a picture of Auntie Kim and Amelia. She was so busy trying to get a good one of us! We got a few keepers I think :)

After the zoo we dropped Amelia off with Nana and Grandpa so we could all go see Toy Story 3 in 3D! Jason and I had never been to a movie in 3D so we thought we should take a picture of us in the modern 3D glasses:

Kim and Jason kept making fun of me because my regular glasses were showing right through the 3D glasses! We all enjoyed TS3. Jason even says he thinks it might be his pick for best picture of the year. It was that good. I cried, twice, and he got choked up at the end. I don't think Kim got as emotional as us but I am not sure she would tell us if she did. Good thing the 3D glasses conceal some things a little bit ;)

This morning my mom, sister and I went to see the new Twilight movie - Eclipse. We went at 9:45 this morning. It was good. I think I might need to see it again to form a solid opinion on it though. As always, the book was better!

After the movie I headed home for Amelia's first pool playdate. Jason's co-worker, A, has a daughter, M, that is just a few months older than Amelia so we had them over for lunch and swimming. It was a little touch and go there for awhile. Neither of the girls are very socialized so they (and by they I mean Amelia!) had some trouble sharing. We made it though and they both eventually warmed up to each other. M was a little unsure about the pool too but she came around after an hour or so!

Amelia played in this floatie raft thing when it was M's turn to use the goldfish floatie and LOVED it. It was almost like a floating tub for her in the pool.

Eventually we tried both girls in the "floating tub" and it went pretty well!

Hopefully M can come over and play again sometime!

Well, this post didn't get too long which is great considering I had 99 pictures to sort through from yesterday and today! It has been such a great week so far so hopefully it keeps up!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


On Father's Day, my dad and I showed Amelia how to go down the stairs - backwards. We pulled her down about 5 times and that was that. I figured we would have to do it a few times before she really caught on but I was dead wrong! The very next day when we were at Liz and Kory's house for dinner Amelia shocked us all and went up and down the stairs all on her own! She knew to go feet first on her tummy all on her own!


...and down...

Who knew the day could get even more tiring. Not me!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Walking the Dog

Last night on our way home, Amelia and I stopped at Liz and Kory's. Amelia was tired and didn't last too long but she did walk Cashew around the yard a little bit!

Cashew kept running out of the picture so we locked his leash at a shorter distance for her.

Amelia and Cashew have a pretty good time together!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fun at Nana's

Last night my parent's kept Amelia while I went into Minneapolis for a low key bachelorette party.

We went to Seven for dinner which is both a sushi bar and steakhouse. It was soooo good. I tried Kobe beef for the first time and it was heaven. I also spent way more on one meal than I think I ever have in my life! Kobe beef is so tender it is like butter in your mouth. It comes from waygu cows which are fed beer and sake and massaged for 8+ hours a day. Try it if you ever see it on a menu - it is worth the price! Since a severe weather system was coming through the cities, after dinner we all headed home. It was a very nice night out and I had a great time!

Amelia stayed over with my parents and woke them up at 4 in the morning! She never does that to us. She must have known she was at nana's and grandpa would get up with her that early. She had a first and second breakfast even since she was up so early.

Jason and I got to my parent's house around eleven to get her and she was standing in the driveway smiling when she saw our car. Before we left we hung around a bit and Amelia played in a "sprinkler". My dad held the hose for her and she had a blast.

Uncle Shad (Shadow) even joined us outside for the fun!

Amelia and I went back over to my parent's house once Jason went to work and we are just hanging out, using Internet, now. I think we all had a pretty great Sunday!

Amelia also got these fun new sandals from her nana and grandpa:

They are Keen, so let's just say my daughter officially has better shoes than me!

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Quick" Trip to the "Cabin"

Wednesday Marie and I headed up north to her cabin for a quick overnight trip. Her dad is in the process of re-building the cabin into his retirement home. We were met with a much different scene than usual:

They had to cut down eleven trees to make room for the larger home and for the semis to get in with the building materials. Marie and I were enlisted to help turn this pile of logs into firewood.

Our drive up started out just beautiful:

However, it quickly turned into this:

We were pretty bummed about not being able to hop in the lake and enjoy being up north for the afternoon. Instead, we sat in the garage, with no electricity and played Phase 10. When the rain let up at one point we rushed to pitch our tent before the next rain cloud got to us. We were successful!

Since the cabin was torn down a few weeks ago, tenting was our only option (besides staying with the neighbors...). We are pretty sure that a wolf visited our tent in the middle of the night! I woke up to snarling and growling outside, right by my head. I froze and just laid there a while. In the morning we found wolf tracks and a huge pile of poop (too big to be from the dogs!). Marie also woke up in the middle of the night, to something playing in the lake. She is convinced it was a bear because there have been a couple seen the area regularily the past few weeks.

We had a pretty great view from our tent window:

It was pretty neat to be up there while they were bringing in pieces for the house and watching them put it up!

We only worked on the log pile Thursday afternoon since there were some things Marie's dad had to get done in town. Here is our wood pile:

It doesn't look like much but it was for the time we spent! Between chainsaw issues and not being able to start until the afternoon, we did pretty well.

The real fun started yesterday evening when it was time to go. Marie's car wouldn't start! Nothing would happen. It wouldn't even turn over. From what the tow truck driver could tell, it seemed like the security system was preventing the car from starting.

We had to leave it up there and Marie's dad went way out of his way to bring us halfway home, to Ladysmith, and Marie's fiance, Jordan, had to meet us there to bring us home.

Thank goodness he opened yesterday so his evening was free and he could come get us! Lucy (their dog) seemed happy to see him :) I enjoyed my view from the back seat:

Marie's car is already ready to be picked up because the only thing wrong was a blown fuse! How frustrating! At least she can rest easy knowing that it won't cost her an arm and a leg to fix. The only downside is she needs to find someone to bring her back up there to get the car!

Our trip was nothing like we expected but it all worked out in the end!

Friday Fails - Diaper Bag (v. 2.0)

I did it yet again! My diaper bag is almost always missing something the past few weeks. Take last night for example. Last night we were at my parent's house and we went to the park after dinner. Amelia, of course, was in need of a bath after playing. So, we gave her a bath and I didn't have any spare clothes! Instead of letting her run around naked, I fashioned her this dress:

It is made out of one of my sister's tank tops! As you can see, it was a little long so I fixed that:

This is what happens when your diaper bag is not stocked! This "fail" has become a weekly one for me. I am not even suprised when I dig and dig and don't find soemthing I need in the diaper bag!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Liz and Kory have a mini dachshund named Cashew. He and Amelia are becoming good buddies. Whenever we get to their house, Cashew is on the defensive at first and barks and Amelia cries. They even switch roles sometimes and Cashew is afraid of her!

Eventually they warm up to each other and it is so cute!

Cashew is the official diaper checker now. He follows Amelia around with his nose glued to her butt!

Jason and I have puppy-fever now! We decided that we can/will get a puppy once we own our own home. We have pretty much decided we will be getting a mini dachshund!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Locks of Love - #2

I went in tonight to get my hair cut for summer. I just have too much hair and it is hot and humid here. Not fun. I got there and was told I had enough to donate! Now Jason and I have both been able to donate this year. So, I went from this:

to this:

to this, the final product:

Oh, does it feel nice to have all that heavy hair off my neck! I hadn't cut my hair since right before I found out Amelia was on her way, so this was long overdue!