Sunday, July 27, 2014

And July keeps on rolling!

Wishing I could find more hours in a day so I could do more thoughtful and more frequent blogging! I miss blogging more often, but some day I'll improve my time-management skills... when I have time. Last week was busy, yet still fun. Here's a little recap of life lately:
 


Though he wasn't really training, Joe still completed his first Tough Mudder last Saturday. It's a ten-mile obstacle course where you get super filthy and have to run through dangling live electrical wires at the end. (I didn't think it sounded so bad until I heard that part.) He fortunately got through the course uninjured. Now he's all pumped and can't wait to find a new race/obstacle course to participate in.
 
 
 
I stayed much cleaner than Joe last weekend and took Rosie with me to my friend Kristina's baby shower. Despite Rosie's angry face in the photo, she really did have a great time and so did I! I am very eagerly anticipating the arrival of Kristina's baby girl!
 


 
 
During the week, I took the girls to St. Cloud and we had an all-day play date with most of Cece's cousins. We also had our first official splash pad experience. All good things!
 
 
And we certainly love having this little lady in town. Welcome back to MN, Michaela!
 



We hung out with Penny a couple times this week too. I think it's good for these two new big sisters to hang out together and discuss big-sisterly things. (Or if nothing else, they were able to help me shuck corn for dinner.)

 
 
 
And above are just a few more random iPhone shots from the week.  Maybe I'm biased, but I think Rosie's cheeks and thighs are the BEST!

I am excited for August to begin!
(And that has nothing to do with my birthday... or anything like that.)

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Four Months

This week Rosie turned four months old. Her chatty little personality is definitely starting to come out and I can't get enough of it.
 

She has reached the age of exploration, meaning anything within her grasp now goes directly into her mouth. She also gets a kick out of pulling my glasses off my face. The drooling is non-stop. (That sticker I put on her is probably not reusable, oh well.) Overall, she is a happy, wiggly, and giggly butterball.
 

 
Cece very much wanted to be part of this photo shoot and I could not refuse! Rosie laughs at a lot of things, but I feel like Cece is the person she laughs at the most.
 

 
Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve next month, Rosie!
 
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All Things July

Summer is more than half over! It sounds devastating when phrased that way, doesn't it? Fortunately, we have been having all sorts of chaotic and exhausting fun times. Below are a few more photos from Fourth of July weekend. (Boat photo taken by my sister-in-law Angela)
 
 





 
And then we had a few days of being stuck in the house due to rain, concrete work being done at our house, the CenterPoint energy guy coming to move the gas meters, etc. We read lots of books, baked cupcakes, caught up on laundry, and did a little bit of organizing (and by that, I mean we have a fairy wing holder now.) 
 



 
 To Cece's delight, we got to attend a Little Mermaid themed birthday party for her friend Trinity last weekend. She had a bunch of fun and hasn't stopped playing with all of the mermaid-y trinkets from her goody bag yet.
 
 
Also last weekend we had a nice big scare as Rosie seemed to have difficulty breathing and we ended up in the ER at Children's. Turns out she had croup. They admitted us and she received several breathing treatments. I stayed with her in the hospital while Joe stayed home with Cece. They visited us twice which was wonderful. Rosie has been back home since Monday and is doing so much better. (Of course, we had to bring her in for her four-month wellness check on Thursday and she got several shots. Ugh. Girlfriend can't catch a break.) I would love if she and Cece could never ever get sick again. It was a scary and exhausting experience for our whole family.
 
 
Now, Rosie is back to her usual smiley self and I just love it.
 

 
And just a couple more photos of my cute ladies together. I know it sounds silly, but I think they  really are beginning to enjoy each other's company and it's adorable.
 
 

 Hope your July has been lovely and that you've been enjoying these cooler temps! (I know I love it!)
 
 
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Deep Thoughts with Cecelia Ray

 
I've repeated the following statements to a lot of friends and family lately, but wanted to share on this here blog in case you haven't heard Cecelia's words of wisdom lately.
 
 
"So. I don't have a tail. Just a butt."
 
"I am so strong! I have three muscles. One, two, three, four, five, SIX!"
 
"I want to go to pirate school."
 
Cece: "Grandma Pat is mommy's mom!"
Joe: "That's kind of weird, isn't it?"
Cece: "Not weird, it's wonderful!"
 
(After I took a chip off her plate)
"You have to ask! You have to say, "Please, can I have a chip?" "
(Wow, was I embarrassed.)
 
"Soup is ON, baby!"
 
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Safari North Wildlife Park

The Safari North Wildlife Park opened this spring just a few minutes away from the cabin. We had a chance to visit it over the weekend and we like what we found.
 
 


 
 









Since we arrived early, there was almost no one else there and it was quiet and peaceful. Just us and the animals! (Things like ample parking and minimal crowds score lots of points with this mama.)
 
We also got to feed a two-year-old giraffe named Puzzles. And in the bird house, we had a bunch of parakeets land on us which the little girls thought was really cool. So did I.
 
For a souvenir, Cece chose a large stuffed purple rattle snake. She loves it has slept with it every night since.
 
This zoo is certainly worth a visit if ever you find yourself up north!
 
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