Thursday, August 14, 2014

August via iPhone

 
Greetings! Life has been good lately (as indicated by those super smiles above) Summer is so close to being over which is even more reason to be enjoying it as much as possible. We've been making time for play dates and outdoor activities before they become indoor activities again. Below are some more photos from my iPhone from the past week or so.
 


 
 That picnic lives on! Cece and I recently had lunch on our front lawn per her request. After all, I don't think we'll be eating outside come January. (But I could be wrong.)
 
 
I also took the girls to the pool near our house last week. I'm still working on mastering outings while juggling the two of them. Like most things, there is no better way to learn than to actually just get out and do it. And I'm glad that I haven't resigned us to spending all of our time in the living room. I think they're happy about it too.

 
 
 
I also turned 28 last week! (WHOA! I still remember turning eight years old clear as day. We were spending the summer at Grandma Kletz's and I got a shiny new bike.) This year, Cece and I used this as the perfect excuse to make a two-layer cake. And all of my pesetering Joe about flowers worked since he had some delivered that day. We hung out with the Olsons that night and ate some delicious homemade pizza. All good things!



 
And last, but not least, the girls and I met up with our Chicago besties for a shared birthday dinner. They were staying in Wisconsin so we decided to meet in Rochester (where I'd never visited before!). Although it was a brief get-together, what a treat to see our other halves! Miss you guys and I'll have to visit Chicago SOON!
 
That's all for now! I'm sure the children will be waking up soon and looking for me...
 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

There's a new redhead in town.


 
A couple of weeks ago, Joe brought home the DVD Brave which Cece was thrilled with. Then Joe could not resist ordering her the whole Merida ensemble (wig, bow and arrow, and dress). I never thought another Disney Princess would quite win over Cece the same way Ariel did. However, Cece woke up at 5 am this morning asking to put on her whole Merida outfit. "Look! I'm ALL Merida!" she says.
 
So, if you come to our house in the near future, just be aware that there will be a tiny redhead leaving a glitter trail and attempting to fire arrows.

 
Happy Monday!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Picnic Dinner


Going on a dinner picnic is something that has been on my summer to-do list for a couple years. (Yes, sometimes it takes me years to check something simple off a list!) Cece needed no persuading. Joe took a little convincing , but warmed up to the idea once he saw the fancy sandwiches I was making.
 
Cece helped me prepare all of the food. She had a peanut butter and honey sandwich. For Joe and myself, I made chicken sandwiches with goat cheese and caramelized mushrooms and onions on a pretzel bun. (Pretzel buns rule, FYI.) We also had strawberries, cheese and crackers, and carrots and hummus to share.
 
We went to Lake Normandale as I had a cute spot near a small waterfall in mind for dining. Unfortunately, the lake had become kind of swampy and slightly smelly over the summer. so we kept joking that we were in Dowisetrepla (How I Met Your Mother, anyone?). Still, we kicked off our shoes and enjoyed our dinner as well as the novelty eating on the ground instead of a table. Two super sweet ladies walking by offered to take a photo of us. I love when the four of us can actually all be in a photo together, so I really appreciated it!
 
After we ate, Joe and Cece went on a little tree climbing expedition while Rosie and I were happy to sit back and watch them do their Tarzan thing.


 



Cece has requested to go on a picnic again and I think we should too!
If you've had something on your summer to-do list that still needs doing, go for it because there's still time! I'm glad we had this evening together.
 
 
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Two peas in a pod



 
Cece continues to surprise and impress me everyday by what a terrific big sister she has been. For instance, when Rosie is crying, Cece will run over and tell her, "It's ok, it's ok! Cece is here!" Or she'll say "My sister needs me!" It's pretty adorable. And Rosie loves her right back. Cece can make Rosie laugh more easily than anyone else can. They've recently gotten into some giggle fits during dinner and it's ADORABLE. I figured they would bond SOMEDAY, but I definitely didn't foresee them liking each other so much so soon. I hope this keeps up because I love it.
 
And lastly, here is my most recent favorite Cece quote:
 
"Cece is Elsa. Rosie is Anna." (What about mama?)
"Mama is Olaf the snowman. So, you like warm hugs. Can I have a warm hug?"
 
Of course you can, my dear.
 
 
(In case you were curious, Joe is Kristoff, not Prince Hans, thank goodness.)
 
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Coming Soon... Ehrich Baby #2!

 
 
 



 
 
 
My delightful (and beautiful!) friend Alissa is expecting a baby girl soon. It was a pleasure to take photos of her and her sweet family during this exciting time in their lives. We managed a few Pinteresty recreations, but I think these photos still feel genuine and capture that pre-baby love.
 
Thank you for the experience and congrats again on your growing family! I can't wait for the arrival of your sweet little girl!
 
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Friday, August 1, 2014

On the rooftop



 
 
 

 
We have visited the Children's Museum quite a few times in the past year. It's such a perfect place to take little ones when the weather is crummy (which is seriously eight months out of the year!) On our trip this week, we FINALLY managed to make it up to the rooftop.
 
The Rooftop ArtPark a neat place to be as there are lovely views of downtown St. Paul, but nature-inspired art activities for kids. So, Cece scaled a large tree fort unassisted, dabbled in water painting, played with clay for the first time, and got a little dirty in a very pretty sand cove. We definitely could have stayed longer, but we needed to, you know, eat and nap and such. This happened to be my first time venturing to the museum with both girls and they were both so well-behaved. They made me look like a mom who totally knows what she's doing. Thanks, girls!
 
(And P.S. The Thomas the Train exhibit is still open and also a great time for any train enthusiasts. I am not into trains, but even I enjoyed the exhibit.)
 
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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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