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My first camping trip – by Madelyn

June 25, 2012 · filed under: Family, Kids, Madelyn Estelle, Trips by Jill

So, I had to wait until I was exactly 1 year, 1 month old to finally get to go camping. Word is, my sister got to go when she was just 2 months old… and she says I’M the spoiled one! In any case, my day arrived this past weekend when Mommy and Daddy took Grace and I camping at Ledges State Park.

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I am learning new things every day, but I learned LOTS while we were camping. Here are some of my latest:

1. The camper is a really fun place to crawl and bounce around.
2. There are lots of things that I’m not supposed to eat or put in my mouth while camping. This is hard to remember.
3. I have difficulties sleeping when there are loud noises in a campground.
4. I LOVE to walk around a campsite with Mom or Dad holding my hands…even though they never want to keep this up as long as I do.
5. Smores made over a campfire taste better than those we roasted at our firepit at home.
6. I am really good at getting really dirty while camping.
7. I’m perfectly happy riding in my backpack carrier with Daddy on long walks.
8. It’s nice to splash in the creek like the big kids on a hot day.
9. I like Daddy’s blueberry pancakes made on the griddle.
10. I can’t wait to go camping again later this summer! Hopefully then I will be walking so that I can keep up with Grace. (Mom and Dad hope for this, too!)

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Family Vacation

July 29, 2011 · filed under: Kids, Trips by Jill

We’re back!

Actually, we’ve been back for nearly two weeks from our first vacation as a family of four. Our nine day trip to northern Wisconsin and Chicago was a bit wearing on all of us, but we are now revived and ready to share those photos and memories.

The trip was our attempt at two vacations in one–a trek up north to visit the family cabin and a few days in the big city to see the sites and catch up with Greg. We decided it might be easiest for the girls to travel at night, so we left on Thursday, July 7th at 5:00 pm and rolled into the cabin around 1:30 am. Five days of relaxing on the boat, dock, deck, and beach, though, helped us overcome any lingering exhaustion.

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We left the cabin on Tuesday July 13th around 5:30 for another evening drive, this time to Chicago. Our 12:45 am arrival meant for another short night for Mom and Dad, but Grace and Madelyn were still excited to see the zoo, Navy Pier, aquarium, Millennium park, and the beach over the next three days.

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We look forward to years of family vacations ahead!

These were just our favorites, for more pictures check out Flickr.

Christmas in Washington

January 10, 2011 · filed under: Family, Grace Evelyn, Holidays, Trips by Geoff

I decided that it was too dorky to wear the Santa hat Mom & Dad gave me, and I let them know with several unhappy faces and words.  This was to be my first airplane ride, which I didn’t even know what that meant, but I sure as heck wasn’t going to look like a dork while doing it!

Grandpa Ron & Grandma Donna dropped us at the airport, and that’s when the excitement began.  Mom and Dad had all these cool bags with wheels on them, I tried to help push them but they were too heavy.  So Dad ended up just carrying me as we went to the ticket counter.  Apparently the guy behind the desk really wanted our big suitcase, so Daddy was nice and gave it to him.  Sure hope there wasn’t anything in there we needed.

Then we were off, Mom carried me and two bags and Dad drug our two suitcases and our coats.  What a lot of stuff!  The next thing I knew, I was losing my shoes and they put Bear through this big machine!  I was pretty upset until I saw the man with the wand was wearing a Santa hat!  Oh boy I thought, I have one of those!  And fortunately, Mom had brought it along, so I could look cool too!

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After we got our shoes back on and the nice lady checked my cup to make sure it was safe (that was very nice of her) we headed down a long hall and I got to see my first airplane!  And all sorts of really neat trucks that go “beep beep”!

Mom and Dad were pretty worried about the plane ride, but I wasn’t.  I had a great time!  I crawled from Mom’s lap to Dad’s lap and back again.  Looking out the window at all the people and big trucks was fun, and so was waving at the nice lady at the front of the plane.  Then there was all sorts of noise and Daddy was pointing outside.  Everything started going really fast and then we were in the air!  WOW, look at all the trees!  That’s neat, but wait look here!  A magazine in the pocket in front of us!   It has lots of pictures, and there’s doggies in some of them!

We met Grandma Donna & Grandpa Gil in Milwaukee, where there were MORE airplanes and MORE trucks!  Finally, we made it to this place called “Washington” and Uncle Greg was there to pick us up.  Boy, I was glad to see him because I was tired.

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Over the next couple of days we saw BIG FISH!!

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And BIG AIRPLANES!

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And BIG TOWERS!

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There was so much to do, just remembering makes me tired.  Take a look at some of my favorite pictures!

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And to view them all, check out the gallery on Flickr.

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