Thursday, October 20, 2016

8th Anniversary Dinner!

We celebrated our 8th anniversary a couple of days ago, and decided to just stay in.  Typically we do the whole dress up and go out to a fancy dinner thing, but this year I couldn't think of anything better than celebrating with the two best little things that have come out of these 8 years.

Lyla has been really into weddings for a little while now.  She gets out my wedding dress and makes me put it on, looks through our wedding album, and sings our wedding song with her dad.  She tells us not to worry because when she gets married she'll either live with us or right next door.  :)

It's so cute to me how much kids love family.  Both of our girls have always been obsessed about having our entire family together.  Each would cry for me from their cribs, and as soon as I showed up they wanted to know where Dada was too.  And when we were all together they'd list off everyone's names with a smile.  Evie still does that, finishing with "mine whole family!"  They just love being together, it's almost all that really matters in their little worlds.

Marriage is tough and wonderful and everything in between.  After having kids it's so much harder to stay focused on each other, but we do our best, and not just for ourselves but for our babies.  Because our marriage isn't only about us anymore, and it doesn't only affect us.  It's really about them too.  We work hard to stay committed, and getting to celebrate with our precious girls - the very best fruit of our labor - was absolutely perfect.  (And also chaotic and messy and mostly gross according to them ;)

Can't wait for a million more years!

- K

Ryan brought each of us our own bouquet of flowers when he came home  :)

Lyla tried king crab for the first time in Alaska and LOVED it.  So we had to include that in our little feast.  :)
Loving her crab!  I'm pretty sure she had more than Ryan and I combined.

Sis on the other hand said "not really like this", which we were thankful for.  More for us!  ;)
The girls took turns taking pictures with our camera.  Never mind the big spider web decoration in the background...

The best we could do for a family pic before my camera died.  Love these people.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Valley SCARE!

We've been wanting to take Lyla and Evie back to Valley Fair one more time before the season ends, so we took advantage of the warmer weather on Sunday and headed out to ride some rides.  With Halloween being around the corner they transformed the park into Valley Scare, complete with a haunted house and creepy decorations everywhere.  If there are two things our girls love, it's riding rides and creepy decorations, so it was pretty much their dream come true.

Lyla went through the haunted house with her dad, which made me a little nervous.  When they came out they told me how she'd looped both arms around her dad's arms, covered her ears with her hands and closed her eyes while being guided with dad's hands on her shoulders.  She calmly told me it was way too scary and she was not doing it again.  I couldn't believe how calm she was about the whole thing.  She may have been scared, but she handled it like a champ.  I am constantly impressed with her bravery!

Sis found a candy corn she wanted to take home, and a new found love for posing for pictures.  She couldn't stop cheesing it up with that huge, decorative candy corn.  It was pretty darn cute.  Especially for a girl that typically fights tooth and nail to NOT take a picture.

Sundays are always the best, but this one was particularly good.  :)

- K

This carousel is from 1925!
Look at that pose and smile!  TOO CUTE.
She may not have looked, but she survived Zombie High School!
Meanwhile, Sis and I got photo bombed.  ;)


Had to have one more photo sesh with that big ol' candy corn!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Day at the Apple Orchard

Fall is here, and I'm loving every crisp aired, leaf changing minute of it.  Fall is particularly good in Minnesota with all the pumpkin patches, Fall festivals and apple orchards they have going on all season.  Last year the girls and I met some friends at a super cute apple orchard, and I knew we had to get Ryan there.  We decided to head out there last weekend, and it was the best day.  The drive out there is so much fun itself.  It's kind of in the middle of nowhere, and driving by all the farmhouses and red barns and corn fields and rolling pastures always has our family daydreaming about the little hobby farm we want and all the different animals we'd get.

There was so much to do, and the weather was just perfect.  If only that cool, crisp air wasn't a reminder of the pending doom of winter.  ;)

Here are some photos of our day!

- K



Monday, October 3, 2016

A Little Monday Road Trip!

A couple Mondays ago Evie and I picked Lyla up from preschool and we all headed out to a little Wisconsin town on the Mississippi River called La Crosse.  My cousin, Bridgit, lives in WI and my other cousin, Natalie, was in town visiting her, so we decided to meet about half way and spend the afternoon together. 

The only day that worked for our schedules was that Monday, and driving for 5 hours in one day - by myself with the girls - on a school night - was just a little bit daunting.  But our little chicks are always up for an adventure, so we just went for it.  And I'm so glad we did!  Because if anything is worth driving all day and totally blowing bedtime, seeing family is.  Even if it's just for a few hours.

I'm always a sucker for river towns, and La Crosse didn't disappoint.  We got there a little earlier than my cousins, so the girls got to run around in a park for a while and took turns chasing squirrels, each other, and pretending to be bears.  When my cousins showed up we walked along the river for a while then found a restaurant for dinner (where we tried alligator for the first time!  Lyla and Evie loved it!), then we topped it all off with a little ice cream. 

Such a fun little Monday adventure!

- K