That Left A Mark

My littlest aquired her very first, that left a mark, ouchie yesterday afternoon. I dont know any parent who likes seeing their child get hurt, no matter how big or how small the boo-boo is. Let me tell you, her cries and screams made me believe it was going to be awful. Then I spotted her fast swelling goose egg on her sweet little forehead. Although it didn’t look pretty, all parts of me were relieved there was no blood, no concussion & no need for an emergency room visit. 

Along with feeling relief over that realization, all parts of me also felt extremely horrible that I did not prevent this from happening to her. I learned quickly the first time around that we can not keep our children in a bubble forever & some things just happen. Athough, as parents, we can’t prevent all ouchies from happening, I know that I sure as hell try to prevent most all of them from happening! Oh the joys of motherhood! 

It is hard seeing the legitimate tears of their pain, but being the one to kiss their boo-boo’s away, wipe away their tears and give them that motherly tlc while they snuggle their whole body into you for comfort or hold on tight with a comfort hug, knowing they are once again safe in Mama’s arms is one of the best feelings ever! In my daughters case she comfort nursed and fell asleep. I of course, held her longer after she fell asleep and continued kissing her sweet cheeks.

She is 7 months now and her first ouchie is now in the books. Sadly, I know it won’t be her last. She is a determined little girl who so badly wants to keep up with her big sis! If you are wondering how she got hurt yesterday, she was pulling herself to a standing position on the kitchen chair and the rest is history. Kitchen chair: 1, K: 0. 

Being the little dare devil she is my job as mom is to continue trying to prevent these oopsies from occurring. For the ones that I cant prevent, I will be prepared with ice packs in my freezer, special bandaids and ouch cream in the cubboards and endless amounts of Mama’s healing power and generous amounts of TLC. We all know that Mama’s can make any ouchie better, no matter how big or how small!

Father’s Day

Father’s Day has come & gone. As in years past, my heart is always torn about acknowledging the day on social media. I know how I felt during our struggle with secondary infertility when Mother’s Day approached. I felt a mix of joy because I was a Mother already and yet I felt an overwhelming sense of grief because I was struggling to become one again. As much as I celebrated the mom I was and tried to make the best of it, the day itself triggered me negatively. I would be lying if I said it didn’t.

It certainly did not help seeing a million posts on social media with mothers who had multiple children. It was yet another reminder of what was not happening to me. One huge lesson I learned going through SI is that not only was I hurting, but it was so important to acknowledge that my husband was hurting too. I had become aware of this in my everyday actions and even now knowing what I know, it changes my approach on many things.

After praying and mulling over it for a while, I did end up writing a post. This was not in vain, rather from the heart.  For those of you who do not follow me on Facebook, here was my Father’s Day Post:

I realize my post could have very well triggered another, but while praying about if i should post or not, I was reminded by the word hope. No matter how many times I was triggered in a negative way when something reminded me of what was such a struggle on my life, I somehow could use that to also give me hope for my future. That in itself kept my gas tank full. Although I have felt strongly about not acknowledging this day on social media in the past, this year I needed to give a shout out to the amazing men in my life and my kiddos lives. It was such a tough year, and each played such a special role in making it easier by being there. In life, your support system is your everything and well they are a big piece of that puzzle!

Breakfast On The Farm

Yesterday was a fun family filled morning on the Dairy Farm at Voight Acres in Shiocton, WI. Not only did we do something in light of June being Dairy Month, but we crossed one adventure off of our summer bucket list.  We were lucky that the weather cooperated and it was a beautiful morning, although quite sticky-hot.  There is nothing more enjoyable then spending quality time with my family and this certainly was a great little activity.  I’m so glad we had this on our bucket list and I encourage you all to go to a Breakfast on the Farm this summer if anywhere in your area offers them.  I know there are still a few more being held in WI this month:

 

🐮 Brown County at Country Aire Farm.

Sunday, June 18th / 8am-12pm

Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for children (5-10 years old) Children under 4: free.

Description: In addition to breakfast , there will be an opportunity to tour the farm, activities for kids, Culver’s frozen custard, music, displays, viewing dairy cows, kiddie tractor pull, petting zoo, pictures with the calves and much more.

Website/Link: https://www.facebook.com/BrownCountyDairyPromotions/

 


 

🐮 Waupaca County at Waupaca County Fairgrounds, 602 East South St. in Weyauwega.

Sunday, June 18th / 8am-12pm

Admission:  Adults are $6.00, Ages 5-12 are $4.00 and Ages 4 and under are FREE

Description:  Lots of activiites including: Kids games, Raffles, Farm Machinery, Petting Zoo and of course a delicious dairy breakfast.

Website/Link:  http://www.travelwisconsin.com/events/fairs-festivals/waupaca-county-dairy-breakfast-43221

 


 

🐮 Calumet County Sundae on a Dairy Farm at Faust Farms, W3563 Cty F in Chilton.

Sunday, June 25th / 11am-3pm

Admission: FREE for Adults and Children.

Description:  Enjoy free milk and free cheese.  Activities include: Kiddie tractor pulls, kids games, sand pile, tractor wagon rides to tour the farm plus much more.  Food will be available for purchase along with traditional ice cream sundaes.

Website/Link:  https://www.facebook.com/Calumet-County-Sundae-on-the-Farm-2017-409044512798816/

 


 

🐮 Marinette County at Dave and Sheila Denowski Farm with Families, W7419 18th Rd. in Crivitz.

Sunday, June 25th / 7:30am-12pm

Admission:  Adults – $6.00, Children (6-10) – $4.00, Children 5 years and under – FREE

Description:  Pancakes, eggs, sausages, cheese curds, maple syrup, applesauce, milk, juice, coffee, ice cream sundaes. Petting zoo, face painting, balloons, kids bouncy play area, viewing of barns & cattle, wagon rides, music. New this year, weather permitting, is an airplane candy drop!

Website/Link:  https://www.facebook.com/Marinette-County-Breakfast-on-the-Farm-336959919674024/

 


 

🐮 Shawano County Brunch on the Farm at Mielke S-Curve Dairy in Marion.

Sunday, June 25th / 9am-1pm

Admission:  Adults are $7.00   Children are $4.00

Description:  Dairy Dash & Stroll 5k Run/Walk, Wagon Rides and Farm Tours.  There will be kids games, petting zoo, live music, educational displays, kids dairy bar bake-off and much more!

Website/Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882876701991363/

 


 

🐮 Door County at Wilke R Organic Farm owned by Kevin & Tricia Wilke, 5238 STH 42 in Sturgeon Bay.

Sunday, July 2 / 6:30am-11am

Admission:  Age 7 and up is $9.00, Kids 6 and under are FREE.

Description:  Farm fresh all you can eat along with live music, hayrides, petting zoo and more.

Website/Link:  http://www.jacksonport.net/organizations/sevastopol-ffa-alumni-association/

Here are a few pictures from the time we enjoyed this weekend as a family:

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The Voight Acres

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All tuckered out before we even sat down to eat breakfast!

 

 

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Enjoying a hearty breakfast complete with Chocolate milk, scrambled eggs, ham, WI squeaky cheese curds and cheese cubes, hash browns and a cinnamon roll.  Our bellies were happy!

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A farmer feeding his rooster!  These cute little picture board props were all over and so cute for making family memories!

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Cows, cows & more cows!  E’s favorite were the “chocolate milk” cows as she liked to call the brown and white cows and of course the baby calf’s. 

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A fun fact we learned:  10 gallons of cow’s milk makes 1 lb of cheese!

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Happy Pigs!

 

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This was the little petting zoo area!

These are just among a few pictures I took while our visit to the farm.  Not pictured was the bounce houses, face painting, and ice cream offered.  There were also many opportunities for learning, farm tours, tractor rides, hands on exploring of the farm equipment, big sand play area, milk station tour, churning your own butter…I mean the fun was endless!  Big or little there was something to enjoy for all ages!  It was a quality filled morning and I am anxious to see what else we are able to cross off of our bucket list for summer!

Summer Family Bucket List:

As promised, I am going to share our Summer Family Bucket List with all of you.  Now, this is only my rough draft of our list.  When I say rough draft, I simply mean that as of now it’s just a very unorganized list of things to do (for you all to scroll down and see) with a few attached links.  It’s nothing fancy at this point and the disorganization of it makes my head spin if I’m honest with myself, haha!  On a side note, disorganization seems to be the story of my life lately (#momproblems #orjustme #help!).

With that said, my goal is to organize this jumbled list into categories to make it a lot easier to look at and for my own sanity in finding things on this long list!  If you are looking to make an organized bucket list, here is what I’m guessing some of the categories names I will include on our final bucket list are in case you are looking for ideas for your own:  Water Fun (possibly breaking this down to splash pads, pools and beaches), Hikes-Bikes-Picnics, Zoo’s, Local Fun, At-Home, Camping, Weekend Get-A-Ways, Day Trips, Special Events, Nature Centers/Botanical Gardens, etc.

Being that I’ve never made a bucket list for our family for the Summer, please hang with me as this is very new to me.  However, I wanted to try making this bucket list for our family because so often we find ourselves going back and forth about what we should do when we have free time.  I don’t know if you find yourselves doing the same thing ever, but it’s really frustrating and annoying to me at how indecisive we can be.  Ultimately this leads to us wasting time.  This also typically will result in us sitting home doing nothing or just doing busy work while the kids play.

I will not let this happen to us this summer! It is my goal to have a quality summer, with less time wasted and more time spent together creating memories, because as we all know time is just going too quickly (and summers tend to go by in the blink of an eye). Having a bucket list will give us a go-to list of things to do when we are in that bind when we can’t think of anything to do off the top of our heads, no excuses.  The best thing about a bucket list is that we don’t have to do these things, we WANT to do these things which will help us to be less indecisive as well.  I also love that we don’t have to do these things in any particular order (although some of the special events and such do have specific dates), there are a variety of activities to suit our changing moods and weather AND we can continually add to our list all summer long.  With that said, here is our list of our first 50 ideas:

  1. Camping trip with my sister & her family. Location TBD.
  2. Camping just us. Location TBD.
  3. Wanick Choute Park/Sherwood, WI Splash Pad
  4. High Cliff State Park-Hike or bike ride and picnic lunch:  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/highcliff/
  5. Erb Park & Pool:  http://www.appletonparkandrec.org/pool-programs–information/pool-information/erb-pool
  6. Trip to Hayward, WI:  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g59952-Hayward_Wisconsin-Vacations.html
  7. Weekend in Winter WI at my parents Cabin
  8. Go to our local Farmer’s Market:  https://www.facebook.com/downtownappletonfarmmarket/?hc_ref=SEARCH
  9. Outdoor Movies Wednesday evenings
  10. N.E.W Zoo:  http://newzoo.org/
  11. Bookworm Garden:  http://www.bookwormgardens.org/
  12. Backyard Campfire and make s’mores
  13. Sunset Beach Day:  http://www.vokimberly.org/departments/parks-recreation/sunset-beach-swimming-facility/
  14. Family Bike Rides
  15. Canoeing
  16. Day trip to Door County
  17. 1000 Island Nature Preserve:  http://www.1000islandsenvironmentalcenter.org/
  18. Timber Rattlers Game
  19. Brewers Game
  20. Packer Family Fun Weekend
  21. Derks Park
  22. Pay it forward project
  23. Visit Family In Iowa
  24. Dicks Drive In
  25. Visit a new library
  26. Summer Reading Programs
  27. Dave’s Falls:  http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/daves.shtml
  28. Maribel Caves:  http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/i-p/parks/county-parks/cherney-maribel-caves/
  29. Play a game of catch in our back yard/kick the soccer ball
  30. Blow bubbles/draw with chalk
  31. Splash bash in our back yard (simple water fun, balloon fight)
  32. Shred Aquarium:  http://www.sheddaquarium.org/
  33. Mall of America: http://www.mallofamerica.com/
  34. Slumber Party in our basement (Movies, popcorn & sleeping bags)
  35. Create a nature scavenger hunt and do it together at a park.
  36. Skyzone:  https://www.skyzone.com/appleton
  37. Mini Golf
  38. Roadster rides (my husband has an old buick roadster)
  39. Have the neighbors over to grill out and let the kids play
  40. Polluck Pool:  http://www.ci.oshkosh.wi.us/Parks/Pollock_Community_Water_Park/
  41. The Twist for Ice Cream treats
  42. Play Tennis
  43. Go to a performer series at the Library
  44. Explore a new town together
  45. Paint with water
  46. Put up a tent together and read stories in it, play in it, and sleep in it in our backyard
  47. Play flashlight tag at night.
  48. Visit family in Amery
  49. Refurbish our bedroom set as a family
  50. Pick our vegetable garden and make dinner or a recipe with some of what we harvest

*I will share with you my organized version once I have it finished*

Wishing everyone a fun, safe, happy and quality summer with your family!  Enjoy this awesome season to it’s absolute fullest.  Here in WI the summers are just too short!

Summer Break

Guys and gals, my apologies for being quiet lately.  Life just happens and priorities take over.  I love this blog and blogging, yet making the time to write in it (at the bare minimum) weekly just hasn’t been happening lately. I fear there will be more gaps in hearing from me as today is the first day of summer break. This is the first summer I will be juggling full days with 2 kiddos of my own, plus 1 extra part-time kiddo (I care for a little boy in my home too). Not only does life happen, but there will be all sorts of busy in between. This is just your FYI for when more gaps happen, which they 100% will. When they do, please be patient with me because I will always be back at some point in time to write.

With that said, we’ve been busy with the starting of summer sports. My oldest is in both soccer and t-ball. We’ve had practices for both weekly. Her first soccer came was this past Tuesday but she had to miss it because her 4K graduation happened to fall on the same evening (I will back track to her graduation night in a bit). This coming Sunday will involve volunteering 2 hours in concessions for T-ball, t-ball team pictures and her first game. She played soccer last year (and I played soccer) so we are familiar with what goes down. T-ball is new to me (although I get the sport, I didn’t realize all we had to do just to be involved with this sport-fundraising, volunteering, multiple practices, etc). She seems to be enjoying both so far and as long as she’s happy and having fun (and staying active) then I am a happy mama!

Getting back to her 4k graduation. That night made for an emotional mama and filled me with many bittersweet feelings. Her teachers did a great job putting together a special night for the students and parent, family & friends. She even wore a cap and gown. They sang 3 songs, had a picture slideshow that recapped the school year. Then each child was introduced and walked up to shake their teachers hand and get their 4k diplomas. Cuteness overload! This mama is so proud of her and can hardly believe we have already closed the preschool chapter and I will have a kindergartener this coming Fall. Tissues….anyone have a box of tissues for me?! 

Proud parents of a 4k graduate!!!

Not only do I have an almost 5 year old, but my baby will be 7 months on the 17th. She’s currently working on mastering crawling, but can move from one end of the room to the next fairly quickly. She can go from laying down to a sitting position. In other words…time is flashing before my eyes. I’m embracing and loving every minute of every day, but it seems like just yesterday we were struggling to have her…she was only a very big hope in our heart and now she’s here. She’s here, filling our hearts with love and joy every.single.day. It truly takes my breath away thinking about.

Our little love bug!

These two girls keep me so busy, some days I’m lucky if I’m able to squeeze much else into my days but caring for them and entertaining them, and so on. However, it’s my goal to do some fun filled summer activities. I decided to start a bucket list of what I’d like to do with my family this summer (blog post for another day). I’m hoping to knock a lot of them off our list and make some nice memories with the 3 people who are my world! What are things on your summer bucket list? Since ours is a work in progress, I’d love for you to share with me your list! Not only am I working on this bucket list, but I am working on a new summer schedule and list of daily activities for the kiddos and myself. It is always nice to go on new adventures all the while trying to maintain some sort of routine. I will get back to you on that too once I have it all figured out. Wish me luck!

My heart!

Well folks, I could write for days since it’s been such a long gap of time since I last wrote but life is happening and I have things I need to tend to. Wishing you all a safe, happy and quality fun filled Summer! Do things that feed your mind, body and soul and spend time with those you love. I’m feeling so blessed to get to spend another summer with E and my first with K…I simply wouldn’t want it any other way!

My summer side kicks!