Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Zoo

One of the things on our summer bucket list was to take the girls to the zoo so we took advantage of the beautiful weather on Sunday and ventured out to see the animals.  The first thing we ran into was a brand new splash pad.  We had no towels, no bathing suits, no change of clothes but neither of them seemed to care.  They ran around like fools and got completely soaked, only stopping for the occasional cotton candy fuel up.

Once we finally dragged them away from the water we actually did see some animals.  Our zoo has a farm in it and that's always been Lyla's favorite part.  We spent a lot of time with the goats - Lyla mostly put them in a head lock, which luckily only resulted in one finger bite.

It was such a fun trip.  Love my crazy little family!

- K










Thursday, July 16, 2015

Butterflies!

I think my most unexpected favorite thing about being a mom is how you get to see everything through a child's eyes again.  You get to help create the wonder and excitement they have with everything - from the big excitements like Santa and the Easter Bunny to the more every day little joys like pointing out a hummingbird outside our window at dinner and the big eyes and smiles when they see it themselves. 

Lyla is as curious and inquisitive as they come, and I've had a blast this summer starting to do little "experiments" with her like planting flowers and watching daily as they grow and bloom, noticing the smells and colors.  A few weeks ago we got a butterfly kit that let's you watch as the caterpillars grow, create cocoons, and then become butterflies.  It was pretty amazing to see them grow significantly each day.  When they made their appearance as butterflies Lyla got to put flowers in their habitat and feed them sugar water.  She was a pretty good little butterfly mama.  :)

The other day (after Tim got caught several times sitting on the counter next to them, licking his chops) we set them free.  Both girls were pretty thrilled to watch them fly away, one at a time.  One even let me hold it and another climbed onto Lyla's little finger. 

I hope she remembers this!  I know I will.  :)

- K





 
 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Weekend with the Burns

Last weekend we had more visitors!  Auntie Alycia, Uncle Colin and baby Brailyn came into town for a whole 48 hours and we enjoyed every one of them.  We didn't have a lot of time but managed to get them out to Lake Harriet, which is obviously one of our faves, and it didn't disappoint.  We even got to ride the trolley for the first time which was so fun!

Always love having family visit!  Thanks for a great weekend, guys!

- K






she tried to steal this random dog.



lyla loves to tell me "kisses are disgusting" these days.  but i'll never stop.  :)

a picture with both of them went really well...


Monday, July 6, 2015

Fireworks!

I can't say enough good things about our 4th of July weekend.  First of all, every weekend should be a three day weekend.  For real.  Second, for the first time we completely chucked all the bedtime rules out the window and kept the girls up late to see fireworks.  So worth it.

Ryan's best friend, Jeff, came into town for the weekend and him and Ryan drove out to Wisconsin to get some "real" fireworks.  Whatever dreams he had in his head about him and his daughter lighting them off together and creating lifelong memories and blah blah, they totally came true.  Which isn't fair at all because it never goes that way for me.  But anyways, they were the cutest together.  Lyla couldn't get enough and neither of them had any regard for safety.  They would light the firework and run screaming, flop on the grass next to each other and stare into the sky until they exploded.  And then my heart would explode a little bit too.

We started the 4th at the local farmer's market, headed home so Jeff and Ryan could do a little interior decorating and forced as many naps as we could on the girls.  Later we headed out to Eden Prairie to a little family festival they had.  Lyla bounced on the bounce houses and got her face painted.  Evie just followed her around and danced whenever she could.  We all made it to the fireworks with minimal meltdowns and even went on a little off roading adventure to get the heck home afterwards.

It was a great 4th all the way around!  Love our beautiful country!

- K



















Monday, June 15, 2015

The Best Week in the History of Weeks

Last week was so good for the soul.  It was the first time in a long time that I've taken proper vacation time when family has come to town and getting to just relax and spend quality time with them and my girls was just what I needed. 

We've really been feeling the "busy" lately with all the little projects around the new house, constant messes from my sweet little hooligans, and trying to get ready for our visitors.  I found myself being frustrated more often than not.  Frustrated with the messes and never ending list of to-dos.  It was almost impossible for me to just sit and play, I always had a load of dishes or laundry or one more picture to hang. I'd get frustrated at not being able to get anything done if the girls were around - frustrated with them for not giving me a single minute to concentrate, frustrated with myself for not being able to do it all, and then frustrated that I'd just wasted those precious moments with my babies being frustrated about something that really didn't matter at all.

Last week was such a good reset.  I put the chores out of my mind and just focused on having fun.  We went swimming as much as possible, ate ice cream, made cookies, and roasted marshmallows.  We went to the mall, braved the rain for donuts at the farmer's market (because going to the farmer's market for fresh veggies is overrated), and played our guts out.

I had so much fun with my family and as always felt that twinge of sadness when they left.  It makes me miss having them around more often, but I also think that these memories are even sweeter when they're more rare, so I'll hold onto that - and just hope we can make it an annual trip.  I mean, who doesn't want to visit MN every year?  ...Bueller?

- K