Here's just some random thoughts, questions, fodder.....
  • We had Mike's grandparents over for dinner tonight. It was great. I think we should really do this more often with all of our family and friends. I would hate to have all those woulda, coulda, shoulda moments should anything happen to the ones we love.
  • I'm excited for our new computer to arrive. Luckily our lovely friend in Arizona did all the research for us, found us a great deal and called me when he was ready to place our order. Now that's what I call service. I gave him a few details, he ran with it and I've got myself a new computer that should be here in a couple of days. Now I just have to figure out how to get all the things on our current computer onto the new one. Yikes.
  • I'm trying to decide what big project I should take on this year while Mike is deer hunting. In the past I've painted the family room and the downstairs bathroom. I'm thinking it's time for an upstairs bathroom update. For those of you that have been to my house, is chocolate brown (with silver accents) too dark for that room?
  • My poor boys have been fighting a nasty cough. Colton has had "sick breath" - c'mon, you know what I'm talking about - for the past couple of days. He told me today that, "Kids at school tell me I have bad breath. That really hurts my feelings." Poor dude. I insisted that it was due to his cold and that I'll send him with some extra cough drops tomorrow.
  • These darn Halloween snack size candy bars are going to kill me. By the time I have one.....and then ok I'll have just one more....ok this time I mean it...this is my last one.....I'm pretty sure I've eaten more than a full size candy bar.
  • I broke the zipper on Brett's Halloween custome. Now he's going to have to have safety pins keeping it together from his hip to his arm pit. Now that's going to be adorable I tell ya.



This - from my child who thrives on structure......



For the past three or so years, I've always made Halloween cookies with Colton. I decide we'd let Brett into our tradition this year. So Saturday evening, we made the dough. As soon as Brett got his bowl in front of him he took a big old scoop of the powder (no, I didn't make them from scratch) and tossed it into his mouth. His eyes got big and then he yelled out, "Yummy, yummy mama!" After that he pretty much lost interest. Here's my troopers making witches, pumpkins, ghosts......
After Sunday school Colton was itching to get those things frosted and decorated. So we pulled out the 66 shapes and dove in.
Aren't they BOOOtiful? Sorry. I couldn't resist.

Fall Fun.....

The weather was gorgeous on Saturday (it hit 75 degrees!) so I took the boys to the orchard just like the other 750 parents did. It was packed! We didn't let the crowds get to us though. The boys had a great time running around/on/over the hay hill and checking out the goats, chickens and ducks.

Here's Colton waiting "for all the little kids to get out of the way" so he could take a running leap off the hill.
Here's Brett at the top of the hill....pretty much telling me to move it or loose it and to get that camera out of his face.
The hit of the day? The ponies of course! As soon as Brett so those little things, there was no holding him back. He saw the kids riding them, ran up to me and said, "Me too Mama, me too!" How could I resist? So we went and got in line and this little child who doesn't like to wait for anything (and I mean anything) waited patiently in line right by me the whole time!
Still waiting......And we're off! He was so excited. It was adorable. Smiles and squeals! His brother on the other hand was very content keeping his two feet on the ground and walking next to the horse. Have I ever mentioned how opposite my boys are?
All that waiting stirred up some hunger. Time for apple juice and apple donuts! Oh, and don't worry. I washed his hands before he got a hold of this!


Good Times.....

We just returned from boosting the economy of Door County. Oops. What I meant to say was that we just returned from celebrating our 6 years of marriage in Door County, Wisconsin. We took off Friday evening for the 6 hour drive. I would recommend driving at night only for the fact that there is NOTHING to see between the border of Minnesota/Wisconsin and Sturgeon Bay. However, once you get to that point, it's a whole new world.
We got up bright and early on Saturday to get our day started. We went without any plans - just a few ideas of things that we thought we'd like to do throughout the weekend. As we were eating breakfast, we decided that we'd take the ferry to Washington Island and cruise around the island on mopeds. So off we went.
Here's the boat that took us on the six mile journey:

Here's Mike freezing/enjoying the cruise. Notice he's wearing a hat. It was FREEZING. I had to buy a sweatshirt before we got on the boat because I wasn't warm enough in my turtle neck and sweater!
Here was our means of transportation on the island. It was so much fun! Never mind the fact that I almost didn't pass the moped test. Not because I was reckless, but because I was going too slow. Once we got out on the open road, I was a pro.
Again. FREEZING. My hands were numb by the time we got to our first sight. However, I wouldn't have done it any other way. There were plenty of people that rented pedal bikes, but we felt like livin' on the edge - having the wind blow through our hair, maxing out at 30 mph, you know how that is. Here's a shot of me and my tourist sweatshirt at Schoolhouse Beach. The entire beach was covered in white rocks. Oh, and don't try to toss one in your pocket as a souvenir. It's a $250 fine! No, I didn't learn this from experience. Just read the sign.

On our way north to the catch the ferry, we drove by a restaurant that had grass on the roof. It was a nice conversation piece. Mike wondered how they kept it so short. I wondered if it was moss and not grass. That was the last we spoke of it. That is until we were heading back to our Inn. We noticed that there were goats roaming about on the roof. What?! Of course we had to jump out of the car and take pictures like the other 46 people standing around us did.
Sunday was our winery day. We drove the loop to the other side of Door County and on our way back managed to swing into two different wineries. Fun. If you ever head this way, I really recommend Door Peninsula Winery. They must have had over 30 different kinds of wine to taste. No, I didn't taste them all, but pretty darn close. Forty-five minutes later we ended up with a case of various types of wine in the trunk. Here's the proof:
One last photo for the overload..... A lovely sunset at Egg Harbor Beach. Well, we missed the prime part of the sunset because I'm what they call "directionally challenged." It was a great weekend. So many beautiful sights and lots of history. We had a great time and have pretty much decided where we will stay next time when we bring the kids.