Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June jumble

Summer is officially underway. And when it comes to blogging during the summer craziness, ain't nobody got time for dat. (Sweet Brown, you still light up my life, girl!) Or at least it feels that way.
We've been busy with small 3-day getaways and trips to the baby pool. 

And in the evenings I have been making it my goal to catch up on all my neglected television shows. It's a little sad when you feel like you truly have your shit together just because you finally finished the season finale of Downton Abbey four months after it originally aired. 
Right now it is Game of Thrones
Shhh! Nobody spoil it! 
We have 4 episodes left. Jared and I have been able to safely avoid any spoilers on social media and TV so far. I love that show so much, it's like I want the episodes to drag on forever and never end, but I also want to binge watch them in one day so I can find out what happens. 


But I'm taking a break from television and making an effort now, folks. (Full disclosure: it took me 5 days to finish this post. "Game of Thrones" did indeed suck me in. And PS - I'm not happy with you George R.R.) 
Anyway... here we go!

Jared and I were able to take off for a few days for our anniversary. Last year we explored the Amana Colonies here in Iowa. We decided that it would be fun to do that again - a local vacation to somewhere new. We ended up in Dubuque for two nights. 

I booked a zipline adventure for both of us at Sky Tours in Dubuque. It was 9 separate ziplines over Union Park, which used to be a huge recreation/theme park back in the mid-late 1800s. Neither of us had ever done a zipline before, so it was a new experience for both of us. 
We had a great time, and I would highly recommend it. I am not scared of heights, but I thought I might have some apprehension with it. Nope, none at all. Jared and I both loved it.

We spent the rest of our days exploring around Dubuque and Galena, IL (about 25 minutes away) - shops, parks - random vacation stuff.

We hit up the Fenelon Elevator which is basically a Dubuque landmark. It was built by a businessman in the late 1800s as a shortcut to his house up on the hill so that he could fit a nap into his daily lunch hour. It was a fun little stop and the view from the top was great.


We also took in a movie one night - a rarity for us. We went to see "Spy" with Melissa McCartney. Honestly, I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a long time - maybe ever. It was so good, I would go see it again in the theater. Heck, I might even buy it when it comes out. And it's probably been a good decade since I've bought a non-Disney movie so that's saying something.

In less fun news, Graham has started potty training.
I'll spare you the boring details.
Just let me tell you, underwear are not some magic trick to make your kids use the toilet. I'd hoped they would be, but alas, they are not.
Especially when your child is this ornery.
I read somewhere that parents had success talking up the underwear. 
You know, like, "We don't want to pee or poop on our superhero friends. We don't want to poop on Batman, do we?"
So I did that.
I talked allllll about how Batman isn't to be peed on.
And about one hour later Graham came to me and proudly announced:
I pooped on Batman!

Yep, that's about how well it's going... 


We spent a few days at my parents' newly-purchased home in Okoboji. Actually its address is in Spirit Lake, but the Okoboji habit is going to be hard to quit.

We brought along some items to help my mom decorate and moved some furniture. (A couch might have fallen down the stairs on to Jared, but we won't dwell on that...) We helped with some finishing touches here and there and basically just hung out. 

Aunt Beaner was there for the weekend and she came armed with a present for each kid. Now G-Man can run around the house in only Batman underwear and a matching hat.

We eventually left the kids with my dad and he promptly took them to the nearest available water and let them get wet. Hopefully there will be many fishing excursions with Papa Jeff in their future.


Okoboji has plenty of beaches, but we picnicked and eventually settled at the one we always went to when I was a kid. The adults sat and soaked up the sun while the kids shoveled sand.  

The plan is to spend the weekend of the 4th up in Okoboji too. I've never been there over the holiday weekend, so I'm excited to see the fireworks and hang out with family.

Right now, this week is Vacation Bible School and let me tell you, as a helper for games, there is no need to exercise outside of Bible school. Playing tag with elementary and middle school students is no joke! All three of our kids are attending: Bailey and Avery are in separate classes this year and Graham gets to hang out in the nursery since I'm volunteering. They're loving it and particularly enjoy the novelty of bringing their own lunch.

Other things have been going on around here too, including t-ball for the girls and redecorating our living room. Bye bye, beige! I will post an update featuring a little color soon, especially now that Game of Thrones won't be occupying my available free time. 

I hope everyone is enjoying summer as much as we are!