Our Plan A (strawberry picking) was postponed today due to the berries not being ready, so we had the kids pack some special items and took them on a Family Adventure day.We ended up at Lake Elmo park- to enjoy a beautiful morning out in nature together.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Alex (in her Mexican dress that Fairy Godmother Cathleen brought her back from her travels) and Emma-- they both played 'Skippyjon Jones' :-) It was so fun for Alex to be in camp with her best friend--
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"Mama!! Look!! The first strawberries!"
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
The fates aligned and we were in for a big surprise on Saturday afternoon. Not only did Papa Bob and Grandma Mary make it for the weekend, but Great-Uncle Jim, Great-Aunt Emily and Great-Uncle Claude ALONG with Third Cousins Terri and Steve all managed to gather to celebrate being a family! It was a great night-- Great-Aunt Sarah outdid herself with the menu (peanut-butter and bacon stuffed jalepenos, anyone?!!), Dave shared a slideshow from our Everest Base Camp trek, and we got to see photos of Jim's travels as well as meet his sweet dog Jake.
Four Generations of Marotzes.....(the final generation is a bit tired. Late bedtimes the night before made for two somewhat grumpy kids by 5:30pm. The kids and I excused ourselves for bed shortly after taking this photo....)
Saturday was fishing day! The kids waited, and waited, and waited for Daddy and Papa Bob to be done with their lunch so they can fish.
Saturday morning we stopped at Papa Bob's favorite Cheese store in the entire state of Wisconsin.
The actual factory has been relocated, but they still have some old machinery tucked away....look what I found:
Friday, June 21, 2013
See title. Seriously. They went to bed at 10:30pm. That is UNHEARD of!!! But, between naps in the car and the excitement of seeing family we only see once a year, plus a CAMEL (yes, you read that correctly), it was the way things were the night of Daddy's birthday.
This bird has him beat.
"He TALKS, Mama!!!"
We met up with Grandma Mary and Papa Bob, also in town for a visit! :-) When I say 'met up', what I mean is that they flew in from Phoenix and stayed in the hotel room adjacent to ours.....and let Alexandra sleep in their room. We love them.
Although we'd already had quite the eventful day, today was June 21st.... apart from being Daddy's birthday, it was Midsummer's Eve- the night that our family builds fairy houses for all the traveling fairies in the land.
Alex worked very hard-- as always, she had a vision in mind as she executed her plan.
The smoke was billowing out of the hood and we had no idea what to do. I started consolidating half-empty water bottles in an attempt to put out a potential fire under the hood. Luckily, Dave is smart enough to not just run out and pop the hood (like I probably would have done). We waited a few minutes (with Alex screaming "WHAT IS GOING ON- ARE WE EXPLODING?!?!" at the top of her lungs from the backseat. Don't forget our pet mynah bird is repeating every word right along with her "WHAT GOING ON? ESSPLODING!!!!!"
God sent a state trooper to intercept our amateur fire-fighting hour, and (after pulling behind us with his lights on so we didn't get plowed into from behind) he advised us to try and drive the last 100 feet to the gas station, let the car rest, add some fluid to the radiator and 'give that a go'.
We were traveling with two small children, so we did everything except the last two steps. We skipped those and called USAA to send a tow truck. Then we called my sister (back in Woodbury) and my mom (finishing up her visit to MN that day) and begged/pleaded with them to PLEASE drive our other vehicle 45 minutes into Wisconsin to rescue us. They did (they are AWESOME), and all-in-all we only spent an extra 2 and a half hours at the station.
1. Check out the buffet at "The Hearty Platter". Even if we WERENT gluten free, I can't say that I would have been tempted. Fried fish, fried chicken, gravies, salads with mayonnaise as the main ingredient.
2. Scour the gas station for picnic lunch fixings. We actually did really well-- we found some really nice apples, fresh Wisconsin cheese curds (not the fried kind), yogurt smoothies and some WI beef sticks.
3. Eat lunch in the broken-down minivan because it was the cleanest place around.
4. Unload the entire car and pile up all of our belongings on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. Place children in carseats by the pile. Take photographs. Giggle and imagine what the people inside The Hearty Platter are saying about us. (We were actually quite touched by the number of people- at least 6 individuals- who stopped to try to help us with our radiator and/or inquire as to whether we were ok. Wisconsinites are awesome!)
5. Watch as the tow truck loaded our minivan up. Impressive!
6. Go for a candy run at the gas station. We decided a new family rule is that if you have to get you car towed, you get to choose WHATEVER candy you want!
7. Load up the SUV and bid adieu to Auntie Rorie and GranMama- thanks, wonder women!
Hapy Birthday, Daddy! Alex made Dave a basket of beautiful paper butterflies, an intricate card and a really COOL birthday crown. Justin helped. ;-)Jules' Gluten Free Flour. Seriously. The best. Kind of off the topic, but I signed up for a living social deal that sent me a boatload of Jules' products for mega-cheap. I'm hooked! I was overjoyed to see that our local GF store also carries it AND it had a little "best pick by staff" sticker by it on the shelf. I am not alone!