This past weekend was spent having fun in the sun at Boot Lake with the Grizzly Beros! It was definitely worth the long drive… we enjoyed fireside chats, delicious meals, scotcharoos (thanks, Grandma!), kiddie cocktails, the best grapes ever, boat rides, kayak trips, nature walks, and conversations with Ms. Patty and Mr. Bill (they tell the best stories)! The only thing missing was the paperwork for me and my parents to become permanent residents at Camp Bero. Life sure is good there!
Fire roasted vegetables!
Fireside with Aunt Carrie
Me & Dad
Hanging out with Ms. Patty
Lazy morning with Uncle Matt & Aunt Carrie
Checking out the lake with dad
Out for a 4.5 mile walk
Soaking up the sun with the gang
Beach (slumber) party!
Me, dad and my wet suit
Rockin’ the dock with mom
Splish splash, this is not as warm as my bath
Mom & Dad kayaking
Aunt Carrie’s got skills
And Uncle Matt’s pretty good too
Me and the momma
Dad is in the background jumping off a raft
How do you like my turtle hat!?
…complete with snacks!
How cute are we?!
Dad’s helping Ms. Patty cut up vegetables
Aunt Carrie & Uncle Matt making a delicious peach crisp!
…with the best Georgia peaches. Yummers!
Dad caught this bass while kayaking!
Babysitting Ms. Patty while my parents are on the kayak
Neat gift idea, Aunt Carrie!
I love my Aunt Carrie!
But I don’t want to go home.
Surprise Happy Birthday, Lisa Heise! It’s always fun to celebrate you! And you’re welcome for the snuggles. Let’s do it again sometime!
Surprise birthday lunch!
Me and Lisa
Me and Sydney
The cake’s on fire!!
Me & Patrick
Well, mom and I survived our first day at daycare, and let’s just say one of us did better than the other. Mom lingered a little bit while she dropped me off, but she eventually managed to leave the premises. I heard her come visit me over the lunch hour, but I pretended to be sleeping because it’s not cool to hang out with your mom when you’re trying to make new friends. She got the hint after a while, and reluctantly walked out the door. But 15 minutes later, she was back. Oh boy! (Just call me irresistible.) This time, I threw a blanket over my head so she couldn’t find me. I think it worked because she went back to her office and didn’t return until the end of the day. By 4:30 p.m. I was back in my mom’s arms, safe, unharmed and all in one piece! I greeted her with a smile and then we hugged for a moment, and just like that, all was right with the world. Hopefully she’ll remember that when we do this all over again tomorrow.
Preparing for daycare = frowny face
Making the trip to La Crosse
Arriving at Daycare
Here I am with my teachers!
This doesn’t look like the Babysitters Club
Pretend sleeping – Take 1
Pretend sleeping – Take 2
Tummy time with my teachers
Daycare wasn’t so bad!
Reunited and it feels so good!
I showed mom and dad my first real giggle today! It’s hilarious to let out a deep belly laugh. First I giggled, then mom started, and soon dad was laughing too. It’s contagious! I wish my parents would have captured it on video… you probably would have laughed too. Maybe next time?! Laughter sure is the best medicine!
If you’re looking for me tomorrow, I’ll be at daycare. Please check on mom to make sure she doesn’t have a meltdown.
Mom and Dad took me to UW-Platteville for a walk down memory lane. This is the place where dad fell deeply in love with momma! It’s the best thing that ever happened to him (so the story goes). I hope to find a love so great someday. Thanks, UW-P, for the role you played in creating my loving family!
The big M
Dobson Hall – where mom lived during her 2nd year
This is the place where mom & dad met
This is where mom & Aunt Kowee pretended to lift weights (while the rest of the soccer team actually did)
Bo Ryan (current UW Madison men’s basketball coach) coached here at UW-P first!
The library… where dad studied a lot (while the graphic designers were having fun)
This is the building that mom had most classes in
This building was not around back in the day
Some of the 2014 tornado damage
Mom’s old house!
Visiting Gretchen & Koty’s farm was fun! What a beautiful, peaceful place to call home. We toured their property, went wine tasting, enjoyed the outdoors, and just took advantage of some good, quality family time. Thanks for the memories, Gretchen & Koty. Let’s make this an annual camping adventure?!
Whoa… who is that behind us?
The great room
Me & Gretch!
View from the road
Barns put me to sleep
He looks sheepish!
Me & my dad
Hangin’ with Aunt Julie & Uncle Cory
Making new friends
Cortney (Miss Piggy!)
Snoozin’ with Grandma
Our campsite (in the driveway)
Me & Ellen
The Goodenough boys!
Cortney’s dragonfly memorial
Reading Consumer Reports with Dad
Wine tasting with Krissa
Cortney-assisted nap time