Every year around this time, I start to fall for Fall… especially when the season brings together some of my favorites: friends, farm-fresh Winghaven pizza, and Ferguson’s Apple Orchard! Each visit to these Galesville fall-tour fun spots creates precious memories and marks new milestones. When I look back on this particular day, I will probably tell the story of that time when our new friend Noah joined the party, and how Genesee ate more pizza than I did, and that I was brave enough to enter the Slightly Scary Haunted House all by myself, and somehow, the final score of the cornfield adventure was Corn Maze: 1, Us: 0.
Summer is over, says the calendar. I mean, summer and I sort of called it quits once I returned to school full-time, but today, summer officially left. I’m not completely heartbroken and I have no regrets; it was good while it lasted and we made incredible memories. I’ll let the pictures tell the story….
Here I am, Mr. Helpful, watering mom’s flowers while she was out of state for a work conference.
Look at how young Genesee looked at the beginning of summer!
We went to BRF a lot for biking, walking, and playground excursions!
Pit stop along the trails
Lunda Park was our go-to place.
Genesee developed a love for swinging
Dipping our feet in the water!
Moments after this picture was taken, I puked in the river.
G loved going hiking
G did not love when Dad would leave the house.
I made a new friend!
I even got to pet Bambi.
Me and my boys (Dad & Grandpa) went fishing a lot in our new-used boat.
I loved my fishing morning!
We caught a lot of fish!
I even caught Grandpa once, but he still loves me.
We had a blast on the water!
And goofed around a little bit.
But mostly, we just enjoyed nature and quality time with eachother.
Even my ladies joined us a couple times!
I also played Red Light Green Light with Cha Cha & Ernest!
I went to a Minnesota zoo with my classmates.
Mom even came with as a chaperone!
We visited with the Docan-Morgans as soon as they returned from South Korea
G became a cookie monster.
G rocked her pudding mustache
I took my sister for rides around the house….
…she loved it!
G learned how to ride a bike
And when you play hard, you eat hard!
Especially when Cha Cha makes Mexican rice, guacamole and quesadillas!
Or when mom and dad make a fancy meal.
Or when you pick enough blackberries so Dad can make smoothies and Grandma can make pie!
And after you eat hard, you sleep hard.
Zzzzzz some more.
Because summers are for being lazy
And for snuggling!
Dad got a new bike this summer and Grandpa took it for a test-drive!
I went on my first ride this summer – a ferris wheel!
I loved putting puzzles together.
Sometimes I was so excited to play with puzzles that I refused to waste time getting dressed first.
I graduated to a booster car seat this summer!
Sadly, we lost Great Uncle Windy.
It was nice to attend his funeral to celebrate his life.
When it was hot, we played with water balloons
It was so much fun!
And of course summer is the best time to prevent forest fires.
I spent some of my days pretending to be Captain America, usually when Mom tried to get work done.
We went to Jellystone a couple times…
I love a good camp fire!
Genesee learned how to climb the stairs!
And she graduated to the big bath tub!
Having a little sister means sacrificing some of your ice cream. Because sharing is caring.
We had lots of dance parties!
I played with my marble run and “wished I was a marble.”
We wrestled on the bed
And acted silly a lot!
We went out to eat a few times too! (I hate when I order a “dog bone” instead of a “corn dog.” Oops!)
I grew taller!
I learned how to change my phone’s screensaver.
I enjoyed Mom’s annual ATP show.
And we even went on a family bike ride…
because Mom got a bike for her birthday.
And Genesee got a new seat!
As you can see, I experienced a lot with summer, even some firsts, and I grew so much along the way; I will be forever grateful for how warm summer was to me. Although I’m having to move on to fall, trust me when I say that although summer and I had to weather some storms, it was worth every rainbow!
On September 9th, we celebrated my cousin/babysitter-extraordinaire/best friend’s 15th birthday. One might assume that a super-cool 15-year-old high schooler wouldn’t want to hang out with a cute, little, still-need-my-butt-wiped 4-year-old, but Ashlee’s something special. She always has time for me and even invites me to sit with her and her friends at high school sporting events. I’m lucky to have such a beautiful soul in my village. Ashlee is kind and patient and loyal… and it’s like she never grows too old to love me.
Happy birthday, cousin! As you make another trip around the sun, I hope you get to feel its warmth every day because that’s the gift you’ve given me.
September 4, 2018 marked my first day of 4-k! Since mom and dad have busy/commuter work schedules, they decided to open-enroll me into the Onalaska School District so that I can continue
taking field trips learning at the Children’s Treehouse.
Genesee and I attend CTH together, and this year, we have new teachers, a new building, a new playground, and even some new friends! That’s a lot of transition for two, cute, melt-down-prone kiddos, but guess who survived drop-off without any tears?! Yep, yours truly: Genesee. But also me, for the most part, just 11 hugs later.
I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us; we’re already off to a great start!