Annual Apple Orchard Visit with the Kieke's

We have visited an apple orchard with our good friends and (old) neighbors, the Kieke's since the year I was pregnant with Ethan! This year we returned to an old favorite- Aamodt's Apple Farm in Stillwater, MN. 

This was us on our first trip to Aamodt's together! (I was very pregnant with Ethan)


Arizona Getaway!

When Anthony told us that he has won an award at work, we were of course very happy for him. However, when we found out that there was an awards ceremony in Phoenix Arizona and that we would be staying at the beautiful Marriott Desert Ridge we were super excited and decided to make it a family affair. We even brought Grandma Delene for some built in babysitting. I had never been to this area before and what a different and beautiful landscape the desert is. Ethan loved seeing all the cacti and desert animals and we all loved the warm weather. Besides the award event we took in the Phoenix zoo, a beautiful drive in South Mountain Park and the fancy Fashion Square Mall. We also enjoyed great food with friends Megan and Justin, who were also there. 

Phoenix zoo
 At our hotel

 view from our balcony

 Award night
 view from the top


summer fun!

Summer is definitely here! Between the heat and the rain we are making of the most of this summer. We have been spending our days with friends- at the pool, playdates, and t-ball and soccer. At the end of June we attended my cousin Allison's beautiful wedding in Park Rapids, MN. The family made a long weekend out of it and rented a huge cabin on Long Lake. We had a wonderful time and would love to go back again sometime. It was great spending time with family that we don't see too often.

 cooling off at the pool
 at the Mississippi headwaters
 Allison's wedding

 grandma Karen

For the 4th of July this year we grilled out with some friends. Anthony made ribs that we delicious and we spent the day playing yard games and relaxing. 

 4th of July
MG Days parade!


A Busy June!

 Happy Father's Day to Anthony- our kids are so lucky to have an awesome dad like you!
 Swinging on the tree swing @ Eidem Farm
 First popsicle of the season!
 Relaxing in the shade
 beautiful smiles

family pic @ MN children's theater- if you give a mouse a cookie

June has been super busy for us so far, but also very enjoyable. After having some crazy storms move through the area this past weekend, we are enjoying the warm sunny days. Anthony is in Orlando for the week for Cisco Live. We will be heading up north to Park Rapids for a long weekend to celebrate my cousin Allison's wedding. Looking forward to a great time with family!


Out and About

June has been off to a great start for us. We are slowly getting into our summer routine and still getting used to working our days around Addie's naps and such. She is such a good and easy going baby. She just loves sleeping in her little sling that I wear and tags along for whatever big brother has on the schedule for that day! We made the trip to Gale Woods farm and got up close with their farm animals. Ethan has started soccer for the month of June and then will switch to t-ball in July. So far he is loving it, and says, "mom, I want to take lessons of every sport." Addison is really smiling these days which of course we just love. Ethan can especially get her to smile big, she watches him so closely. We hope the weather continues to stay nice so we can start enjoying some grill-outs and eating outside!

 Do you see Addie in her sling?

 someone is starting to smile all the time!