Milwaukee Zoo

November 11th, 2015 Annelise Posted in Brothers, Mom and Boys, outings, summer, tradition No Comments »

August 27, 2015

It's become tradition for me to take the boys to the zoo before school starts. We had our plans rained/stormed out a couple times, but we finally made it there. It was a long, exhausting day, but also tons and tons of fun. I love special times with these goobers!!

This silverback was right on the other side of the glass, just inches from us. Pretty cool.

The 9 month old baby getting around with his mommy. We got the biggest kick out of it. The boys still talk about it. It was so cute.

The baby gorilla was born in November like Samuel. He was curious and loved to rough house with his dad. Samuel got a kick out of that.

Special dinosaur exhibit. To me, a total rip off, but the older two boys loved it. Emmett was not so excited…

…until we found a couple spraying dinos. That got Em over his nerves.

Sweet Owen liked the baby triceratops.

This kid is a hoot. "Mom, when you take a picture, I'm going to pretend like I'm scared the T-rex is going to get me!"

I loved this bear. At this point in the trip, I was ready to crawl into a cool pool and take a nap, too.

Emmett especially thought it was so funny to see the peacocks just walking around. He thought for sure they had escaped.

Goobers. Goobity gobbity gooberific goobs, and I love every single blue Gatorade mustached bit.


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Park in January

January 22nd, 2015 Annelise Posted in Dad and Emmett, goings-on, outings, outside No Comments »

Look at me, blogging in the same month something happened!!  It feels oh so good to be back on track.  I have my very own brand new laptop, and I am loving it.  Things are going really well here in Wisconsin.  From what we understand, it's been a really mild winter.  There has definitely been some serious cold –a solid 2 weeks of negative degrees– but after that 21* never felt so good!  Erik is enjoying work, and his new calling as the 2nd counsellor in the Bishopric.  I am still in a weird place hanging out with just Emmett during the days, but I have been grateful for my calling as the Primary music leader to help keep me busy.  Our ward is so awesome, and we are loving the people we are getting to know.  The boys are going a little stir crazy and definitely miss having neighbor friends.  They are both doing great in school, though, and have several friends there.  The very best recent news??Literally, as I type this, we are in the middle of buying a home.  We have made an offer, it was countered, and we just countered the counter…or something like that.  It's really exciting to think we might finally have our own place!

So still during Christmas vacation, the weather was pretty mild. I took the boys to the park near our house a couple times, but one day we wanted to go a bit farther and with Erik.  So we bundled up and enjoyed a cold, but much needed afternoon at the park.  After that, Erik took us all to the book store and let the boys choose a new book.  I love family days!!

Three of us could've stayed all day. But there were two who were about done with the cold.

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Welcome to Wisconsin

January 21st, 2015 Annelise Posted in moving, outings No Comments »

October 2014

And then we moved.  Finally.  After talking about it for over 6 months. We had no idea how everything was going to come together, but by small miracles one after another, it did.  Erik flew in Friday morning, and by Saturday afternoon, with a small 4×8 trailer hitched to the packed van, we were on our way to Wisconsin. We stopped at Riverwoods for lunch on our way out, and came across Marley's Gourmet Sliders, which turned out to be a Harley Davidson themed restaurant.  I mean, could it get any more fortuitous than that??   

The car ride was incredible.  The boys were so well behaved.  I packed tons of snacks, games, activities, etc etc, and we barely made it through half of the stuff.  Erik was also amazing, and powered through 22+ hours of driving, a lot of it late into the night.  We arrived in Burlington, WI at about 2 am Monday morning.  The boys and I made the best of our time in the hotel for the next 2 1/2 days with several trips to the park, a bit of exploring, registering for new school, and lots and lots of swimming at the hotel!  On Wednesday afternoon we were able to unload and move our very few belongings into our temporary home on the shore of Brown's Lake.  

A couple weeks later, Erik and I got our schedules to match up one Friday afternoon. After school, the boys and I headed up to Milwaukee.  Erik got to show the boys where he works, we test drove a few motorcycles in the lobby, we visited the Harley Davidson museum, test drove several more bikes, then ended the wonderful outing at Fuddrucker's.

It's been a crazy ride, there has been a lot of adjusting.  The first few weeks here were nuts between Erik's work, selling the UT house, packing, new school, new routine, etc etc etc.  I think Erik and I kind of had to get used to living together again, too. 😉  We are really so happy to be here, and it has been so incredible seeing the Lord's hand in everything and He has guided us along.    

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Gardner Village

December 23rd, 2013 Annelise Posted in Mom and Boys, Mormor, outings 1 Comment »

December 6, 2013

The boys and I went to Gardner Village to meet up with Grandpa W and Mormor for an elf scavenger hunt.  It was soooooo cold.  But still so fun.  All of the elf displays were adorable, and we went into a shop or two every once in a while to warm up.  We still had one elf left to find before we could get our free cookie when the two little boys started falling apart.  They were freezing!  So we let Sam and W find the last elf, and then they met us at the bakery for some hot food and a well deserved cookie.  On the drive home we looked at Christmas lights and watched a Christmas movie in the car.  It was a wonderful little evening to get us right into the Christmas spirit!  

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Jaker’s Pumpkin Patch

November 18th, 2013 Annelise Posted in autumn, friends, outings No Comments »

October 30, 2013

Being in Salem for the first time during the Halloween season, we missed having Jaker's right down the street from us.  I meant to take the boys several times, but it just wasn't as easy and convenient as before.  We love Jaker's because it's fun and free.  This year, they even moved it to a bigger lot across the street and added several more attractions.  So when we found out some of our Springville friends were meeting there one afternoon, we knew we had to be there, too.  Of course, it was a blast.  The weather was a major bummer, though.  It was cold and windy.  Once the rain started, we didn't last much longer.  But we still enjoyed our short time there.

This little spook alley was new.  I told the boys to look scared.

The corn pit was even bigger this year.

GQ O with Em and his "Cheeeese" face.

This was one very anxious big.  He just ran back and forth the entire time we were there.  Emmett loved him.

This was one very BIG pig!

Quick pose before we ran back to our cars, out of the freezing rain!

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The Big Red Barn

October 21st, 2013 Annelise Posted in autumn, friends, outings 2 Comments »

October 2, 2013

Ummm….do you see the date I just put up there?  Do you see the date I published the post??  Yes, folks, I am actually blogging something in the same month in happened!!!  For the first time in over 2 years.  Feels oh so good.  Because even though blogging is soooo 2007 I wouldn't give up on the little ol blog of mine for anything in the world.  

So the fall is making itself nice and comfortable.  Which meant it was time for our annual trip to Rowley's Farm, because by now it's tradition.  Owen has been asking about the pumpkin patch since back in like May or June.  We were excited for this trip to say the least.  Once again, it didn't disappoint.  In fact, each year they've added something new.  This year it was pedal tractors.  Oh my, did the boys love those.  And the slides.  And the big box of dirt.  And the tractors.  And and and . . . . 🙂

Getting ready to take off on the wagon ride.

Samuel thinks he's so funny. 😉

Sam wanted to hold Emmett on the ride.  Em didn't love the idea.

Racing!  Zoom the pics to see their cute faces 🙂

Seriously, they're having so much fun!

Owen taking off on the smaller slide with no fear.  See Emmett watching how it's done?

Well, Em decided for his first go he wasn't quite as brave as O.

Weeeeee!  He loved it, and went again and again!  

Sam and best bud Jacob.

I love this pic!

Owen wanted me to go with him the first time on the bigger slide, then he was ready to go on his own the 887 other times.

The view from the top of the slides.

Samuel is always so eager to help Em. 🙂

These things weren't really meant for two people …. 😛

The rule was, you can bring home any pumpkin that you carry, but Mom isn't helping.  Emmett and Samuel found theirs. Em is trying to lift his up like big brother.

O was much more particular, but we finally found him one, too.

And then Emmett decided this pumpkin was much more his size.

The big kids thought they'd walk around on top of the maze.

And Owen got very mad when he couldn't figure out how to get to them.

Then my camera died before I could get a shot of us with all of our friends.  There's always next year!!

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Utah County Fair

September 14th, 2013 Annelise Posted in Mom and Boys, outings, summer No Comments »

August 16, 2013

The boys and I needed a little something to do one morning, and since the fair was right up the street, we figured it was worth a trip!  There were lots of fun things to see and explore.  We saw all the pigs, sheep and goats, rabbits and chickens.  Owen was so pleased to hold a tiny little bunny all on his own.  No matter how many times I swatted his hand, Emmett still loved sticking his fingers in all the cages.  And Sam had lots to say about the smells.  Next, we got a balloon animal.  Then we went to the reptile show and saw some cool creatures.  It was then I decided I'd better pull the camera out to prove we'd actually been there.  Oops.  We finished our visit with the Lego display.  Seriously, crazy cool!!  The boys could've stayed there much longer taking it in.  We grabbed an ice cream and headed back home.  It had been a fun morning with my little boyos!

Samuel loved all the LOTR stuff, and we just had to take a picture of Barad-dûr to show Erik.

The water was so cool.  I want to take the boys to Legoland!!

O wanted his picture by the Ghostbusters. 🙂

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Dinosaurs (and I don’t mean Grandma and Grandpa B)

August 15th, 2013 Annelise Posted in family, outings, visitors No Comments »

June 11, 2013

Rob and Linda/Grandma and Grandpa B were in Idaho for a few days, and made sure to stop by our new home for a visit on their way back to Cali.  Erik was busy at work, but the boys and I were still able to spend a fun day with the grandparents.  We spent the morning at one of the boys' favorite places: The Dinosaur Museum!!  Grandpa treated to a fun Jr Paleontologist activity afterwards, and T-Rex kids meals for lunch.  When we got back home, O and Em were asleep in the car so Rob and Linda took Sam with them to check out the Krishna Temple right around the corner.  It was a really special treat to have Rob and Linda with us, and they were great sports about sleeping on the sofa in the great room (hopefully we'll have more basement progress next time!!).

(Several of these pictures I pirated from Grandpa B.)

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Tracy Aviary

August 7th, 2013 Annelise Posted in my 3 sons, outings 1 Comment »

May 31, 2013

It was time for our first adventure of the summer.  Of course we brought Mormor along.  It had been a rough morning at home, so as anxious as I was to get out of the house, I wasn't excited about the boys' behavior.  It probably wasn't our best outing, where I am blown away by how good everyone was and what a fun time we had, but we still did very much enjoy ourselves.  The boys' favorite part, particularly Owen's, was walking around with the map.  Every time we stopped, O had to find where we were on the map.  Then before we started walking again, he would tell us what our next stop would be.  Samuel was most excited to see the owls, Owen wanted most to see the eagles, I wanted to see the flamingoes, and Emmett had a grand ol' time throwing food to the pelicans and ducks, he could've done that all day.  It wasn't too hot yet, but we still slurped down a snow cone when we were done.  Now on to the next adventure!  

Samuel with "his favorite patriotic bird."

And Samuel so very mad at his Mom.

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Knott’s Berry Farm

June 22nd, 2013 Annelise Posted in California, family, fun stuff, Grandma B, outings 1 Comment »

April 4, 2013

While we were on our spring break in California, we wanted to do something a bit special and a tad more adventurous than usual.  We played with the idea of Disneyland, but decided it was just too much work and money.  Grandma B suggested Knott's Berry Farm, and we all really liked that idea.  So off we went!

We were so lucky to have Grandma and Grandpa B come with us.  It made the entire trip much more enjoyable and do-able!!  Emmett started off the morning not feeling super well.  After slowly introducing ourselves to the park with a train ride, we all agreed the hot air balloon ride was next.  Oh. My. Word.  We waited FOR.EV.ERRRRRR!!!  The boys were so good and patient, but Em started to come apart.  When we got right up to the front, we realized the guy running the ride seemed be struggling a bit, or something.  He was very slow and more than methodical.  It was pretty much ridiculous.  But we finally made in onto the ride.  Apparently Emmett was allowed to sit next to me, he had to sit across from me.  So I buckled him into his new spot.  Not a happy babe.  I had to hold him down and he screamed his little head off.  After checking the other riders TWICE the operator came and told me he couldn't start the ride if Em was crying.  I controlled myself enough to not punch him in the face, but not enough to stop myself from snapping at him that, "This poor little guy just wants to go!  We have been waiting in line for an hour and a half for this stupid ride and we've been waiting for 15 minutes while buckled, he just wants to go!!"  And I was right. As soon as we took off, he perked right up and enjoyed himself.  When it was over, he cried again, this time because he didn't want to get off.  What a nightmare.  I was ready to call it a day.  But then I saw little Bubba J's (who'd been riding with Grandma B) sweet beeming grin, and knew this is why we'd come!

I wish we had a better angle on this, but the moment was gone to fast.  Little Em was just chilling there with his arm propped up on Sam's knee.  It was so cute!

You can kind of see Em and me in the top right pic.

After that, we grabbed some lunch and were ready for more.  The rest of the day really went great.  Emmett was pretty content to just sit in the stroller since he wasn't feeling his best, and it was past naptime at this point.  We were so impressed with how well behaved the boys were.  We did several more rides, each of the grown ups taking turns with the boys as necessary, and got on a few rides all together, too.  Sam would get nervous about some of the rides, and a bit queasy.  Not O!  He LOVED it.  Seriously, the look on his face each and every time a ride started was priceless.

Sam's expressions are so awesome!

Can you see Grandma B in the pink on the second row?  O and Sam and I are next to her.

Sure wish we had a picture of Erik and me smashed in together on the top of this truck!!

The pic is blurry, and a candid of Linda, but look at O's adorable smile!  I just couldn't get enough of it.

Emmett was really not feeling well at this point, but he was very happy to finally go on a ride.

Rob made sure he got one of the horses that went up and down. 😉

Sweet little Babes finally fell asleep, but it only lasted about 15 minutes.  When he woke up, Samuel and Owen were both very concerned about him and his goopy eyes.  They both probably told me about 100 times that Em had yellow stuff in his eyes.

One last ride . . . Sam wanted to go on the Snoopy skateboard, but O wasn't interested, so he went on another train ride with his Grandparents while we waited foreeeeverrrr for Erik and Sam.  Grandpa B took these cute pictures, but I'm not sure what the gang signs are all about?

This man of mine.  I love him.  He's so handsome.  (You can almost see Samuel in a few of the pictures next to him.)

This was a garbage can that had an air pipe or something that sucked in your trash.  The boys were fascinated.  I was disgusted to see their hands and faces so close.  Bleck.

An ice cream before going home for being such good boys.  But look how tired those eyes are! (Grandma said all three boys fell asleep on the way home.)

Poor little buddy.  This turned into a nasty bug that lasted several days.  He was such a trooper to hang out with us at Knott's all day. 🙂

We decided the boys had had enough (and they had!), but I still wanted my thrill for the day.  So I selfishly asked the grandparents to take the kids home while Erik and I stayed and played for a bit longer.  Of course Rob and Linda were more than happy to oblige (talk about good sports!!) so they took the boys home, fed them, and put them to bed.  Erik and I survived a few rides, grabbed a Snoopy for each of our amazing little boys — we were seriously so impressed with how well they'd done all day — then had a quiet dinner at Claim Jumper before calling it a night.  Best day ever. 🙂  


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