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I forgot to tell you about our Labor Day weekend fun.

We took a drive east to meet Brooke & Scott at Brooke’s family’s cabin in Three Lakes. It’s ironic to me that we had to pass through Rhinelander to get there. My dad has been going up just north of Rhinelander to camp and fish for years and I went with him quite often and somewhat frequently when I was little. It’s around an hour away from Brooke’s cabin.

I like the area but it’s actually the north woods. So many people seem to have cabins “up north” that are simply lake homes with pine trees right around the lake but surrounded by slightly rolling corn fields. That’s not the north woods.

Here’s what we did:

(Sorry about the fof watermarks… not really fof stuff)

On our way. Olive’s first McDonald’s play place experience. Don’t worry.. she didn’t eat anything.


We arrived at night. Olive ended up staying up fairly late. She also slept really poorly.


Good morning Olive daze.


Watching and waiting for Scott to cook breakfast.


Scott made us crepes. It was nice of him.


We opened the window from the kitchen to the deck for ease of serving. Also for taking photos because that’s what we do.


This is Olive wondering why I keep taking photos of her. Especially when eating a crepe.


My crepe, with cinnamon apple filling.




Tyler likes to make his crepes fancy.


This is Scott being sad.


This is Tyler and his Everything Crepe.


This is Olive again wondering what’s with all the photos.


Olive getting ready to hit the lake. You’re welcome.


We got this swimsuit in a box of free stuff. It’s a 9 month size and she’s 17 months here. She’s thin but also no diaper wearing makes for smaller things on bottom.


You’re still welcome.




Olive broke her awesome sunglasses a few months prior. I found these for pretty cheap at Target. Not nearly as awesome but still awesome.


Notice the drips under Honey? She was having the time of her life.


Olive cam.


Photos of photos of Olive being taken.


Tyler and Scott being squinty.


Olive being cooler than you.


Tyler and Scott on their way to a little alone time on the lake.


Honey tried to follow. She swam all the way out to them but couldn’t manage to jump in the paddle boat so she swam back. Mind you, this was her first time swimming.


I pushed Olive around in the kayak. At this point there wasn’t a life jacket that fit her so I had to stay close.


Cautiously watching Honey swim to the paddle boat.


Tyler and Scott still being squinty.




Honey being beautiful.


She moved so I focused on her nose. But it’s a great nose.


For all you city folk, this is a tree.


These are mushrooms.


You pull this with your bike, apparently.



Tyler, Scott, and Olive went to buy Olive a lifejacket while Brooke and I took a paddle boat ride. Olive fell asleep in the car and was finally ready for an adventure after she woke.

First fishing boat ride.

We went to a small island for lunch.

Olive’s pickles.


This is Olive being independent and running away.


Breakfast the next morning – french toast using the leftover crepe batter. Clearly not gluten free but I’m not too picky when I’m a guest.





Another sleepy morning.


This next series are a few of the photos that Olive took after breakfast. There were about 30. I saved a few.







Brooke’s dad took Brooke, Olive, and me out for a boat ride in the opposite direction we went the previous day. Olive fell asleep.





I grabbed a lilly pad for and she held it while sleeping.


Brooke’s dad was leaving the cabin later that day so it was time to put the boat away.



Despite being put onto the trailer and being pulled out of the water by a loud bobcat thing Olive stayed asleep.



Honey went for a dip while we stood around the boat waiting for Olive to wake up.




Drink break.


This is after fell off the dock into the water and got a bunch of sand in her hair. She was wearing her life jacket, at least. Oops.




My most favorite kind of moss.



Why so many photos? Also: sunscreen nose.


She didn’t notice I was photographing her.




She noticed.


So she read my mind and rubbed sand into her hair.




You can see Brooke and Scott’s perspective of our time in Three Lakes here and here.


Less than a week before Labor Day we made a quick decision to head down to Iowa. Tyler’s parents were planning to have family over on Sunday and I was hoping that my mom & stepdad could drive from Illinois to meet us there (since Iowa is a shorter drive for both of us). Unfortunately they already had plans for Sunday but fortunately they were free on Saturday, found a reliable car to borrow, and Tyler’s parents said it would be okay for us to hang out at their house that day. :)

A storm prevented them for getting to the house on time as they had to stop to wait it out. Honestly I got a little bit worried. They don’t have a cell phone but luckily someone loaned them one for the trip. However I did not have that phone number to call when it was approaching nearly two hours after they were supposed to arrive. I called the owner of the phone but she didn’t have the number either! (It’s for emergency use) So we all began to wonder what was going on. If they were lost it was quite possible that they would have no cell phone reception since Tyler’s parents live in the middle of rolling hills of corn with gravel roads in every direction. It was decided that Tyler’s dad and sister would go out and search (which is probably not too productive because they could have been anywhere.. but at least it was something). Less than a minute after they left the driveway my mom and stepdad showed up! I was relieved!

Olive got in some good Nini & grandma time. :)

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I’m so glad my mom and stepdad were able to make the drive to see Olive. I’m also very thankful that their drive was safe, that they had a safe and reliable car to borrow, and even a cell phone just in case! :)

The next day Tyler’s dad’s family came over for lunch, games, a bonfire, and dinner. Olive enjoyed lunch on the porch with me, Abby, and some of the dogs. :) At one point Olive had a grape stuck to her lip but didn’t seem to notice. I also snapped a photo of one of Olive’s favorite activities when she’s eating in her Bumbo – dropping food and picking it up again.

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It was nice to take a somewhat spontaneous trip! :)

Psst! Have you checked out the Baltic amber teething necklace giveaway????

I’m a little behind on everything these days. I’ll blame it on having a baby. And being a really easily distracted person. The latter is probably the bigger issue…

Here are some photos & captions from our trip “home” to Chicago. A few posts ago I shared photos of Olive eating her first avocado at our family picnic. I took photos at Olive’s first baseball game, walking around the city, and at the Pancake House. We did many other fun things and Olive got to meet lots and lots of family but I wasn’t glued the camera on this trip. Sorry!

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How do you use the word home? Is it where you currently live? Where you’re from? Where you wish you were from?

We’re heading to my hometown for this weekend so don’t expect any posts until next week. I may have time to squeeze a couple in but I can’t guarantee…

We’re going to Six Flags with Tyler’s little brother and sister (we’re so excited!) while my mom and Tyler’s mom watch Olive. Tyler and I used to have season passes to Six Flags. We miss it a bunch!  We’ll also be going to my dad’s family’s annual family picnic which will include many more introductions to Olive.We’re going to a Cubs game and showing Olive around Chicago. And then we’re be driving back to MN.

Guess what we’ll be driving home in?




Our new silver 2002 VW Golf! Yippie! We got it today and its so cute! :) The couple that we bought it from seemed so neat and had the most wonderful home that the father designed and built many years ago. I would love to grow up and be just like them. They took wonderful care of the car and only put 66,000 miles on it. After listing it for sale the “check engine” light unfortunately turned on which resulted in the car getting a new water pump as well as a timing belt and a few other things while they were in there. He did all of these repairs before selling it to us – how nice! :) The drivetrain is also warrantied until 100,000 miles. Neat! Aaaand he said to give them a call if the car gives us any trouble in the near future.

What kind of car do you have? This is my first non-Ford car and I’m excited to see how it goes!

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