Friday, December 18, 2009

Last Weekend, This Weekend.

Last weekend was awesome. The girls and I spent a day at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay, of which I have no pictures because I was in the water the whole time. It was awesome and so much more fun when you have a six year old. Claire had a great time and at the end of the day said "Mom, this is the most fun I've ever had with you." So I clearly scored some major points. Milena was unhappy with the noise level, but after she realized there was WATER to play in, she was quite happy. Mike went to the cabin (which was suppose to be The Cabin in Ironwood, but at the last minute they went to a different cabin with heat and running water and electricity. Wimps.) with the Portage group. I don't have any pictures of that either. Sunday we had the Portage group and their families over for dinner. Eric and Kate made some amazing chicken stew. It was really fun to see everyone.

This weekend we celebrate Christmas with my family. It took a bit of juggling, but we were able to find a few days that everyone can get together. We're looking forward to it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Here come the Holidays

The time between Halloween and Thanksgiving always goes so fast. And then its a blur all the way through New Years.

Claire has been coming up with some great quotes lately, though she has no idea.

She heard a truck backing up and mistook it for tv being censored. She explained that they play the BEEP over a bad word so you can't hear it. I asked her what kind of bad words they say, and she answered right away with "Like crap. Like 'Oh Crap!' You know." I said I did, and she had no ideas on any other bad words. Six years and she only knows crap? Not bad.

She was reading a menu and and thought Chicken Chow Mein was 'Chicken Chew Meat'.

And lastly, she was singing 'There's a Little Wheel Turning in My Heart", but she thought
(actually still thinks, I haven't been able to correct her just yet) the lyrics were "There's a Little Mini Turtle in My Heart. Which doesn't make a lot of sense. But taken literally, and what isn't in the world of a six year old, the correct words aren't any better.

Milena has yet to even give us a word to quote, but she has mastered blowing raspberries and does it on request, and thats fun.

Sunday, November 01, 2009


Another successful year of trick-or-treating. Milena was a frog. A decision that was easy to make because we had a frog snowsuit in her size. She was warm and happy the entire time.

Claire decided to be a doorbell. A little less obvious than the frog, but a much higher creativity score. We even rigged it up with an actual doorbell, so she rang if you pushed the lit up button. Lots of people on our candy route really liked this, and I think Claire got someone to 'ring' her at each house we stopped at. We even found a house that has their doorbell set up on the same frequency as this one, which might be fun for walks in the future.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The First House-Guests

James and Elissa and family made the 20 hour drive from Texas to spend some time visiting in Wisconsin this week. We were lucky enough to have them stay with us a night. I'm amazed at how kids can just pick up where they left off. Its like they didn't even miss a beat. I guess the same was true for the adults. It didn't take long for us to settle in with Taboo, ice cream and drinks, just like we did while the guys were in medical school.

Its been about three years since we've seen them, and naturally, I expected all three of their kids to be adults now. So I wasn't at all surprised at how much everyone had changed in those three years.

...and how much they hadn't.

We definitely had a great time seeing them. I'm sure we'll be planning a trip to Texas soon enough. But we'll fly, because only crazy people would drive that far.

I actually had my camera out for the first time in forever, so here is some bonus Milena:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Its been a busy week. We've had some kind of get-together every night this week, and its been really fun. Things are coming together with the house, furniture has been purchased, some pictures have been hung, but we kind of forgot to start settling in socially. Its nice to have started that. Even Milena is making some friends.

Claire definitely has the advantage. She's friends with EVERYONE in her class. Then a few weeks ago she moved from Kindergarden to first grade, and so now she's friends with TWO classes. We'd put her in Kindergarden again because of different age requirements in WI vs.
Maine. We figured a second year of kindergarden never hurt anyone, but I guess she was paying attention last year and didn't need a repeat. First grade is awesome, I'm told.

I've done a bit of painting. Claire's room used to be pink PINK! Pepto-pink. I thought it would be fun if she got to pick the new color. But she's artistic, and that didn't go well. She was talking about painting squares and stripes and swirls and using 17 different colors of paint. So I told her that I would be picking the colors, and she finally agreed to that as long as there would be 'more than one color, Mom'. So there are three, and it turned out really well. I have before and afters, I'll post them later.

Then I gave our bathroom a facelift. It used to be a lovely mint green:

And now its so much better:

It felt good to paint over the green with a really nice brown. I took out the big bulky white blinds and put window film up, which I love. I hung some pictures. Then I got some towels and rugs that match, a new shower curtain, and suddenly its like a new room. Milena's is next.

Also, last weekend we went to Green Bay, and the highlight of the trip was the zoo. I love this picture:

Claire drops the giraffe's cracker when she is surprised by its tongue poking through the fence, looking for that cracker. Good stuff.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Claire turned six on Tuesday. The highlights were bringing blueberry muffins to school, going out for pizza and of course opening a few presents. She's having a party this weekend, and we're all looking forward to that.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Settling in.

We've been at the new house for almost two weeks now, and things are slowly getting to where they need to be. You can tell which rooms we spend the majority of our time in: the kitchen, living room, and Mike's office. Those rooms are pretty well set, but the others still need some attention.

Its so nice to be able to just move right in, as opposed to the last house we bought, where everything was stacked up on one side of the house while we made the other side livable. This time around, we don't have to paint/resurface/replace/fix anything, though there are a few 'just for fun' painting projects in the future (Claire's room, the master bath and possibly Mike's office). Those projects have a much better chance of getting done now that Claire is back in school. Today is her second day, the first full day, and the first day she rode the bus. Very exciting for all of us. The whole routine of getting Claire up and to school and then coming home and having breakfast is so nicely familiar. Mike is usually not home or in bed, Milena goes down for a nap shortly after, and then I have some time to myself. I like to think I'll use it to Get Stuff Done. But actually, I read the paper or play around online.

Last week we spent some time in St. Germain. It was nice to get away for a bit. We had some campfires, watched the sunset, did some mini-golfing (I dominated), and Claire and Mike rode some horses. At Elmer's Saddle Horses.

Elmer must have a good sense of humor.

Fun times.

Also, I found an old picture of Claire, back when she was about Milena's age and had the coolest hair around.

Even together, Dave and Milena can't come close.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Brother Got Married.

We had a great time last weekend at Dave and Erin's wedding. It was awesome to see he and his bride so happy. I don't have a lot of pictures of them together on the actual wedding day, but I had a great view for the main event. A camera might have been distracting during the ceremony, but I didn't hesitate to take pictures during the rehearsal, so just imagine them looking all fancy and such.

I also have to say that I enjoyed being a bridesmaid and having access to both the girls' room
and the boys' room. And everywhere else people were. I took plenty of pictures in the few
hours before the wedding and as people started arriving.

Seriously, I don't think Dave ever stopped smiling.

They said 'I do', we cheered, smiled for many many pictures, and then we were all off to eat and dance all night (and Claire did an awesome job being the flower girl).

Friday, August 07, 2009

August is for Weddings

By now I think everyone has seen many pictures of Tim and Josie's wedding, but here are my favorite two. (more here)

All of my pictures are of everything leading up to the ceremony, with none of the wedding itself. Milena tired of the Baby Bjorn quickly at the ceremony, so I mostly walked around with her. And at the reception she was bombarded by 300 people in one tiny room having a great time (being loud, as they should), and was very upset about it. Teresa snagged her, Carrie rescued me, and Claire went off somewhere to have a good time. Try as we might, we couldn't get Milena to settle down, so she and I headed home for a quiet evening. However, we had a great time celebrating and catching up with the extended family all weekend. Definitely a great trip.

This weekend we have a break, but we'll be back at it next weekend for my brother's wedding. Mike and I are standing up and Claire is the flower girl. Milena will be spending a quiet evening somewhere other than the reception. We are very much looking forward to it.

We're also looking forward to closing on our house in two weeks. I still can't believe we got it. Mike and I drove by the other day and saw the garage full of boxes. Looks like they really are planning on moving out. I guess we should start packing up too!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stormy Skies, No Rain

Mike and I saw some great clouds last night. The sky looked so stormy and odd, but it never rained in our area.

I've only seen clouds like this (mammatus clouds) once before, in Milwaukee a night or two before Jim and Monnie's wedding.

And speaking of weddings, yesterday was our anniversary. Seven years!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Summer

We have been enjoying the summer. Art Fair on the Square, Concerts on the Square, Farmer's Market, buying a house, and relaxing on the balcony. It is good.

This weekend Claire is camping with my parents. She was so so excited to go, and I've heard she's having a blast (and a rumor that she has her first loose tooth). Its given me some nice one-on -one time with Milena, and that has been wonderful. Today the two of us hit the Farmer's Market, had lunch with Aunt Shelagh, Aunt Kate, Kieran and Granny at Jim and Teresa's, and then we headed home so we both could take a nap. Its been a good day!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Day One.

Today is Mike's first day as a not-in-training doctor. Finishing up residency gets quite a bit of attention, with the graduation ceremony and send-offs and such. There isn't any fanfare today, but its a big day nonetheless.

Its like the first day of school. I kind of want a picture of him in his scrubs with a stethoscope around his neck standing by the front door.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Wisconsin Residents Again

Its been a busy few weeks, but its starting to slow down again.

We rented our Maine house, and then we packed up our stuff.

Teresa, Claire, Milena and I hopped on a plane and flew to WI in about six hours (despite my worrying, Milena did awesome on the flights). Mike and Jim hopped in the car and made the trip in three days. After a few days staying with Jim and Teresa, our stuff arrived and we moved into an apartment, which has turned out really well. There has been a lot of house hunting going on and a LOT of last minute snags and paperwork to clean up for Mike before he starts in a few days. Not to mention all the other little things address/phone changes bring about. But like I said, its slowing down.

Last night Claire got to have a sleepover at Jim and Teresa's. Mike, Milena and I went downtown. It has been quite a while since I've been downtown, so I was happy to take pictures like a tourist. And it was such a beautiful night.

Yes, Milena actually was this happy the entire night.

This morning the wash machine broke and flooded a large portion of the apartment. I only realized it when I walked by the laundry room and the carpet had puddles under it. But someone is here fixing it now. There are definitely benefits to renting!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Packing up.

Claire has been helping me pack by decorating the inside of the boxes.

She wants to pack her stuff in this one. I'm sure she'll be playing in this same box on the other end of the move.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Three years ago, Mike, Claire and I went to the residency graduation. We sat in a huge room full of strangers and watched a handful of people we didn't know receive their diplomas. This past Friday, Mike, Claire, Milena and I sat in the same huge room filled with familiar faces as Mike and some of our best friends accepted their diplomas. Amazing what three years can do.

It was so nice to have Jim, Monnie and Henry here for the big event. Its been a while since we've had visitors who wanted to see Maine. It was fun making the rounds one last time.

But now its back to business. You can make a lot of friends in three years, and you can also accumulate quite a pile of stuff.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My View

Sunday, June 07, 2009

It wasn't that long ago.

'"Mom, do you remember a long time ago Milena's room used to be Dad's office?"

Friday, June 05, 2009

At the Park

In light of having only 18 more days left of living in Maine, I've been trying to take pictures of regular, day-to-day events. I've been bringing my camera along for things I usually wouldn't bother to take pictures of, like picking up Claire from school and stopping at the playground for a few minutes. After all, this is what I'm going to remember when I think about Claire's first year at school.