Thursday, September 4, 2014

back in the saddle

Our fall schedule has officially begun.  It feels nice to be back in a routine, although life definitely hasn't slowed down at all.  But, unfortunately, I don't think that's possible. 
Here's a little glimpse of what our last few weeks of summer looked like.  We spent one of the first weekends in August camping with a whole bunch of cousins in Walker, MN.  It was a fun weekend full of campfires, volleyball, swimming, being tourists, eating, roasting marshmallows and roughing it in a tent.  (i forgot the pump for our air mattress...eek!)
Lincoln loves the park, and thankfully there's a really nice one close to our house.  Many evenings we would end up there to swing, slide and just run around.
Both Lincoln and Libby loved spending time outside in the pool!  So did I!  :)
To help solve part of our daycare dilemma, my parents came down to visit/babysit Lincoln for a few days.  So of course we had to go to the mall for a little shopping/people watching/oriental massage trip.  And we found a great new mode of transportation!  You might notice in the video a part where a cute little chick rode by in her stroller!  :)
While my parents were here we had to hit the Great Minnesota Get-Together!  It's become a tradition, and we always have a great time!  And I think we may have a little cowboy on our hands.  Lincoln absolutely LOVED the horses.  And of course with Grandpa's encouragement, he may have planted a kiss on one or two.....or every single one we stopped to see!  :)

We also made a pit stop that weekend to the stables at Bunker Hills.  I had never been there before, so we just though we'd check it out to see if we could pet the horses.  You can't.  But they had saddles set up on a log to practice sitting in.  He looks like a natural! 
My dad also got our bike tires aired up and attached our Burley to my bike so we can finally get cruising on our bikes.  Better late than never!

Then my parents left.  And they took Lincoln with them.  I only cried for an hour or so, but then I got SO much done!!  And Lincoln had a blast at grandma & grandpa's.  He was grandpa's little sidekick all week - they had so much fun together!

My brother brought Lincoln back on Thursday night, and we had a nice, relaxing last weekend before Hal started school and Lincoln started his new daycare on Tuesday.  Of course, football has been underway for a few weeks now, so Monday it was just Lincoln and I at home.  We may or may not have spent almost the entire day in our jammies.  :)

And that all leads us to our first day of daycare.  Well, these pictures are from the second day because, let's face it, I'm just not as on top of things as I would like to be and I totally forgot to take a picture on the first day. 
I guess it was a little too early in the morning for a real smile.  But he still likes to ham it up for the camera!

It literally took most of the summer to find a new daycare, but our last interview was the winner!  The problem we ran into was that for Lincoln's age group, most licenses only allow them to have one or two children of that age.  So most of the places I called were already full.
The first couple days have been pretty good, but it's going to be a transition.  But it's close to home and close to work, and I think it will be a good fit!  Thanks for praying with us!
Hope you all had a great summer!