Best Going, Going, Gone Picture of Summer

I was going through pictures recently, and I found the best picture of our entire summer.  Here it is:

big sister and her big catch

So excited to catch her first fish!

After learning to fish for over a year, big sister FINALLY caught her first fish!  As you can see from the picture, she was thrilled! Daddy O and I were so happy and proud of her.  This WAS a big summer for her, as she grew more independent and confident in so many areas – bike riding, swimming, helping out at home, and of course fishing! This was also the last summer before officially starting school with our district as part of the 4 year old Kindergarden program. And much like the fish the she and her cousin caught that night, I have to let her go. 

A few more pictures give you a taste for that evening’s lovely setting. Looking out past the dock, we watched a beautiful sunset as the kids excitedly caught fish after fish. It was a million dollar moment for sure!

fishing at sunset

Lovely night of fishing

Slowly the sun sank behind the trees as the sky continued to glow warm hues.  Its setting reminded me of how quickly the month of August went by, leaving summer to slip through our fingers.  Going. Going. Gone!  Goodbye summer. It’s been fun!

In a few days I’ll watch my big girl get on that school bus, excitedly look out the window & wave as she goes to school all by herself.  On the “practice run” of riding the bus, she already explained, “Mom, I’ve done this before. I know how to ride the bus.”  I’ve decided that after waving goodbye, I’ll quickly load my son in my car and drive behind her bus spying (just to be sure she makes the transfer to the other bus that goes to her 4K school). 

Much like the pictures above, it’s sort of like the sun setting on her preschool years as my firstborn is growing, growing, and gone to school.  She’s so excited to start school (see the big cheesy grin she has in her top picture), and I know I have to let her grow and learn from new teachers and classmates. The act of letting go / watching your kids start school is certainly one major parenting milestone!

Wish me luck this week, and pass me some Kleenex!

What is your best or favorite picture from summer?  Is anyone else feeling emotional about summer ending and school starting?

 

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On Parenting: The Milestones are Different Now

 

Fly on the Wall – I Ate a Purple Flower

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

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Last month, I told my son to “get his foot out of his mouth.”  Strange things that I never thought I’d say have continued to come out of my mouth.  My son told me, “I’m a baby kitty. I’m cleaning myself.”  I replied, “Stop licking yourself.”  Crazy kid!

The Naughty List

AHHH! A high pitched squeal erupts in the basement, followed by tears. “You’re rude!!”

“What happened?” I asked, knowing full well who was the culprit.

“He wrecked my stable (Lego set).” big sister explained through tears.

“C’mon bud, into time out. That’s not the Golden Rule. We don’t mess up big sister’s toys.” I said and put little brother in time-out.

While in time-out, big sister shouted upstairs, “Mom, will he be on Santa’s naughty list now?”

“I’m not sure honey,” I said, “I don’t know how Santa does his naughty list.”

Thinking of Christmas

Big sister: Mom I miss Christmas.

Me: Why?

Big sister: Because I’m cold

Me: Is that why you’re wearing your princess winter boots? (And I thought she would just say presents!)

Randomness

Big sister: Mom, did you know that when I was 3, I ate a purple flower?

What?!  This is another thing I’m going to file under “Things I Didn’t Want to Know!”

Difficult Words to Pronounce

We were just sitting outside in our backyard on a beautiful, though windy summer day. Big sister says, “Look the leaves on the tree are wrestling.”  “Oh you mean rustling. The leaves on the tree are rustling,” I explained. She was so close to the right word!  It IS hard to pronounce, remember so many words as a kid!

Big Sister-isms

Big sister to me: If we wear the same barrette, then people will then we’re twins (awh – so sweet).

I’m getting ready to leave the house, doing a million things at once because we’re running late. Big sister has been helping out with a few things. The broom and dustpan fall down, so I ask her to pick it up. “Do I have to do everything?” she exclaims!  Hmm…I wonder where she’s heard that before.

Me: Little brother it makes me sad when you bit your sister.

Big Sister: Yeah it’s rude! It makes me not want to marry my brother (as she once said before).

Me: Yeah, it IS rude.

Big Sister: I’m going to marry someone else!

Me & Daddy O.

Going to Germanfest we brought windbreakers and an umbrella.  Since I didn’t have a big purse, there wasn’t a really good place to store our inclement weather gear. Daddy O. clipped his windbreaker (rolled up in a pouch) to his belt loop. “I’m getting more functional as I get older,” he said. I replied, “Do you need a fanny pack?” Daddy O. protesting, “C’mon we won’t be the weirdest looking people there. It’s Germanfest.”  Good point!  He was right…plenty of people were in traditional German attire or just other interesting looks.  People-watching is part of the fun of going to festivals. And no, it didn’t even rain!  Here’s a picture of my delicious weiss bier and Schnitzel sandwich that I savored at Germanfest:

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More Zoo Comments

Do you ever have those moments when you notice how big your kids are?  For me, it’s sometimes when I’m giving them a bath.  Their outstretched bodies almost fill the entire length of the tub now! Recently, I told them, “Wow, you’re so big!”  Little brother replied, “Mom, you’re as big as a hippo.”  Maybe we need to stop going to the zoo!!

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com  Baking in a Tornado

http://www.therowdybaker.com     The Rowdy Baker

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/    Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com          The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/   Spatulas on Parade

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com     The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://followmehome.shellybean.com          Follow me home . . .

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/   Stacy Sews and Schools

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http://www.kimulmanis.com     Kim Ulmanis

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com      Someone Else’s Genius

Everything I Love about Wisconsin in ONE Place!

I’ve noticed our cheese adventures have slowed down a bit this summer.  Why? Maybe we’ve been busy doing other fun summer things…maybe we’re more drawn to cheese during cold, winter months.  Anyway, I was thrilled nonetheless when we visited Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet this past weekend on our way back from camping. They are located right off the highway in DeForest, Wisconsin.  You can’t miss the mouse on top of the roof nor the massive bovine!

The GIANT cow welcomed us so nicely!  We all know that giant Wisconsin cows make the best cheese!

Giant cow outside of Ehlenbachs Cheese

The Cheese Chalet is all kitsch, but so much fun! Daddy O. posed in front of it, knowing the drill from our other cheese adventures!

Front of Ehlenbachs Cheese Chalet

The store is amazing – very spacious and full of everything I love about Wisconsin: cheese, local micro-brewery beer, wine, and even some chocolate! The selection of curds and cheese was vast and impressive!

Ehlenbachs Cheese Chalet

So much to love about this store!

We are currently devouring the Peppercorn Ranch Cheese Curds and have a 6 Year Old Cheddar waiting for us in the fridge. Other kinds of curd flavors were garlic & dill, horseradish, marbled, basic yellow, and I think some sort of cajun too.  YUM!  Some of the cheeses flavors we noticed were caraway swiss, hot pepper cheese, pizza cheese, horseradish cheese, garlic cheese, baked cheese, and the traditional flavors of colby, monterey jack, brick, swiss, gouda and MORE.

Outside of the building, they had this mural of Wisconsin, which I love! We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful state with so many state parks, lakes, Door County cherries, cheese factories everywhere, Milwaukee breweries (okay AND New Glarus, Madison, and Chippewa Falls microbrews), and the beloved Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and our favorite of all three the University of Wisconsin Badgers!

mural of Wisconsin

As I looked at the map, I was reminded of all the cool places I would like to visit with my sweet family.  We had just enjoyed camping in the Dells, but there’s so much more to explore in this great state!

Thanks for following along as I write about it all on Go Mama O.!  Enjoy the remnants of summertime!