Summer In My Eyes Means…..

Summer means something different for everyone. For me, it the BEST season ever. That being said, there are very clear signs that tell me when summer has arrived, officially or unofficially.

There are always a pile of shoes outside my patio door to trip on.

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We have sunscreen and bug spray in every vehicle we own.

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Our summers are very colorful and sometimes very expensive.

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Dinners outside are a daily thing.

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I spend 8-9 hours of my day in this area during the week. A place that we don’t get to enjoy half the year….our backyard.

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I bid farewell to the gym and do most of my workouts outside. I will, however, make the occasional stop in at the gym if the weather is not favorable for outside exercise.

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My husband always picks my favorite flower and brings them inside so my house smells like lilacs.

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Fresh veggies are abundant

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There is never enough hours in a weekend to fit all our favorite things in.

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And my clothes lines are always covered in Turkish beach towels.

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What is your favorite part of summer? (mine is tank tops and shorts)

What is your least favorite part of summer? (mine is that is has to end so quickly)

 

 

 

Geocache #600 Found…..Have You Ever Tried Geocaching?

We did it. We have found 600 geocaches since starting this hobby a few years ago.

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If you know nothing about geocaching and you like a challenge and the outdoors, this would be a great hobby to try.

Basically you are treasure hunting while hiking…unless you do drive up geocaching which are located in street signs and such, along roadways which I personally feel are lame. Anyhow, you go to the geocaching website ( geocaching.com) and download the geocaches in the area you plan to hike. Then you grab a pen/pencil and start hiking. Along the way you watch your GPS, which tells you the wave points indicating where there is a cache to be found.

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Eventually you find the geocache container. These containers can be just about any shape, size or color. From tiny to large and anything in between.  IMG_2681

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IMG_2699Once you locate the cache, open it and locate the geocache log inside. This is what you sign and date with your code name indicating that you actually located this particular cache.  IMG_2700

It’s really fun to see the names of other members in our area. We often see some of the same names on numerous trails that we geocache on.

Next, if you so wish, you can take a trinket and leave a trinket. This is the fun part for children besides the hunt. Geocaches can be filled with almost anything and everything you can think of.

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Give it a try, I really think you will find it fun.

 

 

 

 

Workouts Of The Week and a Celebration For Us

It was a crazy schedule week for me which meant I really had no game plan as to what and when I would fit in any workouts. However, I did the best I could and I am happy to say I feel pretty good about this weeks workouts.

Take a look:

Saturday: gym workout: 40 minute elliptical and stretching

Sunday: gym workout: 30 minute elliptical, weights and stretching

Monday: 2 1/2 mile walk, 30 min recumbent bike, and stability ball exercises

Tuesday: gym workout: 30 minute elliptical and lower body weights, 1 1/2 mile walk in the morning

Wednesday: 3 mile trail hike on a local recreational trail

Thursday: home:30 minute recumbent bike and stability ball exercises

gym: 40 minute elliptical, abs and stretching

Friday: rest

I am feeling great about being back at the gym again on a regular basis. The endorphin high is absolutely awesome. Although, I won’t lie, getting there after a long day of chasing two one year olds and occupying a four year old is sometimes a challenge. With a little help and gentle push at times from my husband, we are getting back to our gym routine and I couldn’t be more happier.

As for the upcoming weekend, we hopefully will finish the Ahnapee Trail this weekend. 48 miles x2 (since we always have to return to our vehicle) and its taken us two spring and fall seasons to do it. The weather does not look too promising but we are hoping for the best. We don’t have much to finish so if its a little rain we can hike in that, snow on the other hand, it’s not going to happen.

After that I have a little surprise in store for my husband since we are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary also this weekend. It’s going to be a busy, busy weekend but hopefully a fun one.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Let’s Chat Over A Glass Of Wine…..

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August is half over and I have that sense of sadness starting to creep up in the back of my mind. I am not ready for summer to be over by any means. Why is it so short when winter seems to last forever????? There is still so much fun to be had, things to do, friends to see and I feel like I am running out of time to squeeze it all in.

OK, enough with the wining……onto other things. You may think I am just incredibly crazy with this next topic but here it goes. You are all aware we are vacationing in an amazingly beautiful place with mountains around every corner. I have grand plans to summit one of these beauties on this trip but did you know that this is not the only thing I am hoping to do while we are there. I also have high hopes to see my first mountain goat on the side of an actual mountain. I do not love these creatures, have no real reason to want to see this except to just witness it first hand. I have seen many, many goats in my lifetime and every single one has been in a cage, zoo, or on a farm. I really want to see one on a mountain side in its natural habitat.  Will it happen? We’ll see….IMG_2832

After we return from this trip we still have a pretty full calendar until that first snowflake falls, which hopefully will not be until December. I am excited to be going on a bus trip with two friends to a harvest festival a few hours away. I am also excited to be taking another bus trip with my husband again this year. He had so much fun last year joining me for a day of shopping….yes…you heard that correctly…..shopping, that he asked to go again. This is my absolute favorite place to shop and with someone along to help carry the packages it makes it even more fun.

We also have a big hike planned for our 22nd anniversary. Right now we are hoping to hike a 10 mile loop in Michigan. It’s suppose to be a fabulous hike, with great views along the way. I am not quite sure if my husband will be able to make this distance quite yet in this stage of his recovery although, we still plan to do what we can and turn back if we need to. We live close enough to this area that we could do half on this trip and half next time if needed. As long as we are together doing what we love, that is all that really matters.

IMG_3005Soon after we return from our trip, school will be back in session around our area. This is when my days will get a little quieter. Honestly, I am not quite sure if this is good or bad but it has to happen. I have cared for three children at a time for over 20 years as my profession and I have one that will be starting school this year. She has been my extra hands, my third leg, and my little helper for 4 years. Plus, she has truly become part of our family.

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It’s been a long time since I have sent one off to school (my son is now 20 yrs old) but I know she is excited and that makes me excited for her. Although, that leaves me with two little ones that cannot talk a word yet for half of every day!!! So I do expect for a brief time that I will be a little nuts with too much quiet time since she typically talks nonstop. However, I know the two little boys I will still have will be talking soon enough, which means I should really try and enjoy the moment for what it is.

And with that I will finish my wine and wish you all a great day. Enjoy the moments, they sure pass by quickly.

A Look Back At July 2015 In Pictures

This July was like none other for us this year. With both my son and my husband battling with back injuries and me trying to keep everything under control without loosing my sanity meant July has been challenging. Although, our son has almost fully recovered and my husband is making great progress, I just wake up everyday and count my blessings. You would think I would not have a whole lot to look back on in July but I do so lets all have a look, shall we…

Enjoying A Lake Paddle With A Friend

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First Chocolate Cookie Smore Ever

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SUP Fun

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First Pit Campfire Of 2015

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A Visit To An Old Childhood Pool With My Husband

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Visit To My Favorite Farmer’s Market

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Summer Fun Outside With The Kiddos

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Back In My Favorite Footwear Again….Hiking Boots

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Geocaching on the Ice Age Trail

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I have to say….it’s been pretty good considering the circumstances.

How was your July?
Did you do anything fun or new?

Fox Hill RV Park and Campground- Baraboo, WI

Are you looking for a great family friendly place to camp in Wisconsin? If so, I would highly recommend you make your way to Baraboo, WI and camp at Fox Hill RV Park and Campground.

We have camped here three times now and have been very impressed each and every time. You have tent sites, RV sites, and cabins to choose from. All very reasonably priced and the grounds are very clean. We have always stayed in what they consider their rustic cabins.

Outside

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Inside

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They have a very nice, large play area for children located right in the middle of all the sites. So whether you have an RV, tent or a cabin, your children don’t have far to go to have a good time.

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For the bigger kids they can rent and ride around on these fine looking scooters.

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The bathroom house is also located in the middle of the park.

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Take it from a clean freak, these bathrooms have been so clean every time we have visited that even I am amazed.

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And the best part is if it’s too hot or the inside showers are full you can always opt for an outdoor shower.

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This place has so much to offer besides being very close to so many area attractions. You have Devil’s Lake State Park a few miles away, the WI Dells area and all their attractions, a casino close by and so much more. Even if you never left the campground you would still find so much to do as a family.

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And don’t forget they have a nice pool for the summer season, a great little gift shop/general store, and the nicest staff I have ever met. They even deliver wood bundles right to your campsite.

If your thinking about visiting the area of Baraboo,WI give them a call. I am sure you will have a very nice time staying with them.

 

****I was not compensated in any way to write this review. These are all my personal opinions and experiences regarding this establishment.

Hello Daylight!

Let’s all do the happy dance. You know, it’s like kids who do the potty dance. They jump around, hold their crotch, and dance until you notice. Then they wait for you to tell them to go potty. (I never understood this concept since they already know they have to go)

OK, so maybe not exactly like the potty dance, but hey who cares, just jump around and dance. WE HAVE AN EXTRA HOUR OF DAYLIGHT!!!! HURRRRRRRAY!

Nothing, I mean nothing can take me down from this happy place today. I count the days until daylight saving time which to me means I officially survived another Wisconsin winter.

Get out the tents, find our paddles, put the car rack on the roof, take stock of the freeze dried meals, dust off my sandals, take the flannel sheets off the beds(ok maybe not yet), put the screens back on all the windows, dust off the kayaking helmets, find the bug spray, take stock of the sunscreen, put the snow blower away, dig out the outdoor play toys and strollers, store the fishing ice shack, wash & pack away all the gloves, scarves and hats……OMG I gotta go, I have so much to do:)