Sunday, July 31, 2011

Productive Post

I got quite a few layouts done this past week, as well as a quilt block for our friendship exchange. 
Dutchman's Puzzle for Regina

Scrapped my favorite restaurant, Lazlo's, for a challenge on the Club CK boards. 

Layout for Ian's baby book of him with Great Billie at Christmas time. 

Finally started scrapping his first birthday party.  Love this page.

This one was for another challenge on Club CK where we had to scrap about ourselves and what we know for sure right now. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Treasure Hunt

Ian is in love with Peter Pan. He has watched that movie more times in the last 6 months than I have in my whole life.  His favorite TV show is Jake and the Neverland Pirates, in which the main character and his crew are friends of Peter's and in every episode have a run-in with Captain Hook.  One of his main pastimes this summer has been to pretend he is a pirate; the couch is his ship, he has a fort, and has drawn many treasure maps (and I love listening to him explain the route we need to take to get there).  He pretty much lives and breathes pirates.  So, Darrin  and I staged a treasure hunt for him.

Fort Fun
His fort.  Originally created as a place for him to have toys that Annaliese can't get to. 

What's This?
Someone, Ian can't decide if it's Jake or Peter Pan, left this map laying on top of the fort.

X Marks the Spot
THERE'S THE X! Right in Mommy's flowers.  He was all about going to find the treasure... but first, a change of clothes (still in pj's).  The wonderful map was made by Darrin.

Around the Tree
Outside, the first thing the map said to do was to go around the tree. 

Reading the Map
Still following the map. Watching him decipher the map was interesting.  He generally knew what he was supposed to do, but had trouble following the route exactly (as in, he wanted to go around the first bush in the backyard, not the second as indicated on the map).  Still he was having a BALL!

I See Something
He located where the X would be and started digging.  Didn't take him long to find something.

The Treasure
Imagine sharp intake of breath when the treasure was opened, because that's what he did.  Inside he found a Mater toy from Cars 2, and then many trinkets Darrin had as a kid.  Had we planned this out a bit more, I probably would have decorated the box to look like a treasure chest, but I don't think he cared at all. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sprinkler Fun

We got home from dinner last night and the kids played outside for a bit.  Ian was pretending his trike was dirt bike and mentioned the sprinklers.  We have been trying to get him to play in the sprinklers every summer since he could walk and he has always firmly resisted. He was all for playing in them this time as long as he could ride his dirt bike through them.  Annaliese stood back for awhile, but eventually followed Ian in to see what all the fun was about.  Ian would drive straight into the water.  Annaliese just wandered around and you could clearly tell by her reaction when the water would hit her.  Both so cute!

Sprinkler Fun

Fun in the Sprinklers

First time in the sprinklers


Catchign the spray

His "dirt bike"

Water in the face

Soaked to the bone

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's HOT!!!

This past week has been GROSS! Thank goodness for central air.  For most of the week, we kept indoors, but one can only do that for so long before insanity starts to set in.  Here's how we dealt with the heat:

This has nothing really to do wit how we keep cool, it's just a really neat shot Darrin got of Annaliese.  Maybe by asking to have her hat put on (and then it slid down) she was hinting she wanted to be outside...

Pigeon Love
There has been LOTS of book reading by both kids around here. Annaliese is obsessed with the Pigeon books by Mo Williams.  We've got a few new ones after we went to the Borders "going out of business" sale- so sad.

This car has seen more playing time this week than it has in a long time, which is great because it requires the floor to be picked up to have the maximum fun with it.

Parking Lot
Ian hauled out all his cars one day and had lots of fun- here they're going into the parking lot.

Crazy Hair
Clothing has been optional for the kids this week the house... and check out her crazy hair!

We did wander outside to play in the pool on a day when there was a breeze (so I didn't die from the heat watching them play).

Sibling Love
And we went to the zoo Friday.  It was hot, but my summer is almost over and we haven't been enough.  They love each other SOOO much.

hammerhead at the zoo
Ian and the hammerhead.

Jungle Waterfall
Annaliese in the jungle.

I have also been doing some scrapbook organization/prepping and will hopefully have some new layouts to post soon, as well as a quilting project that needs buttons and mounting. Hopefully by next weekend...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Brad & Katie's Wedding

Last Saturday my cousin Brad married Katie. It was an outdoor ceremony, and while it was a bit warm, I'm so thankful it wasn't this past Saturday but a week ago. It was beautiful and romantic, as all weddings should be. But more importantly, it was time with family.

Our Family
Before the wedding, we had to get a family picture of us all dressed up.  My parents, my sister and her family, and us.

Brad & Katie
The bride and groom. They'd eventually move and stand under the pagoda he built just for this day.

We Are Family
The song everyone is dancing to- "We Are Family."  What you can't see is my 81-year-old grandma (Great Billie) sitting on a chair in the middle of the group holding her great-grandson Brady (6 mos old).  Everyone in this picture is related to her in some way. This song is requested at every Warnecke wedding and is carried out in the same way.

Out Cold
Not sure if you noticed in the picture above, but Annaliese is tuckered out in my arms.  She slept like this through all the noise- it was amazing.

Ian & Makenna
The best thing for me at the weddings- watching Ian dance.  He and Makenna got their groove on. 

Cutting  a rug
Spinning Makenna around.  Wish I had video capturing them dancing together, and Ian dancing alone.  He was a maniac and so darn adorable on the dance floor.

Great Billie & her Great Grandkids
Great Billie with all 10 of her great-grandkids.  Number 11 will arrive in December.

Girl Can Get Down
Annaliese didn't sleep forever, and she wasn't to be outdone by her big brother on the dance floor.  She strutted her stuff, too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vacation Week (Wednesday afternoon- Friday)

After we packed up the campsite and headed back to my parents' house, every single one of us took a nap. Ian slept the longest (around 3 hours), and this was just a few hours after we had gotten up. It's crazy how even though we slept while camping, we were all so exhausted still.

All refreshed, we headed to Backbone State Park. Instead of going to the main lake, we pulled off along one of the many streams and did more creek stomping. I love stomping because it's a great way for us all to get wet, but I can wear clothes over my suit, so I'm super happy. At first, Ian clung to Darrin and me. He really didn't want to walk around much, which was hard for us to grasp because the water was crystal clear, shallow, and he had been stomping just a few days earlier at the cabin. As it would work out, he finally started enjoying himself around the time Walter and Annaliese (who loved the water initially) had had enough.
More rocks

For supper Wednesday night, we took everyone out to eat to Fennelly's in Elkader. I had some FANTASTIC fish and chips; actual real fish, not the overly processed kind with too much breading on it. On Thursday morning, after a stop by Pedretti's Bakery and Osborne, Marlena, Noah, and Walter headed home and we headed to spend time with Darrin's parents. We spent the afternoon relaxing and that night took Ian to see Cars 2.

Friday morning after breakfast, Great Grandma came up to watch Annaliese and the rest of us slathered on the sunscreen and took Ian on his first canoe trip down the Turkey River. Unlike back here in Omaha, it has been very dry there and the water was low. It didn't take long for Ian to start asking when we would be there. Things got better, though, when we stopped at a sand bar for snacks and fun.  Grandpa found some empty shells for Ian, which he was ecstatic about.  We tried to get him to float down the river, but he freaked out the entire 10 feet we tried to have him float. Needless to say, he wouldn't try that again.  It didn't stop him from stomping through the river and hunting for more shells.

After that, the canoe trip wasn't as bad.  He started pretending to be Peter Pan and shouting, "Ahoy there mateys" across the river to Grandma and Captain Hook.  We stopped again at another bar and found a live clam for him to investigate.  Along the way we had also seen deer, a bald eagle, an otter, and lots of blue heron.  At the end, Ian said he had a blast and wanted to do it again. 
Ready for the River

His treasure

If you could hear his screams...

Ahoy Matey!

It's Alive!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vacation Week (Monday - Wednesday Morning)

 Vacation started with the 4th of July parade in Garnavillo. Ian got so much candy, even stopping two-thirds of the way through the parade because, "My hands are tired and I can't pick up any more candy." Fine by me. Annaliese watched most of the parade from Darrin's lap.
Watching the Parade

Darrin and Annaliese

Following the parade, we headed to a park/cabin the family friends own. There we met up with their kids and grandkids for great food, Kaboda/Gator rides around the property, s'mores, and creek stomping. Last year Ian accidentally fell in the creek so we came prepared this year with his swimsuit and old shoes to wear. Annaliese and Walter had a great time splashing in the shallow part. Ian had said he wanted s'mores, but in all actuality, he parked himself at the table and ate cookies instead. His favorite thing was riding around the park, going on four different trips.
Synchronized Creek Sitting

Creek fun

Yummy Smores

Before the Koboda Ride

That night we went to Monona for fireworks. Ian spent the time leading up to the show chasing fireflies and rhyming lots and lots of words. It seems like with every sentence he says, he take the last word in the sentence and rhymes with it. At times it can be a bit annoying, but it makes me smile, too, seeing how much fun he has. When the fireworks started, the rhyming stopped for a bit, until he was bored by them, and then it picked back up. As always, I had lots of fun shooting pictures of the fireworks.
Fireworks @ Monona 4

Fireworks @ Monona 3

Fireworks @ Monona 1

The next day, we headed out with Marlena, Noah, and Walter to Pike's Peak in McGregor to take in some views of the Mississippi and walk the trails. Ian had just been there a few days before with my dad, so he served as our park ranger guide.

Overlook @ Pike's Peak

Ian and Daddy

Trails @ Pike's Peak

Mommy and Annaliese

After a quick run for groceries, we picnicked at Fort Fun in Prairie. Ian had a blast running around the structure chasing Noah and pretending it was a pirate ship. He was also a very determined little boy on the balance beam, trying over and over again until he could make it to the end. Annaliese actually tolerated the swinging and didn't scream or want to get out.

Balancing Act


Slide fun

That night (Tuesday) we camped on some land Darrin's parents own. It was the first time camping for Ian, Annaliese, or Walter, and they all did so well. We learned a lot about cooking over the fire that night and the next morning. For supper, we had pizza casserole in a dutch oven. We were not completely prepared for removing/cooking with the heat that intense. Luckily my father-in-law has well stocked shed and a pitchfork worked perfectly for removing the pan from the fire pit. Ian got a chance to do sparklers after it got dark, and he again chased lightening bugs and rhymed. Annaliese surprisingly didn't seem to have any more of a problem falling asleep in the tent as she does at home. Cooking breakfast the next morning went much better, as we learned from the night before. Annaliese loved the pancakes Noah made over the fire.

A pitchfork works great...

Campfire Supper- pizza casserole with biscuits

Sparklers with Dadddy

Using the sleeping bag G-ma made

Campfire Pancakes