Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jacob at 16 months

I definitely sound like a broken record, but this age is so wonderful.  Jacob's personality is so adorable - he's so happy, and curious and playful.  I haven't done a thorough update since his twelve-month, so thought I'd take this opportunity to share a few recent stories about our little love.

Jacob is very verbal.  The other night, I put him to bed (which is unusual as normally Scott does it) and I tucked him in and then left the room.  He had shifted while he was falling asleep, so about 20 minutes later I went in to peak in and check on him, and he pops his head up and says "HI!"

He loves to throw his food or water bottle off of the high-chair while eating dinner and then shout "Ut-oh!"

Jacob LOVES being outside, especially going to the park or on wagon rides.  He is obsessed with dogs (which is hard for this non-animal-lover to wrap her head around, but I'm trying!)  The other day we were on a walk with my cousin Jenifer and Scott and came across an older dog who loved Jacob and licked his face.  Jacob was in HEAVEN (and I was super grossed out).

Jacob is SO happy - I love taking him grocery shopping because he just adores people.  He says "HI!" and "BYE BYE" to every single person we pass.  It's amazing.

He loves strawberries- and whenever he gets some he'll say "mo'!" (More).  Other favorite foods include grilled chicken, rice, yogurt, noodles and raspberries.

He says about 20 words - Mama, Dada, Go, Outside, Tree, Dog, Up, Cup, Ball, Balloon, More and a bunch more.  He's very verbal.

Jacob, we love you more than words can say!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fourth of July in Iowa

In true Iowa-ish fashion, we spent our favorite summer holiday in our favorite place: Iowa!

My cousin Christine had a bachelorette party in Iowa on that Saturday, so we decided to make a big weekend of it - Jacob and I went to Iowa on Friday morning with my brother and SIL, who graciously agreed to drive us - along with all of our gear! - so that we could go early and only have one car in Iowa.  They picked us up at 8:30, and drove us to Dubuque, where my dad met us and drove us the rest of the way to CR.  In CR, my dad surprised us with a new slide for Jacob!  Jacob was asleep at the time, and when he woke up he LOST HIS MIND with excitement over it.  It only took three minutes for him to be climbing up it via the slide part ;)

After Jacob went to sleep, my parents and I enjoyed wine on their beautiful patio.  We called it a night relatively early, not knowing how Jacob would sleep in an unfamiliar room in a pack-and-play... BUT... he slept perfectly through the night.  (Go JSS!)

On Saturday morning, Kelly picked me up and drove me and our cousin to Dubuque for the bachelorette party.

There were six of us cousins - which made for a fun family reunion to celebrate Christine.  (Christine, you may recall, was one of my beloved maids-of-honor at my wedding five years ago!)


Her sisters planned a super fun day - complete with a trolley, a picturesque winery, and a fun murder-mystery dinner with eight actors!

After a late night (literally 3 hours after my bedtime, hey-yo!) and relatively early morning, we were back to CR to see my baby :)  I was dying to see him - and literally sprinted in to the house to find that he was ASLEEP!  (Of course). Scott met us in CR after working all weekend, and it was so nice to be reunited with my hubs.   We spent the day swimming at my uncle's pool - Jacob is a little fishy.  He was obsessed with his older cousins.  One of the perks of being from a big family, is that Jacob is one of 15 "cousins" on my mom's side.  I have about 15 first cousins on that side alone, and a lot of them already have children.  It's very fun to get together with all the little ones.

It was a fabulous weekend, filled with celebrations for the bride-to-be, cousin time, and relaxing.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Five Year Getaway

For our five year wedding anniversary, Scott and I wanted to get away.  We tossed around ideas like a long-weekend in Mexico, Boston, Seattle... but ultimately decided that for our first time away from Jacob overnight, that we wanted to go someplace closer to home - a drive, instead of a flight.   We chose Door County  - a location about 4.5 hours north of Chicago.  My parents graciously agreed to watch Jacob (for two days/nights - not a small feat!) and they arrived late Friday of Memorial Day weekend.

On Saturday morning, we were out of the house by 7:30, driving to Green Bay.  Despite being a Bear's fan, I wanted to see the famed Lambeau field.  It was fun!  Still not a Packer's fan, but fun to see.

We had lunch at a local brewery, and walked through their impressive farmer's market before setting out to Door County via the Door County Wine Tour.  The first stop was in Angola, WI at a beautiful and authentic winery and taste room.  I loved it.

From there we stopped at one more before making our way to our hotel.  We stayed at the Ashbrooke, which was a very nice adults-only resort.  (Door County is mostly cabins and cottages - I wanted more of a resort feel).  Our room was huge and lovely and we enjoyed it a lot.  Would definitely stay there again.

Over the course of the weekend, we did a nice dinner, went on a "booze cruise" - a sunset cruise with live music where we drank a nice bottle of champagne, courtesy of my in-laws - and went to a fish boil!  We got a couples massage, went shopping and hiked in the state park.  We just had a really nice time celebrating five years of happy marriage.

Door County was very scenic - gorgeous sunsets, beautiful and calm water, and just lovely.  We had a fabulous five year getaway.  Thanks, mom and dad, for watching our boy!