Friday, July 31, 2009

Last Day of Vacation in Door County!

Our last day in Door County was another great one! The boys rented a fishing boat and spent the day on the water:
*photo of The Boy sitting on a rock by the beach:
*photo of The Boy and The Husband in the fishing boat:
The girls and I went shopping. We had a great time! We started off the day by getting breakfast in a little coffee shop.
*photo of Hollywood and Bumblebee in the coffee shop:
Then we hit the stores. I found so many great things for the house, and we got some decorating ideas too. Here are a few more photos of our shopping spree. Here's Bumblebee in the store that was full of toys and children's clothes:
I found a great wooden bowl in this store, appropriately named Bliss:
*photo of Hollywood and Bumblebee outside of Bliss:
We had to stop for ice cream and fudge in a great little candy store:
*photo of Bumblebee and me outside of the ice cream shop:
After shopping, we drove around and looked at things. I love taking pictures of interesting buildings, and here are a few:

*photo of an interesting yellow house with a green roof and red shutters:
*photo of an old-fashioned looking brick church:
After shopping, we went to the beach in Jacksonport to hang out. Here are a few photos of the girls on the beach:
*photo of Hollywood in front of Lake Michigan:
*photo of Bumblebee in front of Lake Michigan:
On our shopping trip, we had seen some interesting photography artwork where letters were made from different things and framed to form words. We took pictures to form the letters of our last name, and Hollywood formed the letters L-O-V-E with her fingers against the blue sky. I have some work to do on them in photoshop, but here's a first look at what we created while on the beach:
*photo of the letters R-E-H-A made out of rocks, sticks, flowers, and dug in sand:
*photo of hand letters spelling L-O-V-E against the blue sky:
The boys say they had a great day too - it's nice that they got some alone time to do their manly things. The rest of tonight will be spent cleaning and packing up, but we do have a fire going and will spend one last night outside by the fire looking out at the lake. It's been such a great vacation - I'm sure we will remember it for a very long time to come!

Vacation Day Six – Bumblebee’s Birthday

Thursday was Bumblebee’s sixth birthday, so we started the day off by opening presents:
*photo of Bumblebee sitting with a stack of unopened presents:
We watched the movie 13 Going on 30 in the morning, and Bumblebee danced to Hannah Montana songs:
*Video of Bumblebee dancing to music:

Birthday Girl Dancing to Hannah Montana from Monnik on Vimeo.

Hollywood got all glammed up for the day:
*photo of Hollywood with funky pigtails and earrings:
We decided that it was a good day to head to Green Bay to go to Lambeau Field since there was rain in the forecast.
*Photo of Lambeau Field:
I asked a lady to take our picture in front of the statue of Vince Lombardi and she cut off the head of the statue!!
*Photo of the family in front of the decapitated statue:
The Husband and The Boy really enjoyed the Hall of Fame. At one point, we were watching a movie about the history of the Packers and while The Husband was staring intently at the screen, his eyes welled up a bit. Bumblebee whispered to me, “Look, Mommy. Daddy’s crying tears of joy about the Packers.”

There is a kid section at the Hall of Fame where children can do the Lambeau Leap, dress up like Packers players and fans, toss a football, and kick a field goal. Here are some pictures:
*photo of Bumblebee dressed as Brett Favre:
*photo of The Boy and Bumblebee doing the Lambeau Leap (which is where players leap into the stands with the fans after a touchdown)
*photo of The Boy kicking a field goal:
In this picture below, the kids lined up with these statues. I yelled 'offside!' at Bumblebee and thought that was pretty funny! But Hollywood thought I was dorky for laughing at my own joke.
*photo of Bumblebee and The Boy standing with white statues of the Packers, lining up before a play. Bumblebee is over the line of scrimmage, hence the 'offside' comment:
Here’s a photo of The Husband in front of the Lombardi Trophy:
After visiting the Hall of Fame, we took the family to the pro shop and spent way too much money on Packers merchandise. After spending four hours at Lambeau, It was time for Bumblebee to pick an activity, and she wanted to go bowling. We found a nice bowling alley in Green Bay and donned the dorky shoes.
*photo of The Boy bowling:
*photo of Hollywood and Bumblebee bowling:
There was an arcade at the bowling alley and we spent some time playing games with the kids:
*photo of Bumblebee in front of an arcade game:
Here are The Boy and Hollywood playing a dance arcade game:
Here I am getting whupped by Hollywood at air hockey:
The family seems to be annoyed by all of my picture taking. Well, except for Bumblebee, she loves the camera. Can you tell? At the beginning of our vacation, the rest of them were eager to put on a smile for me and pose without complaint, but now it is getting to be difficult to get them into a picture. Oh well, they’ll be thankful someday that I’m a dork when it comes to snapping pictures all of the time.

After the bowling alley, we came back to the house, had birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday to Bumblebee.
*photo of Bumblebee with her cake full of six candles:
The kids watched another movie – The Princess Bride – and we had a nice relaxing night, until Bumblebee and The Boy were horsing around and Bumblebee smacked her head on the edge of the coffee table. She got a goose egg right between her eyes and had to sit with ice on it for a while.
*photo of Bumblebee with an ice pack to her head, sitting on Hollywood’s lap:
She’s ok, though. Will have a bruise to show for it, but that’s nothing new. Today is our last full day here and I plan to spend it shopping, cleaning, and packing. Might take a trip to a cute little park on the beach in Jacksonport too, if the weather cooperates.

I'll close this post with one more photo of Bumblebee, in honor of her big day. Here she is with her new Packers pajamas and her new Packers cheerleader Barbie:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Vacation with the Fam - Day Five

First of all... today is Bumblebee's sixth birthday, so Happy Birthday to my baby who's not much of a baby anymore!!

And now to the vacation recap...

Yesterday was kind of a chill out day. We started out making plans to go on the ferry to Washington Island and take the train tour up there, but on the drive up there, we realized that we were hungry and hadn't thought about lunch!

So, we scrapped our plans and stopped in Ephraim at this cute little soda shop/burger restaurant:
*photo of an old fashioned restaurant - 50s style:
Look how happy I am in the picture below. It's because I FINALLY got my fried cheese curds! Of course, the kids devoured them and I only got to eat about four nuggets of tasty goodness, but that's likely for the best.
*photo of Bumblebee, me, and Hollywood at the restaurant:
We decided to walk around the town for a bit. I had hoped to get some shopping in, but little girls who have to pee all the time and a pair of boys who don't like shopping much quickly made me realize that it wasn't going to be pretty if I made them travel from shop to shop to look at crafty little things. So, we walked for a bit - I took more photos like these two:
*photo of a huge white house up on a hill:

*photo of an interesting structure - a garage type building built into the side of the road.
We decided to head back to the house and chill out for the rest of the day. I had some shopping to do for Bumblebee's birthday, so we came back and played horseshoes, took rides on the paddleboat, and relaxed by the fire.
*photo of The Boy and me in the paddleboat:
*photo of Bumblebee and The Husband on the paddleboat:
I took this photo while out on the boat. It's not a particularly spectacular shot, but it shows you how amazing this water is - you can barely see across the bay.
*photo of the water meeting the horizon with nothing but sky above it.
In the early evening, we heard music coming from down the street. It was creepy music box type music that reminded me of clowns and the kids of Harry Potter... Turns out it was an ice cream truck! The kids and I got a big kick out of that, and since I had my camera with me (as usual) I was able to take this picture of them placing their order:
*photo of the kids with the ice cream truck:
And here they are, eating their ice cream:
*photo of Hollywood eating the ice cream:

*photo of The Boy and Bumblebee with their ice cream:

I went inside to make Bumblebee's birthday cake - she helped me with the frosting:
*photo of Bumblebee's very homely looking birthday cake:
It's surely the ugliest cake I've ever made for her birthday, but she loves it. We bought a Littlest Pet Shop set - one of a campfire (because that's our theme for the week!) and put it on the cake. The dome above the animal's campfire glows in the dark.

The sprinkles on the cake are self explanatory: Bumblebee helped me with the frosting, and sprinkles are required when you're turning six.

Today we're celebrating Bumblebee's big day by letting her choose some activities. We are also heading into Green Bay to check out Lambeau and the Packers Hall of Fame. Should be another fun one!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Adventures in Door County - Day 4

***Just heard on the local news that Brett Favre isn't going to play for the Vikings, that he's going to stay retired. Thank GOD! Now I can still wear my #4 jersey. I'm serious, it would have been hard to watch Favre play the game in a purple #4 jersey. Gag.***

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for our fourth day in Door County: sunny and near 80 degree temps with not a cloud in the sky. We got up and went for another hour long walk through the neighborhood. It’s fun to just wander around and look at the houses. The wildlife here is interesting too - lots of frogs and toads, a thousand different kinds of birds, and other woodland animals too. A deer ambled across the road in front of us while we were walking, and later, Bumblebee shrieked when she almost stepped on a dead snake in the road. Lots of interesting things to look at while out for a walk.

We decided to spend the morning at the house relaxing. After breakfast, The Boy and The Husband played some horseshoes while the girls played in the house. I parked my lazy self in a chair on the dock and thoroughly enjoyed it:
*Photo of me lounging in a chair on the dock:
I kept hearing a splash in the water, so I went to investigate and right up by the shore of our house, was a freshly hatched school of baby bullheads along with it’s protective parent swimming around it. The newborn fish were so tiny that minnows were swimming close to them looking for a snack. But the mother (father?) bullhead wouldn’t have it. She kept swimming around the school of fish, protecting it with her size. We are so goofy - were fascinated by this and must have watched it for half an hour:
*Photo of the school of newly hatched fish and the protective parent:
*Photo of The Boy, TH, and Bumblebee standing on the dock looking at the fish:
After a bit more relaxing at 'home', we had lunch at the house. Then we headed out for the day. We decided to go up to Peninsula State Park, which is one of the coolest parks I've ever seen. There is SO much to do there! Tonight there's an outdoor theater musical production about being a cheesehead (Packer Fan) and I think we're going to go to it.

Yesterday, we began by going up to a lookout tower that was 250 feet tall:
*Photo of the lookout tower:
The view of the forest along the water was amazing. I don’t know when I turned into a nervous old lady, but I was very uneasy having the kids up there. The Boy leaned over the ledge to spit off of it and I thought I might faint. I never really think of myself as being afraid of heights, but when I see my kids up there goofing around near the edge, I was very worried!
*Photo of TH, The Boy, Hollywood, and Bumblebee at the top of the lookout tower:
The next thing we did at the park was to rent some bikes to ride along the trails. This was my favorite part of the day! There are about 12 miles of off-road trails through the park and we went all around them. Some of the hills were rough going, especially for The Husband who was pulling the cart behind with Bumblebee in it. But it was worth it on the downhills. Riding your bike fast through a beautiful forest is an amazing feeling. The scenery was breathtaking. Everything up here in Door County is just so picturesque!
*photo of The Boy, Hollywood, and TH riding their bikes on a trail. Bumblebee is in a pull along trailer behind TH.
The above picture was taken on the paved trail before we got to the off-road trails. Are you impressed at how great I can take a picture while riding a bike? Me too!

We stopped a few times to take pictures of the water…
*photo of The Boy along the shore:
*photo of TH and me along the shore with an expanse of forested shoreline behind us.
The next stop was the beach. We’d gotten a workout in with the bikes, so it was nice to cool off and relax in the water. The kids enjoyed looking at rocks and playing in the water and the sand:
*photo of Bumblebee splashing in the water:
*photo of The Boy and Bumblebee playing in the sand:
*photo of Hollywood in the water:
After the beach, we went to look at the Eagle Bluff lighthouse in the park. Here are a couple of photos of it. The information said it cost over $12,000 to build back in the 1800s. That seems like a lot of money for such a small building for those times:*photo of the lighthouse which is a sandy brick color with a dark red roof. The lighthouse is a short one, with a dodecahedron shaped tower at the top:
*photo of the kids along a rock wall overlooking the water:
After our trip to the park, we took the kids out to dinner at a place called The Wild Tomato in Fish Creek. There was a wait to get into the restaurant, so Hollywood climbed up in a tree to sit it out:
*photo of Hollywood sitting up in a tree.
We had a nice dinner, except for the fact that I’ve ordered fried cheese curds at two restaurants this week, only to be told that they were out of them. GAH! What’s a gal have to do to get some cheese curds?

After dinner, we drove back to the house and pretty much flopped into our beds. We were worn out from the day, but it was another good one!