On the Road Again, with Skippy Singles!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Remember last year when I shared with you my BRILLIANT! (if I do say so myself!) 
snack for baseball season?

(for many kids, too many kids, it's ALL about the snacks!)



Who brought the snack? 
What's for snack?
Can I have my snack now?

Seriously.
Herding cats...
& Snacks....

Anyway - 
What a FUN way to change it up, no?

Well, now it's March! We are fast approaching another season of baseball & softball in our house, 
and we just wrapped up Spring Break! 

All the running, all the time!

Protein is known to keep you fuller, longer – 
 SKIPPY® Singles are a no-brainer to bring along with us, whether we are headed around town, or around the state.

Great with your favorite finger foods, at our house, we use pretzels, apple slices, celery & baby carrots, most often, these self-serve cups have up to nine grams of protein, giving us a satisfying snack that’ll last longer than the space between the next are we there yet? 


They aren't just for the kiddos - 
I've been loving having these in my desk at the office for those days I just cannot get away because of meeting, after meeting, after meeting.


Have you used Skippy Singles?
What is/would be your favorite way to enjoy them?


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*** I was not compensated for this post. As a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger, I am occasionally given products to facilitate a blog post or a coupon to off set the price of Hormel Products. ***

Friday Night with Friends - Redtail Ridge Family Fun Night

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Our kids have made the best friends...
Is there anything greater than spending a Friday night with your best buds?

I am both terrified & excited to watch these kiddos 'grow up' - 
as if they haven't already!



















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Before and After - Cutting Burning Bush in Minnesota

One thing that I love about blogging - is the ability to see things that I have long since forgotten - 
I take hundreds of thousands of pictures, and putting them out here on this blog enables me to quickly and easily find things back again.

Just last night I got stuck looking at pictures of the kids and their friends from three years ago.
It seems like a LIFE TIME ago, yet, like just last week.

How does that happen?

Anyhoo - 
Not too long ago I uncovered a photo that inadvertently caught the burning bush next to our front door. It was only about 2 feet high, and looked so so much better than the scraggly thing we now have right outside our front steps.


A quick search of google and some 70 degree temps had us feeling ambitiuos, 
so we decided to tackle that burning bush.


Tackle, as in...
Chop. 
Chop.
CHOP!


I really, REALLY hope we don't regret cutting this Burning Bush down to the ground.


I guess we'll know soon enough if we did the right thing?


Already it looks SO. MUCH. BETTER!


I love the look of the Burning Bush.
Will it grow back?
Have you ever cut one of these down to nothing?

Time will tell, I suppose.
(After the 10 inches of snow we got last night, AFTER cutting this down last week, melts!)
 
Stay tuned!

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Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells

Friday, March 20, 2015

We've been to the Wisconsin Dells a few times, but never since we've had kids.
There are so many places between here and there to explore - that we wanted to wait until our kids were big enough for the thrills that the Wisconsin Dells has.

With Spring Break here before we knew it...
We headed East to the Dells.

Upon arriving at our hotel, we were greeted by this character coming out of a secret door wandering down to the lobby.
JACKPOT!
 

I wonder how long they will humor me and keep taking these character pictures?
Hopefully, forever!



The hotel did a story time at night, and I snapped a picture before it got busy.
Aye aye aye!


It turns out, at 8 & 9 years old, our kids were too old for this, but the little kids LOVED it, and my kids were hoping their scavenger hunt card would be drawn and they'd win a stuffed animal.
No such luck, this time, kiddos!


The first thing we did when we arrived at the hotel and hit the water park, was the howlin' tornado.
Wow.
Were we howlin!

We only did that ride once, once was enough!

A friend of mine said to me, ohhh! you are brave! I would've peed my pants!
Maybe I did! I told her! Who knows!

It was thrilling and terrifying.
I'm glad we can say we did that ride, as a family...but probably not going to ever get me on that one again....I do wish we'd of had some go pro footage of that though - I bet it was hilarious!

Because it was gorgeous spring weather (60+ degrees) we decided to get out and explore the Dells a bit, and get outside.  The kids have been dying to go to the Ripley's Believe it or Not attraction ever since we saw one in Branson, Missouri last summer.

We didn't spring for the $15 per person tickets, but they did take a picture with the World's Tallest Man outside of the venue.
People think our kid is tall.

THIS, is tall!


And thanks to Dairy Queen's free ice cream cone day, we got to enjoy a nice cold treat as well!

We wandered in and out of various shops...and I saw this stuff.
I could immediately taste it in my mouth, and it tasted like childhood.

I had forgotten all about it, until I saw it, but I'm confident I lived on this as a kid.
At $2.00 for one little strip, I wasn't about to relive those memories...
but don't you just love when that happens?
You've totally forgotten about something, until you see something that triggers your memory?


We had these all the time too, growing up.
They were a movie theater staple, but...when I was a kid, they were just in a giant bucket, 
unwrapped!
Ah, how times have changed!


Back to the hotel for some good old fashioned, new fashioned, water park fun!





And because no trip is complete without family selfies...
Here are ours, to end the trip!
(Complete with the Wolf Ears the Lodge gives out!)






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Ride Sally Ride...Minnesota Dreamin'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's been a long time since we had our very own muscle car

We talk about getting one again, soon - after all, 
life is short, play hard, right?

We were hoping by now, to have a house with a 3rd stall garage to park on of these babies in...
but, that just might not be in the cards.

All the same, it's so much fun to look!
 



Perhaps we should get one, and then get rid of it, before she truly is legal behind the wheel, no?

This one, while he does like the fast cars, likes the big trucks too.
My future flashes before my eyes!



Always fun to get out and see how the other half lives.
We had a fun time at the Minneapolis Car Show, thumbing up the cars, including those priced at a half a million dollars!

::gulp::

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