Has anyone ever heard of a babymoon before? I had read about it on a few blogs and here is wikipedia’s official definition

babymoon: A babymoon is a relaxing vacation taken by couples who are expecting a child. Babymoons are often taken in luxurious locations, as the babymoon is seen as the last vacation that the couple will have alone until their child leaves home when they reach legal age.

In parenthesis is what describes our babymoon this past weekend: A babymoon is a relaxing vacation (overnight at a hotel .. and eating food we don’t have to cut up for others or convince them to eat) taken by couples who are expecting a child. Babymoons are often taken in luxurious locations ( ie….Luverne, MN- 20 minutes away), as the babymoon is seen as the last vacation (until the next child)  that the couple will have alone until their child leaves home when they reach legal age( or is potty trained, and can strap themselves in  a car seat independently and is watched by a very loving, responsible older cousin).

We our little adventure might not be textbook babymoon but it was perfect.  I had really wanted to have an overnight before little one arrives. Knowing the kind of attachment and work a newborn is… it was nice to have a 24 respite away from the kids and alone with Chris.

We went to Luverne, our home away from home. The weekend was set, babysitter booked and off we went.  Lucky enough for me it also coincided with the Luverne City Wide rummage sales.  We drove into town and hit a bunch of them before dinner. Checked into our hotel and drove to dinner at the Bluestem.  (Bonus about doing an overnight close to your house: cuts down wasted time driving, everything is minutes away, you get to try new things that you could easily go back to again. ) Dinner was lovely, quiet, good food, long, uninterrupted, filled with talking and conversation! I totally ordered dessert and didn’t check my blood sugar after dinner:)

Our 2nd thing we really wanted to do was hit their downtown and maybe a few more rummages on Saturday.  The weather was so beautiful and it was just very relaxing not to have a schedule and meander around.  During our morning rummages we even scored the last few items on our baby-to-buy list: infant stroller and carseat, and nursing pillow.  We had flatbread pizza downtown ( a good thing to eat when watching carbs) and then went exploring the blue mound state park.  We will definitely try to bring the kids back to that park to do some hiking and exploring soon.

~The kids had a fabulous time with their cousin! Thanks Maddie!!!!! She took them to different parks, took them out to ice cream, watch a movie, listen to Leeland chat constantly, and played hard for those 24 hours.  I had no worries or concerns what so ever.  You can see by the pictures that they had a pretty amazing time too!


Next Time There Will Be One More

Last week we took the opportunity to do a little traveling. The motivation behind the trip to my mom’s house and to the cabin was the fast approaching due date of this little baby on June 9th. We knew that the next time we travel to Grandma Wilken’s house and Grandma and Grandpa Maloney’s Cabin there will be one more.

there will be one more little cousin in the mix when my sister and I get together

the adults will be that much more outnumbered

a baby’s schedule will dictate our schedule a bit more

6 hour trips to the cabin won’t be able to be made in the truck

less sleep will be had by Chris and I

we will be maxing out the number of people that should sleep together in one room unless you are Pa and Ma Ingalls living in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.


there will be a little one to cuddle, love, and hold

At Grandma Wilken’s House Leeland got to ride along with Uncle Bryan on the mower and pick up sticks. I gave tons of Rhino ATV rides to all the little cousins.  Mom, Molly and I took the kids swimming at the hotel pool on a particularly cold day.  We did played Easter games, read Easter books,  and played hard.  We packed up and went home only to repack and get ready to go to the cabin.  My philosophy is that if you are going to disrupt the normal schedule you might as well put it together in one week.

The next day we packed up for the cabin with Chris.  Grandma and Grandpa Maloney where up and ready to greet us when we arrived at the cabin! The weather was beautiful for this time in April. The ice was off the lake so Chris and Grandpa could put in the dock.  We visited the Head Waters Science Center in Bemidji, MN. We got in for free with our Science center membership.  There was animals to hold and look at.  It was a simple afternoon of fun.  For the first time we also got to experience a beautiful Easter Morning up at the lake. We visited a small church, with a nice short service on Easter morning. We played at parks, and ended the day playing rounds of Skip-bo. It was a pretty perfect week if you ask me. And next time there will be one more!!

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Family Christmas

Our Family Christmas- Saturday, December 22nd!

Morning snuggles with daddy
Morning snuggles with daddy


  • Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast and Lobster and steak for Supper. Rice pudding for dessert. Yum

    Yummy Cinnamon Rolls
    Yummy Cinnamon Rolls
  • Lillian got a balance bike and wore her helmet all day long.
Lillian's 1st bike
Lillian’s 1st bike
  • Norah got a ride in car and sat in it all day long.
A new car for Norah!
A new car for Norah!
  • Mommy got a new camera is ready for better pictures.
  • A fire in the fireplace all day long.
  • Fun with the family and being together!
We continue the tradition of reading A Very Very Special Baby before presents.
We continue the tradition of reading A Very Very Special Baby before presents.
We lit our last advent candle
We lit our last advent candle




Peaceful Pumpkin Picking

On one of the last nice days of summer we ventured to the Christmas Tree Farm in Canton.  This was my favorite places to take my kindergarten kids when I taught.  This year the couple was not doing field trips but let us come anyways and pick a few pumpkins.  That area is so beautiful and it was so fun to be the only ones to be there.  The weather was beautiful the pumpkins where perfect and the company was joyful!

Family, Lillian, Norah

Blink- Where did September Go???

I really don’t know where September went… birthdays came…. the leaves started changing and the field corn started to get harvested.  We did, however, manage to squeeze a few things in this month as a family.  We did a very spur of the moment trip to the Omaha Zoo. What a treat! It is one of my favorite zoos.

We also visited the orchard that is right by our house.  We picked Honey Crisps and made applesauce! We also picked up some cider to make yummy Caribou knock off drinks! You have to improvise when you live in the country:)


“Sickfest” otherwise know as .. our vacation

Here are a few favorite pictures from our cabin trip. I know I’m a bit behind… life is moving fast 🙂 We were blessed to be able to spend over 10 days at the cabin over labor day. What a treat. Lillian, however, was sick most of the time- ear ache- fever- cold- rash (She got the works)! On the upside we read a lot of books while we were there holding sick Lillian.  My favorite was “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” a reading must! At least we were together as a family for more than a week. What a blessing!


4th of July at the Cabin

This year was the 1st year that we as a family went up to the cabin without daddy (sad).  Daddy had to stay and work at the shop so the girls and I went up to the cabin… it was a little cooler up there lower 90’s instead of upper 90’s.  We enjoyed lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa Maloney, Aunt Laura and cousins Emma and Maddie.   While we were up there we enjoyed great food (it’s nice only being responsible for only 1 meal a day), we saw amazing fireworks (Norah’s 1st), swimming every day (minus our rainout day), and fishing…

Funny things

Lillian: Look Mom, 1..2..3..10 fishies… Holy Moly
Lillian: Look Hope, I’m wearing my new pj’s.
Mom: What was your favorite firework?
Lillian: All of them!
Norah: Yeah (her response to any question)

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Lack of Blogging + Abundance of pictures

Life has been busy here unpacking and getting used to “rural life.” The boxes have been going down but all the random stuff at the end is crazy.  Hoping to get room pictures up soon. Maybe I’ll just have to break down and take pictures of the middle product instead of the end! Here are some pictures of events that happened over April and May that never got blogged about!

Lillian likes to go on the See Saw. There is only 1 in Sioux Falls as far as I know. It’s always a big hit!
Lillian’s in the belly of the whale. This is a HUGE fish you can walk through at the outdoor campus. Go if you haven’t yet!
We did a double family date with our friends the Ovendens (5 children plus 4 adults). It was a rainy day but lots of fun. Norah loved the huge light bright board.
I’m going to get you!
The boys getting wet and Chris explains how all this works!
Lillian at her favorite station checking out groceries she had a special system for checking out all the food.
Little Simeon giving Norah a toy to play with.

Mothers Day + Fuss

I think there is an unwritten rule that children must fuss.. not sleep and whining  on or around Mother’s Day.  This was the case this year and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I woke up a big sleep deprived but after church and fellowship with my family my mood with lifted! I am thankful for these two little gifts from God! Motherhood is hard and we have to focus on the good and not dwell on the fuss. Below is another Mother’s day link of a blog I follow and she talks about giving up control!


an old fashion land rush….

You know sometimes I would just like to go back to a simpler time.. were people just raced on the horses and stuck a flag in the ground and bam the land was yours! No regulations… no appraisal…. no closings… just run ..plant the flag and you have your self a new home.  Just think of that great scene in the movie “Far and Away”…it that too much to ask?

As many of your know … we are in the process of buying an acrage.  Like all things in life.. you can’t always plan.  We we were suppose to have the moving trucks come tomorrow but it looks like they will be rescheduled for sometime next week. Due to some unforseen issues with our apprisal agent, and the lack of professionalism on his part, we have to back track a little bit. God is still good and faithful! Even thought it was one of those crying… frustrating.. and self-pity days.

At the end of the day we are feeling better. We have a date set for our second closing, next Thursday, but it could be moved up if we things go well.  I also get to spend Mother’s Day with my mom and sister…. Chris can work this weekend on our current house to get it ready (guilt free) and we get to have a little mini-vacation in Fairmont before we move.

God is good…..

……..however… the horse race for land still looks pretty good too.