August Mini-trips

In August and September, we have taken several little mini-trips around the mid-west, and I have been meaning to write about all of them. In August, we went camping. Remember this post? To camp or not to camp: Ed and I decided that it is too much work setting up and breaking down camp to spend only one night in a tent. It was a great experience, except for when I had a meltdown at dinner time. (Cooking dinner on a campfire? Whose great idea was that?) Lily is relaxing in this picture, after all that hard work setting up the tent!

Emmy kept crawling off the blanket, but didn’t like crawling on the gravel or in the grass. We had room to set up the Pack-n-Play in the tent, so she had a great place to sleep. Lily was very excited to go to bed; she has never slept in a tent before! I was surprised at how fast she fell asleep. I thought she would be awake for hours!
Our camp site was in Kettle Moraine State Forest–Northern Unit, and we spent the first day swimming in Mauthe Lake. (The water was brown, which was a little weird, and Ed thought it was due to tannic acid. It turned out he was right!) We hiked some of the trails on the second day, before it was time to head home.

Lily’s favorite stop of the day had nothing to do with camping; it was at Mars Cheese Castle. We bought a lot of cheese, including cheese curds, so we could squeak them between our teeth. Lily thought this was really neat, since we had just read about Laura and Mary eating cheese curds in Summertime in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I will post more about some of our other mini-trips soon!
Summertime in the Big Woods (My First Little House)

First Day of Pre-School

I remembered to take a picture! It was a little chilly, but Lily doesn’t wear pants, ever. This outfit consists of her favorite long sleeve shirt, which I insisted on, and one of her favorite skirts. There are adorable dresses that we picked out for pre-school together hanging in her closet, but did she want to wear any of them on her first day of pre-school? Of course not.