Friday, April 19, 2024

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  It was a jam packed week at our house.  Did you catch my blog posts this week?  If you have ever thought about going to Wisconsin Dells, you've got to read these posts!

Wisconsin Cowboy Beans - DELICIOUS!

6 Favorite Wisconsin Restaurants

Wisconsin Highlights

Now onto my favorites of the week:

1. Dinner with friends.  I headed north and my friends headed south and we met in the middle for dinner.  Vincennes has a great Marshalls, Old Chicago and Lics.  We try to hit all of those spots and catch up on each other's lives.  It's my favorite night of the quarter :)

2. Hair.  I have been using something new on my hair and people are noticing.  
I'm getting nice compliments and my hair is growing.  The best part is that it isn't a crazy supplements, marketing scheme or subscription.  It's an $7.97 bottle of hair OGX Extra Strength Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Oil from Amazon.  I use a little on the ends every day and then put a heavier layer on as a conditioner before or after showers.  I also try to really limit putting any heat on my hair.  Never blow drying it and minimal styling tools.  My hair is thrilled with this routine.  You've got to give this miracle hair oil a try!!

3. Bible study luncheon.  I went to our end of the year Bible study luncheon and it was kind of sad.  I love these ladies and love seeing them twice a month.  The church gifted us with shirts and we exchanged some gifts.  I'm excited for a new devotional and hope to keep up with my new friends this Summer.

4. Pollination Program.  Fletcher's grade did a darling program and invited parents to come and see it.  The bee themed songs were so cute.  Leo loved it and I was so proud of Fletcher.  He loves a good play list, but he does not love performing for a big crowd.  He was so excited to see us waving to us throughout the whole program.  Then he shared all of his research with us back at his classroom.  He's learned a lot in 2nd grade.  I'll forever and always love second grade handwriting.

Or his signature of Fletcherj :)

The highlight of us being at school was Fletcher getting to proudly parade Leo around the room and introduce everyone to his baby brother.  It was so sweet!

5. Tulips!  My neice gave us tulip party favors and they bloomed this Spring!  They added a pretty pop of color to our landscaping.

Speaking of a pretty pop of color... we keep finding nests filled with eggs on our property!

6. We've been scootering, walking and biking all around the neighborhood.

7. Elite Air.  The kids got invited to a friend's birthday party and they loved this place!  The trampolines, ninja gym, inflatables and climbing structures were really fun.

8. Backyard Bonfires.  We've been making a lot of s'mores and enjoying time around the fire pit.  It's our favorite hang out spot.  Good idea, Kev.

9. All of my favorite things in one outfit - a dress in my favorite color, a headband and a puff sleeve jean jacket.  Yes, please.

10. Story time.  I love taking this cutie to story time each week.

11. Countdown to Summer!  We kept talking about how many school days we had left so I made us a countdown.  My crew loves a post-it note countdown so this was has been a big hit.  It's also been a good visual for me to figure out how many days I have left to get done all the things before everyone is home for Summer :)

I hope you have a great weekend!  I'll see you back here on Monday!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Wisconsin Highlights

We spent 5 days in Wisconsin for Spring Break and loved doing a mix of our favorite activities and some new ones.  We celebrated one birthday, Easter and Spring Break all in just a couple of days.  The resort was very crowded - maybe the most crowded we'd ever seen it so we got creative and fought for a raft or two when it came time to head to the lazy river.  We found tons to do and just did our best to avoid the big Spring Break crowds.

The highlights of our trip were:

It was sunny and chilly, but we bundled up and went for a walk on the Riverwalk.  It's been a mild winter so the boats were busy going up and down the river.  The downtown Dells area is fun to walk through and shop for souvenirs.  The day after we left, the dells got a foot of snow!!  We were kind of sad to miss a snow like that.

2. Arcade time.  The kids love arcades more than almost anything right now so it was fun to see them win some big prizes.

There's an impressive ropes course above one of the arcades.  Kevin took the big kids to do that and I was surprised at how much better, more confident and faster they were than the first time.  I could hardly keep track of them climbing and working their way through the course.

There is a free kid climbing structure called Timberland Playhouse that Leo loved to explore.  It was a tiny bit scary becuase it was HUGE, but I think I was only one who was scared by that.  Thankfully, there is just one entrance for the kids to come and go from.  There is also a smaller toddler section.  It's always awesome to find free things on vacation!

Can you spot Leo climbing over this bridge up at the ceiling?  He loved it.

Extra snuggles and family time is always a good idea.

Both big kids won the Kid's Camp coloring contests earning free glitter tattoos.  We did crafts and played there several times.

Olive's mission was to find a Wisconsin Dells sweatshirt that she LOVED.  We checked all the shops, tried on several options and this was the winner.  Oversized sweatshirts are 5th grader's love language.

We hit the waterparks!  This was our last day when the crowds finally died down.  We hopped around to each of the different indoor water parks.  The big kids love the big slides and activities and my job is to keep Leo's head above water.  He's fearless and can't swim.  Rough combo for his body guard.  Picture us in a twin raft in the lazy river and Leo falling out head first.  Thank goodness Olive was with us and could help me get Leo back in the raft.  It's funny now, but not so funny in the moment.

I packed everything to make sure we could celebrate Easter in Wisconsin.  The kids woke up to baskets, the bunny came to deliver eggs to hunt in the condo while we were at breakfast and we had a great Easter together.  The whole resort and area was decked out for Easter.

The big kids took me horse back riding!  They have gone multiple times with Kevin, but he insisted that I go with them this time.  I was a little scared, but I loved it.  Our horses were nice and mostly well behaved.  The trail was an hour long and no one warned me that my butt would be sore!  Whoops!  We had a blast and the kids loved introducing me to something new.  Fletcher came home with a souvenir horse shoe and I couldn't resist the photo package at the end of the ride.

Spring Break 2024 was a blast!
They played pool and swam in the pools.
Got treats at all hours of the day.
Ate more donuts than we could count.
And made some really great Wisconsin memories.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

6 Favorite Wisconsin Restaurants

If you find yourself in Wisconsin Dells, I have six delicious restaurants to recommend.  

We tried several new places over Spring Break (a perk of the kids getting older is that eating out is starting to be fun again!) and we found places that we all loved.  We would happily return to any of these spots.  

Fun fact: Kevin's superpower is finding great restaurants to try on vacation and he usually finds a coupon to go with it.

1. Marketsqure Cheese

These seem to be a chain in Wisconsin.  There's always a cute mouse out front and tons of souvenirs and local cheeses, meats and jarred foods inside.  We came away with jams, pickled foods, sauces, cheeses and souvenirs for the kids.  I didn't even ask to take the kid's picture.  They just hopped out of the car and posed with this cute mouse because they knew I'd love this photo op.  Awww!

2. Monks Bar & Grill
We have driven past this restaurant a million times, but it caught our eye this time.  The online reviews are really good and the food was delicious.  The kid's meals are served on frisbees that you can take home.  The cheese curds were outstanding.  Everyone loved their food - salads, burgers, kids meals and appetizers.  The kids are still talking about their giant soft pretzel kids meals.  There are TVs everywhere with tons of sports decor.  It's a really fun spot for adults and for families.  We can't wait to go back.

3. Buffalo Phil's Grill
Kevin found this place online and read that a train delivers your food to your table.  The wait time was long so we put our name in and then headed to the outlet mall next door to shop.  Win-win.  You feel like you are out west with all of the animal decor and western decor inside.  It's a huge restaurant with many levels.  We sat on the 3rd floor and the kids loved the train delivery service.  Drinks came out by train as well as any meal that comes in a basket.  We all thought the food was good, but the atmosphere was great.  This is where we tried Cowboy Beans that I mentioned yesterday and they have a darling train/buffalo themed gift shop inside.  This big buffalo car is in the parking lot and there are tons of cool things to see inside.

4. Camp Social @ Wilderness Resort
It's our very favorite breakfast buffet.  You can get a little bit of everything and it is always delicious.  We stay on property and walk there then head to the kid's club, arcade or pool afterwards.

5. Kyoto Hibachi and Sushi
This restaurant is in a strip mall and was crowded when we drove by.  You have to make a reservation for the hibachi side.  We all enjoyed our food - salads, soup and hibachi.  Everyone was nice and we all enjoyed the hibachi show.  The portions are very generous and this is the first hibachi place we've ever been to that offered noodles with the regular hibachi service.  Yum!

6. Pizza Ranch

I have no pictures, but this is our favorite spot.  Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult buffet.  They have a salad bar, pizza buffet and hot food bar with fried chicken, pasta and sides and a dessert bar.  It's so yummy and everyone can find something they love here.

Add these to your list of reasons to head to Wisconsin Dells!