Friday, October 9, 2015

Milwaukee Weekend

Last weekend Daddy took a day off of work and we spent a nice long weekend in Milwaukee.  It wasn't the warmest of weekends so it limited us to some of our activities but we made the bets of it.

On Friday we went straight to the Milwaukee Art Museum.  It was designed by a very famous architect and has a very unique design element to it.  It has 'wings' that open and close each day, weather depending.  It was quite windy the day we were there so we didn't get to see it open in person.  If you'd like to check it out there, there's a cool video to see how it really works: Burke Brise Soleil

Despite not seeing the wings, we had fun walking around the lobby and and checking out the view of the lake from the museum.  We also checked out the building next door which was designed by Eero Saarinen who just happens to have a dad named Eliel Saarinen!

For lunch, we checked out the Milwaukee Public Market.  It's a great indoor market in the middle of the city with lots of different types of food, fresh seafood, candy, wines and flower shops.  It's quite fun to loose yourself in although much harder to do with a hungry toddler!

The next day, we drove just outside the city to a small town and went to an apple farm.  We spent a cold, but very fun morning picking lots of different kinds of apples!  The last time Eliel went apple picking he was only about 8 months old so he wasn't able to walk or pick the fruit off the trees.  Lucky for us, these trees were quite small so we were able to find some apples low enough for Eliel to pick.  However, once he found the ladder, Eliel was all about climbing to find the apples higher on the tree.  He had a blast finding only the real red ones, riding in the tractor to and from the field and sampling the apples along the way.

After picking apples we went to their pumpkin farm and picked a nice round pumpkin that will hopefully prove fun to carve.  Eliel was also treated to some cute farm animals and had no problem feeding them out of the palm of his hand.  I'm sure he would have felt otherwise had they not been behind the cage though!

The following day we took a tour of the Sprecher's Brewery.  We thought it was going to be a fun tour through the factory to see how they brew and bottle their beer and soda, however it was a five minute walk through followed by as much soda as you could drink and samples of the beer brews.  Eliel was not feeling well so unfortunately he did not take advantage of the soda but mommy did!  Daddy also tried some of the hard root beer and said it was quite yummy.

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend away and our last vacation as a family of 3!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Zoo Adventure

I'm a little late in getting this written but this past weekend we headed to the zoo again with Daddy to check out their newest section Hamil Family Wild Encounters.  It's been open since midsummer but we had been waiting to check it out until Daddy could go with us.

His 'cheeeeese' smile needs some work!
For those of you who have been to the zoo before, this new section is what was formally the children's petting zoo.  It's all redone and quite nice!  The main idea behind this new part is interaction with the animals.  So, many of the exhibits are hands on and let you touch or get very close to the animals.  Our first stop was the wallaby walk.  As you walk down the path, the wallabies are minding their own business but are free to interact with you if they choose.  Eliel was a little bit nervous of them not being in cages and kept asking where the cages were! 

Our next stop was to see and feed the goats.  We didn't actually go into the enclosure because the goats were happier to be fed through the fence.  Plus, the pretty much try to eat anything you bring in so we figured we would have more fun outside the area anyway.  Eliel warmed up to them pretty quickly and enjoyed giving them some feed.  He asked if we were feeding them Nugget's food because it looked just like his kibble.  He got a kick out them them licking the feed off of his hands so quickly!

So many birds, Mom!
After the goats we decided to go and see the parakeet aviary.  Grandma Joanne would not have liked this area at all.  There were a few hundred parakeets flying free all over the place.  Eliel was again a little bit cautious himself.  He enjoyed watching the parakeets but had no desire to let them land on him or try and pet them. Adam had a parakeet while growing up so he's been bit before too and had no desire to let one land on him either.  :)  All in all the Hamil Family Wild Encounter was a fun diversion from the rest of the zoo!  They even had reindeer, llamas and red pandas to view, although you couldn't 'pet' those animals.  They are also supposedly getting emus to roam around with the wallabies so that should be exciting to see next time!

After out wild encounter, we spent some more time at the zoo seeing what animals were around and awake.  We were treated to very close encounter with a snow leopard who is usually sleeping when we see him. Eliel thought it was very cool at first but as you can see from one of the pictures, even though there was a very thick glass between boy and beast, he was a little leery about being so close to such a big cat!
Whoa!  You stay over there buddy...

 No matter how many times we go to the zoo, we always have a blast and find something new to do and see!  It's one of the best memberships we have!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Guessing Time!

Time to guess the gender of Baby #2!

I decided to use to put together a Baby Pool where you can guess certain things such as baby's birthdate (date and time), baby's sex, and baby's weight.

If you'd like to play, simply click the link below to submit your hunches!

Once you visit the page, click 'Enter New Hunches' to submit your hunches...

Last time, Adam's cousin Renee was the big winner guessing so let's she if she can do it again this time!  Best of Luck! :)

Make sure to enter the password: thoma   (all lowercase)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

20 week comparison

I finally was able to get to my 20 week belly picture from when I was pregnant with Eliel.  It's quite an interesting comparison.

20 weeks, 2012
20 weeks, 2015

Up until this comparison I thought I was WAY bigger this time around but looking at this picture, I'm only slightly so.  It does appear as though I'm carrying a little higher than last time which is weird.  Most people say you carry lower the second time around because your muscles are less tight to hold the weight up.   Other people say you carry different each time so who knows what it means.  Just interesting to see!  Anyone have any thoughts about what it might mean? :)

Friday, September 25, 2015

20 weeks

We are halfway through this second pregnancy! Here is the baby bump pictures from 20 weeks.
I have been feeling well throughout the pregnancy except for some extreme tiredness which I've been told is completely normal when chasing a toddler around all day. :)
I had no morning sickness nor have I had any real cravings.  It's been very similar to my previous pregnancy.  No complaints here!
Here's hoping the second half goes as well as the first!

20 weeks