The Burlingames

Chronicling the adventures of the B's

Category: Family

First Snowfall!!

by Megan

We were blessed with our first snowfall in Minnesota this weekend. We had a light dusting on Friday night and a much heavier dusting on Saturday night into Sunday. And by “much heavier dusting”, I mean we got about 12-15 inches. Yay!! Here are some pictures from our winter, wonderland, snowy fun!!

Noah was getting tired from all the walking in the woods. So, he found a stump, brushed it off and sat down.

Saturday morning walk through the woods. Noah was getting tired from all the walking in the woods. So, he found a stump, brushed it off and sat down.

Eli was having so much fun leading us around the woods. He's a natural born leader.

Saturday morning walk through the woods. Eli was having so much fun leading us around the woods. He’s a natural born leader.

Our fearless leader, taking a break to say "cheese".

Saturday morning walk through the woods. Our fearless leader, taking a break to say “cheese”.

Our snowy backyard.

Our snowy backyard.

Snowy backyard

Snowy backyard

Snowy backyard.

Snowy backyard. The bird bath is overflowing with snow.

Snowy backyard. Look at all the snow on the bird feeder!

Snowy backyard. Look at all the snow on the bird feeder!

Snowy backyard. The bird bath was not on, if it had been, the snow would not have been piled so high.

Snowy backyard. The bird bath was not on, if it had been, the snow would not have been piled so high.

Snowy backyard. An empty bird feeder, piled high with snow. There was snow settling everywhere, even on the shepherd's hook.

Snowy backyard. An empty bird feeder, piled high with snow. There was snow settling everywhere, even on the shepherd’s hook.

Snowy backyard. Snow covered bird feeders. Poor birdies! They are cleaned off now, but need to be filled.

Snowy backyard. Snow covered bird feeders. Poor birdies! They are cleaned off now, but need to be filled.

Noah trudging through the snow. He was struggling. The snow was so deep and his little legs are short.

Noah trudging through the snow. He was struggling. The snow was so deep and his little legs are short.

Noah loved watching all the vehicles go by, especially the trucks with plows on the front.

Noah loved watching all the vehicles go by, especially the trucks with plows on the front.

Mom's memorial tree. It looked beautiful all covered in snow.

Mom’s memorial tree. It looked beautiful all covered in snow.

Mommy and Noah snuggling in the snow. We had fun playing outside.

Mommy and Noah snuggling in the snow. We had fun playing outside.

Our woods, laden with snow. So beautiful!

Our woods, laden with snow. So beautiful!

The woods across the street. Simply beautiful!

The woods across the street. Simply beautiful!

Snow flakes!

Snow flakes!

A close up picture of Mom's tree. It looks amazing!! I love all the snow clingy to it's branches.

A close up picture of Mom’s tree. It looks amazing!! I love all the snow clingy to it’s branches.

Eli and I had a snowball fight. Neither one of us could hit the broad side of a barn. :-)

Eli and I had a snowball fight. Neither one of us could hit the broad side of a barn. :-)

Eli and I had fun with our snowball fight. No one was hurt, because no one could hit each other. :-)

Eli and I had fun with our snowball fight. No one was hurt, because no one could hit each other. :-)

We had a blast enjoying our first snowfall. We are going to go outside again today to enjoy the snow some more. Maybe there will be more pictures later of our day 2 fun!

Reeve 5k Memory Run

by Megan

Today was the Reeve 5k Memory Run. It’s the 2nd year of the 5k race in Reeve, WI (corner of Cty Rd A and Cty Rd K). The Reeve Evangelical Free Church has hosted the run for the past two years. Last year all the proceeds went to the Special Olympics in Wisconsin. This year all the proceeds went to the Heifer International program.

The boys, Nettie and Sierra and I, ran in the kiddie run.

For me, it’s so nice to have a day to spend with others who are grieving for a loved one. We are not worried about anniversaries, causes of death or anything else, we are focusing on the love we have for our family and friends who “beat” us to heaven. There were people to walked/ran in memory of Mom but lots of people were walking/running in memory of their friends and/or family. We have a united cause for the day, it was nice. I liked it!

Sporting our race shirts. Dave designed the shirts and Dad picked the color.

Brianna was not able to participate this year, she had a bowling tournament for Special Olympics. Dad and Cindy (his girlfriend) pushed the boys for a portion of the race. They turned around and headed back when they saw me (Cindy’s back wasn’t able to handle the distance). :-) My dear friend, Katie and her sweet babe, Caleb participated as well. Katie did some walking and running, she did a GREAT job!!

Dad, Cindy (Dad’s girlfriend) and the boys walking for part of the 5k.

Eli and Noah participated in the “Kiddie Run” (see first picture above) and did a great job. Nettie and Sierra ran as well. Eli took off running and was super excited. Poppa was waiting for him at the finish line and Eli ran straight to him. Eli was super excited because he WON!! I had several people comment about how nice it was to see Eli running and so healthy. The Reeve Church family has prayed for Eli since the day we found out about his heart condition. It made everyone’s heart glad to see him doing so well. Praise God!!!

Katie and Caleb pushing through the race with bright smiles!!

I ran my fastest time today (29:08 mins). The hardest part was running uphill in the beginning. The rest of the race was a piece of cake, so to speak. I was sprinting almost the rest of the way back to the park. It was hard running up the hill, but felt great running back down. I especially loved hearing everyone cheering me on as I passed them. It helped my sad heart.

Nettie took a picture of me running, not the best look but it proves that I did it!!

The church provided a yummy lunch afterward of BBQ sandwiches, fruit, chips and cookies. There were also hot beverages to warm up our cold bodies. It was a cold, rainy day. Brrr!!!

Steve and I won for the men and women divisions. Steve won overall as well. :-)

I came in 3rd place overall, but won first place for the women’s division. Steve (pictured above) won the race overall as well for the men’s division. I got a high-five from Steve after he made the turn to head back to the finish line. It was encouraging!

I won!!!!

Craft Time

by Megan

I bought some crafty things for the boys to do tonight. There were some pumpkins and apples to decorate with stickers and gel pens. They sat quietly at the table for about 20 mins making crafts. Grandparents may be the recipients of some cute kid crafts. :-)

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Family Camping Adventure

by Megan

Back in July we went on a camping trip to Lake Wissota State Park. Lake Wissota is near Chippewa Falls, WI. We invited our dear friends, Aaron and Leah Hintgen to join us. They even brought their daughter, Yuli and new puppy, Bear with. :-)

Here is our tent, pre-mess. Due to lack of space, we did not bring Noah’s pack n’ play. This was his first time not sleeping in a crib and the boys first time sleeping next to each other. It went surprisingly well. Better than I expected.

We had a ton of fun chatting, eating yummy food, watching the kids play together and watching Bear explore his surroundings. The kids did a great job of playing together and not causing too much of a ruckus.

The men and children preparing the fire for our dinner feast. Yum!

Chilling in chairs by the fire.


With two potty training children, Eli and Yuli, we spent a lot of time running back and forth between the bathroom. Or so it seemed… :-) They loved when people with dogs walked by our site. There was lots of yelling “puppies” throughout the day and evening. We did lots of walking around and went to the park to play…several times. Basically, Friday was our hanging out and catching up day. It took the kids a long time to settle down and fall asleep, but they finally did. Unfortunately though, they were up EARLY the next morning.

Eating breakfast on Saturday morning. As you can see, I forgot to bring any bowls. Oops!

We took a very, very long walk to the beach area. We didn’t realize how long of a walk it would be to get to the beach. All of us ended up carrying children at some point, for a long time. We’ll chalk that one up as “good exercise”! ;-)

This is what the bulk of our Saturday morning consisted of……throwing pebbles in the water and getting super soaked. :-)

Aaron, Leah and Yuli left on Saturday afternoon. We attempted to have the boys nap and they did for a bit. We heard Noah wake up, he crawled over to Eli and started chatting with him. Dave snatched up Noah before he could wake up Eli. We spent the rest of the day playing and hanging out. We did make a quick trip to Walmart for “the plug”, we forgot one for Noah and its needed “in case of emergencies”.

On Sunday morning, we woke up to rain. We played in the tent for a bit while the rain slowed down. In between showers, Dave and I scrambled to pack up while attempting to keep the boys entertained. We were home by mid-morning on Sunday. We had a great time and would love to go camping again…sometime.

8 years ago…

by Megan

…I said “I do”!!!

Introducing us as Mr. & Mrs. Burlingame!!!!

It all began in May of 2001. That’s when we first met at Arrowhead Bible Camp. Even though I thought he was HOT, I was determined to not like him or want to date him (but I did flirt endlessly with him). I wanted to go to college as a single lady to meet and date guys there. Apparently God had other plans (as He always does). By the end of the summer, Dave and I were unofficially an item. I still maintain that he did not ask me to be his girlfriend. ;-)

Seeing each other for the first time.

I felt absolutely beautiful!!!!

On October 4, 2003, Dave was in Sioux Falls visiting me for Viking Days weekend. It was a crazy busy day and Dave was with me throughout the entire day. We had a great time at the parade and football game. We were finally able to steal away for some quiet time later in the afternoon.

My bridesmaids: Kirsten, Beth, Katie and Brianna

Flower girl: Kaitlyn

We went to the Falls to hang out. After a bit, Dave gave me a card telling me how much he loved me. He signed the card “your future husband, David John”. He then proceeded to use sign language to ask me to marry him. I knew exactly what he said, but wanted to make sure he knew what he said and give him an “out” if needed. :-) Once it was established what he said, I proceeded say “yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!!”.

Our families: Brianna, Dad, Mom, Me, Dave, Kathy, Charlie, Beth, Judah, Nate

We got married on August 7, 2004. It was a glorious day!!!! I had such a wonderful time marrying my best friend. We had so much fun together and truly enjoyed our family and friends. We had lots of wonderful people involved in our day and we are so thankful to them for being a part of our wedding day.

Groomsmen: Judah, Ben, Dave, Nate and Tim

Ushers: Aaron, Dan, Jared and Aaron

Dave and I have been through so much in the last 8 years. We have been through major life events. We have moved several times before finally buying a house. We have gone through job changes, both good and bad. We gave birth to two wonderful, sweet, adorable, patience-testing little boys. We have been through many ups and downs with Eli’s health. We gone through family deaths. We made it through all of the life events because of God’s grace. He gave us the ability to lean on each other, as well as Him and to love each other through it all.

Yes, we are weird!!! That’s one reason why we love each other.

I’m so glad and thankful that God brought us together and I love my husband dearly. I wouldn’t trade him for anyone (or anything)!!

Love this man!!!!!