The Burlingames

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Category: Megan

A Short Nap

by Megan

Nap time in our house has changed a bit. Eli takes forever to fall asleep and then sleeps late in the afternoon/evening. Because he sleeps so late, bedtime has become super difficult (coming out of his room at least a half a dozen times for various reason). So, we decided to forego nap time. Eli is going to preschool this fall and his class is in the afternoon. He won’t be napping much once school starts. He now has quiet time each day for about 90 mins. I set the timer for 90 mins and he stays in my room with some books and has to be quiet. It has helped immensely with bedtime. Plus I still get a break. :-)

The other day he came out of my room with 10 mins left on the timer. I sent him back to my room. The timer went off and I said he could come out (the bedroom door was open). He didn’t come and didn’t come. After a few moments I went to get him and this is what I found.

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He is fast asleep and pressed up against the wall.

Today, Noah woke up after just an hour of napping. I made him lay down with me until the timer went off for Eli’s quiet time. This is what happened during those 30 mins.

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It was fun while it lasted. However, it quickly became quite obvious that he woke up too soon. Now, he’s back in bed for a bit for being super naughty. Oy!!!

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A Little Vacation

by Megan

We don’t take long vacations or even really call them “vacations”. We call them “get aways”. Our last “vacation” was to Mexico back in February 2011. That was almost more adventure than vacation. ;-)

Anyway, we took a little vacation in WI for a few days. The boys and I headed to Poppa’s house on Saturday. Along the way we stopped to see a friend of mine, Monica and her kids. It was a brief visit, but a wonderful one nonetheless.

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On Sunday, we had the Paulson Family Reunion. Every year, we have the reunion, on the first Sunday in August. Once, we deviated from that particular day. It was when Dave and I go married. They pushed it back a week so family could get a 2 for 1 deal – wedding and reunion. :-) Of course I didn’t get any pictures from the reunion but we had a wonderful time. It was fun to see family that I haven’t seen for years and visit with those that I see on a fairly regular basis. I missed the ones who couldn’t be there or are no longer here on earth.

The boys and I stayed at Poppa’s house. We went to the Clear Lake Park for a few hours on Monday. It was chilly and kinda wet, but we enjoyed being the only ones at the quiet park.

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We stopped to see Gramma Caron on our way home. The boys love stopping to see her. Eli talks about her and Noah just mimics what he says. Noah never got to meet her, I was pregnant with him when she died. Eli gave Gramma hugs and blew her kisses. :-) Sweet boy!

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Monday evening, Dave came to Clear Lake and after supper we took off and left the boys with Poppa. Yes, that’s right! We got to get away for a few days to celebrate our anniversary…alone. That means with no children, for those of you who were wondering. ;-) We borrow some friend’s (Brad and Ronda Paulson) cabin in Spooner, WI for a few days. We watched several movies, played some cribbage, went for a pontoon boat ride around the small lake and just enjoyed being together. We got to have conversations, uninterrupted. Gasp! It was kinda nice and quiet. :-)

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The scenery around the lake was beautiful. We chatted about our dream of owning a lake lot someday.

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It was a wonderful little getaway with my love, David John.

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August 7th marks 9 years of marriage. I hope we have many more years together. Thank you Jesus for a wonderful man!

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Summer Fun

by Megan

We’ve been having a fun summer hanging out with our friends. One of the perks of summer vacation is having time to have play dates and visit with our friends. It’s hard to do that during the school year. I need to play a little catch up with pictures and events.

The Nina and Pinta replica ships were in the Hudson Harbor for 2 weeks at the beginning of July. Dave and I took the boys, it was fun but not really worth the $8 per adult.

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We took a trip to Mondovi, WI to visit our friends, The Hintgen’s. It was Leah’s birthday.

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We got to ride with Becky and her boys, Elliott and Zachary. The boys enjoyed being together so much that Eli has been asking for a van. A red one, just like Elliott and Zachary have. :-)

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One day the boys and I recreated the Island of Sodor on our deck with train tracks, blocks and chalk. They had a blast. It was too hot to stay out for long, but they enjoyed the time we did play with it.

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The boys got “new to us” bikes. They have been having so much fun riding bikes up and down the street and to the park. Noah wasn’t able to peddle for ver long, so Dave and I had to push him along. We were creative!!

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Nate, Sarah and kiddos invited us to join them for the Ramsey County Parade. We had a fun evening with them. We went out to eat, went to a garage sale and watched the parade. It was a great visit!

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We also went to the splash pad over in Cottage Grove with Katie and Caleb. The boys loved it! We played in the water, had a picnic and played some more. It’s a great way to tire out little boys. :-) Caleb was a regular fish. Eli was willing to try anything and Noah wanted to watch much of the time.

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I think I’m all caught up on our busy but fun times!!

Holiday Train

by Megan

For a number of years, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Friends in Need Food Shelf have teamed up to bring a special show to Cottage Grove. The train is all gusied up in lots of Christmas lights and decorations. There are tours available and an awesome Christmas concert. One rail-car has a drop down side, where the Holiday Train Band (I have no idea if that’s their real name) performs lots of Christmas songs. It was a cold night, but we had lots of fun!!

Much to our dismay, Dave was unable to join us (he had to work), but we were joined by some friends and her family. Katie and her sweet babe, Caleb, braved the elements to come dance and hang out. Caleb brought his Grandma and Grandpa with to see the train. Katie’s Aunt Kathy, Uncle Dave and sweet, little cousin Kylie were rocking out to the Christmas music too.

The Holiday Train concert. Lots of fun Christmas music to dance to!

The Holiday Train concert. Lots of fun Christmas music for singing and dancing!!

We were cold but having lots of fun!!

We were cold but having lots of fun!!

Katie and Noah getting some warm snuggles in before the show started.

Katie and Noah getting some warm snuggles in before the show started.

Mommy and Noah snuggles!

Mommy and Noah snuggles!

The boys got glow sticks. Eli was dancing with his glow stick and "sword fighting" in the air.

The boys got glow sticks. Eli was dancing with his glow stick and “sword fighting” in the air.

Mommy and Caleb snuggles. Caleb was all smiles for the camera and loved watching the lights on the train.

Mommy and Caleb snuggles. Caleb was all smiles for the camera and loved watching the lights on the train.

More sword fight dancing to the Christmas music.

More sword fight dancing to the Christmas music.

Quick warm up snuggles!! Gotta get back to dancing!

Quick warm up snuggles!! Gotta get back to dancing!

Grandma Kim and Caleb snuggles. Grandma wanted to keep holding Caleb, I think she just wanted to be warm.

Grandma Kim and Caleb snuggles. Grandma wanted to keep holding Caleb, I think she just wanted to be warm.

We went from coworkers, to near neighbors, to dear friends. Love my Katie Rose!!

We went from coworkers, to near neighbors, to dear friends. Love my Katie Rose!!

Noah didn't want to be down, he wanted to be held. When he was down, he kept wandering away and asking others to hold him. Oy!

Noah didn’t want to be down, he wanted to be held. When he was down, he kept wandering away and asking others to hold him. Oy!

He decided to be the "King of the Mountain". Well, until another kid pushed him down, that is.

He decided to be the “King of the Mountain”. Well, until another kid pushed him down, that is.

We had a blast, but our toes were getting cold fast!! One last picture before we left.

We had a blast, but our toes were getting cold fast!! One last picture before we left.

Here's Caleb with his mommy and Grandma and Grandpa. He likes them!

Here’s Caleb with his mommy and Grandma and Grandpa. He likes them!

Crochet Items — For Sale!!!

by Megan

I have been a crocheting “fool” since Mom taught me many, many years ago!! I love crocheting things for other people. I have finally decided to sell some of my crocheted items. I’m going to give it a whirl, if it doesn’t work…it doesn’t work, but I won’t know until I try. I’m in the final stages of starting an Etsy shop with a few other crafty friends. I’ll let you know when the launch date of that will be. But for now, here are some of the items listed on the Etsy shop, please let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of these items. Happy shopping!!!

Large, continuous Granny Square Blanket. Pale blue and white. $30

Large, continuous Granny Square Blanket. Pale blue and white. $30

Small, continuous Granny Square Blanket. Tan and Cream. Perfect size for a doll bed or a bassinet. $20

Small, continuous Granny Square Blanket. Tan and Cream. Perfect size for a doll bed or a bassinet. $20

Large, continuous Granny Square Blanket with a small green row in between the blue rows. Blue and green. $30.

Large, continuous Granny Square Blanket with a small green row in between the blue rows. Blue and green. $30.

Sick of having plastic bags all over the place? Sick of having plastic bags in unsightly containers? Here is a beautiful blue holder with pink flowers. $15.

Sick of having plastic bags all over the place? Sick of having plastic bags in unsightly containers? Here is a beautiful blue holder with pink flowers. $15.

Sweet, little hat for that sweet little baby girl in your life. Pale purple and pale yellow with a pearl colored button in the middle. $12.

Sweet, little hat for that sweet little baby girl in your life. Newborn size. Pale purple and pale yellow with a pearl colored button in the middle. $12.

Sick of having plastic bags all over the place? Sick of having plastic bags in unsightly containers? Here is a lovely green specked holder for all those plastic bags. $15.

Sick of having plastic bags all over the place? Sick of having plastic bags in unsightly containers? Here is a lovely green specked holder for all those plastic bags. $15.

All items can be shipped, but please note there will be a $3-10 shipping charge, depending upon the item. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested. Happy Shopping!!!!