The Burlingames

Chronicling the adventures of the B's

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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.


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.


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!


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. :-)


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


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


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


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.



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

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. :-)


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.


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!!





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!


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.



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

Clear Lake Heritage Days

by Megan

Last weekend was the annual Clear Lake Heritage Days festival. Since Dave had to work, I decided to take the boys and head “home” for the weekend. We spent the weekend having a blast! Lots of memories were made.

On the way to CL, I had to “force” the boys to nap (it involved me telling them to keep their eyes closed until we got to Poppa’s house). Eli fell asleep for about 30 mins. Noah did not. This is what he looks like when he’s being “forced” asleep.


We headed to town on Friday night and attempted some rides. First Eli road on a little pony, he enjoyed it but reported that horses stink.


Noah participated in the sawdust coin search. He was done after 2 minutes.


I wasn’t sure how the ride thing was going to go, the boys have never been in rides. Noah wasn’t a fan of the train ride, he cried and screamed.


We attempted another ride. It was a car ride that went really fast in circles. They loved it. They also loved the rocket ship ride – round and round and up and down. But they didn’t like the train ride…at first!




On Saturday we went to the parade a fun sat with Jodi and Connor. Jodi taught me the finer points of being a mom and going to parades. Connor was fantastic and shared the “loot” with the boys. We also saw Auntie Brianna in the parade! The boys thought that was fantastic!!



After no naps on Friday, I decided I wasn’t going to do that two days in a row. Eli went to the demo derby with Poppa while Noah and I went home and slept for a bit. It was nice! Eli loved the demo derby and has been playing demo derby with his cars here at home. :-)


We did more rides on Saturday and the boys loved it.






The boys went on some four wheeler rides before heading to bed. Eli went with Uncle Craig and Noah went with me.



We ended a fabulous weekend with the car show on Sunday. Poppa had his Road Runner entered so we went to see it. The boys had fun crawling all over it. They love Poppa’s race car!



God’s Glory

by Megan

Each and every morning I have the joy and privilege of driving into some amazing sunrises. Every time God’s beauty takes my breath away.

Here are some pictures, they don’t do the actual sight justice, but will give you a small taste.









Gives your heart a lot of peace, doesn’t it?! 😊

Backyard Camping Adventure

by Megan

Yesterday, we decided to go camping in the backyard. We want to take the boys camping but thought we should give it a “test run” first.

We ate our dinner outside on the deck. We had hotdogs, watermelon and chips. All very yummy! Oh, I guess I should mention that our hotdogs were wrapped in bacon. Yum!!!!! ;-)


Later, when the temps cooled down, we had a bonfire and roasted s’mores. The boys had fun staying up late and being outside. They especially enjoyed their glow sticks. Once it was dark enough, I gave them some glow sticks to play with. They were a hit!

Brothers hanging out. They had to sit next to each other for most of the night.


Marshmallow eating boy!!


Enjoying some more freedom before bedtime. They loved the tent!


Chair stealing cutie!!!


I had to take a picture of them when I came into the tent. Noah’s butt is in the air and Eli is all sprawled out.


Our neighbor, Dave (his wife is Megan – what are the odds?), came over and hung out with us for several hours. We had a good time chatting and getting to know him better. This was my view for a few hours. Serenity!!


Eli was awake kind of early, which was fine, we needed to go let out Riley (friend’s dog). I snapped this picture of Noah. Such a cutie!!!


One last picture before our camping adventure was over. The beautiful sun glistening off our tent.