Pumpkin Patch 2012.

We made it out to the pumpkin patch this year!  Jensen had a blast playing, riding out to the pumpkin patch on the tractor pull and searching for the perfect pumpkin!  I’m excited for next year when Owen can run around too instead of riding around in the stroller the whole time.





Jensen was brave this year and actually fed the goats!!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw her pick up the food and let the goat eat it out of her hand!







We found 4 perfect pumpkins!  I could tell it had been a great day because both kids fell asleep on the way home!


Shatto Milk Company.

I’ve never been the biggest milk fan, but I have to say, after touring Shatto farm and sampling a variety of flavored milk, I have found some I could drink more often!  Shatto farm is located in Osborn, MO which is about and hour and a half north of my house.  We met the family there right around 10:30am which was when the tour started.

“Besties” ready to see some cows!

Our first stop: cow milking!  First we got to watch the machine at work milking the cows.  This was a pretty cool process and it is crazy that one cow can produce several gallons of milk per day!  As you can see by Jensen’s face, she was really trying to take it all in!

Grandma and Ella saying “MOO”

Then it was over to the barn to see the cows and practicing milking!  I was not brave enough to try milking the cow, but Mom, Rachel, Kris and Drew did!!  Ella and Jensen were a little timid around the cow, but in their daddy’s arms they were ok with it!  And I took a pic of Drew and Jensen milking the cow, but it didn’t turn out….pooey!  😦

From one photographer to the other! ha!

I just love Rachel’s face in this picture!! lol  (don’t hate me Rachie!)

Handsome boy just hanging out!

Then we stopped for a couple group shots!  Can you tell who the photographer is?!?!? 😉

Then it was time to sample the flavors!!  This was honestly the best part.  We tried banana, orange creamsicle (tasted like fruit loops), strawberry, cotton candy, root beer, chocolate and coffee.  Shatto chocolate and strawberry milk are like number 1 and 2 in the world……and let me tell you….I can see why!  The strawberry milk was my favorite and of course Jensen liked the chocolate milk best.

When the tour was complete everyone took some time to shop of course!  And daddy snapped a few pics of my little ham….she sure likes to play it up for the camera!

This was a great way to spend a beautiful fall morning and definitely worth the drive!


The first time we had been to Omaha as a family was back in August of 2010 – Jensen was 11 months old.  We love Omaha because of its amazing zoo, fun downtown atmosphere and exciting children’s museum.  Because Jensen had so much fun as an 11 month old, we were really hoping to make it back in 2011.  We came up with several excuses to not go on our trip in 2011, the biggest being the fact that I wasn’t feeling so great because I was 2 months pregnant, so I was determined to not let anything get in the way of our trip this year.

We left on a Thursday morning after breakfast and Owen’s first feeding.  The car ride took about 3 hours and for the most part it went well.  Owen struggled getting comfortable and falling asleep until I crawled into the backseat and put my hand on his chest.  We had some quite time for about an hour.  Jensen always does really well in the car.  She has had lots of practice going back and forth from Wichita 🙂

Since I am still mostly nursing Owen, I prepared everything for pumping in the car.  It worked out great!  I was disappointed I hadn’t ever thought of doing this before.  Earlier this year, we stopped at a rest stop in Emporia on our way to Wichita so that I could nurse Owen.  That delayed us by about 45 minutes.  So for all you nursing mommies out there, pumping in the car utilizing your battery operation function is definitely worth it!!

Our first stop in Omaha was the zoo.  We LOVE this zoo sooooo much!  Beautiful, clean, well organized, great exhibits, just an all around wonderful experience.  Owen took a long nap and Jensen had a great time walking around with us.  We thought about renting a double stroller (we have debated on whether we should own one, but can’t seem to justify it) but decided not to and Jensen did really well for walking almost the entire zoo with only having to be carried a few times.  A few things had changed since the last time we visited.  The aquarium received quite the make-over and was pretty extraordinary.  We were all fascinated – well except for Owen who slept through the entire exhibit!  Here are some of our pics from the zoo!







Jensen’s first time on a carousel!  She loved it!!

After our long afternoon at the zoo we headed to our hotel to check in.  We rested a bit, fed Owen and decided to walk downtown for dinner.  We LOVE downtown Omaha.  A great atmosphere with an abundance of restaurants and shops.  We decided to have dinner outside at Spaghetti Works.  After dinner we stopped at several shops on the way back to the hotel.  Once back at the hotel we all took showers and crashed……what a day!!

The next morning we woke up and went to breakfast at a cute little dive in downtown.  Pretty good food and yummy coffee which is exactly what this mommy needed!

After breakfast we went back to the hotel, packed up our things and headed to the Children’s museum.  The museum is a lot of fun and Jensen had a great time!  We played, explored and used our imagination.  Such a great time!!

Awww, just like mommy!! 😉

Grocery shopping!

She loved playing on this huge floor piano!!

After the museum we did a little shopping, had lunch and headed back home.  We had a great time in a great city and I’m looking forward to going back again soon!


Drew and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary earlier this month and a few days later we celebrated Drew’s birthday.  We had a great time seeing friends and family for Drew’s day and his mother made him his favorite breakfast!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband!

We have also been celebrating accomplishments of our little man over the last few weeks.  Owen is sitting up on his own (for the most part) and on the move!!  He is sooooo close to having an “official” crawl.  He is still mostly inch worming around, but occasionally we have noticed that he moves his arms and legs just right for one move.  I have a feeling it won’t be long before my baby is crawling around my house 😦  what?!?!  He is supposed to be my “baby!”



Right along side all of this movement, Owen is also saying his first word – “dada!”  The first time he said it was on Drew’s bday!!  What a nice gift!  It sure is sweet to hear him say it – even though I am sure I have heard Owen say “mama” when he is crying 😉

We also celebrating Grandparents Day at the end of September!  My parents got to go with Jensen to her classroom one morning to see all the fun she has!  My dad got some really good pics while he and my mom were there together so I will add those photos to this post when I get them.  I went to pick my mom up and snapped a pic of my own.  Jensen had so much fun showing her grandma and papa around!!