December 17, 2014

Splish Splash Christmas Bash

This past weekend, The Kuehls gathered from far and wide to celebrate Christmas together.  As ususal, it was a wet, wild and oh-so-fun weekend.  Regrettably, I forgot the waterproof camera so the most adventurous water sliders were not captured in action.  

We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells.  Hats off to Sarah for finding our place to stay and a special thanks to Jesse for his continued military service and for extending us his discounted rate on our stay.  Woot!!

There was plenty to do.  Plenty.  Thrill seekers big and small found slides and rides to their liking.  Some liked to take it slow.  

Some made a dash for the bottom.  Andrew clearly won this race!!

Maxwell LOVED the wave pool.  Sorry no photographs.  You'll have to picture him in your mind on his back, bare toes pointed into the waves, riding the swells and giggling the entire time.  Entire.  Time.  Surprisingly, he still did have a voice at the end of the weekend. 

Not that he minded the slides.  Like everyone else, he found those to his liking too.

It was fun.  Great fun.  Although, it may be well into the new year by the time some of us finally dry out.  

December 10, 2014

Hello Love

Well, yes, hello, but also Hello Love as in Hello Love Photography.  We had the pleasure of meeting Laura in September on a brisk fall evening.  Despite the coolish weather and a little wind and much to my delight, she captured our family just as I'd hoped.  Perfectly. 

I'm seriously in love, love, love with these photos.  Seriously. 

December 9, 2014

Catch Up

The past couple months look like this:

Channing headed off to full-day Kindergarten.  He’s thriving in his new academic environment & we are thrilled.  It’s amazing to see what he’s learned since the beginning of the year.  It’s fascinating to see his wheels turning.  It’s exciting to think ahead to who he is becoming.  

Maxwell turned 2.  If you ask him, he’s four.  Or sometimes he’s six.  Regardless of the number he says, he holds up five fingers.  Always five fingers.  I laugh every.  single.  time.  He’s talking up a storm.  His current favorite phrase seems to be ‘no help.  Little Mr. Independent.  

Michael & I snuck off to Phoenix for a long weekend.  We needed that time together to recharge and enjoy being Michael & Holly rather than dad & mom.  

October brought the ‘what to be for Halloween’ debate.  Channing asked to be a zombie.  With a gentle nudge in a more age appropriate direction, he opted for ‘bomb bird’ and suggested ‘red bird’ for Maxwell.  The costumes were fairly easy to put together.  It’s just the old pumpkin costume of my youth, made up with the appropriate color of polar fleece & an applique for the face.  Again, fleece.  Good thing they were warm, thick costumes.  Halloween, spent in Cincinnati visiting Kelly & Co, was a wee bit wet and chilly.  

 Most of the kiddies went trick-or-treating with the dads.  Little Lil & Jameson stayed home to hand out the candy, or in Jameson’s case to steal all the candy he could get his hands on.

Mid-November, Channing turned 6.  Yep.  6.  He now has to use TWO HANDS to show his age.  Sheesh.  He’s old.  

Which brings us to December.  We’re in the midst of holiday prep.  The caramels are in a pan on the kitchen counter, cooling as I type.  Sparky, our Elf on the Shelf, has reappeared from wherever elves go in the off season.  I’m later than I’d like with regard to ordering, addressing & mailing the holiday cards.  Yep.  Just placed the order 10 minutes ago.  

Channing had fun helping to style the photo shoot for this year’s card.  He helped scour Pinterest for ideas.  He made suggestions as to where the boys should sit/stand as well as what props were necessary to achieve our desired look.  Thankfully his ideas & mine were in line this time around.  That doesn’t always happen.  Without giving anything away, here’s an outtake from the shoot.  Sweet boys.  Pun intended.

December 3, 2014

(re)Fresh Picked

It's about time this blog got the love & attention it deserves.  I'm starting with a little spruce up.  Nothing major.  Just some slight design changes.  

I'll be back with more soon.

I've missed you.  A lot. 


August 27, 2014

Camp Doug

Mom, I hope you're not offended by the fact that we've started calling the family cabin Camp Doug after dad.  Kelly started it actually.  She wants to send her boys there to have dad teach them the ways of the woods, take apart toasters and rebuild them and other such boyish delights.

We dabbled in a few such woodsy gaieties this past weekend.  There was frog and toad hunting by lamp light.  

We picked a bounty of choke cherries and made their juice into jelly using the camp stove.

Maxwellie caught his first fish.  Ever.  It's a rock bass in case you're not familiar with them.  

Channing was determined to catch a Walleye.  He did!!  Although he flat out refused to touch it for his picture.

We took a boat ride one evening.  Max was a little scared.  Well, maybe more than a little, but he was a trooper.

I'm looking forward to the day the boys all go to Camp Doug for their multitude of camp activities.  Until then, I will continue to soak up family time.  Every last drop.  

July 28, 2014


(Apparently, this didn't publish last Wednesday. The Blogger interface on the iPad is less than stellar. With my laptop in the repair shop-new hard drive & expanded data storage- my blogging resources were limited. Can't let this day go by unrecognized so here's a look at our celebration a little later than hoped.)

Today, Sophie's four. We celebrated her sweet life with strawberry art projects and strawberry cake and strawberry colored balloons.  

Channing insisted we send the balloons to heaven.

We did. The boys were amazed. I thought there would be tears when we couldn't get the balloons back. There was just awe. And selflessness. Channing was genuinely happy to be sending birthday balloons to heaven. 

Happy birthday bitty girl. You're loved. You're missed. Hope you like your balloons. 

July 1, 2014

S'more fun

Sorry.  I simply couldn't resist the pun.  Between a fun, new cook book Channing received from Kath by way of her recent Alaskan adventure and our June camping-themed Kiwi Crate, our afternoon was s'more fun than most.  

It's been a while since I let the kids have at it in the kitchen, giving into the inevitable mess and just enjoying their glee as I stand back and watch.  Today was one of those days.  There may have been a few spills, but the end result-ooey, gooey s'more-filled goodness.  Worth it.  So.  Worth.  It.  

And, as long as we were having campfire snacks, why not make an actual campfire, right?  This one was courtesy of Kiwi Crate.  I subscribed us for the summer months knowing there would be a rainy day here or there that needed a source of entertainment other than the iPad or TV.  June's crate theme:  Camping.

This was by far one of my favorite crates.  This campfire is well thought out.  There is a little fire ring made of clay and rocks.  The fire itself is a plastic cup and tissue paper.  It makes a cover for a flickering, battery-operated tea light.  With a skewer and a cotton ball, our indoor camping experience is complete.  

This kids are having a blast with them.  Although, poor Maxwellie keeps burning his marshmallows.  

Channing:  "Max!  Max!!  Your marshmallow is on fire!!!"

Maxwell:  [blowing]