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Some Winter Fun!

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Over the holiday season, there were a few things that just had to be checked off the list – including visiting Santa!  We hadn’t taken Cohen last year, because he was born on the 14th, and I figured handing him over to a Santa who had probably been sneezed all over multiple times was not the smartest idea.  So we wanted to make extra sure that we took Cohen to meet Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick this year – and what better place to do that than Bass Pro Shop!?  HUH?!  Yah, the idea seemed weird to me, too, but we had heard they turned the store into a winter wonderland and it was a great Santa visit.  What we didn’t hear, though, is that you’d potentially have to wait 3+ hours when you got there.  That happened to us.  And we didn’t want to wait.  We knew Cohen would get super grouchy without an afternoon nap.  But because we had never been to Bass Pro Shops we decided to make the best of the 45 minute drive we had taken, and we wandered around the store.  It was actually a pretty cool place and a fun afternoon!

They had these huge tanks full of fish when you walk into the store.  Cohen was super intrigued.

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A Grand Opening

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Last week my mom invited us to the Open House Grand Opening of the new Mendota Hospital.  Cohen and I went out there and got the grand tour by the Surgical Services Manager herself (aka my mom), had some dinner in the cafeteria and showed Cohen off to any and all visitors, employees, etc.  The new hospital is absolutely gorgeous and such an upgrade from their current facility. Granted, just about anything would be an upgrade from their current 1950s-nurses-should-still-be-wearing-skirts-cardigans-and-hats because it’s never been updated facility.

Snapped this as Cohen and I were walking up to the front door!

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Dollinger’s Pumpkin Farm

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Every year before Halloween, my parents took my sister and me to Dollinger’s Pumpkin Farm – sidenote: every year I also tried to convince them that bringing home a calico kitten was a good idea…never happened – anyways, we always picked out our pumpkins, gourds, indian corn, etc.  Got the run around, go through the corn maze, and when we were older (and not scared) we went through the Haunted House.  It was always a great time and something we looked forward to every year.

Excuse the extremely poor quality of the photos below – they are photos of photos!

Me in the back left & my younger sister, Chelsea, on the right at Dollinger's in '89-'90.

A few years later – carving pumpkins with Dad – never mind my pin up pose…

Cut to when Tim and I started dating – we still went every year, walked around, picked out pumpkins, etc. and always thought how fun it’d be to bring our kids someday. Last year we went and got our pumpkins (I was about 7 months pregnant with my own pumpkin) and we ran into our friends Brian and Emily.  Their  daughter, Brinlee (aka Sandy Olsson- you can view her starring role here) is 12 days older than Cohen.  We snapped many of these pics during our pregnancies!

So you can imagine our excitement this year when we got to bring our giggly, squirrely 10 month old boy!  We had so much fun, although he was initially unsure of being stuck in the center of a bunch of big, orange things.

Tim showing Cohen the pumpkins

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