Family Adventure Series

Summer Adventures and Why Mom Needs a Month-Long Nap

YMCA Camp Manitowish WatersWhen you live in Wisconsin, you measure your summers in weekends.  And there are never enough.  Not when winter lasts 11 months and 3 days in the northern Midwest.

(Side note: I pine for you, Florida winters.  Dear God, nothing else, but definitely your winters.)

We’ve admittedly been spoiling Fox the last few weekends with fun summer adventures.  A month ago, we went up north to the UP to spend time at my inlaws’ lake home.  Three weekends back, we hit up the EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh and then visited the Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary with my dad who paid a visit.  Last week was the county fair, complete with a monster truck rally (sweet Jesus).

Our child has not had a weekend that didn’t involve an overpriced event hotdog in the last month.

And because my parenting game is strong, I recently tried to balance the abundance of adventure gifts with fear by telling him if he gets too spoiled his skin will start turning green.

And now shamefully I admit the following: I then proceeded to check behind his ears and told him they’re starting to look a little bit colorful.  I think I even brought Santa into the equation, although at some point my lie had spiraled out of control, and I’m starting to have trouble keeping track of when I pull out the Santa threat.

I’ve freaked him out royally, but it’s kept any whining for toys and more fair food to a minimum.  Santa knows what’s up.

I’ve done no blogging whatsoever, and I’m feeling a might-bit guilty, so I’m going to throw a shit ton of photos at you of all the fun we’ve been having these last few weeks.  It’s like when I let Curious George parent my kid for a few hours so I can sleep on the couch get all my housework done.

So.  Pictures.  Glorious, glorious pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Up Nort’ Eh 

Heading up north in Wisconsin

You know you’re in for a good trip when this glorious specimen of a billboard is like a beacon of light calling to you. Also – window bug guts, ew!

We spent 75% of our time on a boat, and I have only one picture to show for it.

YMCA Camp - Manitowish Waters

Nope, wait two pictures to show for it.

We seek out ice cream in all corners of the globe.

You see a lot of things up north. My future car being one of them.

Ranger riding with daddy

Rest Lake Park - Skiing Skeeters Watershed

Waiting for the water ski show at Rest Lake Park


EAA Airventure Show, Oshkosh

EAA Airventure - Oshkosh, WI

The newest (and proudest) official EAA member

Fox and Grandpa finally decided on their jet

EAA Airventure - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Holy bomber Batman!

Watching the jets take off. Thirty seconds later his hands were covering his ears and he announced he was ready to go.

The kid is like a drug dog who can sniff out a treat a mile away.


Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary

For Fox there really wasn’t anything better than the golf cart.

Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary

Those eyelashes!

Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary - West Bend, Wisconsin

Baking on a hot roof right before they take a nap. My spirit animals.

He’s a beaut!

Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary - West Bend, Wisconsin

Llama Mama. Or is it an alpaca? I clearly learned nothing.

Think they’re related?

He found the International Harvester


County Fair

The face of excitement before devouring a cream puff

Nirvana reached

Nope, NOW nirvana reached

Let’s end this thing with a monster truck rally.


Oh you guys.  I am tired.  Which is why I’m writing to you now, at 12:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday, in my pajamas and with no plans to take them off for the day.






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  • Reply Aunt Jen

    Looks like it was a great summer full of memories! Was it The Skiing Skeeters at Rest Lake? That is the team Scott’s nephew is on.

    August 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Katie

      It was Jen! They were very cool. We did see something traumatic though when one of the little boy skiers flew into a boat. It was awful, but I think he’s ok thankfully 🙁

      August 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Katherine

    Looks like a nice vacation!! Lovely lakes! Those EAA air shows are awesome. I went there when I was a kid living in Green Bay.
    I always figure the crummy winters make you appreciate summer more? Ya hey? 😉

    August 19, 2017 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply Katie

      Oh my gosh, summers are pure gold! 😉

      August 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm

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