Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween this year was so fun! We got the boys all dressed up as little monkeys and headed to my sisters for some trick or treating.

I had put the boys in their costumes a few times earlier in the week so they could get used to them... and surprisingly, they loved being in them! No problems!

Before we went to my sisters, we headed over to our photographers house who took my maternity and new born shots.... he wanted to get some of the boys and our family now that they are older...
They did so well and we got some amazing shots.... we will probably use them as our Christmas card photos... stay tuned...

Anyway, we headed to my sisters house in Robbinsdale, fed the boys, and got them in their costumes and in their choo choo train. My 3 sisters, our niece Ally, and the boys headed out, while Dave, and my parents stayed behind to hand out candy.

The boys just sat, enjoyed all the chaos around them, while I fed them M&M's here and there. Their picture was taken about 8 times by other trick or treaters (or their parents).... but we are used to that by now.

The boys got quite a haul of candy!!! We couldnt believe how generous people were!

We made it back in time, to get into jammies, have our bedtime bottle, pack up the car and head home.
It was a successful Halloween... and I cant wait till next year when they will be more into it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Minnesota Zoo

A couple of weekends ago Dave and I wanted to cash in the Minnesota zoo tickets the boys got for their birthday (thank you Imbodens)

So Saturday morning after a great family breakfast, we got everyone ready and were out the door for the drive to Eagan. 
We got to the Zoo around 10am, and pulled the boys around in the choo choo wagon ( it's the only way we can really go places....) 
The pointing, staring, whispering, and people approaching us starting immediately in the parking lot and proceeded throughout the entire day... ( we should have charged admission for as much attention as we got that day). After a quick look at the monkeys (and running into an old friend and her son)....
We headed toward the conservatory first to walk the path and see the animals. 

The path was a bit crowded so we didn't stop much... But the boys loved the look and all the busyness regardless. 
We headed into the aquarium underwater area... Where they feeding show had just begun. We took the boys out to watch up against the glass.... They LOVED IT! 
We then headed to the MN trail and saw the turkey's, racoons, bald eagle, just to name a few...... 
The boys did great... Pointing and watching the animals! 
A little run around time on the turkey deck! 

We even stopped and got a family photo by the fire place! 

We stopped and had lunch in their cafeteria. We brought a couple snacks but bought fries and hotdog for the boys to eat! Again they did so well! We got there just before it got busy... Everyone starting filling in around us, not eating their food, but just watched us eat ours! Lol

We packed up, gave out the three high chairs to surrounding families in need, and we were off once again! 
We ended with a trip to the sharks and under water animals. 
This was not as fun since it is more interactive and the boys are a bit too young still, but some new things to look at regardless! 
(Someone was taking a picture of me, taking this picture)

We decided it was time to head home around 12:45 (not bad for our first visit!)
We got some family pics of us taken outside before we headed to our car. 

I think we will be buying a membership soon. Lots to do.... Inside and outside... I just wish it was a bit closer.... ;-) 

Another successful Dvorak family outing in the books!! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Twin cities corn maze

Apparently this is the year of fall family outings! We went to twin cities corn maze in Champlain last weekend. 
The weather was beautiful, so after I got home from church, we packed the boys up and away we went. Once we got there, and paid with our half price tickets ( thank you Nicole Guimont for the code), we were in, after a few stops in line of course from the basic comments and whispers/points. 
When we did arrive we noticed the wind was really strong.... I started to feel a little guilt that the boys were not in their jackets... But onesies and long sleeve button ups.... But we pressed on thinking the sun would shine down and warm us up....
We did a loop looking at the animals- this time Graham was not about it... So we didn't last long in the tent (it was also packed in there so maneuvering through crowds with the choo choo wagon was quite difficult)

We sat and listened to the live music while Dave went and bought a couple tickets for the boys to jump in this little toddler blow up area. 

Henry loved it...

Nolan was head over heels for it!

Graham was a bit uncertain...

Grandpa Dave and grandma Lynda met us there... We started to wait in line for a hayride but it was just too cold and windy in the shade of the corn so we decided against it. We got some funnel cakes, French fries and burgers and snacked on those before my mama guilt really set in with the weather and we had to leave because it was just too cold... (I always have hoodies in the car for all now)

We only were there a couple hours... But I assume in the years to come we will make up that time! We are still glad we went! The boys Love to people watch... 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Severs Corn Maze

We ventured out again! They are at such a fun age of discovering and playing out their curiosities... we love to watch it all unfold.
This last weekend, Dave and I took the boys to Sever's corn maze down in Shakopee. We met our friends Katie and Ryan, with their son Liam (who came to the orchard with us last week).
We couldn't believe how hot it was that weekend! I mean dont get me wrong it was nice, but with such sun exposure on our Scandinavian sons.... I was a bit nervous... let alone.... pulling the triplet choo choo, and loading and unloading, and chasing three around the park made for one hot and sweaty parents after a few hours.

We got there a little after 1:30 and headed straight for the food area. Dave wanted a walking taco but the line just was not moving... so he opted for a hamburger, hotdog, and fries to share. I had an ear of roasted corn (state fair's is better). The boys of course ate whatever we handed to them and loved all the people watching.

We met up with Katie, Ryan, and Liam at the corn pit. We thought this was going to be a HUGE hit  since they love their sandbox...... I was so wrong... sensory overload.... none of them liked it! NONE! We tried to ease them into it... but they wanted nothing to do with touching the corn, which is a bummer because it was so shady and cool..... little 6 month old Liam LOVED it....
Oh well... hoping next year will go better!

Godmother Kate  with Nolan

We then headed to the animals... and walked around looking at all the goats, cows, kangaroos, warthogs, lemurs, and ostriches! the boys were pointing and loving all the commotion! 

We let the boys out to run around and burn some energy off before heading to the pumpkin patch for some pictures. Then it was time to head home... thinking the boys would nap on our decent car ride home... only Henry really napped... but they held it together pretty well that night for dinner, baths, and bedtime routine.

We just bought tickets to go to the corn maze in Champlin now... so we just have to find some time in our upcoming busy weekend schedule!
These times as a family are precious... and I cherished every moment of it... These are the memories/traditions I have been waiting to experience with our boys!