Switching Up the Bedtime Routine

I get so frustrated when people tell me to “make myself a priority” and “get up earlier” to spend time alone. There’s a few issues with that:

The second my feet it hit the floor, no matter 4:50 or 6:20 am, Carver is awake wanting food, wanting TV, wanting to go drive his Jeep, wanting to play puzzles – he doesn’t just crawl into bed with us, he’s needing our attention.

We’ve tried nightlights, he comes and wakes us up when they time out. We’ve tried making a big deal out of bedtime and making it special. We’ve tried yelling, grounding, you name it, we’ve tried it.

Carver won’t go to sleep unless we are upstairs with him so there is no “after the kids go to bed.” Carver will. Not. Stay. In. His. Room. In. His. Bed. Unless we are in our bed.

Carver will get up in the night and go downstairs, I found he drew on his wall, he pulled the carpet remnants out of our closets, he found my box of ornaments and started playing with them, I don’t know if or when he sleeps. I don’t feel right putting a lock on his door AND he won’t sleep with the door closed. The light MUST be on. Gannon is a PERFECT sleeper and always has been. But Carver, ugh. At 15 months old he came in our room and woke us up one morning – he had JUMPED out of his crib – at 15 MONTHS OLD! It’s been downhill from there.

Many mornings, we find this:

Here he took all of the tote lids and hangers and spare blankets and pillows and “cleaned up” (our) the linen closet onto the floor of his bedroom. That was the final straw.

Needless to say, bed time and sleeping time and morning time is a struggle in the Friedman home and Craig and I just want some alone time, some ME time. We’ve been planning on moving Gannon’s crib into Carver’s room for months but never got around to it.

Craig has been gone working for what seems like weeks on end now with no end in sight so I decided to do it myself (with a little hint of attitude in there) which doesn’t sound like a big deal until I started and realized the bed needed to be COMPLETELY taken apart.

So there I sat, if you can imagine it, still in my swimsuit from getting out of the pool, trying to corral my children away from the open staircase while I disassemble a crib and shove it through the worlds smallest doorway and put it back together in an un-air conditioned room (it has air conditioning I just hadn’t turned it on yet). I literally had sweat dripping down my brow.

TA-DA! 45 minutes later, way more profane words than I should have used in front of my children, the room has been cleaned, vacuumed, the sheets fresh, the night light charged, and now we can shut the door AND turn the light off!

I hope Carver stays in bed, I hope he lets poor Gannon sleep, I hope he doesn’t wake up when I do now because his door is CLOSED and he’s at least got his own space that’s now clean. I hope that going to bed isn’t an occasion we all dread.

That’s the Friedman Family update! Thanks for reading!

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Trust us.

According to Forbes.com, Nurses are the #1 most trusted profession in the entire world with medical doctors at a close second in terms of ethical standards and honesty.

That says a lot. Especially considering nurses have earned this title for the 17th year in a row.

When we tell you that you’re going to be okay, you trust us. You reach for our hand with tears in your eyes and you know that we will be the first person you see when you wake up from surgery. 

When we teach you how to manage your diabetes, you trust us. You don’t argue and tell us that diabetes is a hoax and that it isn’t real. 

When a doctor sits you down to have that dreaded conversation, there are no more options to treat your cancer and that he recommends that we do our best to keep you comfortable, you trust him and you know that they hold your best interest at heart. 

When we tell you you have a bladder infection and we prescribe you antibiotics, you go to the pharmacy and pick them up and take them, right? 

When your child isn’t breathing, when your dad is having a stroke, you trust us. 

When we tell you you are cancer free, you believe what we say, right? 

When we show you the scans, the statistics, the test results, the data for which we base our practice on, you believe us. 

So when we tell you that the coronavirus is really killing young people, why do you argue?

When we tell you that it isn’t just the elderly that are dying from COVID, why don’t you believe us?

When we tell you that just because you are healthy and don’t have an underlying or preexisting condition, doesn’t mean that you will survive the coronavirus, why do you tell me that this is all a hoax?

When we tell you that we have actually seen with our own two eyes how devastating this disease is, why do you tell me the media is making it all up?

When we tell you we have seen how this disease can destroy a perfectly healthy person, how can you tell us you know better because you don’t know anyone who has had it?

When I tell you that I’ve had to face time my deceased patient’s dead body to their loved ones so they can say goodbye, why do you tell me that it really isn’t that deadly? 

When you tell me this will all end after the election, does that mean I won’t get any more COVID admissions to the ICU in December?

The God’s honest truth is, nobody knows. If we, the actual healthcare providers who are really working with COVID patients, are being real with you, this is a guessing game. 

The symptoms, the treatments, the timeline, we do not know what the hell we were hit with, when it will end, or what the right way is. If we don’t know, how do you?

Do masks work to prevent the spread? We think it is worth trying but it is too new for us to say for sure. 

Should you stay home and avoid large crowds? It would reduce your risk of contracting the disease but it is too new to us to say for sure.

Does plaquenil work to treat COVID-19? We think there are better options but we aren’t sure what the best treatment is yet. It’s too new to say for sure.

If I’m young and healthy am I going to die from it? Young and healthy people have died from it but most get through okay. It is still too new to us to say for sure. 

Can I spread it if I don’t have symptoms? Data suggests that you can spread it while asymptomatic but it is still so new to us to say for sure. 

If we don’t have all of the answers, how do you?

Here is what we really do know:

It is too new for us to say anything for certain.

It is real. It is here. 

Yes, even in Iowa.

It isn’t made up. 

It is terrible. 

It is worth wearing a mask because it probably helps limit the spread.

It is worth staying home for because it probably decreases the risk of contracting COVID.

If you don’t get COVID then you don’t spread COVID. 

We believe this to be true with the same conviction that we believe weight loss and exercise lowers blood pressure, the same way we believe you need regular cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies, and the same way we believe you need to finish ALL of your antibiotics even if you are feeling better. 

With that, I’ll close with this:

Trust us like you trust us when we are saving your child. 

Trust us like you trust us when we tell you to take your antibiotics. 

Trust us like you trust us when we tell you you’re cancer free. 

Trust us like you trust your life with us every other day of the year. 

Trust us when we tell you that the coronavirus is real. 

Trust us like we are the #1 most trustworthy profession for the 17th year in a row.

Sincerely, An ICU nurse who actually takes care of COVID patients

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Yes, I’m still here!

I’m so sorry. Remember when I used to post EVERY DAY!? Yeah. That hasn’t been happening lately.

We’ve turned our back yard into our little getaway with the pool, the play set, the gator for Carver, the patio, we just spend most of our days outside.

This week is going to be a crazy one. Craig is non stop busy at the farm and Gannon has so many appointments this week in Iowa City.

We have decided to quarantine again – only going to work. That includes my mom’s house which puts us in a pinch for child care but we are making it work.

We went on a quick bike ride today – I’ll be honest – I don’t love my bike. There always seems to be something wrong with it or it’s squeaking or the gears don’t shift right. I am looking forward to exchanging it and upgrading once the bike shops get more bikes in again. Right now the selection is poor because there is such a bike shortage. But today was HOT so we just did one loop of 4.5 miles and called it a day.

It’s going to be hot all week here in Iowa and it is so nice to have the pool to cool down in. I spent about 2 hours this afternoon in the pool with the boys while Craig was at work. I’m still recovering from my sun burn from LAST weekend!

We spent a good 5 hours in the pool after Craig got home on Saturday afternoon – it was so much fun. I can’t imagine another summer without a pool!

You may have seen on my Facebook page that I had my last day of orientation to the critical care unit and tomorrow morning is my FIRST day all on my own! I’m so in love with my new job I regret not taking the leap sooner! The commute is great, the people are great, the organization is great, I’m very satisfied in this new environment.

In other news, Carver got a BAD owie on his tummy. The lazy Susan cupboard was just open slightly and Carver hopped off of the counter scraping his belly on it – he SCREAMED for 45 minutes – so much so that I thought maybe he broke a rib or something and was in the car contemplating taking him to the ER when he finally calmed down and let me look at it. OW!

Anywho, that’s what I know. Tomorrow will be an early morning so I’m off to bed! Thanks for reading!

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Friedman Fam Update!

Gannon had his very first day of physical therapy! We’ve got a long to do list including fitting him for orthotic inserts, braces, massaging/stretching his neck to correct some torticollis, encouraging him to walk up and down the stairs, and walk on uneven surfaces! We are so excited to have Lisa on our team – she came highly recommended by several of our friends and specializes in pediatrics. We will be seeing her on Wednesdays!


We got to see Jasper and Kayla today! Jasper is getting so big and growing so fast! The boys just adore him! Maybe a little too much…. we are working on being gentle to Jasper!


Carver is obsessed with puzzles so we got Gannon to join in on the fun! This good behavior lasted longer enough to get one whole picture.


Carver is OBSESSED with tools and fixing! Here he is helping Craig fix the lawn mower, he steals daddy’s wrenches and tools all the time. He wants SNAP ON tools, not “yucky” tools. Here he brought his tools to one of Gannon’s appointments and is fixing on the chairs in the lobby 😂


I had to stay late from work to keep up on my BLS (basic life support) CPR certification. Did you know when I renew my BLS course it is all online? The mannequins are hooked up to the computer and it can tell if we are going too fast, too slow, giving good breaths etc. There is a lab I go to in the hospital that is open any time to test out! Of course we have more in depth courses as well in person but the Basic Life Support is all virtual! Juju


We sure do love uncle Karl! Here he is teaching Carver about writing with with a quill and ink! Karl and Carver are “garden partners” and Carver helps him weed and tend the garden. Karl sends Carver pictures of how the garden is growing, Carver is so proud and just loves being besties with uncle Karl!


We absolutely love our pool! It’s been a great purchase and I think Craig and I enjoy it even more than the boys do! We both got a nasty sunburn on Sunday!


COVID is really hitting close to home – so close in fact I had to cancel on one of the most important events of the year – Regan’s bachelorette party 😫 I’m so so bummed but I just can’t accept the risks of exposing my mom and Gannon. Gannon had RSV in January and we were in and out of the doctor the entire month. If mom or any of us get COVID we have to postpone ALL appointments in the next month – including the so so important genetics appointment at the end of the month. There is such an uptake of the virus in northeast Iowa too. I’m so so sad, of course Regan understands but I feel like I’ve let everyone down and I’m #worldsworstbridesmaid

So no big plans for the 4th, we will be staying home and staying safe. Now is the most important time to play it safe, I thought the summer heat would help slow the spread but no luck 🙁


Anyway, I’m off to bed! Thanks for reading friends!

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A Perfect Summer Day!

Today was one of the best days we have had in awhile! We went biking in Waverly – a town about 50 minutes from our house.

We met up with Craig’s parents and his sister Kelly. The trail is on an old railroad and is mostly flat and mostly shaded with so many nice rest stops on the way!

If you’re looking to try long distance + flat land + shade – this is the trail for you. We rode 14 miles! Carver was on the tag along, Gannon tried out his new bike seat. For timing’s sake, we did about 14 miles in 2 hours with several stops.

I worked overnight Friday night so even on minimal sleep I felt really good finishing the trail.

Kevin and Debbie (my in-laws) took us all out to eat after the bike trail! Gannon had us all cracking up we had tears in our eyes and our bellies hurt with laughter.

As you can tell, I got a little too much sun! But with the right filter maybe I can transform it to a tan 😉

Carver LOVES the tunnels, he loves to yell ECHOO as we drive through and asks us every time to “get our echos ready!” Before we drive through the tunnel.

We can’t wait for many more days on the trail with family! We just love Craig’s parents and his sister, we had a blast and they are always so willing to jump in and drop EVERYTHING for the boys.

Short and sweet! That was our day! Tomorrow I know we will be in the pool! Craig and I are laying in bed re watching our favorite TV show Scrubs for the millionth time. It’s on Hulu now – I sincerely have about every episode memorized and it really peaked my interest in the medical field when my brothers watched it growing up.

Remember I bought the DVD 4th season on a field trip to Barnes and Noble in 4th grade 🙂 Appropriate for a 4th grader? Nope. You can take that up with my parents – my dad loved the show too 🙂 I will NEVER FORGET how hard Dad laughed at this joke:

Thanks for reading friends! See ya when I see ya!

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Gannon Update: Bad News

Today we had a neurosurgery appointment and a echocardiogram of his heart.

The short version of our neurosurgery visit: Gannon does not need intervention to remove the fibrolipoma in his spinal canal.

The long version: maybe someday if he has worsening bowel or bladder or walking issues, they may possibly remove it but it is unlikely that it would cause issues – especially not his low muscle tone but it could cause bowel/bladder issues. If Gannon had a dimple or a pitch of hair or a mark on the bottom of his spine they would be more concerned. If his spinal cord was just a little longer they would be concerned. If he was walking on his tip toes this would be a concern. But for now, we are calling it an incidental finding which is ironic because 3 weeks ago we thought that was our “answer.”

The short version of Gannon’s echocardiogram: Gannon has a dilated aorta.

The long version: When a doctor suspects that a kid has Ehlers Danlos, they send them to get an echo. There is a very specific part of the heart they measure and monitor. There is one type of EDS has this specific abnormality – that’s vascular Ehlers Danlos. Gannon has this abnormality. This is also the kind of EDS my cousin has.

There are several different types of collagen. Vascular EDS effects collagen III – found in the lungs, intestines, and blood vessels. They make vessels and organs weak and more prone to rupture. They make organs more likely to rupture. The statistics are scary. Here’s a paragraph that was difficult to read:

I’m not an expert. I don’t have all the information I need yet. Genetics is our next stop, July 28th at the University of Iowa. I know that we will now be adding cardiology to our team and Gannon will need close follow up – probably frequent echocardiograms. The big risk we are worried about is that a vessel could just burst at any time – looking at statistics there’s an 80% chance of that before he turns 40 IF this is what he has.

I want to be very clear – I am the one making these connections. The ultrasound tech says that other forms of EDS don’t typically have this dilation of the aorta – only the vascular type – I mean that’s exactly why they wanted this echo in the first place – to find what we found. While our “primary” at U of I STRONGLY suspects a connective tissue disorder – likely EDS, no one has sat us down and explained what this really means and what significance this finding is.

At the end of the echo, the radiologist came on and said, “I can’t tell you much more than this but we do have to tell you because there isn’t a cardiology follow up today. There is some dilation of the aorta, there’s a scale we use from -2 to +2 to gauge the dilation. -2 is very small and constricted, +2 is considered on the more dilated end, 0 would be normal, Gannon is a +2. If you want to know more you need to schedule a cardiology follow up, we will need another echo of him in about 2 years.” I tried to ask questions and he said “you need to schedule a cardiology follow up.”

So that’s what I know. Gannon probably won’t be able to play sports (especially contact sports) or lift weights. We need to be careful with him as his organs would be more prone to rupture (if he has this).

Here is a link to a very helpful article. Looking through the symptoms is startling. He has so so many of the symptoms of vascular EDS. It just explains so much.

https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/2082/vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome#diseaseOverviewSection

Kasey Musgraves says it best, I’m happy and sad at the same time. I’m almost giddy with excitement knowing that we are so close to understanding our sweet sweet boy. I’m so sad that this is the kind of EDS he probably has. Any other kind is much “safer.” This is “the bad kind.” Out of all 13 kinds, this is the one (probably maybe, won’t know for a long time) he has (possibly.)

Are you as confused as I am? Me too. I’m hoping to touch base with Center for Disability and Development can clarify this for me tomorrow. They are our point of contact managing Gannon’s case right now. I’ll keep ya’ll posted.

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Pity Party.

I’m throwing myself a pity party today. I’m also throwing myself an “I hate coronavirus” party.

We had a visit yesterday and Iowa City with gastroenterology. We need to schedule the procedure that will help treat/resolve Gannon’s anal achalasia. This involves him being sedated.

We already have a consult with neurosurgery tomorrow as well as an echocardiogram of his heart tomorrow. The stars aligned and we were able to snag an appointment time for tomorrow and Gannon could have all three very important appointments tomorrow in one day.

Because Gannon was having a procedure and will be sedated and not just an appointment, that meant Craig could also come with for the first time in months.

We scheduled the appointments and I was so excited that for the first time since Gannon was born we had a diagnosis and a treatment plan for at least one of his problems. After Wednesday, maybe Gannon wouldn’t cry every single time he poops.

So I raced home from Iowa city, threw supper together, and was out the door and on my way to work overnight last night.

On my way home from work this morning, I got a phone call from Iowa city to schedule Gannon’s Covid swab for today. He said he has to have one collected before noon today in Iowa city or he can’t have his procedure tomorrow. Keep in mind, I had just got done working the overnight, Craig is already at work, and we now have three hours to make a 2 Hour drive one way just to get a swab in his nose.

I asked if they could make an exception and let us get swabbed at a closer facility and they said no. I asked if we could come super early tomorrow and get swabbed because his sedation wasn’t until 11. They said no. They said there was absolutely no exception they could make to this rule other than Gannon being in Iowa city by noon today.

Craig is already at work. I just worked an overnight on zero sleep as we were in Iowa City yesterday, now entering my 26th hour awake as I type this, my mom is in Rochester getting more testing for her thyroid cancer, and my sister is on the way back to the doctor with a sick Georgia.

So all of the appointments that we had to move around to make room for the sedation tomorrow had to be moved back. The procedure is canceled, we have to wait another three weeks, and now that he isn’t getting the procedure tomorrow,
Craig isn’t allowed in the hospital. I rearranged work, I rearranged childcare, all because the scheduler forgot to mention this teeny tiny detail that is the coronavirus swab. Not only that, but the next day we have to schedule this procedure, we have to rearrange two of his other appointments to have it THAT day.

Maybe it is the no sleep, maybe it is because I’m so sick of driving all over the Midwest, maybe I just wish another adult could come with me to all of these big scary appointments with our squirmy toddler, maybe I just can’t take being inconvenienced by the pandemic for just one more day, but damnit I’m throwing myself a pity party today.

Sunday Funday!

We’ve already had a big day and it is only 3:17 pm as I’m writing this blog post!

Craig got to sleep in for Father’s Day (and because he had a little too much fun last night with friends) and when he woke up we loaded up to go on the bike trail!

We had to pick up our bike trailer because we got our tires fixed. The bike trailer wasn’t as aero dynamic as we would like but today it ran like a charm!

We picked up a Casey’s pizza and met my mom and brother in Fredericksburg (our favorite bike trail). We had a nice picnic in the shelter before our ride. Mom and Karl haven’t been on the trail before and my mom hasn’t ridden a bike in over 5 years.

You have to be a little careful because there are some low spots in the trail but that makes for great puddles to drive through! Carver loved riding through the puddles.

Today was the first day we took Carver’s tag a long bike out and we LOVED IT! Carver rode the whole trail with me! He could pedal or just hang on for the ride. The internet told us the whole trail was about 5 miles but it didn’t seem that long at all! We had been on and done with the trail in under an hour. They have such nice resting spots too:

Here we are at the finish line – mom snuck up on Craig as I was taking her picture 😂

Carver and I celebrated his accomplishment of riding the whole trail on the tag along!

We also found an “alternate ending” to the bike trail to avoid the mishap/dangerous low head dam. You can read about that incident here:

I’ve been told they are putting up hand rails in the bridge now! 👍🏻

Here is my brother Karl finishing the trail:

Next up on our summer of biking mission is to get Gannon fitted in his new seat! Check out what is coming on Thursday:

And of course we finished with some ice cream! My favorite: cotton candy twist with a waffle cone!

I snapped this picture at the park before we left on the trail, it’s been a wonderful Father’s Day with Craig!

When we got home we took a dip in the pool which was so relaxing. We were initially told the forecast called for storms and bad weather but we haven’t had anything like that! It’s been a wonderful weekend and I’ll tell you more about our Saturday in the next blog post!

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Gannon Update: Getting Closer to a Diagnosis

We had appointments for Gannon on Wednesday at the University of Iowa.

I debated for a long time whether or not to keep the appointments as we were continuing care through Milwaukee but I’m so glad I kept them. 

The first appointment was at the center for disability and development. We first saw Dr. Reasoner who is a developmental pediatrician. We had an hour long appointment with her going over every single little thing I’ve ever noticed about Gannon. It was EXTENSIVE.

Then we met with a physical therapist who evaluated Gannon’s fine and gross motor skills for about an hour. They both met, compared notes, and came up with a conclusion (shared at the end of the blog post)

That leaves us with pending appointments with neurosurgery, genetics, neurology, urology, gastroenterology, an echocardiogram of his heart, fitting for custom leg braces, and follow up with the center for disability and development. WHEW! 

Again, Dr. Reasoner strongly suspects a connective tissue disorder at a minimum, likely a form of Ehlers Danlos syndrome (there are 11 kinds) considering the family history. We were also reminded that there is likely a cause for his “constellation” of symptoms and as random as they seem, there is an answer, there is a diagnosis to be found. Neurology even suggested that there could be a combination of disease processes going on. This is both worrisome and encouraging. I would love for his muscle tone and other issues to be benign and random but realistically, I need to put a name on this and there are two many pieces to the puzzle that I’m sure will all fit together one day.

Gannon’s stretchy velvet soft skin

We also learned that Ehlers Danlos can be passed down genetically, it can be random, and different affected members have varying expressions of the disease. Could it be from me with my insane stretch marks literally all over my body from the day I turned 10? Could it be Craig who had issues with hip dislocation at birth? Could it be from me who meets the hyper mobility Beighton scoring criteria? Could it be from Craig who also meets the criteria? Could it be from me with Ehlers Danlos on my side of the family? We don’t know yet and only genetics can know.

Where are we with Milwaukee? We will be in Milwaukee August 10th for the muscular dystrophy clinic and consults with neurosurgery and neuromuscular specialists and a follow up with Dr. Sood, the GI doctor who brought us to Milwaukee to begin with. We will keep our genetics appointments, but other than that, we are switching to U of I. The drive is too far and Gannon tends to be a bit car sick sometimes.

Neuro surgery “triages” patients based on their necessity to be seen – Gannon got in on next Wednesday. That makes me suspicious they will want to remove the fibrolipoma from his spine. He will have an echo of his heart too because Ehlers Danlos often has cardiac involvement as well.

Another symptom we are looking into is called micrognathia. It’s essentially an extremely small jaw. Here’s a picture:

And here’s my Gannon the day he was born:

Another star in the constellation – could it be something or nothing – we don’t know.

So that’s the exhaustive summary of all the information. Only genetics can really tie the knot on this bow. They are our answer and hopefully we will know more when we see them August 10th. In the meantime, Dr Reasoner typed up a nice little summary for us:

Number one: neurosurgery consult regarding the fibrolipoma of the filum terminale.

Number two: echocardiogram to look for any changes consistent with a connective tissue/collagen disorder.

Number three: genetic consultation and genetic testing to target A likely underlying disorder probably a connective tissue/collagen disorder.

Number four: AFOs (leg braces) are recommended as a temporary measure to help with his gait stability and fall reduction given his joint hypermobility.

Number five: continue AEA developmental therapies. He would benefit from additional private outpatient physical therapy services at this time to work on trunk strength and joint mobilization.

Number six: recommend labs TSH free T4 and cortisol as well as an endocrine consult.

Number seven: can return through Nuro developmental clinic in six months for a full team assessment.

Thanks for reading friends! Also shout out to my mom for riding with us on Wednesday so I could sleep on the way home and get to work on time 🙂 she’s the BEST!

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Weekend Recap!

Thanks for tuning in for the weekend recap!

It was a good weekend but it went by too fast. It started off with a family day on Friday after I woke up from working overnights.

My sister lives about two hours away so we don’t get to see each other very often. We got to spend some time together visiting at my moms house on Friday.

By the time I got there mom was thankful to see me because she had her hands full with all four grandkids under the age of three! We just love having big family night when all of the cousins are around.

My nephew Jasper was born in January and he’s also my godson. He is the giggliest baby I’ve ever met in my life.

Craig and Jasper

On Saturday my mom was brave enough to watch the grandkids again so Kayla and I could have a morning trip to one of our favorite towns: Decorah. I used to work in Decorah. It is about a half an hour north of our house and the closest Walmart (that’s how you tell if a town is big in NEIA.

They have wonderful biking and hiking trails so Kayla hit the trails and I went to Walmart to stock up on all of the necessary pool chemicals so we can fill up the pool this week.

We got to stop at a store I’ve never been to before which is kind of a makers market called Rendered Unique. I got this hat and some cute earrings.

We have a friend who displays her artwork for sale at the store. Decorah is known for its small businesses and makers. We went to the farmers market and Kayla bought us an amazing soft pretzel that I will never forget as long as I live.

After we got home we hung out for a bit before Craig got off work and we went on a bike ride in Fredericksburg again.

Carver rode his bike this time so we did not shoot the whole loop. We had gotten what was left over of a hurricane that hit Iowa last week so some of the bike trail was underwater.

We had Georgia with us and we had a blast playing at the park. It reminded Craig and I am how out of shape we were trying to chase the kids around. Carver made a friend at the park so I don’t have many pictures of him!

When we came home mom offered to watch our boys so that Craig and I could go on a date night. They recently re-opened a restaurant just a town over from us so we had supper at the White House. The food and service was amazing!

When we got home there was still plenty of time left so we started to refill the pool in hopes that it would be ready to go by this weekend.

The boys were so so excited and running around all over the inside of the pool before we even filled it up!

Overall, we had a great weekend even though Craig and I both had to work on Sunday. I think most of our summer will look like this: pool, biking, family, and work!

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