Just Havin’ Some Fun!

I can’t believe July is over – did it even happen?  We kept busy for the month and had a lot of fun, but somehow it just flew by!

After we got back from Indianapolis, we had house guests the next couple weekends. Grandpa & Grandma Meissner even spent the week with us (watching me) because daycare was closed.  Thanks for watching me, Grandpa & Grandma!  I also had swimming lessons, went to the little waterpark by us (Dolphin’s Cove), went to the zoo, went fishing for the FIRST TIME, and so much more!

Check out the fun we’ve had the past few weeks.

Playing games at Dave & Buster’s with Aunt Dawn, Cousin Roe, Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, and Mom!

Bruno and me spending time with Grandpa & Grandma

Getting frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf… I was less than well behaved.  Sorry Mom & Dad!

Hey, Dad!  When did you take that picture of me and Mommy?  I thought you were sleeping on the couch…

Music in the park – I got a white balloon dog.  I named him Bruno.  Dad said I needed to give him a different name…

At Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison

Fun at Dolphin’s Cove when the Bever Family was here

Time for fishing!  Daddy bought me my very own Lightening McQueen fishing pole. It really catches the fish!

And finally… more swimming lessons.  I go every week, and I’m close to being a few months in!  I’ve passed Jumps, Backfloat, and Backfloat Glide in my level so far.  I still have a handful of things to “pass” yet before I move on to the next level.




A Trip to Indianapolis, IN to Celebrate the 4th of July!


Happy [belated] 4th of July, everyone!  Hope y’all had a great time celebrating our freedom with family and friends.

We spent our 4th of July in Indianapolis.  It was the first time Mommy, Daddy, and I (Bruno too) have ever been there.  The verdict?  We had fun, but probably wouldn’t go back.  There were things to do, but we had more fun on our adventure to St. Louis.

We arrived in Indianapolis the Sunday before the 4th and stayed through until Wednesday.  Our hotel was right on the canal in Indy, which was pretty cool.  We could walk out the bottom level of our hotel and be right on the canal, or eat our breakfast on the balcony overlooking the canal (which we didn’t do because it was too hot!).  On Sunday we explored.  Our first stop, which was near our hotel, was the NCAA Hall of Champions.  It was cool and interactive, but we anticipated that it would be bigger.  Oh well!  The rest of the afternoon we walked around and explored, finding our way to a great little pizza place.  Definitely one of our top favorites!

Monday was packed with the Indy Speedway in the morning, where we did an inside the media tour, and got to see a couple cars practice race around the track.  I was looking for Lightening McQueen or Jackson Storm, but I guess it was their day off!  That afternoon we headed to the Children’s museum, which is supposed to be one of the best in the nation.  Bumblebee was the first person (aka Transformer) to greet us.  And we finished the day in a pedal boat ride down the canal.

Tuesday was spent at 4th of July festivities, including A LOT of walking and biking.  I guess I was mostly in the stroller (or riding in the basket on the bike), but Mom and Dad walked quite a bit and pedaled our way around the city.  We went to the City Market, visited some of the memorials and monuments, took a bike ride behind the zoo and down the canal, and found a great little trendy burger place.  The night took a quick twist though.  Right before the fireworks were about to start, I managed to fall into the corner edge of the desk in our hotel room and cut above my eye.  Fortunately, there was a great Children’s Hospital near our hotel.  No stitches were needed, but they did use some glue and tape to minimize scarring and stop the bleeding.  I’m doing great, and was such a big boy during all of it!

By Wednesday we were ready to head home.  There was little sleep the past three nights, and the 4th was more eventful than we had anticipated.  We had a good time and I can’t wait to see where Mommy and Daddy decide to take me next!

Check out the pictures from our trip from: Daddy’s phone AND Mommy’s phone

And check out all the fun videos!

And….a new Finn McMissile car that we bought on the way home from Indy


Time to Get Caught Up!

We’ve had a lot happening over the month of June so it’s time to get everyone caught up again!  We had the 1st Annual Meissner Family Reunion, baseball games, birthday parties, outdoor fun, swimming lessons, and so much more!

Check out the latest videos and pictures from the past few weeks.

Outside fun — Bruno’s sole focus is his tennis ball… even if it means running through the sprinkler!

Swimming lessons! I get to swim with my best friend, Reece, from daycare and my favorite instructor, Max!  Max gives me high-fives, throws me in the air, and makes learning how to swim a lot of fun 🙂

June even included another trip to the dentist.  My third time going to the dentist. That’s OK though.  I don’t mind because I get to pick out a prize from the “treasure chest” when I’m all done!

Mommy and her best friend Dre (aka “Auntie” Dre), who is also my Godmother, also try to get dinner or meet up a couple times a month.  This time I went with Mommy. “Auntie” Dre likes to spoil me, and bought me a new remote control Thomas the Engine and a bubble lawnmower!  I was so excited and wouldn’t let go of my new Thomas the whole ride home.

I also painted a picture for Grandpa using my new dinosaur sponges….

…and had lots of fun at the Hewitt’s (my cousins) birthday party in Rochester, MN

The 1st Annual Meissner Family Reunion was on Daddy’s Grandparents’ old farm in Chili, WI.

I saved the best for last!  Me and Grandma Linda YMCAing at the Rochester Honkers vs. Eau Claire Express Game in Rochester, MN.  Grandma was REALLY getting into it (and Mommy caught it all on video)!  Don’t miss watching the last video! 😉


Memorial Vacation


I know, I’m behind in posts again.  Many apologies to all my faithful followers and readers.  This post will make up for it.  Promise.  It will be jam packed with pictures and videos leading up to, and following, our vacation to St. Louis, MO over the Memorial Day holiday.

Last Sunday (5/28) marked the “official” start to our Memorial Day vacation.  We started with a Brewers game at Miller Park.  Daddy got us excellent seats, preferred parking, and even passes to go up to the Johnson Control club (which we didn’t use, but Daddy gave away the tickets to some lucky fellow Brewers fans).

On Memorial Day morning (at 6AM!) we were loaded up and pulled out of our driveway. Ready to take on the 5 1/2 hour trek to St. Louis.  Bruno panted and whined the first 3 hours.  It was awesome.

We arrived in St. Louis right before lunch and started our activities at Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo.  That afternoon we checked into our hotel, swam, and went to eat at Pi (a local pizzeria place near our hotel).

Tuesday morning we headed to Grant’s Farm (Grandpa Greg, I think you would have loved this place!), where we toured the estate, saw many animals, fed baby goats bottled milk, rode a camel, went out in a paddle boat, and saw the Budweiser Clydesdales.  After that we headed to the Magic House for the afternoon, which is the Children’s Museum in St. Louis.  It’s huge.  There were 3 levels of exhibits both inside and out, including their spring Sand Castle exhibit.  And then on Tuesday night, we headed to Ballpark Village, as there was a Cardinal’s game that evening and our hotel was only blocks from the stadium.

Wednesday was the “big” tourist day.  We headed up to the Arch first thing in the morning and then went on a 1 hour sightseeing ferry boat tour.  I was excited taking the tram up to the Arch.  I looked out one window at the top of the Arch.  That was enough.  I was ready to go back down (Mommy and Daddy said I only lasted 30 seconds in the Arch), but I was ready to head to the next thing.  My favorite part of the morning was making souvenir pennies.  I got to make three, but my boat one was “broken” (i.e. off centered), so I gave that one to Daddy after some tears of disappointment.  Wednesday afternoon we went to City Museum.  It was super rad.  There were nooks, crannies, and everything in-between to crawl up, through, down, and around both inside and outside the building.  They also had a Ferris Wheel on their rooftop that Mommy, Daddy, and I went on.

Thursday came and it was time to go home.  I think most of us were pretty tired, but we had a lot of fun.  Before we left, we visited the the Old Courthouse (Mommy and I laid on the floor to look up at the ceiling), and then went to Citygarden to check out its play area and fountains.  Mom and Dad expected that I would sleep the entire way home on Thursday… I slept the last 15 minutes before we were home.

Check out all the pictures from our vacation week here AND here.

And also check out our great videos from T-Th!






5 Years Ago, You Were Born

Guess who’s 5 years old today?  If you guessed Bruno, you’re right!  Today is his 5th birthday (a.k.a. 35th birthday)!  Happy Birthday, Bruno!  We’re going to celebrate tonight 🙂

As for me — well, I’ve been having fun with Mommy and Daddy.  It finally stopped raining by us (at least for a few days) so we’ve gotten outside, and even on the rainy days, we’ve been busy indoors.  Last weekend, we had to check out some garage sales (as this was the first year we didn’t have one during Sun Prairie’s city wide garage sales), and the weekend before that we went to my “Uncle Shneebs” new house to visit him, Jen, and their two doggies.  Murphy (their newest doggy) kept giving me kisses. Every time I’d stand still or sit down, Murphy would come find me with his tongue out!

Check out some of the pictures and videos from the past couple weeks.

Eating at our favorite pizza place, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies, which was voted best pizza in Madison

Playing “indoor” hockey with Mommy

Bruno wants in on the action!

Playing outside on our deck with my “new” garage sale blocks after I woke up from nap (which is why I’m still in my jammies!)

Bruno with his “cigar” — Happy Birthday, Bruno!


An Egg-Tra Long Easter!

Happy [belated] Easter, everyone!  It was great to see you over the past couple weeks, and it was egg-specially fun finding Easter eggs!  That is my favorite.

My Easter started with an Egg-stravaganza at our church (the weekend before Easter), which included an Easter egg “hunt”, bouncy houses, balloons, and more!  After that, Grandpa and Grandma Heppner came to our house.  Grandma and I decorated eggs, and I also got to find my Easter basket after we got home from church from Grandpa and Grandma.  One of the presents in my basket was growing sponges!  I put the sponge “pellets” in water, and watched them grow into a sea creatures!  I just watched my last one “grow” during bath time this week 🙂  I guess Mommy and Daddy will have to be on the lookout for more because I thought they were pretty cool.

Easter weekend we headed to Grandpa and Grandma Meissner’s.  We decorated eggs, decorated Easter cookies, had an egg hunt, and I even got to help Grandpa hide some of the Easter bags from me for my cousins!  We spent a few days by Grandpa and Grandma’s so I got to spend some time playing with my cousins, eating cookies, and playing in the mud 🙂  Grandpa and Grandma got a lot of rain at their house.  We were there for 3 days and Bruno ended up getting 4 baths!!  He got a bit muddy too…

The weekend after Easter, Mommy, Daddy and I celebrated Easter at our house.  The Easter bunny hid eggs outside and inside filled with candy and money!  I also got some new books, a new Ninjago Lego set, Rescue Bot, and more!  I’ve been reading my new books (including Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose from Grandpa and Grandma Meissner) every night — I love my new books!

This past Sunday we ended our weekend by going to our first Brewers game of the season!  Mommy and Daddy bought me a new Lightening McQueen chair, which was awesome, so I could sit just like them while we tailgated.  Go Brew Crew!


I painted a picture for Mommy!

Daddy has just become “part of the couch” ….

Pre- Egg-stravaganza… getting ready and practicing for the Easter egg “hunt” at our church

Egg-stravaganza at our church.  At the “starting line” getting ready for the 2-3 year Easter egg “hunt”

Checking out the bouncy houses at Egg-stravaganza.  My favorite was the Thomas The Train bouncy house

Decorating eggs with Grandma at our house

Watching my sea creature sponges “grow” in water!

A little flower and present surprise for Mommy

Filling the eggs for my cousins’ Easter bags.  I picked out the treats and egg colors for them 🙂

At Grandpa and Grandma Meissner’s for Easter.  First priority when arriving … play with Madden!

Decorating eggs at Grandpa and Grandma Meissner’s…

Decorating cookies at Grandpa and Grandma Meissner’s….

Day 2 at Grandpa and Grandma’s and Bruno can’t even keep his eyes open

Hanging out with Grandpa and Grandma….

Easter egg hunt outside at Grandpa and Grandma’s!

Easter egg hunt at my house!

Working hard to put together my new Ninjago Legos!  Daddy wasn’t impressed that the Easter Bunny brought me Legos for 8-14 year olds, but I was really excited because I now have the Black Ninja!

Our first Brewer’s game of the season!  Check out my new chair 🙂

Wow – those were fun weekends, but I’m all tuckered out!


April Showers Bring May Flowers… I Sure Hope So!

How’s the weather been by you?  We’ve been getting rain… a lot of rain.  So, we’ve been doing fun things indoors.  Like going to Dave & Buster’s, the Children’s Museum, and just having fun at home.

Last week, I also only went to daycare on Monday and Tuesday because I’ve had a little cough and runny nose, so Mommy and Daddy took turns staying home with me.  They thought that I would rest, but I had different ideas… I just wanted to play!

Check out some of the videos and pictures from the past couple weeks.

A little fun and games at Dave & Buster’s…

Just hangin’ out at home… oh, and dressing up Bruno.

A duck in our yard?!  Bruno is ready to lose his mind!

Look closely and see if you can see who is in the laundry basket “cage” … could it be Bruno? 🙂

Brady’s turn to be in the laundry basket “cage”

Mommy doesn’t think her house will ever look the same.  And look closely, I think Bruno is in the “cage” again!

Having fun at the Children’s Museum.  Stop #1: Paint a window!

Stop #2: Play with some cars, and drive them on the “roads” around the Capitol

I’m not telling you what I see 🙂

Stop #3: “Rock It”

Stop #4: Vintage Tinker Toys.  I’m trying to get one that I dropped on the floor!

Stop #5: Checking out another telescope

Stop #6: Running across the suspended bridge!

Stop #7: Playing in the water

Stop #8: Sending flags over to Daddy by wheel and rope!

Just checking things out again…

Well folks, that’s all I have… hope you all have a great Easter!

And… “Rain, rain go away. Come again another day!”