All Fun and No “Labor” – Yeah!

Hope y’all enjoyed your Labor Day holiday… doing what it’s meant to do… relaxing, playing games (or watching games), and having some fun!  I certainly enjoyed my weekend – it was jam packed with fun, games, and people!  The Meissner’s came down to join us at the first Badgers game of the season, Taste of Madison, and to cheer on The Crew!

Check out some of the pictures and videos from the past weekend.

Most of the “Meissner Crew” at the Badgers game.  Mommy, me, Aunt Kimmie, and Mia stayed back because the game was too late for me, and Miss Mia managed to break her ankle at volleyball practice last week (ouch!)

Grandpa wearing glasses at night.  Only the cool kids are doing it 🙂

Taste of Madison on the square…

Time for the Brewers Game.  Playing “catch” while tailgating.

“Playing” with Madden.  I won!  The head on Madden’s fell off 🙂

Mama driving us all home… I needed to take a nap.  I was pretty tired.

*BONUS* A sneak peek on a couple “outfits.”  Who do you think I’ll be for Halloween?


Where Did August Go?

Another post, another month – I can’t believe it will be September on Friday!  Good-bye Summer.  Hello Fall.  What season do you prefer?


We traveled less in the month of August and had fun nearby.  We golfed, played at new parks, had more fun at swimming lessons (BTW – I start basketball next week!), and went to baseball games.  We also celebrated Grandma & Grandpa’s 40th Anniversary (which was last summer) by renting a cabin in Hatfield, WI near Lake Arbutus.

Check out our pictures and videos from the past few weeks!

Mini-golfing at Vietense…

Cheering on the Brewers!

Fun at Corn Fest in Sun Prairie!

Hitting the golf range before going to the Splash Pad

Playing at the DeForest Splash Pad…

Free time at swimming lessons.  I was a “little” excited and got in a “little” trouble with Max.  It was just an accident.

On our way to the cabin.  Bruno decided to sit on my lap!

Bunk beds!

Catching bugs with Grandma and my cousins

Finding some sticks for the fire at the cabin…

Going down by the pond to see a snake!  Grandpa took me because my Mommy and Daddy didn’t want to see it.

Going on a short walk to check things out

Morning #1 at the cabin. I think my cousins are tired.

Working on my pool skills

…and it was a rainy weekend, but we made the best of it.

Watching a movie on the top bunk with my cousins

Chillin’ … that’s a wrap!


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!