Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wisconsin: Round Three: Verona!

The day following the wedding, our travels took us to the Kilps home in Verona.

Curtis enjoyed another birthday celebration.
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The kids played with their cousins rats - and now they want one. 
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Graydon and Curtis shared a bed.  One morning, we found them like this.  Curtis totally took over Graydon's pillow. 
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Graydon loved his snuggle time with Papa.  They also took some adorable photos together at the photo booth from Mary and Andy's wedding. 
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Andy and I ducked out for a bit for a little date at Culver's.
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The original three.
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How goofy they are.  ;)
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Laura and Tim are about to move into a new house.  This is the park that is right across the street.
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We toured a local brewery. 
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Cream soda for the kids!
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Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings!  The kids all got their own booth, which gave the grown-ups some nice chat time together.  Win-Win!
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On our final day in town, we met up with the Golacksons, who are currently back in the states on furlough.  Andy and Josh got to connect the previous week on their road trip, but this time our whole families could spend some time together, which was so nice. 
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They have six and we have three. 
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It's a little tricky to get that many kids all looking in one direction.  This was pretty close. 
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Lily Golackson took this one of us. 
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Loved getting to see them!

We headed back to NJ the next morning and stopped for the night in Ohio.  This was also the Fourth of July.  It was kind of a bummer that that had to be a travel day, but that's just the way it worked out this year.  After swimming in the hotel pool, we watched some fireworks on TV.  Bella took some photos of those with her iPod.  Hopefully they will be able to see the real thing next year!
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We arrived back in New Jersey on Saturday evening and are now three weeks away from our move date.  Lots of packing to do!  This blog is probably going to be very quiet for the rest of the month.  Our next update will come from Indiana!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wisconsin: Round Two: Mary and Andy's Wedding!

~ June 28, 2014 ~

There was a slight concern for rain showers on the big day, but the weather cooperated and the wedding was beautiful.

For starters, here is Mary's bouquet.  It is made of numerous brooches - some that belonged to family members and some that she found.  From the bottom of the bouquet dangled three photos of family members who are no longer here with us: Grandpa Jim, Grandpa Chris, and Grandma Rose.  It's just gorgeous! 
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The boys in front of my parents' house.  They're ready for a wedding!
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Bella got ready with me and the rest of the girls that morning.  She couldn't wait to put her flower girl dress on.  
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Here comes the bride. . .
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So sweet. . .
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Husband and wife!
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We were sitting on the golf cart while Mary and Andy were having some photos taken. Perfect time for a sister selfie!
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And later on with Dad!
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Then each of us girls got individual shots with Dad.  I think the last photo I have of just the two of us was from my own wedding almost 12 years ago!
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Flower girls
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The kids were so content to play on the bridge and near the stream. 
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It only rained for a few minutes and even then, the sun was still shining. It was light, refreshing, and very magical.
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Later at the reception. . .

Most of the photos that I took turned out blurry or grainy.  I can't wait to see what the actual photographer got.  

Andy and Nora.  You can tell that Andy is getting a little tired now. 
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Mary had a cake made for Curtis's birthday, which was that day.  This is absolutely the nicest cake he has ever had and he was thrilled with it!  This was the perfect cake for our superhero-loving-boy and it was so thoughtful of Mary to do this for him.
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We were all pretty exhausted by the end of the night, but filled with joy over such a lovely wedding.

Congratulations Mary and Andy!  We love you so much!