Friday, July 21, 2017

Wyoming: Part 1

I'm not sure how many "Parts" there will be for this vacation, but I sure have a lot of photos; so we'll see!

Our journey out west began on Friday morning, June 30th. Before too long, two of the kids looked like this. . . IMG_2070

Curtis on the otherhand. . .
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Our first goal was Fairmont, MN, where we met up with Papa, Gaga, and Tom. After a night's rest, we were back on the road in the morning.
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Our van got pretty messy from all of the bugs and dirt. The kids were happy to do a little cleaning during one of our stops!
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While driving through South Dakota, we stopped at the tourist destination known as Wall-Drug. There must have been two hundred signs for this place along our drive! The kids each got a photo on the Jackelope.
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A serious game of poker.
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Cooling off in the splash pad.
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That evening, we arrived at our second stop: Mt. Rushmore!
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The boys often referred to this place as "The Four Heads."
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We stayed for the evening program.
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They honored all of the veterans in attendance.
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My father-in-law went up. Her served in the army many years ago.
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The "four heads" at night.
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We've come to the end of Wyoming: Part 1 and I haven't even gotten any Wyoming photos up yet!

Stay tuned for Wyoming: Part 2!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Curtis's birthday and beyond. . .

We celebrated the actual day of Curtis's birthday by going to a big pool in Edinburgh.
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He even brought his special birthday hat!
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Batman showed off his skills for Curtis's birthday.
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Andy made the ice cream cake!
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He got a lot of money this year!
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And a lot of new Batman stuff!
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Bella even turned his bed into a bat cave!
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Happy Birthday, Curtis!

The next night, Bella's softball team played in the championship game. Her team came in first for the regular season and came in second at the tournament.
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Way to go, team!
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The next morning, we started our trek out west!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy Birthday, Curtis!

Curtis is SIX today!

Look at how much he has grown. . .

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2011
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2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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Curtis has grown up SO much this year! When I just look at his birthday picture from last year, I can really see it! He lost his top teeth, has grown several inches, filled out some, and his hair seems a little darker. He joined Cub Scouts this year and also played soccer, basketball, and baseball. It seems that soccer is his favorite. He began the year cat-obsessed, which led us to getting our cat, Salty. During the past several months, his focus has shifted to Batman. Everything is Batman. He'd write "Batman Curtis" on his school papers and draw Batman pictures all over them. He nicknamed Andy's new car the "Batmobile." He has the best imagination and is so content to play with his legos and create new worlds and different scenarios. I also consider him as the comic relief in our family. Just the other day, Andy and I were in our room intervening between Bella and Graydon over some fight they were having. While I was considering what to say to them, I looked out towards the doorway and there was Curtis, strutting down the hallway. . . completely naked! We all just burst out laughing!

This year was his turn for a birthday party. Of course, he wanted a Batman theme. He also wanted his party at the ice arena. This was our first time having a party somewhere other than our house. I must admit, it was much easier! Here are some pics from his party. . .

Glow stick party favors.
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Batman Curtis!
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This picture makes me happy. :)
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Here is his birthday slideshow. I had a hard time choosing a song this year and decided to ask everyone over dinner if they had any good ideas for a slideshow song. Curtis said, "Use 'Angel Armies' because it's my favorite song." I hadn't even considered that song, but it's true - that has been Curtis's favorite song for several years now. Perfect choice.

Here are some highlights from Curtis's past year!


Happy birthday sweet boy!