Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Such a gloriously beautiful weekend we had. Lots of outdoor activity. Lots of family time.

And pool time! Just like last Memorial Day, we found ourselves at "Miss Nancy's" pool.


So much fun. And so hot!


I stayed out of the pool with Curtis and we went for a long walk. He's been having a rough day.


We spent a good three hours at the pool and came home for our own little cookout.

Our rose bushes are starting to bloom! Just in time for a last minute Memorial Day centerpiece.


We brought our food (and kids, evidently) out via this window that opens up from our porch to the living room. During the summer months, there is usually a giant air conditioning unit in there. We've been putting off installing it and are hoping to get a different one that can be used in the dining room (our current one is too big for those smaller windows). This beast blocks out so much sunlight into the living room and takes up valuable porch space. And it is so LOUD! Really drives me nuts. Not exactly sure if the dining room will work out, but for now we'll enjoy this open space, light, and accessibility.


Our cook-out feast.



After dinner, the kids played outside for a bit. Graydon didn't have any shoes on (he came out through the window, after all). We sent him inside to get his sandals and this is what he came out in.  Stylin'.  For sure. 

This photo pretty much sums up Curtis's mood all day. Positively miserable. He's teething. He has a temperature. And I'm pretty sure a cold or allergies on top of it. He was so tired all day but rarely slept unless we were holding him. Any attempt to lay him down ended in defeat. Poor baby.

While we enjoyed this early summer day of fun and relaxation; we were mindful of the reason for this holiday. We took some time to honor the memory of the soldiers who fought in our nation's various wars and who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Freedom isn't free.


This upcoming week is Bella's last week of preschool which concludes with her graduation on Saturday.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a total mess.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A trip to the farmer's market. . .

Photos by Bella. (With the obvious exception of any photo she might be in).


We've been making a concerted effort to eat more locally grown food.  New Jersey is a great place to do that.  It is known as the Garden State after all.






Freshly squeezed lemonade with a strawberry infusion.  Delicious. 


Graydon thinks so too. 


We purchased some zucchini from a vendor and then ended up at a local farm stand for the rest of our produce.

This will probably become a Saturday ritual during these summer months.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Days like these. . .

 This one fell and skinned her knees.

This one is working on five new teeth.

And this one is just being a two-year-old. 

It's been one of those days.  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wisconsin photos

If I'm friends with you on Facebook, then you've already seen most of these photos. But, I do have a few in this mix that will be new to everyone.

One of our first nights in town, we went over to Jodi and Aaron's for some pizza.

"Uncle Suck!"


I'm not trying to be crude with that name. It just happens to be what my kids call Scott while they are learning to talk. Occasionally, it did come out as "Uncle Sock". But either way, this one has the potential to stick.


The kids enjoyed playing with their aunties!




And Bella worked on her shooting skills.


Her target? The fish tank.


On Saturday afternoon, some of us went to Monkey Joe's. That place was filled with bounce houses and slides. And PEOPLE! Definitely a popular hangout for the kiddos!






That place wore me out. And I wasn't the only one.




Later that evening: dinner at Mary's!


This little lady was one of our main reasons for the trip. We couldn't wait to meet our newest niece, Rose Lynn Benetti!




Here's a bunch of silly kids. This was the first night when all of the cousins were together. They are at such great ages to play together and it really is fun to watch. (And you never know just what they'll get in to).
The next day was Mother's Day!

Here is my mom with all seven of her kids! Can't remember the last time we were all together on Mother's Day.


We also took one of just the girls.


And of my mom with the grandkids.


Andy's parents came down for a visit too!





The weather was a bit chilly (Wisconsin hadn't yet received the memo that it's spring)! But the bounce house kept the kids pretty entertained.









Swings are always a good time too. . .


. . . especially for Bella now that she can do it all by herself!


More photo ops:




 Ava came over while Jodi was working. 



They played hard.


We were all so happy when the weather started to warm up!






But it cooled off just in time for us to go to a Brewers game.






We ended the trip with a big birthday celebration for Sydney and Ava.


Another Wisconsin trip for the memory books.  I already can't wait for the next one!  (Although I could do without the long road trip with three kids).