Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wisconsin: Summer 2013. Part two

The kids and I ventured down to Kenosha a couple of days before Andy did.  He stayed behind to help his parents with a few house projects.

Scott made his delicious homemade pizza for dinner that evening.  Great way to kick off our Kenosha time!

We spent a bit of time at Jodi's house and made some "boo-boo bunnies" with her daycare kids.

And I got to see how big this little lady had grown!

Bath time was an extra treat since Grandpa & Grandma's bathroom was recently redone and updated.

My mom transformed the first floor of the house into a carnival for the kids!  This was definitely a highlight of the trip for all of them.

Bounce house in the living room!

Games and prizes!

Auntie Kristen moved into her new house.  The kids helped out a little by dusting furniture and scrubbing the floor.  Uncle Scott will be living in the other half of the duplex.  He was busy this week with making repairs before his official move-in.

We got all tourist-y and decided to take a tour of the Jelly Belly factory.  Andy and Bella did this years ago, but the boys and I have never been. 

The tour was followed up by some frozen yogurt at Cherry Berry's.

We moved right along from there to a park down by the lake.  After taking Bella to the bathroom, I just had to take a photo of this beautiful harbor.  So peaceful.

That evening provided one of the most anticipated events for my boys:  Monkey Joe's!  We went there for Graydon's birthday and, in the months since, they have continued to talk about it - even pretending to go there in their space ships (cardboard boxes) one day. 

Dinner at Slice!  Only ones missing were the Texas crew and Pat!

The kids and I played at the park one morning.

Graydon found new treasures whenever he was outside. His collection included: rocks, twigs, leaves, sticks, and a few "flowers" (weeds) and was quite impressive by the end of the trip.

Sleepover with Ava!

A relaxing Saturday chatting in the backyard.

Cousins playing the Barbie game.  Object of the game: be the first to get a boyfriend, get a prom dress, and become a club president.  I believe the version they played was my mom's when she was little.  

Roasting marshmallows.

Eating s'mores.

More snuggle time with Nora.

Bella drew our family.

An impromptu picnic dinner by the lake.

We did a tiny bit of school shopping for Bella.  Graydon acted as her stylist.

A great way for the boys to get around the mall.  This photo was taken after one of Curtis's many meltdowns of the trip.  He was quite the difficult boy - especially in the last half of our Wisconsin time.  Lots of tantrums and fits.  Getting upset over the smallest thing.  He was definitely out of sorts and tried my patience quite a few times.  I'm happy to say that he's been doing better since we've been back. 

This yellow car was the source of the mall meltdown.  "I want the yellow car!  My favorite color is yellow!  Wah!  Wah!  Scream!  Scream!"  Ugh!  

Jodi's backyard theater.  White Christmas lights.  Popcorn in cones made of construction paper.  Blankets set up on the grass.  Family members watching 'Rio' together.  A great evening and a fun memory.

 Lots of silly times with Uncle Scott.

Our final night consisted of ordering out pizza and was followed by a birthday cake for me!  Such a fun surprise!  I loved having a little birthday celebration with everyone.

Time to head back to NJ.

Our kids do not generally sleep well in the car.  This probably lasted about 20 minutes.  And then was followed by about 20 minutes of crying.  Curtis NEVER wakes up happy when he's in the car.

And finally, we were back in NJ.  It's always hard to say goodbye.  The kids are now even sharing in the sadness of leaving.

But we are so thankful for all of our family and the fun memories we made this summer. 

1 comment:

mary said...

bella broke my heart when she was upset. shes such a sweet little one.