Monday, July 25, 2016

Wisconsin visit. . . and randoms.

Graydon relaxing in the hammock on a lazy summer afternoon.

After the fair, the kids and I ventured up to Wisconsin for some Benetti family time. My parents are now both officially retired, which meant that they didn't have to leave for work and could spend the whole day with us. We did so many fun activities. One of them was a tour of the Jelly Belly factory.

Cousins! (And a Graydon photo bomb). Bella loves all of her boy cousins, but did enjoy some girl time this past week with Ava. As the girls grow, their three-year age gap becomes less and less vast. They have a fun little friendship that includes texting and FaceTime.

We all went bowling one day. Aaron was the big winner, but my Dad came in a close second. Ava won both games in the kids' lane.

Always a good time at Monkey Joe's!

Jodi bought all of the kids matching pajamas and they had some fun sleepovers and Grandma and Grandpa's house!

I think the kids slept in different spots each night. One night, Bella and Curtis both ended up in bed with me. They did leave me a little sliver of bed on the edge.

Park time.

And sprinkler time. I didn't take any pics of the kids, but Crosby probably enjoyed the sprinkler the most. Jodi was even able to give him a pretty easy bath since he loved playing in the water so much.

I was officially asked to be one of Lori's bridesmaids!

A better view of my new wine glass.

Curtis received more birthday gifts this week. On our last night, my sister took him to Target and he picked out this Lego kit. I don't think he actually slept with it that night, but he went right to it in the morning. Whenever Curtis gets new legos, he likes to start building them right away (which is what he did with some other kits he received earlier in the week). But since he got this one on our last night and since it was so big, I told him to wait to build it until we got home.

He held the box for most of the 4.5 hour drive home. Within minutes of arriving, he set out to work.

A few hours later, he was still going strong.

By the next evening, it was finished!

"And now it is complete." he said after adding his cat 'Kit Kat'.

Graydon's baseball coach stopped by with his trophies. His team came in first for the season, so he got a trophy for that. And then they came in second in the tournament, which is what the second trophy is for. He loves trophies, so he was happy.

It's that time of year again: back-to-school shopping. School starts back on August 3rd.

Graydon and Curtis made lunch one day: carrots, pretzel fish, nilla wafers, and cheez-its.

An evening swim with the Meades. We're spending as much time with them as we can before they move back to Wisconsin.

Bella and Andy are off to church camp for the week! The boys and I will have to come up with our own fun while they're gone.

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