Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Having a fun Memorial Day

What a relaxing Memorial Day. The morning was filled with donuts (thanks Kristi!), Charlie - the wagon on a gorgeous walk downtown, and the parade! The kids were so well behaved and had such a good time. They saw I think every fire truck from a 20 mile radius, go-karts that Noah really liked, a pony that Mikayla wanted, and enough candy to keep us through Labor Day (literally).

The afternoon was filled with good food and good family. We got stuffed at lunch on corn, watermelon, and shish-kabobs courtesy of Grandma and Papa. Dessert was a patriotic "jello" cake that was mighty tasty made by my beautiful and talented wife. The kids got so much auntie and uncle time that, well, see for yourself...

Check out the rest of the album: Memorial Day 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Noah's 4th Birthday

Saturday was a very full day. We started the day with delicious pancakes made from scratch (Kristi makes awesome breakfast) and a quick shopping trip to find larger swim suits/trunks for the kids. That was followed by a TRIP TO THE ZOO!

Noah and Mikayla showed Uncle Keith the sea lions and the polar bears and the giraffes and ....
... and finally the new Tembo Trail! It's got a new boardwalk, lots of extra room for the elephants, indoor viewing areas for several of the animal habits, rhinos, hippos, and meerkats. With the opening of the newly expanded exhibit that weekend, there were stations around with fun crafts for the kids. Below are the elephant masks and the bead necklaces that they made (and were very proud of).

By the time we returned home, Papa, Grandma, Uncle Scott, Aunt Michelle, and Uncle Dudley had just arrived. The kids took advantage of the warm weather and had fun playing in the kiddie pool in the backyard. After a delicious dinner courtesy of Kristi, Noah opened all of his fun presents from everyone with overwhelming excitement and then it was birthday cake time (Noah wanted a U of M cake, go figure). The day ended with more fun outside playing with new toys and uncles and more toys.

It turned out to be a near perfect day and one I will remember for years to come.
Happy 4th Birthday Noah!

Lots more pictures can be found in the album.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

Here's just a few pictures taken as we celebrated Mother's Day with Grandma, Papa, and Uncle Scott  at the Secor Metropark in Toledo. It turned out to be a beautiful day for playing at a park, cookin' up some hot dogs, and going on a walk through the trails.

Smores. Can't forget the smores...