wisconsin dells

Obviously a little late on this post, but a few weekends ago we went to the Dells with my parents and my brother's family. Just a short weekend, Friday to Sunday, but we had a great time. The place we stayed at (Kalahari) had an indoor and outdoor waterpark, indoor theme park, and movie theater. Connor did great and had a great time in the waterparks (not AS fun as Ashlyn, who is part fish I think), but had a good time.

Bryan and I said we'll for sure be back. The drive wasn't terrible and there is SO much to do there.

Kids under a certain height had to wear life jackets, I was sure this would be an issue, but Connor was pretty good about it.

Pushing Ashlyn in the swing. Was all fun and games til the little boy in the background starting pushing Ashlyn, too. Which, was NOT okay. Ha.

Attempt at a group shot, didn't work out so well.

Going on one of the 'family' rides. To be honest, I'm surprised they let kids this little ride these things. The other one we went on, they basically said Connor had to hold on the handles, and so did I, and he had to sit across from me. Um, no. Pretty sure as soon as we were off the platform I held onto him.

Lazy river

Wave pool

The kids loved these water spout things, stepping on them, running thru them, etc.

Love her face here! Ashlyn was the queen of the slides, didn't matter if it had a waterfall half way thru it, she loved them all.

Thought this was fun, it's a 'top secret' thing of some sort. Maybe a haunted house, I don't know. But it's upside down.


first time golfing

Bryan and Aaron took Connor golfing this past Sunday for his first time out. Bryan said he did really well (ie behavior, patience) but they ended after 9 holes, weren't sure if he'd make another 9 (would have been cutting far into nap time). Bryan said about half the holes he had to putt until he got his ball in the hole and everytime the guys got out of the cart to hit their ball, Connor had to get out, too. Wish I could have been there to see it, but glad this is an activity he can do forever with these guys.

Sunday night while we were out driving around, we drove by North Links and Bryan told Connor that he golfs there, too (they went to New Ulm that morning) and Connor replied "daddy, take me with you?". How can you say no to that??

And pretty proud of Bryan for taking these on his phone :)


Ashlyn's 2nd Birthday

The following Friday after 4th of July was Ashlyn's 2nd birthday party. I would tell Connor that we were going to Ashlyn's birthday party, he would respond by saying, "Ashlyn, Happy Birthday?" Too cute.

The birthday girl and I

Connor wanted some love. He's such a ham.

The cupcake cake, minor disappointment that it wasn't butter cream frosting, ha. (just kidding, Krystal, it was great :))

Love Ashlyn's expression in these (above and below).

Blowing out her candles...notice the spit guard (Krystal's hand).

Hey, real men wear pink.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Ashlyn. We love you :)


4th of July

Warning, picture overload, but that's what happens when you're around my Aunt Mary :) Love it. So, we spent 4th of July weekend at my Aunt Mary and Uncle Al's cabin near Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. We had intentions of relaxing, spending time on the lake, relaxing, and trying to not think about work. We achieved all of the above :) We were absolutely spoiled by Mary and Al (well, especially Connor, but us, too!) and can't wait to return the favor some day. Meals were AMAZING, especially the cherry chicken pasta salad, my personal fave. So instead of trying to recap the weekend up here, I'll just recap as you go through the pictures. Thank you SO much, Mary and Al, for letting us spend the weekend with you guys!

Connor caught a fish within the hour of arriving!

Bob is playing on my laptop, of course can't leave home without blankie, nuks and Bob.

Fruit smoothies for breakfast, followed by turtle shaped blueberry pancakes that I don't have a picture of unfortunately.

Jumping off the dock

He's VERY into jumping lately. As in, almost prefers to jump instead of walk.

LOVE these photos (above and below)

Throwing rocks, shocking.

Love this one, too. He's very into imitating lately as well.

Bryan trying to teach him to 'blow it up' after nuks.

Boat tour with Uncle Al

Also can't leave home without our cars and construction vehicles. We lined them up many, many times throughout the weekend.

The boat parade :)

Throwing water balloons up by the house.

Fireworks were great! We watched them from the boat, there were about 3-4 houses that had some awesome ones going on.

Relaxing in the chair on Monday.

What we DON'T have pictures of unfortunately, was the water balloon fight on the lake after the boat parade on Sunday. Al and Mary said it might happen, but we had no idea how intense it could get. Bryan turned on his competitive switch and was going crazy in the front of the boat trying to catch water balloons from other boats and whipping them right back. Al was driving crazily in circles while Mary and I had the fishing net trying to scoop up balloons that hadn't broken and were floating in the water. We eventually went back to the house and filled up our own 75 balloons and went back into the storm (water balloon fight, that is). It was pretty entertaining, Bryan against all of these boats filled with kids. He's already planning some sort of generator, pump, water hose contraption for next year....ha.

Thank you again, Al and Mary! It was such a great weekend!