Sunday, June 18, 2017

February 2017

February was a mild-weather month for us this year, which meant lots of opportunities to play outside.
There was plenty of indoor fun, too.  Charlie was trying not to smile for me in this picture.
I was able to coax a little smile from him!
And a smile from this cutie who is still in her pjs.
Maggie loves to ride her rock, roll, and ride bike!  It was a little chilly (it was February after all) and so she decided to wear her big brother's Spider-Man sweatshirt.



We went up to Milwaukee for Jim's sister's annual WAO (Winter's Almost Over) Party.  Everyone had a fun time.  The boys love to see their big cousin Colin!
Me with my sisters-in-law!  Karen did my hair and I love it!
Our nieces came to the party, too.
The siblings:
It's not a kid party, so we put a movie on in the basement for our kids and then they sleep down there.  Jack snuck upstairs after the movie and got a quick snuggle from his cousin Mimi!
My high school friend and her husband who now live in Milwaukee came to the party.
Karen played this cool cigar box guitar that her friend made for her.
Me and my rock star husband!
Another nice day.  Another ride on her bike.  Another cool outfit.  While it didn't snow much this winter, Maggie sure did get a lot of use out of the snow boots that were handed down to her!
Aunt Sue met us for a hike one warm, February day.  The kids wore their cool shirts from their aunt and uncle in Australia.


Jim had a day off and it was really nice out (are you noticing a pattern)?  We put Charlie and Maggie in the bike trailer and went for a ride.  When we stopped at a playground, Jim did some push-ups.  This is not unusual for him these days (he does them any chance he gets), but it still cracks me up.
Both Charlie and Maggie really liked the zipline.
I caught Jim doing pull-ups on this bar.  He is laughing at me taking his picture and I just love his smile!

At the end of the month, Jim and I went to a "Where'd You Go to High School Party."  I borrowed a uniform from the lost and found at my high school and Jim wore his old sweatshirt and letter jacket from his high school. It was so fun!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

January 2017

We did not get much snow at all this winter.  When we got a little in early January, you can bet that all four kids were dressed in their snow gear and playing outside!
The next morning, Maggie put her hat and boots on with her pajamas and was ready to go out for more.
I found Maggie listening to music in my bedroom one day.  I guess it wasn't loud enough so she put the alarm clock/radio right up to her ear.
We celebrated Maggie's birthday a little early this year so that Nana and Papa could come to her party before they went to Australia and New Zealand for 6 months.  Okay, maybe it was just 6 or 8 weeks, but it sure felt like they were gone 6 months.  Here is the pink "3" cake I made:


Make a wish!


This year is Patrick's first year in Scouts.  He and Jim built a Pinewood Derby car that brought home 3rd place in his den!
Since the Rams left St. Louis, we have become Packers fans.  Patrick wanted a Packers car.
Jack's car is designed like X-Box.

Not only did Jack get first place for fastest car in grades 2-4, but first place overall at the Pinewood Derby!

It was an exciting day!  Both boys were able to compete at the regional competition in February.  They did not bring home any trophies from that, but had a good time.

Maggie was proud of her big brothers.
Patrick made his car balance on his trophy and wanted me to get a picture of it.
We went to an ice skating party for their second cousin Sean.  We rarely skate, but everyone had fun!

One morning I came downstairs and saw this.  Apparently Maggie didn't want to wait for anyone to help her get a bowl for her cereal.
On Maggie's actual birthday, she and Charlie helped me make a cookie cake.






Jim and I enjoyed an evening out at one of his work events.  The venue has a really cool rooftop!

At the end of January, Jim competed in the "Nippy Niner" trail race.  He took first place in his age group in the nine mile race!
Patrick enjoyed his second year of basketball this winter.


Jack also played basketball this winter.  He has shown a lot of improvement!  Here he is making a free throw.
Look how high he is jumping to block the ball!
That's Jack jumping again to block another ball.