Monday, July 21, 2014

4 Seasons Festival Weekend

Just like the weekend prior, this weekend was jammed pack full of fun!!!  I feel like I have been on the go for about 7 days.  Friday night started out fairly easy going and then we went to Big Creek and went boating for about an hour.  

All these pics are out of order...SORRY!  Saturday morning started bright and early, we were at the square for the pancake breakfast at 7:45 - just on-time because the grill broke right after ours. Then we were off for the kids race, parade and we were at the square  - which but the way when Carter talks about this weekend he tells everyone how we are the town square or maybe he says city square- and we got back home around 2:30.  Olivia napped, the boys played for a bit, I bought groceries, we showered and were off to the next event.  Our neighbors had a hog roast, which turned out great and was super fun!  The kids came too until our babysitter came and then we went back to the party until heading up to the street dance.  This was our first time going to the street dance.  

Don't worry.... Dylan woke up around 5:30 Sunday morning.  Then pulled out his front tooth about a half hour later, then woke up Olivia about 5 minutes later.  So then I was off to the couch to supervise with one eye half open.

Then Sunday was busy too.  The boys friend Cael turned 5, so they had a super fun little pirate party for his birthday.  After we got back home from that my mom and I went to the home show in Norwalk and when I got back to town Keith had the kids at the neighbors enjoying some left-overs from the hog roast.  

So really, we were on the go the entire weekend.

She insisted on pulling this herself.

Isn't she just the cutest!  Her and Olivia are a year apart - Olivia is like double her size.

My monkeys!!

This is the strongest piƱata I've ever seen, I think each kid probably had 10 swings!

She was all about the candy.  Not a big surprise!

I think this is officially the swimming pool of Polk City, I think 1 in 5 homes has one.  We should probably line all of them up some day.

Saturday night at the Hog Roast

The Parade
This was the kids race.  The boys are old enough to do the bigger kid race, which I thought was just a block, so I didn't prep them for 1/2 mile run.  Well, I was super proud of these two.  They started out front, but must not have taken off or a bunch of kids got ahead really fast- then I went to the finish line while they ran around thinking it would be a while before I saw them.  Well they ran their little hearts out and finished with the top mix of kids.  I think the distance was definitely to their advantage since they never really stop moving.  They loved it, they were all smiles but they did seem a bit winded at the end.  Sure wish I had their energy.

And this is a perfect postcard for our summer.

They loved these ducks.  If this picture had sound you would hear, "hi duck, hi, hi, hi, hi duck".  

Carter is probably going to be some crazy animal whisperer guy someday.  He has such a natural touch with creatures (yes, creatures, I'm a lucky mom:)).  Seriously, he can pick up anything without it jumping or running away.  

Pedal Tractor Pull.  There were like 16 5 year olds so we didn't come out as well as we did at Baxter Fun Days.

More pics from the hog roast.  Of course Olivia had a blast in the pool.  SHE LOVES WATER.

Bad ideas in action!

Such a fun / busy weekend!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Olivia and her baby

Olivia has been loving this baby lately.  Not sure if the above pic reflects well as she multitasks taking care of her baby.  

Using her baby as a pillow

They slept together

She carried her all the way to school and fed her

Then she carried her around the park.  I love it!  Totally cracks me up.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 8

Funny how we can remember certain dates!  I remember leaving New Jersey on June 26th.  I remember starting my job at JT Mega on July 26th.  I remember moving into our house in Minnesota on November 18th.  I think we closed October 13th - but not 100%.  November 4th was my due date for the boys.  And today I struggled to recall what the heck the date was.  July 8th, last week marks our 3rd year here in Polk City.  So hard to believe that the boys have spent more of their lives here than they did in Minnesota.  Some days it feels like we just left, other days it feels very distant.  And to believe we have been here 3 years!  It seems like each summer gets more fun as we meet more people and become more involved in our community.  And it's already making me sad to think how fast all the kids around us are growing up!  And in 10 years when every yard has a car or two parked in it we will really wonder what happened to the little ones.  Can you believe these pics of Carter and Dylan, they look so young.  I love so many things about them now, but I do miss many things about those days too.  It's funny because they seemed old when we moved in and I look back now and they were practically babies.  I don't even want to think about how much things will change in another 3 years.  It's pretty chaotic around here but I love our little family, even if we are a traveling circus.

Notice anything new?  We added the flower boxes this summer and they are blooming like crazy.  I love spring/summer time when everything starts to bloom and there is color around the house  What a difference just 3 years can make in your landscape!  Every year we try and add something new and I guess little by little we will eventually be the old place in town.


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