Blog Archives for tag Papa

I got a puzzle from Papa!

Papa sent Katie a letter and it was a word search! She was very excited and ran to the table to do it immediately.

 

The kids wanted to go out for a birthday lunch!

 

The restaurant didn’t do anything for birthdays so we went to Culvers. Owen let me play with his hair as a birthday treat.

  

Owen’s last archery session of his beginner class!

Papa and Grannie really wanted to see Owen shoot, so we were happy they were here for his last class. (They are so proud of him that they actually paid for his next level class!) We all got to soot, as well! Papa was the best of the three of us and we got to hear all about his very dangerous bow and arrow escapades when he was a kid! :)

Surprise at the bus stop!

    

Katie’s first day of Kindergarten!

This is an idea I saw somewhere and decided to do for Katie…she will wear this shirt on the first day of school until she’s a senior in high school!

BESTIES!

There are only three kids at the bus stop!

Katie is in the seat right above SCHOOL.

Our 3rd grader is home!

 He and Nate zoomed off the bus and pretty much immediately asked to go ride bikes! 

   
     

Owen’s first day of 3rd grade!

I had to go in and wake him up at 7:30!! This year he gets on the bus at 8:25—that’s a half hour earlier than what we were used to in Virginia!

Katie holding Owen’s hand as he was waking up.

Owen and his bestie, Nate (2nd grade):

They are the only two at their bus stop!

Last campfire before school

We wanted to have a fire with Papa and Grannie but needed some firewood so we actually found some free on NextDoor… Yay!

The kids caught a few lightning bugs (it’s in there, trust me).

After we made s’mores we got the fire going a bit crazy. 

The kids finally settled down and were cuddling of their own free will. 

Then they were trying to read by bug light. 

Blue Man Group in Chicago!

I’ve always wanted to see Blue Man Group and when I mentioned it to Grannie she said they’d like to go, too…so it was off to Chicago!

Photos weren’t allowed during the show so this is all I got beforehand.

The kids absolutely loved it and they immediately asked if they could see it again. :)

Edited to add some googled pics of what we saw: 

   
           

Crazy woman driver!

She loves her new power wheels! She was chasing Papa around and then driving crazy circles around the yard. 

Aquatic Center Fundraiser

Papa and Grannie took the kids to the local aquatic center for a school fundraiser while Tom and I went out for our anniversary. I sent them with our waterproof camera!

Papa and me

  

The cookie monsters…and more!

2016-07-20vacationUP156 2016-07-20vacationUP157 2016-07-20vacationUP158 2016-07-20vacationUP159 2016-07-20vacationUP160 2016-07-20vacationUP161 2016-07-20vacationUP162 2016-07-20vacationUP163

Papa and Grannie’s new fire pit!

Hauling it down to the landing!

2016-07-19vacationUP057

2016-07-19vacationUP058

IMG_1993.JPG

IMG_1999.JPG

IMG_1997.JPG

IMG_2022.JPG

IMG_2027.JPG

2016-07-19vacationUP121

IMG_2023.JPG

IMG_2029.JPG

IMG_2037.JPG

IMG_2002.JPG

FullSizeRender.jpg

IMG_2040.JPG

IMG_2039.JPG

IMG_0300.JPG

IMG_0302.JPG

IMG_2041.JPG

IMG_2042.JPG

Yet another trip to the Eagle Harbor beach!

Papa and Grannie took the kids back to the beach (leaving us home to relax and get ready for our dinner out) and Grannie sent these pics.

2016-07-19vacationUP102

And added this commentary:

Katie found a puddle and added to it. (I confirmed she added water to it and not pee.) :)

Now it is a bubble bath she says.

Handstand Owen

 

We found them on the beach!

We pulled into Eagle Harbor and immediately saw them on the beach!

Then it was off to dinner! We showed Katie the marks on her forehead from her swim goggles! Grannie Lin and I shared a lobster pizza—yum!

Then it was off to the playground…

…while daddy, Owen, and Papa went hunting Pokemon at the Eagle Harbor lighthouse.

Then they met us back at the playground.

Day 3 with Papa and Grannie

Back at Burger King!

IMG_0162.JPG

And back at the beach in Eagle Harbor!

IMG_0163.JPG

IMG_0165.JPG

IMG_1899.JPG

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

We honestly didn’t think either kid would go in because it was too cold…but they both surprised us!!

Day 2 with Papa and Grannie

At Fort Wilkins. Grannie said they zipped through it due to potential approaching weather (and we know how Owen is with storms) but they liked it.

Katie did this twice!

Visiting with Great Grandma Pat, or Pappy. She gave Katie a Cinderella Barbie (which she ADORED) and Owen a mini pillow pet (which he LOVED). [Edited to add: Katie has slept with Cinderella every night since then.]

2016-07-17-vacation347

With Lin’s Aunt Carol.

With Lin’s Aunt Mary Kay and Uncle Bob.

A U.P. sunset at 9:45!

Katie’s 4th birthday party!

Katie’s party was on July 13, but I forgot to get the pictures off my big camera—whoops! I’ll move this post to the right date later.

Once again, we had a gathering/pizza party at the Ramada pool!

2016-07-13katiebday01

2016-07-13katiebday02

2016-07-13katiebday03

2016-07-13katiebday04

2016-07-13katiebday05

2016-07-13katiebday06

2016-07-13katiebday07

2016-07-13katiebday08

2016-07-13katiebday09

I was kicking the ball back into the pool…and kicked my shoe right off! I watched it land on the side of the pool…and tumble right in. :)

2016-07-13katiebday10

2016-07-13katiebday12

2016-07-13katiebday13

2016-07-13katiebday14

2016-07-13katiebday15

The cake design Katie picked out!

2016-07-13katiebday16

2016-07-13katiebday17

2016-07-13katiebday18

2016-07-13katiebday19

And then back at Gramma Jean’s to open presents!

2016-07-13katiebday20

And she had to put on one of her new dresses!

2016-07-13katiebday21

Fighting, fireworks, and fire!

Sticks always become fighting instruments:

Owen has been begging us to do the fireworks we have left (really just sparklers) so we finally got them out tonight.

‘Murica!

And we had a pooping dog leftover! Bonus!

 

And then a fire (with s’mores):