Saturday, August 17, 2013

August Adventures


The first weekend of August we went "glamping" with the Steins in DeWitt IL.  It was camping but glamorous camping with their RV.  We had a great time...we went to the beach, played a little red light green light---the kiddos loved it, made smores and ended the night with a movie!  What a great time!!!!





One morning out of the blue Braden asked me to do a photo shoot with him and Marshall being silly on the couch....silly kiddos!

 Aunt Natalie and our cousins were in town---Michael, Gracyn, and Lucy came to visit!  It was SO great to see them.  We had a BBQ on Sunday and had all the Peoria family come in.  Here are the kiddos eating....
 Grandma and Grandpa with all 5 grandkids.....7 and under...and 1 more on the way!
 Natalie and I took the kiddos to the zoo on Monday...or maybe we brought the zoo to them?!?!?  5 kiddos is a zoo!  We had a blast...and we went through a special dino exhibit which was pretty cool!


 This was taken right before little Marshall tumbled into the dino exhibit...yep it was a proud mother moment....I felt like I should have been on the news....thank goodness the dinos cant attack
 Ended the day with a carousel ride

 Since this was our last full week of summer (my eyes are filled with tears) we jammed in as much as we could.  So....we headed out to see more animals (marshall loves animals) and went to Randall Oaks Petting Farm.  The boys jumped right into feeding the animals...







 And were little animals too!




 Thursday evening we went to meet the teacher at Brayden's new preschool...he brought his teacher a flower (so cute).  His teacher is Mrs. Raupp and overall the meeting went well...I just cannot believe that it is school time already!













Monday, August 5, 2013

July's Happenings...

We have been BUSY around here!  We LOVE summer...and I think we squeeze in every ounce of fun that we can!!!  Here is a bit of what we have been up to...
Riding bikes!  Little Marshall LOVES wearing his helmet...like ALL THE TIME....which is good since life with a big brother can be dangerous!  Brayden is can successful ride a bike with training wheels, but they both still love the tricycle...

 We have had a great share of playdates....one of Brayden's great friends, Tyler, and his sister Hailey came over to play and we made homemade pizzas....

 And they brought cupcakes for dessert :)



 For the 4th of July we went to the Ripkes...these are a few of our friends (Aaron's college buddies) and the kids...wow have times changed!


 We also went to our Hometown Fest in Palatine a few times...Brayden loved the rides, and loved having his good friend Anna with him 



 We stopped by Kimmy's for the fireworks...the kids were more than thrilled to see her...and it was great to be together and see the fireworks.  Both boys loved them!

 Parade time to celebrate the 4th!





 We set up a big boy bed in Brayden's room...which will soon be Brayden and Marshall's room, but I am not quite ready to move Marshall in there---he seems so small still....and is a SUPER sleeper in his crib..so I want to enjoy it as LONG as I can!
 Brayden played Tball this summer...the verdict is still out on how much he liked it....but it was fun

 Last Monday Aaron took Monday off and we headed to Pirates Cove...such a fun place!



 By FAR Marshall's favorite ride was the choo-choo, he must have ridden it a least a dozen times!



 We hit up the Wilmette beach with our friends Charlotte and Vivian....it was beautiful...the lake water was pretty crystal clear...



 Brayden had his first 2 kids birthday parties, one at Chuckie Cheese and the other at the pool...he LOVED both!

 Birthday boy, Tyler, and Marshall
 Brayden and Lyla
 We headed to our old hood in the city, Roscoe Village, and had brunch with Erin and Mike.  The kids devoured their breakfast, and we ended up having to order a second meal for them.  I guess this park wore them out and increased their appetite!


We went to the Morton Arboretum with the Russells and Ripkes...here are the kiddos reading maps :)  They were scoping out where to head to next...
 My cousin, Louis, got married to Ashley!!!  We had a BLAST at the wedding and are so excited for them!

 While we were in southern Illinois, the four of us, Beans and great papa bit up the orchard to pick peaches and blackberries.  The day was beautiful and we had a great time.  We have since finished all the berries and are savoring our last 3 peaches...they are just so good!!!