8 Months

In other news – how is Ben 8.5 months old? It just doesn’t seem possible.

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Closing In

We are closing in on home and these kiddos are so ready for their Daddy, their house, their dog, and their beds. We’ve had a great trip, but we are ready for home.

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The Last Day

The drive home from Milwaukee is not quite two days so we wanted to make today our “short” day and spent some extra time with our friends. We decided to visit Hoyt one more time and leave straight from the pool. Saying goodbye is never fun but we’ll hopefully see these guys before too long!

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Girl Day

Amber, Nicki, and I had worked hard to plan another “Girls’ Day” while I was on this trip. Tony and Nick and agreed to watch all the bigger boys and we were taking Ben with us. We managed to fit everyone in my van and headed off for Chicago. We put a movie on for the little girls and stopped in Gurnee at the Rainforest Cafe. We had a yummy lunch and then continued driving till we arrived at our main destination – The American Girl Store. Glenna, Iris, and Kaitlyn were so excited to run and look all over the store. They shopped and looked and played until it was time for tea. Then we had some yummy treats and drinks. We had also planned to stop at Dylan’s candy bar, but we walked down the street only to find it was closed and moving locations. Maybe next time. Ben was fairly well behaved through all of our adventures. We arrived back in Milwaukee quite worn out but having had a great day. (We hear the boys had a great day too.)

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The Lake – Take Two

The boys spent the night with Leah and AJ so I only had the youngest in the hotel with me. They were up at a decent hour so we decided to head to the beach and play. I set Ben’s pack and play up and he took a morning nap in the shade. All of our friends from yesterday were able to come today and before too long we had a party at the beach. We played and swam and talked and ate. The clouds eventually rolled in but they timed it perfectly with when we needed to head back to Milwaukee. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

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Barrington – The Lake

The kids and I drove back to Timberlake Estates today. We were hoping for sunny weather but had a dreary arrival. We cancelled our plans for the beach and hung out with our old neighbors and their new bunny. Then the sun seemed to want to come out and we quickly threw on our swim suits and headed for the lake.

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State Fair

As we were picking dates for this trip, last January, we realized it would also be the week of the Wisconsin State Fair. At the time, that seemed like a great idea. The state fair is always a fun activity. I did not factor in that it would make getting a hotel or house rental tricky. Wade and I have been to the state fair numerous times over the years but we have never tried to meet up with two other families or stay together with this many people. I was a little doubtful that it would be possible, but we did manage to meet up (after a few misses) and then we easily walked the fair with 15 people and 2 strollers. I consider that quite the achievement. It was hot, but we found all the food, activities, games, and rides. It was a fun day. The state fair never disappoints.

I don’t have a good picture of this, but the best part of this day might be that our kids were all watched by friends (even Ben) while Wade and I went on a date! Our anniversary (14th) is this week and we celebrated with a dinner out tonight!

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Hoyt Pool All Day

Wade flew in to spend the weekend with us. (Notice the mustache he has grown – hopefully just for humors sake.) Amber, Nicki, and I had spent part of last night trying to figure out which days worked best for which activities based on the weather. We all decided today would be a great day to visit Hoyt Pool and then return tonight to the Landing for dinner. I haven’t found anything quite like Hoyt in Boston, unfortunately, and I truly miss this kind of place – especially for Kaitlyn and Ben. The kids had a great time. I rarely saw the two big boys. Kaitlyn spent the majority of the time going down the water slide and was annoyed she wasn’t tall enough to go down the big slide. She also “sunbathed” and spent as much time as possible with Glenna and Iris. At dinner she was glued to Abram’s side and he was so sweet and tolerant. It was adorable to watch. Ben was his normal chill self. He played and then napped and then played some more.

Now for one of my favorite parts of summer – and maybe one of my reasons for this trip. (The big boys 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)

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